October Nights feat. Peter Broderick & more
Peter Broderick & Eoghan Higgins; Alannah Thornburgh; Laurie Shaw (full band show)
Peter Broderick & Guest
“Broderick switches in an instant from a goofy romanticism to the sublime” - Pitchfork
It’s a true pleasure to welcome the American-born musician, maverick (and foraging enthusiast) Peter Broderick to October Nights.
Since 2007 he has toured the globe both as a solo act and a collaborator with the likes of Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Nils Frahm, Efterklang, Daniel O’Sullivan and a host of other international acts.
Broderick’s music effortlessly crosses folk song, classical influences, the great American songwriters and poets of the 20th century and much more. It’s all done with an infectious charisma.
He recently performed at the sold-out ‘Erased Tapes’ 20th anniversary concert in the National Concert Hall in May 2023.
He releases his new album 'Give It To The Sky: Arthur Russell's Tower Of Meaning Expanded' on Erased Tapes in October.
Special Guest: Peter will be joined by Eoghan Higgins.
If we learned one thing from October Nights 2022, it was the absolute necessity to invite the brilliant harpist Alannah Thornburgh back for the 2023 edition.
A native of Swinford, she’s an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer with a focus on traditional Irish harp. Alannah’s music explores her family’s musical heritage, reimagining ancient airs and tunes from the Irish harping and American Appalachian and Jazz traditions.
As well as performing solo and as a member of Alfi, she’s regularly collaborating and guesting with Lemoncello, Brigid Mae Power, Anna Mieke, Ye Vagabonds among others.
In 2023, she releases her debut solo album entitled ‘Away with the Fairies’, all original compositions inspired by stories of fairy folklore and mythology in Mayo.
“I gathered most of the stories from people I know in Mayo - eg: my Grandad, former primary school teachers, local historians, Michael Chambers (head guide at the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park)” says Alannah.
The album was recorded in Foxford with musician and engineer Stephen Doherty.
The Wirral-born Laurie Shaw is like no other.
The artist described by Nialler9 blog as “the most prolific artist in the world” comes to October Nights with a full band for a very special performance - he’ll debut new songs written about Ballina during a week-long residency in Ballina in July 2023.
He has walked the streets, read all about Ballina’s history; met the characters and supped the pints. We’re all intrigued to see how our town Ballina and people are reflected in song. The ‘Ballina Album’ will be released in late September on bandcamp and Spotify.
By the age of 23 Shaw had released a staggering 80 albums (check his bandcamp). The same Nialler9 music blog included his album Bat Sanctuary among the ‘best albums of 2022’.
These days, the seat of his creative output is his bedroom studio in his parents house in Kenmare, Co Kerry where he continues to release music with nods to Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Bob Dylan and others.
(The Ballina Album was kindly supported by the Ballina 2023 Community Events Fund and a number of donors including Declan Kiely, Morgan McAndrew, Alan Honan, Aonghus O’Shaughnessy, Kenneth James, Finbarr O’Connor and Cormac Quinn and others).
Note: Peter Broderick photo by Rich Gilligan