The House Presents

The House Presents

Friday, 5 April 2019, 8.30pm

"...The wise fool is often associated with the wisdom found through blind faith, reckless desire, hopeless romance, and wild abandon..." Walter Kaiser

We are wise.
We are fools.
Join us.

Doors open at 8.30. It's €10 on your way in we will get started very soon after that. Upstairs at Annesley House on The North Strand.

Every penny goes to the artists on stage.

Rufus Coates and Jess Smith
Visiting from Berlin and on the last leg of their extensive European tour, we are delighted to welcome this superb duo to our humble stage.

Rufus Coates & Jess Smith (formerly Rufus Coates & the Blackened Trees) are a unique, dark and atmospheric, Irish blues/folk duo currently based in Berlin.
Rufus and Jess released their debut album (Rufus Coates & the Blackened Trees)in 2016 to much critical acclaim, including the much coveted -The Irish Times ‘Album of the Week’ - at the end of 2016 the duo decided to relocate to Berlin to pursue a full time career in music. Since arriving to Berlin they have started to make waves in the eclectic music scene there, as well as touring extensively around Europe.
The Blues/folk duo are planning to release their new album "Not for the Gallery" in Autumn 2019. Their sound has been described as Rootsy, dark and atmospheric and their live show always promises to be a heartfelt and intense affair.

“the gravel-voiced Nick Cave-esque Coates, with a counterpoint of the sweet female vocals of Jess Smith, these are dour blues songs that have enough beauty to lighten the hearth of the home.” The Irish Times

Returning for the second time to The House Presents, we are most pleased to bring you multi instrumentalist and singer, John Francis

John's work centres around traditional and folk material from Ireland and further afield. He is a founding member of the band, Skipper's Alley, with whom he has toured extensively throughout Europe and America as well as playing some of the biggest Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Other Voices and Body and Soul. John is an active session musician around Dublin and has recorded with artists such as Lankum (Between the Earth and Sky) and Ye Vagabonds (The Hare's Lament). He was recently asked to perform at Glen Hansard's annual Christmas fundraiser in Vicar Street and also to support Lisa O'Neill in Liberty Hall. His debut EP which he recorded with Spud Murphy (Lankum, Katie Kim, Percolator) is currently being mixed and is due to be released in the coming months.

Using an open musical approach while exploring the finer details of dynamics, Berri are a three piece from Dublin. An audience can expect interpretations of music from the likes of the Kinks and jazz standards, along with original compositions and the use of words from some of the great contemporary poets of our time. Featuring leading creative Irish musicians, Matthew Jacobson (drums), Derek Whyte (bass) and Jenna Harris (vocals, electronics). "...Berri started as an out-where-the-trains-don’t-run duo placing her voice, frequently processed and looped, alongside the rattles and scrapes of inventive drummer Matthew Jacobson. These days, bassist Derek Whyte adds another dimension to a group that makes clear the difference between a jazz singer and a singer of jazz songs" The Irish Times.

And then there's YOU. Our very clever and daring audience - Good looking, sharp dressers and always willing to take a chance and see something brand new. We couldn't do this without you!

As always, there will be a quiz team challenge, a warm welcome and lots of jovial types out for a good time...


Published on 21 March 2019

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