Carole Nelson Trio: Arboreal Live at the Whale Theatre

Carole Nelson Trio: Arboreal Live at the Whale Theatre

Sunday, 26 September 2021, 4.00pm

The Carole Nelson Trio bring their Arboreal Tour to the Whale Theatre as part of their newly launched 2021 disPLAYced programme.

Carole Nelson is a long- established musician and jazz composer who’s career across many musical genres has gathered international awards and great critical acclaim. In 2015 she turned her attention to composing for jazz piano trio releasing the Carole Nelson Trio’s first album One Day in Winterin 2017.

'A rare and exceptional talent. One of the more original composers in Irish jazz’ Irish Times

The trio’s second album, Arboreal was released early 2020 and went on to feature in UK’s All About Jazz Magazine’s best albums of the year.

'Nelson is, without question, as the refined language of her writing and playing constantly reiterates, a singular voice.’

The theme of all things arboreal runs through the album. As Carole says on the album notes - 'Arboreal began as a walk through my local woods in South Co. Carlow. I wanted to compose music that would express the living reality of a forest – from the mycelium network beneath my feet to the sheltering canopy above, with a sense of the deep interconnection of all living things. While I was composing, information about the climate emergency was reaching more and more of us and I felt the need to respond, as a composer, to the overarching concern of our times. I learned from activists and eco-philosophers about finding the courage to feel, about emotional resilience and active hope.'

This is music to immerse oneself in- lyrical, open-hearted and grounded in a spirit that refuses to give up hope.

Carole Nelson: piano
Cormac O’Brien: bass
Dominic Mullan: drums

This performance is supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media through the Live Performance Support Scheme.

Please note, this is a socially distanced performance with a reduced capacity so please make sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Tickets priced at €20 are available now at


Beneath the Surface by the Carole Nelson Trio

Published on 22 July 2021

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