Imagining Ireland

Imagining Ireland

Sunday, 3 March 2024, 8.00pm

Ye Vagabonds
Sorcha Richardson
Aby Coulibaly
Susan O’Neill
Rachael Lavelle

An evening of 21st century Irish song-writing – folk inspired, electronica-influenced and coming from a city moving forward quickly yet uneasy with itself. The widely acclaimed Sorcha Richardson invites folk stars Ye Vagabonds, the timeless voice Susan O’Neill and the folktronica inspired Rachael Lavelle for one night of beautifully crafted songs.

Ye Vagabonds are still basking in the glow of the widespread praise for their latest long-player Nine Waves, a delicately crafted masterpiece of originals and covers which won Best Album at the 2022 RTÉ Radio One Folk Awards. They have just released a version of The Parting Glass with Boygenius.

Sorcha Richardson performs after a No. 1 Independent Irish album, a successful European and U.S. tour and an Ellie Goulding cover of her song Shark Eyes. Sorcha has been cultivating a fanbase for several years. Songs such as Ruin Your Night, Honey and Petrol Station are evocative vignettes of a moment in time which find the poetry in introspection. Her narrative signwriting connects with people who have shared similar tangled emotions.

24-year-old Aby Coulibaly is a singer-songwriter mixing 90s R&B beats and buttery vocals with insightfully observational lyricism. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Aby takes inspiration from her Senegalese heritage and day-to-day Dublin life to create a sound that’s entirely her own.

Susan O’Neill is a songwriter of many depths, with a timeless voice that is equal parts balm and blowtorch, she is audacity personified, a free spirit; a real performer. She has been a long-time collaborator on the Irish scene with the release of In The Game, her collaboration album with Mick Flannery being the most recent.

Rachael Lavelle is a Dublin born singer and composer who captivates audiences with her arresting voice and humorous observations on existence. Her debut album, Big Dreams, was released in November 2023 to widespread acclaim. Big Dreams is an existential coming-of-age album that chronicles the journey of a young woman searching for direction & meaning in a very strange world. A wry sense of humour peppered throughout is glued together by the iconic voice of Doireann Ní Bhriain, the announcer on the Luas transport system in Dublin.

After the initial release of his captivating debut single SUNBEAMING producer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter MOIO is establishing himself as a leading force in the emerging Irish Creative community. Carving out his own lane in a diverse generation and excelling in producing commercial music that connects the communities voices to an international sound. He has also long been a part of Dublin’s Chamomile Club and Records and has been credited as a producer on tracks by artists such as Monjola and Aby Coulibaly.

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Published by nationalconcerthall on 25 January 2024

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