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ANTONIO FORCIONE QUARTET
Fri 2 Feb 8pm
The acclaimed Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione returns to Trinity Theatre to launch both his new UK tour and his DVD recorded at the venue in 2006. This concert features his international quartet - from Brazil, the master percussionist Adriano Adewale; from Nigeria - cellist Jenny Adejayan and from Australia on double bass and flutes Nathan Thomson. Artistic, intense, and formidably inventive, Antonio is a performer of genuine distinction. Ever unpredictable, his music has a rare delicacy, humour and not least, passion.
Sat 17 Feb 8pm
If you think in terms of Goldfrapp/Bjork or Portishead but using old Breton as the language in which she writes and sings, you’ll have an idea of what Kohann is about. A bright talent who already has a proven track record, she sang at London’s Fertilizer festival (Sound UK Ltd) with French bands Nouvelle Vague and Philip Katerine and launched a brand new album this summer which builds upon her previous work when signed to Warner brothers.
Fri 2 Mar 8pm
Ola Onabule is a recording artist of exceptional talent, charm and integrity who has forged his own identity with the writing and recording of five albums of original material, with a sixth on the way. His remarkable four octave-ranged voice is described as achingly beautiful and passionate in its every expression. Ola’s inspirational style of soul, jazz and funk produces a sensational sound of pure energy grace and passion.
Sat 24 Mar 8pm
This great Scottish salsa band fuse Latin and Celtic sounds into a high energy mix of unforgettable musical explorations. A unique gathering of musicians from two very different musical cultures, they combine the Cuban charanga sound of flute and fiddles with a Highland blend of flute, fiddles and bagpipes. Once seen, never forgotten, it is music that gets into the blood and blasts away the boundaries that define where musical genres begin and end.
Fri 6 Apr 8pm
BBC Radio 2 Horizon Winner Julie Fowlis hails from the remote island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The first Gaelic artist ever to be nominated for a coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and voted Gaelic Singer of the Year 2005 at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Julie recently released her critically acclaimed debut solo album, mar a tha mo chridhe/as my heart is. She is also recognised as a fine instrumentalist, playing bagpipes, whistles, oboe and cor anglais. Julie has performed with some of the finest musicians in the business and continues to enthusiastically bring Gaelic music and song to new audiences all over the world.
Thu 12 Apr 8pm
Drawing on blues, rock, funk and jazz influences, award-winning musician Preston Reed weaves and melds genres, rhythms and textures to produce a signature sound that has earned him world renown for its emotional power and stylistic creativity. Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical, Reeds vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist. Reed engages the entire instrument, creating a rock/jazz rhythm section, melody line and chordal accompaniment simultaneously. There are no fancy gadgets or gimmicky FX - just 6 strings (or occasionally 12), two hands and a daring and innovative musical imagination that crosses all boundaries.
THREE COUNTRIES OF FOLK
Thu 26 Apr 8pm
performance brings together artists from the folk traditions of Wales, Scotland and England, highlighting the breadth and particular beauty of contemporary folk
from each country. The evening will feature three young female artists: Julie
Murphy, a vocalist from Wales (best known as the lead singer with folk band
Fernhill) Lisa Knapp, an instrumentalist and vocalist from England, (who
re-works folk songs with a splash of her very original writing) and Jenna Reid,
an instrumentalist specialising in the fiddle from Scotland (current holder of
the Best Newcomer Award, Scots Trad Awards 2005). For lovers of contemporary
folk this is an evening not to be missed!
Fri 27 Apr 8pm
Shooglenifty’s unique fusion of energised dance vibes, with a contemporary but distinct Scottish roots feel, is virtually impossible not to dance to. The sheer excitement and musicality of this great band has earned them a well deserved global reputation for fantastic live performances. The band’s influences are much wider than the average Celtic revivalists, including mentions for Captain Beefheart, The Fall, and modern, ambient techno artists. Above all they play sublime music and are great, great fun!