Traditional Irish Music
At the crossroads of Traditional Irish Music and ambient electronica, collaborators PAULINE SCANLON & PÁDRAIG RYNNE with his band NOTIFY announce the release of an EP on January 16th and an Irish tour. This specially commissioned touring project is the result of a 6 month writing collaboration to be showcased in a highly anticipated concert series starting in Belfast on February 27thculminating in a St Patrick’s Day concert in Dublin.
Recipients of an Arts Council of Ireland and Northern Ireland Traditional Arts Touring and Dissemination Award, Pádraig Rynne's NOTIFY and Pauline Scanlon have been funded for their ambition to contribute to the development of new, young and urban audiences for Traditional Irish Music. Scanlon and Rynne, both leading figureheads of the new Irish Tradition, breathe fresh life into Gaelic music and song, with "a musical tapestry that ranges from soft melodies to crashing crescendos". Centred around the wizardry of concertina player and electronic sound designer Pádraig Rynne and the stunning vocals of Gaelic folk singer Pauline Scanlon the duo are anchored by NOTIFY - Cillian King on guitars, Eoin Walsh on bass and Shane O’Sullivan on drums. NOTIFY’s debut album was nominated in December 2014 for Best Traditional Album by the Irish Times. Together the ensemble delivers an evocative repertoire of original compositions, re-arranged traditional tunes and Irish language songs, produced with sensitive electronic overlays and inventive arrangements that are “cinematic in scope” (New York Echo)
The EP Pádraig Rynne’s NOTIFY & Pauline Scanlon comprises four pieces: The Carrington Event is an instrumental inspired by the solar storm of 1859, composed by Pádraig and melding influences of mainstream, Breton and Irish music. Soundscaped audio throughout the track bring a new sense of sound rarely heard side by side with the Irish concertina. The Limerick Rake is an old traditional song brought into the present with a contemporary arrangement seemlessly moving from a sparse vocal to groovier beat. It tells of a rogue from Limerick and his relationship with the ladies around him. A Rake indeed! Advanced Knowledge / The Right Of Way two melodies from Pádraig’s pen act as an answer and call to each other. From distorted keyboards to swirling concertinas, this instrumental wouldn’t be out of place on a Rihanna album! Bog Braon is a sweet simple lullaby Pauline associates with her childhood in West Kerry.
27 Feb – The Mac, Belfast 8pm £12 Booking: +44 (0) 28 90 235053 www.themaclive.com
1 March – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo With special guest John Spillane. 8pm E18/e15 conc Booking: 071 9161518 www.hawkswell.com
5 March – glór, Ennis 8pm E15 Booking: 065 6843103 www.glor.ie
17 March - St Patrick’s Festival Dublin With special guest Sylvain Barou. Free registered event, Secret venue to be announced. www.stpatricksfestival.ie
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