Northern Lights - Fjord and Glen Tour Jan/Feb 2013

Northern Lights is a Gaelic-Norse song project which illustrates how the themes of folk music are transmitted throughout different traditions. It is a performance dialogue of songs from Ireland and Scandinavia which takes its direction from the mood and colours of songs separated by language but placed in the same emotional sphere. A dialogue of conjoined songs and switching language it presents a soundscape which conveys the local and the universal at once.

18 months after the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Dubh agus Geal – Darkness and light, Northern lights are set for their first Irish tour in February 2013. The Ireland and Belgian based group, who played to ten packed houses (and two sell out shows) in Belgium in January 2012 will be performing to Irish audiences for the first time since the (June) 2011 release of Dubh agus Geal. With music described as “A bold ride into unchartered territory” (The Irish Times) this tour is long overdue.

Northern Lights combine Irish and Scandinavian traditional music and songs based on how they make you feel. It takes you on a journey through exile, superstition, ghosts and ic-bound seas. From Ireland to Norway and Sweden. Through unfamiliar sounds with a familiar tone. A tone born of an innate need in all people and traditions –the need to express human passions.

With Northern Lights, De Cock and Mac Mathúna, backed by the percussive guitar of Decker, have found extraordinary similarities in how themes that are common to all people (superstition, exile, and lament of the dead, for instance) are expressed in Ireland and Scandinavia. They believe that these expressions of human nature are so fundamental that you recognise them instantly regardless of language. In Northern Lights they have found resonant touchstones in the musical sounds of traditions separated by language and distance, and have created a powerful dialogue with them.

Northern Lights are:  Lorcán MacMathúna (voice, srutti); Raphael de Cock (uilleann pipes, low whistle, voice, chatkhan, hardanger fiddle, jews harp); and Rémi Decker (guitar, pipes).

"spectacular... highly charged ...deeply expressive" **** (The Irish Times)
“This album defies reviewers in the best possible way” ***** (Folkradio)
“definitely one of the best Celtic influenced albums from 2011” (folkworld)

Sun, January 20, 20:30 : Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey,
Tue, January 22, 20:30: The Grand Folk Club, At the Grand Social 35 Lwr Liffey Street Dublin
Wed, January 23, 20:00: St. John’s, Listowel,
Thu, January 24, 21:00: De Barra’s Clonakilty
Fri, January 25, 20:00: Áras Inis Gluaire, Mayo

Thu, February 7, 20:00: Christchurch, Waterford
Fri, February 8, 20:00: Wireless Folk. The Franciscan Church, Henry Street, Limerick,
Sat, February 9, 20:00 The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo -with WeBanjo3

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