Frances Black at Triskel Arts Centre

Published 19/12/2013 | 05:26

FRANCES Black, of Ireland's best-loved and most enduring artists since the late 80s, with a string of best-selling albums, awards and other accolades behind her is to play a very special show in the captivating and intimate surroundings of the Triskel Christchurch Arts Centre on Saturday, March 29 2014.

Her first solo album 'Talk to Me' was the number one best-selling album in Ireland for 10 weeks. She had a massive hit single with "All The Lies That You Told Me," penned by the late, great Christie Hennessy. Frances released six more best-selling solo albums, 'The Sky Road', 'The Smile On Your Face', 'Don't Get Me Wrong', 'How High the Moon', 'The Best Of Frances Black', and 'This Love Will Carry', all of which contain beautiful melodies and stirring lyrics delivered with passion and feeling. She sings with a conviction and depth of emotion that reflects the inner strength and spirit that has helped her come through the challenges of her own life.

Intelligent and articulate, with a keenly developed social conscience, Frances is very politically aware and has strong opinions on many issues. She is renowned for her rendition of "Legal Illegal," a song by Ewan McColl that powerfully rails against injustice.

Alongside the music, Frances' other main passion in life is The Rise Foundation, a charitable organisation that she founded herself, which is dedicated to assisting families in understanding the nature of the disease of addiction, and the profound effects it has on relationships. This subject is so close to Frances' heart that she went back to college to study to be an addiction counsellor, and now works with people who are trying to step into recovery from this disease, and their families.

The extent of Frances' popularity and talent has been reflected in the awards and accolades that she has received for her albums and live performances. She has twice been the recipient of one of the highest honours in Irish music, the prestigious Irish Recorded Music Association's Best Irish Female Award, and was also delighted to receive a National Entertainment "Personality of the Year" award, as it has always been vitally important to her to connect with her audiences during a performance.

In addition, the excellence of her live performances saw her receiving the "Best Solo Artist" and "Overall Winner" accolades at the Celtic Fusion Festival Awards, in conjunction with Irish Music Magazine, from over 40 nominated acts.

The show starts at 8 p.m., with early bird tickets priced €21 (full price €23).

Corkman

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