Monday 21 May 2018

The pleasure list: Aoife strikes out on her own

Debut album: Aoife Scott launches her album as part of TradFest
Debut album: Aoife Scott launches her album as part of TradFest
Vivienne Foley will have her first solo exhibtion in a decade.

Talented Aoife Scott was born into the legendary Black Family, which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary, and has been immersed in music from an early age, from listening to her grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to being backstage at festivals both here and abroad.

Far from being overshadowed by those around her, she's fast forging her own path in the music business. She has what has been described as "a voice that evokes the wild western landscape - fragile one minute and forceful the next."

She lives in Dublin and has worked with some of Ireland's finest and also international acts including Sharon Shannon, Séamus Begley, Brian Kennedy, Altan, Cherish the Ladies, Eddi Reader, John Prine, and of course the Black Family.

Aoife's vocal talents were featured in the IFTA award winning TV series 1916. She'll launch her eagerly- awaited debut album as part of TradFest - a festival showcasing the full spectrum of traditional and folk music in Temple Bar venues and running from January 27-31 - at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, on Sunday January 31 at 2.30pm.

Sculpture at the  Solomon

Renowned Irish ceramicist Vivienne Foley's first solo exhibition in Ireland for over ten years will include her signature hand-thrown, classical and abstract porcelain vessels, as well as a new series of elegantly modelled bronze sculpture.

Based in London, Vivienne is internationally recognised as one of the finest artists working in porcelain. She has had multiple solo exhibitions including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, James Graham & Sons Gallery in New York and the National Museum of Ireland.

Vivienne's work can be found in The White House, the Swedish Royal household and the Ulster Museum, as well as embassies, hotels and corporate headquarters worldwide.

Vivienne Foley's bronze sculptures are a recent development in her practice. She has worked in porcelain for over 40 years.

Vivienne Foley: The Attraction of Opposites: Bronze & Porcelain runs at Solomon Fine Art, until February 6.

It's a blooming good way to celebrate your birthday

We love the idea of a restaurant appreciating our custom so much that they go out of their way to encourage us to come back.

Bloom Brasserie on Upper Baggot Street is doing just that, a restaurant loyalty scheme where regular diners receive yummy goodies such as a voucher for a free starter, dessert or cocktail for everyone at the table.

Other tasty gifts include 2-for-1 lunches, complimentary cocktails, and the best of all (we think), is the Birthday Gift from Bloom. The Birthday Gift is a free round of cocktails for tables of 4 or more and the Birthday Person eats for free.

If it's a more intimate birthday celebration of two people, the Birthday Gift is a bottle of house wine. Membership of the Bloom Brasserie VIP Club is absolutely free, and all members have to do is sign up with their first name, email address and birthday month.

Menus include 'Match Day Menu' and 'Junior Foodies'.

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