Saturday 16 December 2017

Daughter of a legend evokes the spirit of her father on debut recording Dangerous liaisons on Dublin stage Society performs 'Calamity Jane' Conference on saving public money

Hermione Hennessy, daughter of the legendary singer/ songwriter, the late Christy Hennessy, launches her solo performance career with a new album Songs My Father Taught Me on February 26.

The classically trained pianist has a voice inherited from a legend. In the past, she has duetted with her father on such tracks as 'Mr Blue', 'Gettin' Over You' and 'If You Were To Fall'.

Songs My Father Taught Me showcases a performer whose entire life has been steeped in the poetry and music of Ireland, with vocal stylings that remind of the likes of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, right up to the beautiful and dramatic style of Ute Lemper.

"I plan to sing songs he loved, songs I grew up with, songs he wanted me to sing from when I first started playing the piano up to his passing, along with the songs that made the record," says Hermione. "And it is my intention to take his music to the world and keep his name alive."

She not only pays tribute to Christy, but it's an album he urged her to make before he died. She plays the Spirit Store, Dundalk on Wednesday, April 7, and the Sugar Club, Dublin, on Thursday, April 8. Booking Ticketmaster

Dangerous liaisons on Dublin stage

Games of love and lust in 18th century Paris play out on a stunningly stylised stage as the Gate Theatre presents Christopher Hampton's award-winning adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, from Thursday, February 25.

Based on the classic novel by Choderlos de Laclos, Hampton's play tells the sordid tale of the cunning Merteuil and the charming Valmont, high-society rivals who use sex as a weapon to humiliate and destroy.

The Gate has brought together a cast under the direction of Michael Barker-Caven, whose previous works for the Gate include Anna Karenina. Making a welcome return to the Gate are Nick Dunning as Valmont, Fiona Bell as Merteuil and Catherine Walker as Tourvel. The cast also features cabaret singer Maria Tecce.

Society performs 'Calamity Jane'

THE Kilmacud Musical Society will be performing the musical Calamity Jane in St Benildus College, Upper Kilmacud Road, from March 2-6. Performance 8pm sharp.

Tickets from Nancy Kavanagh 01-2880516.

Conference on saving public money

ECONOMIST David McWilliams and the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny will tell a major conference next Thursday how the €15bn public procurement industry can revive the Irish economy.

The aim of Promoting Recovery through Public Procurement, the conference in Dublin's Westbury Hotel on February 25, is to draw up a blueprint as to how "small but significant changes" in how government departments and state agencies spend their money could save the Exchequer money and promote recovery. Tickets can be booked by contacting Caithriona on 01-4020810

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