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Sunday 25 February 2018

Dreamer Niall to launch new album

Bill Browne

Cork-born singer/songwriter Niall Connolly will be back on home turf on Friday, September 29 when he will perform tracks from his new album at an intimate gig in Coughlan’s Live on Douglas Street.

The gig is part of a 17-date Irish tour to mark the release of ‘Dream Your Way Out Of This One’ – Connolly’s eighth, and if the critical acclaim it has already received is anything to go by, finest album to date.

Connolly has built a worldwide following thanks to his impressive catalogue of studio recordings and frequent tours across Europe and the United States.

His observations on life in his adopted home of New York City, as well as his descriptions of the faces and places encountered along the way, have cemented a leading reputation among his musical peers, and has led to his songs being covered by a wide array of artists.

He has earned the praise of music critics on both sides of the Atlantic with The Chicago Tribune describing Connolly’s style as “terrific, disarmingly beautifully crafted folk-pop. Connolly is a witty storyteller and a not-to-be-missed songsmith.”

At the core of each of Connolly’s songs is the story, one that unfolds a layer with each listen, enhancing his reputation as an immensely entertaining and engaging entertainer.

With ‘Dream Your Way Out Of This One’, his most political album to date, Connolly has, in his own words, “evoked the longing to keep a hold on our humanity amidst the fractured and fragile status of the current social climate. It is my response to a perilous modern Zeitgeist. An attempt to resist, and ultimately, remain hopeful.”

Through the album he explores his experiences as an immigrant living in a society that seems to be slowly falling apart at the seams, observing the effects the political climate is having on family as well as the wider society.

Echoing the poetry and defiance of songwriters from turbulent decades past, Connolly effortlessly brings a multicoloured palate of emotions to the 12-track album.

A collaboration between Connolly and his long term New York band, members of which have played with the likes of Lambchop, All Night Chemists and Thisway, the album also features guest performances by Deni Bonnett (REM and Cyndi Lauper); Javior Más, former multi-instrumentalist with Leonard Cohen and Glen Hansard of The Frames. The lead single ‘Artificial Lake’, has a distinctly 90’s feel and a punchy hook with poetic lyrics that invite listeners to question their perception of the reality being offered to them.

Another stand-out track, ‘May 12, 1916 – A Song for James Connolly’, draws on the life behind one of Ireland’s most prominent figures as told from the view of his daughter Nora and wife Lily.

Tickets for Niall Connolly at Coughlans Live from www.coughlans.ie priced at €15.

 

A night with Cara and Majella

Two of Ireland's greatest sopranos, Cara O'Sullivan and Majella Cullagh will come together for one unforgettable night of music at the Everyman Palace Theatre on Saturday, October 7.

The programme for the evening will feature the pair showcasing solo and ensemble pieces from their astonishing range of repertoires and duets from some of the great stage musicals.

Tickets for what promises to be a great evening of music and banter from the venue on 021 450 1673 priced at €30.

Corkman

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