***THIS GIG HAS BEEN CANCELLED – refunds from point of sale***
IARLA Ó LIONÁIRD
& Special Guests
***THIS GIG HAS BEEN CANCELLED – Due to circumstances beyond his control, Iarla O’Lionaird has been forced to cancel his upcoming November shows. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.***
Iarla O’Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of CúilAodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. From his iconic early recording of the vision song “Aisling Gheal” whilst still a boy, through many recordings O’Lionairdestablished himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development. 2011 sees the release of O’Lionaird’s latest solo album “Foxlight” on Realworld Records.
Iarla has created a rich and mature work as producer Leo Abrahams returns O’Lionáird’sremarkable voice to the heart of the music. Featuring an array of collaborators including Jon Hopkins, Leo Abrahams, Sara Marielle Gaup of Adjagas, Geese and Caoimhín ÓRaghallaigh.
Always an artist on his own journey O’Lionáird signed to the prestigious Realworld label in the mid 1990’s he would go on to make many ground breaking recordings with the multi million selling Afro Celt Sound System receiving two Grammy nominations. Solo albums “Seven Steps to Mercy” (1997, produced by Michael Brook) and “Invisible Fields” (2005) brought widespread acclaim confirming O’Lionáird as one of contemporary music’s most ambitious singers and recording artists.
O’Lionáird has always been a collaborator and an artist seeking new fields of engagement. From his collaborations with Peter Gabriel on Ovo, this has taken an increasingly classical form. His song-cycle with Gavin Bryars, Anail De (The Breath of God) reflects a deep artistic collaboration and friendship with the composer. Similarly he has worked extensively with acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and his group The Crash Ensemble. He also a featured soloist on the Nonesuch debut label release ofDennehy’s “Grá agus Bás “ with Dawn Upshaw and Crash Ensemble released in May.
Iarla has just completed a tour including a sell-out show at The National Concert Hall in Dublin with the new band he initiated with Martin Mayes called The Gloaming featuring Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes, Thomas Bartlett and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh.