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Imagining Ireland

Some of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians – led by Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and Lisa Hannigan – come to London.

Paul Noonan, who has helped to curate this evening, holds a unique territory in the Irish rock landscape – as lead singer of Bell X1 he has been a household name for almost 20 years and remains keenly relevant to this day. He’s joined by a host of artists, including the Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, Saint Sister, whose music draws from Celtic harp traditions and electronica, and the Domino Records signee Seamus Fogarty.

Also on the bill will be the Cork-raised but Deep South-sounding Brian Deady, Loah, who grew up between Ireland and West Africa, and Northside Dublin duo  Mango X Mathman.  Then there’s Stephen James Smith, central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today, the atmospheric alt-Folk of Maria Kelly, improvised experimental violin from Dowry and a new piece for strings and electronics by J Colleran (AKA MMOTHS), premiered by the Crash Ensemble.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain and by the Embassy of Ireland in London.

Presented by Serious in association with The National Concert Hall 


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