Friday 4th January
1 Portobello Harbour, D8.
€10/€12 + booking fee
Our featured artist, Laoise O’Brien oversees the 5th chapter of the Kaleidoscope 2018/2019 season in a very special format sure to enthral Kaleidoscope regulars. The evening will culminate in the launch of Laoise’s latest musical tapestry: The Child Ballads. Laoise is joined by a group of musicians who specialise in crossing borders between genres. The first half of the evening will include sets from Kaleidoscope favourites, The Gregory Walkers, stunning jazz vocalist, Aoife Doyle, multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Francesco Turrisi, ‘O Deer’ singer and composer, Oisín Walsh-Peelo with vocalists, Aoife Moore and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, and traditional musicians, Ultan O’Brien (fiddle) and Fionn Ó hAlmhain (pipes/flutes). In a departure from the traditional Kaleidoscope formula, the second part of the evening will be a continuous performance of Laoise’s interpretation of The Child Ballads including songs, melodies and spoken texts from this fascinating collection. This promises to be a night of melodic merriment and musical mastery.
The Child Ballads are a collection of over three hundred traditional ballads originally from England and Scotland, and their American variants, collected by Francis James Child during the second half of the nineteenth century. The Child Ballads have been performed and recorded by musicians from the classical, folk, jazz, and roots traditions, but never before have the genres amalgamated. The concept behind this project was to see what would emerge when musicians from diverse backgrounds got together in a room to approach music that is common to them all. Many of the ballads also appear in other collections. It is specifically the connection to
Irish collections and folklore that is the focus of this project and which gives the recording a distinctly Irish flavour.
Laoise O’Brien is an award winning musician with over twenty years professional performance experience. During this time she has managed, produced and delivered multiple performances for tours, festivals & events. Since 2011 she has been active as a music producer; producing first her own albums, and later large-scale projects involving diverse genres and large forces.
Laoise’s background is in early music but she is equally at home in classical, traditional and folk idioms. She runs a music production company with recording engineer, Ben Rawlins.
Described in the media as a virtuoso recorder player, Laoise is in regular demand and has appeared as a soloist and guest musician with numerous ensembles in Ireland and abroad. Laoise has established a reputation for weaving musical tapestries which combine history and folklore with music and song.
The Child Ballads is her fourth solo album.
“Laoise O’Brien’s mesmerising skill” The Irish Times
Ultan O’Brien is a fiddle player and violist from county Clare active in the worlds of performance, composition, and education. Ultan performs and records traditional and contemporary Irish music as a soloist & with a number of groups/ bands including Skipper’s Alley and Aon Teanga:UnÇhengey. He views collaboration and the creative processes that emerge from collaborative projects as key to his artistic practice.
Oisín Walsh-Peelo is a singer and composer from Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Oisín studied composition at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin. A prize-winning pianist, harpist and singer, he has been working as a solo performer, composer, choral conductor and arranger.
Oisín has spent the past two years touring the world with Folk-Rock band Hudson Taylor and in October 2018 supported Hozier in the US with O Deer, his solo project which is inspired by folk and classical idioms.
Fionn Ó hAlmhain
Fionn Ó hAlmhain is a musician from County Wicklow. Primarily a piper, he also plays flutes and tin whistles and sings traditional songs in Irish and English. He had performed extensively at home and abroad including Russia, China, Germany, the Basque Country, Belgium and Britanny.
In addition to his traditional skills, Fionn has sung with Irish National Opera, Yorke Trust Opera, Opera Britain, Lyric Opera, the Salford Choral Society and the Glyndebourne Academy.
Aoife Moore is a classical soprano and folk singer. She holds a Bachelor of Music from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she studied with Colette McGahon Tosh and specialised in pedagogy. She has been studying for a Masters degree in Irish Language communication and media from UCD for the last year and is working on a research project of original music based on Irish language poetry written by women. She currently works with Music Generation South Dublin as a conductor of children’s choirs and an early years practitioner.
Born in Ashford, County Wicklow, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo began his musical career as a boy soprano. He toured with Opera Theatre Company, was soloist with National Symphony Orchestra and appeared playing piano and singing on the Late Late Toy Show, all before he was thirteen. At Fourteen he was cast in the lead role of the acclaimed Irish movie Sing Street, a role that engaged his musical and acting talents.
Ferdia currently plays the role of Alfred the Great in the TV Show Vikings. Other recent roles include young Dave Allen in BBC 2’s Dave Allen at Peace and Rez in Eoin Macken’s Here Are the Young Men.
Aoife Doyle’s unique, expressive voice is equally at home with jazz, folk, country, bluegrass or blues, and her singing can evoke memories of the sophisticated, velvet tones of Ella Fitzgerald, the earthy, sweet lyricism of Patsy Cline or the straight-up country clarity of Alison Krauss. In 2013 she released her first solo album ‘This Time the Dreams on Me’, a collection of songs with unique arrangements. In recent years Aoife has stepped into the role of composer and in June 2017 she released her first album of original music ‘Clouds’ to critical acclaim.