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RIC NEALE & Esme Bridie
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High & Lonesome
Saint Sister, formed in November 2014, is the new project from Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk'—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp. Following their debut performance on Irish television, they opened for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler in Whelan’s. April saw them support San Fermin (Downtown records), and tour Ireland with Dublin band Spies. In August, the band entered the studio for the first time to record their debut EP with Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier), which was released on November 13th on Tr
out Records. Over the coming weeks they commence two Irish tours with O Emperor and Wyvern Lingo. They have since played their first US performance at SXSW 2016 and wowwed at
The Great Escape Festival
in Brighton. Song of the Day – The Line Of Best Fit 'Bewitching, that’s Saint Sister [...] It’s a striking, at times quite intense piece of work; it unfolds patiently, with a rare sense of grace' – Clash Magazine 8 songs we loved this week – Entertainment Weekly 'Theirs is a strong, resonant, magnetic sound, with a clear folk influence in the wash, but one where the spooky, full-bodied songs they’re digging out also come with a lot of melodic gumption' – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times 'Their music is folk, pastoral and dreamy with its pop eyes wide open' – Nialler9 'Taking a few minutes to dwell on a song like this is one [of] life's greatest gifts' – The 405
Ric Neale is a musician and songwriter. His new record "All That Counts" sees him return to his roots as a solo piano player and vocalists as he brings five brand new original songs to life in a live setting. This will add to his cannon of three solo releases so far. He has just finished working as Songwriter, Musical Director and performer in the sell out show "Dancing Bear" with Jamie Fletcher and Company that toured The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and The Contact Theatre in Manchester. In 2013 two songs he co-wrote got into the top ten of the UK Songwriting Contest and, with his band The Housekeeping Society, has been commissioned to create music for a wide range of musical projects; as well as writing songs for the show “Dancing With The Orange Dog” which toured nationally, and creating the piece “45RPM” for the art exhibition “Thud, Crackle, Pop” in partnership with visual artist Pete McKee, they have also released four concept albums. Ric has performed with of a range of artists including Jason Donovan, David Mead and Chris Helme.
Esme Bridie blends her natural, honest vocal tone with strong and potent lyrical content beyond her years. Pure and emotive, her songs echo the reflective nature of the 1960’s with an additional contemporary touch Sunday 18th September 7.30pm - £5 adv.
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