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Celtic Divas Tour

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When
Sunday, May 27, 2012

7.30pm

Where
Paramount

Cost
From $45.00

Age Restrictions
All Ages

Four of Ireland’s most prominent folk singers are heading to New Zealand for a special evening of traditional Irish song blended with modern Irish and Americana influences.

Lumiere is a duo from Dingle, in West Kerry, featuring Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Kennedy. These two singers have amassed a huge song collection from their families and the rich traditions of their homeland - steeped in history and the Irish language. They possess the gift of story telling in their songs and on stage.

From Galway, Nicola Joyce has released two critically acclaimed albums to date. The latest, Natural Angle, was recorded with Grammy award-winning icon and producer, Tim O’Brien, and was named by USA’s National Public Radio as one of the Top 5 Folk Albums of 2010.

Noriana Kennedy, from Dublin, presents a songbook stretching generations and diverse genres. Likened to many as a young Mary Black, she has a rare gift of being able to touch any listener through understatement and simplicity. Her debut album Ebb n Flow marks the first assured steps into what promises to be a long journey along folks storied path.

“Whatever we’re singing, whether it’s ancient Irish songs, contemporary folk, or our own original pieces, we put our hearts into it for an honest musical journey,” says Kennedy.
Together the Celtic Divas bring a fresh outlook and Irish warmth to their shows. The charm about their performances is the bond and respect the four girls have between them backed by some of the finest folk musicians available.



Australasian folk musicians Gerry Paul and Ben Franz, as well as fiddler Chris Stone and Noelle McDonnell, will be backing the singers. Gerry Paul, one of Ireland’s most favoured folk guitarists with ten years experience playing with top contemporary Irish group, Gráda, is musical director of the tour.

A mainstay guitarist in The Sharon Shannon Band, an upcoming producer, a member of Grammy Award Winner Tim O'Brien's Two Oceans Trio and a recent winner of the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Award Songwriting Contest, Paul boasts presence, charisma and energy on stage.

"This tour has presented an amazing opportunity to invite four of my very favourite singers to perform in NZ at one time - expect a treat,” says Paul.

Be transported to Ireland for the evening. As Nicola Joyce says: “No matter where you travel it’s hard to find better than a good Irish song.” Expect to head home having learnt a song in Irish and be humming it for the week to come.

 

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