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FOLK@CLONTER – COLUM SANDS
Saturday 14th October 2017 - 8:00 pm to 10:40 pm
Clonter is delighted to welcome back the Irish bard with both his tremendous humanity and wit, to mark World Mental Health Day. For those who have not had the pleasure of seeing/hearing Colum before, the fact that Colum is returning for a third, if not fourth time, hopefully says it all.
Colum will be performing with special guest, cellist Adrianne Wininsky, and supported by Esther Brennan and Ian Buchanan.
This event will take place in the new performance space in the Ramsey Room – Cabaret Style, accompanied by an optional pre-performance supper.
Colum is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.
‘…Colum’s gift is of breaking down cultural barriers through choice words and eloquent music.’
John O’Regan, Rock ‘n’ Reel
“An unforgettable, wonderful performer. I’ve just seen him play to 2500 people in the Australian National Folk Festival’s biggest venue and make everyone feel as if they were sitting in his lounge room. He’s warm, witty, moving and funny”
Steve Barnes Director, Fairbridge Folk Festival
Colum Sands has performed in over thirty countries around the world, confirming the universal appeal for the songs and stories with which he observes the minute and often humorous details of life.
A member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down, Colum established his reputation as a songwriter with the release of his first solo album, Unapproved Road in 1981. Songs like “Whatever you say, say nothing”, and “Almost every Circumstance“ were soon in the repertoire of artists from Billy Connolly to Maddy Prior and June Tabor.
His second album The March Ditch inspired a special BBC television documentary and songs like “The Man with the Cap” and “Looking the loan of a Spade” confirmed his unique ability to observe locally and appeal universally.
On his travels around the world he soon discovered that many of his songs had arrived before him, carried by other singers and in recordings by fellow performers like Andy Irvine, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Roy Bailey, Mick Hanley, Gerard van Maasakkers, Rosemary Woods, Iain McIntosh and Enda Kenny.
In 2012, Colum took time out from touring and his weekly radio programme to write and record his ninth album, Turn the Corner. The album was released during the 2013 Fiddler’s Green International Festival and since then many of the ten original songs including “Annie I owe you”, “Lazy Hill”, “The Glassmaker’s Hand”, “Two Angry Dogs” and the title track, have become firm favourites with audiences around the world.
As a professional freelance musician, Adrianne has performed with orchestras, chamber ensembles and opera pit orchestras across America and the UK, and at music festivals around the world.
Along with TV appearances on Top of the Pops, The X Factor, and Michael Parkinson’s show, she performs regularly throughout the UK and has worked with Take That, Il Divo, Elbow, Eliza Carthy, Teatro, Michael Bublé, Embrace, Daniel Beddingfield, and Chesney Hawkes.
Esther Brennan and Ian Buchanan
Singer-songwriter Esther Brennan accompanied by Ian Buchanan on Dobro and mandolin perform an eclectic selection of original material. Simplicity in writing, innovative melodies and strong intrumentation have audiences captivated.
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Doors Open 6pm
Performance Starts 8pm
Dining Options Pre-performance supper available to pre-order