Saturday, October 23. @ 19:00
Hailing from the Armagh-Monaghan border, Dani Larkin is being heralded as ‘one of the finest songwriters of our time’. Larkin has been creating music for several years, and is a well known face on the live circuit in Northern Ireland. A storyteller by nature, her music is inspired by the folktales she was raised with, intertwined with elements of traditional melodies and rhythms from around the world in a timeless tradition.
In 2019 she was awarded The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Artist in Residence and has supported Rufus Wainwright, Lisa O’Neill and most recently Snow Patrol in London last September. With notable performances at Ireland Music Week, Output, Other Voices Belfast and Ballina – she is an artist who has cut her teeth on the live scene. Following in the footsteps of Wallis Bird, Rioghnach Connolly (The Breath) and Lisa O’Neill, she is a must-listen for those interested in contemporary folk music.
Dani recently signed a management deal with Jawdropper Music, world-wide sync deal with Plutonic Group Syncs and, after the performance at Folk Alliance International, has received massive backing from Spotify Editorial. Her recent single Love Part Three has been added to huge playlists: inc. Infinite Acoustic, Women Of Folk, Fresh Folk. She is releasing her debut album Notes For A Maiden Warrior this year, and is seen as one of the brightest lights on the Irish folk scene currently.
Coda is a group of 7 singers and musicians; Declan Askin, Steve Bryant, Mike Cannon, Alan Drumm, Leonard Kelly, Brian Lennon and Conall Ó Domhnaill.
Drawing on vocal talent from the west of Ireland, Coda began developing their own approach to vocal performance several years ago. Their first album ‘mouthmusic’ released in 2013 was produced by Maurice Lennon, and their second album ‘Train of Spirits’ was produced by the legendary Dónal Lunny.
Coda offers an exciting new perspective on traditional and contemporary folk songs, original compositions and popular songs. Their wide-ranging repertoire comprises both acapella arrangements and self-accompanied songs with a traditional Irish twist. A Coda performance is rare, if not unique – seven singers whose harmonies blend beautifully topped off with multi-instrumentation as part of the package.
‘Sometimes it happens completely out of left field, comes a band that just blows your socks off……. One of the most exciting bands I’ve ever heard. I can’t state too strongly how wonderful I think these guys are’ – Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show.
‘They’re based in Westport, County Mayo and I regard them as an invigorating and restoring breath of fresh air’ – Earle Hitchner, Wall Street Journal