Amble

2024 bodes to be a year to remember for Amble. Their four-track EP Of Land and Sea was released on all streaming platforms on Friday, 16th February. This release coincided with their sold-out tour of Ireland and the UK.

Amble are Robbie Cunningham, Oisin Mc Caffrey and Ross Mc Nerney, a 3-piece ensemble of songwriters hailing from the midlands and west of Ireland. In only ten months, Amble have garnered over 135k monthly Spotify listeners and is fast approaching the 4,000,000-stream total, averaging over 30,000 streams a day.

To date, Amble have sold out all shows, The Workman’s Cellar (April 2023), The Sugar Club (November 2023) (selling out five months in advance) and now sold out their entire debut Irish Tour five months in advance. They have also sold out their debut London headliner, adding a second sold-out date and upgrading and selling out their Glasgow debut in King Tuts. If Amble’s debut EP, 2023’s Amble (Live), introduced a new musing, trad-tinged trio of songwriters to the Irish music scene, 2024’s highly distinctive Of Land and Sea finds the group expanding their sound to an ever-more global audience.

The unique perspective of three individual songwriters creates a peerless body of work that only enhances the now familiar ruminative observations on the world and, more pertinently – the stories unfolding each day within it.

Camilla Griehsel’s Mamasongue

Mamasongue is a celebration of songs from distant lands, and just around the corner, brought to the stage by Camilla Griehsel, one of Ireland’s most versatile and passionate singers. Camilla sings songs from around the world that transcend the constraints of culture, time and place to show that a song’s true meaning can be deeply felt, regardless of its language.

“I am drawn to the universal emotions in performance,” says Camilla. “As we travel from culture to culture, we’ll find parallels in the way music resolves into nurture, love and joy from keening laments to the comfort of a lullaby. From a mother’s tongue comes the primordial language of song beyond words.”

During the show, Camilla sings of love, loss and longing, passion, desire and joy. She reaches out and reminds us of the undeniable connection between us all.

Camilla Griehsel, born in Sweden, has over thirty years professional experience from pop recording artist to avant-garde opera, from traditional jazz to South American folk. She is dedicated to bringing people together and connecting hearts through the power and universality of song. Backed by world-class musicians, Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbo, South African Bassist Concord Nkabinde, Irish Percussionist Éamonn Cagney and Johnny Taylor of the Johnny Taylor Trio.

Tommy Fleming

Described as a singer whose voice has the remarkable ability of transporting listeners into his world, fans will enjoy this ultimate celebration at a concert of Tommy Fleming’s!

Tommy Fleming sings from his soul. He breathes raw emotion into each and every song, be it his own arrangement, a classic cover or a dynamic duet. Fluent and flawless his unique voice has touched the hearts of many, right across the globe and when you see Tommy in full flight with his full band and orchestra you truly have been part of a journey that has reached sublime heights yet one that has never lost sight of its roots.

Performing two shows at Cork Opera House on Friday, February 7th, and Saturday, February 8th, 2025, this is an evening of music not to be missed.

Fairytale of The Pogues: A tribute by The Rapparees

Belfast’s busiest folk band, the Rapparees, have been fanatical followers of the Pogues throughout their musical lives; and in 2014 when they were asked to pay homage to their heroes , they jumped at it.

Ten years on and over 30 sold-out shows later, their Pogues tribute concerts have now become an annual tradition in Belfast ,Dublin and the UK with them having just completed a sold out 12 date tour in December 2023 .

Since the recent sad passing of the one and only Shane McGowan the band have received many requests to take the show to other audiences and will play 4 dates in Ireland this Easter, following this up with an expanded Irish and UK Christmas Tour in November and December 2024 .

The Rapparees have been making waves in folk music circles for over 15 years. Renowned for their unique and distinctive sound and their trademark ‘rough & ready’ style of playing, reminiscent of that of Shane McGowan and The Popes. They forged a deep understanding and Grá for the music of Shane and The Popes having toured with them earlier in their musical careers.

They reproduce the magic of such hits as Fiesta, A Rainy Night in Soho, Dirty Old Town  ,A Pair of Brown Eyes ,Streams of Whiskey, Sally McLennane, If I Should Fall From Grace With God and many more , not forgetting a certain festive classic.

Laoise Leahy – Green Room Sessions

Blending a lifetime of eclectic influences, including artists such as Esperanza Spaulding, Laura Mvula, Beady Belle, Jazzmeia Horn, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Al Jerreau, Herbie Hancock, and many others, Laoise’s music weaves strands of jazz, soul, pop, blues, rock, and electro driven by lyrics concerned with human circumstances and experience, always approached with a spirit of realism, empathy, humour, and hope.

Throughout Laoise’s residency, she has been accompanied by a variety of world class jazz musicians and artists such as her band The Johnny Taylor Trio – Johnny Taylor (piano), Barry Donohue (bass), and Dominic Mullan (drums), she has also performed intimate duo concerts with artists such as Cormac McCarthy (piano, composer, arranger) & Jack O’ Rourke (piano & voice).

Laoise will perform a variety of musical programmes to include original compositions and interpretations of jazz standards and much loved songs with some surprises in the mix! With the spotlight on her rich, soulful, tones in these relaxed evenings of music, Laoise is sure to have audiences entranced.

Cork Opera House’s Jazz Artist-in-Residence is supported by The Arts Council.

Take It To The Limit – A Celebration of The Eagles

Every so often when a combination of the right people come together something magical happens, well this is the only way to describe these guys!! Each performer is an established artist in their own right having carved a victorious path for themselves in the music business. Their debut tour completely sold out back in November 2018 and since then word about the exciting new show has spread throughout the country and has created a lot of excitement.

Johnny Brady, one of the most distinctive voices on the Irish music scene is known for his powerful vocals, energetic performances and charismatic personality. Johnny has a unique sound and is continually pushing the boundaries in a new generation of Irish music Artists.

Simon Casey hit the headlines back in 2003 when he became a superstar after appearing on one of the most popular TV shows ever in Ireland, You’re A Star. Simon performed live on the show every Sunday evening and subsequently his first single “A Better Plan” spent three weeks at number one in the Irish Top 30 and is now certified triple platinum. Simon was also enlisted to record the famous Irish Rugby World Cup Anthem penned by Phil Coulter, “Ireland’s Call” which has also been certified platinum.

Nigel Connell started singing before he could talk and at the age of only 13 performed his first gig with his family band. Fast forward 25 years and already he has achieved what most musicians could only dream of. Once the drummer with Daniel O’Donnell, he toured the world before setting his sights on the Irish music scene. In 2016 he entered The Voice Of Ireland where he became a household name, delighting audiences with his powerful vocals and energetic drumming ability.

The Sheerin Family Band are the guys that bind all this together. Comprising of 6 brothers; Paul, Des, Danny, Kieran, Tom & Simon, they are known for their tight crisp harmonies and attention to detail. From Carnegie Hall to The London Palladium to the 3 Arena these guys have performed with some of the biggest names in the music world including Billy Ocean, Mel C, Curtis Stigers, Colin Raye, Larry Gatlin, Paul Carrack, Phil Vassar, Charlie Pride, Nathan Carter…the list is endless.

This unique ten piece ensemble of top class musicians will be performing hits like “Hotel California”, “Take It Easy”, “New Kid In Town”, “Desperado” and many more.

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s unique blend of melodic craftsmanship, witty wordplay, topical acuity and surrealist humour has given him an enduring and endearing career. His song writing knack has outlived and transcended fashion, global million-sellers and critical acclaim. Now recognised as one of our great singer-songwriters, he’s been championed in recent years by everyone from Paul Weller, Nina Simone, Mick Hucknall, Squeeze’s Difford & Tilbrook, Neil Diamond to Gary Barlow (whose Crooner Sessions Gilbert duetted on earlier this year), Empire Of The Sun, Boy George and The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess whose acclaimed ‘The Listening Party’ recently featured Gilbert’s Himself, Back To Front and 2022’s Driven albums and who recently joined him on stage for for a duet of ‘Nothing Rhymed’.

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s career has spanned 50 years. His first single success ‘Nothing Rhymed’ was released in 1970 and almost overnight it achieved Top 10 status In the UK and Europe charts. His 1971 debut album Himself was littered with the most perfect examples of his art and craftsmanship.

His second, 1972’s Back To Front, firmly cemented Gilbert amongst the world’s best, with Top 10 singles and no. 1’s around the world, including the classic ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’ which topped the US charts for six weeks and earned him three Grammy nominations.

British recognition soon followed with the songs ‘Clair’ and ‘Get Down’ reaching the summit of the UK singles charts and his LP Back To Front topping the album charts. In the same year at the 18th  Ivor Novello Awards Gilbert was named ‘Song Writer of the Year’. To date he has won three Ivors and in recent times performed alongside other artists at BBC Proms in the Park. He has also made three appearances at Glastonbury including the main stage, and toured extensively throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe, Japan and Australia.

His recent albums, 2018’s Ethan Johns-produced Gilbert O’Sullivan and this year’s Andy Wright-produced Driven (both awarded 4-stars in MOJO magazine), have seen a rightful renaissance and reappraisal of this Irish born, outstanding British talent.

London African Gospel Choir performing Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’

Known for bringing African gospel into the hearts of audiences worldwide, the London African Gospel Choir have announced an exhilarating performance of Paul Simon’s classic Graceland, which will be performed by 16 members of the choir.

On the night the audience can expect unforgettable arrangements of Paul Simon songs such as ‘The Boy In The Bubble’, ‘Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes’ and ‘You Can Call Me Al’. The renowned choir frequently headline their own tours around the world, with dates regularly selling out, along with appearing on festival bills around the UK and Europe. In 2018, they performed at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast and on the All Together Now main stage.

It’s the meaning of the words that counts and Paul Simon’s Graceland – acclaimed as one of the most iconic records in rock and roll history upon its release in 1986 – is a perfect fit with its uplifting lyrics and South African rhythms and melodies. In the wake of Graceland‘s 30th anniversary, Camden’s Jazz Café commissioned the London African Gospel Choir to perform the album in its entirety for one night only. Tickets sold out within hours and so five more nights were added which all sold out thus confirming the enduring appeal of Paul Simon’s masterpiece and also the growing excitement generated by the Choir’s string of notable stage and television appearances.

Over the years the choir has performed on stage and television with stars like Emile Sande, Mumford & Sons, Tom Jones and The Soweto Gospel Choir, with whom they made a triumphant appearance at London’s 02 Arena in front of 17,000 people. Annie Lennox also invited them to perform at a number of prestigious events including the MIT Awards. The choir has worked with actor/director Idris Elba, star of Mandela: Long Road To Freedom, who recruited them for an album celebrating South African music which was recorded in tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Bruised Orange – A John Prine Tribute

Grammy-winning singer Prine was one of America’s greatest songwriters and combined literary genius with a common touch – for five decades, he wrote rich, plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of everyday working people and changed the face of modern American roots music. When he passed away in 2020, John Prine left behind an extraordinary body of folk-country classics.

Boasting some of Ireland most experienced musicians, the Bruised Orange band is made up of Michael ‘Mike Mack’ McGarry (Rhythm Guitar & Vocals), Anthony Toby Cregan (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Derek Matthews (Bass & Vocals) James Quinn (Keyboards) and Shay Carry (Percussion). Each member brings a unique set of talents and abilities to the group which provides for a unique live John Prine experience. The show is fronted by Mike Mack McGarry who accurately reflects John’s vocal range with similar ease of delivery, an affected twang and drawl, which thrive of a peculiar, domestic relation to country, folk, rhythm and blues. His storytelling and short anecdotes are also a testament to a Bruised Orange live show.

Lead guitarist Anthony Toby Cregan is one of Irelands most revered guitarists, His style and playing reflects that of Jason Wilbur, Prine’s go-to guy from the early 1990’s up until John’s death. Bassist Derek Matthews is known from one of Irelands top wedding bands ‘Stop the Clock’. His double bass and look again reflects that of Prine’s bass man Dave Jacques. Drummer Shay Carry is the backbone of the band with his unique style. Shay has toured extensively with some of Irelands top country artists.

Something About George – The George Harrison Story

“All Things Must Pass”, they say. Well, George Harrison’s name will live on forever.

From the creators of Something About Simon – The Paul Simon Story, a brand-new show that will answer the question “where does life take you after being in the greatest band in the history of the world?”

Something About George – The George Harrison Story tells the truly remarkable tale of one of music’s most understated icons. Featuring beautiful songs like ‘My Sweet Lord’, ‘Something’, and ‘Handle With Care’, the show includes incredible solo material and music from rock n’ roll’s greatest supergroup, The Travelling Wilburys – not forgetting more than a few Beatles’ classics along the way. From heartbreak to hedonism and song writing to success, Something About George will show you a life that was anything but quiet.

Presented By: Something About Productions
Written By: Jon Fellowes
Starring: Daniel Taylor
Band Members: Joe Smithson, Tom Kinton, Callum MacMillan and James Breckon
Duration: 140mins. One Interval
Age Suitability 12+