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Pauline Scanlon with Keeva


Sat 29 Nov 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: St Matthew's Anglican Church, 200 King Street South, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $42.50 ($40.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Top Irish musicians collaborate with Trinity Roots and perform in NZ.

This November, three of Ireland’s most celebrated Irish musicians; Pauline Scanlon, Tola Custy and Alan Doherty travel to New Zealand to to play shows in New Plymouth, Raglan, Auckland and Hastings, as well as two very special shows in Wellington.

The primary purpose of this visit is to collaborate with with New Zealand’s much loved platinum-selling trio Trinity Roots, on a contemporary collaboration between Maori and Irish musicians. The project is called "Motu :: Oiléain" which translates to “Islands” in Te Reo and Irish respectively. The project will combine the traditional music of Ireland and New Zealand within a modern musical context. The concept of the collaboration is to open a musical conversation between contemporary Celtic and New Zealand musicians which explores the parallels and commonalities in music, culture and history.

The project has been brought together by Irish born New Zealander Gerry Paul, who will join with Scanlon, Custy and Doherty, and Trinity Roots members Warren Maxwell, Rio Hemopo and Ben Lemi. Paul says “This is an exciting and rare opportunity to be able to bring together a handful of the most respected and creative musicians from two countries that are both so rich in music and culture”. The "Motu :: Oiléain" collaboration has been chosen to be showcase at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in January 2015, where NZ is the featured country and has been supported by the British Arts Council and Creative New Zealand. The project will also be showcased at San Fran in Wellington on Sunday the 23rd of November.

While here, the Irish contingent will also perform four intimate shows on their own in the North Island including a show in Hastings, at the St Matthews Church on King St on Saturday the 29th of November.

The Irish Times described singer Pauline Scanlon’s voice as a "superb mix of china cup fragility and steely strength”. Scanlon, who has entranced audiences the world over with her distinctly delicate intensity, has four critically acclaimed albums to her credit and has toured extensively - from Glastonbury Festival to New York’s Carnegie Hall. Accomplished as a soloist and with acclaimed Irish duo Lumiere, Scanlon has shared the stage with some of Ireland’s most cherished performers including Andrea Corr, Sinéad O’ Connor, Damien Dempsey and Sharon Shannon. Scanlon hails from Dingle, West Kerry.

Scanlon will be joined in New Zealand by Keeva, a trio comprised of Irish flute player Alan Doherty, fiddler Tola Custy and guitarist Gerry Paul. Dubliner Doherty is well known for his time as front man of the Irish band Gráda, and as the flute soloist on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, and more recently with his new group ALDOC. From West Clare, Tola Custy is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary composers and session musicians, and his tunes can be heard at a music session in any Irish pub around the world. Guitarist Gerry Paul has an impressive international touring history, having toured the world with various folk heroes including accordion maestro Sharon Shannon, Grammy Award Winning Bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien and long time member of Ravi Shankar’s band, flute player Ravi Kulur . Collectively, the group have played in over fifty countries, at prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, Cambridge Folk Festival, Roskilde Festival, NZ Festival of the Arts, and WOMAD festivals worldwide.

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