Ian Prowse sings the song he wrote for his daughter, Rosalita, at the 2012 Irish Sea Sessions in Liverpool.
Lizzie Nunnery with a great version of Hughie Jones’ song Ellan Vannin, about the SS Ellan Vannin, the paddle steamer that sank in the Irish Sea in December 1909. Read the history of the SS Ellan Vannin (which is the Manx name for the Isle of Man), on Wikipedia.
Come Together in Liverpool on October 18th or London October 21st for the Irish Sea Sessions 2013!
Buy tickets for Liverpool here and for London here!
In 2012, the first half of the event drew to an energetic close with this version of Come Together, the first time the Irish Sea Sessions have paid tribute to perhaps the greatest ever Liverpool Irish band, with the whole crew playing full tilt!
For a limited time only! Here’s a Soundcloud preview of track 6 from the CD of the 2012 Irish Sea Sessions that will be released in time for this year’s concerts.
Pauline Scanlon sings Deartháirín ó Mo Chroí (Little Brother of My Heart) during The Irish Sea Sessions 2012, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of Liverpool Irish Festival.
Pauline returns with The Irish Sea Sessions 2013, appearing at Liverpool Philharmonic on Friday 18th October and London Southbank Centre on Monday 21st October. Pauline is the featured artiste of Liverpool Irish Festival 2013, also appearing on 13th October with Éilís Kennedy with whom she forms Lumiere, accompanied by Donagh Hennessy, and hosting a singing workshop at Liverpool Philharmonic on Saturday 20th October. You can find links to more information and ticket booking all of these events on this website.
Part super-group, part session with 13 musicians from both sides of the Irish Sea. Witness the shared music and the special bonds between these leading contemporary singer-songwriters, traditional musicians and multi-instrumentalists. Inspired by the format of the Transatlantic Sessions, but focussing on musicians from England, Ireland and the Irish diaspora, The Irish Sea Sessions began in Liverpool in 2010. It has become the centrepiece of the annual Liverpool Irish Festival, receiving huge critical acclaim. After touring to Belfast and to Derry-Londonderry in subsequent years, this year The Irish Sea Sessions 2013 convenes in Liverpool and then arrives in London for the first time. As the Liverpool Echo said about year one, ‘people will boast for years to come – I was there.’
The line-up changes each year. This year, singers Declan O’Rourke (Galileo, Sarah), Emily Portman (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner 2013 Best Contemporary Song ‘The Hatchling’), Robert Vincent (Life In Easy Steps), Pauline Scanlon (one half of the duo Lumiere) and Alan Burke (Rambling Boys of Pleasure, Afterhours, Tulsk) provide most of the songs. They are backed by an ensemble of hand-picked instrumentalists – the Coyne Brothers – Mick on uillean pipes, Eamon on fiddle, and Terry Clarke-Coyne on flutes and whistles, Sean Regan on fiddle, Gino Lupari (of Four Men and a Dog) on percussion, David Munnelly on button accordion and piano, and Neil Campbell on guitars, all led by musical director Bernard O’Neill on double bass and piano. They are equally at home leading rollicking sets of reels or delicate airs. The musicians meet together for the first time just three days in advance, and put together a two-hour show that has all the atmosphere of the finest pub session, with all the quality of a major concert hall setting.
To buy tickets for Liverpool 18th October, go here
To buy tickets for London 21st October, go here
The London date for Irish Sea Sessions 2013, Monday October 21st at Queen Elizabeth Hall, is now on sale. More information and online ticketing here