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A drop of Irish?

Part super group, part colossal session and part festival, in a single gig

Published on October 20th 2010.


A drop of Irish?

DID you know the Liverpool Irish Festival 2010 is happening at the moment?

Well anyway, it is, and one of the biggest events is the inaugral Irish Sea Sessions.

It's a diddly-diddly lover's jackpot.

Right now, up at The Friary in Everton, Liverpool Philharmonic’s converted church space, artists from both sides of the Irish Sea are hard at it rehearsing for a special concert.

In the first of what is hoped to be a major annual event, the inaugural Irish Sea Sessions - part super group, part colossal session and part festival, all in a single gig - makes it debut this Friday at the Philharmonic.

The 14 talents from Liverpool and Ireland will unite on one stage to enjoy the musical and cultural connections between here and and Ireland. The concert features Damien Dempsey (pictured) Bernard O’Neill, Terry Coyne, Ian Prowse, Becky Taylor, Carlene Anglim, Colette O’Leary, Eimear McGeown, Niamh Parsons, Graham Dunne, Gino Lupari, Dave Munnelly, Alan Burke and Lizzie Nunnery.

The line up is a mixture of artists who have the roots in traditional music and others who started out in pop, rock and even punk, but working with the songs and tunes from Liverpool and Ireland they have found an exciting and fruitful common ground.

Behind it is Simon Glinn, Executive Director of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Events and Vice-Chair of Liverpool Irish Festival. He explains: "The festival is now one of the major celebrations of connections with Irish culture in the world, and has a very strong track record in presenting very high profile artists, but it has not previously attempted to produce specific new work on this scale before.

"Liverpool Philharmonic are working with the Festival and all of these top musicians, to produce something absolutely unique to this year's Festival. We are also in advanced discussions with partners about extending the project in future years to include Belfast and Dublin. "I suspect in future years there will be a certain cachet about being able to say that you were at the very first Irish Sea Sessions in 2010!"

And that means you.

This hooley will take place Friday 22 October, 7.30pm at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Box office on 0151 709 3789 or order online at www.liverpoolphil.com

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