Liverpool Irish Festival
Ailbhe Reddy plus Sue Rynhart, Mamatung & Emma Lusby
Visible Women: New and Powerful Women in Music
Including four acts, this evening celebrates contemporary music and the women making it. With modern takes on traditional songs, self-penned tracks and exceptional instrumental talent, the night is hosted by Gerry Ffrench, a popular local radio star and touring musical artist in her own right.
The line-up includes sets increasing in length from Emma Lusby (Limavady, Co Londonderry), Mamatung (Liverpool) and Sue Rynhart (Dublin), with Ailbhe Reddy (Dublin) headlining.
Ailbhe Reddy (Headline)
Described by The Irish Times and Hotpress as ‘euphotic’ and ‘ethereal’, Ailbhe’s work has received excellent reviews and extensive radio play in Ireland, the UK and Germany. Having first attracted attention in 2014 after the release of her first single ‘Flesh and Blood’, Reddy has gone on to perform at every major music festival in the UK and Ireland.
Sue’s debut album ‘Crossings (Songs for Voice & Double Bass)’ with Dan Bodwell, has reached international critical acclaim. She has premiered works by many of the Composers from the Irish Composers Collective and the Contemporary Music Centre and has performed on BBC Radio with the Choir of Christchurch Cathedral Dublin.
Three-pronged freak folk outfit Mamatung bring a sprinkling of scouse ceremony with a journey to the centre of the heart. A set entwined with spirited melodies, chants, serendipitous harmonies and a magical mixture of musical instruments.
Steeped in the roots of Irish tradition and influenced by the likes of Dervish and Sandy Denny, 20 year old Trad and Folk singer Emma Lusby has performed at Celtic Connections (Glasgow), the Baltic State Folk Festival (Latvia) and other UK festivals. Liverpool based, her music is played on folk radio stations throughout the UK.
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