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MUSIC It’s got to be a perfect collaboration


Returning to The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, on September 1 after last year’s sell-out show, powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed Traditional Irish band The Alan Kelly Gang reunite with Scotland’s mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas, performing all-new material from their latest album ‘The Last Bell’.
Once a collaboration, now a band, the Alan Kelly Band’s performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound. The Living Tradition magazine describing one performance as ‘an astonishing concert’. Fronted by Ireland’s piano-accordion maestro, the Alan Kelly Gang (with Steph Geremia on flute and vocals, Alasdair White on fiddle and Ian Carr on guitar and vocal) sits firmly at the cutting edge of the traditional- and world-music scene.
Their strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion that they put into the music they play, taking influence from regions including Ireland, Brittany, Asturias and America and combining these with original compositions that stem from a deep traditional sensitivity.
From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader brings joyous life to all forms of song. Perhaps best known as former front woman for Fairground Attraction, who topped the UK charts with the song ‘Perfect’ and album ‘First of a Million Kisses’, Eddi has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.