Hallelujah! – Second ‘Bird On The Wire’ show added to Westival

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TRIBUTE The Whileaways, Pauline Scanlon (second from left) and a host of top-tier musicians will fill Westport’s Holy Trinity Church with the glorious songs of Leonard Cohen.

Tickets fly for Leonard Cohen songbook show

Ciara Moynihan

The ‘Bird On The Wire’ – the songs of Leonard Cohen show – which sees the Cohen songbook reimagined by a ten-piece band with Pauline Scanlon and The Whileaways – has proved so popular in the 2019 Westival line-up that it sold out in no time at all.
Demand has been so great that the Westival, Westport’s annual festival of music and the arts, has now added a second, late-afternoon ‘matinee’ show in the same heavenly venue, Holy Trinity Church, at 4pm. Both shows take place on Saturday, October 26, with the later, now sold-out show starting at 8pm.
The gothic interior of the beautiful church provides a visually stunning backdrop as well as soaring acoustics for this very special show, in which outstanding musicians lovingly celebrate master songwriter Leonard Cohen’s best-loved life works. ‘Bird on the Wire’ has received rave reviews and sold-out in venues around the country.
As featured vocalist with the Sharon Shannon Band for three years, as a solo artist, and as a member of vocal duo Lumiere, Pauline Scanlon has enchanted audiences the world over with her delicate intensity. She has performed and recorded with a wide range of renowned artists, including Damien Dempsey, Sinéad O’Connor, Eleanor Shanley, Karan Casey, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Andrea Corr, John Spillane and Seamus Begley.
She has also been involved with a wide range of collaborative singing projects, including ‘The Irish Sea Sessions’, ‘A Stór Mo Chroí’ and ‘Homeward Bound’ all projects involving the leading exponents of Irish song.
The ‘Bird On The Wire’ show also sees the return to Westport of The Whileaways, who brought the house down in Westport Town Hall Theatre in August. The Galway-based folk band is comprised of three powerful forces in Irish roots music, Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce. Together, they create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. Their sound is simply captivating.
Scanlon and the Whileaways will be joined by Will Merrigan on bass, Dave Clancy on keys and Beoga legend Eamon Murray on drums, as well as string and brass sections.
What a wonderful way to pay tribute to one of the most prolific, and most respected songwriters of our time – and bring his music alive for fans and music lovers once more.

For more details and to book tickets (€25 each), see westival.ie. See next week’s Living section in The Mayo News for a full festival preview.