Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter David Geraghty has been a driving force behind Bell X1since the band’s inception 20 years ago, through seven studio albums, four of which went straight to No.1, extensive world tours, as well as opening for acts such as U2, Ed Sheeran, Tori Amos & Snow Patrol. Geraghty’s solo debut ‘Kill Your Darlings’ (2007) was received with critical acclaim and was followed up in 2009 with the equally evocative ‘The Victory Dance’. David has been short-listed for accolades such as the Irish Meteor Award and the Choice Music Prize. In recent years he began composing music for Film & TV (productions that starred Aidan Gillan & Tom Vaughan-Lawlor). In 2014 Geraghty released his third solo album ‘Inherit’; but this time under the new project title ▬▬ ‘Join Me in the Pines’. 2018 marks a new chapter and a move away from the brooding dark folk of previous work and embracing instead joyous music with flashes of Prince, Bowie, Numan, Nile Rodger http://ww.joinmeinthepines.com/
Connolly’s of Leap presents Wyvern Lingo Sunday 25th Febuary 2018 :: 8pm :: €15 Tickets on sale now Sadie (acoustic) :: https://goo.gl/oFVVrt Sadie (official video) :: https://goo.gl/XVcSQD Friends and bandmates since school days, Wyvern Lingo share a gift for close harmony, keen songcraft and effervescent live performance. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from pop, rock and R’n’B, their voices interweave to create a fresh, forward-looking sound. A self-released EP caught the ear of Irish label Rubyworks, and the band toured with Hozier in the UK and at home; Karen and Caoimhe both putting in a double shift by singing backing vocals for their Wicklow friend. Karen also duets with Hozier on the haunting ‘In A Week’ on his multi-platinum debut album.
We are delighted to welcome this amazing man back into our home to perform once again under the hammers. Liam ó Maonlaí is a wild Irish singer best known for his work with iconic band the Hot House Flowers. He is pure at heart and makes music inspired by our native ancestral past. Hailing from Dublin, he credits his father as being the main influence for his love of the Irish Language of which he is a fluent speaker. This is going to be a night of pure magic. It’s not to be missed folks.
Marlene Enright’s solo debut showcases her passions and influences and has just got her nominated for an RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of The Year. Written and recorded over a year, the result is a melange of the heavy grooves of RnB, the warmth and nostalgia of great folk songs and the richness of thickly layered harmonies. It is the sound of modern roots music, evolved as it has over decades to something that is unmistakably 21st Century, while still carrying echoes of the past. Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online. Stephen is a co-founder of LINGO Festival (inaugural festival in 2014), Ireland’s only spoken word festival, and poetry curator of the annual First Fortnight Festival. He co-produced Dublin: A Year in Words poetry video series for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.
Willy Mason is a Singer Songwriter from the USA. First came to the world’s attention with his single Oxygen – regularly played on Radio 1 before the 18 year old had a record deal in the UK. He has since released 3 albums and toured widely internationally both as a headliner and support act. He has also setup multiple tours of houses and DIY venues, ever questing for the new concert experience. His songwriting is personal and political; spiritual and philosophical. His singing is direct, open, and expressive. His performances cover a wide range of styles depending on the band and venue. He is an inquisitive and adaptive traveller. Support on the night will come from Nina Violet
Brian Deady has been something of a well-kept secret at home in Ireland until his song Clap Both My Hands became one of the most played Irish songs of 2016 and reached No.1 in the Spotify UK Viral charts. His recent single Get on My Knees has also featured in the hit American TV show Lucifer. Conjuring up strong gospel influences, at times the Irishman sounds more like he was raised in the Deep South than as one of 10 kids in Cork and his rich, soulful voice comes with a contemporary RnB edge. Here is an artist you can believe in and connect with. In a world where authenticity counts for so much, you’ll hear that Brian means and feels every word. Deady is currently working on a new album – due out in 2018.
Wiggle are delighted to bring their annual Paddies day Dub Mash to Connollys of Leap this year. They are a bunch of old mates that came together musically in Cork at the turn of the century playing music that is uniquely theirs, possibly best described as bass stepping electro improv. They incorporate elements of Reggae, DnB and Dance over which they lay stream of consciousness vocals, live sampling, spectral guitars and brilliant key lines. Toby does vocals and provides the beats and backdrops with which Rory and Colm intertwine their sounds. Rory plays mostly keys and Colm plays mostly guitar, though both can be heard employing all manner of instruments, digital and analogue. Together they create an ever evolving and unfolding musical landscape bringing their listeners on an epic musical voyage. Ever since Wiggle first started playing their legendary live shows no two gigs have been the same. Their live gigs are like entering an ever evolving sonic landscape, their songs segue and flow into one another taking listener and dancer on a musical odyssey with beats progressing from slow chilled out dub to fast manic jungle. They’re accompanied live by VJ Present at the visual bridge, providing an infinity of optical treats.
Catharsis Vol.1 is the third solo album from Ireland-based songwriter John Blek. Best known for his work with his band John Blek & the Rats, John has begun a new journey influenced by the folk music of Ireland, Britain and the US. With his solo work, he delves into the world of fingerstyle guitar and reveals the deeply personal and poignant lyrical aspects of his character.