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WITH THE ORCHESTRA of IRELAND CONDUCTED BY CHARLES HAZLEWOOD
Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th April, The Abbey Theatre
“They run from the root of folk music to the very tip of the branch.” Elvis Costello
MusicTown 18 is proud to present a collaboration between The Unthanks and the Orchestra of Ireland for two consecutive nights.
Capping another adventurous year in spectacular, dramatic style, Mercury nominated Tynesiders, with the orchestral arrangements of their instinctive, self-taught pianist Adrian McNally, take a symphonic exploration into their best loved material, plus new work specially devised for these shows, including the moving forthcoming release, Hymn For Syria.
While folk music may commonly and affectionately be defined as low culture, The Unthanks aspire to prove that the beauty and truth present in the oral history of the people, is anything but common. First there was a mini orchestral experiment, not-so-quietly played out on the main stage at Glastonbury, followed last year by their highly acclaimed sold out debut symphonic performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, in December 2017, The Unthanks took their glorious symphonic meditations on a short tour of major concert halls with Army Of Generals – the cutting edge chamber orchestra conducted by ground-breaking maverick Charles Hazlewood and featuring some of the world’s leading players of period instruments.
Well known for their tangental flights of fancy, for this orchestral diversion, The Unthanks have had conductor Charles Hazlewood alongside from the start. Founder of the world’s first paraorchestra and a tireless exponent and leader in bringing orchestral music to wider audiences, Hazlewood joins forces with the untrained yet highly talented Unthanks arranger McNally. to marry folk music and orchestral scale with restraint and beauty, sensitively enhancing the storytelling of the Unthank sisters Rachel and Becky, rather than overwhelming them. by Unthanks self-taught pianist and arranger, Adrian McNally.
Following on from their extremely popular project with national champions Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, The Unthanks hope to prove again that the common folk song can have the emotional resonance and musical qualities of art forms normally perceived as having higher and more elitist reputations.
The Orchestra of Ireland (An Ceolfhoireann na hÉireann) is an Irish based orchestra consisting of Ireland’s leading and most talented musicians. The Orchestra has had the privilege to play or record with the worlds leading contemporary artists.
Concerts and Recordings have included: JMV Foundation recording’s of Victor Herbert’s Operetta “Eileen”, Jerome Kern’s “Roberta” & Rodgers & Hart’s “Dearest Enemy (Recording). Jose Carreras in concert. Ed Sheeran (Recording), Katherine Jenkins in concert. George Michael in concert. Marti Pellow (Recording, Wet Wet Wet), Celtic Thunder(Recording), Celtic Woman (Grammy Nominated Recording), Ceol 2011, Vicar St. Dublin. Ray Manzarek & Bobby Krieger of “The Doors”. Star Wars Concert. Paul Potts Irish Tour 2010. Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra Irish Tour. Video Games Live” “Concert Performances”. Andrea Bocelli, Dublin Concerts. Celine Byrne, Paul Byrom & Órla Fallon PBS Recordings.
Composer’s: Bill Whelan & Brendan Graham “Concert Performance”,, Patrick Cassidy “Concert Performance”, Stephen McKeon ”Niko 2 Little Brother, Big Brother” (Soundtrack), Liam Bates “Last Passanger “(Soundtrack), Dean Valentine “Viking” (Soundtrack), Shaun
Davey “Concert Performance”, Fiachra Trench “Van Morrison” (Soundtrack), Sharon Shannon “Concert Performances”.
Upcoming Work: Neil Jordan/ Javier Naveratte (Soundtrack). Stephen McKeon (Soundtrack). Blackwater Opera Festival. The Pope’s visit to Ireland. The Management of The Orchestra is also proud to be the orchestral contractors and management for Wexford Festival Opera, Wide Open Opera, Lyric Opera and Glasthule Opera.