From: Frances Moran
Sent: 30 April 2008 17:17
Subject: Patrick Street - Gulbenkian
Saturday 17 May
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
in their third decade, Irish group Patrick Street come
to the Gulbenkian following their 2007 release On the Fly. Launched in 1986, they have
gone on to be known as one of the best bands of traditional Irish music. The
band’s members - Kevin Burke (ex Bothy Band), Andy Irvine (ex Planxty), Ged Foley (ex House Band) and new recruit John Carty
on fiddle - are
all highly respected, and considered to be making Irish music at its finest.
Their new material indicates the opening of a new exciting chapter for
the group, with latest member John Carty having made his Patrick Street
recording debut for On the Fly. Many
of the band’s new tunes are rooted in the rural music of County Sligo, where Carty and Burke spent their
early years in, soaking up music that the wider world learned mainly from
This event will feature a mix of old and new, highlighting the
imaginative and captivating music this band has produced to date. With a variety of Irish styles and
performers in this band, it is set to be a great evening of music. Onstage
Street capture the intricate flavours of Irish music
and bring them alive, making their performances occasions to anticipate and
relish to the full.
To add to the evening, the Gulbenkian Café Bar will also celebrate
Ireland, and will be serving an Irish
menu for you to enjoy.
“Patrick Street are
this decade’s answer to The Bothy Band and Planxty: master musicians whose
molecules have merged so intrinsically with the music that it’s hard to tell
musician and music apart.”
Booking Office 01227
On line bookings www.gulbenkiantheatre.co.uk
For images contact Frances Moran,
Marketing Manager, F_dot_Moran_at_kent_dot_ac_dot_uk
Press Contact: Simon Heginbotham simon_at_saltairelive_dot_co_dot_uk
Burke, Andy Irvine, Jackie Daly and Ged Foley - collectively known as
Street - are known throughout the Irish music world
as four of its most brilliant players. On a repertoire steeped in traditional
music, the band's tightly executed arrangements and unparalleled musicianship
know no equal. Beginning as a one-time tour of four recognized masters, nearly
two decades and eight albums later this "supergroup" has reached legendary
status. "Mesmerizing," says Billboard, "…a must for those who love Irish music."
adds a new lane this year with the addition of multi-instrumentalist John Carty.
Known for his sensational fiddling, John will add double fiddle with Kevin as
well as exciting variety to the band with his talents on banjo, flute and
was launched in 1986 as a one-off tour de force called Legends of Irish Music.
Living up to its name, it featured fiddler Kevin Burke (veteran of The Bothy
Band), singer/bouzouki player Andy Irvine (Planxty), and accordion player Jackie
Daly (De Dannan), along with acclaimed guitarist Arty McGlynn. With the success
of the tour, the quartet released an album that year named Patrick Street
(after a road or avenue found in towns across Ireland) and a
band was born. The line-up of Burke, Irvine and Daly has remained constant
through the years, with other distinctive artists passing through the ranks
including guitarist Gerry O'Beirne, fiddler James Kelly, and uilleann piper
Declan Masterson. Ged Foley, a highly-skilled guitarist from England with
past stints in the Battlefield Band and House Band, came on board in 1996. This
year the Street widens it's talents with John Carty.
consummate Irish fiddler, Kevin has given to the band's sound and repertoire the
highly ornamented Sligo style for which he's
known. Jackie brings his wide repertoire of Kerry music to the fore with
dazzling slides and polkas, and his seamless accordion-and-fiddle duets with
Kevin are a highlight of the band's shows. Andy Irvine is one of the great
balladeers of Irish music, and his bouzouki playing has long been a standard by
which others are judged. He brings his shared passions for Eastern European
rhythms and American folksinger Woody Guthrie to the band. Ged's inventive
guitar licks provide ideal underpinning for Andy's intricate songs and the
group's blistering sets of reels and jigs. With new recruit John Carty,
Street brims with the spirit and sensitivity of Irish
music at its best.
University of Kent
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