Saturday 25 February 2017
Doors 4.30pm for 5.00pm All Ages Show
Refreshments only, standing only, no passouts
Masketta Fall are the overworn band cliche. Their career has come full circle after being signed to a label, working for the label, getting frustrated by and leaving the label; and are now doing it on their own terms – fully independent. The pop rockers debut LP titled ‘Golden’ is a fully crowd funded & self produced effort that the band has been itching to release, filled with songs their once label had shelved. The record is a collection of songs that the band has written over the past two years and, as lead guitarist, songwriter and producer Daniel Molivas describes, “feels great to finally be in control and releasing music when we want, not just for ourselves, but our fans who have waited so long”. ‘I Believe’, the first single off the record, is a milder offering to the bands previously established upbeat & summer fun themed aesthetic. “‘I Believe’ shows a bit more diversity from us, which reflects our band and the whole album well” says guitarist and songwriter Ben Downing. Downing elaborates, “As a whole, ‘Golden’ really speaks to who we are as a band. We’re from the suburbs, we work damn hard, and we want people to know it”.
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THURSDAY 9 March 2017
The Séamus Begley Trio brings together the musical gifts of the Irish artists – Seamus Begley, Dezi Donnelly and Matt Griffin. One can experience the passion and intensity that these performers bring to the stage combined with an intimacy and warmth that will make you feel part of the performance. What sets them apart in the first place is their beefing-up of the rhythmic side of the music while maintaining a purity in the melodic playing and instrumentation. Edgy in their delivery, tunes and songs are given a powerful, dynamic new flavour. This is a celebration of Traditional Irish music and song that you have to experience. Their concerts provide stunning arrangements of traditional Irish masterpieces.
Séamus Begley – Accordion & Vocals Séamus Begley is regarded as one of the finest Traditional Irish musicians and singers, having reshaped Irish traditional music over the last two decades. He has won Ireland’s prestigious National Entertainment Award for Traditional Music for his acclaimed CD Meiteal (Working Together), recorded with Steve Cooney. His album with guitarist Jim Murray ‘Ragairne’ was acclaimed Folk/Traditional album of the Year by ‘The Irish Times’ and ‘Hot Press’, the leading music magazine in Ireland.
His latest work, The Bold Kerryman is an album of songs, produced by John Reynolds (who has worked with Damien Dempsey, Seun Kuti, Sinead O’Connor, Passenger, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Brian Eno and David Byrne)
Séamus is the quintessential Irish musician – an eager storyteller known for his sharp wit and famous for pumping out tunes. He plays with an energy that is alarming, bringing a frisky spontaneity to his box-playing, belting out jigs, slides and polkas with rapid sprays of reckless ornamentation before making a sudden key change into a bitter-sweet air, sung or played on the accordion. His style is unique and he is the finest player of the dance music of West Kerry.
‘Begley seems to have successfully married all the wilderness of West Kerry with a sublime talent for the feather light touch, when required.’ He was awarded a TG 4 Gradam Cheoil Singer of the Year in 2013.
Dezi Donnelly – Fiddle Dezi Donnelly, a Manchester based fiddle player, is one of the founder members of the legendary band ‘Toss the Feathers’. He has collaborated with Sharon Shannon, Stockton’s Wing, Jerry Douglas, Ali Bain, Phil Cunningham, Donal Lunny, James Taylor and flautist Michael McGoldrick.
‘ As an interpreter of traditional music, Dezi stands apart from others of his generation. Despite his young age his playing bears all the hallmarks of someone who has grown naturally with the music.’ – Paddy Glackin – from the liner notes of Familiar Footsteps His critically-acclaimed album ‘Welcome’, was described as a unique musical experience. The album is a masterpiece of improvised brilliance.
Matt Griffin – Guitar Matt Griffin is a multi-instrumentalist based in Dingle, in the West Kerry Gaeltacht of South West Ireland. He is a rhythm powerhouse, using his guitar to drive and energise the momentum to its limits. Born in London of Irish parents, Matt grew up playing and learning music within the capital’s vibrant traditional Irish music scene, teaming up with other young local musicians to form the group Mise. In 2004 Matt relocated to Ireland where he began his studies in Irish traditional music at the University of Limerick. Since arriving in Ireland, Matt’s abilities as a guitar accompanist have been in great demand and he has recorded and performed with a variety of artists including Michael O’Suillleabhain and The Chieftains
CONFESSIONS OF THE SOUL
SUNDAY 19 MARCH, 3PM
Box office opens 2pm
Doors to Concert hall opens 2.30pm
Join BPO as we unlock the deep emotions hidden within music. From Sibelius’ longing for Finnish independence in his Second Symphony – described by the composer as a “confession of the soul”, Smetana’s deep love for his homeland in his masterpiece of musical painting, the Moldau, to Walton’s lyrical Cello Concerto filled with seductive beauty.
Conductor: Paul Dean
Soloist: Trish O’Brien (cello)
Bedřich Smetana Die Moldau (from Má Vast)
William Walton Concerto for Cello
Jean Sibelius Symphony No.2, Op.43
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Tuesday 28 March 2017
All Ages Welcome
Liber Winds wind quintet presents an evening of music from South America including the sounds and rhythms from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Ecuador. Liber Winds was founded by clarinettist and saxophonist, Natalie Jacobs, when she travelled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to study tango as part of her Master in Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2016 she obtained a grant through the PPCA to further her studies in South America to present new arrangements for the wind quintet. Liber Winds includes, Emily Smith (flute), Anneka Celotto (oboe), Billy Tanner (French Horn), Neil Heymink (bassoon) and Natalie Jacobs (clarinet).
Child Under 12 $5
A Rock and Roll Writers Festival
Saturday 1 April 2017
Sunday 2 April 2017
Program and sessions times announced February 2017
A Rock & Roll Writers Festival is Australia’s first, and only, literary festival devoted to exploring and celebrating the creative spark and relationship between writing and music. The festival features more than 30 acclaimed authors, musicians, songwriters, journalists, commentators and broadcasters coming together for a weekend of discussions around creativity, inspiration, and the effect that music and literature have on each other.
Weekend pass – $120
Saturday pass – $70
Sunday pass – $70
Password for discounted ticket – $100
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Food and Bar available at the event
Saturday 8 April 2017
Doors 7.00pm for 7.30pm performance
Ontario guitarist Jake Charron and 7th generation Prince Edward Island musicians Tim (fiddle) and Koady Chaisson (banjo) make traditional music seem ridiculously hip. An adrenalized, roof-rattling, performance monster, the trio’s excellent debut release ‘Secret Victory’, penned mostly in Australia in early 2015, features the beautiful original and traditional songs, free-wheeling, feisty instrumental jigs, stomps and reels and heart-breaking harmonies have made them torchbearers for a new wave in traditional music. On their fourth tour to Australia in two years, the band are hitting WOMADelaide and then venues and clubs all over the East Coast for seven glorious weeks with old favourites and sneaking in some new tunes and songs that they’ve been prepping for their new album, due out late 2017.
‘The talent is flat-out-knock-you-on-your-ass calibre, and the chemistry between these players is as good as it gets. So fine and so instinctive is their playing that you’d swear they’d been playing together for 20 years.’ The Guardian (CAN)
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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION AND BOLERO
SUNDAY 23 JULY, 3PM
Box Office opens 2.00pm
Doors to Concert hall opens 2.30pm
Join BPO in a journey through a kaleidoscope of musical colour and symphonic favourites. From the Spanish rhythms of Ravel’s brilliant Boléro, the spectacle of Borodin’s exotic Polovtsian Dances, to the world premiere of a sparkling new flute concerto by Lisa Cheney. The concert concludes with Mussorgsky’s masterpiece of musical imagery, Pictures at an Exhibition.
Conductor: Michael Keen
Soloists: Jonathan Henderson (flute)
Lisa Cheney (composer)
Alexander Borodin Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor)
Lisa Cheney Concerto for Flute (world premiere)
Maurice Ravel Boléro
Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition