Marlay Walled Garden Music Festival 2018

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Joe Burns
Event Co-Ordinator


01 2047931


18th and 19th May 2018




Marlay Park (Marlay House)



Event Description

NIGHT 1- Friday 18 MAY at 7.30 - ‘Feeln Good’ - JAZZ BLUES NIGHT

Karen Underwood and her Band performing live in the  Marquee singing Jazz and Blues and many upbeat favourites from Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington and many many more.

Karen has written and performed four of her own shows which have toured across the country to critical and popular acclaim. She has played a host of Irish Venues including The Olympia, Vicar Street, the Gaiety, National Concert Hall to name but a few as well as a regular at festivals including Oxegen, Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Black Box Festival of Fools,  and Cork Jazz Festival. She has appeared live on TV3, TG4 and been guest on numerous radio shows including Pat Kenny, Derek Mooney, Marty Whelan, Miriam O'Callaghan, John Creedon. Her two albums are 'Ban the use of Jazz Music' with Cartoon
and her debut solo album 'Live at the Everyman' with John O'Brien.

John O'Brien is a pianist, conductor, director and composer based in Cork. He has worked on over forty different productions of opera and musical theatre in Ireland, UK and Canada, and has toured with choirs across Europe, Japan and China.


NIGHT 2- Saturday 19th MAY- Fleadh Mharlái- TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND SONG

Frankie Gavin and The Provenance – formerly of De Dannan performing live in the  Marquee

Frankie Gavin, recognised as Gradam Ceoil’s 2018 “Traditional Musician of the Year”, and renowned long time member of De Danann, has now launched a brand new, high octane fiddle group, The Provenance, to play festivals, theatres and arts centres at home and abroad.

Led by Frankie Gavin, The Provenance comprises Sorcha Costello, Eadaoin Ni Mhaicin and Ciara O’Brien, three powerful, highly experienced fiddle players and stars in their own right. They have won numerous awards and All Ireland competition and toured the world both in a solo capacity and in a range of groups and orchestras.

Those familiar with Frankie Gavin’s past musical output will know that he is fiercely committed to presenting traditional Irish music in a modern context. The repertoire of The Provenance will reflect this, so expect blistering sets of jigs and reels, sprightly hornpipes and barn dances as well as slower more reflective pieces.


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