The Vespertine Quintet & Adrian Crowley
8pm Thursday 8th August
Sarah Walker Gallery
Entry: €10 on the door or sarahwalkergallery.com
The Vespertine Quintet, known for their sparse, atmospheric music incorporating strings, piano and field recordings, are delighted to be collaborating with Adrian Crowley on a special performance for Beara Arts Festival 2019.
The Vespertine Quintet began in 2014 as a way to get through a particularly dark West Cork winter, hosting house concerts and playing the lush, ethereal music of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Estonian Arvo Pärt.
The Quintet has since played with Liam Ó Maonlaí, Paul Tiernan and acclaimed Swedish Alto Camilla Griehsel, among others. Last year their This Place is a Shelter residency in De Barra’s, Clonakilty saw them collaborate with poet, writer and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama, percussionist Rajinder Singh and contemporary dancers Rosie Leak and Inma Pavon. Their debut album Before a new harbour can be built, difficult things must be worked out was called “a comfort in dark times indeed” by the Irish Times.
Choice Music Prize winner Adrian Crowley is an acclaimed singer, composer and songwriter. His latest album Dark Eyed Messenger was produced by The Gloaming’s Thomas Bartlett to great critical acclaim. Attempted comparisons with Adrian Crowley’s powerfully emotive, complex and contemplative songs range from Scott Walker to Ivor Cutler, Lou Reed to Nick Cave, but the potency of his rich baritone voice and haunting lyrical narratives, amid settings that alternate sweeping sonic majesty with ghostly starkness, is uniquely his own.
“Easing himself gently into a gilded pantheon that stretches from Scott Walker and Leonard Cohen to Nick Cave and Richard Hawley” UNCUT