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Radiohead Reimagined: Wooden Elephant play 'Kid A'

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A world-class ensemble consisting of string players from around the world, Wooden Elephant (featuring well-known Irish violinist Aoife Ní Bhríain) perform much-loved contemporary albums, such as Bjork’s ‘Homogenic’, Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ and Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’. Islander are delighted to present Wooden Elephant performing Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ as part of Radiohead Reimagined at MusicTown 2019.

Wooden Elephant present electronic-based music of elephantine proportions on nothing but their wooden instruments. The ensemble’s violist/composer Ian Anderson worked with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as part of the London Contemporary Orchestra, culminating in a tour across Europe and Russia with Jonny’s string music, and appearing on Radiohead’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool. Along the way Jonny – alongside LCO directors Rob Ames and Hugh Brunt – continually experimented with sound production techniques, and his whole approach to music creation has had a massive influence on Wooden Elephant.

The group have incorporated many of those ideas that he explored with the London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as adding many more of their own that they developed during the Homogenic and Kid A sessions. They use extended string techniques to offset the challenge of translating electronic sounds onto acoustic instruments. They also have used an array of trinkets, children’s toys, and small instruments to create yet more intriguing sounds.

Wooden Elephant is:

Aoife Ní Bhrían - Violin - Ireland

Hulda Jónsdóttir - Violin - Iceland

Ian Anderson - Viola/Composer - Scotland

Stefan Hadjiev - Cello/Kazoo - Bulgaria

Nikolai Matthews - Double Bass - Norway


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Radiohead Reimagined: Echo Collective play 'Amnesiac'


Featuring members who have toured extensively with A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Stars of the Lid, Islander is delighted to present Echo Collective, a Belgian ensemble of musicians who will perform Radiohead’s much loved ‘Amnesiac’ as part of MusicTown 2019.

Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant, aka Echo Collective, have worked with some of the most important players, both in the recording studio and for concerts worldwide. Initially the members were essentially players for hire for live shows, extensively touring the first album – but then when the Atomos soundtrack project was commissioned, they became much more deeply involved. For Atomos, they were a vital part of the processes: recording, orchestration, fleshing out musical ideas, preparing performances with the Wayne MacGregor Dance Company, and then again touring the live show culminating at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the BBC Prom concert curated by DJ Mary Anne Hobbs.

All this time they were also playing in related projects: with Stars Of The Lid, with O'Halloran's solo work, with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. And of course, through the course of the mid 2010s, the atmospheric sounds these acts were playing was snowballing in popularity. Acts allied with AWVFTS – the likes of Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds and more – were achieving huge success, while composers like Jóhannsson were making ever deeper inroads into Hollywood (he is now probably best known for his scores for films like Arrival and A Theory of Everything).

As they toured and recorded with AWFTS they increasingly crossed paths with Kurt Overbergh of the Ancienne Belgique concert hall in the heart of Brussels, and he eventually invited them for a concert residency which allowed them to develop some material of their own. They experimented with many things, including their own compositions and improvisations and even interpretations of black metal records, and very quickly found that they had a musical voice of their own: one which had the spacious, contemplative accessibility of the music they'd been making with others, but reflected their own training and experiences too. They were making music with real depth, and their own inimitable personality running through it.

Part of the Ancienne Belgique commission was to interpret either Kid A or Amnesiac; they chose the latter which they felt “had more layers, more complexity, was a little more esoteric, so there was more to chew on and add our sound to,” and arranged it for string trio, harp, piano, bassoon/contrabassoon, clarinet / bass clarinet / baritone saxophone, and orchestral percussion. And it was this which grabbed the attention of German music hub !K7's new sub-label 7K! - who have signed them for a two album deal: first to release the Amnesiac reinterpretation, then for a record of Echo Collective's own compositions.

This ability to flow easily from black metal to Erasure, Radiohead to Stars Of The Lid shows exactly what kind of musicians Echo Collective are. Without prejudice, without over-reverence, without particularly caring about genre boundaries - but always with utmost seriousness - they take on challenges set by others and put their own mark on them, they dig for the musical motifs that work for them. In short, track by track, performance by performance, they are evolving into a musical act with an incredibly distinct voice of their own.

“… an experiment in textures and translations that exceeds expectations. Echo Collective expose the songs from Amnesiac for the complex musical gems they are, as well as reflect their versatility and virtuosity as a tight, progressive instrumental ensemble. 9/10"  Andy Jurik, Pop Matters.


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Islander Presents: Gabriel Kahane

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The day after the 2016 presidential election, singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane boarded a train at Penn Station and traveled 8,980 miles around the continental U.S. with no phone or internet access, talking to dozens of strangers in an attempt to better understand his country and fellow citizens. The resulting album, Book of Travelers, marks Gabriel’s debut for Nonesuch Records. By turns sprawling and intimate, this collection of songs is at once a prayer for empathy and reconciliation, as well as an unflinching examination of the complex and often troubled history of the United States.

Gabriel has collaborated with many artists including Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird (he recently orchestrated and co-performed an evening for him with the Los Angeles Philharmonic), Chris Thile, Paul Simon and many orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

Islander are very excited to present Gabriel Kahane's debut Irish show.

"One of the finest, most searching songwriters of the day" - The New Yorker

More info here : http://www.nch.ie/Online/article/Gabriel-Kahane-09Apr19

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Islander Presents: Slow Moving Clouds (Coughlan's Live)


Slow Moving Clouds.

Coughlan’s Live, Douglas Street, Cork
Thursday March 28th. Tickets €15 on sale now.

SLOW MOVING CLOUDS are a band based in Dublin, Ireland. They bring together roots in the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals – creating an immersive, atmospheric sound unlike anything you’ve heard before.

The band are touring the UK and Ireland in autumn 2018 in support of their second album, Starfall, on which their folk roots merge with indie and experimental influences, expanding the sonic palette and power of their earlier work. The album will be released in October 2018, with digital distribution in association with the new PEOPLE music platform, led by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the Dessner brothers (The National).

Recent highlights for Slow Moving Clouds include participation in the 2018 PEOPLE residency/festival at Funkhaus, Berlin; performing at Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork (with The National); the 3Arena, Dublin (with Ludovico Einaudi); Sydney Opera House (with Teac Damsa’s Swan Loch / Loch na hEala); and at legendary Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes’ ‘Masters of Tradition’ festival.

In 2016 Slow Moving Clouds created the score for Teac Damsa’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, a contemporary adaptation of the classical ballet, set in the Irish midlands. The work premiered to critical and popular acclaim at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, and was awarded Best Production at the 2017 Irish Theatre Awards. It is currently touring internationally with Slow Moving Clouds performing the score live.

This work built on their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album, Os, which drew comparisons to Icelandic post-rock legends Sigur Ros and Irish traditional supergroup The Gloaming.
Os was hailed as ‘rich, intriguing and accomplished’ Jim Carroll (The Irish Times); and ‘emotive, euphoric and unique music’ Steve Hunt (fRoots).

AKI (nyckelharpa, vocals): Through various projects Aki has played a significant part in introducing and utilising the nyckelharpa in Irish music. He also plays experimental string instruments of his own design, the viola da petto and the violyra, in order to create an innovative and unique approach to traditional Irish tunes as well as other styles of music.
He has also conducted Arts Council funded action research on the commonalities and links between Finnish and Irish music.

ULTAN O’BRIEN (fiddle): Ultan O’Brien is a fiddle player and violist active in the worlds of performance, composition, and education. Ultan began learning the fiddle at a young age from a variety of musicians in county Clare. He has since studied contemporary and classical music for violin in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and with Tamás Ittzés in the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.

Alongside Slow Moving Clouds, Ultan performs, tours and records traditional and contemporary Irish music as a soloist & with a number of groups/bands including traditional Irish music ensemble Skipper’s Alley and the Scottish/Irish/Manx collaboration Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey.

KEVIN MURPHY (cello, vocals): Kevin Murphy is an experimental cellist and composer whose dynamic and innovative approach continues to challenge the accepted scope of music for cello. He has been involved in numerous collaborations over the past 25 years spanning several genres. He has played with notable rock/avant garde artists such as The Band, Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) and Gavin Friday. Kevin has also collaborated with notable Irish folk artists such as John Spillane and Pauline Scanlon. He is a founding member of renowned experimental Irish bands Seti The First and Slow Moving Clouds. Seti The First’s debut album Melting Cavalry received critical acclaim both at home and abroad and two tracks were featured on The Waterboys’ latest album Out of All this Blue, with vocal overdubs from Mike Scott.

Kevin has co-composed the soundtrack to Academy Awards long-listed Juanita Wilson’s film Tomato Red. He also co-composed the score for The Lodgers which was selected for the Toronto Film Festival 2018

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Islander Presents: JFDR


A busy week at HQ...

JFDR (Iceland) Irish Tour

22 Aug: The Grand Social (Presented by Homebeat & Islander)
23 Aug: Róisín Dubh, Galway
24 Aug: Connolly's of Leap, West Cork

Iceland's Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon, Gangly) is no stranger to Ireland, having performed on these shores many times before. She returns this August for three select shows in Dublin, Galway & Cork.

JFDR is a blend of cyclical guitar parts, soft minimal soundscapes, and poetic wonderings of a journey that ends where it began.

Drawing from classical, folk, and electronic backgrounds, JFDR amalgamates the sounds of changing seasons, her voice a current that moves from rough seas to smooth waters. But perhaps JFDR shines the most in her capacity as a wordsmith, employing rich imagery to evoke the subtle emotions embedded in each song. Her first full length album, co-produced with legendary multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, was released March 17th 2017.

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Homebeat and Islander Present: Mammal Hands (UK) & Loah


Homebeat & Islander are delighted to present the Irish debut of dynamic and expressive contemporary Jazz trio Mammal Hands(UK) with support on the night from very special guest Loah.

Mammal Hands

Captivating, ethereal and majestic, Mammal Hands (saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smartand drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett) have carved out a refreshingly original sound from a disparatearray of influences.

Their unique sound grew out of long improvised rehearsals to sit as a mesmerising live and recorded presence and has seen them travel the world to perform to great acclaim.


SOUNDS LIKE :: Portico Quartet | GoGo Penguin


Described as “a conduit between two cultures” by Village Voice, the singer has combined her West African and Irish roots to create a wholly unique sound which she calls “Art Soul”, bringing in elements of afro-soul singing, classical and jazz arrangements, and straight-up indie rock and funk songwriting.

TICKETS : €12.50 +

DOORS : 8pm

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DB & Islander Present: Katie Kim & Radie Peat



DB and Islander Presents

A night of musical stories with Katie Kim and Radie Peat (Lankum, Rue) 

Presented in association with MusicTown

Saturday April 14th
Pepper Canister Church
Doors 8pm

Tickets - https://uticket.ie/event/katie-kim-and-radie-peat

Katie Kim and Radie Peat (Lankum, Rue) will collaborate and perform together for a special performance of musical stories as part of Musictown 2018. 

It will see these two unique artists from different musical conditions arrange a concert of songs including murder ballads, folklore, traditional and contemporary musical arrangements. 

Written by themselves and written by others that came before. To bind together themes of the human condition. Darkness through light, misadventure and grief. Revenge and swollen hearts. A night of laments. 


Brilliant Artwork by Tiny Little Horse

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Islander Presents... Landless at The Roundy, Cork city

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The Roundy, 1 Castle Street, Cork City

26th January 2018

Doors 8:30pm


The first Islander show is a small intimate show in Cork city featuring one of the country's most exciting trad/folk groups Landless, with support from local singer-songwriter Leah Sohotra.

Landless are Ruth Clinton, Meabh Meir, Sinead Lynch and Lily Power. They sing unaccompanied traditional songs from Irish, Scottish, English and American traditions in close four part harmony. Their repertoire features songs of love, death and lamentation, as well as work songs, shape-note hymns and more recently penned folk songs. Landless have performed in a variety of settings, both in Ireland and abroad, and are closely involved with traditional singing sessions in Dublin and Belfast.

They perform their first Cork headline show in The Roundy, the new home of the iconic Plugd Records, and support from the night will be the old-time Americana stylings of Leah Sohotra, who has started to make her name off the back of a few support slots with Cork favourite Mick Flannery.

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