+ Ryan Vail + Sleephawk
Entry Requirements: 18+
Two of Northern Ireland’s most interesting new musicians come together on one bill for what will be a very special night of music. Ryan Vail strides the worlds of classical and electronic music and has found success and recognition in 2017 with his unique sound. His debut album For Every Silence was shortlisted for the Northern Ireland music prize in 2016. Joshua Burnside plays with the folk genre, bringing in a quirkiness that infects the lyrics and music. His debut album EPHRATA was released in May 2017 and had strong support on National radio from Radio One and Six Music. EPHRATA went on to win the Northern Ireland music prize 2017.
Support comes from Sleephawk, a London based singer-songwriter, enticed by the ideas of technology, loneliness, and ambition.
‘Rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic’ - The Irish Times
‘Understated and exaggerated, thought-provoking and reflective, constantly keeping the listener on their toes’ - Golden Plec
Prodigious, eclectic, original, unpredictable, well-produced... Stop me when the kettle's boiled' - Cultureni
'Hands down one of the most-forward thinking folk artists from these shores' - The Thin Air
Joshua Burnside’s ‘EPHRATA’ - Coming Soon
A political satirist is assassinated, two shellshocked siblings hallucinate a zombie apocalypse, and a terminally ill physics professor turns to god, these are the kind of stories that are laid out, tied up, unravelled and strewn together in Joshua Burnside’s debut album ‘EPHRATA’.
Written in a burst of a few weeks whilst living in northern Colombia, the songs deal with a diverse range of themes, from PTSD and technophobia, to larger questions about time, love and death in the modern age. Balanced with an even more diverse palette of sounds, from south american rhythms, banjos and accordions to crunching beats, found-sounds, loops and whistling, he has created a stormy world that swirls and shifts your perspective like a dream that lingers on long after you’ve woken up.
Ryan Vail is a musical pioneer with vision. The Derry born composer has released three EPs to date and a collaborative album “Sea Legs” with folk singer Ciaran Lavery. He recently released his first full length debut album “For Every Silence” Ryan blends the worlds of electronica, folk and classical, always experimenting combining classical instruments with unique methods of recording and composition. In 2014 he composed the soundtrack for a full length BBC2 Documentary entitled “The Longest Night” as part of the BBC's “True North” series. In 2015 he composed a solo piano piece for World Piano Day which was chosen for Nils Frahm’s Piano day playlist on SoundCloud. His 2015 collaborative album with Ciaran Lavery “Sea Legs” has been shortlisted for the NI Music Prize (Best Northern Irish Album of 2015) previous winners have included Foy Vance and Robyn G Shields. His 2016 debut album “For Every Silence” was album of the week for The Irish Times and Huw Stephens on Radio One Ryan Vail has had radio play or performed live Sessions with BBC Introducing, Other Voices, Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft, Across The Line, Tom Robinson, Phillip Taggart and Zane Lowe. Ryan has supported many international live acts such as Nils Frahm, Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins, Tycho, David Kitt, Boxcutter, Todd Terje, Phil Kieran, Luke Vibert and Orbital.