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Imagine Arts Festival, Waterford 2013 – Music Events 17th to 27th October 2013

Venue: Medieval Museum,
October 17 at 19.30

Described by the Irish Times as ‘one of those life-saving, spirit-lifting, pioneering cultural ventures we keep hearing about’, Kaleidoscope is a night of music curated by the violinist Clíodhna Ryan and the cellist Kate Ellis. With a monthly series in Dublin year-round, these celebrated nights feature innovative and imaginative programming and a diverse range of music from ancient to contemporary and experimental in a relaxed, intimate and beautiful setting. This year the Kaleidoscope Camino is on the road, with keenly-awaited performances around the country, concluding with a very special event at the newly-built Medieval Museum in Waterford as part of the Imagine Arts Festival. The event celebrates in song and music Waterford and its maritime history. Some of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians will feature, including the sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, soprano Deirdre Moynihan and accordionist Dermot Dunne to name only three of this stellar line-up.Kaleidoscope is a night of music curated by violinist Cliodhna Ryan and cellist Kate Ellis,which has happened in the Odessa Club, Dublin for the last four years.

Thursday October 17 at 19.30. Admission: €10 and €8 concessions.

Bridget Knowles and Malcolm Proud

Bridget Knowles and Malcolm Proud


Venue: Large Room, City Hall, Waterford
October 18 at 20.00

Waterford Music, in association with the Imagine Festival, presents Wagner’s poetic and intense love songs, the ‘Wesendonck Lieder’, in a recital by mezzo-soprano Bridget Knowles and pianist Malcolm Proud during the IMAGINE arts festival. Season tickets available. All tickets include interval soft drinks. All details on www.waterford-music.org. The wonderful world of Wagner’s music, mythology & poetry are waiting to be explored by music- and art lovers in the South East.
Wagner 200 / Poulenc 50 Concert Programme
Henri PURCELL – Sweeter than Roses, If Music be the Food of Love, Music for a While,
W.A. MOZART – Ridente la calma, Das Lied der Trennung, Dans un bois solitaire, Abendempfindung
Franz SCHUBERT – Ganymed, Nacht und Träume, Die Forelle, Ständchen, Rastlose Liebe
Richard WAGNER – Wesendonck Lieder
Edward ELGAR – Like to the Damask Rose, Queen Mary’s Song, The Shepherd’s Song
Francis POULENC – La Courte Paille

October 18 at 20.00. Admission: €18 and €5 for students



Dervish in Concert

Dervish in Concert

Venue: Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay, Waterford
October 19 at 20.00

The world famous traditional Irish band; one of the most sought-after acts on the live music circuit. Exceptional muscianship, breathtaking vocals, high-energy sets of tunes and instantly compelling songs. The band’s live shows are characterised by their carefully crafted arrangements, as they subtly explore the endless rhythms and complexities that go to make great Irish music.
Dervish are: Brian McDonagh (Mandola), Liam Kelly (flute and whistles), Tom Morrow (fiddle), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán and bones), Michael Holmes (Bouzouki).

October 19 at 20.00. Admission: €20 and €18 concessions

Kate Daniels____________________________________


Venue: Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay, Waterford
October 20 at 21.00

A special night for guitar fans and jazz lovers is planned for Waterford with legendary guitarist John Etheridge and singer Kate Daniels joined by multi-instrumentalist Graham Pike and Nick Bankes on Bass. Kate has been singing Jazz for over 20 years and is just about to launch her new CD ‘Atmospherics’ featuring her own arrangements of classic jazz tunes and made with some of top names in the British scene.

John Etheridge

John Etheridge

Former Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge has collaborated with Eric Clapton, Andy Summers, John Williams, Nigel Kennedy and Stephane Grappelli among others. Inspired by Hank Marvin and Django Reinhardt, John’s career began in Swinging Sixties London. Nowadays he juggles several projects and collaborations. This is a great opportunity to see a legendary musician and a great night is in store for jazz and guitar lovers.
This is what his peers said about John – ‘Great!’ – Jimi Hendrix,- ‘A great guitarist’ – Eric Clapton,“One of the best guitarists in the world” – Pat Metheny

October 20 at 21.00  Admission: €10 and €8 concessions

Richard Hardwick - Cat

Richard Hardwick – Cat



Venue: Central Hall, 123a, The Quay, Waterford
October 21 – 23 at 20.00.

CAT is the story of “Dave the Cat” and how he was sacked from the original production of that famous musical “Cats” on opening night, and has never quite recovered.  The show lets us into a world of backstage drama, romance and intrigue, and features songs supposedly “cut” from the original musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (but don’t tell Andrew).  Seating limited so book early.  Not suitable for under 16′s. Directed by Jamie Beamish with original songs by both Jamie and Richard. “An absolutely marvellous performance.  One of the best shows we have ever seen in Edinburgh Fringe! Congratulations!” *****

October 21 – 23 at 20.00. Admission €12 and €10 concessions



Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Venue: Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford
October 22 at 20.00 Admission €15 and €12 concessions

Chris Wood is one of the giants of English folk music.  A multiple BBC Folk Award winner, Chris is acclaimed as both an interpreter of traditional material as well as a songwriter.  The artists he has worked with include Billy Bragg, rapper Dizraeli, Andy Gangadeen, Andy Cutting, Jean François Vrod and Hugh Lupton (Wood and Lupton’s “One in a Million” won Best Original Song at the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2006). Recently he has worked alongside Martin and Eliza Carthy and others in The Imagined Village: “Cold Haily Rainy Night”, performed by Wood and Eliza Carthy, took the award for Best Traditional Song at the Folk Awards in 2008.  Singer, guitarist and fiddler, Chris Wood is one of the biggest names in the current English folk revival and a major addition to the 2013 Imagine line-up.
“Just when you’re starting to despair of popular culture’s ability to tackle the ever more grotesque inequities thrown up by our lottery society, along comes Chris Wood to remind you that the sharpest dissection sometimes comes in simple, six-string form, here augmented by brooding organ and weary string bass.”  Andy Gill, Independent

October 22 at 20.00 Admission €15 and €12 concessions




Dublin City Jazz Orchestra

Venue: Tower Hotel, Waterford
October 24 at 20.00

Symphony Club of Waterford http://www.scow.ie are delighted to announce that as part of the 2013 concert series and in association with the Imagine Festival – The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra http://www.dublincityjazzorchestra.com will be performing Thursday 24th October @ 8pm in the Tower Hotel Waterford. Programme: Big Band Classics. Presented by Waterford’s Symphony Club (SCOW) The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprising some of the best musical talent in Ireland.  Led by the legendary Ciaran Wilde, four trumpets, four trombones, and five saxophones will blow your mind playing big band music from the ‘40s and ‘50s along with some more modern bombastic tunes to mix it up! There’s nothing quite like a big band, and there’s no big band so get the dancing shoes on make a date for Dublin City Jazz Orchestra!

October 24 at 20.00 Admission €18 and €16 concessions – Student & OAP cards €10. Tickets available from Garter Lane Box Office:+353 51 855038 and at the door.


The Minutes

The Minutes


Venue: Forum Lounge, The Glen, Waterford
October 25 at 21.00

The September Girls

The September Girls

Dublin rock ‘n’ roll power trio The Minutes return to Waterford to play the Imagine Festival on October 25th. Currently putting the finishing touches to their highly anticipated second album; the lean, mean, rockin’ machine will be showcasing some of the most exciting, bottom-lip biting, riot inciting rock ‘n’ roll you will hear this or any other year, as well as a smattering of classics from their ‘Marcata’ debut.
Support on the night is the exciting garage pop band September Girls, who are a five piece all women band based in Dublin. “We play fuzzy garage pop with lots of reverb and loud drums”. Not to be missed!

October 25 at 21.00 Admission €10 and €8 concessions



The Lost Brothers


Venue: Wander, Johnstown, Waterford Waterford
October 26 at 21.00 Admission €12 and €10 concessions

This will be a special night for Imagine and the co-hosts Waterford Council of Trade Unions when they present a night of song and poetry featuring The Lost Brothers with two of Ireland’s strong outspoken poets Dave Lordan and Sarah Clancy.
“Irish duo the Lost Brothers offered exceptional interplay between their acoustic guitars, building from deceptively simple folk structures with tight paired harmonies from their recent The Passing of the Night . “ Doug Freeman. The Austin Chronicle, March 2013, Gig Pick Of the Day.
The Lost Brothers were also listed among Hidden Track and Glide Magazine’s Top Ten Bands To See at SXSW 2013.

October 26 at 21.00 Admission €12 and €10 concessions


The Unusual History of Ether

The Unusual History of Ether


Venue: The Victoria House, Tramore, Co. Waterford
October 26 at 23.00 FREE EVENT

The Unusual History of Ether is the songwriting partnership of Waterford-born singer-songwriter Rebecca Collins and Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug. The two met several years ago when they played together at the Dublin Fringe Festival and immediately forged a musical connection. However, busy touring in Europe and the UK with their solo projects, it wasn’t until 2011 that they found the time to collaborate. After a few months of swapping musical ideas online, The Unusual History of Ether was formed and Rebecca relocated to Copenhagen.
Adding to the wide range of influences Rebecca and Mikkel bring to their writing style, bassist Jeppe Skovbakke and drummer Jeppe Gram completed the band’s line-up during the recording of their first EP, Part One. Released in early 2012, Part One explores the philosophical aspects of human life and the natural world with a style that manages to be both cinematic and pop. Part One was hailed as a ‘breathtaking’ and ‘heartbreakingly beautiful’ debut by the Danish press. After several months of extensive live performance, The Unusual History of Ether returned to the studio to record their debut album A Distant Age which is due out in Spring 2013. They toured Ireland, the UK and Denmark in support of the first single from the record in October and November 2012, and were featured on RTE Television, The Works and Lyric FM, The Blue of The Night. http://www.theunusualhistoryofether.com

October 26 at 23.00 FREE EVENT

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