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Spike Festival 2018 – A Celebration of the Cello

SPIKE – Dublin’s alternative cello festival – 9th-11th February 2018

The Spike Festival returns for its second year, and looks to be a whole lot of fun! It is billed as an ‘alternative cello festival’ and runs from the 9th to the 11th of February at the Workman’s Club and the Hugh Lane Gallery. See the full list of events at the bottom of the page, and you can find out all the details on their web site here.

The festival will open on the evening of Friday 9th February with performances by Lioba Petrie and Laura Moody. Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-garde singer-songwriter who creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and which inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant-garde, classical music, experimental pop and singer-songwriter traditions. Festival organiser cellist Petrie will be presenting a brand new project, performing a live film score to screen from one of Ireland’s most exciting filmmakers.

The Saturday night concert will feature US/Albanian artist, composer/cellist Rubin Kodheli, a celebrated, versatile, genre-transcending creative rebel most recently seen by Dublin audiences performing with Laurie Anderson at the NCH in spring 2017. Rubin has made a name for himself performing with Roberta Flack, Henry Threadgill, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Vampire Weekend, Dave Douglas, Makoto Ozone, Wadada Leo Smith and Joan Labarabara. At this concert, he will be performing with two ensembles – Blues in Space and the Kodheli  Cello Quartet. Blues in Space, made up of Kodheli on cello and Garrett Brown on drums, is quickly rising to the forefront of a new avant-rock movement, offering audiences a chaotic and intense musical experience. As Lucid Culture wrote, “Bands like Blues in Space make a good battering ram: they destroy boundaries.” Kodheli will also be performing with a specially assembled cello quartet of Kate Ellis, Laura Moody and Ben Cashell who will join Kodheli to perform a selection of his cello quartet music.

The festival’s closing performance on the Sunday night “Cello Voce” will feature Cello Ireland with leading Irish cellist- songwriters Mary Barnecutt, Aleka Potenga, Kevin Murphy and Anna-Mieke Bishop with special guest Liam O’ Maonlai, a singer whose musical journey has brought him all over the world, exploring the music of Africa, India, America, Australia and Japan. This unique event, will celebrate the cello, the voice, the Irish tradition and an amalgamation of styles and compositions, as the assembled musicians perform original material in new settings.

EVENT & TICKET DETAILS

Friday 9th February

FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Laura Moody | Live Film Score by Lioba Petrie

Date: Friday 9th February 2018

Time: Doors 8pm, Music 8.30pm

Venue: The Workman’s  Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Price: €15 – Tickets available from: http://www.spikecellofest.com

 

Saturday 10th February

IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP with Zan Berry for all ages 8+ (Participants are asked to bring their own instruments)

Date: Saturday 10th February 2018

Time: 12.30pm -1.45pm

Venue: Vintage Room, The Workman’s  Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Price: €15 – Tickets available from: http://www.spikecellofest.com

 

ALL AGES SHOW with Zan Berry and Naomi Berrill

Date: Saturday 10th February 2018

Time: 2pm

Venue: The Workman’s  Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Price: €5 (children);  €10 (adult); €20 (family ticket)

Tickets available from: http://www.spikecellofest.com

 

Blues In Space – Rubin Kodheli (cello) & Garrett Brown (Drums)

Kodheli  Cello Quartet with special guests Kate Ellis, Laura Moody and Ben Cashell

Date: Saturday 10th February 2018

Time: Doors 8pm, Music 8.30pm

Venue: The Workman’s  Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Price: €15 – Tickets available from: http://www.spikecellofest.com

Sunday 11th February

William Butt – Contemporary Cello

Date: Sunday 11th February 2018

Time: 12 noon

Venue: Sculpture Gallery, Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square – Tickets: Free event

 

CELLINSTALLATION:  Series  Of Performances By Eight Improvising Cellists

Date: Sunday 11th February

Time: 1.15pm-5pm

Venue: Foyer, Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square – Tickets: Free event

YOCELLA  

Date: Sunday 11th February

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Venue: St Kevin’s Community Centre, Portobello

Price: €26.74 – Tickets: https://yocellaatspike.eventbrite.ie

 

Cello Ireland present CELLO VOCE

bringing together cellist/singer/songwriters; Vyvienne Long, Mary Barnecutt, Kevin Murphy, Aleka Potinga, Anna – Mieke Bishop, the four cellists of Cello Ireland and Liam O’Maonlaí

Date: Sunday 11th February 2018

Time: Doors 8pm, Music 8.30pm

Venue: The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Price: €15 – Tickets available from: http://www.spikecellofest.com

 

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