Performing: Heidi Talbot
Doors Open: 7:00PM
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We are thrilled to welcome one of the finest singers of this or any other generation to The Live Room with her trio, featuring John McCusker and Ian Carr.
Heidi Talbot is an award-winning folk singer from Co. Kildare in Ireland. Her new album ‘Angels Without Wings’ features modern, original songs taking their inspiration from the world of traditional
music, with guest contributions from artists as diverse as Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, King Creosote, Julie Fowlis and Tim O’Brien. She grew up in a musical household, and began singing as a child in the church choir her mother played organ and sang for. After finishing school, she spent time in New York, where she joined the Irish American supergroup Cherish The Ladies.
Her solo 2008 breakthrough In Love And Light won her international acclaim, including a US Indie Acoustic Award which signalled her music’s crossover appeal. Collaborations with Michael McGoldrick and Drever, McCusker & Woomble followed, and guest slots for Idlewild and Eddi Reader.
When Mark Knopfler and Jerry Douglas offered to play on Heidi Talbot’s new album, ‘Angels Without Wings’, they thoughtfully recorded their parts in several different styles – some were instantly recognisable, others more low-key. John McCusker joked, “You’ve got the best guitar players in the world and we’re blending them in?” But both musicians knew that for Talbot, the song always comes before the name.
Talbot’s close-knit creative environment has fostered her confidence as a songwriter while allowing her to welcome in surprising new collaborators. These ever-evolving musical relationships can be heard on this, her most sophisticated and vibrant recording to date.
‘Simply vocal heaven’ - The Sunday Times
‘A voice that’s both awestruck and tender’ - The New York Times
Ireland has long been a fount of great female singers, but Heidi Talbot's breakthrough solo release, 2008's In Love + Light, swiftly assured her promotion to the premier league. Its artfully chosen mix of traditional and contemporary material, reinvented classics and little-known gems, and above all Heidi's's achingly bittersweet, spun-gold voice, won glowing reviews across three continents, a US Indie Acoustic Award and a Best Female Vocalist nomination in the Irish Music Awards. With critics mooting comparisons as diverse as Björk, Enya, Linda Ronstadt, Norah Jones and Kirsty MacColl, the album received widespread radio airplay and has been followed by two years' solid gigging, both as headline act and sought-after special guest.
Heidi’s hotly anticipated follow-up album The Last Star released in 2010 has marked the artist’s debut foray into songwriting. It also sees her engaging afresh with her traditional roots, while seeking out rarely- or never-recorded contemporary material.
"Talbot is primed and ready for crossover success." (Colin Irwin, Daily Telegraph)
"An engaging and impressive record." (Robin Denselow, The Guardian)