The Island Music Club presents
(Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Noelie Mc Donnell )
The Gallery Cafe, Gort, Co Galway
Sunday March 19th
Doors 8:30pm, ADM: €15
Bookings : 086-8599957 or at The Gallery Cafe on 091-630630
Three powerful forces in Irish roots music in their own right, Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. Using American folksong as a starting point, all three write and sing drawing on their own experience and the result is captivating.
These three singers could all front their own projects, and indeed have. With six previous albums to their collective credit, this is their debut as one. The band came to know each other’s singing over a number of years, playing in sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Dipping their toe in the water as a trio, they were hailed as ‘a knockout of the festival’ at the legendary Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia in 2012.
The critically acclaimed Whileaways’ most recent album ‘Saltwater Kisses’ received a four star review in the Irish Times and RTE Radio 1 Album of the week. Their enthralling performances drive on their quickly rising reputation. Prepare to be spellbound.
Individually, The Whileaways are:
Noriana Kennedy, whose solo album Ebb n Flow received rave reviews in Ireland and as far off as Australia where she was acknowledged as ’an exceptional young artist with a rare ability’ (ABC Australia).
Nicola Joyce, ‘a magnificent vocalist who sings with sheer beauty and poignancy” (Earl Hitchener, The Wall St. Journal), recorded and toured extensively as the leader singer with the group Gráda, working with folk stalwart and Grammy winner Tim O Brien along the way.
Noelie McDonnell, ‘a startlingly good Irish talent’ (New York Post), spent two months in the iTunes Top 10 folk album charts and has three solo albums to his credit.