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The Island Music Club presents:

The Gallery Sessions:

JOHN BLEK

Sunday Oct 15th, Doors 8:30pm

Adm: €15

bookings : 086-8599957 or from The Gallery Cafe at 065-630630

JOHN BLEK

“I spent much of the early part of 2017 in and out of hospital with some mysterious illness that was intent on wasting my now 30-year-old body. My energy was at an all time low and all that gave me joy had been stripped or put on hold. All but my guitar and what was left of my feeble voice. So to fill the days and occupy my mind, I wrote.

I wrote of resilience, of pain and uncertainty. Of new love through fevered dreams, of strength, hope, distance, sedation and the cure.

I did it every day and recorded the demos sitting up in my hospital bed accompanied by the electronic bleeps of the machines and punctuated by the nurse’s concerned enquiries.

I had a reason. For me this is cathartic. For me, this was the panacea.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catharsis Vol.1 is the third solo album from Cork, Ireland-based songwriter John Blek. Best known for his work with his band John Blek & the Rats, John has begun a new journey influenced by the folk music of Ireland, Britain and the US. With his solo work, he delves into the world of fingerstyle guitar and reveals the deeply personal and poignant lyrical aspects of his character.

John Blek’s Catharsis Vol.1 will be released on the 6th October in Ireland (WARR) and in Europe (Tonetoaster Records) on CD, gatefold heavyweight vinyl and digital formats

 

The Island Music Club presents :

The Gallery Sessions

SÍOMHA

& Special Guest NILE ST JAMES

The Gallery Cafe, Gort, Co Galway.

Sun Sept 24th

doors 8:30pm, ADM : €15

Bookings from : 086-8599957 or from The Gallery Cafe at 091-630630

 

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“July Red Sky” Currently on The RTE
Radio 1 Playlist.

 

Described by Hotpress magazine as ‘a star in the making’, SÍOMHA (pronounced Shee-va)
has been captivating audiences worldwide with her infectious soulful energy and beautifully
crafted songs. Her presence and powerful voice can fill a room on their own and, coupled
with her extraordinary guitar skills, she is proving herself as an original and creative talent,
impossible to pigeonhole and impossible to ignore.

In 2014, she left Ireland to explore the major music cities of Memphis, New Orleans, Atlanta
and Austin; a journey that exposed her to the vibrant and richly diverse musical culture
of the Southern States. She embraced the music scene of each city, often guesting with
leading local bands, an experience that evolved into one of self-discovery for her. Her road
trip finally took her to Nashville, where she was invited to share the stage with the multi
Grammy-winning country legend Vince Gill.

‘Why Did We Fall In Love?’ – In the Top
10 Most Played Irish Track in 2016 on RTE
Radio 1 Playlist.

After settling in Vancouver, Canada, SÍOMHA returned to Ireland in late 2016 to release her
single, ‘Why Did We Fall In Love?’. Recorded in Austin, Texas, the song echoes great torch
singers from another era. It was included on the RTE Radio 1 Playlist for 8 weeks and was in
the Top 10 Most Played Irish Tracks in 2016 on the station. SÍOMHA’s stunning live video for
her song ‘FLY!’ racked up over 20,000 views in the first few days of its release.