Music and Reviews from Clare, Limerick, Waterford and sometimes further afield

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Preview: Pierce Turner at the NCH

 Pierce Turner will be performing the last date of his short Irish tour on Thursday night  in the salubrious surrounds of the  John Field Room at the National Concert Hall.  The Wexford native  is an extraordinary performer and was my pick for solo gig of the year in 2012.  Turner  was on RTE Arena with Sean Rock's tonight talking about his work and early musical experiences. The influence of sacred music, particularly plainchant on his work is very apparent in the pair of numbers heard on show.  You can listen back here

 Despite a fervent fan base and rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, he remains unfamiliar to many outside the  Hot Press cognoscenti.   There was a suggestion on social media sites that the arts editor of the Irish Times  hadn't heard of him. Gasp!  \Storytelling is at the heart of his craft. The spoken word meshes seamlessly into songs in his inimitable performances. His memoir is expected later this year. You can read my review and others of  recent gigs  on Turners website here ,   It promises to be a great gig.

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