CIFD presents St Patrick¹s Day at the Roundhouse – 2pm. And from 6pm: Camille O¹Sullivan, Damien O¹Kane, Hot Sprockets, London Lasses (late night ceili)

Press Contact:
Debbie Dickinson 07774 153896
Grace Bryan

CIFD presents with John Patrick Griffin

St Patrick’s Day at the Roundhouse
A Celebration of Irish Music and Culture
Saturday 17 March 2012

Evening from 6pm
Camille O’Sullivan
Damien O’Kane, Hot Sprockets, London Lasses (late night ceili)

St Patrick’s Day alldayer from 2pm

This celebration of Irish music and culture takes the traditional and gives it a contemporary twist. It’s headlined by Cork’s dynamic chanteuse, Camille O’Sullivan – “a cross between Patti Smith, Sally Bowles and PJ Harvey” (The Scotsman). Playing a full set with herband “this princess of darkness, mirth, merriment and soul baring” (EdinburghHerald) has built her award winning reputation with red hot torch song interpretationsof the work of Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Kurt Weill.

Her gifts as a performer have created a veritable blizzard of awards ranging from an ‘Olivier Award’, 2009 and ‘Spirit of The Edinburgh Fringe’, 2007 to ‘Best Music Brighton Festival’, 2005 to ‘Irish Tatler’s Woman of the Year’, 2011. She has been nominated for the Time Out Cabaret Awards 2012.

Her reviews speak for themselves –

She is at her best – which is ravishing – when the star is her singing voice: a deep, sultry instrument that might have been created to express desolate love”, Guardian.

Intense… emotional… hypnotic… such an outpouring of passion you can’t resist being drawn into her web (5 stars)”, The Independent.

When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin; one spark, and the whole room would ignite”, Daily Telegraph.

Raunchy, dangerously fragile… a vocal talent and stage presence like no other singer today”, Edinburgh Evening News.

From Coleraine in Co. Derry, banjo player and singer Damien O’Kane is probably best known for his cracking contribution to Anglo-Irish folk super group Flook, but he is now making a considerable name for himself in his own right – “relaxed, assured and recorded with loving care O’Kane effortlessly adds his name to the proud history of outstanding Ulster singers”, fRoots.

The Hot Sprockets hail from the delta blues mecca that is, South Dublin. Their video ‘Cruzin’ was nominated for best video and best group at the recent Irish Music Television Awards, where they also headlined the show. The Hot Sprockets have previously supported the likes of The Zutons, Divine Comedy, The View, Peter Hook and Ida Maria.

The best female group in Irish music” according to the Irish American News, the London Lasses and Pete Quinn will be ending the celebrations with a late night céilí open to all, with dance caller Jocelyn Armitage. Over the past decade they have brought their unique sound to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, where the band performed the first ever BBC Proms céilí in 2008.

St. Patrick’s Day All dayer!

Immerse yourself in a day of Irish Culture and Music throughout the Roundhouse. With Jaquelyn Hynes & Friends, followed by Orlaith and the Lemons traditional Irish music sessions. Tad Sargent leads a Bodhran workshop (beginners – drum provided). The Long Notes Camden’s favourites, welcome in the evening with a distinctive folk, roots and Celtic sound..

Paint your own Blarney stone, listen in wonder to our Irish storyteller’s magical tales of legend, and hunt for gold at the end of the rainbow. Explore a selection of stalls whilst feasting on homemade Irish stew. Whet your cultural appetite with a day of visual and performance art.

The studio theatre features an array of stunning Irish folk musicians. Headliner Kal Lavelle, will charm you with her beautiful song-craft, having supported the likes of James Brown and Ed Sheeran. Oh Ruin merges Irish tones with the sounds of Bon Iver and Bill Callahan. Maria Byrne and the Broken String creates a unique blend of folk pop and country. Treat your ears to the captivating fiddle player Alastair Caplin plus Rhob Cunningham and Jenny Lindfors, two of Ireland’s most promising singer songwriters at our St. Patrick’s Day Hootenanny.

St Patrick’s Day Alldayer
Date: Saturday 17 March 2012
Time: 14:00 – 18:00
Price: £2
Booking: / 0844 482 8008

St Patricks Day at the Roundhouse: Camille O’Sullivan, Damien O’Kane, Hot Sprockets, London Lasses with Pete Quinn
Date: Saturday 17 March 2012
Time: 18:00 till late
Price: £17.50
Booking: / 0844 482 8008

Press Contact:
Debbie Dickinson 07774 153896
Grace Bryan

ABOUT CIFD presents
A chance meeting and a shared passion for Irish music has brought together the well respected Return to Camden Town festival, the new generation of event producers from City University’s first Creative Industries Undergraduate programme – CIFD presents – and the local Irish businessman John Patrick Griffin to produce this Irish music and culture St Patrick’s Day extravaganza in the iconic setting of the Roundhouse.