At 8pm, on Friday October 16 2015 in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre, the celebrated Irish singer Caitríona O’Leary will perform a concert of works in Irish by the legendary Canadian singer songwriter Joni Mitchell. The concert entitled SWEET FIRE: The Joni Mitchell Project (ÍDE NA TINE: Tionscadal Joni Mitchell) is being produced and presented in conjunction with IMRAM, the Irish Language Literature Festival.
Joni Mitchell’s lyrics have been translated into Irish by poets Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock. For the concert Ms. O’Leary has assembled a band comprised of leading Irish jazz and rock musicians including, Dick Farrelly (guitars), Nick Roth (saxophone), Dave Redmond (bass) and Graham Hopkins (drums). The visual artist Margaret Lonergan has created evocative projections to accompany and enhance the performance and mise en scène.
The poetic translations of Mssrs. Ó Muirthile and Rosenstock and Ms. O’Leary’s poignant and emotionally intense interpretations and arrangements will result in a unique and artistically powerful way in which to experience the remarkable repertoire of Joni Mitchell.
Joni Mitchell has been described by Rolling Stone as ‘one of the greatest songwriters ever’. Her intensely poetic lyrics probe romantic themes of longing, joy and disillusion, as well as social and environmental concerns. Her music ranges from acoustic folk, rhythm and blues, and pop to harmonically complex jazz experiments.
Hear Caitríona O’Leary discuss Joni Mitchell on Lyric FM’s Culture File.
In 2014 Ms. O’Leary was commissioned by IMRAM to create PORT A’ TSAOIL: Tionscadal Kate Bush/ JIG OF LIFE: The Kate Bush Project, which she performed to SRO audiences at venues in Dublin and Belfast.
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