SON set to light up Browne’s this Novem­ber

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

AC­CLAIMED Clare artist SON, aka Su­san O’Neill, will take to the Island Ses­sions stage in Browne’s Bar on this Satur­day night, Novem­ber 10, at 8pm. SON’s truly phe­nom­e­nal, husky voice has been com­pared by Hot­press to those of Amy Wine­house and Ja­nis Joplin.

Co-or­gan­iser Kate McSweeney sets out her stall on the con­cept of the ‘sit-down gig’ in Browne’s back bar.

The ex­per­i­ment has been well-re­ceived with full at­ten­dances on the cou­ple of out­ings since it was launched dur­ing the sum­mer with a sell-out gig by Mick Flan­nery and Jeffrey Martin.

Su­san O’Neill, hav­ing toured with big fes­ti­val bands such as King Kong Com­pany over the past few years, has re­leased her de­but solo al­bum, ‘Found My­self Lost’, ear­lier this year.

SON has sup­ported mas­sive artists such as Lisa Han­ni­gan and Paul Brady and will tour Aus­tralia with Sharon Shan­non early next year.

“The con­cept of The Island Ses­sions cel­e­brates the mu­si­cian in an in­ti­mate set­ting with great sound and pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to the sto­ries be­hind the songs they have writ­ten and to hear them be­ing per­formed in a stripped-back form,” said Kate.

The first two Island Ses­sion gigs with Mick Flan­nery and Mundy were re­ally spe­cial and Browne’s is prov­ing to be a re­ally fan­tas­tic venue, praised by both pa­tron and per­former. Hav­ing played his first gig in Browne’s last Au­gust, Mundy took to twit­ter the fol­low­ing morn­ing com­ment­ing on the “great spirit in the room” – that kind of thing can­not be man­u­fac­tured and luck­ily this venue seems to have it!

“This kind of gig pro­vides a great al­ter­na­tive night out in Castleis­land,” Kat said. “The gigs gen­er­ally be­gin at 8pm in the evening, they pro­vide us with rea­son to carve time out of busy sched­ules and re­lax with a glass of vino or cool beer in hand.

“They pro­vide the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to grab a bite to eat pre-gig and head for our lo­cal tav­erns straight af­ter­wards, in­spired by the sounds just heard. Al­ready we see out-of-town­ers pur­chas­ing their tick­ets on­line for Island Ses­sion gigs, which is a tes­ta­ment to the qual­ity of the acts and the spe­cial at­mos­phere in Browne’s.

“Peo­ple will travel here, so­cialise in our pub­lic houses, eat in our restau­rants and join us in a cel­e­bra­tion of the mu­sic...Also, we’re very ex­cited to an­nounce that the leg­end Paddy Casey will be play­ing the Island Ses­sions on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, just in time to kick off fes­tiv­i­ties in Castleis­land.

Tick­ets for this Paddy Casey night will go on sale at the SON gig on Novem­ber 10, and the re­main­der, if any, will be avail­able on­line the fol­low­ing day.

See SON at Browne’s back bar on this Satur­day night from 8pm.

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