February @ Wychwood Folk Club

Wychwood Folk ClubKieran Halpin will be playing at the Wychwood Folk Club on Saturday 11th February, with support from Damian Clarke.

Since 1979, Kieran Halpin has recorded 18 albums, one live DVD and published 2 songbooks with 50 songs in each book. He is a successful songwriter with many of his songs covered by other artists such as Ilse De Lange (All The Answers), Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, Geraldine McGowan, Tom McConville, Niamh Parsons, The Battlefield Band, Flossie and the late John Wright. In fact his songs are performed in clubs, pubs and concert halls throughout the world. Some have also been translated into German, Finnish and Spanish! He has recorded albums in his native Ireland, Scotland, London, Nashville, Oxford and Sydney.

2011 sees the release of his 20th album – the devil and his dealing – a remarkable achievement over a 38 year career – consistently prolific and artistically inventive. The new CD has 11 new songs and features the musicianship of Yogi Jockusch on percussion, Jimmy Smith on guitar, Manfred Leuchter on accordion, Percy Pursglove on double bass and Marion Fleetwood on backing vocals.

2012 will start with the release of Songbook 3 which will contain all the songs from the last 3 CD’s.

Whilst his albums are always something to look forward to it is live on stage where Halpin makes his mark. Powerful and passionate, intimate and intense, he is impossible to ignore. His voice has such an edge to it that he sounds like he is living every song. He has managed to marry his intelligent and thought provoking lyrics with great melodies and has developed over the years into a writer with a style all his own. All of this is underscored by an incisive wit in his introductions which helps an audience to understand where the song comes from and hint at where it might be going.

Halpin is equally at home playing to a small folk club audience and a large festival crowd.

What the critics say:

“Songs of sheer class and originality”
“Wonderful stage presence and surprising humour”
“Halpin is one of the country’s most intelligent writers”
“He has a voice that sells the songs and cuts to the heart”
“Thought provoking lyrics and memorable melodies”
“These songs made me think, laugh and cry – all in one evening”
“Great songs, great singing and great stories”

Venue – Tiddy Hall, Shipton Road, Ascott -u- Wychwood, Oxon, OX7 6AG
Tickets – £8 in advance (www.wegottickets.com/wychwoodfolkclub) or £10 on the door
Start 8pm, with doors open from 7.30pm
Parking & bar available
Contact: Mark/Elaine – 01993831427 or 07870563299 / wychwoodfolkclub@zoho.com