Saturday, 10th May 2014 - The Grand Social, Dublin
TrócaireLive is an annual event that showcases Irish and international music and places a spotlight on Trócaire’s campaigning work throughout the world. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, 10th May at The Grand Social.
See some of Ireland’s most creative and energetic acts perform. Soak up the atmosphere in the beer garden ‘til the sun goes down, then make your way inside to see the headliners on stage. TrócaireLive is expanding to offer gig-goers a mini festival experience, right in the heart of Dublin. Running from 5pm 'til late, you can enjoy international food, drumming and dance.
Kick-start your summer festival season with TrócaireLive!
We’ll kick off with Nigerian folk drummers performing outside the venue from late afternoon, and the rooftop garden will be filled with food, music and, of course, art from 5pm. In the earlier part of the evening, people can soak up the festival atmosphere as they listen to the sounds of up-and-coming Ugandan singer Justine Nantale, soul-folk-alternative artist Yong Buddha, and party DJs Groovement Soul.
Then, moving inside, we’ll have performances by Dublin-based music collective, The Animators, and folk noir / gypsy jazz / sea shanty group, The Eskies. And to top it all off, we also have the energetic Colours Afrobeat Foundation on board to headline the event, along with well-known Irish electronic musician Daithí, famed for playing original music on his electronic synthesised fiddle. Once the live music finishes, Groovement Soul will take to the decks to keep people entertained until late into the night, followed by a DJ set from White Collar Boy.
Daithí Ó Drónaí aka Daithí is an Irish musician best known for playing original music on the electronic synthesised fiddle.He first came to public attention when he participated in the first series of The All Ireland Talent Show in 2009 and since then we has played the length and breadth of Ireland, from crammed festival tests to supporting artists such as DJ Shadow, Santigold, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, De La Soul and Todd Terje.
Daithí has ventured into the studio with various members of the close-knit underground community (Elaine May, Liza Flume, Monto, The Breaking Bread Collective), and, after dominating the sound of the summer in 2013 with his hit track ‘Chameleon Life’, Daithí has just released his brand new single ‘Case Closed featuringSenita’.
Daithí’s unique style of incorporating live fiddle into energetic dance music makes him one of Ireland’s most exciting acts at the moment.
Colours Afrobeat Foundation is Ireland’s foremost Afrobeat band.Having premiered at the Drogheda Arts Centre in 2005, they have since become a hugely successful and popular band. With a line-up of musicians whoare all masters on their different instruments, their repertoire is an original mix of politically intoned and occasionally provocative,but always positive and uplifting songs.
Appropriate to their name, truly many colours and nations are represented by the members of Colours Afrobeat Foundation,who hail from countries as diverse as England, Italy, Brazil, Cuba, Poland, Ireland, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
Having been cast out, blacklisted, rejected and ejected from gentlemen's clubs far and wide, five dejected cast asides joined forces in what was to be their own celebration of commonality.
Purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek.
The Eskies have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses the length and breadth of the country. Sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.
The Animators are not a group, but a movement. They are anexciting, energetic and positive music collective from Dublin; a melting pot of creativity, characters and musicalability. Their quirky, intelligent and feel good hip hop music is both exciting and refreshing.
The Animators have supported hip hop heavy weights AfrikaBambaatta, PharoaheMonch and The Pharcyde and have collaborated with the legendary jazz group Hypnotic Brass Ensemble ontheir track‘Those Were the Days’. They currently have two releases to their name: ‘Sketch’ and ‘Drawn Together’.
Caleb Kunle aka Yong Buddha was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent the first years of his childhood before moving to Laois in Ireland.
His interest in music started early; when Caleb was eight years old he began writing music and sung in several choirs and at the age of 10 he became part of an urban music group which merged hard-hitting rap verses with a soulful chorus.
When the group split up after four years, Caleb branched out into more electronic sounds, an experiment which led to the project,‘When I was 17’.Subsequently, seeking greater musical diversity, he began playing the guitar and finally embarked on his current sound – ‘Soul-Folk-Alternative’.
Justine Nantale is a Ugandan native and leads her band in traditional African songs from a variety of African countries. With talented musicians from Uganda, Congo, Nigeria and Ireland, the Justine Nantale Band approach all their performances with energy and an authentic African flavour. The band will have you dancing and singing... perhaps even in a couple of African languages!
2014 will be the second year for Justine to perform at TrócaireLive.
Talking Drums are a pair of musicians from Nigeria with a love of West African rhythms. They have been playing the djembe together for the past five years. Their main aim is to bring audiences back to Africa through rhythms and vocals. 2014 marks the fourth year of their involvement in TrócaireLive.
White Collar boy are a two piece electronic-garage group from Dublin. Gavin White and Mark Cummins met at Primavera Sound, and it was inevitable that their new friendship would end up with recordings and rapturous live shows. They want to sign to DFA and play raves across the land.
They currently hold a residency on the first Friday of every month in Dublins Pygmalion nightclub, putting on some of the best electronic artists and DJs Ireland has to offer.
DJ slots by Groovement Soul will take place in the roof-top beer garden throughout the evening. These Grand Social regulars will also close the night’s proceedings with their unfailingly popular mix of Latin, jazz funk, 70s soul, 80s boogie, classic disco, hip hop and house.
They pride themselves on their passion and commitment in searching out the best in quality music from around the world. You can expect to hear Latin, Jazz Funk, 70s Soul, 80s Boogie, Nu Jazz, Classic Disco, Broken Beat, Nu Soul, Hip Hop, Philly Soul and House Music. Their aim is to spread the music they love and feel so passionate about and to create an atmosphere where the crowd get their groove on.
To find out more about one of Ireland’s most accomplished DJ collectives:
TrócaireLive will be MCed by popular radio presenter Dan Hegarty.
Dan Hegarty joined RTE in 2003. He presents The Alternative on week nights on RTE 2fm, and mornings from 10am online and DAB with 2XM. It’s best described as a musical free-for-all, mixing Gil Scott-Heron with Nanu Nanu, Cadence Weapon and Led Zeppelin, and Bob Marley with Sunken Foal…. You get the idea… The show also broadcasts RTE 2fm’s studio sessions, as well as weekly live music from across Europe.
Dan has twice been nominated for ‘Best National DJ’ at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards, and has covered RTE 2fm’s coverage of the Eurosonic Festival in The Netherlands for the past six years. This festival has welcome Irish bands such as Villagers, God Is An Astronaut, Little Green Cars, Lisa Hannigan, and numerous others. He's also been part of the broadcast coverage from The Electric Picnic, Longitude, Oxegen, and Hard Working Class Heroes.
Admission is free before 7pm. Tickets are €10 after that time, with proceeds going to Trócaire.
To purchase tickets, go to Entertainment.ie
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