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Serious Space: ALTERNATIVE IRELAND: MELTYBRAINS?, LOAH + EMMET KIRWAN
Thursday 17 May
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In a nutshell
Serious celebrates the burgeoning music scene of Ireland with an evening of new, exciting Irish artists including masked experimentalists Meltybrains?, Afro-soul singer Loah and Emmet Kirwan.
In recent years the Irish music scene has developed, diversified, and evolved far beyond the singer songwriters and stadium rock bands it has traditionally been known for – with now burgeoning electronic, Afro-soul, hip-hop scenes, and more. Serious is proud to present a selection of the most exciting artists to emerge from the fringes of that landscape whose music defies categorisation.
What to Expect
3 unique music acts representing the spectrum of new Irish alternative music – electronic, indie, Afro-soul – in a very special one-off live show.
Meltybrains? have garnered a reputation for their unabashed creativity and immersive live shows with tours across the UK and Ireland, along with festival appearances such as SXSW and Electric Picnic. The chemistry between each of the five classically trained but serially experimental members and their style has been compared to artists such as Animal Collective and GOAT.
Loah, having previously collaborated with Hozier, Villagers, and Kila, captivates audiences with her voice and unique mix of soul, R&B, and West African folk, combined with an array of classical and jazz arrangements. She has been compared to the likes of Erykah Badu, Oumou Sangaré, and NAO and, having released her debut EP This Heart to critical acclaim last year, she has since toured the UK and Ireland extensively and made her US debut in New York and SXSW as well as her recent performance at Imagining Ireland at Barbican.
At the cutting edge of the Irish spoken word and theatre scenes is Emmet Kirwan. Having first come to public attention as writer and star of cult Irish television comedy series Sarah and Steve, Emmet gained notoriety for his play Dublin Old School – a portrayal of Dublin’s underground culture – which toured extensively around the UK and Ireland, including a run in London’s National Theatre and The Pleasance Courtyard at Edinburgh Fringe, and is currently being adapted into a feature film. His short film and poem Heartbreak gained over a million views online and was awarded an Irish Film and Television award for Best Short Film. His new radio drama Wild West will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this month. Emmet will be performing a selection of works old and new to open the night at Rich Mix.
What people are saying
'They literally blew my mind. They're such accomplished musicians. All I can say is see Meltybrains? when you can. They are incredible live.' – Niamh Hegarty, BBC NI on Meltybrains
'The band’s luscious auto-tune sprinkled harmonies to float freely until reaching a definite contender for percussion break of the year.' – Boiler Room on Meltybrains
'Meltybrains? might be classical trained musicians, but their music is indefinable, their fans look like cult members, and their live shows are bewildering.' – Una Mullally, The Irish Times on Meltybrains
‘With a warm, rich vocal and musical influences drawn from across the globe each song reveals a new facet to her songwriting and performance prowess’ - Line Of Best Fit on Loah
‘Her stirring songs reflect her diverse roots. Loah is a conduit between two cultures’ - Village Voice
‘To call this show high-energy is to underrate it. A tour de force of performance’ - The Stage on Emmet Kirwan
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix is one of the most vital venues in London – bringing together artists and people of diverse backgrounds through art and culture.'
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Things you should know
Please note: under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
This event is wheelchair accessible.