Featuring Sam Wickens, Reevah, Travis is a Tourist, Hex Hue and Alice LA accompanied by the newly formed Cathedral Quarter Choir
Take five of Northern Ireland's most exciting original artists, pair them with a choir singing specially arranged versions of their songs and put them in the beautiful setting of Rosemary Street Church and you have this very special one off event.
It will be a gig to remember.
Sam Wickens is a powerful singer and songwriter, gifted with the talent to arouse the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, Bon Iver, Paolo Nutini, he is a perceptive writer and performer with a restless creativity, a personal blend of Soul, Blues, Gospel, and Folk. Modestly plying his craft with sincerity, Sam has created a style his own, and a reputation as a mesmerising live performer.
Reevah's acclaimed debut EP ‘Hummingbird’ was self-released in June 2018 and aired on RTE Radio One and BBC Introducing amongst numerous others. She has supported acts such as Lisa Hannigan, Wyvern Lingo, and Duke Special and has played at various festivals and events such as Other Voices, The BBC Fringe Festival and Stendhal Festival. Her latest release ‘26.’ is now available across all major online stores and streaming sites.
Travis is a Tourist is the nom de plume for a barely 20 something from Northern Ireland called Travis Gilbert. The tourist spirit has already seen him take trips to Nashville to write (twice), to Austin to perform (playing with SxSW artists, patio and porch shows), and closer to home; gigs at Liverpool Sound City, as well as in bars, clubs and living rooms of friends and fellow restless spirits, across the UK and Ireland. Where he travels next is anyone's guess, but the musical journey is going to be worth coming along with.
Hex Hue marks a clean break for Belfast vocalist and musician Katie Richardson. Bearing the imprint of Scando pop and percussive electronica every bit as much as introspective indie, it offers up harmony-driven alt-pop that is full testament to the aforesaid diversity. This is bold, Technicolour alt-pop that locks its gaze on the horizon to see better, brighter days.Katie has cut her teeth as a member of many bands including Choice nominated 'Pleasure Beach,' with whom she toured the U.K. and Ireland. In various guises she has supported artists such as Bell X1, Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, All Saints, Jesca Hoop and has collaborated and performed with artists including the wonderful Foy Vance and Duke Special.
Alice LA is making capital from the material world. She revels in the colour and shapes and the tech-babble, but she is not a passive consumer. Alice LA is at home in pop culture, but she also retains the right to be arch and subversive. Though her connection to the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast she graduated from the Music Potential programme with Capital XTRA. She set up a home studio and played a gig at KOKO in London. Now with the help of Oh Yeah’s Scratch programme, Alice LA has released the alt-gospel affections of ‘Mr. Summer Solstice’, another ambitious reach.
Cathedral Quarter Choir is the brainchild of Katie Richardson. This brand-new choir will spend the Summer meeting, singing and rehearsing together to prepare for this very special event.