Date: Thursday 17 October, 2019
Venue: Firth Hall
Duration: 1.5 hours + Interval
£14.50 / £11.50 / £6
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Multi-award winning fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) and Mercury Prize nominee pianist Kit Downes perform from their latest album 365:Volume Two. Bold, tender, full of old truths and distilled modern wit, this music is built on the beauty of the miniature. It’s a collaboration between artists steeped in tradition but constantly breaking new ground.
Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes have recently played select shows with The Unthanks, before performing their own headline concerts in May 2019 and dates for New Music Biennial (featuring James Robertson) in collaboration with director Shilpa T-Hyland at London’s Southbank Centre and in Hull.
Aidan O’Rourke is a fiddler, composer, producer and curator. With his trio Lau, in multiple solo projects and in collaborations, he has pioneered a new sound in folk music and redefined traditional forms.
Kit Downes writes, performs and teaches music, as well as playing the piano, Hammond Organ, church organ and various other keyboards in a variety of different ensembles. Kit has received a Mercury Music Award nomination (in 2010), BBC Jazz Award, and a British Jazz Award for his own albums, and now tours with his own group ‘ENEMY’, Troyka, songwriter Josienne Clarke, Julian Arguelles' Quartet, Squarepusher, Thomas Stronen and Sylvain Darrifourcq – playing all over the world.
It's as if Debussy and Ravel were orchestrating Scottish folk - truly beautiful
Aidan O’Rourke fiddle
Kit Downes piano/harmonium