The Old Queens Head | March 30th 2016
A monthly evening of the finest folk music live at the Old Queens Head in Islington
Jarlath Henderson (Album Launch) & Nessi Gomes
“A stupendous young musician” (Mojo)
“One of the brightest young talents on the current piping scene” (The List)
Jarlath Henderson has made a name for himself as one of the leading exponents of the Uilleann Pipes but let that not limit your idea of what this man is doing with his musical ambitions. On his huge rise to success in his duo with Ross Ainslee thats kept him circumnavigating the world and playing in front of icons such as Nelson Mandela he has secretly harboured both an exquisite singing voice and skilled guitar and string work. He also has a particularly keen ear for the modern and her presents his debut solo project and an album that will re shape the way we think folk music should sound. Sneak previews have revealed a stunningly ambitious and well produced manifesto on presenting the songs of his native Ireland and adopted Scotland in sparkling new ways. this Launch will be the very first revealing of this possible masterpiece.
The youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award, back in 2003, Tyrone-born multi-instrumentalist and singer Jarlath Henderson has since won further acclaim in his firebrand partnership with Scottish piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie. After rapturous reviews for their debut album Partners in Crime, released in 2008, and 2013’s follow-up Air-Fix, the duo is now expandable into a thrilling six-piece band. Renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on uilleann pipes and whistles, while fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist, Henderson has performed and recorded in such illustrious company as The Transatlantic Sessions, Jack Bruce, Lau, Capercaillie, Paddy Keenan, Salsa Celtica, Phil Cunningham, and Michael McGoldrick. His hotly-anticipated solo debut, Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, launched at Celtic Connections 2016, comprises bold yet sensitive arrangements of traditional songs, also featuring Henderson on guitar and cittern, together with his hand-picked accompanying line-up of Hamish Napier (keyboards, flute), Innes Watson (fiddle, guitar) and Duncan Lyall (double bass).
“Jaw-dropping. . . startlingly gifted” (fRoots)
“A benchmark for the new generation” (Scotland on Sunday)
“Too fu**ing good…” (Dick Gaughan)
Born on the tiny Island of Guernsey to a Portuguese family, British singer- songwriter Nessi Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of the traditional, emotional and ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with British modern inspiration.
Though spending most of her life in the Channel Islands, the turning point in Nessi’s musical expression took place six years ago when she lived in Central America. The years she spent away from her home shook her world and reshaped her writing. She shifted from the more obvious themes of love, loss and broken hearts to ruthlessly exploring her inner geography and the delicate fears, insecurities, beauty and light that she found there.
Her quirky and emotive voice began to reflect a brutally honest portrait of an inner world where shadows and light, sanity and insanity dance magically together; where mysteries are unveiled.
Her debut album (to be released end of 2016) revealing an authentic and heartfelt search for light, depth, hope and truth. It is a quest of art, love and trust that wishes to deeply touch and shake the audience, to stir and shift something within them, to speak of the uncomfortable so that it may pass.