Folk singer Noriana Kennedy together with Nicola Joyce and Noelie McDonnell will be touring Australia this Spring and Summer through an exciting record deal offered by ABC Australia.
And as a farewell and warm up they visit Joe Lees Bar, Church Street, Tullamore on Thursday, March 1 for a cosy evening of oldtime americana and Irish folk.
From a Filipino and Irish background, Noriana Kennedy was born in Dublin. She moved to Galway in 2005 to become part of its thriving Irish music scene. After six years of gigging and honing her craft, last year she released Ebb n Flow, an album that revels in both the Irish and American folk tradition.
Noriana now finds herself at the fore of the Irish roots music scene, singing with esteemed players like Sharon Shannon and The Waterboys’ Trevor Hutchinson.
The singer was awarded the Irish Music Network Performance and Touring Award in February 2011, and consistently wins audiences over with her nuanced, joyful performances and her fluid playing of the quirky hybrid banjo-ukulele.
For her Irish Farewell Tour, Noriana will be joined by Galway native Nicola Joyce, who Earl Hitchner of the Wall Street Journal praised as ‘a magnificient vocalist who sings with sheer beauty and poignancy’. Nicola plays percussion and mandolin and is a harmony singer of both precision and grace.
Also hailing from Galway, Noelie McDonnell plays with an ease and magnetism that is all too rare in modern performers. A singer-songwriter of genuine class, Noelie received extensive airplay in Ireland with ‘Nearly Four’, a song inspired by his nephew.
Noriana is overwhelmed by the reaction the Australian market seems to be having to her music saying “it’s a really exciting time for us as great friends and musicians to all to head off to Australia. We are blessed that ABC Australia have taken us on so confidently. There’s talk of us playing Sydney Opera house...but all to be confirmed soon!”.
Together, Noriana Kennedy, Noelie McDonnell and Nicola Joyce spark splendidly off each other, bringing added magic to the already impressive Ebb N Flow. Their Joe Lee gig will be well worth the visit.