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Brigid Mae Power / Sam Clague

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Very excited to welcome back Brigid Mae Power to Cork. It has been too long. Support on the night comes from the sublime Sam Clague

Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power paints expansive songs that are effortless, hypnotic and folk-oriented like Judee Sill, Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten. The third album from the celebrated singer/songwriter, ‘Head Above The Water’ is a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country - an engaging blend of strings, bouzouki, piano and Power’s distinctive vocal make this an achingly beautiful body of work.

Recorded in analogue studio The Green Door in Glasgow with Alasdair Roberts co-producing alongside Brigid and Peter Broderick. It’s a continuing tale of everyday survival; more diverse, different, a bigger canvas, with broader brushstrokes…

Country and traditional folk rub shoulders, making for a juxtaposition of threads, with added instrumentation from five musicians lured into the studio to provide larger dynamics.

“Power meditates on the dichotomy that’s always existed in her work, melding atmospheric bliss and stark desperation.” Pitchfork

“Power invokes the elements, either in contrast to internal weather or in sympathy with it.” The Guardian.

Sam Clague

Sam Clague is a multi instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Cork. His songs are usually driven by intricate and complex guitar arrangements that echo the sounds of 60s Bossa Nova and 70s folk. His DIY production style features an eclectic arsenal of sounds from clarinets and violins to beer bottles and wine glasses to create a warm psychedelic sonic space for his songs to live in. Sams Debut album was released in April 2022.

"his original output steers a very steady ship of originality and personal deep expression – something that is not always immediate in its appeal to the wider audience. But one that is deep and is long lasting"
-- Carl Corcoran (former Presenter of The Blue of the Night)

“Sam is one of those special people, a person untethered to the boring world you and I live in, he floats above it, buoyed by his music, his imagination & his immense talent.
He is without a doubt one of the most multi faceted artists I’ve ever had the joy to meet.
& when I hear his music, for that moment….I feel untethered myself…& that’s close to bliss."
-- Ray Blackwell, DeBarras Folk Club

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