SAT 19 MAY
‘NoCROWS’ Sligo’s Dynamic Folk Orchestra!!
NoCrows is an acclaimed dynamic folk orchestra from the melting pot of Sligo’s diverse and vibrant music scene. Comprising of seven exhilarating musicians, from Ireland, Switzerland, Mallorca and Russia, Nocrows blend high energy ‘Irish trad’ with jazz, rock, latin, gypsy, rumba, classical and Balkan sounds! Featuring Felip Carbonell, Ray Coen, Anna Houston, Eddie Lee, Oleg Ponomarev and Steve Wickham,(.from infamous band ‘The Waterboys’!) Their live shows are applauded all over Ireland and Europe as ‘a ‘fast and furious, infectious musical force! This will be their first time playing in London and this is certain to be a concert you should not miss!
NoCrows are ....
ANNA HOUSTON: Cello, Mandolin, Vocals
Anna Houston studied Cello at the Conservatory in her home town, Bern, Switzerland from age 9. All through her teens she played in different orchestras, classical Trios and Quartets, and also did recording work on Cello and Bass with several Singer-Songwriters.
In her late teens she became very interested in Irish Traditional Music and moved to Ireland in 1991. Although classically trained on the Cello, she is also an accomplished Banjo and Mandolin player.
In 1993 she met harpist and singer Deirdre Byron-Smith, and they started performing as a Harp and Cello Duo. The Duo are the core members of well known Sligo band “Cadenza” who recorded 2 albums of original songs and instrumental compositions, “Making Waves” in 2000, and “Attic Notes” in 2004. Both albums received critical acclaim from the press, and the band toured extensively at home and abroad.
Anna has performed with various acts including Mike Scott and Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Dervish, The Sligo Early Music Ensemble, with whom she has made several solo cellist appearances, and shows with the Sligo Musical Society. She has arranged and recorded material with Sligo bands including Those Nervous Animals, Cathy Jordan, James Blennerhassett, Steve Wickham and many others.
Anna also teaches the Cello and Banjo at Sligo Academy of Music and holds numerous music workshops for kids.
STEVE WICKHAM: Fiddle, Vocals
Steve Wickham started to play violin at the age of three. Later, he studied at the Royal College of Music in Dublin. In 1982 Steve met ‘The Edge’ at a bus-stop, and went on to record “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and tour with U2. Around the same time Steve and a couple of mates started ‘In Tua Nua” which featured Sinead O Connor. In 1985, Steve was asked to join ‘The Waterboys’ and he went on to make several albulms with them, including the seminal “This is the Sea” and “Fisherman’s Blues”. Steve is a much respected session fiddler and has recorded with Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Sinead O Connor, World Party, and more recently with Declan O’Rourke. He continues to be an integral part of “The Waterboys” and has recently released his first solo album ‘Geronimo’, whic is named after his beloved long-serving violin.
FELIP CARBONELL: Guitar, Vocals
Felip Carbonell was born into a musical family. As a child he was exposed to music of all kinds. at the age of 9 his father brought him to see a concert by the Valencian political singer/songwriter Raimon, it was then that Felip found his calling and he became conscious of the political situation of his country. Shortly after that he got his first guitar and started playing music, playing and following the musical, political movements against the dictatorship of General Franco. He started writing songs in his native Catalan language.
At the age of 19, He formed his first band, Camamil.la, and years later he foremd the successful band, Tumbet, and he released his song Fer Cantó, an urban poem about drugs and prostitution that received several awards in Spain. In 1998 Felip moved to Sligo and started working with the traditional band Dervish. Since 2004 he produced his music project Els Ritmes de la Mar(The Rhythms of the Sea), with a group of international musicians based in Sligo. Felip also performs in a number of jazz and latin ensembles> He performs regularly The Vendetta Orchestra and Rumbatism. He has recorded with Yvonne Cunningham, The Vendetta Orchestra and the Mallorcan based jazz group Katau.
EDDIE LEE: Double Bass, Flute, Vocals
Eddie grew up in Sligo and is steeped in its music scene. A self-taught musician with a career spanning 30 years as bassist, producer, composer and recording artist, Eddie has toured internationally and recorded with many of Ireland’s top artists. In the rock and pop world Eddie has worked with The Pale, Those Nervous Animals, Brian Kennedy; with Stockton’s Wing, Maura O’ Connell, Dolores Keane, Kieran Goss, John Faulkner, Frances Black, Gary O’ Briain, Seamie O’ Dowd, Speranza, Dervish and Café Orchestra. Eddie has also collaborated on projects with Enya, Bill Whelan, Donal Lunny and co-produced many recordings. In 2013 Eddie appeared as a member of Dublin Gospel Choir with Ennio Morricone and his Orchestra. He co write The Barinthus Suite with David Lyttle, which premiered at Sligo Jazz Festival 2013. Eddie is Artistic Director of Sligo Jazz Project’s Festival. He has performed with huge number of top Jazz muscians including Andreas Varady, David Lyttle and Richie Buckley, . Eddie is a founder of Sligo Contemporary Music School/Sligo School of Rock and Sligo Jazz project. He currently also performs with Anything Goes and he co-wrote the musical theatre show “Shut Up and Listen – A Brief History of Popular Music'.
OLEG PONOMAREV: Violin
Born in Khabarovsk, Russia, Oleg Ponomarev is a violinist, bassist, pianist, guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, singer, teacher, biker and co-founder of the “DOGGYBAG PRODUCTIONS”. He moved to Moscow at a very early age to study music with his grandparents and started touring with members of his family very shortly after that. Meeting Yehudi Menuin on stage in Paris must be one of the most memorable moments of his career..
After touring with the Russian/Gypsy Band LOYKO for 10 years, recording more than twenty albums, writing off two motorbikes and getting five stars at the Edinborough festival, Oleg finally settled down in Ireland.
He is currently working with so many projects, it’s nearly impossible to name them all. These are some of the more relevant: Yurodny, Koshka, Cafe Orchestra, Caroline Moreau, The Hot Club of Dublin and NoCrows.
In the context of NoCrows, Oleg’s gypsy style is the perfect complement to the band’s sound. The fire and electricity discharged on stage is something extremely special and unique that needs to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
RAY COEN: Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals
Ray Coen, hailing from Sligo, has over 18 years experience as a guitar and fiddle player. In recent years Ray has moved from backing others to increasingly perform his own material. His debut album ‘Out of Sight’ was released in May 2009 and described by Hotpress as both ‘beautifully recorded and arranged’ and ‘music that is happy in it’s own skin’. Ray has been a regular collaborator with NoCrows since 2007. He was welcomed onboard as a full blown band member in 2014. Ray has contributed greatly to the latest NoCrows CD “Waiting for the Tide”, penning the tune “Good Times” and making a beautiful arrangements of the English trad song “Solvay”, and he shows his rock and roll background on a cracking live rendition of the Hendrix classic “Hey Joe”.
Plus Support from London Born, Irish Singer Songwriter Geraldine Gilmartin
TICKETS | £15 / £13 conc.
DOORS | 7.30pm
VENUE | The Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black's Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT