BLÁSTA! Festival 2019
‘The Whistling Girl’
Internationally acclaimed singer
With a 5-piece band led by composer/performer
Performing song settings of the poetry of Dorothy Parker
Tickets £14/£12 Concession
The release of the album “The Whistling Girl”is the culmination of two and a half years work between acclaimed Irish duo of singer / actress Honor Heffernanand composer/ keyboard player Trevor Knight (Auto Da Fe),who composed the music on the album using the words of the famous American wit, writer and human rights campaigner Dorothy Parker. Trevor first conceived the idea of using the poetry of Dorothy Parker over twenty years ago being a big fan of her work. It was only when he met Honor Heffernan that the spark of a possibility of putting a show together formed.
“The Whistling Girl”will be presented in a Cabaret/Speakeasy-style ,with the original and unique music composed by Trevor transforming the poems of Dorothy Parker into songs, using her witty, droll and sometimes heart rending lyrics. Each of the songs create individual tableaux or dream moments from Parker’s psyche, conjuring up images from her tempestuous life of outrageous celebrity, as founding member of the notorious Algonquin set in New York, and as civil rights activist in America and Spain during the Spanish Civil War. We also use an underscored segment of her writing about her time in Madrid during the Civil War as part of the show.
This will be the first mainland UK show and the album “The Whistling Girl” will be officially launched in the UK at this event. With a lineup of highly renowned Irish musicians the atmosphere for a spellbinding evening of music with a theatrical element is brought to life with Garvan Gallagher bass, Tom Jamieson drums, Ed Deane electric guitar and Bill Blackmore trumpet.