The Alehouse Sessions
Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix Street, Cork
Sunday 15th October, 6:30pm
Tickets: €18/€15 Early booking advised
The sensational Norwegian group Barokksolistene bring their critically acclaimed show to Cork following a tour of the US.
The Alehouse Sessions – curated and devised by Bjarte Eike – is an ever changing and evolving insight into the music of the English 17th Century tavern. It gives audiences a window into this tumultuous period through Purcell overtures, English sea shanties, and Scandinavian folk songs thrown in for good measure.
These sessions have already been hailed as ‘irresistible’ [The Times], ‘superb’ [The Scotsman] and ‘fabulously unrestrained’ [The Guardian], and they have diverted away from the traditional concert model by ‘creating the effect of a late night jamming session’ [BBC Music Magazine].
This diversion from the traditional concert model is what is at the heart of the Sessions. Through the medium of these well-loved tunes, a story of the period is interwoven into the music making; creating a unique environment between audience and performer
Imagine an Irish folk band ranging in time back to the taverns of Purcell’s era and geographically across Europe, then delivering the pot pourri in a storm of stamping, dancing and raucous humour. Irresistible.Richard Morrison, The Times, Jun 22nd 2014
The variety of tone and texture was astonishing […] The whole joyous evening was a liberationIvan Hewett, The Telegraph
A fabulously unrestrained set combining folksy vigour and classical virtuosity.The Guardian Jul 12th 2016