First Acts Announced for Sounds from a Safe Harbour 2019

Sounds from a Safe Harbour (SFSH) returns for its third incarnation, taking place in venues across Cork city, from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th September.

Curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, director of 37d03d Mary Hickson, Cillian Murphy and Enda Walsh, the festival will be an exciting weekend of music, dance, visual art, and conversation, with lots of ticketed and free events to explore. As always, collaboration and shared experiences are at the heart of this biennial festival, and the use of intimate venues throughout the city will create immersive experiences for audiences to enjoy.

The first announcement leads with some of the headline shows, taking place in Cork Opera House:

Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice takes to the stage on Friday 13th September for a spectacular show featuring special guests, including Voice Works choir led by Gemma Sugrue.

Visiting Cork for the very first time on Saturday 14th September is Canadian pop singer-songwriter and guitarist, Feist, with a special intimate performance, in the last leg of her ‘Pleasure’ album tour.

The festival finale at Cork Opera House on Sunday 15th September will be LHASA, a live project originally conceived at 37d03d festival, Berlin, August 2018. The captivating melodies of Mexican-American musician Lhasa de Sela are brought back to the stage in a heartfelt tribute from musician fans, friends, and collaborators.

When Lhasa passed away on New Year’s Day 2010 in Montreal, it was said that it started to snow and didn’t stop for four days. Aged just 37, Lhasa had found international admiration over three albums mixing country with gospel; Mexican with Gypsy folk; and drawing on her international roots singing lyrics in English, French and Spanish.

The artists coming together to celebrate the life of Lhasa in this concert are Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers), Bryce Dessner (The National), Clarice Jensen, Dustin O’Halloran, Emma Broughton, Joel Shearer, Leslie Feist (Feist), Melissa Laveaux, Pauline DeLassus (Mina Tindle), and Todd Dahlhoff. Following the Cork performance, SFSH will take the show to the Barbican, London, on Tuesday 17th September.

(Watch Vincent Moon’s video of the Lhasa tribute performed in Saal 3, The Funkhaus, Berlin, during PEOPLE festival 2018 here.)

Tickets for the Cork Opera House shows will go on sale 10am Monday 27th May from Follow Sounds From a Safe Harbour on social media for further programme announcements over the coming weeks.

Director of Sounds From a Safe Harbour and 37d03d, Mary Hickson, commented: “Working with people like Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Cillian Murphy and Enda Walsh, is inspiring and I am so honoured to have them on board once again to create the SFSH19 programme. We are really excited to share the rest of the programme with you over the coming weeks. So much more to come!”



Damien Rice + Special Guests at Sounds From a Safe Harbour
Cork Opera House, Cork City, IRE
10pm, Friday, 13th September 2019
Tickets €35 on sale 10am Monday 27th May 2019
Book at / phone +353 (0) 21 4270 022

FEIST at Sounds From a Safe Harbour
Cork Opera House, Cork City, IRE
10pm, Saturday, 14th September 2019
Tickets €35 on sale 10am Monday 27th May 2019
Book at / phone +353 (0) 21 4270 022

LHASA at Sounds From a Safe Harbour
Cork Opera House, Cork City, IRE
8pm, Sunday, 15th September 2019
Tickets €35 on sale 10am Monday 27th May 2019
Book at / phone +353 (0) 21 4270 022

Sounds from a Safe Harbour presents LHASA
Barbican Hall, London, UK
8pm, Tuesday 17th September 2019
Tickets £20 – 30 plus booking fee, on sale to Barbican members on Thursday 16 May 2019, On general sale on Friday 17 May 2019

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