You Raise Me Up is a Gala Celebratory evening of the music of one of Ireland’s Greatest Ever Songwriters, Brendan Graham
With over a thousand recordings, his “You Raise Me Up” is one of four songs from this century featured in SMASH HITS – The 100 Songs That Defined America – an academic book on the songs that have influenced American life, 1750 – 2016. It has been performed at Super Bowl; Olympic Games; Nobel Peace Prize; Opening of the Northern Ireland Assembly. His Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids (1994) and The Voice (1996) both won Eurovision.
Now, for the first time, with some of Ireland’s most distinctive voices, the legendary songwriter presents You Raise Me Up – The Songs and Stories of Brendan Graham.
This unique concert will feature…”You Raise Me Up”; “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”; “The Voice; Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears”; “Winter, Fire & Snow”; “Sleepsong”; “Crucán na bPáiste”, etc., some new songs, including a rare performance by the songwriter. The evening will reveal the stories behind the songs and feature his Sunday Miscellany pieces such as ‘Effin’ Songs’, a humorous look at song writing.
Brendan Graham’s songs travel far beyond the half door of his home in the Mayo mountains. His National Concert Hall appearance is a one-off opportunity to celebrate with the eminent songwriter, some of the most beautiful songs from Ireland, in modern times.
Joining Brendan on stage will be an all star cast:
Cathy Jordan – “One of Ireland’s greatest singers and musicians, ever.” (Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2).
Seán Keane – “The greatest musical find of the 90`s” (The London Independent).
Eimear Quinn “A beautiful young woman with a cherub’s voice that floats in an ethereal cloud of its own making” (Sunday Independent)
Anthony Kearns “Real Vocal appeal, and ready high notes, rising to each decisive moment with quality to spare” (The Irish Times)
Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”
Helene Boksle (Norway) The Voice of The North
Anabel Sweeney – Outstanding Young Star – 3 RIAM High achiever Awards
The Orchestra of Ireland and Choir – Conducted by David Brophy (with Fergal Murray on Piano)
“Musical Midas” The Irish Times
“Touched by genius” Evening Herald – Con Houlihan