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Two firsts in one night for The Grainstore!
We are delighted to be part of the 2014 Guinness Cork Jazz Fringe Festival for the first time, and to bring together two great musicians for their first-ever performance as a duo.
UK-based Brendan Power is acknowledged as one of the most creative, skilled and versatile harmonica players around today. He'll meld his earthy blues harp with Irishman Frankie Lane's dobro and steel guitar for a unique and unforgettable one-off night.
Grainstore proprietor, Rory Allen has masterminded the evening, bringing together two musicians he hugely admires and whose sum will be even greater than its parts. 'I expect this show will be utterly brilliant in entertainment value and musicality, and will people be talking about it long afterwards.'
Whether you like your jazz hot, slow, smooth, swinging or New Orleans style, Brendan's extraordinary interpretive skill is unparalleled. Equally at ease on both the blues harp and the sophisticated chromatic harmonica, Brendan tunes them to his own scales to create a highly original style. He has recorded more than twenty solo CDs to date in a wide variety of musical genres.
Since he moved to Britain from his native New Zealand in 1992, Brendan's eclectic skills and sympathetic ear have made him an in-demand session player, leading to live and recording work with artists such as Kate Bush (her latest album 'Director's Cut'), Sting, Van Morrison, James Galway, Paul Young, Shirley Bassey, John Williams, Mike Batt and many more. His playing is also heard on many Hollywood movie soundtracks (eg. the 2008 Oscar winning soundtrack for 'Atonement', Jackie Chan's 'Shanghai Noon'), and internationally syndicated BBC TV series (eg. 'Billy Connelly in Canada', 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet', and Bruce Parry's 'Arctic' Series). He has featured on the world-renowned 'Jools Holland Show' and regularly toured worldwide, performing in venues such as China's Great Hall of the People, the Royal Albert Hall and The Kremlin. Brendan was voted "International Harmonica Player of the Year 2011/12" by the respected SPAH organisation of America.
In addition to his pop, jazz and blues skills, Brendan is an expert player of Irish traditional music (winning the 1993 All Ireland Title), and performed for three years as soloist in Riverdance. He has recorded with many well-known Irish artists including Donal Lunny, Altan, Paul Brady, Arcady, Artie McGlynn and Mary Black. In February 2012 Brendan and Tim Edey won the "Best Duo" title at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Frankie Lane is one of Ireland's best-known performers and a traditional musician of international renown. He is the original front man of the legendary Fleadh Cowboys. During their sparkling career in the 1980s, Frankie was famous for his live performances antics such as scaling high balconies in his quest to drive the audience wild! In fact, the Fleadhs gathered a huge fan base at the Olympia Theatre (pioneering "Midnight At The Olympia")and went on to support legendary performers such as Bob Dylan, U2, The Pogues, Emmylou Harris and B.B. King.
For the last number of years, as well as producing and directing some of Irelands leading artists, Frankie has toured extensively with singer Eleanor Shanley in Ireland , Holland and Denmark to immense critical acclaim.
Frankie is a nominee for both the prestigious Meteor Music Award in the Country/Roots category, and the I.R.M.A. music awards for his album, 'Dobro.'
"In Brendan Power are combined all the elements which make for a master player: remarkable technical skill, deep knowledge of the instrument, and a truly creative approach to the music." - Irish Times
"Power's dexterity is breathtaking...he takes the harmonica along paths you never suspected it could go. World class and wide ranging music." - New Zealand Herald