Ben Folds & A Piano
BELFAST Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
Clanmill Arts & Business Centre, Bridge St,
Taking to the stage with just a grand piano for company, cult hero Ben Folds plays tracks both classic and current.
After focusing on large-scale live work with orchestras in recent years, this show recalls his original solo tours where he defied sceptics by delivering high energy rock performances using only a piano. There are few musicians that can draw on such a varied and vast body of work, and tonight don’t be surprised to hear Ben Folds Five favourites followed by stripped back renditions of his more classical-leaning repertoire.
The real joy of a Ben Folds concert comes from the man himself, with his love for the music shining through on every occasion.
Support comes from Matt Holubowski. Growing up in a bilingual household Matt has always lived at the crossroads of the French and English languages. This notion of isolation of two cultures within a single territory fascinates self-taught musician, poet and composer and as can be heard in his second album Solitudes which evokes isolation, estrangement, and exile, but also delves into the forms of solitudes we seek and often at times need.