Imagining Ireland

LONDON Barbican
Silk Street


Paul Noonan from Bell X1 and Lisa Hannigan, playing their only London show, lead some of Ireland’s most exciting new artists in this special show produced by Serious at the Barbican. It follows on from the incredible sellout success of 2016’s Imagining Ireland concert 

Paul Noonan of Bell X1 holds a unique territory in the Irish rock landscape – a household name, playing five nights at Vicar St in Dublin later in March 2018, but one still keenly relevant and critically lauded. He has curated this concert with Gary Sheehan from National Concert Hall Dublin 

Lisa Hannigan is enjoying an increasingly successful international career. After coming to prominence with Damien Rice, her first release Sea Sew was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and her last album At Swim was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National.

Saint Sister is the creation of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. Their music draws from Celtic harp traditions and electronica to create a mix of soulful vocal harmonies and electro-acoustic harp.

London-based Irish alt-folk and electronica alchemist Seamus Fogarty has just released a magnificent second album The Curious Hand on Domino.

Brian Deady has deep blues and gospel influences - at times Deady sounds like he was raised in the Deep South, rather than as one of 10 kids in west Cork. 

Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a soulful singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin who grew up between Ireland and West Africa. 

Dublin's own Mango x MathMan are leading figures in the new wave of exciting Irish urban music, blending grime, UK garage, rave and hip hop with Dublin wit and attitude, flying the flag for the city.

Stephen James Smith is central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today - his poetry videos have amassed over a million views online.  Stephen is a co-founder of LINGO Festival and poetry curator of the annual First Fortnight Festival. 

Growing up in Mayo, Ireland, Maria Kelly spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a blend of atmospheric-alt-folk.

J Colleran (formerly Mmoths) is an Irish composer who fuses electronic and orchestral elements. His new record Gardenia will be released on Because Music and he is creating a new piece for strings and electronics to be performed for the first time in this concert by the legendary Crash Ensemble.

Dowry, the moniker for Éna Brennan, uses a variety of different sound worlds together; experimental folk, ambient instrumental, contemporary classical, Irish traditional and country music to name a few, with improvisation as a key feature of her style. For this show she has also written the string arrangements for tonight's artists.

To hear tracks from the artists, we curated the below Spotify playlist. You can also view our Imagining Ireland YouTube playlist here.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain and by the Embassy of Ireland in London

Presented by Serious in association with The National Concert Hall