Islander Presents

dowry & claudia schwab

Saturday 8th September 2018
The Roundy, Castle Street, Cork
Doors: 8:30pm

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Éna Brennan is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, songwriter, and graphic designer originally from Brussels. She has worked, be it as a performer, arranger or composer, with the Avalon Trio, Bad Sea, Bell X1, Co-Orch, Dulciana, Mornington Singers, New Dublin Voices, Paddy Hanna, Participant, Robinson Panoramic Quartet, Spudgun, Tandem Felix, Téada Orchestra, Trinity Orchestra, Trinity Singers, and Zoe Conway.

She has recently embarked on a solo project under the moniker of Dowry fusing a variety of different sound worlds together; experimental folk, ambient instrumental, contemporary classical, Irish traditional and country music to name a few. Éna begins every set with a completely improvised violin piece using her loop pedal, before launching into a collection of songs on either bass, guitar or looped voice. Improvisation is a very important element of Éna’s writing process and performance style.

Recent projects include collaboration with German electronic artist Christian Löffler, and writing string arrangements for Paul Noonan, Lisa Hannigan, Saint Sister, Seamus Fogarty, Mango & Mathman, Loah, Maria Kelly and Brian Deady which were performed by Crash Ensemble for a special show called Imagining Ireland. The Barbican London show received great praise including a four-star review from The Guardian in March following a hugely successful sell-out show in Dublin’s National Concert Hall in February.

Only a year into her solo project she already has a long list of gigs to her name including performances at Electric Picnic and Sounds From A Safe Harbour, and she has been noted as one to watch in 2018 by The Thin Air, State.ie and Whelan’s. Her debut release In É for solo violin & FX is out now.

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Claudia Schwab is an originally Austrian fiddle player, singer and composer who lives and works in Ireland. Described as 'one of the most creative artists on the Irish music scene today' (Dr. Mel Mercier- Irish World Academy Limerick), Claudia amalgamates different traditions and styles, such as traditional Austrian, Irish, Classical Indian and Eastern European folk music, in her own, very unique way.

Her musical journeys have brought her to Egypt, California, Italy, Slovenia, India, Ireland,  New York, Moldova, Transnistria, Estonia, UK, Spain, Tchech Republik, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Hungary, as part of orchestras and bands as well as touring her solo project. 

Her debut solo album Amber Sands was released in April 2014. In October 2016 she released her first EP Attic Mornings EP (special edition on vinyl) followed by her second full album Attic Mornings in  2017.

Alongside her own solo project (Solo & Quartet), Claudia works with a range of internationally renowned artists. Current projects include collaborations with German Jazz legend Matthias Schriefl, Austrian string trio Netnakisum, accordionist, singer & dancer Hannah James(UK), Scottish fiddle-singer Kate Young (aka "Kate in the Kettle"), the "Craic Addicts" (IRE),  and the Irish Gamelan Orchestra.