Bow Street Sessions – brought to you by Jameson and Hot Press – returns to Dublin on Thursday, January 26, where the stars of the show will be the extraordinary Booka Brass and agro-soulsters Barq, along with rising urban electronic singer-songwriter Soulé.
The Sugar Club is set to welcome Booka Brass, the high-energy masters of the live arena along with genre-bending Dublin four-piece Barq. Soulful singer Soulé will also make a special appearance on the night.
It promises to be a very special evening in The Sugar Club, which will see collaborations and surprises from what are some of the country’s finest acts; expect a warm welcome, a thrilling bill of music accompanied by a Jameson, Ginger and Lime …but apart from that, expect the unexpected!
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In late 2012 a group of students were drawn together by their classical music background and a desire to experiment. An upward trajectory quickly followed, with a critically acclaimed EP and sold-out nationwide tours, alongside live performances with Irish music heavyweights including The Frames, Lisa Hannigan, Jape and James Vincent McMorrow. Fast-forward to 2016 and Booka Brass has unleashed their brilliant debut album, Chilled Milk, delivering an epic tour de force of the band’s signature melodies and rhythmic pizazz. The album comprises nine tunes penned by the New Orleans-inspired outfit as well as a raucous cover of Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’. But perhaps most importantly, the LP brilliantly captures the live energy of the band lauded as one of Ireland’s greatest live acts.
Booka Brass laid the basis of the album through jamming ideas in an improvised setting, while drawing influence from jazz greats like Miles Davis and Art Blakey, to hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar. It’s a sublime fusion of a classical mastery of their instruments with an instinctive understanding of jazz sensibilities. Bow St. Sessions will be a rare opportunity to experience these masters of the live music art form in the intimate surrounds of The Sugar Club in January...
In March 2015, a high energy four-piece appeared with a bang, releasing their debut single ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’ to a surge of media attention. “Melty Rock, Lava, Agro-Soul” – welcome to the world of Barq. The debut single was picked up on Spotify’s new music playlist both in the UK and Brazil, as well as being included on IASCA’s ‘playirish USA’ playlist. The Dublin four-piece then went about amassing a legion of fans by blazing a ferocious trail through the Irish summer festival circuit, including star appearances at Longitude, Indiependence, Groove Festival, Body & Soul and Knockanstockan.
Describing their music as “shoving groove into the belly of the rock beast”, Barq are experts at genre-bending, and with the aforementioned ‘agro-soul’ they have brilliantly crafted an utterly unique sound.
The release of the powerful single ‘Bear’ cemented Barq’s position as one of Ireland’s most promising acts, with lead singer and Hot Press cover star Jess Kavanagh’s passion and soul to the fore. They put in a stellar performance on Other Voices in December and fans can expect more of the same – and a few surprise twists and turns – on January 26th at The Sugar Club, Dublin.
Soulful singing is in the DNA of London-born, Dublin-raised urban electronic singer-songwriter Soulé. Last year, she joined creative collective Diffusion Lab, who has the likes of Hare Squead and Jafaris in their ranks (she’s in very good company!).
You’ll find the likes of Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, ASA, Chrisette Michele, Nneka. MNEK, Ella Eyre and Lauryn Hill at the top of her playlist. Take beautifully soulful music, add some drum & bass and a generous serving of alt. electronic and it’s easy to see how Soulé (pronounced “Sou-lay”) has quickly become a such a unique, thoughtful and diverse artist.
With the release of her first single ‘Love No More’, Soulé has announced her arrival on the Irish music soundscape with coolness and conviction in equal measure. With over 150,000 Spotify plays, the deftly woven vocals on the R&B-electronic anthem have certainly struck a chord. See what the fuss is all about when Soulé performs live at Bow St. Sessions...