Following an incredible run of Irish shows including a sold out Sugar Club Dublin concert date in April, opening for Fleet Foxes at the Marquee in Cork and a sold out performance at St Canice’s Cathedral during the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Danish-born singer and songwriter Agnes Obel has confirmed her biggest Irish headline show to date, where by she will be performing live at Dublin’s Vicar Street on December 10th with additional shows in Donegal (An Grianan (Letterkenny), December 8th), Galway (Roisin Dubh, December 9th) and Cork (Triskel, December 11th). Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the individual venues nationwide. Click here to buy tickets.
“Agnes Obel is a master of her craft.” – The Guardian
“Original and enchanting.” – The Times
“beautifully left-of-field sonic synthesis” – Irish Times ****
Danish-born Berlin-based singer-songwriter Agnes Obel has landed a pan-European hit with her disarmingly beautiful debut album ‘Philharmonics’.
After seven weeks at #1 in Denmark, hitting the Top 10 in both France and the Netherlands and going platinum in Denmark, France and Belgium, Agnes Obel will be releasing the single ‘Brother Sparrow’ on Play It Again Sam. It will be backed with german trio Brandt-Braur Frick’s reinterpretation of ‘On Powdered Ground’
Entirely self-produced and performed, ‘Philharmonics’ opens with the instrumental piano piece ‘Falling, Catching’ which sets the tone for Obel’s classically inspired songwriting. The next track, ‘Riverside’, flows with a depth of emotion embedded with further character by Obel’s love of combining her sweet melodies with carefully considered lyrics that evoke the song’s innate sound. ‘Just So’ works a similar trick, its blend of melancholy and optimism perfectly encapsulated into the opening line ‘Black turns beamy bright.’ Elsewhere, with ‘On Powdered Ground’, ‘Brother Sparrow’ or her interpretation of John Cale’s ‘Close Watch’, she melds different moods and atmospheres, all indelibly linked by the brittle majesty of her music.
The deluxe edition of the album, released in May, adds a second CD featuring six tracks recorded at Obel’s recent acclaimed residency of sold-out shows in Copenhagen and five instrumental piano performances.
As a child, Agnes Obel was subconsciously guided into music by the influence of her mother and father, who would play and listen to a blend of the classical greats, folk music like Jan Johansson and the timeless sounds of Roy Orbison. After discovering the likes of Portishead and Elliott Smith as a teenager, she began writing her own piano-based songs, but it wasn’t until she moved to Berlin in 2006 that she began recording an album.
Many of the songs on ‘Philharmonics’ have subconsciously found an audience through their use in film and television. ‘Just So’ soundtracked a Deutsch Telekom advert, which gave Obel the unusual combination of having a song that everyone knew while having almost no profile as an artist herself. But soon opportunities presented themselves and continue to do so. One of Obel’s earliest breaks came when three of her demos featured in cult director Thomas Vinterberg’s film Submarino – ‘Riverside’ earned her a Robert Award (Denmark’s equivalent of the Oscars) for Best Song of the Year. Her music also reached a bigger North American and international audience when ‘Riverside’ was used in Grey’s Anatomy.
Don’t miss Agnes Obel performing live concert dates in Ireland this December 2011!
Agnes Obel Irish Tour December 2011:
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