Bic Runga Olympia Theatre Dublin 2012 live concert date confirmed for Tuesday April 17th!

Feb 24, 2012 No Comments by Musicscene

Bic Runga has confirmed a return to Dublin for an intimate fully seated Irish Tour Date at The Olympia Theatre. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that one of New Zealand’s finest female vocalists Bic Runga will be performing live on stage at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Tuesday the 17th of April 2012. Tickets for Bic Runga live at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin are priced from €22.90 including booking fee and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Bic Runga live at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

In New Zealand where she was born, Bic Runga is one of just a handful of artists who have truly earned the term iconic. Her songs are etched into the country’s consciousness.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, to a Chinese Malaysian mother and Maori father, Bic Runga grew up around music. Her mother had been a lounge singer in Malaysia; her older sisters, Boh and Pearl, both played and sang. By her teens she had mastered drums, keyboard and guitar and was writing her own songs.

Since her debut single ‘Drive’ in 1996 – a top ten hit when she was just twenty years old, Bic Runga has been awarded almost every musical honour in her country, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Songwriting Award (the New Zealand equivalent of an Ivor Novello), a brace of Tui’s (New Zealand’s Grammys) and mulit-platinum discs. Her debut album Drive (1997) went platinum seven times; Beautiful Collision followed in 2002 (eleven times platinum) and Birds in 2005 (triple platinum). She has shared stages with Neil and Tim Finn, members of Radiohead and Wilco. Her songs ‘Good Morning Baby’ and ‘Sway’ featured in the soundtrack of the 1999 film American Pie and in 2005 she appeared in the movie Little Fish (as a Vietnamese lounge singer) with Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill. In January 2006, The Queen made her a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Zealand New Year’s Honours List.

The five years since her last album of new material have passed quickly, at least for Bic Runga. You could say life intervened – specifically the birth in 2007 of her son. Bic Runga admits that there were times when she wondered if she would ever make another album.

The constraints of parenthood necessitated a new approach to her work, so she tried something she had never seriously contemplated before – and it led to an artistic rebirth. Bic Runga embarked on a series of ‘songwriting blind dates’ with some of New Zealand’s top songwriters. One of the first was with James Milne, better known by his performing alias Lawrence Arabia, who worked with Bic on ‘This Girl’s Prepared For War’. The successful collaboration led Bic Runga to a re-evaluation of her songwriting process and her musical goals.

Bic Runga also struck gold with Dann Hume, drummer for Evermore. The evidence can be found in the uncharacteristically upbeat ‘Hello Hello’ and achingly melodic ‘Good Love’. “Evermore have this whole stadium aesthetic, and mine couldn’t be more different. But Dann pulled something out of me.”

But most significant of all her collaborators is undoubtedly Kody Neilson, former frontman for unruly rockers The Mint Chicks, who not only co-wrote several songs but also produced the album. Kody and brother Ruban had already brought Bic a sketch of ‘Tiny Little Piece Of My Heart’ before returning to the Mint Chicks’ base of Portland, Oregon. Months later, with the Mint Chicks on indefinite hiatus, Kody returned to New Zealand and picked up where he left off. He backed Bic at her Vector Arena show with Leonard Cohen, and the pair even played a handful of shows as a duo, Kody and Bic, including the Big Day Out.

Though the combination of sensitive songbird and unpredictable punk was unexpected, the pair worked closely together, swapping instruments, refining arrangements and between them making most of the sounds you will hear on the album. Even a ballad like ‘Everything Is Beautiful and New’, which Bic Runga wrote on her own, benefitted from Kody’s input.

Perhaps most unexpected of all is the album’s sole cover, ‘Belle’. Originally the theme to Belle et Sebastien, a classic French children’s television series of the 60s, Bic sings the song in its original French.

Lastly, a trip to Los Angeles saw a few touches added by legendary multi-instrumentalist and producer Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple). The result is an album that is, indeed, beautiful and new.

Don’t miss the amazing Bic Runga performing live on stage for a fully seated concert date at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Tuesday the 17 th of April 2012.

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