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Bird On The Wire

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Aiken Promotions Presents

Bird On The Wire: 

Celebrating Leonard Cohen's 90th Birthday

 23rd September 2024 ~ Vicar St


Tickets on sale now! 


Bird On The Wire, a collaborative interpretation of The Leonard Cohen Songbook by singer
Pauline Scanlon, Galway band The Whileaways and their band of joy, returns with their new
show for 2022. With tours in the UK and in Ireland along with their first European run of

Bird On The Wire is a unique combination of outstanding singers exploring their own
interpretations of the wonderfully rich music and words of the icon that is Leonard Cohen.
They lead a masterful ensemble including Will Merrigan (bass), Dave Clancy (keys), Matthew
Berrill (saxophone) and Eamon Murray (drums) with lush string arrangements bringing the
elegance of the performance to life.

Pauline Scanlon galvanized the Irish music scene with her stunning debut album, Red Colour
Sun, over ten years ago. As a solo artist and as a member of vocal duo LUMIERE, Scanlon has
entranced audiences the world over with her distinctly delicate intensity. Pauline has
performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Damien Dempsey, Sinéad
O’Connor, John Spillane and is a member of several high-profile groups including Dónal
Lunny’s Atlantic Arc Orchestra. Scanlon has presented several music-based television
programmes for both the BBC and TG4 in recent years, and released her latest album
Gossamer in 2016 to critical acclaim.

The Whileaways are three powerful forces in Irish roots music: Noelie McDonnell, Noriana
Kennedy and Nicola Joyce combine to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition
and beautifully crafted original songs. They have released three critically acclaimed albums,
toured all over the world, and been nominated for Best Group and Best Album in the RTÉ
Folk Awards. Plaudits have been heaped upon the band with The Irish Echo calling their
sound ‘perfected simplicity’, and Hot Press saying that the trio ‘stake their claim to being
among the finest singers in the country’.

Bird On The Wire brings these accomplished singers together, and on stage they create an
emotionally charged atmosphere enhanced by the wonderful lights and stage direction of
the show. Fans have been blown away by the show in Ireland and audiences in the UK and
Europe will undoubtedly have the same reaction.


September 23rd, 2024
Doors: 07:00 pm
Bars open from 6.30pm