If you haven’t heard the hauntingly beautiful, rolling cello, piano, strings and vocals of Ireland’s sensational Vyvienne Long, then you really are in for an extraordinary treat.
Ed Sheeran heard it and loved it. So did Joan Armatrading. And so did the Irish Chamber Orchestra and DJ Kormac, so much so that they have already collaborated with Vyvienne and there’s more to come.
What makes Vyvienne’s music so unusual, so fascinating, is that she was the first to conceive and perform ‘cello song’ in Europe, enchanting festival-goers with her astonishing cover of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. She has played a host of venues to audiences of up to 10,000 including the Olympia Paris, Radio City New York, Glastonbury, Coachella, and Wembley Arena. Critics have compared her combination of subtle demeanour and heavyweight musical power with Björk, Tori Amos and Joanna Newsom.
Her star quality is easy to see. She’s an insightful, witty songwriter, accomplished cellist and mesmerising singer all wrapped up in one beautifully disarming, demure artist.
Joining her onstage will be Robbie Malone bass (David Gray), Nikolin Koka cello and Winifred Massey piano and clarinet.
Leave home on April 14th to be enchanted by the plucked colours of her cello, the expansive, oceanic piano chords that weave in and out of unexpected harmonies, and a voice that adds her intimate experience of life in all its joyful technicolour.
‘… music is extravagantly baroque, as if fished from the subconscious of Tim Burton’Independent
‘Vyvienne Long is a boldly inventive creator of silken riches and her first live album strikes a pose, with staccato drama. Her cello insinuates itself … with percussive plucking and bowing, whorls of layered sound. Do not miss the charm, excitement and canny pop instincts of Vyvienne Long’Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ Ten Album Review 2014
‘Long's sprightly harmonies and incandescent cello work are beyond beautiful’Johnny Keegan Hot Press 22 April 2014
‘Vyvienne Long has been known for some time as a boundlessly talented cellist and arranger ... here she displays all her talent, confidence and humour to fabulous effect’Ian Melaney, State
‘an expert at weaving neo-classical modernist-minimalist sounds with tactile words and melodies – a bit like matching fingerless hobo gloves with a ballgown’Hot Press Magazine
‘moves lightfootedly between frantic art-rock, heartfelt piano balladry and Björk-esque weirdo pop’The Irish Independent