Tonight brings together a variety of short performances from emerging artists from across the EU. Italian singer-songwriter BIRTHH will take the stage first, followed by Fado singer Maria Pereira Da Costa from Portugal. The night will end with Irish rockers whenyoung.
Pop/R & B
Songwriter, producer and instrumentalist Alice Bisi (aka BIRTHH), known for her style of interweaving frank and sharp lyrics about her personal life with spellbinding riffs, has had a keen eye for music from a young age. She released her first album, ‘Born in the Woods’ with the label WWNBB (We Were Never Being Boring) in March 2016. Following the release of her debut album, Alice undertook an almost non-stop touring schedule for two years around much of Europe, The United States and Canada, with appearances at festivals such as SXSW, CMW, Ypsigrock, Radar, and Home Festival. The authentic sound engineered by Alice has earned her supporting slots with many notable names such as PJ Harvey, Mac DeMarco, Andrew Bird and Benjamin Clementine. BIRTHH’s sophomore album will be released in early 2019.
Marta Pereira da Costa (Portugal)
Marta Pereira da Costa is the world´s first and only professional portuguese guitar female player in Fado. In 2014, she was distinguished by Amália Rodrigues Foundation with the “Instrumentist Award”. In 2016, she released her first solo album by Warner Music with special guests like the bass player Richard Bona, the Iranian singer Tara Tiba, the portuguese Dulce Pontes amongst others. She presents her own compositions and takes the portuguese guitar through different sonorities and influences, like jazz, world music but never missing the traditional repertoire. Last year the album was edited in Japan. Marta has been touring in countries such as USA, Canada, Brazil, Spain, France, Israel, Romenia, Slovenia, where the project has been considered one of the most promising, either by the public or the critics. In her live concert, Marta comes with a quintet formation, composed by portuguese guitar, viola, countrabass, piano and percussion. We witness a dynamic and intense show, where beauty and sensibility take place in each song. Tradition and innovation side by side, creating a new path for the Portuguese guitar. Marta, a woman, a guitar
Genre/Subgenre: Rock/Indie Pop
Few bands can boast the kind of striking musical identity whenyoung have. Their story started in Limerick, Ireland. Singer/bassist Aoife Power, guitarist Niall Burns, and drummer Andrew Flood met for the first time as three teenagers after sneaking into Costello’s Tavern: the only bar in town that catered to their musical tastes. After bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground, they began playing music together and moved to London. The bands’ influences feed into a lineage that boasts everyone from The Cranberries to The Pogues. The band acknowledge those great literary songwriters perhaps no more so when they covered ‘Fairytale of New York’ last Christmas, which was immediately reciprocated when Pogues frontman Shane McGowan was singing their praises and invited them to play at his 60th Birthday party.