Three musical acts to savour on Water Festival opening night

It’s quite a coup for Carrick Water Music Festival to have landed the excellent O Emperor, the mesmerising Katie Kim and the multi-talented Donal Dineen for the festival’s opening event for 2012 this Friday, July 6.

It’s quite a coup for Carrick Water Music Festival to have landed the excellent O Emperor, the mesmerising Katie Kim and the multi-talented Donal Dineen for the festival’s opening event for 2012 this Friday, July 6.

O Emperor are just back from a 10-date German tour promoting their album’s German release on K&F Records, while Katie Kim is a singer in great demand on the international festival circuit and both she and Donal Dineen who will entertain you into the small hours at the Late night festival club have just played two excellent shows at The Body and Soul Festival.

O Emperor is a band whose mercurial rise in popularity is in direct proportion to their ability to pen and perform mini sonic masterpieces of cleverly crafted rhythms merged with strident guitars and subtle bass and keyboard harmonies. Their anthemic and captivating tunes are at their best when heard live, often beginning slowly before rising to become majestic and all enveloping.

Coupling sublime musicianship with influences that range from Pink Floyd, the Band and Krautrock through to 80’s avant garde art music, O Emperor is a band that’s sound is both infectious and uplifting in equal measure. Achingly beautiful would be the apposite term to describe the music that Katie Kim aka Katie Sullivan performs and records.

Her slowcore, ethereal, ambient folk/pop is paired with a voice that has been compared to Zola Jesus, Coco Rosie, Cat Power and Joanna Newsom. The result is music that revolves and swims around layers of fuzzy drips and murky clouds but always seems to come to an elegant conclusion. Her debut release Twelve was admired and praised throughout the country and prompted much collaboration with a spectrum of other artists including David Kitt, Milosh, Halves, Mike Scott and Tenpastseven, amongst others. Katie Kim’s performance will be further embellished with the input of Donal Dineen who will provide a visual backdrop to her show. Donal will be providing more entertainment after the gig in the marquee finishes up as he headlines the late night festival club in The Dock which will start at around 11pm and continue into the small hours.

More visual treats in store there as well as Donal plays from his always excellent selection of music from the sweetest soul through funk to upfront beats and grooves. An excellent start to the 2012 Carrick Water Music Festival and the whole nights entertainment will only set you back €17 with tickets to the gig in the marquee giving you free entry to the late night club! It is going to be a special night and we hope that you will be able to join us, have a great time and support your local festival. The fun begins at 8.30pm on Friday 6th July. You can book on line at www.thedock.ie by phone on 071 96 50828 or in person by calling to the festival box office in The Dock anytime from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.