The Unwanted - Cathy Jordan, Rick Epping and Seamie O’Dowd - return to The Dock, Carrick-on- Shannon this Saturday, February 9.
Between the three of them, they encompass a vast range of the music of Ireland, America and other places, geographically and culturally linking to these lands that encircle the Atlantic Ocean.
The songs and tunes of The Unwanted are the combined traditions from Ireland to Appalachia and beyond and are the result of generations of movement and migration, of leave-taking and home- coming, back and forth across the ocean in an endless tide of cultural exchange. Lyrics and melodies borrowed from one land wash ashore on another, only to return again later transformed, peopled with new characters and set in different modes.
Roscommon-born Cathy Jordan, lead singer for acclaimed group Dervish, moves effortlessly and with soaring voice between Sean-nós, Appalachian ballad and contemporary folksong.
Sligo native Séamus O’Dowd (guitar, fiddle, harmonica) grew up steeped in the tradition of Sligo fiddling and is as accomplished playing blues on slide guitar as he is playing jigs and reels. Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, banjo, jaw harp), a native of California, played with musical greats as varied as Bill Monroe, Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb and Irish accordionist Joe Cooley.
Together, The Unwanted demonstrate a deep understanding and appreciation of the music of both the Old World and the New. Wherever they perform, The Unwanted are finding that they are very much wanted indeed.
Tickets are €18. Bookings on www.thedock.ie or on (071) 9650828.