Robin James Hurt
Born in Belfast, raised in Scotland, but living in Dublin for many moons now, Robin James Hurt’s considerable talents as a guitarist, composer and singer have seen him performing and recording as a solo act as well as with other artists such as the late great Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners, Sinead O’Connor, Hazel O’Connor, Finbar Furey, and many others. Robin found his musical voice through his lifelong love for folk music, particularly from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and England. He has gained international recognition for unique original compositions as well as fresh re-arrangements of traditional material, taking often lesser-known folk songs and melodies and filling them with love, yearning and raw emotion. His work goes beyond any folk music idiom to a simple heartfelt connection anyone can understand.
Having released an album and three EPs under his own name, as well as appearing on many albums by other acts over the years, Robin's latest recording project is a collaboration with the virtuoso young Dublin concertina player Ailbhe Nolan.
Ailbhe has been playing concertina since she was 6 years old and her childhood saw a whirlwind of sessions and performances at Fleadhs and Feis's all across the country. Spreading her wings, Ailbhe has amassed a huge amount of experience performing with some of Ireland's most notable contemporary traditional musicians both at home and abroad, touring in Europe and the US. She began performing with Robin in 2014 and immediately the pair discovered a unique and notable musical chemistry.
After wowing audiences at dozens of live shows, Robin and Ailbhe have just completed their first studio recordings, producing a collaborative album of traditional tunes and folk songs full of warmth, rich melody and passionate energy. The album will be released in autumn this year and will be available on CD as well as download and streaming through all the major portals.
Robin and Ailbhe are particularly delighted and honoured to have been asked to perform at the inaugural Neely G Sessions in Dublin, which promises to be a truly exceptional new musical experience linking the music and cultures of Ireland and Canada!
Ailbhe is a member of The Auld Triangle and plays concertina and whistles, Ailbhe is also fully trained on classical violin and sings too. She has travelled the world with different bands and has covered a large amount of the world’s greatest cities. Ailbhe has played corporate gigs and weddings in Irish venues such as Dromoland Castle, The Ritz Carlton, Croke Park and The Aviva stadium all the time maintaining regular gigs in and around Irelands major cities and towns.
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