THE Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns for its eighth year from January 24th– 29th, bringing an eclectic mix of Irish and international artists to Cork. Building on previous years, 2017’s festival welcomes American musicians Dirk Powell and Sarah Jarosz, Irish traditional singers Maighréad and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill, Cork musician Jack O’Rourke, Internationally renowned Mick Flannery and Indie-Rockers The Frank & Walters.
Ballincollig’s White Horse will once again play host to much of the festival programme, including a festival club and lively discussion and workshops during the week. The White Horse has made its mark on the Irish live music circuit in the last few years with a wonderful live room and music-led ethos endearing itself to a host of renowned songwriters and artists.
Considered one of the world’s leading experts on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo styles Dirk Powell combines deep-running roots in rural American tradition with an overarching artistic vision that speaks poignantly to the audiences of today. Throughout his career he has won four Grammy Awards and recorded with Loretta Lynn, Irma Thomas, Joan Baez, Tim O’Brien, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Jack White, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and Eric Clapton.
Dirk Powell was introduced to music early, first by learning classical piano then later by playing banjo and fiddle at the feet of his grandfather in Kentucky, through to founding the Louisiana Cajun group Balfa Toujours. Dirk has arrived at a place all his own, one where tradition, inspiration, and innovation meet without borders. His ability to unite the essence of traditional culture with modern sensibilities has led to work with many of today’s greatest film directors as well, including Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee, Victor Nuñez and Steve James. He has been a regularly featured artist in the award-winning BBC series The Transatlantic Sessions. In addition to performing under his own name in a wide variety of settings, Dirk also tours regularly with Joan Baez.
The Cypress House recording studio Powell acoustically designed and operates counts Joan Baez, Linda Ronstadt, James McMurtry and others among its clients and has seen him nominated for Grammy’s in the non-classical engineering category.
Dirk is a recognized force within the international musical scene. His bonds with Louisiana and with the mountains of Kentucky are unmistakable – but so is his far-reaching vision and ability to translate the essence of tradition to audiences who need the timeless and sustaining messages that tradition brings. Dirk Powell plays The White Horse, Ballincollig January 26th
Tickets €20 Doors 8:30pm
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