Portico Arts & Heritage Centre, Portaferry, Co.Down.
Saturday 28th July. Tickets: £20 available online at www.porticoards.com or in person at Rock Bakery, Portaferry
Further information: 028 4272 8808
Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin. Sunday 29th July.
Tickets: €20 available from the Box Office: 01 802 0898, available online at
Rodney Crowell returns to Ireland for two intimate shows with the Rodney Crowell Trio one in Portaferry, Co. Down, one in Naul, Co. Dublin.
Rodney has been doing this for a while. In fact, his career has been so long and varied that you have to specify exactly which this you’re talking about. There’s the record-making, which dates back to 1978 (when he released Ain’t Living Long Like This), peaked commercially a decade later (with Diamonds & Dirt, which yielded five number-one country hits), and has only grown in sophistication and power in recent years. There’s the fiercely lyrical and personal songwriting, which has attracted the attention of everyone from Bob Seger (who famously covered “Shame On the Moon”) to Keith Urban (who had a number-one hit with “Making Memories of Us”). And then there’s the autobiographical writing, which extends beyond the music world to a memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, which was published in 2011.
Now there’s a new album, Close Ties, on which Crowell both demonstrates his strengths as a songwriter and illustrates how he has learned to balance personal recollection, literary sophistication, and his profound musical reach. It’s at once his most intimate record and his most accessible, the product of years of understanding the ways songs can enter—and be entered by—life.
The album features “It Ain’t Over Yet” a vocal collaboration between Crowell, his ex-wife Rosanne Cash, and John Paul White which was awarded “Best Song of the Year” at the Americana Music Association’s 2017 Honors & Awards.
On the other hand, the rise of Americana music struck a nerve with him. “I have declared my loyalty to Americana. It’s a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it—Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell—share a common thread, and that thread is poet. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favour of a singular vision. Which resonates with me.”
Rodney’s special guest is Matt McGinn – His second album Latter Day Sinner was critically acclaimed receiving praise from Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 “I’ve seen Matt play live and he’s fantastic and Latter Day Sinner is a beautiful album”. Matt has just released his third studio album ‘Return of the Common Man’.
Tickets Available from Monday 7th May
Saturday 28 July 2018
Portico Arts & Heritage Centre
Portaferry, Co. Down
Or in person at Rock Bakery, Portaferry. Further information: 028 4272 8808
Sunday 29 July 2018
Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre
Naul, Co. Dublin
Box Office: 01 802 0898
Bookings available online at