• 13 Oct 2016
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Shannon Suite


  • Over 16

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The Chorlton Irish Club are once again proud to host The Carousel Sessions who this time bring us all the way from Toulouse, Frances premier Celtic Band Doolin.  

Tickets are £10.50 for adults and £5.50 for under 16s.  Available by clicking on register on the event at www.chorltonirishclub.co.uk  (and adding guests for multiple tickets), through www.wegottickets.com or on the door.

We cant wait to see you on the night, keep scrolling down for more information on Doolin!..

. Natives of Toulouse, Doolin’ worked with legendary Irish guitaristJohn Doyle in the producer’s chair to achieve a sound uniquely their own—deeply rooted in traditional Celtic music but wonderfully flavored with French chanson, American roots music and even hip hop straight from the streets of Paris. The band traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to record the album and worked in the legacy studio now owned by Compass Records where the Outlaw Movement in country music took root in the late 1960s. The resulting experience infused DOOLIN’ with an infectious energy. The musical essence of the band is captured on the fiery “The Road to Gleanntan”, the gorgeous reflective character of “Le Dernier Kouign Amann”, the beautifully renderedJacques Brel classic “Amsterdam”, with its evocative strains of accordion and French lyric, and culminates with the bold integration of rap and John Doyle’s percussive guitar style on Sinéad O’Connor’s “Famine”. Collaborations with special guests Jerry Douglas (Dobro), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki), Alison Brown (banjo), and Kenny Malone (percussion) brought stellar results on stand out tracks that include a reworking of the Steve Earleclassic “Galway Girl” and Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown”.

"A truly extraordinary band ..." —Brian O'Donovan, WGBH

"Doolin' provides a refreshing toe tapping can't stop listening romp that kept me smiling through every track. I can't wait to share this gem with my listening audience." —Rabbit Zielke, Host of Celtic Harvest at WUTC

"Doolin' is a mighty band. Equally adept at Irish, French and American music, they deliver it all with wit and wizardry. Vive le craic!"—Bill Verdier, WXNA Nashville

"Doolin' is a multifaceted and richly varied musical experience... “ —Bill Margeson, Senior Music Editor, Chicago Irish American News, Irish American Magazine 

"Doolin’ takes Celtic and bluegrass to another level of excellence!" —WildManSteve, Radio Auburn, AL

"Our country's at such an insular point in its history that the brilliant music coming out of Europe is going mostly unheard here. More's the pity, and kudos to Compass Records for bringing some of that over to the States with Doolin’."—Devon Leger, KITH FOLK

"So much more than I expected…" —Jack Baker, Irish American News

 “They’re an all-French band who play Irish traditional music brilliantly.”—Frank McNally, The Irish Times

“A unique sound: energetic and full of emotion.”  —Gérard Viel, Trad Mag

“To my knowledge, no French band has ever done a greater honor to Irish music.  Doolin at once honors the musical tradition and makes it their own with a unique French touch.” —Garry West, Compass Records

“I lived in France for a year in my college days, and fell in with a group of French musicians who played Irish music. And I mean, they really obsessed over the music. I knew I was in rare company when I realized they all spoke English with an Irish accent from spending so much time in Ireland learning tunes. So I know firsthand how much the French love the Irish (two Catholic nations who get to hate the British together? C'mon!), and how much French musicians love Irish music. So I was happy to get the new album from French band Doolin', out now on Compass Records. It's produced by John Doyle of Solas and it's a lovely album of songs and tunes with some pretty heavy-hitters as guests: Alison Brown, Jerry Douglas and Mike McGoldrick. Of special note is guest Mary Shannon (Sharon Shannon's sister and one of my favorite Irish tenor banjo players). The band itself is undoubtedly named for the County Clare town of Doolin, known as one of the key centers of Irish tradition. I've been to Doolin myself and played tunes with some of the great local masters. It was an inspiring thing, to be sure. With a larger view, this album is part of a network of European connections–the liner notes reference French festivals as meeting points–that I think escapes the very insular world of American folk music fans. Our country's at such an insular point in its history that the brilliant music coming out of Europe is going mostly unheard here. More's the pity, and kudos to Compass Records for bringing some of that over to the States with Doolin'. “  — Kithfolk

Doolin' Conjures Irish Spirit from French Roots

If you're a fan of classic Celtic music, look no further than… France? That’s where you’ll find Doolin', the six-piece band staying true to the Irish spirit and sound, despite French accents and roots. Their self-titled debut already seems to have a rabid international following, so it will come as no surprise when they’re embraced stateside. The concept may sound like a gimmick, but it’s far from it.

The songs on Doolin' are more than just hearty pub fare. They’re thoughtful, emotional and traditional. Even if Celtic music isn’t your thing, you’ll be moved by the heartfelt vocal harmonies and throwback sound. And the group doesn’t limit themselves to what’s expected. They bring their own flare to everything from Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl” to Sinead O’Connor’s “Famine”, and Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of Hollis Brown”. Plus, Doolin' brings the Irish aesthetic to French songs, too. “Le Jupon Blanc” is a whimsical, low key starring vehicle for some seriously incredibly fiddle playing, and “Le Dernier Kouign Amann” is slow and sultry with a bit of subtle country twang. A mix of self-taught and classically trained musicians, Doolin’s instrumental arrangements are the true standout here. The way each member of the band blends his sound with the rest with such ease is a feat. The accordion bounces gently off of whistles, bass, guitar, fiddle and drums, and the enchanting result is rich and layered.

The overall vibe on Doolin' is a chill one. Even when Guilhem Cavaillé’s fiddle playing gets fiery or Nicolas Besse’s guitar speeds up, it’s a pleasant experience to listen to this record. Wilfried Besse’s accordion adds an element of French romance and keeps the band’s sound fresh. The band has been playing together for more than a decade, and it shows in the obvious musical chemistry they have together.”  — Maeri Ferguson, No Depression

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