Celebrated genre-defier Ryan Vail and the countries leading dynamic quartet, the Arco String Quartet will be joining forces for one magical night at Moira Calling on Friday, September 07th 2018 in the stunning surroundings of the Moira Demesne. Combined with Ryan’s signature light show and some very special surprises, this exclusive line-up is surely going to be the stand out event of 2018.
Moira Calling, now in its third year, is a very special boutique, family friendly two-day festival based in Moira, Northern Ireland. Celebrating all that is local from the finest food, drinks, music and all set in the safe and beautiful family friendly surroundings of the Moira Demense.
Ryan Vail is returning this April with his anticipated new album ‘Distorted Shadows’, a call for art, soul and self-belief during difficult times. The music is informed by generations of electronic pioneers and reveals an interest in classical forms. ‘Distorted Shadows’ is what it sounds like to be a creative person in 2018, surrounded by dread and chaos but determined to find meaning beyond it.
Ryan Vail lives and records in Derry and has been releasing music since 2012. A succession of EPs on the Belfast imprint Quiet Arch confirmed his talent for mood and sonic intimacy. He was compared to The xx and New Order but Ryan’s method was distinct and he made a defiant jump in 2015 with a mini album, ‘Sea Legs’. Working with the songwriter Ciaran Lavery, he created miniature stories, set against the vast Atlantic roar. He was nominated for the 2015 Northern Ireland Music Prize alongside eventual winner SOAK, Duke Special and Tim Wheeler of Ash.
Ryan’s debut album ‘For Every Silence’ was another impressive swerve. He themed his record around a vintage 1927 piano that had been handed down the family, a truly unique insight into the history and emotional layers, the work of an ever-curious composer. He was also remixing and collaborating with the likes of SOAK, Jealous Of The Birds and Susie-Blue. This earned Ryan his second Northern Ireland Music Prize nomination as well as radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6Music and more. He’s had radio play or performed live sessions with Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft, Tom Robinson, Phil Taggart and Other Voices, and has performed alongside many international live acts, including Nils Frahm, Jamie xx, Jon Hopkins, Tycho, Todd Terje, Luke Vibert and Orbital.
Members of The Ulster Orchestra, husband and wife team Richard and Clare Hadwen formed Arco String Quartet 14 years ago. Arco String Quartet is renowned for pushing the boundaries of string tradition with a contemporary and unique take on classical music. Specialising in the arrangement and performance of all music genres, particularly rock and pop. Their very own string arrangements, as well as collaborations with other leading Irish composers and arrangers, has led to the recording and performing with many exciting artists.
Tickets available NOW:
Friday Ticket | Ryan Vail + Arco String Quartet – £12.50
Saturday Day Ticket – £30 (Line-up TBA)
Weekend Ticket – £35 (Friday & Saturday)
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