NEWS: Thin Lizzy Added To London Irish Village 2012

The legendary Thin Lizzy have been added to the line-up for the London Irish Village 2012 which takes place atUnder The Bridge from July 27th – August 10th. The band will perform two very special intimate London shows ‘for the fans’ onAugust 7th & 8th.

Thin Lizzy guitaristScott Gorham commented “After having a phenomenal year and a half on the road, including some great shows with Guns n’ Roses last month, we jumped at the chance to play a couple of dates at the London Irish Village 2012 at Under the Bridge to give something back to the London fans who have been so loyal to us. These are intimate shows in a state of the art venue with very limited tickets available, and will be our only London shows for the rest of this year, so will be very special. We may even throw in a surprise or two!”

Thanks to huge hits such asWhiskey in the Jar, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back in Town,Thin Lizzy will go down in history as one of the great rock bands and are one of Ireland’s proudest and most successful exports.

Double bill of Frankie Gavin & De Dannan + The Fureys also confirmed

The London Irish Village nourishes its roots onTuesday 31 July as globally acclaimed bands Frankie Gavin & De Dannanand The Fureys play Under The Bridge.

Foremost interpreters of the Celtic musical tradition, the two groups are fresh from wowing crowds at the London Feis.The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring Irish music of the last 30 years, including ‘Green Fields of France’ and ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen.’

The hugely influentialDe Dannan have drawn on Gaelic sources to explore rock, classical and bluegrass, and brought singers Dolores Keane and Mary Black to worldwide audiences. InFrankie Gavin they boast probably the world’s greatest Irish fiddle player – employed by the likes of theRolling Stones and Elvis Costello.

This will be an intimate night of sing-along’s, sentiment and stunning musicianship.

The London Irish Village 2012 Line-up

Nanci Griffith Fri 27th July 2012

The Undertones Sat 28th July 2012

Aslan Sun 29th July 2012

Frankie Gavin & De Dannan + The Fureys Tues 31st July 2012

The Saw Doctors Thur 2nd August 2012

The Saw Doctors Fri 3rd August 2012

Thin Lizzy Wed 8th August 2012

Thin Lizzy Thur 9th August 2012

Eddi Reader Fri 10th August 2012

Tickets are available For further details

WIN! Signed Eddi Reader Albums!

London should be prepared this summer. With the Olympics heading to town, there is already a veritable feast of sporting events dominating the peak summer period. But for those non-sporty amongst you, fear not, for Eddi Reader is set to be one of the highlights of this year’s London Irish Village, which is presented by Under The Bridge and Vince Power. To celebrate her appearance, Eddi Reader has been kind enough to give The Kaje a handful of signed albums from her back catalogue. If you’d like to get your hands on one, simply tell us what band kickstarted Eddi’s career. Answers to by July 25th.

The Kaje talks London Irish Village to Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader has come a  long way since she started her career singing jingles for radio adverts. Known globally for her work as part of Fairground Attraction, whose 1988 “Perfect” is still one of the biggest radio hits to date, and her groundbreaking, critically acclaimed solo releases-which includes the unforgettable recordings of Robert Burns’ poetry-Reader is set to be one of the highlight’s of Under The Bridge’s  London Irish Village this summer. With a new album and tour in the pipeline, The Kaje caught up with Eddi Reader to see what she has planned for her summer…

As The Olympics hit London, so does the Irish Village – how do you see the two complimenting each other?

As the city is full of visitors, it is a great opportunity for them to hear some of the talent from this country.

Musicians are in a constant battle to be at the top of their game, do you see this as a fair Olympic analogy? 

No. I am of the school of thought that competition is for athletics NOT for musicians.  Sure, hearing some musicians play and reach for something different can inspire other musicians to do the same – but music is more eclectic than sport. One person running, jumping, swimming better than another equally prepared person is not the same as two musicians on the same instrument – we are completely peerless and as individual as fingerprints.

If you were performing in the Olympics as opposed to the Irish Village, which event would you compete in? Why?

I would like to think I would have been a great runner. But there’s the other difference between sport and music.  Sports men and women age quickly whereas musicians change and play until they are dead!

If there were one Olympian you could have up on stage for a collaboration-who would it be?

Not a good question for me as I ain’t a sporty person but I loved Muhammad Ali so if he’s an Olympian I’ll pick him.

How much attention will you be paying to the Olympics?

I’ll hook in occasionally – I loved the women’s curling competition I happened upon one night on TV in the early hours and have remembered the excitement of these women from my local town Kilmarnock and Cumnock taking on the world.  Very memorable.  So I hope to see something like that happening where the small town people let their dreams take them to the top!

Do you have any intentions of nodding your head to the Olympics during your set? If so, how?

I don’t have any curling songs if that’s what you mean.

What else can we expect from your show?

Songs and songs and stories

Ireland has a long-running history of musical dominance, what makes Ireland so musical?

Sunsets in the west.

The Irish Village celebrates Irish musicians-do you think it is easy to bag musical output by nationality?

No, culturally people have ancient stories and song which identify them. Who we all are is a culmination of our ancestors and they can be heard through our songs and stories.

Who, would you say, was the biggest Irish inspiration musically for you?

Ruby  Murray, my mother sounded just like her, with a love of melody and romantic song.

The Irish Village aside-what are you most excited for in 2012?

Making a new record.

Eddi Reader plays the London Irish Village on 10th August. More details can be found at
Interview by Jeremy Williams
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