LIMERICK’S Elective Orchestra play a long overdue gig in their home city this week, with a gig in the ever popular Bourke’s Bar on Catherine Street this Wednesday night.
The string-laden six-piece - a collection of top local musicians fronted by Nick Carswell - have been on something of a hiatus given Carswell’s current residence in Lawrence, Kansas, and this gig is part of a short Irish tour that includes dates in Kenny’s Bar Lahinch on Tuesday and several dates in Dublin, centred around the Unitarian Church on Saturday.
Despite releasing their well received debut studio album last year, the band have not been resting on their laurels while frontman Carswell has been in the States, and plan to play music from the debut LP ‘The Word’ as well as some old favourites and some brand new songs.
The debut remains a skillfully crafted record that charts the band’s four year career and the emotive songwriting and powerful arrangements they have become known for.
Carswell has spent almost a year in Lawrence, Kansas and has been working on new material with a new US-based project, Carswell & Hope. This project based on Nick’s songs is expected to produce an EP this Autumn, and will be slowly venturing out on the road around the US Midwest, ahead of bringing the group to Ireland in 2013.
In the meantime, with Nick back in Ireland for a whirlwind mini-tour, the Elective Orchestra play a much anticipated home town gig in Bourke’s this Wednesday. Special guests on the night are the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, currently working on their own new material. Best of all, as is Bourke’s admirable policy, admission is free.
For more see NickCarswell.com.