Love live music at the Belltable with Lyric FM

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE Music Network coordinated event ‘Love:Live Music 2011’, Ireland’s “National Music Day” takes place this Friday, April 8 and feature hundreds of free live music events taking place in cities and towns around the country.

THE Music Network coordinated event ‘Love:Live Music 2011’, Ireland’s “National Music Day” takes place this Friday, April 8 and feature hundreds of free live music events taking place in cities and towns around the country.

Lyric FM are a key partner in the event, with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the two flagship events will take place in Dublin and Limerick, with events also taking place everywhere from arts centres to libraries to workplaces, celebrating live music performance of all kinds.

The Limerick event will take place in the newly renovated Belltable Arts Centre, where Lyric’s John Kelly will present his eclectic radio show ‘The John Kelly Ensemble’. Kelly’s special guests will include the theatrical Camille O’Sullivan, quartet Gato Azul, playing their unique blend of jazz and world music, and talented sisters, Cashell Duo - Sophie and Anna Cashell - who’ll be performing works by Debussy, John Cage and Lili Boulanger.

Kelly is enthusiastic about the live show, which he thinks will appeal to a broad audience, much like his popular radio show, on which plays everything from Beethoven to Grizzly Bear.

“We have Camille O’Sullivan, the Cashell Duo to satisfy the classical brief, and brand new quartet, Gato Azul, which, while I don’t exactly know what they are going to do, they are musicians that I know from various other set-ups and they should be great,” said Kelly recently. The Dublin based DJ is keen to bring the live show to Limerick, given that the city has been home to Lyric for 12 years.

“It is important. I do the show from Dublin obviously, but at the same time there is a connection there with Limerick that has to be nurtured and sustained,” he explained. “We have picked acts who can fit the sonic landscape of Lyric, but also people who can put on a show as well, the thing is it has to be an event for the people in the audience as well as a radio programme at the other end of it, and it also has to be musicians who can adapt what they do to whatever venue they are in,” he added.

The John Kelly Ensemble will broadcast live from the Belltable on April 8 from 2-4pm. While a free event, early booking is advisable as seats are limited. For other events taking place in Limerick, see www.lovelivemusic.ie.