It’s been a busy old time – lots of new 2016 dates have been added to the Dates section, with some real treasures -Sidmouth Folk festival and the Leeds Gathering to name two. On Saturday I’m heading up to Kimpton Folk Festival, where I’ll be giving a whistle workshop at 4.30pm and appearing on the main stage at 9pm. This is the inaugural festival, and it is a real pleasure to have been asked to participate! I’m delighted that Zinga Rabhi (percussionist), Steph West (folk harper) and Chris O’Mally (accordion, guitar) will be joining me on this one.
I sort of thought I’d put “Silver & Wood” on the shelf – and have been beavering away at some new material – but some nice people have been in touch and we will be on the road again over autumn – watch out up North!
In addition, I’ve been busy working on a new play by Sally Mulready in collaboration with the Irish Elders Culture Office – playing young nun Sister Bernadette – and this is currently touring – details also on the dates page. It’s been a really great experience working with the wonderful cast who are all from the Irish Pensioners’ Choir – and have a lot of tales of their own to tell.
Jacquelyn Hynes AVALONIA will be performing a rare intimate gig at London’s Green Note (Time Out’s favourite venue 2015) on Aug 29th with some very special guests, and hopefully lots of new music!
Tickets available in advance via www.folkonmonday.co.uk
“Haunting and wonderful” Telegraph (Folk Albums of the Year)
“Cleverly constructed compositions – superb” Sunday Express
“Good stuff” Mike Harding
Album of the Week Radio nan Gaidheal, Caithream Ciuil BBC Radio Scotland.
REVIEWS FOR “SILVER AND WOOD”
“The beauty (or one of them) of this album is that it is clearly steeped in tradition but manages to bring Hynes’ innate sense for innovation to the table at the same time, creating a collection that is ethereal and other-worldly but also attractively contemporary” Irish World
Telegraph Folk Music
Added to the best folk albums of the year is Jacquelyn Hynes Music Silver and Wood. Martin Chilton says: “Jacquelyn Hynes is a talented multi-instrumentalist (piano, saxophone, Melodica, Uilleann pipes and Flute) and the track An Buachaillín Ban is haunting and wonderful. There is a re-working of Greensleeves and on popular reels The Ashplant/Red Haired Lass she shows she can play at an ideal tempo, allowing each lovely note, phrase and melody to breathe. A fine debut album.” ★★★★☆
“A cracking debut album…Full of innovation and imagination…bewitching. “ Irish Post
“She plays flute the way Ben Webster plays sax – all air and space and breathy urgency. Some cleverly constructed pieces here too including the superb Gini’s Tune” Sunday Express
“All the tracks merit an individual mention, though space here doesn’t allow. Overall the album is an inspired and pleasing collection of solid Celtic folk with many imaginative surprises.” R2 Rock’nReel Magazine Colin Bailey.
“Jacquelyn Hynes is an eye-opening musician … every fibre of her being is used in making sure that what you hear, you fall hopelessly in admiration with. Silver and Wood is a stunning piece of work ” soundandvision
“This leading folk-flautist, multi-instrumentalist and composer has graced the stages at QEH and the Barbican and supported the likes of Lúnasa and Martin Hayes. This solo debut recording offers a set of remarkable recordings with She Moves Through The Fair and Greensleeves being stand out tracks” Musician Magazine
“Good stuff!” Mike Harding
“Listen to this marvellous album on good speakers, with a glass of red wine. For an hour, devote yourself to the music; it will give back in abundance. Expect to be moved to tears.” Dr Drums
“Lovely soulful music” Frank Hennessy Celtic Heartbeat BBC Radio Wales