Hazel O’Connor and Cormac De Barra; UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Hazel O'Connor sings acoustic, this rock star has returned to her soul folk-roots, live and on-stage. O'Connor performs with the celebrated Irish harpist Cormac De Barra, in a captivating, intimate - acoustic special performance.
Hazel O' Connor has fast re-established herself as an artist and performer to be reckoned with. Her husky voice remains charged with passion and her enthusiasm, love of music, and wicked sense of humour, is ever present.In words and music, Eighties icon Hazel O'Connor takes us on an emotional journey from her childhood, through her triumphs and tribulations of the Eighties right up to the present day. Her candid and moving account details the highs and lows of a career that had her catapulted into stardom after gaining the starring role in the film "Breaking Glass". Hit songs followed, but so did the problems.
Having now returned to her Celtic roots and demonstrating, throughout her performances, a philosophy that has marked her out as a truly great survivor, Hazel reenacts scenes from her past and performs many of her self-penned songs with musicians such as Cormac DeBarra, including the hits Will You, Eighth Day, Blackman and Decadent Days.
Cormac De Barra is a harper and television presenter and comes from a family of traditional Irish musicians and singers. He is the third generation of harper in the family and first studied with his grandmother, Róisín Ní Shé, in Dublin. He went on to study concert harp in the USA.
Cormac has pushed the boundaries of Irish harp beyond the traditional and the classical through his collaborations with a variety of artists including actress and punk icon Hazel O'Connor and composer and singer Julie Feeney. Theatre performance credits include music for Playboy of the Western World at the Ambassador in Dublin, Tine Chnámh and Mallachtaí Muintire at Project Arts Centre, Mysteries 2000 at the SFX, Dublin and W.B. Yeats' Cuchulain Cycle at The Riverside, London. He also made his acting debut alongside Hazel O'Connor in a show called O'Carolan's Dream at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.