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Sunday, Dec 1, 2013

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West Coast Blues
Dawning and Daylight

On Green Dolphin Street
Pure Imagination

Liam Ó Maonlaí

with special guests Charmin & Shapira

About Liam Ó Maonlaí

“…the best white boy soul singer on the planet…” — Bono, U2

From County DublinIrelandLiam Ó Maonlaí is best known as a member of the Hothouse Flowers. Ó Maonlaí formed the band in 1985 with his schoolmate Fiachna Ó Braonáin.  Fluent in Irish, in 1985, he won the Irish music award known as Gradam Shlogadh along with Hothouse Flowers bandmates. In 2005 he released a solo album entitled Rian which is a collection of tunes and songs in Irish.

One of Ireland’s most charismatic musical treasures, Liam Ó Maonlaí  has enjoyed a concurrent career as a traditional Irish musician and singer. Much of the Flowers’ appeal has been based on their passion for and commitment to fusing their Irish heritage with rock, pop, soul and world music influences – a passion and commitment that has informed most of Liam’s musical life.

Ó Maonlai also formed a band called The Complex with friend Kevin Shields and drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig. After Liam left The Complex to form the Hothouse Flowers in 1984, Shields and O’Ciosoig were joined by vocalist Dave Conway and keyboardist Tina (who used no surname), and renamed themselves My Bloody Valentine, taking their name from a low-budget horror film.

Ó Maonlaí is also an active member of the Nuclear Free Future movement and contributed to the hosting of events in Carnsore and in Wexford Town in 2001. In 2004 he was a guest at the Barefoot College, located at RajasthanIndia. He performed in the 2009 Dublin to Gaza benefit concert.

The 2008 documentary Dambé: The Mali Project tells the story of his 3000 mile cross-cultural musical adventure with Paddy Keenan and friends, and features performances from the Festival au Désert.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“…the one thing that gets you… is THAT voice. Liam Ó Maonlaí is the best live singer I have ever heard — his range beggar’s belief…” — Kildare Nationalist

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Charmin & Shapira w/Friends

About Charmin & Shapira w/Friends

“Taste and understatement. Swing and savoir-faire. Grace and grooves. Intimacy and panache. Singer Charmin Michelle delivers all of the above and more.”

This is what the Minneapolis Star/Tribune had to say about this charismatic chanteuse whose conversational style recalls Billie Holiday and other legendary ladies of jazz. And, yet, her music is free of tiresome camp and easy nostalgia. She’s a savvy songstress and, while putting her own imprint on a melody, is always respectful of those who first inhabited it.

Charmin Michelle, vocals
Joel Shapira, guitar
Paul Harper, saxophone
Tom Lewis, bass
Nathan Norman, drums

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Charmin moved to Minnesota while still a child and has called it home ever since. Though based in Minneapolis, she is no stranger to life on the road and began touring internationally in 1986. She has performed at jazz festivals throughout Europe with pianists Mulgrew Miller and Kirk Lightsey, and saxophonists Harry Allen and Grant Stewart, among others. The late Brother Jack McDuff, one of her biggest fans, was instrumental in launching her career abroad. He said, “She’s really different. I call her ‘Chow Mein.’ With her trio, less is more. And they’re right in the pocket.”

On her last tour to Spain, she recorded with the aforementioned Allen and Stewart, as well as saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and Barcelonan musicians Ignasi Terraza, and the Toni Sola Quartet.

Her four acclaimed CDs—Your Eyes, Destination Moon, Hot, and Pure Imagination—have received glowing reviews and are available at performances, retailers, and online

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“Taste and understatement. Swing and savoir-faire. Grace and grooves. Intimacy and panache. Singer Charmin Michelle delivers all of the above and more.” – Star Tribune