John Patrick Griffin with CIFD Presents a celebration of Irish music and culture takes the traditional and gives it a contemporary twist featuring Camille O’Sullivan, Damien O’Kane, Up and Over It, The Hot Sprockets and London Lasses and Pete Quinn.

Camille O’Sullivan“a cross between Patti Smith, Sally Bowles and PJ Harvey” (The Scotsman) has built her award winning reputation with red hot torch song interpretations of the work of Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Kurt Weill. Playing a full set with her band ‘this princess of darkness, mirth, merriment and soul baring’ (Edinburgh Herald) returns to the Roundhouse this March.

Leaving Cork to run away to the circus, ‘The Famous Spielgeltent’, her considerable talent as an all round performer led to 5 star seasons and sell out shows at the Sydney Opera House, the Roundhouse and the Royal Festival Hall . With film parts alongside Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, appearances at the national shrine of Irish drama, The Abbey Theatre Dublin and the RSC, guest performances with Jarvis Cocker, Shane McGowan and Damien Rice and TV with Jools Holland she has crossed all the genres.

Her gifts as a performer have created a veritable blizzard of awards ranging from an ‘Olivier Award’, 2009 and ‘Spirit of The Edinburgh Fringe’, 2007 to ‘Best Music Brighton Festival’, 2005 to ‘Irish Tatler’s Woman of the Year’, 2011. She also has been nominated for the Time Out Cabaret Awards 2012. Her reviews speak for themselves:

“She is at her best – which is ravishing – when the star is her singing voice: a deep, sultry instrument that might have been created to express desolate love” Guardian

“Intense… emotional… hypnotic… such an outpouring of passion you can’t resist being drawn into her web (5 stars)”, Independent

“When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin; one spark, and the whole room would ignite”, Daily Telegraph

“Raunchy, dangerously fragile… a vocal talent and stage presence like no other singer today”, Edinburgh Evening News

From Coleraine in Co. Derry, banjo player and singer Damien O’Kane is probably best known for his cracking contribution to Anglo-Irish folk super group Flook, but he is now making a considerable name for himself in his own right – “relaxed, assured and recorded with loving care O’Kane effortlessly adds his name to the proud history of outstanding Ulster singers”, fRoots.

Up & Over It
Riverdance alumni Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding ditch the velvet-clad, tin-whistling-blowing, diddly-idleness, for an electro-pop, nouveau folk, multimedia, mash up. Their online videos have over 10 million hits on YouTube and they have performed around the world with their unique take on Irish dance. They last performed at the Roundhouse in January with the award-winning La Soiree and are delighted to be back. Fun, irreverent and an in-your-face, this is Irish dance for the post-pop generation.

“Get ready for another Irish dance take-over of the world”
Washington Post

“Incredibly addictive”
Time Magazine

“Up & Over It duo take Irish dance to a new level”
Wall Street Journal

“Sooooooo good” The Ting Tings

The Hot Sprockets hail from the delta blues mecca that is, South Dublin. Their video ‘Cruzin’ was nominated for best video and best group at the recent Irish Music Television Awards, where they also headlined the show. The Hot Sprockets have previously supported the likes of The Zutons, Divine Comedy, The View, Peter Hook and Ida Maria.

“The best female group in Irish music” according to the Irish American News, the London Lasses and Pete Quinn will be ending the celebrations with a late night céilí open to all, with dance caller Jocelyn Armitage. Over the past decade they have brought their unique sound to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, where the band performed the first ever BBC Proms céilí in 2008.

John Griffin – Founder and Chairman, Addison Lee plc: “I have personally sponsored ‘Return to Camden Festival’ at the Irish Centre and I found it a very enjoyable experience. I was brought up in a household full of Irish music. I was invited to New York by a friend of mine who helps to organise the St Patrick’s Day parade. I found myself marching in the parade itself wearing a ‘Marshall’ sash. I was so impressed by the day and the atmosphere I thought that we should try and replicate the goodwill of St Patrick’s Day in London.

It seemed to me that the Roundhouse is the iconic and spiritual home of Irish life in London and I approached them to see if this was a view they shared. Happily they agreed with my sentiments and have been more than cooperative in supporting this venture. Karen Ryan the director of Return to Camden Festival introduced me to Debbie Dickinson who has a long and successful relationship with the Roundhouse and between us we have put together what we hope will be the start of a successful partnership with the Roundhouse for the St Patrick’s Day event. What, I asked myself was the secret of their success in New York and one of their slogans that impressed me most was ‘You don’t have to be Irish’, a very noble and welcoming sentiment.”

CIFD presents are a new generation of Event and Broadcast producers from the UK’s first Creative Industries degree which was launched in 2008 and is run by City University, London in collaboration with the Roundhouse, Camden. For more information>