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A Night by the Ocean @ NCH

A Night By The Ocean is the launch of new music by composer and pianist Simon Quigley who was a member of the successful Dublin indie group Sack that first performed in the mid 1990’s. In his new solo career and with collaborative special guests from some of Ireland’s most creative musicians; singer-songwriter Martin McCann, soprano Clare Kavanagh (English National Opera), singer-songwriter Fiach Moriarty, this special night also prominently features music from Quigley’s hand-picked string quartet; musician, producer and engineer Pete Meighan and musician Katherine Atkinson. A Night By The Ocean and runs for one night only at the National Concert Hall, John Field Room on Tuesday 19th April at 8pm.

This perfect French paradox in new Irish music crosses classical with electronica, opera and pop, all in a magnificent symbiosis – Simon’s repertoire includes songs that have passionate storylines pertaining to powerful relationships, events and social justice – all relating to the ocean.

The night hosts a visual treat too that will include the first screening of the short film 41° 46’ North directed by Kilian Waters. The film that will get inquisitive minds working about migration and anti -austerity issues and is about the making of one of Quigley’s songs, Ryan v The White Star Line  a pop opera hybrid composition that portrays a court case based on the loss of a life on the Titanic, and the impact of that case on our laws today.

Human Tide, a single will be released at this launch featuring Human Frailty, which is about the response to the current humanitarian crisis in Europe, and Ryan v The White Star Line a companion piece about Irish migrants and how differently that is perceived:

‘I am really excited to present my music with such a great group of musicians in a brilliant venue, it’s a joy to hear live performances of what has been in my head for years.’ – Simon Quigley


Simon Quigley is a composer, pianist and producer. He was a member of successful indie group Sack, and has recorded and performed with well-known artists including Camille O’Sullivan, Briana Corrigan, Edwyn Collins and Dave Couse, whom he did two solo projects, including “The World Should Know” nominated as best Irish Album in the Meteor Awards. He has composed for documentaries and TV series for RTÉ.  Simon released his first solo EP Ireland Is  to critical acclaim with poet Colm Keegan and songwriter Mark Cullen. His musical influences include Rufus Wainwright, John Grant, Kraftwerk and Steve Reich –

Martin McCann was the lead singer and a songwriter with indie band Sack, who opened for Morrissey in Europe and West Coast USA. Martin also toured with an international song cycle for theatre called Silver Stars with Broken Talkers by Seán ‘Doctor’ Miller. Martin writes and performs with his acoustic three piece band ELEVENS and has been a club DJ for over 25 years playing an eclectic mix of styles –

Irish Soprano, Clare Kavanagh, a music studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, is a native of Co. Wexford. Clare was selected by English National Opera to take part in their professional development programme “Opera Works”. She has taken part in many exciting projects since then including a recital in the NPG London –

Playing support for A Night By The Ocean is singer-songwriter Fiach Moriarty. Dubliner Fiach Moriarty released his debut record ‘So i’ in 2010 to critical acclaim landing support slots with Ray Davies (The Kinks), Eddi Reader and Glen Hansard.Countless gigs followed in his home country of Ireland, as well as the U.K., Mainland Europe, Australia and North America –

Simon Quigley arranged and co-produced Fiach’s second album Revolution.

‘The Revolution is a standout album for a number of reasons: its timelessness, its genre crossovers, its historical scrutiny, and quite simply, its unique sounds.’ Colleen Taylor, The Irish Echo, America 2015