Join the Cormac Neeson LIVE STREAM from Portico on Saturday 10th April.
Cormac Neeson from Newcastle in County Down, the lead singer of Irish rock band The Answer, will perform a solo live stream concert from Portico in Portaferry on Saturday 10 April at 7.30pm. The gig is one of a series of popular streamed events which the Portaferry venue has been hosting during lockdown.
Cormac’s debut solo album, White Feather was released in April 2019, the album charted at number 4 in the UK national Country Rock album charts.
Neeson has propelled himself into the life-affirming world of the singer-songwriter with a series of beautifully crafted, introspective songs that draw on a recent past that has served up its fair share of challenges and heartache.
The album was recorded in Nashville at the legendary Studio 19, now The Sound Kitchen, and offers flourishes of Country Soul, Americana, Folk and Blues, creating a sound scape and story-telling narrative that combines the rich musical heritage of both Tennessee and Ireland. White Feather is an album written by an artist recording and performing with shackles truly cast aside.
Cormac said: “I’ve been in Nashville a few times with The Answer, and I went back by myself to take a song writing workshop and loved it. That was a turning point for me. A couple of the songs I wrote during this week-long course are actually on the White Feather album.”
White Feather has received high praise from critics such as Hot Press magazine which said: “Songs such as ‘Broken Wings’ reaffirms his status as one of Ireland’s finest singers; this musical detour delivers in spades”. And Powerplay said: “Semi acoustic, honest and very beautiful, this is just joyous.”
Cormac has certainly been around the block with The Answer having been on a world tour with ACDC, and backed The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple and other top groups.
Cormac added: “It has been a great few years meeting these groups at the top of the rock world but we are now trying to work back out of the pandemic again so this livestream at Portico is a big step back to some kind of normality.
“Instead of an interval at the Portico gig, I will be in conversation with fans answering any questions submitted in advance by emailing. I’m really looking forward to this session. It will be the first ticketed live event I’ve taken part in for a long time because of the Covid-19 lockdown. All the live gigs have been cancelled and it has certainly rocked the music world hard.
“I’ll be accompanied by Donal Scullion, an Aughnislafin musician who will be playing keys and guitar while I’ll be on the stop box, guitar, harmonica and percussion. We’ve been rehearsing well for this so it should be a quality gig. At the livestream I’ll be releasing a couple of new songs too which I’m looking forward too.
“The Answer is dying to get back into live gig playing mode again and can’t wait to get back on stage. I’m pursuing a parallel path as a singer songwriter which compliments my role in The Answer.”
Cormac explained he has been working with other musical artists such as folk musician Matt Maginn on a free live streaming music project on ‘Cocoons’ on Facebook and added: “This has been great fun keeping everyone tuned in during lockdown. We have around five guest artists every week who take part – they are well-established or up-and-coming artists from all over the world and they perform on Cocoons.
“Cocoons helps keep the musical community together with a purpose. Lockdown has been very tough but hopefully we are coming out of it soon. It has helped raise over £12,000 so far which is fantastic.”
The concert in Portaferry is being presented through a partnership with Portico and Ards and North Down Borough Council. Portico’s ability to live stream is due to funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Tickets cost £15 per device and are on sale now at:
Facebook group Cocoons at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cocoons
Buy a White Feather CD from: https://jaba-music.lnk.to/WhiteFeather