International Opera Singer Caitlin Downie Returns for Fourth Celtic Christmas

International Opera Singer Caitlin Downie Returns for Fourth Celtic Christmas

Celtic Christmas returns to two new London venues and Downie is extending the tour to Hertford and Margate.

This festive and intimate music experience promises carols passed down from generation to generation, sung in an authentic way. This magical evening of yuletide song is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood. “Caitlin

“Downie gives a striking vocal performance.” Duncan Grindall, BroadwayBaby

Having both an Irish and Scottish heritage, Downie created Celtic Christmas to celebrate authentic Celtic music. She performs well-known festive carols, but with their original sound and using instruments used in years past (including the bouzouki, bodhran, low whistle and Uilleann pipes).

“There’s so much history and legacy in these songs because they’ve been with us for generations… you can’t help but love them”, Downie tells us.

Downie’s talent and love of music has also been passed down through the generations. Her grandmother, Marion Studholme, was a stalwart of Sadler’s Wells Opera and a regular on television and radio during the 1950s. As was her husband, Andrew Downie; a successful director, singer and actor.

“The highlight of the concert is the music, but also getting to work with my talented band, sing in some wonderful venues and meet the audience afterwards”, Downie says.

Downie’s band includes Tad Sargent (performed with Joglaresa, Kate Rusby and at The Globe Theatre), Dominic Henderson (from Teyr), and Jonathan Pease (composer, conductor and runs the East London Evensong Choir).

Downie has already experienced success herself, with her app, Sopranotron, reaching the Top 5 in the UK iPad charts and the Top 10 in the US. She’s performed on the Cabaret Stage of London Pride, had a sold out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, opened the SS14 Ted Baker Catwalk Show and sung at the Sugar Plum Fairy Foundation fundraising ball.

Celtic Christmas isn’t Downie’s only performance this festive season. She’s also performing as “the Opera Singer” in the new Sink The Pink Christmas show, How to Catch a Krampus.

Six Celtic Christmas tracks from the tour will be released in mid-December.

Tickets (£10 online, £13 on the door): http://caitlindownie.com/diary/
Tracks: https://soundcloud.com/user-537226691/tracks
About Caitlin Downie: http://caitlindownie.com

LCPC Launch Party

LCPC Launch Party

Leila & Geoffrey are excited to announce the launch of the Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Therapy! What is this you may ask? A lot of people might be familiar with CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Psychodynamic Therapy differs in that it tries to get at why you feel or behave the way you do (i.e., uncover deeper and often unconscious motivations for feelings and behavior) whereas CBT does not. CBT simply attempts to alleviate suffering as quickly as possible by training your mind to replace dysfunctional thought patterns, perceptions, and behaviour.

The Centre is located on New Walk in Leicester, and will offer an informal way of engaging the community in understanding mental health. Founder Jason Hughes has an ethos of inclusivity, so the purpose of LCPC is to give everyone the opportunity to access counselling services but offering sessions for as little as a fiver!

Come celebrate the opening, which will happen from 6pm on Friday, July 21st.

The Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling
12 Princess Road West
Leicester
LE1 6TP

 

A Rare Gig for September Song

A Rare Gig for September Song

For those of you in the Bristol area tomorrow evening, September Song will be giving a rare performance in their hometown to celebrate the release of their new concept album, ‘The Arrogance of Time’. Taking place at the Cube Microplex, their set also features featuring ex-members of Kid Sinister and Wushcatte.

John Douglass lost many members of his family to cancer and dementia over the past few years. Songwriting was the way he channeled his emotions through this difficult time, and from this the songs for the album were born. The band gave an interview for 365 Bristol – to find out more about the album, give it a read here.

Supporting them will be Eyebrow – a Bristol-based trumpet/drum duo. Take a listen to them here.

To pick yourself up some last minute tickets, visit www.seetickets.com and enjoy the show!