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The Women, We Will Rise

Cork Arts Theatre - July 6th to 9th

Karan will once more be collaborating with acclaimed theatre director Sophie Motley for a new project which progresses the female narrative in the folk tradition, placing women centre stage and sharing through song the experiences of gallant women from Ireland’s past, whilst singing into being a vision for the women of the future. This performance at Cork Arts Theatre offers audiences a sneak peek at this exciting new project and collaboration which will culminate in full scale production in 2023. More details here.


US Tourdates Announced

Karan will be heading back to the US for an extensive East Coast tour at the beginning of September. She will be joined by the wonderful Niamh Dunne on fiddle and vocals and Seán Óg Graham on guitar. More details here.


Ali & Ava

During the lockdown Karan collaborated with the composer Harry Escott to record a song for the soundtrack of the movie "Ali & Ava". Their version of "Grace" will be released on March 4th to coincide with the cinema release of the movie.


Kaleidoscope night

Karan will be appearing with cellist Kate Ellis at a special edition of Kaleidoscope night in Dublin's Pepper Canister Church on March 6th. The event features a stellar lineup of powerful females performing newly commissioned works taking inspiration from the life and works of Hildegard Von Bingen.


Temple Bar Tradfest

Karan will be playing at Dublin's Temple Bar Tradfest on January 30th. She will be joined by Niamh Dunne, Seán Óg Graham and Niall Vallely for this performance at the Pepper Canister Church at 6.30pm. Tickets available here.


Treaty Songs

Karan's performance at the National Concert Hall's Treaty Songs event can be seen on RTE 1 at 10.45pm on January 8th. It can also be viewed online here.


I Walked Into My Head

Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 August
Kilkenny Arts Festival - Watergate Theatre

Book Tickets

Karan's new stage show "I Walked Into My Head" will be premiering at the Kilkenny Arts Festival at the beginning of August.
"Folk and traditional music legend Karan Casey is walking the corridors of her mind, looking for her voice in this brand-new show that’s part song-poem, part music performance. This adventurous piece demonstrates Casey’s brave spirit, constantly challenging herself to find answers to broader societal questions. For the first time, Karan breaks away from the songs we know to tell her own stories and sing her own songs, whether her voice likes it or not. From airports, van journeys and sessions to grief, motherhood and the unrealistic expectations of a female muse, I Walked into my Head is a moving, darkly humorous and sometimes joyful exploration of the trials and tribulations of life as a singer."


The Everyman Outdoors @ Elizabeth Fort

Karan will be performing a live gig (with an audience!) in the wonderful surroundings of Elizabeth Fort in Cork on August 21st. She'll be joined by Niamh Dunne, Seán Óg Graham and Niall Vallely.
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Online performances
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic Karan there have been no tours or gigs but Karan has been making some videos and taking part in online performances. Check out the tourdates page for details.


After her March gigs were cancelled she recorded some songs for NPR's Mountain Stage
Daughter Dear
Siúil a Rúin

Karan also recorded a performance for the Frank Harte Festival and you can look back at the full concert here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=643675732970943&extid=tkZUvxuwJf9kaCWl


"Down in the Glen" nominated for Best Original Folk Track at the RTÉ Folk Awards - https://www.rte.ie/culture/2019/0919/1076861-rte-radio-1-folk-awards-shortlist-announced/

New album "Hieroglyphs That Tell The Tale" out now on the Vertical Records label.

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Download from karancasey.bandcamp.com or https://vertical.lnk.to/hieroglyphs-taleWE

"This is a strikingly three-dimensional work that stands the test of intensive and repeated listening with ease. A vivid and dazzling snapshot of Casey invincible, at the height of her powers." (The Irish Times)

Visit the tourpage for details of upcoming gigs including performances in Ireland, France and the US.

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Video

New video for 'Down in the Glen' from Karan's new album Hieroglyphs That Tell the Tale.

Watch some video from Karan recent performance on Tg4's FleadhTV with Seán Óg Graham, Niamh Dunne, Niall Vallely and Ryan Molloy.

Here are some video highlights from Karan's performance at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in February. She was joined by special guests Karen Matheson, Niamh Dunne and Pauline Scanlon as well as a stellar band featuring Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Seán Óg Graham, Donald Shaw, James Mackintosh, Ewen Vernal and Niall Vallely.

Upcoming tourdates

Visit tourdates page for more details

2022

     
 

Scotland

   
June 12th Edinburgh The 12th European Music Therapy Conference: ‘music therapy in progress: please disturb’ https://www.qmu.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/emtc-2022/

Ireland

   
June 21st-22nd Limerick Blás Summer School - University of Limerick http://www.blas.ie
July 6th-9th Cork The Women, We Will Rise https://corkartstheatre.com/event/the-women/
 

France

   
August 10th Lorient Festival Interceltique Lorient - Le Palais https://www.festival-interceltique.bzh
August 12th Lorient Festival Interceltique Lorient - Celtic Odyssée - Le Theatre https://www.festival-interceltique.bzh
August 13th Lorient Festival Interceltique Lorient - Celtic Odyssée - Le Theatre https://www.festival-interceltique.bzh
 

U.S.

   
September 1st 6pm Barnard, VT Feast & Field https://feastandfield.com/
September 3rd Cumberland, RI Blackstone River Theatre https://www.riverfolk.org/events-tickets/
September 4th Randolph, VT New World Festival https://www.chandler-arts.org/newworld
September 6th New York, NY Joe's Pub https://publictheater.org/programs/joes-pub/
September 7th Vienna, VA Jammin Java https://www.jamminjava.com
September 8th Charlottesville, VA Blue Ridge Irish Music https://www.blueridgeirishmusic.org
September 9th - 11th Greensboro, NC North Carolina Folk Festival https://ncfolkfestival.com/
September 13th Rockville, MD Saint Mark Presbyterian Church https://imtfolk.org/
September 14th Somerville, MA The Burren https://24hourconcerts.showare.com/karancasey
September 15th Old Saybrook, CT The Kate https://www.katharinehepburntheater.org/
September 16th Hopewell, NJ Hopewell Theatre https://hopewelltheater.com
September 17th Frostburg, MD Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival https://www.frostburg.edu/annual-events/afestival/
September 18th Harrisonburg, VA Mountain Stage - Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, James Madison University https://mountainstage.org/upcoming-live-shows/