Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Pat Coldrick - Classical Guitarist - Monday, May 13th

With his recently released third solo album, "Ophelia" garnering international acclaim, Pat Coldrick returns to Ballymore Acoustic Gigs at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, May 13th. Doors open at 8:30pm; showtime is 9pm. Admission is €12.
This is a privileged opportunity to see Pat in an intimate setting, just a week before he plays a solo headlining show on the Main Stage of the National Concert Hall - a show that is now SOLD OUT!
Never a man to forget his roots, Pat has played BAG most years since I started, even as his star rose, and much bigger international stages called. It is right and fitting that he should play the gig one last time, before I bring the curtain down at the end of May. 

Pat Coldrick is an Irish Classical Guitarist and Composer, who has been working for the last six years in Ireland but has also performed Recitals in Europe, the USA and Russia. Pat has been described as ‘pushing the boundaries of classical guitar’ with his musical interpretations and compositions and has made Classical Guitar exciting, interesting and more accessible to music lovers in general. Through his interpretation of music and by exploring and embracing new technologies he strives to enhance the dynamics of the classical guitar and bring his music to a wider audience both at home and abroad.

His music defies genre and appeals to a wide cross section of music lovers. While Pat plays his own arrangements of great classical pieces, it is his own compositions that sets him apart – pieces such as Opelia, Lament, CityJam and Antarctica to name but a few. Pat’s skillful and atmospheric connection with his audience is an art form in itself and is in total contrast to other more formal classical performances. He has a very easy going, laid back and unassuming approach and his interaction with the audience and philosophy of ‘entertaining’ rather than ‘educating’ his listeners is a breath of fresh air.

Once Pat begins to play people are immediately captivated by his dedication, passion and skill. His interpretation and delivery of each piece combined with his superb artistry as a performer results in his unique ability to make his audience laugh and equally move them to tears.

To date Pat has produced 3 albums – Cayendo in 2010, CityJam in 2014 and the latest Ophelia, released in November 2018. Since the launch of these albums his music has been played on all the major radio stations in Ireland and abroad. It’s fair to say that Pat’s music is currently attracting a lot of attention in classical quarters and beyond. Pat is now widely acknowledged as a very accomplished musician and composer who is succeeding in bringing classical guitar music ‘Centre Stage’ where he so passionately believes it belongs.

Pat’s musical formation has not followed normal traditional lines. He is mainly self taught and in a relatively short period of time he has put together an impressive body of work and has gained considerable recognition throughout Ireland and Internationally both as a performer and composer. Some highlights of his achievements to date include:

Album Releases: Ophelia (2018), CityJam (2014) and Cayendo (2010).

Festivals: International Guitar Festival in St Petersburg, Slovenia and USA. He has also been invited to play at many other festivals including – The Hellys International Guitar Festival Cornwall, Ards International Guitar Festival, Derry International Guitar Festival, Clonakilty Guitar Festival and Dun Laoghaire Music Festival in Marley Park.

TV & Radio Appearances: Late Late Show, RTE Lyric FM, BBC Radio Ulster, RTE Radio 1, LMFM, Nova and Cry104 FM.

Sell Out Concerts: 2 Sellout Concerts in The National Concert Hall· Performed with Degani Ensemble under the leadership of Alan Smale (RTE Symphony Orchestra)· Invited to Play with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Temple Bar in November 2014 for Dublin Culture Night.

Reviews: The CityJam Album was critically acclaimed in the International Classical Guitar Magazine – Nov 2014. On this album his recording of Handel’s Passacaglia was voted best recording of 2014 by the International Guild of Musicians.

Other Artists: Recently recorded tracks with Marti Pellow for his new album due for release later in 2015. He also has a very significant presence on social media including Facebook with over 13,000 Likes on his Music Page. His unique interpretation of “Danza Paraguaya” by Austin Barrios has over 225,000 views on YouTube.

‘I’m enjoying Pat Coldrick’s Ophelia, his third album. What he’s been doing with classical guitar is extraordinary. His vision of what you can do with a soundscape centred on guitar is super. Throughout the album, like in Sí Beag Sí Mor, the arrangements are pin-sharp. I don’t think the country has quite woken up to what we have in Pat Coldrick – he’s a national treasure.’ - Jim Lockhart, RTÉ Producer and Broadcaster, Horslips