all acts and events to be announced soon.
LAST YEARS line-up
MICK FLANNERY (IRE)
“In the end of the day and the heel of the hunt, you’re left with the songs. Everything else comes and goes – the shows and the tours and the applause and the acclaim, which goes with them, the prattle and the palaver which accompany an album release. Everything else fades out of view. Everything else doesn’t matter in the long run. But the songs remain. The songs you write on your own stick around. They’re going to be here for many years to come so they deserve to be treated with due care and utmost respect in the creation process”.
Mick Flannery - 2017
Mick Flannery realised this a long time ago. He also realised that songwriting was the
best part of this strange job of being a jobbing-gigging-talking-singing musician.
“Mick Flannery is a singing and songwriting force to be reckoned with”
Siobhán Long, Irish Times
“Mick is a songwriter of the first order … His voice is pained, gravelly, and powerful. Recorded or live, it carries through and stops you in your tracks.”
Urban Folk, New York
“This former stonemason from Cork is a cracking songwriter with a voice that can stop you in your tracks”
Tom Gatti | The Times UK
MICK FLANNERY WILL BE PERFORMING FOR SCHOTTENFEST AT THEATER AM SPITTELBERG ON FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER.
KARINE POLWART (SCO)
Five-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (twice for Best Original Song), Karine Polwart is an established songwriter, composer, performer, musical director and producer. She is also an emergent theatre maker and author.
Her most recent solo album Traces (produced by Iain Cook of synth-pop band Chvrches) was shortlisted for both the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Album of the Year’. The Guardian chose it as international folk-roots release of 2012.
Her debut solo album Faultlines won Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards back in 2005, following six years of touring internationally as a traditional Scots singer with Malinky and Battlefield Band.
It’s a track record that has opened up intriguing musical opportunities in recent years. In addition to three further solo albums, Karine has scored twice for Scottish BAFTA nominated animation (Claire Lamond’s All That Glisters, 2012 and Seafront, 2014), and twice produced commissioned songs for documentary film (Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped, 2011 and A Dangerous Game, 2014).
Much of her current work is rooted in the geography, ecology, history and folklore of the rural southeast of Scotland, where she lives.
“For me” says Polwart, “music is one of the most powerful ways of making sense of the world. It’s for celebrating, grieving, sharing, wondering. Nothing inspires me more than the realisation that any one of my songs means something to someone else”.
"One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain" The Guardian www.karinepolwart.com
KARINE POLWART WILL BE PERFORMING FOR SCHOTTENFEST AT THEATER AM SPITTELBERG ON FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER
JOHN SPILLANE (IRE)
JOHN SPILLANE is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer - a canvass filled with color and brilliance. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop - that’s fine with John, he’s a man who is very comfortable in his own skin.
John is a native of Cork, the County he lovingly describes as “the centre of the universe”, and it has been a huge creative influence on him. Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name but a few. John’s performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour.
JOHN SPILLANE WILL BE PERFORMING FOR SCHOTTENFEST AT THEATER AM SPITTELBERG ON THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
DAVE ARCARI (SCO)
SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via ten internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases. Arcari’s new album – Live at Memorial Hall – recorded at a venue close to his home on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, was released on 1 September 2017 on Buzz Records. 2017 has also seen Arcari focussing his live work on UK and Europe having been concentrating on building his audience in the USA over the last few years, including official showcases at SxSW in Austin, Texas. Arcari is one of the hardest gigging live artists on the circuit. A series of shows with folks including Steve Earle, Alabama 3, Seasick Steve,Toby Keith and Jon Spencer along with his relentless UK and European tour schedule have established Dave Arcari as a formidable international solo performer who is fast building a media reputation as a ‘hell-raising National guitar madman’.
“That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man...” SEASICK STEVE
DAVE ARCARI WILL BE PERFORMING FOR SCHOTTENFEST AT AERA WIEN ON SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER
GRÁINNE HUNT (IRE)
Vocally captivating, Grainne Hunt’s soulful tones have regaled audiences worldwide, spanning the globe from Ireland to Latin America. Grainne has shared the stage with many inspiring voices, including Glen Hansard, and has been compared to vocal icons, Tracy Chapman and Natalie Merchant. Originally from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Grainne’s Irish roots are subtly and beautifully etched into her music.
High praise for Hunt’s debut record, Firing Pin, proves that she exudes talent and passion for song writing.
'The Words of it all....breathtakingly beautiful'
Dan Hegarty, 2FM
‘Her debut release is hewn out of a subtle special talent’
Tony Clayton Lea, Irish Times
GRÁINNE HUNT WILL BE PERFORMING FOR SCHOTTENFEST AT AERA WIEN ON SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER
KARIN RABHANSL (DE)
“Do you wanna kiss? I couldn’t care less“ - with this quirky and unique opening line Karin Rabhansl’s light-hearted reggae song has been quite the hit on the dancefloor and the musician from Lower Bavaria has made the most of it…
Karin Rabhansl writes pop songs – and she happily pushes as many of the boundaries that the genre has to offer. There are elements of rock and maybe sometimes a touch of punk, here and there she even flirts with beat-music and electronica. She sings in German and in Bavarian dialect: about winners and losers, zombies and superheroes, about liars, dreamers and constant whiners, by sleepless nights, lost days at the job-centre and about the feeling, when you sit all alone at New Years Eve in a cinema .. ,
"I’m a guitar girl" say’s Karin with her colourful stripey socks, stylistically she doesn’t want to be nailed down but still knows exactly where her roots are and what she wants: “I make pop music“
antonia ní norica (aut)
AUSTRIAN MUSICIAN ANTONIA 'NÍ NORICA' DUŠA WERNIG has extended her roots and developed a passion for Irish traditional music and folk songs very early in her life, whilst growing up in Germany. With formal classical cello tuition from age 5, Antonia later taught herself to play the tin whistle and guitar. Next came the Uilleann pipes at the age of twelve taking to the instrument like a duck to water. After a stint in Vienna (working as a musician and sound engineer) the inevitable happened and Antonia moved to Ireland to fully immerse herself in Irish music and culture. In Ireland Antonia would learn the fiddle and study the Irish language, history, culture and folklore of the country which she feels, cannot be removed from Irish traditional music. The magical Sliabh Luachra was home in Ireland for Antonia where she spent a lot of time in the solitude of the Cork and Kerry mountains with a concertina player, three dogs, thirty or so chickens and some cattle for company. In January 2016 she released the fantastic album “Slow Down” with her Trio Tóg bog É.
vienna songwriting circle (vsc)
VIENNA SONGWRITING CIRCLE (VSC)
Formed in February 2015 by Irish Singer/Songwriter
Shane Ó Fearghail, along with Stuart Neville (SCO)and Mark Peters (ENG), the VSC was founded to bring together Songwriters based in Vienna. The idea: To share common goals, network, discuss as well as provide a platform to support and collaborate, not just within the circle but also beyond. Our focus: to keep developing a professional group that can also create and write songs to order as well as produce musical material for commercial, creative and common release; be it local or international. Since our first meeting in February 2015 we have grown in strength and are now a group of fifty six international writers, meeting once a month in Jetzt Bar in the 17th District. We have also established The Acoustic Room in the same venue, which is a live platform to present and promote artists and writers from within the VSC and also encourages developing performers as well as acts passing through Vienna to come and play one of the cities coolest most comfortable venues. Each event generally consists of three Songwriters, all having twenty minute slots to perform original material and their set and songs to a quiet attentive audience. Also be sure to check out ‘Lines’ the new CD from the VSC. ‘Lines’ contains eight new songs, all of which where penned by the VSC members during our co-writing sessions.
the songwriting collective (IRE)
TSC is a group of individuals dedicated to the art of songwriting in the Dublin area. We have been in operation for around six years and over that period our members have visited many songwriting groups throughout Europe as a result of dedicated EU funding which we were fortunate to receive.
Our goal is to develop the songwriting and performance skills of our members and expand our network of contacts both locally and internationally. We meet monthly in the headquarters of the Irish Music Rights Organisation.
Each workshop meeting provides those participating with an opportunity to engage in activities such as co-writing, sharing experiences and the chance to explore the many-sided nature of our craft.
Vienna Irish Hour
Three members of the Songwriting Collective Tony Bardon, Danai Kelleher and Jon Ryan, who are paying a return visit to Schottenfest 2017 will present an Irish Hour. They will explore some of the more popular traditional songs which you would be likely to hear at a typical Irish Music Session. These will be combined with their own original material as they seek to respect their tradition and at the same time break new ground
doug andrews (usa)
"You can tell immediately that he has been a songwriter for a long time and understands his craft.... such voices have to be heard. In my eyes, Doug Andrews belongs on the big stages of the world.”
-Mya Audrey (songwriter/ founder - Songcircle Berlin/ Zurich/ Vienna)
Doug Andrews is a singer-songwriter originally from Wyoming, U.S.A. Over the past decade, he has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, finally settling down in Vienna, Austria. Andrews delivers an intimate folk/ americana experience with lyrically rich songs, blues-lacquered baritone voice, and unique fingerpicking style that leaves audiences wanting more.
DOUG ANDREWS WILL BE PERFORMING AT AERA ON SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER
brendan doran (ire)
Born in Dublin, Brendan Doran is cut from that classic cloth of Irish Singer Songwriters. He has that gift for storytelling - Stories about characters he's met, about his own demons and experiences that feel somehow familiar, like you've lived them yourself. Together with his deft piano playing and witty, honest often dark lyrics, Doran is a songwriter you won't want to forget in a hurry.
Brendan is due to release a live EP called 'The Jigsaw Sessions' with accompanying video in December 2017.
BRENDAN DORAN WILL BE PERFORMING AT THEATER AM SPITTELBERG ON THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
maria burger (AT) & dave mckendry (ire)
MARIA BURGER (AT) is an Austrian singer-songwriter based in Vienna. Growing up in a large, music-loving family she discovered her passion for singing and writing from a very early age. This short lifetime of craft has cultivated a way with word and melody which, delivered with her heart-stopping voice, lift and carry all who listen. This same stunning, young voice has already led to duets with Conchita Wurst, provided the lead vocals for a number of national TV and Radio spots and regular live shows across Austria and beyond. All the while nurturing an ever-growing YouTube fanbase with her beautiful combination of heartfelt songwriting set to an indie-folk melody.
DAVE MCKENDRY (IRE) Having left home and music behind in Belfast to travel the world in 2015, Dave very unexpectedly found both again in Vienna. Within a year of arriving in the city he had played Schottenfest 2016, DonauInselFest and StadtFestWien, toured twice through Germany, Austria and Switzerland with his acoustic-indie project "Passive Elephants", co-wrote an original song for the University of Vienna’s Human Rights campaign and even appeared on national television, all whilst writing and recording his eagerly awaited debut solo album. A talented and unpretentious songwriter with an ear for beautiful indie melodies, an eye for deft lyrics, a raw disarming voice and a live show definitely worth seeing.
Maria met David on his second day in Vienna whilst street-busking. That same evening, having opened up their music to each other, they quickly realised they needed to work together. With captivating indie-folk melodies that wrap around one another like birds in flight, these songs of experience, love, hope and distance weave a tale of everything that first brought them together and all that has kept them that way. The pair made their debut live performance alongside the Vienna Songwriting Circle in front of a sold out TEDx event at the renowned Volkstheater, Vienna and recording for their debut album begins December 2017.
MARIA BURGER & DAVE MCKENDRY WILL BE PERFORMING AT THEATER AM SPITTELBERG ON THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER