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Irish Multi-Instrumentalist Aine O'Dwyer Announces Four-Date Church Tour

Irish Multi-Instrumentalist Aine O'Dwyer Announces Four-Date Church Tour

Thursday 20th April, 2017 2:00PM

Irish priestess of the organ Áine O’Dwyer (pronounced 'awn-yah') will be gracing New Zealand for a tour in May. The London-resident will be utilising the reverberating warmth of churches in four corners of the country to share her minimalist soundscapes that echo from the folk tradition of her homeland. Here are the details....

Áine O'Dwyer - Music For Church Cleaners NZ Tour

Saturday 20th May, Pitt Street Methodist Church, Auckland
Tuesday 23rd May, First Church Of Christ Scientist, Wellington
Thursday 25th May, St Pauls Cathedral, Dunedin
Saturday 27th May, St Michaels and All Angels, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE at UTR and in-store at the usual outlets

Here is 'The Little Lord of Misrule' from Music For Church Cleaners...

And here is Áine performing live using two harps, a couple of glasses and an accordion at Sound is Sound is Sound in Albany a couple of years ago...


Altmusic Presents Áine O'Dwyer

Irish multi-instrumentalist and singer Áine O'Dwyer tours Aotearoa's churches and cathedrals, summoning minimalist, reverberant soundscapes from their organs along the way.

Sounding-out used and disused sacred spaces, O'Dwyer glides effortlessly between contemporary performance art and the folk traditions that form her musical heritage. In the years following the release of the acclaimed double album, Music for Church Cleaners vol. 1 & 2, the organ has become an integral site for O'Dwyer's meditative and transcendental experimentation. Sometimes ornate, fragile, and at others formidable in its vigour, O'Dwyer's improvisational minimalism has won praise in The Wire, The Quietus, BOMB Magazine,, FACT and Pop Matters.

“Like an invisible banshee haunting the pipes of the church’s organ, O‘Dwyer pummels us with gothic drama from her concealed lair above the altar, the crimson uplighting painting a scene straight from the mind of Dario Argento.” FACT.

“As with all improvised music, you come upon something and you follow it. Also, I was always interested in slowing down Irish music, allowing for the melody to become elongated. Because the melodies are beautiful, and they are in touch with something other than ourselves, in touch with the land, with nature.”


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Sat 20th May
Pitt Street Methodist Church , Auckland
Tue 23rd May
First Church of Christ Scientist, Wellington
Thu 25th May
St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin
Sat 27th May
St Michael and All Angels Church, Christchurch

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