Belfast musician, unveils plans for incredible one-off rhythm & blues show with the Ulster Orchestra
Belfast singer-songwriter, Davy Watson, will perform with the Ulster Orchestra in the magnificent surroundings of Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Friday 31 August. The performance is part of the Ulster Orchestra’s On Your Doorstep series, an initiative which aims to grow new audiences by collaborating with artists of various genres.
This special one-off performance sees the musician’s work arranged for full orchestra by renowned composer Graeme Stewart. The project is supported by National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Artist Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES), a funding grant bestowed upon the region’s exceptional artists to enable them to develop their professional, artistic careers.
Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Davy has a rich musical background and has performed with some of the biggest names in international music including Madonna, Philip Lynott, Bob Geldoff, Jack Lancaster, Hazel O’Connor and Vivian Campbell, during his time living in both Ireland and LA. He has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages including the Glastonbury and the Royal Albert Hall.
Davy Watson said, “Performing your own music with your national orchestra is a privilege for any musician, and to do so in the iconic Ulster Hall is incredible. It will be a special night and I have a few guests joining me for what will be, for me, the gig of a lifetime.”
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added,
“Davy Watson is a tremendous talent who has an impressive career touring internationally, recording and lecturing. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support this fresh and exciting project between Davy and one of our leading flagship organisations, the Ulster Orchestra, through our Artist Career Enhancement Scheme. This performance afforded by the Ulster Orchestra, as part of its innovative On Your Doorstep outreach initiative, is a fantastic platform for the composer to showcase his work to a new audience and to further enhance the potential to raise his already considerable profile as a singer-songwriter.”
Richard Wigley, Managing Director, Ulster Orchestra, commented,
“The Ulster Orchestra is absolutely delighted to collaborate with Davy Watson for this special On Your Doorstep performance. On Your Doorstep is an initiative designed to get to reach artists, styles of music and audiences that perhaps you’d not normally associate with the orchestra. It’s allowed us to work with many different artists in a range of settings and I like to think that this performance with Davy will be the first of many artists that we work with longer term. Davy is an exceptional talent. The stories that he tells about himself through music transcends genre and that’s why I thought that he would work very well with the orchestra. This performance on 31st August is a terrific mix of strong, Northern Irish, raw, yet brilliant talent alongside everybody’s orchestra and I would encourage everyone to come along.”
Tickets for this special event cost £12 and can be purchased at www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk