David Gray and his Skellig Choir have announced a second date at London Union Chapel for March 7e with the union chapel show on February 27 now Sold out. Gray and his Skellig Choir will perform songs from his acclaimed studio album Skellig live for the first and only time in this series of six intimate shows.
Gray’s twelfth studio album, Skellig embarked on a more sparse community soundscape with atmospheric songs centered on six-part vocals, Gray trading his signature gravel for a softer tone. The temperature described the record as “a warm, reflective album about the choices we make and why we make them”, while the The telegraph of the day wrote, “If your ideas of Gray are based entirely on his 1999 hit Babylon, chances are you’re missing one of the most thoughtful and nuanced singer-songwriters of decades.”
Tickets for the Union Chapel show on March 7e goes on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 11e. The full set of dates can be found below or go to: https://www.davidgray.com/live
Skellig takes its name from a formation of craggy rocky islands off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland’s most westerly point. Ravaged by the Atlantic, the seemingly uninhabitable place of Skellig Michael became an unlikely site of pilgrimage in 600 AD for a group of monks, who believed that by leading such a merciful existence they would leave the distraction of the human realm behind. to finally be closer to God. Gray asks for no literal translation of the above, nor does it prescribe any religious allegiance – but the story, told to him by a friend, has haunted his imagination ever since:
“The more I contemplated the idea of a small group of people landing on these rocks and establishing a monastic life there, the more I became overwhelmed with a giddy sense of awe. How close could you wish to get to God? Life must have been incredibly difficult for them and trying to understand the deep spiritual conviction that drove them to escape the medieval world led me to recognize my own deepest desires to be free from all the endless human noise that we now so easily accept as such. an inescapable part of our daily lives. Dreams of revelation, dreams of purifying purity, dreams of escape. Ideas that I think almost any person in the 21st century should not having too much trouble identifying!
The multivocal layering that weaves throughout Skellig came to Gray through the 2013 run Visit Survey, where he recruited members of his live band – including Caroline Dale, David Kitt and Rob Malone – to experiment alongside him on his back catalog. The symbiosis between the singers evoked a “community spirituality” close to the essence of Skellig, sowing the seeds for what would later take shape. Reuniting Dale, Kitt and Malone, and with the addition of Niamh Farrell, Mossy Nolan and Ben de Vries, Gray ventured to the coastal retreat of Helmsdale in the Scottish Highlands to experience the making of the record. Greeted by the kindness and hospitality of Edwyn Collins, his wife and son, the small, intimate studio felt like a fitting place for a record wanting to celebrate its Celtic affinity.
Join David and the band for this once-in-a-lifetime intimate musical evening.
See Skellig Live
- 27e February – London, Union Chapel – EXHAUSTED
- 1st March – Cork, Cork Opera House
- 2n/a March – Wexford, National Opera
- 4e March – Dublin, National Concert Hall
- 5e March – Dublin, National Concert Hall
- sevene March – London, Union Chapel – NEW DATE
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