Killruddery House and Gardens, Southern Cross Road Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Tickets from €49 www.ticketgroup.ie
Easy to get to by public transport from Bray Dart station and Diamond Valley.
So bring a picnic and rock into the late hours in this historic country house and garden setting to the live music of legendary Bryan Ferry.
Here’s some of what www.killrudderyfestival.com has to say about the career of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music:
Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Roxy Music attained and maintained an imperial position within not simply rock and pop music, but the broader trends, fashions and attitudes that pop and rock inspire. By the time that their second album, the ice-cool “For Your Pleasure” was released, “Roxy” had become a new adjective with which to describe musical and stylistic finesse and originality. With each successive release, Ferry refined the sound of Roxy Music while retaining its original, intoxicating fusion of high romance, and musical eclecticism. His mesmeric weave of super-modernity and a pop vision that embraced the Golden Age of Hollywood or French chanson, as much as the aggressively risk-taking innovations of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix, found brilliant expression in songs such as “Amazona”, “The Thrill of It All”, “Sentimental Fool”, and “A Song For Europe”. On the last two Roxy Music albums to date, “Flesh + Blood” and “Avalon”, the group created flawless surfaces of pure pop, with a musical depth and richness that was pitch perfect to the cinematic worlds brought to life by Ferry’s writing and vocals.
Subsequently, Ferry’s solo albums have included the violet hour romance of “Another Time, Another Place”, the seductively European “The Bride Stripped Bare”, and the darkly enchanted and richly filmic triptych of “Boys and Girls”, “Bete Noire” and “Mamouna” – three albums as thrillingly urban and atmospheric as they are poetic and melancholy. “Boys and Girls” would be a Number One album for Ferry in the UK, remaining in the British charts for over a year and becoming a best selling record in America.
In 2007, Bryan Ferry’s tribute to Bob Dylan, “Dylanesque”, was a critically applauded Top Ten success, and celebrated by an accompanying UK tour. This was followed in 2010 by “Olympia” – an album that is as hauntingly romantic and it is hard driving and super-contemporary, bringing together all of the lyrical and musical themes that Ferry has made so powerfully his own. Featuring the classic “You Can Dance” and “Heartache By Numbers”, as well as Ferry’s mesmeric interpretation of “Song To The Siren”, “Olympia” affirms Ferry’s position as one of the greatest singers and lyricists of the modern pop and rock era. (words from www.killrudderyfestival.com)
Bryan Ferry has chosen a select number of shows to perform during 2011, one such show is the elegant and ambient setting of Killruddery House Gardens on Fri 26th of August. Tickets are on sale now from www.ticketgroup.ie
Learn more about Killruddery at http://diamondvalley.ie/Gardens.html