Wednesday, January 23, 2013

National Concert Hall
Dublin, IR

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National Concert Hall
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Phone: +353 (0)1 417 0077
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin, IR 353
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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and won the hearts of legions of fans around the world with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The group is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. Forced to flee the country during its brutal civil war, the band formed in refugee camps across the border in Guinea. Having entertained their fellow residents for several years, they were brought to the attention of the wider world through the acclaimed 2006 documentary Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. But the group doesn't have to rely on a humbling back-story to get people's attention. Their impossibly upbeat sound, drawing on highlife and reggae, is simply irresistible, a life-affirming riposte to life under the gun and the grenade. From their humble beginnings, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have recorded three great albums, performed on some of the world’s most prestigious concert stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording groups. ‘[A] fabulous, gifted band: down to earth, full of life and absolutely going in the right direction.’ – Songlines ‘It's a story made all the more remarkable by the strength of their songs.’ – The Guardian ‘It's as easy to fall in love with these guys as it was with the Buena Vista Social Club.’ – Newsweek ‘Roots reggae rhythms blessed with finger-picked guitar is at the core: Fans of the early Wailers will be as beguiled as Afro-popsters. Underlying it all is a plea for peace from voices heartbreakingly familiar with the consequences of the alternative.’ – Boston Herald
Ticket Price: €16-€34
Door Time:7:30 pm
Show Time:8:00 pm
Ages:All Ages

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