Wexford Arts Centre will host a unique musical experience, bringing together for the first time in over 10 years in this country, two of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters, Liam Merriman, and Jody McStravick.
Liam has been a significant presence on the live music circuit in Ireland over many years: his songs have been released by Polygram Records, RTE Records and on the Three Rivers label. His work has also been published by Cohesion Arts in America as a contributing writer and artist on the acclaimed Nashville based 1861 Project.
Liam, based in Waterford, has also toured with, and supported, many major folk acts including Nanci Griffith, Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Clannad and Donovan.
A full-time music professional, recording artist and songwriter, Liam is also a qualified hospital musician and trainer. As part of the Kids' Classics non-profit organisation, he regularly brings live music interactions into Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght, LauraLynn, Beaumont, Cork, and Limerick University hospital paediatric units, and many other health settings, around the country.
Liam's forthcoming album of original work, Acoustic River, is due for national and international release in 2018.
Jody, based in Paris, has not appeared in Ireland for many years despite performing regularly in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He is a regular performer in the Radio France Open Sessions – a forum for original songwriters – where he delights in tall-tale-telling of eccentric Irishness in English and French. With TV appearances on RTE, BBC, ITV and TF1, his music is played regularly on local and national radios.
Best remembered in Ireland for his haunting ballad ‘Is There Anyone Out There’, Jody is currently completing an album of unrecorded material as well as a remix of earlier recordings. The evening promises a musical cocktail of original and non-original material: Liam's relaxed rapport with his audience is the perfect foil for Jody’s more whimsical approach.