Katie Richardson is The MAC’s Artist In Residence and she wants to leave a lasting impression with her first show, the ground-breaking MURMUR.
The show fuses music and theatre and features some of Ireland’s most exciting up and coming new music acts.
Katie, a 30-year-old full time musician who has performed with Katie & The Carnival and as Goldie Fawn, explained: “MURMUR will be a unique event, featuring not only a hand-picked bunch of superb breakthrough new music acts, but so much more than that. I have brought together a range of other artists to create a visual and theatrical experience – not just a gig, but a real SHOW.”
Named as a former Irish Times ‘Northern Light’, Katie is celebrated as one of the key figures changing the face of Northern Ireland. An all-round creative tour-de-force, Katie has multiple strings to her creative bow, including theatre, composing, acting and musical direction.
She continued: “One of the main focuses of my residency has been to explore pushing the boundaries between music and theatre – to see how they relate to and influence one another. This is a whole new way of looking at music theatre – fusing live contemporary pop music with visual artistry and performance. Some people might compare it to being in the middle of a music video.
“The music will be performed ‘in the round’, with acts all on stage together, performing solo and collaborating. The show will feature live dance, film, photography and theatre, to bring the music to life visually. The effect will be captivating for the audience, and we’re hoping this will create a unique, almost immersive, show, which should be a lot of fun.
“It’s incredible to have access to a theatre like this and a space like this. My funded residency at the MAC provides an unbelievable opportunity to be able to bring people together, develop relationships and mutual learning across artistic mediums and deliver projects like this.”
To this end Katie has enlisted the help of interior designer Timmy White of Gertrude Anna, creative inspiration Megan-Caitlin Dallat, photographer Ciara McMullan, and dancers Ryan O’Neill and Abbie Madden amongst others.
Katie said: “I am delighted to have the support of some of Ireland’s brightest new music talent on board – each band’s unique musical sound lends itself really well to this show. Expect a feel-good, dreamy and upbeat experience not to be missed.”
Featured artists included in MURMUR are:
Beauty Sleep: a three piece from Belfast, Beauty Sleep launched in January 2016 and premiered debut single The Dark on The Music Ninja. The Dark has managed to gain over 50,000 plays and over 700 likes on Soundcloud since.
Described as sounding like Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix, The Naked and Famous and Chvrches, The Dark has received radio play from Phil Taggart on Radio One, Nialler9 on TX FM, Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle.
New Portals: The fast-rising duo are one of the hottest tipped new artists breaking out from Ireland today. Their irresistible take on pop is one of the most intriguing and tantalising new sounds this year and they were recently cited as The Guardians ‘New Band of the Week.’
New single ‘Stay Here Tonight’ sees New Portals take their dreamy synth-pop to the discotheque and its recently released music video features performances from local comedy stars, Colin Geddis and Shane Todd.
Æ Mak: one of Dublin’s hottest new acts, Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon have a huge following for their feel-good pop sound, after their single I can Feel it in My Bones became one of the stand-out tracks of last summer and a big hit with crowds at Electric Picnic. ÆMak are hotly topped to explode onto the Irish music scene with festivals galore this summer.
Goldie Fawn: Another of Katie Richardson’s many projects is her band, Goldie Fawn. In the past, with Katie and the Carnival, she has performed and collaborated with the likes of Foy Vance and Duke Special and supported Van Morrison, Emmy the Great and Jesca Hoop amongst others.
“The brilliant thing about the arts community in Northern Ireland is that it’s such a collaborative supportive community,” she said.
“We’ll play in each other bands, write songs together, share ideas. The level of collaboration is brilliant but we’d never have been able to afford to put such a show on ourselves. What I’ve been so humbled by is how supportive people have been.
Katie is a woman who is used to multi-tasking. She freely admits that she takes on far more work than is humanly possible: “When you’re self employed you have to take on so much work,” she said.
Another new venture has seen Katie join Pleasure Beach with whom she’ll playing at major Irish and UK festivals throughout the summer as well as supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Belsonic in August.
Of her debut show as Artist In Residence at The MAC, she said: “Is this the most exciting thing I’ve ever done? It’s difficult to say because I get excited about nearly everything… being on stage with the band for the first time, the first time I wrote my own song, writing music for a play. I’m really excited about this because it’s another brand new thing for me, but I’m nervous too. Although it’s a collaborative, I’m the artist in residence so the pressure is on me. I want it to be really good and really different and bring people to The MAC.”
The show will premiere on Saturday June 11, Downstairs at the MAC at 8pm. Tickets £15/£12 on sale now from themaclive.com