Friday, March 24, 2017

Pat Coldrick in the BAG

Pat Coldrick, classical guitarist and composer, returns to play in the BAG on Monday 27 March, writes Roy Thompson of the Ballymore Acoustic Gigs.

Pat Coldrick has become a firm favourite of BAG regulars, and has enthralled his audience each time he has visited. No stranger to playing much larger venues — having sold out at the National Concert Hall on three occasions — he returns to play the intimate setting of Mick Murphy's Bar.

Pat has been working for the last six years in Ireland but has also performed recitals in Europe, the USA and Russia. He has been described as ‘pushing the boundaries of classical guitar’ with his musical interpretations and compositions and has made classical guitar exciting, interesting and more accessible to music lovers in general.

While Pat plays his own arrangements of great classical pieces, it is his own compositions that sets him apart – pieces such as Lament, CityJam and Antarctica to name but a few. Once Pat begins to play people are immediately captivated by his dedication, passion and skill. His interpretation and delivery of each piece combined with his superb artistry as a performer results in his unique ability to make his audience laugh and equally move them to tears.

To date he has produced two albums – Cayendo in 2010, and CityJam was released in November 2014. Since CityJam was launched his music has been played on all the major radio stations in Ireland and was voted ‘Album of the Week’ on RTE Lyric FM.

He is mainly self taught and in a relatively short period of time he has put together an impressive body of work and has gained considerable recognition throughout Ireland and Internationally both as a performer and composer.