Cuchulain, The Holy Smokes, EWEB

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
November 5, 2021 - 8:30pm
Cost: 
$15 Advance, $18 Day of Show

On Friday, November 5, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes to the WOW Hall Cuchulain, The Holy Smoke and EWEB.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 17, at 10:00 am.

 

Cuchulain -- a low-voiced songsmith with a wry sense of humor – has a big name to fill. Cuchulain (pronounced “ka-hoo-lin”) was named (yes, by his parents) after the famous Irish mythological hero. As he explains, “Every Irish person knows this name, but no one is named it. It’s like naming your kid Hercules or Jesus.” The name is translated to “Hound of Chulainn” in Gaelic and inspired the name of his previous musical project Handsome Hound.

And like his mythological namesake, Cuchulain has journeyed far and wide, finding himself and his songs shaped by each place he stops. He has honed his genre-bending version of folk music by incorporating the sounds of his many hometowns.

Born and raised in rural South Carolina, Cuchulain has roots in a folksy sound with a hint of twang. He says, “My first musical memories were singing in the church choir and garage band rehearsals at my house.” That mix of musical styles contributes to his current genre-melding sound.

He says, “My life has taken me around the world and back, and those experiences, those places, and the people in those places have influenced the sound of my music.”  When Cuchulain lived in Paris, his songs were homesick and sentimental. When he lived in DC through the 2016 election, he wrote political and protest songs on his debut solo album, Cuchulain. When he lived in the Bay Area, he wrote and recorded his recent album, Songs for Grownups, a rock opera filled with critique of late capitalism and tech. That album’s single “I Prefer My Phone” drew the attention of NPR Music, who said his Tiny Desk Contest performance “gave ‘one-man-band’ a whole new meaning,” referencing his performance of all instruments (guitar, bass, piano, and drums) in the video.

FEAT will be Cuchulain’s third album, a collaborative project in which every song features a guest artist, musical friends he has met through his wide-spanning travels. Cuchulain currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, which inspired the first tune on this album, “Good Morning, Eugene.” The full album comes out November 5th, 2021 with a regional Pacific Northwest tour in support.


The W.O.W. Hall will comply with all COVID-19 Guidelines issued by the State of Oregon and the CDC at the time of the event. This may entail limitations on capacity that might be lower than the number of tickets sold and/or event cancellation.

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