Thursday night brought a joint Gala Concert to Cork City Hall, with Solala & Ardú Vocal Ensemble joining forces and voices to create an exciting night full of energy, groove and pop. Solala brings 3 of the most stunning vocalists from Sweden together in an all-male trio showcasing some of the most popular vocal music around. Joining them on the night will be Ardú Vocal Ensemble, one of the most notable vocal groups to have emerged from the Irish vocal scene in the last number of years.
Solala is a Swedish a cappella group from Gothenburg. The group started in 2012, rapidly gaining attention through their videos on Youtube and Facebook. The most popular of these videos feature the trio singing their own arrangements of popular songs while accompanying themselves on various kitchen items. With over 15 000 subscribers and 2 million views on Youtube, the vocal power trio have released their debut album, Swedish Fishermen, in 2015, followed this year by Feber in 2017. Very comfortable in the kitchen, these 3 wonderful singers love to mix old with new, weird with classics and to put a latin groove on anything.
Ardú is Ireland’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble. This six-voice group is internationally recognised, having represented Ireland at the Tempere Vocal Festival in Finland, as well as on the Sky 1 a cappella show ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’, building their standing as Ireland’s ambassadors of contemporary a cappella. 2017 also saw Ardú host the first ever Irish International A Cappella Competition. Ardú are also busy at home in Ireland, performing throughout the country. The ensemble are musicians in residence at An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk and have developed educational partnerships with Dundalk Institute of Technology and St Kevins School, Crumlin. Their education programme is popular amongst schools around Ireland and continues to reach young singers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. 2018 will see Ardú perform a programme of newly arranged contemporary music at festivals across Ireland, as well as further international performances throughout the year.