Local Musicians join David Lyttle For Exclusive Gig To End Year-Long Nerve Centre Residency

Local Musicians join David Lyttle For Exclusive Gig To End Year-Long Nerve Centre Residency

Acclaimed musician and recent MOBO-nominated David Lyttle will bring to a close his hugely successful year as Nerve Centre Musician-in-Residence with a grand finale showcase concert on December 5.

New music created in collaboration with musicians, songwriters, bands and producers from across Derry~Londonderry and local area will feature on the night, ahead of the companion album release due early 2016.

Special guests include former Musician-in-Residence, Neil Cowley, who will make a welcome return to the Nerve Centre stage for a unique, one-off collaboration with Lyttle. Returning to ‘his second home’, the multi-award-winning pianist has just finished work on Adele’s hotly-anticipated album ‘25’.

Also performing on the night will be talented singer-songwriter Jessica Doherty, who cut her musical teeth participating in Nerve Centre’s SYNC Music programme. In the past 18 months, the 17 year-old has supported artists including; SOAK, Rainy Boy Sleep, and counts Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody as a fan.

The evening will continue with exclusive performances from VerseChorusVerse, John Deery, Rosborough, Joseph Leighton, Roisin Donald, Air Drama and Leanne Doherty & Daniel Millar.

Martin McGill, Music Programme Manager at Nerve Centre said: 'This incredible showcase will bring to an end a fantastic year for the Nerve Centre, David and everyone who he has worked or collaborated with and mentored. In particular, I’m really looking forward to seeing what David and Neil Cowley have in store for us when they come together, on stage, for the first time. It’s going to be an unforgettable evening.'

Throughout his tenure as Musician-in-Residence, Lyttle has delivered a host of interactive music masterclasses and talks to over 1,000 young people across the Derry and Strabane area and has collaborated with 30 musicians who will feature on the compilation album that will be launched next year. Just last month he became the first Irish artist to be shortlisted for a prestigious MOBO award and his third album Faces was described by Rolling Stone as "one of the best, robust listening experiences you're likely to have all year'.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said that it was fantastic to see the calibre of musical talent returning to the city. 'It’s fantastic to see artists such as David Lyttle and Neil Cowley, who are ground-breaking musicians in their own musical genres, maintaining such a close relationship with the city.

'Both have been an inspiration to local artists over the years working closely with young performers during the City of Derry Jazz Festival and during the City of Culture celebrations in 2013. It’s so rewarding to see the musical legacy continue to thrive and through their ongoing work with the Nerve Centre, to see young talent benefit from the advice and support of two such accomplished performers.'

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10 (+ booking fee). Available from www.nervecentre.org and the Nerve Centre’s box office.

The Nerve Centre’s residency is funded by the PRS for Music Foundation, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council through the City of Culture Legacy fund and the National Lottery via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: 'The Arts Council was delighted to support David Lyttle, as Musician in Residence at the Nerve Centre, through the City of Culture Legacy Fund.  This initiative saw David, who is one of the most innovative and talented musicians in the region, reaching out to local musicians across the city, developing their musical skills and talents.  With such an impressive line-up of musicians performing at the showcase event, this is sure to be an evening to remember and I would encourage everyone to go along and enjoy.'

Vanessa Reed, PRS for Music Foundation Executive Director added: 'We’re delighted to have supported Nerve Centre on this hugely successful Musician-in-Residence programme in Derry and excited to see David collaborating with former Musician-in-Residence Neil Cowley who took Derry by storm in 2013. I’m looking forward to seeing what these two incredibly talented musicians will produce on the night and I’m proud that this initiative led by Nerve Centre forms part of Derry’s City of Culture legacy.'

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