10,000 maniacs singer Natalie Merchant has announced an intimate new years date in Whelan’s on Monday 25 January. Tickets priced €20 inclusive of booking fee are on sale now.
One of America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating performer Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released two platinum and four gold records with the group between 1981 and 1993 (The Wishing Chair, In My Tribe, Blind Man’s Zoo, Hope Chest, Our Time in Eden, and MTV Unplugged).
In 1994, Merchant began her solo career with a self-produced debut album, Tigerlily (1995), which astounded the music industry by selling four million copies. In the years following, she released Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), and Motherland (2001). In 2003, she left Elektra Records, after 18 years with the label, and independently released an album of traditional and contemporary folk music, The House Carpenter’s Daughter, on her own label, Myth America Records. In 2005, she was persuaded to curate a collection of her own work for a double album she titled Retrospective.
She has collaborated both on stage and in the studio with a wide range of artists, including REM, Wynton Marsalis, The Chieftains, Mavis Staples, Daniel Lanois, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Tracy Chapman, Cowboy Junkies, Ryan Adams, Lokua Kanza, Yungchen Lhamo, The Fairfield Four, Gavin Bryars, Jakob Dylan, Susan McKeown, Chris Botti, LÃºnasa, The Klezmatics, Katell Keineg, Dan Zanes, and Medeski, Martin & Wood.
After the birth of her daughter in 2003, Merchant took an extended break from recording and touring. For the past five years she has been researching, writing and recording a collection of songs adapted from the works of various classic and contemporary poets. Her new album ‘Leave Your Sleep’ will be released in February 2010.
Natalie Merchant comes to Whelan’s on Monday 25 January. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets priced €20 incl. booking fee