by / March 30th, 2010 /

Ray Davies – Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin

Tickets on sale this Mon 8th Feb at 9am

Tickets will be €49.80, €54.80 fully seated on sale this Monday at 9am from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide booking line no. 0818 719 377 www.ticketmaster.ie / www.aikenpromotions.com

Ray Davies, one of the most successful and influential songwriters to emerge from the British Invasion of the 1960s, founded the rock band The Kinks with his brother Dave in London in 1963. The band’s string of top ten international hits began with -You Really Got Me’, followed by -All Day and All of The Night’, -Tired of Waiting’, -Set Me Free’, -See My Friends’, -Till The End of The Day’, -A Well Respected Man’, -Lola’, -Sunny Afternoon’, -Dedicated Follower of Fashion’, -Apeman’, and -Come Dancing’ among many others. Davies also composed several pioneering rock operas including Arthur, The Village Green Preservation Society, Preservation and Soap Opera.

Following the initial British Invasion, further state-side success continued with The Kinks becoming a major act over the next two decades. Ray then played the lead in the television play The Long Distance Piano Player and was resident composer for the topical BBC television series The 11th Hour and Where Was Spring produced by Ned Sherrin.

In 1983 Ray directed his first film for Channel 4, -Return to Waterloo’ and in 1994 directed and produced -Weird Nightmare’, a portrait of Charles Mingus for Channel 4’s jazz series. Davies collaborated with Barrie Keeffe in 1981 on his first stage musical, Chorus Girls, and in 1988 wrote -80 Days’ with Snoo Wilson, which was produced and directed by Des McAnuff at the La Jolla Playhouse. He composed and performed the song -Quiet Life’ for the film -Absolute Beginners’ directed by Julien Temple. In 1995 Davies published his unauthorized autobiography, X-Ray, to critical acclaim and since then has been touring internationally with his one-man show, -The Storyteller.’

His live album, also entitled -Storyteller’ was released in March of 1998. In 1998 Ray was commissioned to compose a fifty-minute choral piece, Flatlands, for the Norwich and Norfolk Festival featuring the Britten Symphonia. He also co-directed for Anglia Television a program featuring this music which won a regional television award the following year. In 1990 The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Summer 2003 saw Ray playing in front of millions at Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee celebrations. Ray was also awarded the CBE at the beginning of 2004. Affectionately referred to as the ‘Godfather of Brit Pop’, Ray Davies is cited as a major influence on artists such as Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Morrissey, Damon Albarn of Blur and many more. Ray Davies’ songs have become hits for bands including The Jam, Van Halen, The Pretenders and The Stranglers.

2003 saw the release of two tribute albums – -This is Where I Belong’ on Rykodisc, and -Give the People What We Want’ on Sub Pop.

Following the Kinks induction into the UK Hall of Fame late in 2005, recent adulations have also included the Ivor Novello Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award and the BMI Icon Award in 2006.

In 2006 Ray played the USA extensively with his accomplished band. The shows include tracks from his extensive back catalogue and recent solo LP -Other People’s Lives’.

May 2007. Ray completed a hugely successful tour of the UK and Ireland and is mixing his second studio solo album.

February 2008 saw the release of Ray’s second solo c.d ‘Working Mans Cafe’.

September 2008. Rays stage musical ‘Come Dancing’ was mounted at The Theatre Royal Stratford East to rave reviews. Negotiations are underway to move the show to London’s West End.

June 2009. Ray’s new album which includes many of The Kinks classic hits was released entitled The Kinks Choral Collection.

Grand Canal Theatre is Ireland’s brand new 2,100 seat venue. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the theatre has been designed as a receiving house for musicals, theatre, ballet and opera and owned by Harry Crosbie. Access to the venue will be provided through a mix of public and private transport. There will be full Dart, Bus and Luas connections and it is in walking distance of the city centre.

Ticketmaster dedicated line: 0818 719 377
The Circle Club and Hospitality Bookings: Tel: + 353 (01)1 866 3488
www.grandcanaltheatre.ie