NOT ELLIOTT: Joshua Burnside & Laura Quirke

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NOT ELLIOTT: Joshua Burnside & Laura Quirke.


23 April, 2023





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Back for 2023, NOT is a series of nights celebrating the cultural impact of contemporary and classic artists, for fans by fans. This time we’re in the main room with Joshua Burnside and Laura Quirke – two of the finest indie-folk collaborators on the Island – to pay homage to Elliott Smith as the singer-songwriter’s lauded album ‘XO’ turns 25 this year. The pair will be performing songs from the artist’s discography – and perhaps some of their own – both separately and together over the course of the evening.

Doors at 7.30pm, live music from 8pm. Performances will be book-ended by a vinyl set of Elliott Smith-adjacent selections by the Black Box.


Laura Quirke is a Carlow-born, Dublin-based singer songwriter recognised as ‘a vital voice in the country’s thriving alternative folk scene’. Her music echoes the profound integrity of folk with songwriting that is modern, never anachronistic – this holds true for both her solo releases and her work as one half of the hauntingly harmonic duo Lemoncello, who’s debut album approaches in Sept 2023. In 2021, she combined forces with experimental folk songwriter/producer Joshua Burnside on a 4 track EP In the Half-light’ which got a nomination for the NI Music Prize. Before and since, the pair have been no strangers to performing and touring together, bringing their deep musical chemistry to stages across Ireland – and soon to the UK as they embark on tour together this Spring.

Joshua Burnside takes influence from alternative electronica and Irish traditional song heritages, chopping and blending them with a mixture of found sounds, world music and unorthodox production methods. Whilst his first album Ephrata took in lush landscapes and technological horrors set against a bed of Irish folk, electronica and world music; his second, Into The Depths of Hell took a far darker approach. Melding confrontational swirls of clanging metallic found sounds, alt-rock and Irish traditions, it was the latest in an acclaimed discography that saw support from press and tastemakers NPR, CLASH, The Guardian, The Times, and so on.

Laura’s performances have been deemed  “intoxicating and sassy” (The Journal of Music 2020), charming audiences with charisma and personality that is irresistible and comparable to the luminaries of French Chanson Brel & Piaf. She has taken her music to the stages of Other Voices, Dublin’s legendary Vicar Street, CCI Paris, and Áras an Uachtaráin at the invitation of the President of Ireland. Until very recently Burnside was also in Paris – in an undisclosed room writing his anticipated third album.

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