Plus special guests, Tig Linn, selected through the second nationwide Waltons World Masters / RTÉ lyric fm Gospel & Soul Competition!
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‘Mavis Staples doesn't so much sing a song as baptize it in truth.’
– Boston Globe
‘Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century. She has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion.’
– Rolling Stone
‘[A] a voice of reassurance in troubled times.’
– Chicago Tribune
‘The only word that will really do for Mavis Staples is righteous.’
– Evening Standard
When Saturday, 3 November 2012, 8 pm
Where National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday Independent, Dublin Conrad Hotel
Mavis Staples • Lead Vocals
Yvonne Staples, Vicki Randle & Donny Gerrard • Backing Vocals
Rick Holmstrom • Guitar
Jeff Turmes • Bass, Guitar
Stephen Hodges • Drums
See the concert photo gallery.
Read Desmond Traynor's profile of Mavis Staples in State magazine.
See the concert poster.
See YouTube videos.
Mavis Staples’ career is one of the most remarkable in all of music, not only for its spirit and longevity, but also for the period of history that it spans. The gospel music of The Staples Singers in the 1950s blossomed into the 1960s popular mainstream on the strength of Mavis Staples’ voice, and she was at the epicentre of the civil rights movement, when she sang for both Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy. Her later career includes both powerful solo recordings and collaborations with such major artists as Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder and Prince (who called her ‘the epitome of soul’). Mavis’ most recent collaborator is Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who produced her 2011 Grammy Award winning You Are Not Alone. From the National Endowment for the Arts to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, recognition and awards have finally caught up with one of the greatest voices of our time.
Ireland has its own great tradition of gospel and soul music, and one very special aspect of this concert is that the support act, Tig Linn, was selected through the second nationwide Waltons World Masters / RTÉ lyric fm Gospel & Soul Competition.
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