UK songwriter Alessi Laurent-Marke of Alessi’s Ark plays the Balor, Ballybofey on Tuesday, October 1 at 8.30pm.
The gig is part of a 5-date Irish tour following the release of highly acclaimed album The Still Life and the Bella Union recording artist will be supported by Brooklyn-based singer songwriter Cal Folger Day.
There is no admission fee but donations will be welcome on a ‘pass the hat’ basis.
Described by The Guardian as being “as precocious as Laura Marling”, the London-based 23-year-old is already prolific. Her first, self-released EP, 2007’s Bedroom Bound, garnered the then-teenage artist a major label deal with Virgin Records and attention around the globe.
A debut album soon followed, with Laurent-Marke heading to Omaha, Nebraska to record with producer
Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley). The resulting Notes from the Treehouse (EMI/Virgin, 2009)
was a testament to both her evolving talents and to her affinity with a new wave of American
Her second release, 2011’s Time Travel, was praised by the press, with MOJO swooning, “The understated
arrangements suggest you’re listening to a woman with impeccable taste…” and NME remarking, “the songs
have a deftness that defies her years.”
The last few years have seen tours throughout England and across the continent, supporting artists including
Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Villagers, and Laura Veirs – with the young singer backed by a revolving
cast of musical collaborators, her own Alessi’s Ark.