- TRACY CHAPMAN Confirms Irish Dates – By: http://www.mcd.ie, July 25, 2005
Tracy Chapman has confirmed two concerts in Ireland for later this year. Tracy Chapman plays the I.N.E.C. Killarney on Thursday 03 November, 2005 (tickets 43.50 including booking fee) and The Point Theatre on Friday 04 November, 2005 (tickets 44.50 including booking fee).
Tickets for both concerts will go on sale this Friday 29 July . Telephone 0818 719300 or in person from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide or log on to www.ticketmaster.ie
In an era when the political Singer-Songwriter looked like it was going the way of the dodo bird and Reaganomics was in full robber-baron swing, along came Tracy Chapman. With her sensitive, well-crafted narratives and a voice as rich as the Mississippi Delta, Chapman re-introduced nuanced social commentary into pop music. From her 1988 self-titled debut, the hit song “Fast Car” became an instant classic with its heart-stopping vibrato and incisive lyricism.
Chapman returned in the late ’90s with the retro Acoustic Blues number “Give Me One Reason,” which captures a slow burn rivaled only by R&B great Irma Thomas.
“Where You Live”, her seventh studio album, is due to be released in September 2005.
Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an African American singer-songwriter, best known for classic singles “Fast Car,” “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution,” and “Give Me One Reason.”
Cleveland-born Chapman began playing guitar and writing songs as a child. She received a scholarship through A Better Chance that allowed her to attend private school in Connecticut, and was eventually accepted to Tufts University in Boston. Chapman began street-performing and playing coffeehouses in Cambridge and, after waiting to graduate college, she signed to SBK, releasing Tracy Chapman (1988). The album was critically acclaimed, and she began touring and building a fanbase. Soon after performing at Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday party, Chapman’s “Fast Car” began its rise on the US charts. Album and singles sales were strong, and the album went multi-platinum, as well as winning four Grammies.
The follow-up, Crossroads (1989) was less successful. By 1992’s Matters of the Heart, Chapman was playing to a small and devoted audience. To the surprise of most industry-watchers, however, Chapman’s 1995 album New Beginning included the hit single “Give Me One Reason” (1995) which won the 1996 Grammy for Best Rock Song. The following album was 2000’s Telling Stories, more a rock sound than folk, hit single “Telling Stories” was heavily airplayed on European radios. Her latest album is Let It Rain (2002) for which she toured in Europe and the US in 2003.
“Where You Live”, her seventh studio album, is due to be released in September 2005. With the first single from this album being “Change” featuring Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on bass. Tracy Chapman will embark on “Where You Live Tour” shortly after the albums release.
VENUE: INEC, Gleneagle Hotel, INEC, Killarney, Ireland Kerry (Capacity: 2 500)
OPENING ACT: Ben Taylor