About the Hothouse Flowers

2007-03-20 11:16
 
South Africans who listened wistfully to them on radio in the 80s will probably remember well-known Irish band Hothouse Flowers as one of the charting bands with a conscience, and for years, no hope of ever seeing live, because of their support for the cultural boycott against Apartheid.

So if you missed them at WOMAD, don't miss them again. Old Mutual Encounters and Oppikoppi are bringing them to South Africa for a short tour of venues near Johannesburg and Cape Town with two "Picnic" gigs geared specifically at those fans who've had children since the bad old days.

See them at...

6 April 2007 – OppiKoppi “More Than Somewhat” Easter Festival (Northam).

7 April 2007 – Old Mutual Encounters Family Picnic at Emmerentia Dam (Johannesburg). Tickets are on sale at Computicket and early bird tickets purchased before and on 28 February will be R80. Tickets from 1 March onwards will be R100. Children under 12 are R50. Those with more than one child under 12 get the rest in for free.
Venue details here 8 April 2007 – Old Mutual Encounters Family Picnic at Spier Wine Farm (Cape Town). Tickets are on sale at Computicket and early bird tickets purchased before and on 28 February will be R100. Tickets from 1 March onwards will be R150. Children under 12 are R50. Those with more than one child under 12 get the rest in for free.
Venue details here

The band's lush, distinctive style brings together four musical talents. Liam O’Maonlai (on vocals, keyboards, guitar, bodhran, didgeridoo, tin whistle and practically anything else that makes a sound). Fiachna O’Braonain plays the guitar and is also on backing vocals and tin whistle. Drums and percussion are in the hands of Dave Clarke and Kieran Kennedy is the bassist of this unique group of musicians. Playing the streets of Dublin since 1985, the band has a great repertoire to offer.

Where have they been all your life? Well, here and there. After the hectic presure of 80s fame, they took a four year break, to get to know their families and work on a few solo projects. Now they're back onstage, and busy as ever.

Their latest studio album, “Into Your Heat” (2004), is cited as some of their best work to date, and not in some obscure hippie sense. The first single “Your Love Goes On” climbing the Irish charts during the first week of its release. According to Fiachna O’Braonain this record is the most raw, soulful one they have ever done.

Other albums include People (1989), Home (1990), Songs From the Rain (1993) and their fourth studio album Born (1998), which exposed a more electronic edge to the band. Releases that followed include Live (1999), Best Of (2000) and The Vaults - Volume 1 (2003).

The band toured North America extensively during 1999, 2001 and 2002 and they also played at festivals in Japan, Africa and across Europe. During 2006 they returned to the United States for another tour, as well as to Australia, New Zealand and Japan for a long awaited return. They also supported the Rolling Stones during their ‘Bridges to Babylon’ tour.

* We'll be interviewing them on the 20th or 21st March. Please post your questions for them and we'll include the best questions in our interview
Irish superstars The Hothouse Flowers tour SA for just three dates. But where have they been all your life?

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