At the final Hennessy Artistry of 2008 were: 1. Caroline Byrne and Aoife Kearns; 2. SJ Wai and Nadine O’Flynn; 3. Diana O’Connor and Elaine Prendeville.
Hennessy staged the final Hennessy Artistry event for 2008 and entertained a full audience of invited guests at The Sugar Club in Dublin recently. Performances on the night came from rising Irish band, Dirty Epics, the internationally acclaimed Dhol Foundation and one of Ireland’s most promising acts, Jape.
The event saw individual performances from all three acts, culminating with all three acts coming together on stage to perform an amazing and alternative version of Thin Lizzy’s legendary song, ‘Jailbreak’, that is sure to be remembered as one of ‘the’ performances of 2008. MC duties on the night were looked after by the beautiful SJ Wai from Dirty Epics.
Some of the names who were spotted sipping Hennessy City cocktails (blended by top mixologist Aaron Wall and his team) and enjoying the blending sounds included Astrid Brennan and Emily O’Donnell, Aisling Kilduff, Trevor White and Paul Trainer from The Dubliner, PoD’s Siobhan O’Dowd, Nadine O’Flynn, DJ Alison Curtis and Kathryn Thomas among many many others.
The event also included representatives from the Irish music scene and was packed with record label execs, concert promoters and music media alike. Hennessey Artistry challenged the audience to listen to the music and discern the vast differences in styles that ultimately blended together. The styles of the acts selected were set to simultaneously create a contrasting musical session while honouring the individual craft of each of the acts performing. The concept behind the event is that true greatness in any art form is achieved when influences, cultures, ideas, styles and talents are blended or mixed.