First solo performance of 2014 – Kinvara February 1st

Join Vyvienne, Raoul and her friends the Blunnie sisters – Ailie, Roisin and Cliodhna for an evening of pure music, up close at Johnstons Music Hall, Kinvara.

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Vyvienne Long with guests 29th November Freemasons Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.

Vyvienne to premiere new music at the Freemasons Hall on November 29th. Accompanying herself on cello and piano, Vyvienne will be joined by Nick Holland cello, the Blunnie sisters and Cliona Ni Fharharta on backing vocals and Raoul Empey on piano. It’s bound to be a speechless occasion and like a morning coffee, you’ll be raging if you miss it.

Doors at 7.30 Show starts at 8pm

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Vyvienne Long ‘Live’ with the Balanescu Quartet

The ‘Live’ album Vyvienne Long with The Balanescu Quartet and Blunnie Sisters has been posted out to the pre orders and will be onsale here from October 1st.

‘a boldy inventive creator of silken riches, her first live album strikes a bold pose, with staccato drama.’ Paddy Kehoe RTE ten. Read on here

Gig Announcement! Vyvienne to play The Freemasons Hall on November 29th 2013. Tickets on sale now at

Vyvienne has been invited to open the Dublin Beatles Festival on November 7th at the Gresham Hotel, 6pm. She will perform a short set of Beatles songs, uniquely interpreted for cello and vocal.

The New Triangle tour begins this Friday, April 19th at The Wexford Arts Centre.

The Beatles Show begins next Monday April 22nd – April 28th in Odessa.

Photo vid of Vyvienne’s And I Love Her by the Beatles.

April 3rd RTE Radio 1 Vyvienne Long with Ailie Blunnie, Cora Venus Lunny and Raoul Empey. Cut to 04.20 to hear the Beatles song and 16 mins to hear Seahorse.

Also, a note to anyone who pre ordered the String Collision CD: Work in progress!

Hang tight!

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String Collision Tour March 2013

Vyvienne Long featuring the Balanescu Quartet

February 28th, C of I Holy Trinity, Fethard, Tipp.   Book Tickets

March 1st, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.                          Book Tickets.

March 2nd, The Freemasons Hall, Dublin                Book Tickets

March 7th, Druid Lane Theatre, Galway                   Book Tickets

March 8th, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon              Book Tickets

March 9th, Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.                    Book Tickets.

An Irish lyricist, a Romanian virtuoso and a string quintet band – what happens when these musical forces collide?

Renowned songwriter and cellist Vyvienne Long has revealed plans to tour with the world renowned Balanescu Quartet for the first time on Irish shores. Vyvienne has composed original material and arranged her songs for the newly formed string quintet.

Vyvienne released her critically acclaimed debut album Caterpillar Sarabande in 2010. Her beautifully disarming and intensely personal songs have been in demand for soundtracks in Ireland and internationally since, including Kirsten Sheridan’s “Dollhouse”, Icelandic documentary “The Future Of Hope” and RTE’s drama series “RAW”. Admired as a compelling vocalist and songwriter of incisive wit, critics have drawn comparisons with Bjork, Tori Amos and Joanna Newsome.

“Vyvienne Long has been known for some time as a boundlessly talented cellist and arranger … she displays all her talent, confidence and humour to fabulous effect…” (Ian Melaney, State)

The cutting edge Balanescu Quartet has acquired a reputation as one of the leading contemporary music groups in the world today. Its guiding force, the Romanian virtuoso violinist Alexander Balanescu, leads the quartet in collaborations with composers such as Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars, and with pop icons such as David Byrne, the Pet Shop Boys, Spiritualized, Kate Bush and Kraftwerk. The Balanescu Quartet has developed its own unique performing style setting them apart from any other string quartet. Their live performances are notable for their sheer energy and dynamism. Vyvienne Long’s ‘String Collision’ Tour is their first tour of Ireland

Both Vyvienne and The Balanescu Quartet have toured the world extensively, and both have opened shows at the Wembley Arena to 10,000 pairs of ears.

See dates above and find a show near you.

Vyvienne Long with The Balanescu Quartet.
‘The ‘String Collision’ Tour is Part Funded by Arts Council Touring and proudly supported by RTÉ lyric fm.
We would also like to thank our sponsors Aer Lingus and The Royal Hotel in Bray, Co.Wicklow.’

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Vyvienne Long’s “Seahorse” and “Let Go” playing on the JK Ensemble Friday 22nd July, 2012

Seahorse” and “Let Go” – live footage from Studio 8 The JK Ensemble Friday 22nd Jul

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Vyvienne Long plays The Gravity Bar for Nighthawks at The Guinness Store House, July 21st 2012

July 21st vertiginous Vyv plays The Gravity Bar for Nighthawks at The Guinness Store House.

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Vyvienne Long plays the Freemasons Hall June 21st, 2012

Ruffles and Ruching as Vyvienne Long presents Ballgown Musette in Dublin for love:live music

(Dublin, 11.06.2012) Vyvienne Long plays her first headline Dublin gig this year, in a not be missed performance in collaboration with guests Niwel Tsumbu, the virtuoso Congolese guitarist, and Roger Doyle, the Godfather of electronic music, at love:live music on Thursday, June 21st.

Ballgown Musette takes place in the stunning surroundings of the Freemasons’ Hall on Molesworth Street, with audience members invited to dress for the occasion in a vintage ball gown, a bow tie under a cape, or a Zulu headdress. Ruffles and ruching, taffeta and trimmings, feathers and frills – all are encouraged!

Also joined by her band – Sokol Koka on cello, Mary Barnecutt on cello, Dan Bodwell on bass and Raoul Empey on piano – this evocative free performance will feature songs from Vyvienne’s debut album Caterpillar Sarabande (2010) which Hot Press said was ‘charming and disarming’, and the quirky and funky cover versions that she is renowned for.

For further information, see Vyvienne Long’s Ballgown Musette is a free event but as places are limited, advanced ticket reservation is advised by emailing

Listings and Ticketing

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 | The Freemasons’ Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 | Doors 8:00pm, Starts 8:30pm | FREE | Advance booking on

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Vyvienne Long plays at the Soulstir Sessions, Whelans, April 28th, 2012

Vyvienne plays at the Soulstir Sessions, Whelans April 28th, a charity event for Parkinsons.

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Vyvienne Long plays Odessa April 26th, 2012

photo by Robbie Fry

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Vyvienne Long plays “free gigs for townfolk” on Thursday 15th March, 2012

Anyone in need of a live music fix this Thursday Look No Further!

Vyvienne will play 2 short sets, live in Dublin Castle at 1.30 pm and in Tower Records Wicklow St at 6pm.

Both gigs are free and you will even be treated to a cup of Mrs. Doyles Tea if you applaud wildly between songs.

Both sets will start promptly at 1.30 and 6pm.

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