Celtic rockers Hothouse Flowers made only a modest dent in early 1980s/late 1990s American college radio, but they’re certified gods in their home of Ireland, where their records have topped the charts and they’ve earned the patronage of Bono himself. Next month, the band’s frontman Liam Ó Maonli comes to Solas An Lae Studio in Red Hook for a special solo concert.
Besides playing keyboards and guitar in Hothouse Flowers, Ó Maonli is adept on the indigenous Irish frame drum known as the bodhran and, in addition to his seven studio albums with the band, has released two solo discs and acted in several films. He’s also fluent in Gaelic and performs many songs in that ancient Irish language.
Here he is singing the traditional “Carrickfergus” with fellow Flower Peter O’Toole in 2013:
Liam Ó Maonli will appear at Solas An Lae Studio at the Chocolate Factory in Red Hook, New York, on November 3 at 7pm. Conor Mac Diamarda will open and Solas An Lae Dance Company will also perform. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students and teens). For more information, call (845) 876-5694 or visit http://www.solasanlae.com/The_Studio.html.