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The Whistling Girl Album Launch, Live at The Button Factory

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The acclaimed Irish duo of singer and actress Honor Heffernan and composer/ keyboard player Trevor Knight (Auto da Fé) proudly present their new Cabaret/Speakeasy-style show “The Whistling Girl”. Trevor Knight has transformed the poems of Dorothy Parker into songs, with her witty, droll and sometimes heart rending lyrics uniquely interpreted by Honor Heffernan.

The night will also feature a band of renowned Irish musicians, bassist Garvan Gallagher, Tom Jamieson on drums, Ed Deane on electric guitar, saxophonist Ciaran Wilde and Bill Blackmore on horns all of whom appear on "The Whistling Girl" album.


"The Whistling Girl" at Down With Jazz 2017

“Sometimes a role comes along that allows a performer to weave all the strands of their artistry into one darkly thrilling tapestry; Honor Heffernan has found such a role in The Whistling Girl; a daring production that uses music, song and elements of theatre to celebrate the life of the legendary wit and writer, Dorothy Parker.


It was her principal musical collaborator, Trevor Knight who first conceived the idea of setting Parker's words to music. Knight is no stranger to fusing music and theatre and forging a new space between both mediums, having toured the world with Donal O Kelly's “Catalpa.” His range in The Whistling Girl is arguably even more impressive.


Over the course of the evening they will seamlessly flow through rock, blues and dark carnavalesque sounds reminiscent of The Doors and reference the electronica of Kraftwerk. The sheer quality of the musicianship makes these shifts in tone seem effortless.


Parker excavated beauty from the bleakest corners; her wit and words, a brilliant retort to life's cruelty and Honor breaks through, reaching a state of total honesty in her performance, making Parker's words shine like coals, her voice is silk and steel; her commitment, total.


Lyrically and musically The Whistling Girl takes many detours and skirmishes down alluringly lit side streets of human experience; streets that are paved with humour, wit and the wisdom that only comes with life to the brim and drunk from it deep.


Trevor Knight in his musical arrangements and Honor Heffernan in a career high performance do more than merely pay homage to Dorothy Parker; they reinvent her in such a way that she seems more relevant than ever, here is a show that deserves to win Honor a new, younger and more experimental fan base”.

- Billy O’ Hanluain, Writer and contributor at Arena, The View and The Arts Show (RTE)


I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn”. Dorothy Parker

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