Neil Hannon, Cathy Davey & Jape will all be taking part in the JD Set 2011, collaborating on a one-off performance of Vampire Weekend‘s debut LP. Jack Daniel’s is delighted to reveal an exciting new format for The JD Set 2011. The new format will feature critically acclaimed singer songwriter, Neil Hannon who will collaborate with popular Irish artists, Cathy Davey and Jape in a unique project which will see them perform their own version of Vampire Weekend‘s debut album, Vampire Weekend at an exclusive free gig in The Button Factory on Friday 1 st April.

The JD Set in its previous format ran for over eight years as a successful unsigned band competition. In 2011, The JD Set has been transformed into a unique event featuring one of Ireland ‘s most respected singer songwriters, covering an album that has influenced his career in collaboration with Irish artists he respects and admires.

Jape is a former winner of the Choice Prize, while Cathy Davey has just received her second nomination. Both will bring their own distinctive style and talent to the project which will culminate in a free one-off live performance of Vampire Weekend’s successful debut.

Commenting on his selection of Vampire Weekend’s first album, Neil Hannon revealed, “I’m so pleased to have been given the opportunity by the JD Set folks to rework one of my all-time favourite records, the debut and eponymously titled album by Vampire Weekend. The reason I’ve chosen it is because stylistically, it’s an ingenious marriage of indie pop, African rhythm and classical harmony. Musically, it’s a collection of beautifully honed melodies and taut, perfectly structured chord progressions. Lyrically it’s all witty, occasionally barbed snap-shots of Ivy League colleges and Long Island lawns, regularly veering off on idiosyncratic tangents. But mostly it’s because it kicks ass and makes me happy!”

Tickets for the performance are free and will be available from 1st February on www.thejdset.ie.

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