Extreme Rhythm to launch two exciting ventures

By Esther Hayden

Published 29/01/2016 | 00:00

Nick Bailey of Extreme Rhythm.
Nick Bailey of Extreme Rhythm.
Album cover for Saturn's Shadow by Extreme Rhythm.

Extreme Rhythm is getting the new year off to a bang with two very exciting new projects in the pipeline.

Nick Bailey of Extreme Rhythm said that band are currently gearing up for the launch of their first debut studio album 'Saturn's Shadow' which is a compilation of tracks featured in the Extreme Rhythm live theatre shows over the years.

Produced by Nick, the album includes well known pieces such as O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, 'Chandelier' by Sia with guest vocals by John Bonham from The Voice of Ireland, the main theme from the movie Enter The Dragon by Lalo Schifrin, and Brian Wilson's much loved Pet Sounds.

This is an eclectic mix of music which has been given the high energy 'Extreme Rhythm treatment', and features a who's who line up of Ireland's top session musicians.

Nick said the band felt the time was right now for an album. We are rearing to go and are just waiting for a launch date. The album features ten tracks which are largely percussion pieces from our live shows.' The band completed a European tour with their new theatre show 'Battle' at the end of October.

Coupled with this the band is also establishing the 'Extreme Rhythm Academy of Excellence', a series of workshops in The National Opera House this February.

Nick said the Opera House was the obvious choice for the workshops as they 'have been very supportive of our work over the years, and it was also the venue for Extreme Rhythm's very first stage show 'Spellbinder' over 15 years ago when it was still the old Theatre Royal.'

The workshops will be based around Extreme Rhythm's core values - hard work, discipline, respect, human interaction, and pursuit of excellence. They will be hosted by Nick and other members of the group in a fun and friendly environment.

While this is an opportunity from people of all walks of life to give percussion instruments a go it is also being used as a vehicle to recruit some new performers in 2016.

This is the first time in five years the group have taken on players, and they are excited about the potential introduction of fresh blood. He also hopes to gradually introduce some female performers into the Extreme Rhythm company in the coming year, so the Academy will run some female workshops in February to gauge interest.

No experience is necessary to sign up to these sessions - participants just need to be willing to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.

Extreme Rhythm will be touring Europe and America later this year with the Battle show as well as performing at the National Opera House

The new album 'Saturn's Shadow' is now available for download on iTunes and CDBABY while CDs are also available from www.nickbaileyofficial.com or from All Star Nutrition, opposite the Centenary Stores.

To find out more about the Extreme Rhythm workshops follow Extreme Rhythm on Facebook or info@extremerhythm.ie.

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