St. Barrahane's Church Festival of Music and Concerts

St. Barrahane's Church of Ireland


(8km from Skibbereen)

Co. Cork, P81 AH51


+353 86 226 4797 (Jacqueline Weij)

Camilla Griehsel – voice and Maurice Seezer – keyboard/piano

August 1, 2024

8:00 pm


Venue: St. Barrahane's Church, Castletownshend, P81 AH51, 8pm

Tickets €20
Online, at the door, at Thornhill Electrical Skibbereen or text/call 086 226 4797


Camilla Griehsel - voice and Maurice Seezer - keyboard/piano

Camilla has been singing in front of an enraptured audience since she was five years old and living in Sweden. When she was ten, she won a place in the prestigious Adolf Frederik Musik School in Stockholm where her love of choral work and collaboration blossomed.

Her late teens saw her singing in a Baptist church choir in Virginia, busking in a Sweet Adeline group in Stockholm’s Old Town, and entertaining holiday makers in Gran Canaria and skiers in Switzerland.

Camilla was in chart-topping Norwegian pop group ‘One 2 Many’ in her early twenties and then, after being persuaded she was really a lyric soprano, and furthering her vocal education with professionals from the opera circuit, including a spell at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, she played the lead role, sung in Yiddish, in the world premier of The Dybbuk, in Tel Aviv.

By this time Camilla was a mother of two and living in London with her professional musician husband, Colin Vearncombe (pka Black). After a trip to South America with her third son to record an album with legendary percussionist Julio ‘Chocolate’ Algendones in Lima, Peru, the family decided to up sticks and move to beautiful West Cork.

Camilla kept her career moving while bringing up her family. Her performance in the lead role in Astor Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires opera which was performed entirely in Spanish, at Cork Opera House was described by the Irish Examiner as ‘sensuous yet poignantly fragile’. In a desire to engage with the live music culture of Ireland she formed the band ‘Dogtail Soup’ with her husband Colin, Fergus O’Farrell (of Interference), and Maurice Seezer. They played regularly in Ireland and toured in Eastern Europe. After all the members of the band played in Interference and opened for the Swell Season in The Radio City Music Hall, New York, Glen Hansard fronted Dogtail Soup for two special tribute concerts.

2018 saw the launch of Mamasongue, Camilla’s two-hour stage show featuring songs from across the world. The show is performed in five languages and weaves stories of magic and mystery in between tangos and lullabies, gospel and blues, laughter and tears. “A Musical Delight” ~Irish Examiner.

Maurice Seezer is a songwriter and film music composer.
Film-scores written or co-written by Maurice include Angel Baby (1995), The Boxer (1997), Disco Pigs (2000), In America (2003), Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (2006) and The Pier (2011).
He collaborated on 3 albums with Gavin Friday for Island Records from 1989 until 1995. Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves, Adam'n'Eve and Shag Tobacco.
Since the early 90's he has contributed songs to soundtracks for Jim Sheridan, Baz Luhrmann and Michael Rhymer - In The Name Of The Father, The Boxer, In America, Romeo And Juliet and Moulin Rouge among others.
He was a proud member of "The Mohawks", Billy Hatchett's backing band in Neil Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto where he made his onscreen speaking debut with the key line "Wumba Wumba Wumba".
Collaboration and production credits include work with Bono, Gavin Friday, Maria McKee, Andrea Corr, Camilla Griehsel, Sinead O'Connor, Interference (Fergus O'Farrell) and Colin Vearncombe (aka Black).
Composition work for theatre include original scores for Corcadorca's October 2012 production of Romeo & Juliet in Cork Opera House and Corcadorca/Cork Opera House October 2013 joint production of Patrick McCabe's play The Big Yum Yum, both directed by Pat Kiernan.
A founding committee member of the Fastnet Short Film Festival, Maurice was Chair and Artistic Director of the festival from June 2009 until September 2013.
He contributed to Talents Guadalajara at FICG 29, March 2014, and was a member of the Ibero American Short Film Jury there.
He has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe (1994, 2004), twice for an Ivor Novello Award (1995, 2004), once for a Broadcast Film Critic's Association Award (2004). In 2003 he won the Phoenix Film Critic's Society award for Best Original Song (Time Enough For Tears - In America).