Sat 13 Oct

MusicJules Maxwell & Deleyaman

Experimental melodic post-punk cinematic electronic

Irish composer and songwriter Jules Maxwell returns to Ireland for 10 rare performances. Maxwell, whose music has featured in the work of Foy Vance, Duke Special, Iain Archer, Dead Can Dance, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, will be joined on the tour by Normandy based band Deleyaman who have recently been collaborating on a feature film with the French actress and director Fanny Ardant.

Jules Maxwell

Jules Maxwell’s background is in theatre and dance and he regularly composes at Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre in London.

He has created music for a wide variety of choreographers over the last 30 years, including Wayne McGregor, Jasmin Vardimon, Jane Mason, Cathy Marston, Charlotte Darbyshire, Theo Clinkard, Filip Van Huffel, Laila Diallo, Hofesh Schecter and Jeanine Durning. He composed the soundtrack to Tim Loane's Oscar nominated short film Dance Lexie Dance (1996).

Jules has worked extensively with Foy Vance and wrote the song First of July which appeared on Vance’s debut album Hope. He also collaborated with Duke Special on numerous recordings, shows and projects. In 2012 he joined Dead Can Dance for their Anastasis World Tour and he continues to write with Lisa Gerrard. Together he and Gerrard contributed 4 new songs to the new album Boocheemish by Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares.

In 2013 he set up Le Relais in the village of Noyelles in Northern France where he presents monthly concerts of his and others work. At the heart of his music and practice is a curiosity to find links across theatrical disciplines. He is as interested in drama as he is in sound. He cannot avoid hearing music in movement and light and language. He is drawn to the truth found in flaws and scars and people singing badly.


Deleyaman was founded in 2000 by Aret Madilian, an American musician of Greek-Armenian origin. The two other founding members were French singer Beatrice Valantin and duduk player Gerard Madilian. Guillaume Leprevost former bass player of the French post-rock act Nellcote, has recently joined the band. Deleyaman was the first alternative band to have included the ancient duduk wind instrument in their line-up.

Their musical influences are vast. From post-punk to baroque music, from the anatolian minstrels to the French minimalists, their enigmatic and ethereal soundscapes are difficult to pigeon-hole.Deleyaman's sound can at times be cinematiic. In 2017, The French nouvelle vague actress and director Fanny Ardant included two of their tracks on the soundtrack of her latest film Le Divan de Staline. The band has released seven albums to date.

Their latest album “The lover, The stars & The citadel” was recorded at Kurna Hata, the band’s studio in Normandy, France and includes contributions from Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance, guesting on two of the album’s tracks.

Deleyaman - Outspoken

Deleyaman with Jules Maxwell - La Mer et L'Amour

Jules Maxwell

Jules Maxwell - All Gone Wrong

Jules Maxwell is a veritable treasure trove of musicality
and undiscovered songs. He has one of the most
unassuming yet utterly alluring voices I’ve ever heard

Foy Vance

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Event Details

Sat 13 Oct
19:30 to 22:00



  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Self Catering
  • Salthouse Restaurant
  • Deli-licious
  • Portaferry Sailing Club
  • The Cuan

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