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Fri 09 Nov

MusicKaren Underwood and band: 'The Nina in Me'

Bluesy soul diva

A Chicago native, Karen has made Cork City her home for nearly two decades, performing her favourite, inspirational songs crossing the genres of spiritual, gospel, jazz, American folk and popular music. She has captured the hearts and minds of audiences right throughout Ireland with her powerful, touching and unique style, performing in The National Concert Hall, Cork Opera House, Vicar Street, The Olympia Theatre, The Everyman Theatre and the INEC, as well as becoming one of the most popular features at many festivals countrywide including Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza and Body and Soul.

The Nina in Me

The Nina and me promises to move and entertain you. The show documents the life of Karen Underwood, an ordinary African American woman, who has found herself in Ireland for the past 21 years. She asks the audience “Why would you leave America and live in Ireland? “  Karen is a witty and playful storyteller punctuating her autobiography with the music of Nina Simone.

Speaking about her adopted home, and her transformation into a Chicago diva, Karen says:
“I am delighted to bring Nina and Me to Portico. During my early days, in the back of the Cork Opera house, I found my craft.  In Cork, I came to know myself and the life and music of Nina Simone. Along with a group of the country’s finest musicians, I can’t wait to share my journey – all of the highs and lows – with my adopted people in a country that I have grown to understand and love.  ”
Accompanying Karen on her will be the acclaimed Musical Director John O’Brien on piano, Fionn O’ Ceallachain on drums and Dave Whitla on bass guitar.

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Event Details

Fri 09 Nov
19:30 to 22:00



  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • The Cuan
  • Slip Inn
  • The Cuan
  • The Slip Inn
  • Portaferry Sailing Club

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.