Jan
22
8:00 PM20:00

STEPHEN DOHERTY

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Stephen Doherty hails from Foxford, Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland, he began learning music at the age of 4 and through his teenage years began to accumulate numerous all-Ireland medals on whistle, bodhrán, drums, accordion and is a two time All-Ireland winning Champion on Melodeon and is a senior All-Ireland Champion on the flute.

His first music based international trip was at the age of 17 to Cleveland Music Festival in America, and at the age of 18 he became a full time musician joining FOM productions for for various shows throughout France and America over the next year. While juggling between teaching and touring, he then became the resident Traditional Irish Music Teacher at the Renowned Mayo School of Music teaching 5 Instruments to a student base of over 100 students a week.

Throughout 2008/2009 he toured America & Europe with Various productions including Celtic Crossroads, Ragús the Show and highly acclaimed Irish band Slide, he also became one of the resident Melodeon players for the annual Oireactas Sean Nós Dancing Championships aired live on TG4 and joined the Cunningham family at Fuaim Chonamara for a National Tour.

In 2009, Stephen Joined Irish band Gráda as a fulltime member, embarking on a world tour and the recording of a new Cd at Compass Records in Nashville.

Through 2009- 2012 Stephen continued to tour with Gráda, Ragús, Slide & Atlantic Steps performing in over 20 countries .

In 2012 Stephen released his first duo CD with Guitarist Patrick Doocey entitled ‘The Foxford Way’ and embarked on a 35 night tour of Germany.

In 2013, Stephen was approached to produce and compose music for a unique new Irish Danceshow titled ‘TitanicDance’ . The show based on the legendary stricken ship was launched to a sell out audience of 2000 people at The Odyssey Arena in Belfast and has since toured China, America and the UK. Stephen continues to work with the show as acting musical director.

Critically acclaimed as an“effortless musician”, he features on a long list of musical recordings. Stephen is a multi-instrumentalist, playing Flute, Whistle, Accordion, Guitar, Piano and Bodhrán, and performs regularly on the
Sean-Nós dancing and céilí scene fronting The Salamanca Ceili Band.

Catch Stephen in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar. Stephen will be joined on the night by harpist Seana Davey. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

VENTURE

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“ven_ture started after a conversation about working on some new arrangements and ideas for the voice and accordion and fiddle and after some try outs the idea became real.
The trio loves making new arrangements for old music whilst composing new melodies keeping in mind the unique sound produced by voice accordion and fiddle keeping to non conventional new sounds in the process. ”

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David Munnelly (accordion) from Mayo is widely regarded as one of the most influential Irish accordion players of his generation: he has played with legendary Irish bands De Dannan and The Chieftains, and for 15 years fronted The David Munnelly Band. In recent years, his skills as a composer and arranger have come to the fore and David now works on a wide variety of music projects, ranging from the multi-award winning pan-European accordion five-piece Samurai, and duo McGowan Munnelly through his experimental solo compositions, to the high-energy traditional Irish band Mórga.

Anne Brennan (Vocals) is from Maam in North Connemarra Anne is a member of the well known and distinguished group “The Brennan Sisters”. Anne comes from a family steeped in traditional music and song and has toured throughout Ireland and Europe as a solo artist. Anne has shared the stage over the years with some of Irelands most talented artists, including: Paul Brady, Sharon Shannon, Declan O’ Rourke, Gerry O Connor, Arty McGlynn, Steve Cooney, Mundy and Damien Dempsey to name but a few and continues to tour as a solo artist and with various bands throughout Ireland and Europe.

Joseph McNulty (Fiddle) is an accomplished musician on both fiddle and bodhran. He credits a lot of his success to having spent years in the company of Peter Horan R.I.P. who was regarded as one of Sligo’s finest musicians. He was almost 70 years Joseph’s senior and to Joseph he was more than a musician, he was also like a mentor.
Joseph is devoted to Irish culture and when he was 15 left his native home in Mayo to immerse himself in Irish culture living in Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Arann Islands where he continued his education became fluent in the Irish language.
Joseph began to play traditional Irish music at a competitive level at a young age and by the age of 14 had won 5 all-Ireland tittles and 4 world titles. Most recently Joseph Joseph has toured with Ragús in mainland Europe and has spent time working in the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. He also teaches both fiddle and bodhran and spends much of the summer teaching in summer schools passing on his love and understanding of Irish music.

Catch Venture when they play the intimate venue of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

TONY REIDY ALBUM LAUNCH

Popular Mayo musician and raconteur Tony Reidy, is launching his new album, ‘Not a Bad Day Now’, in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar, Westport, on Thursday, December 6, at 8.30pm.
Reidy is strongly influenced by folk singers of the past who also sang and played their own instruments without a need for the bells and whistles of modern production techniques – timeless singers like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. 
With a view to fostering this genre of music, Reidy, along with fellow musician Tim Rogers, set up the lively Clew Bay Folk Club, which offers a forum for local musicians singers and writers to perform in an appreciative atmosphere. ‘Not a gig, not a session, a space to play and to listen’, the club meets monthly in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar, the venue for the launch this Thursday.

Reidy’s music has travelled far, carried on local and national airwaves, here and overseas. As BBC Music Magazine wrote, Tony Reidy has ‘a keen compassionate eye for human frailty … His songs have a pungently poetic sense of place’. 
Tony Reidy’s captivating live performances have a sense of intimacy that brings his audiences on an emotional journey too, one that can move seamlessly from laughter to pensive poignancy, and back again in the twinkle of an eye. And it sounds like that intimacy and sense of place will also permeate his new album, bringing listeners on enriching journeys new.   

Admission to the launch of Tony’s album in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar is free. Tony will be joined by the Clew Bay Critters and friends on the night. Copies of the album will be available on the night.

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Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

GIG FOR GAZA KIDS

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Gig For Gaza Kids in Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin.

Thursday 22nd November 2018.

Organised by SIPTU. All proceeds to Middle East Children’s Alliance

Frances Black, Saoirse Casey, Andy Irvine, Mick Hanley, Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Matt Molloy and Paddy Casey

Entry €20 Tickets available HERE

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Nov
14
8:45 PM20:45

THE LEGACY OF MICK LAVELLE

Featuring a host of musicians and performers who sang, danced and played with Mick over the years including Matt Molloy, Seamus McNally, Laoise Ni chionaith, Connie Cullen, Jenny & Tommy, Olcan Masterson and Charlie Keating.

Admission is €10 and all proceeds go to Westport Lions Club.

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Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

SEAMUS MCGUIRE & JOHN LEE

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Album Launch - The Legacy of Stephen Grier

‘The Legacy of Stephen Grier’ brings us a delightful bouquet of music from two of the most distinguished Irish traditional musicians of today, Séamus McGuire and John Lee. At times soulful, elegant, witty and sprightly, the music is a tribute to the unexpectedly harmonious musical interaction that existed in the nineteenth century between the socially fashionable music of the houses of the gentry in rural Ireland and the indigenous music tradition that flourished in the countryside around them. Collections of hand-written music from many parts of Ireland attest to this fruitful collaboration, which is a vital component in the development of what we know today as Irish traditional music.

The music on this CD is a charming potpourri from one of the most important of those collections, that made in Leitrim in the 1880s by a music scribe named Stephen Grier – a collection whose survival gives us a fascinating window into a world of social and musical collaboration that has now vanished.

To listen to this highly personal selection of favourite music from the Grier collection is to be charmed and surprised by how attractive the music in it is and by the great variety of music genres and moods to be found in it. Séamus and John perform their chosen pieces with superb flair and passion, and the result is an enduring joy, as well as a celebration of an invaluable legacy from Ireland’s musical past. Join Séamus and John in the intimate surrounding of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar as they launch this new album. Doors open at 8pm and there is no cover charge.

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Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

CAOIMHÍN Ó FEARGHAIL & PADDY TUTTY

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Caoimhín Ó Fearghail comes from An Rinn in the west Waterford Gaeltacht. He started to learn the tin-whistle at the age of eight, taking lessons from Bobby Gardiner. He quickly progressed to the uilleann pipes, under the tutelage of David Power, who has been a big influence on him. Others influences include Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Tommy Reck and Patsy Touhey.

He is also self-taught on flute and guitar, inspired by such diverse flute players as Matt Molloy, Mike Rafferty and Tom Doorley, and also influenced by the many great musicians and singers from his home area. He has featured on a number of albums in the last few years playing various instruments, including Lá ag Ól Uisce, with his brother Seán and Tomás Ó Gealbháin. He has performed frequently at home and abroad, solo and also with groups like Danú and Caladh Nua.

He was the 2012 recipient of the TG4 Young Musician of the Year award (Gradam Ceoil TG4).

Paddy Tutty completed his first fiddle at the age of 17, as part of his Leaving Certificate woodwork project. While his classmates were making more traditional items, such as rocking-chairs and fruit bowls, it was obvious to Paddy that he had the potential to go on to pursue the craft of violin making.

Graduating with top marks, his woodwork teacher advised him that he had a natural talent in carving and in his opinion, Paddy would have a future in fiddle making if he were to go down that road. Over the next several years, Paddy refined his skills and knowledge to a very high standard. Being a professional fiddle player gives Paddy an advantage over many luthiers, as he knows exactly what he wants from the instrument.

Join Caoimhín and Paddy as they launch their new album, ‘Flute and Fiddle’, in the intimate surrounding of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm and there will be no cover charge. Here is what John Carty had to say about the new album from these two fine musicians:

...''How welcome it is to be asked to endorse such a quality fiddle and flute album as this from two Waterford musicians who can hold their own with any historical flute and fiddle combination. Attractive, effortless and well chosen pieces make this recording a welcome companion to the collection of any follower of quality music. I was sent five or six tracks and found myself demanding more. Congrats Paddy and Caoimhin on such a fresh respectful approach to our traditional music''...

John Carty, July 2018

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Oct
25
8:30 PM20:30

Matt Molloy 'Back to the Island' Album launch

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Matt Molloy is a member of the Chieftains for more than two decades and he was also a founder member of the legendary Bothy Band. 'Back to the Island' is Matt Molloy's first solo album in 22 years. The album contains Matt’s inimitable take on tunes ‘as old as the ditch’, as well as a selection of his own original compositions. Matt will be joined on the night by one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, John Carty. Probably the most exciting trad combinations of recent times, together Matt Molloy and John Carty explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition of North Connaught. John Carty’s musical prowess has grown steadily since his debut recording 20 years ago and he has since produced a plethora of solo recordings. A member of the bands ‘At the Racket’ and ‘Patrick Street’, John finds himself in constant demand as a musician. Both Matt and John are recipients of the prestigious TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award.

They are delighted to be joined by Ireland’s number one guitar player, Arty McGlynn as well as the talented Brian McGrath on keyboard. Joe McNulty will also join the esteemed line up on the night. This promises to be an incredible night of traditional Irish music in the beautiful setting of Holy Trinity Church, Westport. Doors open at 8.30pm for a 9.00pm start. Tickets available from WESTIVAL

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Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

ARTY MCGLYNN & NOLLAIG CASEY

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Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn are a most exciting duo who together provide a rich mix of talent and experience. Nollaig and Arty first met in Dublin in 1979, after which their musical paths crossed again and again at recording sessions, television and radio studios and on stage with Andy Irvine, Planxty, Makem & Clancy and Maura O'Connell. The more they played together the more they enjoyed each other's company and eventually in 1984 they married.

Arty is without doubt the finest and most sought after guitar player in Ireland with a unique understanding of music he performs. Born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, is family were steeped in traditional music, but when his mother bought him his first guitar at the age of eleven, it was the great jazz guitar masters that he studied, and by the age of fifteen, he was already playing professionally. His first solo album, "McGlynn's Fancy", was released in 1979 to great critical acclaim. This is the first recording ever in which the guitar is played in an authentic traditional style, and as such has been hailed as a classic in the traditional music world. Arty subsequently became one of the most sought after musicians in the country, playing and recording with the likes of Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Liam O'Flynn. He played as a member of such prestigious groups as Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and The Van Morrison Band.

Nollaig is one of Ireland's most gifted musicians, with an international reputation as an exponent of Irish traditional music on the fiddle. By the time she began to play the violin at the age of eleven she was already proficient in a variety of instruments - notably piano, tin-whistle and uilleann pipes. Throughout her teens she developed her talents both in fields of classical and traditional music, winning several All-Ireland titles for fiddle-playing and traditional singing culminating in the award to her in 1972 for the best all-round performer. Having graduated from University College of Cork with a B-Mus degree at the early age of nineteen, she embarked upon a professional career, firstly with the RTE Symphony Orchestra where she remained for five years and later as a freelance player of growing stature. She joined the legendary band Planxty in 1980 and toured with them in Ireland, UK and Europe. In recent years Nollaig has recorded and toured with a variety of groups and musicians including, Moving Hearts, Liam O'Flynn, Mary Black and Elvis Costello. Her television appearances include the BBC TV series "Bringing it All Back Home" and "A River of Sound". Nollaig has also performed as a featured artist in Donal Lunny's Coolfin band with whom she has recorded and toured extensively. More recently She has performed as a soloist with the phenomenally successful 'Riverdance' as well as featuring in Shaun Davey's 'Granuaile' and 'May We Never Have To Say Goodbye' which was the theme song of the Special Olympic World Games 2003 which was hosted by Ireland.

Don’t miss the chance to hear the legendary Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey live in concert in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door.

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Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

TAKING STOCK - POETRY BOOK LAUNCH

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Join us in Launching “Taking Stock” A collection of poems by Achill Island Native Michael O’Donnell. 

Michael, lifetime poet, songwriter, musician & great friend of Scoil Acla Invites you to the launch of his book “TAKING STOCK”. 

Michael’s passion and personal pastime is finally going into the public forum in this wonderful collection of poems from throughout Michael’s lifetime. The Poems range from his experience as a 15-year-old boy in the Bothy “Tattie Hoking” (Potato Picking in Scotland) to current news stories like the Adoption Saga in Ireland.
The book also includes Illustrations by Handpicked Artist Friends. 
Michael and his wife Anne have 2 sons Colm and Neil and their beautiful Daughter Catherine passed away in 2017. Catherine died from Triple Negative Breast Cancer and all proceeds from this book are going directly to the clinical research trials at Cancer Clinical Research Trust in Dublin, who are focusing their work on this particular strain of breast cancer

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Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

KEVIN BURKE

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Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970’s. His far-reaching solo album, “If the Cap Fits” and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo Guthrie, Kate Bush, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles - Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock as well as the Irish Traditional music for which he is so well known. Some of the eminent players he has worked with are: Grammy winner, singer and instrumentalist Tim O’Brien, Liam O Maonlai, lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers; classical violinists Gilles Apap and Greg Ewer; Old Time favourites, The Foghorn String Band; renowned Irish bands Dervish, Solas and Lunasa and his most recent recording is a collaboration with veteran Rock guitarist John Brennan (Poco, Chris Hillman Band and others). Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including the exciting Celtic Fiddle Festival and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick Street. In 2007 he also set up his own record label, “Loftus Music” which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging. His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s “Gradam Ceoil” (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. (Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe.) Kevin has also been honoured by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. In 1980 Kevin settled in the USA and was performing with Bothy Band colleague Micheal O Domhnaill. Their 2 albums, “Promenade” and “Portland”, became, and still are, very influential resources for many traditional musicians. In the mid Eighties Kevin was a founding member of two influential groups, “Open House” and “Patrick Street”, whose recordings and performances were greeted with great acclaim both in Europe and US. In the mid Nineties Kevin was a founding member of yet another successful and enduring traditional group - “The Celtic Fiddle Festival”, this time with Johnny Cunningham from Scotland and Christian Lemaitre from Brittany. Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his live solo release, “In Concert”, a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces before an audience in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. Comments from the Press: The New York Times describes Kevin as “a superior instrumentalist in any idiom…impressively virtuosic”, The Washington Post writes of his “lyrical style that is always emotionally electric”, and the Irish Times says that “Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish musical scene”. “Sublime fiddle playing from Burke…each moment, just right” Folk Roots.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Kevin play in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets will be available on the door on the night. 

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Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

JEAN-MICHEL VEILLON & YVON RIOU

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Born on the north coast of Brittany, Jean-Michel Veillon was first a dancer and then a bombard* player in his teens. He then started to play the transverse wooden flute, getting his first influences from various Irish flute players, but then created distinct articulation techniques, more adapted to the Breton music. Jean-Michel toured Europe and the U.S extensively from the 1980’s until today as a founder member of the highly praised KORNOG, PENNOU SKOULM, DEN, BARZAZ, TOUD’SAMES, Alain GENTY Group, Dan AR BRAZ & Heritage des Celtes, Jacques PELLEN & Celtic Procession (jazz and trad fusion), and recently toured with the prestigious tabla player ZAKIR HUSSAIN, recording a live CD (« Distant Kin » ) at the San Francisco Jazz Center together with Indian, Scottish and Irish musicians.

Widely credited with introducing the simple system wooden flute into Breton folk music and primarily responsible, through his intensive teaching efforts and hundreds of concerts and festivals appearances, for its enthusiastic adoption among many dozens of young musicians throughout Brittany, Jean-Michel has achieved widespread recognition as one of world’s premier traditional flute players. [* Bombard : old type of very loud double reed oboe, almost an emblem of Brittany] Yvon Riou, guitar player from the coast of Tregor*, started with playing the open tuning (dadgad type), popularized in Brittany by guitarists like Soïg SIBÉRIL and Gilles LE BIGOT. He later developed his own very personal style of accompaniment, both sensitive and energetic, which makes him sound like no other. Yvon played with the breton bands SKOLVAN & PENNOÙ SKOULM and accompanied on several occasions famous Irish musicians like Brid HARPER or the trio Paul BRADLEY, Ger FITZGERALD & Joe Mc KENNA. [*Tregor : beautiful part of northern Brittany, cuturally very rich and dynamic]

Created in 1993, the duo Veillon-Riou was the first flute and guitar duo dedicated to Breton music, playing in innumerable festoù-noz* in Brittany, but also in concert with a repertoire extending to Irish & Scottish music and beyond. Jean-Michel & Yvon have toured extensively in Ireland (recording a live album – « Beo » - at the Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich in Belfast) but also played in Poland, Italy, England, USA and Canada). Their new album « Deus an Aod d'ar Menez » came out in march 2017. 

Don't miss this opportunity to listen to this duo in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm. 

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Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

JOSEPH MCNULTY

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Joseph McNulty of Co. Mayo is a well established musician among traditional Irish music circles.

In his teenage years Joseph competed in various competitions, winning 5 All-Ireland titles & 4 World titles in the 6 years he spent competing.

As a full time musician, he has travelled Europe & America with various well known musicians & groups.  He has also made several television & national radio appearances, recording with some of Ireland's greatest traditional musicians such as Matt Molloy, Arty McGlynn, Donal Lunny, David Munnelly & Shane McGowan, to name but a few.

is music has been greatly influenced by such musicians as well as the music of well known Sligo musician Peter Horan (RIP).

This is a chance to hear Joseph in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm. Cover charge on the door. 

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Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

THE ACOUSTIC YARD SESSIONS

Almost 5 years ago The Acoustic Yard opened it’s doors to original songwriters in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar, Westport. Artists like Kelley McRae, Kevin Doherty, Brian Casey, Kathleen Turner and many many more, bringing a fresh sound to Mayo which in turn helped to encourage local talent in creating new exciting music.

The Acoustic Yard Music Festival and a radio show on www.bluesandrootsradio followed, with acts all over the world now queueing up to play at one of their events.

'The Acoustic Yard Sessions' return to Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Tuesday September 11th 2018 with Mayo-based band Vickers Vimy and Limerick's Emma Langford. Two great original artists whose recent albums, respectively, "Atlas of Hearts" and "Gentle Giant" have taken national radio by storm. 

Hailing from Mayo, on the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland, Vickers Vimy craft songs that dwell on the borders of folk and Americana. Rich eclectic sounds anchor lyrical themes of scratched vinyl nights and hazy Sunday mornings. Their second album “Atlas of Hearts” was released on 31st of March 2018.

Emma Langford, a folk guitarist and singer-songwriter from Limerick in the West of Ireland, is imbued with the soul and style of Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Joan Baez; her distinctive vocal style demonstrates a blend of Irish lilt with folk and jazz. Her debut album “Quiet Giant” described by Today Fm’s Ed Smith as “absolutely stunning” was released in October 2017. In 2017, Emma was voted “Best Solo Female Artist” by Pure M Magazine and was listed as a Hot Press Magazine one-to-watch in the summer of 2016. Come and enjoy these two fabulous original artists for a night of great music.

The event is supported by Reel Deel Brewery and tickets are on sale online at www.theacousticyard.com for 10 euro with a limited amount available on the door at the night. For more information contact David at 0868752070 or email david@theacousticyard.com

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Aug
26
8:00 PM20:00

THE HIGH SEAS

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Uplifting audiences across the world, The High Seas bring a fresh collection of musical talent to the stage in their new show. The band skillfully weave together the colourful strands of Irish music, song and dance into a tapestry of tradition, giving a performance that is both playful and profound, ethereal and brooding. The trio is made up of acclaimed musicians Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance), Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddles) and Cathal Ó Curráin (vocals, bouzouki, fiddle) and has just released its first self-titled album and is currently touring Ireland.

Underpinning the eclectic mix of music and song are lively stories and mesmerising dance sequences, which put the moving performances into vivid context and add a breath-taking visual element. The resulting performance is a relaxed but perfectly executed programme of traditional arts, which promises to ignite all of the senses and enliven audiences.

On concertina, Caitlín Nic Gabhann showcases her deeply held love for music. The three time All-Ireland champion from County Meath is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She is also an accomplished dancer, having toured the world with Riverdance, and brings her percussive beats to the stage with The High Seas. 

Fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. Growing up, he was heavily influenced by his extended family and the unique Donegal style of fiddling. Ciarán has recorded six albums, receiving great critical acclaim. His music has been used in films, on television and on radio programmes. Ciarán also works as a director and producer in the television industry, with a focus on music documentary.$

Cathal Ó Curráin is the youngest member of The High Seas at just 19 years of age, and also hails from the gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair. He is currently a student at the University of Limerick, studying Irish Music and Dance. Cathal was immersed in the song tradition growing up and his singing talents were nurtured by his aunties Bríd and Caitlín . Cathal also plays the bouzouki, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. In the past he has performed with the likes of Kila, Aoife Ní Fhearraigh, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, Moya Brennan and The Friel Sisters. The High Seas debut album was released in May, 2018. See www.thehighseas.ie for all other information.

Catch this energetic trio in Matt Molloy's Yard bar this coming August. Doors open @ 8pm and tickets will be available on the door on the night. 

 

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Aug
20
8:00 PM20:00

THE WHILEAWAYS

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Instinctive sibling-like harmonies, captivating lyrics and subtle accompaniment mark The Whileaways' sound, which has been described as 'perfected simplicity' (Irish Echo,USA).

Since forming in 2012, this trio of songwriters has released three critically acclaimed albums. Their latest album 'From What We're Made', released in July 2018 is 'the sound of a fine band honing a distinctive sound.' (Lauren Murphy, Sunday Times)

Noriana Kennedy, Noelie Mc Donnell and Nicola Joyce had each toured and recorded extensively with their separate projects before coming together as The Whileaways. Indeed, each had played gigs and festivals all over the world and over a dozen recordings to their collective credit when they began to admire each other's singing at gigs and sessions in their home-town of Galway. When a tour of Australia presented itself in 2012, they decided to test the water as a trio. They were hailed as ‘a knockout of the festival’ at the legendary Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia, and the success of that tour prompted the release of their critically acclaimed debut album the following year. Acknowledging this coming together of independent forces, The Irish Times in it's four-star review at the time said : “This is an audacious debut ... from musicians whose experience pays ample dividends here”. Following the path carved out by their eponymous debut, the band's 2015 release 'Saltwater Kisses' gave them band their firm footing in the Irish roots music scene. These three singers are cut from the same cloth and weave a tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original songs. Their sound is true and their delivery is undeniably captivating.

Catch The Whileaways in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Monday, 20th August. Doors open at 8pm.

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Aug
13
8:00 PM20:00

THE FRIEL SISTERS

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Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.

Since the launch of their debut album, they have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage or toured with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon, The Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Cherish the Ladies, Solas and Fidil. In 2016, the girls performed at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and won the prestigious Trophée Loïc Raison.

2017 has been a very exciting time for the girls as they release their new album ‘Before the Sun’ with Hajime Takahashi and Cathal Ó Curráin, produced by Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and recorded by Jack Talty. They are very excited to launch this at Celtic Connections in Glasgow (20th January 2018).

In November 2017, Clare was announced as the recipient of TG4 Gradam Ceoil Ceoiltóir Óg/Young Musician of the Year 2018. She is completely honoured to be accepting this award in February 2018, with other recipients for other awards on the night including Frankie Gavin (Musician of the Year), Patsy Hanly (Lifetime Achievement), Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin (Outstanding Contribution), Máire Ní Chéileachair (Traditional Singer) and a special once-off award to The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band: in recognition of their excellence in piping. It’s a huge achievement to be included in such an incredible line up for the night, and also to be added to a list of amazing past winners, as well as being the first person in Scotland to win the award.

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Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

MAYO MANCHESTER TRADFEST

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The award winning Mayo Manchester Tradfest return to Matt Molloy's after their sold out gig at last years festival, get your tickets early as it was standing room only at last years concert with a queue down the street.

This gig will feature the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band who are celebrating their 70th Anniversary as the UKs longest running Pipe Band. Joining them on stage will be Joe Keegan from the BBC TV Show , The Voice plus special guests.

Expect an evening of Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance and don’t forget your dancing shoes or Musical instrument if you fancy joining in. The evening will be hosted by Alan Keegan, The Voice of Old Trafford who will be flying in from Manchester United’s Football club of the States to host the evening.

For more details visit www.mayomanchester.com 

 

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Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

3'OH

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The trio started by David on a suggestion from a very good friend that loved the idea of the three individual styles coming together and playing music that sounded very natural to all three musicians.

David, Joesph and Shane coming from Mayo and Sligo respectively show great reverence to the old recordings and also with a blend some new compositions in to the mix. The coming together of the three might have been over a suggestion but we can say no accident.

David Munnelly (accordion) from Mayo is widely regarded as one of the most influential Irish accordion players of his generation: he has played with legendary Irish bands De Dannan and The Chieftains, and for 15 years fronted The David Munnelly Band. In recent years, his skills as a composer and arranger have come to the fore and David now works on a wide variety of music projects, ranging from the multi-award winning pan-European accordion five-piece Samurai, and duo McGowan Munnelly  through his experimental solo compositions, to the high-energy traditional Irish band Mórga. 

Shane McGown (Guitar) comes from an area in south Sligo known as lavagh. He comes from a musical family and started at an early age, giving his first public performance at the age of 5. His father, Harry is a well-known flute player from the area and was a big influence on him teaching him whistle and flute. Shane started playing guitar in his teens and was very interested in playing Irish music as well as rock, swing and Jazz. He joined Dave and the band in June 2010. Other bands he has guested and toured with are Lunasa, Zakir Hussain, Sean and Dolores Keane, Blas, Slide, Geraldine Mc Gowan, John Carty, At the Racket, among others. 

Joseph McNulty (Fiddle) is an accomplished musician on both fiddle and bodhran. He credits a lot of his success to having spent years in the company of Peter Horan R.I.P. who was regarded as one of Sligo's finest musicians. He was almost 70 years Joseph's senior and to Joseph he was more than a musician, he was also like a mentor. 

Joseph is devoted to Irish culture and when he was 15 left his native home in Mayo to immerse himself in Irish culture living in Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Arann Islands where he continued his education became fluent in the Irish language.

Joseph began to play traditional Irish music at a competitive level at a young age and by the age of 14 had won 5 all-Ireland tittles and 4 world titles. Most recently Joseph Joseph has toured with Ragús in mainland Europe and has spent time working in the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. He also teaches both fiddle and bodhran and spends much of the summer teaching in summer schools passing on his love and understanding of Irish music.

Catch 3'oh in the intimate surrounding of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

KIERAN GOSS and ANNIE KINSELLA

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Long hailed as one of Ireland’s leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines. “I’ve toured with Kieran and watched him perform many times. I’ve seen him win the hearts of everyone in the room, not just with his great songs and instinctive musicality, but with his warmth and humour. It’s the performance of an artist at the top of his game, delivered with intelligence and integrity… Kieran Goss is one of Ireland’s national treasures.” Rodney Crowell.
Kieran will perform the first half of the show solo and will be joined on stage in the second half by harmony singer Annie Kinsella. As Time Out Magazine wrote of their performance together:
“Individually, they are both gifted singers but when they sing together, magic happens… the harmonies, the chemistry… just sublime.”
This is a rare chance to see Kieran performing in this beautiful intimate venue of Matt Molloy's yard bar. Not to be missed!

Admission: €20

Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

CIARAN TOURISH

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Ciaran Tourish hails from Buncrana in East Co. Donegal. Although Ciaran started playing the tin whistle at an early age, he soon took up the fiddle under the guidance of local legendary fiddler and teacher, Dinny McLaughlin. In addition to his mastery of the dance music tradition, Ciaranʼs quick ear, love of harmony and counterpoint have led to his talent being in demand as a valued collaborator on non-Altan and even non-Irish music projects with a wide range of musicians and singers including Paul Brady, Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maura OʼConnell, Máirtín OʼConnor, Dolores Keane, Dé Danann and American musicians, Jerry Douglas and Tim OʼBrien. He released his first solo recording “Down the Line” in 2005 featuring guest musicians Arty McGlynn, Paul Brady, Maura OʼConnell, Mick Hanley, Tim OʼBrien, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas among others.

Catch Ciaran in the intimate venue of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar this July, with special guest Kevin Doherty. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door on the night. 

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Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

JAMES CARTY

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James Carty is one of the finest exponents of Sligo fiddle music and one of the leading players of his generation. Having grown up in a musical household in Boyle Co. Roscommon, James was exposed to lots of music from a young age. His father, John is an internationally renowned fiddle and banjo player. James however is cutting his own path in the traditional music scene with his own distinctive style which he has developed having grown up listening to the recordings of the old Sligo masters Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran to name just three. 

James currently lives in London and has become one of the mainstays of the traditional music scene there. He teaches fiddle in the Mulkere Academy, privately and at various summer schools. He has also performed in Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA as a solo musician.

James has appeared on a couple of commercial recordings, most notably The First of May with Harry Bradley on flute and At Complete Ease, with his father John and Brian Rooney. He has just completed his first solo album entitled “Hiding Daylight in Dark Corners” with accompaniment from Brian McGrath and Francis Gaffney. 

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Jul
3
8:00 PM20:00

JOSEPHINE MARSH

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Josephine Marsh has quickly emerged as one of the world's best accordion players. A master of the East Clare, Ireland, style, Marsh was voted "best rookie of the year" and was a runner-up in the "best female traditional performer" competition conducted by Irish Music Magazine in 1997. The same year, Marsh's music reached a global audience when her original tune, "The Shepherd," was included in a National Geographic documentary on Ireland's great famine. British music magazine Folk Roots described her playing as "loose, free, spiritual, simple, light, joyous, flowing."

Marsh has been attracting attention with her virtuosic playing since 1990 when she released an album, To Meet a Friend, with bouzouki player Cyril O'Donoghue. Initially released on her own label, the album was re-issued as Josephine Marsh on the Tara record label in late 1995. The album remained in the Top Five of the Hot Press folk/roots charts from December 1995 until May 1996. Marsh's squeezebox playing has been featured on albums by Kate Purcell (A Dream Unfolds), Tim Flannery (Tim Flannery's Album), Gerry Lynch (The Dimming of the Day), and Sean Tyrell (The Orchard).

Born in London to Irish parents, Marsh returned to the home of her ancestral roots in 1971. After living for more than two decades in Broadford, a small village of East Clare, she then moved to Ennis.

Catch Josephine in the intimate surrounding of Matt Molloy's Yard bar. Tickets are €10 and are available on the door, or €15 with the C.D. 

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Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

GATEHOUSE

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Roscommon based Traditional group Gatehouse have gone from strength to strength since the release of their critically acclaimed solo album,Tús Nua,in 2016. The album received a rare 5 star review from The Irish Times,and it was shortlisted by The Irish Times with three other albums for album of 2016.

Gatehouse have been very busy touring Ireland,The UK and Norway,along with playing prestigious festivals such as The Trip To Birmingham Festival,Return To Camden Town,Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann and The Copenhagen Irish Festival amongst others.

The Gatehouse line up is made up of highly regarded young singer,Rachel Garvey,multi instrumentalist Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina,John McEvoy on fiddle and John Wynne on flutes and whistles.

Tús Nua was described by The Irish Times as “an unerring gem” and the CD is in “that elusive “must have” category for years to come”. Internationally famous fiddler,Martin Hayes states that Tús nua ‘is beautifully arranged and recorded. Everything happening here is authentic.”

Catch this fantastic band when thye play Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Tuesday, 26th June. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets available on the door on the night. 

 

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Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

STEPH GEREMIA

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Steph Geremia, traditional flautist and singer, is highly regarded as among the top musicians of her generation. Known for her vibrant style and versatile musicianship, Steph has been highly influenced by the great North Connaught style of flute playing. As a regular member of the Alan Kelly Gang, she has performed and toured extensively around the globe and worked with many crittically acclaimed artists including the Grammy award winning Chieftains, Eddi Reader, Sea Road Sessions, Kris Drever, Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh and many more.

After nearly a decade since the release of her debut solo album, which was described by Irish Music Magazine as “an unexpected treasure” and deemed her as “one of the most promising young flute players around”, this June 2018 will see the release of Steph’s highly anticipated second solo album, Up She Flew. With a firm mixture of traditional and contemporary arrangements and production, the album features music from Sligo, Leitrim and North Connaught. Steph is joined by a star studded gang: Aaron Jones (bouzouki & guitar), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar), Jim Murray (guitar), Alan Kelly (piano accordion), Donal O’Connor (keyboard),  Ben Gunnery (fiddle)Jim Higgins (percussion), Martin Brunsden (double bass) and Michael Rooney (harp). Produced by Donal O’Connor & Steph Geremia. 

“This project has been a long time in the making and something that is very close to my heart. For me, everything is in the small details… This album has not only been inspired by the rich North Connaught repertoire and particular tune settings from the players from this region, but also from a time when these great musicians breathed life into the tunes with their slight variations and subtle re-phrasing of every bar; when variations mimicked the landscape and one could get lost in the modal indiscrepancies, shifting from c’s to c#’s at will… Up she flew and the cock flattened her!”

Steph will be joined by her band including Scottish powerhouse, Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs) on bouzouki/guitar/vocals and fiddle maestro, Ben Gunnery (Riverdance / Barrage).  

Catch Steph in the intimate setting of Matt Mollloy's Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

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Jun
10
8:00 PM20:00

THE FOLKY THING

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The Folky Thing

As in previous years, the festival's last concert is dedicated to folk music and is being host by Westport own folk club: “The Clew Bay Folk Club."

A number of the club's performers will open the night leading to the concert's main act – Daoiri Farrell.

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced 'Derry') Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Six months after releasing the album 'True Born Irishman' Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer, and Best Traditional Track and performed live at the awards ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall. Since then he has toured twice to the UK, and played at festivals in Australia, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Denmark and more. In February 2018 he toured with the all-star Transatlantic Sessions in venues of up to 2,000 capacity and continues to be in demand across the world. The follow-up to 'True Born Irishman' is due out in autumn 2018.

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May
27
8:00 PM20:00

The Wild Geese

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The 'Internationally Famous' Wild Geese from across the water will once again be entertaining their many Mayo fans in their own inimitable way this month.

Starting on the afternoon of Friday, 25th May in Matt Molloy's where they have been playing their own mixture of Country Rock and Trad since they first got invited to play in Molloy's during the Spring of 1992.

This year sees 8 Geese musicians getting together along with many other friends and fans. The craic will be, as always, mighty!!

There will also be impromptu afternoon sessions in Matt Molloy's where singers are most welcome. Come along and enjoy the craic...it's free!

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May
14
8:00 PM20:00

MÁIRTÍN DE CÓGÁIN

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Máirtín de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who also is a noted playwright and actor. He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S…. and between and beyond, too! An infectious personality, Máirtín pleasantly commands the attention of any collection of people, from a concert hall to an intimate porch.

Descended from a long line of storytellers and with two CCÉ All-Ireland’s for Storytelling under his belt, Máirtín gets no more joy out of life than the telling of stories.  If you are lucky enough to catch him spinning a few yarns, you are in for a treat.

When touring the globe with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project & The Fuchsia Band, Máirtín is also a true promoter of the Ballad. He is searching ever for those forgotten songs of old to give them new life, and also writes some of his own.  Máirtín learnt from many famous Irish singers such as Danni Maichi Ua Súilleabháin, Séamus Mac Mathúna, and Ciarán Dwyer. A fluent speaker of Irish (Gaelic), his love of the ‘Teanga na Gael‘ stems from his parents, who brought him up in a bilingual house and sent him to primary & secondary schools taught in the medium of Irish.  Máirtín then earned a Degree in the Irish language from University College Cork.

Don't miss this opportunity to catch Máirtín in the intimate venue of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Guaranteed to be a wonderful evening of entertainemnt. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door on the night. 

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May
13
8:00 PM20:00

CODA and Ultan Conlon - Acoustic Yard Music Festival

Coda are a Mayo based group of seven singers and musicians who have developed their own unique and richly harmonised approach to vocal performance from diverse vocal and instrumental backgrounds, including folk, trad, blues, rock and pop music and most recently from their latest Donal Lunny produced album ‘Train Of Spirits’, great original songs.

All this is uniquely complemented by their multi-part vocal harmony experience gained from classical choral music. ‘Train of Spirits’ is the follow up CD to the acclaimed first CD ‘Mouthmusic’ which was released in 2013.

Coda offer 7 part harmonies and an eclectic mix of styles with instrumental accompaniment as well as traditional Irish music.

Special guest is the Galway songwriter ‘Ultan Conlon’ who recently released the number 1 RTE hit single ‘The Measure’.

Matt Molloy’s yard bar will host the event and tickets are €10 at www.theacousticyard.com with doors opening at 7.30pm on Sunday May 13th 2018.

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May
3
9:00 PM21:00

MAD CRAIC COMEDY

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Check out a cracking night of comedy Thursday 3rd May at Matt Molloy's Pub, Westport! Mad Craic Comedy is growing in popularity and each week the crowd is getting bigger and bigger. Don't miss this opportunity to catch some of the best in Irish up and coming comedians. Guaranteed to be a fantastic night with lots of belly laughs!

Doors at 9pm for a 9.30 start. See ye then!
Admission: €8

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Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

DERVISH

Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, the band have played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. They accompanied the Irish President on state visits to Latvia and Lithuania and Prime Minister of Ireland on a trade mission to China as Cultural Ambassadors taking time out to play an impromptu session on the Great Wall of China. Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan.

All six members of Dervish are steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in north-west Ireland. It’s an area which matches Atlantic coastline with storied mountains and rural landscapes. It has inspired a host of musicians, artists and writers, including the Nobel Prize-winning poet W. B. Yeats.

Dervish marry technical brilliance with a rare sensibility, born of an understanding of the music and many years of playing together. The Irish Times said their “integrity makes the group a formidable heir to the throne abandoned by The Bothy Band, if not a serious contender for The Chieftains’ international space.” The News Journal (Delaware) described Dervish as: “The most compelling, most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today. If you ever find yourself in the beautiful town of Sligo on the wild Atlantic way, check out the many music sessions that take place in “Shoots” Connolly’s or many other establishments. The members of Dervish enjoy playing tunes back where it all began.

Catch this iconic band when the y play the intimate venue of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm and tckets will be available on the door on the night. 

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