Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

CHRIS JONES AND THE NIGHT DRIVERS

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Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters.”

Founded by guitarist Jones in 1995, the Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance: Chris Jones who hosts Siriux XM’s Bluegrass Junction, bassist Jon Weisberger, who co-hosts Del McCoury’s SiriusXM show, Mark Stoffel on Mandolin, and Gina Clowes the group’s newest member Gina Clowes on banjo. Chris is a two- time IBMA Broadcaster of the Year. The band is also becoming known as a songwriter’s bluegrass band, with Weisberger and Jones now co-writing many of the band’s current songs, and all four members contributing material. Chris and Jon are both IBMA award-winning songwriters, Jon being the 2012 Songwriter of the Year, and Chris taking home the trophy for the 2007 Song of the Year for “Fork in the Road.” In total, Chris and the band members have won 8 IBMA awards.

The band is led by Chris’ soulful lead-singing and solid rhythm and lead guitar. Chris boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs, and the acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains. Mark Stoffel, who is originally from Munich, Germany, has a mandolin style that perfectly fits the band sound with his beautiful tone, taste, and rhythmic sense. Jon Weisberger, whose playing has made him a sought-after fill-in bass player in Nashville with The Del McCoury Band, the Roland White Band, Larry Cordle, and others, anchors the band’s strong rhythmic foundation. Newest member, Gina Clowes, a very talented banjo player, and another contributor of original material, hails from Winchester, VA. As a young banjo player, Gina was a frequent finalist in the prestigious Galax banjo contest, and came to The Night Drivers after a long stint with the the popular West Virginia/Virgina band, “Bud’s Collective.

Catch Chris and the band members in the intimate surrounding of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Thursday, 1st March 2018. Doors open at 8pm, tickets available on the door on the night.

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Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

EAST OF MONROE

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East of Monroe is an Americana/bluegrass group based in Virginia and Maryland. Their music is mostly original tunes along with tasteful covers of diverse songs. The band members all have different influences and backgrounds and that accounts for the many different styles of music the group plays. It all comes together in a unique, entertaining way- and with their new release, By the River's Edge, they will surely become a force on the acoustic scene.

Gary Alan Ferguson (guitar, mandolin, vocals): Gary Alan Ferguson is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music blends a variety of influences into his own style of roots music. The winner of the 2015 DCBU Hazel Dickens Songwriting contest and a finalist in the 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, Gary has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe with a number of highly regarded country, bluegrass and swing bands.  His performance and/or recording credits include the Knoxville Grass ("Painted Lady"), country hitmaker Donna Fargo, Claire Lynch, John Starling, the Virginia Squires and many others. His song, Southern Train was selected for the songwriter showcase at the 2015 IBMA World of Bluegrass.

Jackie Frost (guitar, vocals): Jackie Frost is a long-standing favorite in the Richmond, Virginia music scene, having fronted several of her own groups and collaborated with Among Friends. Her album, Calliope, was a finalist in the 2006 Independent Music Awards.

Lisa Kay Howard (mandolin, vocals): Lisa Kay is a renowned bluegrass and Americana mandolin player and vocalist, and she hosts The Old Home Place on WAMU's bluegrasscountry.org. She currently performs with East of Monroe, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, and her own Lisa Kay Band.

Wally Hughes (fiddle, dobro, vocals): Wally Hughes is a veteran of Bill Emerson's Sweet Dixie, and a member of multiple bands, including East of Monroe, Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass, and Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike. 

Terry Wittenberg (banjo, vocals): Terry Wittenberg has lent his banjo and vocal skills to multiple groups and projects, including: None of the Above, alongside Les McIntyre; Southgate, alongside Dave Auldridge, Ed Ferris, and Akira Otsuka; Overland Express; the Newgrass Effect, alongside Tom Gray; John Odell & Windy Ridge; the Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition; and East of Monroe.

Billy Budd (upright bass) : Throughout his long career in bluegrass and Americana music, Billy has appeared with many artists and groups, including: Stoney Point; Bill Harrell & the Virginians; Josh Graves; Kenny Baker; Mac Wiseman; and East of Monroe.

Catch East of Monroe in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard bar on Thursday, 12th April 2018. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

FROM CAMDEN TO TULLA CD LAUNCH

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Tulla accordionist, Andrew Mac Namara and London fiddler, Karen Ryan first met and played music together at the Feakle Traditional Music Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve played together on and off in Feakle, Galway and London. During the last few years, Andrew and Karen have been joined by Karen’s husband, Liverpool pianist Pete Quinn, and the trio has played some high-powered sessions as part of the Feakle Festival at Pepper’s Bar each August. There seems to be a spontaneity and spark to the music when the three get together, which many have commented on. This prompted their decision to record an album in Andrew’s house over two days in February 2017, engineered, mixed and mastered by Matt Purcell. The album was launched at this year’s Willie Clancy Summer School, with further performances at the Feakle Festival, the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis, and Tunes in the Church in Galway. The CD will also be launched at this year’s Return to Camden Town and Ennis Trad Festivals. The trio’s collective musical CVs include both solo and group albums.

Catch this album launch in the initimate surroundings of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

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Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

TIM EDEY

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“Tim Edey is brilliant – in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he’s a magician. As a character he’s off the scale – Colin Irwin, fRoots

“Utterly fantastic. Sheer, wonderful ebullient music” – Mike Harding “Tim Edey plays a host of different instruments to a standard us mere mortals can only dream of. Listen and weep”- Jim Byrne, The Living Tradition

Tim Edey was voted BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) and “Best duo” with Brendan Power. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Wolfstone, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff, Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few…

Tim, now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work, is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever Melodoen and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today!

Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard a fine guitarist and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland where he is based with his family and tours all over the world regularly from.

Tim’s live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience – chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius.

Catch Tim in the intimate surrounding 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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Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

DECLAN FOLAN DEBUT ALBUM LAUNCH

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Declan Folan is recognised as one of the finest modern day exponents of Traditional Sligo Fiddle Style. Declan is launching his debut album and will be playing tunes associated with this region. He will be joined on stage by Michael Rooney (concertina), Damien Stenson (flute), Shane McGowan (guitar), Paul Gurney (piano) along with guest appearances by Junior Davey (bodhrán), Oisin MacDiarmada (fiddle), Philip Duffy (fiddle) and many more. This concert is a must for traditional music lovers.

'This new album from Declan Folan brings Sligo fiddling back to the forefront of musical interest. Delightful tune choices abound, played throughout with a subtle panache and clarity which has always been a trademark of Declan’s playing. This is creative, playful fiddling, and never forced. Shades of inspiration from the wonderful Brian Rooney peek through, a reminder of times spent in the London music scene of the late 90s. A stunning version of George White’s Favourite exudes supreme taste and understanding while Charlie Lennon’s Ladies Choice barndances are a masterclass of pace. Beautiful melodic touches reminiscent of the Sligo masters combine with a delicacy of ornamentation which lifts the spirits. A real treat worthy of repeated listening.'-  Oisín Mac Diarmada, September 2017

Catch Declan and friends as he launches his debut album, "All in Good TIme", in the intimate surroundings of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm.

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Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

CODA Album Launch

Join us in Matt Molloy's yard bar on Wednesday, 13th December for the launch of CODA's new album 'Train of Spirits.  

All are welcome and it is guaranteed to be an evening of great songs and craic. The album would even make a fantastic Christmas gift for somebody!

Doors will open at 8pm, spread the word and bring a friend. In the meantime check out this clip of some of the tunes that you will hear on the night and that are recorded on the CD.

LISTEN TO ALBUM

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Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Maurice Lennon, Brian Lennon & Declan Askin

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Maurice Lennon is a fiddle player who
has been much in demand throughout his
forty year career in the music business. As a founding member of Stockton's Wing he left the band in 1998, returning briefly a few years ago for a reunion tour, before finallyretiring from the band in 2014. As a writer, photographer and composer, Maurice has many interesting strings to his bow.

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Brian Lennon, younger brother of Maurice is a flute player from Co Leitrim living in Mayo for the last 26 years. His flute playing is influenced by the north Leitrim fiddle style but also by greats such as Matt Molloy and Seamus Tansey. He was an original member of Mayo based band Céide and is currently a member of the acclaimed group Coda.

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Declan Askin is a guitar player, singer, writer and performer, a founder member of the group Céide and also a member of the group Coda. He wrote and performs in the successful music and dance show ‘Patrick’.

Catch this talented trio in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Thursday, 30th November. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

MICK HANLY & DONAL LUNNY

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I suppose it was inevitable that two stalwarts of the Irish music scene, whose careers have intertwined many times over the last 45 years would sooner or later emerge in the guise of a musical duo. The combination of songwriter Mick Hanly and multi-instrumentalist and composer Donal Lunny is a marriage made in musical heaven. Both have honed their musical skills to perfection and play with a freshness and enthusiasm that belies their years on the road.

In the 70’s Lunny produced Hanly’s two folk albums, the much loved Kiss In The Morning Early and As I Went Over Blackwater for Mulligan Records. After his departure from the ground breaking Planxty, he went on to found and fronting the hugely influential Bothy Band. After some years on the Continent with Andy Irvine, Hanly decided to go it alone and explore a more contemporary song writing style. However, their paths crossed again when Hanly took over from Christy Moore as vocalist in Moving Hearts. After 14months with the band he quit to concentrate on song writing. The Hearts went on to record the magnificent instrumental album The Storm, which contained Lunny’s beautiful composition Tribute to Peadair O’Donnell. Lunny also founded Coolfin and continued to produce and play on a variety projects too numerous to mention.

Meanwhile, Hanly clocked a huge success in the US with ‘Past The Point Of Rescue’. Recorded by Hal Ketchum….. it picked up a 3rd BMI award in 2002 for 2 Million plays on American radio. His songs were also recorded by the likes of Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Ronnie Drew, Delbert McClinton, etc. When recording his latest album, Homeland, Hanly again called on Lunny to add his unique sound to 4 of the tracks. The album is a joy. Hanly is joined by many of his old friends as he grapples with bringing a traditional influence to some brand new stories.  Lunny, as always adding his unique touches to the mix. 

Now the two ‘vets’ are taking to the road around the country this November…..Catch them in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar.

Doors open @ 8PM, tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Nov
2
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. He was also part of the  Brian Mc COMBE band with the Brittany-based bodhrán player and percussionist David « Hopi » HOPKINS, touring several times all over France and Poland[*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 » just came out in march 2017. [Festoù-noz *(night-fests) : dance-evenings very popular all over Brittany]

Catch this fantastic duo in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open @ 8PM and tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Oct
25
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 renowned 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 renowned 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), 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 home town of Portland, Oregon. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. Don't miss this chance to see Kevin playing in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open @ 8PM, tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

LUKA BLOOM

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With a poet's heart and a rockstar's soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland's most respected contemporary folk artists, having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. Like many who write songs, Luka's orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets. Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin. 

Catch Luka in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Thursday, 12th October. Doors open @ 8PM and tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

DARK MATTER 101 ~ Book Launch

Mark Winger was the everyman protagonist. A down-on-his-luck nobody with nothing and yet everything to lose. One night he receives a disconcerting phonecall from the mysterious Jack Twain, a suave noir Detective from both the future and the past. Against his better judgement he becomes entangled in the most sinister of conspiracies, unwittingly conscripted to the militant regime of the Unity Alliance and their mission to procure an ancient and most terrible weapon, The Exodus Machine.

With that in mind, Mark is assigned the most impossible task of hunting down the most wanted man in the galaxy, the mentally deranged outlaw, known only as Starboy and complications inevitably arise. 

The inept debut novel from Shane Brannagh is unrestrained pulp at its finest...with sea monsters, gunslingers and tedious monologues galore...Sure what else would you want?

Join Shane Brannagh in Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Friday, 29th Septmember at 7pm for what is sure to be an entertaining introduction to his debut novel, Dark Matter 101.

Admission: Free

  

 

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Sep
21
9:00 PM21:00

MAD CRAIC COMEDY

Check out a cracking night of comedy Thursday 21st September 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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Sep
18
8:00 PM20:00

Kevin Conneff, Mary Bergin & Tim Edey

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Mary Bergin is acknowledged as one of Ireland’s finest ever tin whistle players, a founder of the popular female group Dordan she has toured worldwide and her album “Feadog stain” is a timeless classic.

Tim Edey, BBC R2 Best musician of 2012, is born across the water in Co. Kent. Tim is both a successful solo and session artist with his recent album “Sailing Over the 7th String” produced by none other than Robin Wynn Evans (producer to The Manic street preachers). Tim’s CV is like a who’s who of Irish music—Christy Moore, The Chieftains, Mary Black, Altan, Begley+Cooney, and Sharon Shannon to name a few.

Kevin Conneff is the bodhrán player and vocalist with The Chieftains since 1976. Apart from his work with The Chieftains, he often works with other musicians in duos or trios. He also does solo gigs and workshops at home and abroad.

Catch these three legends as they perform together in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's yard bar. Doors open @ 8PM, tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

RUSHAD EGGLESTON & CORMAC BEGLEY

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Rushad Eggleston is an improvisational cellist, singer, legend, clown, goblin, cello-shredder and acrobat. He is regarded as one of the leading cellists of his generation and is an innovator who has expanded the soundscape and popularity of the cello in recent years. In 2002 his self-titled Compass Records release with Fiddlers 4 was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Cormac Begley is bass, baritone, treble and picollo concertina player from west-Kerry. His recent debut album has recieved widespread acclaim, ammassing 9 five star reviews to date and has been described an 'earthy delight' (Irish Times, ★ ★ ★ ★★), 'Superb' (Folking, ★ ★ ★ ★★) and 'Spectacular' (Irish Echo).

Following a recent sold out show in Dublin's National Concert Hall, Rushad and Cormac embark on a nationwide tour this September. This is a new and exciting duet not to be missed! Catch them in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Monday, 11th September.

Doors Open: 8PM       Admission: €15

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Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

FRANKIE GAVIN

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Frankie Gavin was born in 1956 in Corrandulla, Galway from a musical family; his parents and siblings being players of the fiddle and accordion. As a child he played the tin whistle from the age of four and, later, the flute. He received some formal training in music, but his musical ability on the fiddle is mainly self-taught. When 17 years old, he gained first place in both the All Ireland Under-18 Fiddle and Flute competitions.

In the early 1970s Gavin played musical sessions at Galway's Cellar Bar, with Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Mickey Finn (fiddle), Charlie Piggott (banjo), and Johnnie (Ringo) McDonagh (bodhrán). In 1974, from these and further sessions, he founded the group De Dannan with Alec Finn.

When De Dannan split-up in 2003, Gavin founded a new group, Frankie Gavin and The New De Dannan, which led to an acrimonious exchange between Gavin and Finn. According to Finn, he had registered the 'De Dannan' name.

Gavin has played and recorded with Andy Irvine, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and in 2010 became reputedly the fastest fiddle-player in the world, with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Frankie 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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Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

JANET DOWD C.D. LAUNCH

Janet Dowd hails from Co.Armagh and in 2010, she released her debut album ‘300 Miles’ on Blue Cow Records. It took theNumber 1 spot in Irish Music Magazine’s Top 10 Folk Albums, with one of the tracks, ‘John Condon’, named the BBC Radio Devon song of the year on Richard Digance’s show ‘Devon Folk’.

In September 2013 she released ‘Sailing Away’  which also took the Number 1 spot and stayed in the Top 10 for over a year.

Over the years she has collaborated with some exceptional musicians including the legendary Ric Sanders & Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Tom Leary (Lindisfarne & Feast of Fiddles).

She returns to Matt Molloys to launch her latest release ‘HOME’ which has already went straight to Number 1!  She will be joined by a fine band of exceptional musicians to perform heart wrenching ballads and foot stomping tunes and songs. Doors open: 8PM. Admission is free. 

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Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

THE MURPHY BEDS

The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon.

“their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés. The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” Huffington Post

Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90’s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music. In 2004 he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. Eamon has taught at many traditional music programs in the US and also records and performs original music. His last solo record, Old Clump, was released in 2012.

Jefferson is a guitarist and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, in addition to The Murphy Beds, he and songwriter Anais Mitchell released Child Ballads, a collection of new adaptations of English and Scottish folk songs which won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. His original songs are featured on the 2016 album Great Shakes by Cambridge, MA roots rock ensemble Session Americana. In the Oct. 2013 issue, Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, “A gifted guitarist and singer, Hamer is able to hit close harmonies… and weave gorgeous instrumental lines.”

Catch these two talented musicians in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Doors open: 8PM. Tickets available on the door on the night.

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Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

MAYO MANCHESTER TRADFEST

The award winning fifth annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest returns to Mayo to stage what is being billed as one of Ireland's biggest Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance Festival with over 500 performers at 100 events.

The week-long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance has teamed up with Destination Westport and will be heading to Westport during the festival, which runs from August 3 to 9 this summer. There are ten official main events and over ninety fringe events, all but four events of the 100 events are free of charge.

The Festival is brought to a close in Westport at  Matt Molloy's Yard Bar with a special Trad session on Wednesday 9 August.

 

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Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

KIERAN GOSS with special guest ANNIE KINSELLA

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

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Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

HAVE YE NO HOMES TO GO TO? The History of The Irish Pub

The History of the Irish Pub by Kevin Martin

Matt Molloy's Yard Bar: Every Thursday from 6PM

The pub has been at the centre of Irish life for centuries – research has even shown that going to the local gives us better life satisfaction than staying at home watching TV or socialising online. In its varied career, the pub has played many roles: funeral home, restaurant, grocery shop, music venue, job centre and meeting place for everyone from poets to revolutionaries. Often plain and unpretentious, it is a neutral ground, a leveller – a home away from home.

But how much do you really know about it? From the first pubs, which hosted the feasts of high kings, through the heady gang-ruled pubs of nineteenth-century New York City and the ‘spirit grocers’ that inspired today’s hipster hangouts, right up to modern-day gay bars, this comprehensive history is an entertaining journey through the evolution of a cultural icon.

The topics engagingly explored include:

  • the first ever pubs and publicans in Ireland and the Brehon Laws they had to follow
  • how the pub came to be regulated from the seventeenth centur
  • the history of the temperance movement in Ireland and its effect on society and the pub
  • ‘special exemptions’ for certain pubs: spirit grocersbona fides and early houses
  • the role of pubs in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence
  • the place of women in the pub and the development of their relationship with it
  • the history of music in pubs: the revival of trad sessions in the twentieth century; the growth of live music and the ‘lounge bar’
  • pub bombings and attacks during the Troubles
  • the history and development of the Irish gay bar
  • the cultural attitude of Irish society towards alcohol
  • the social significance of the pub as a ‘third place’removed from both home and work
  • cultural representations of the Irish pub in cinema, television and literature
  • the role the pub played in the lives of the 'bachelor class' of rural Ireland
  • the role of the pub in the lives of Irish emigrants in the US, UK and Australia
  • the commodification and export of the Irish pub
  • the current state of the pub and what the future holds.

The story of the Irish pub is the story of Ireland itself. So pull up a stool and learn all about it.

Kevin Martin taught English, communications and cultural studies for twenty-five years. He is married with two children and lives near Westport, County Mayo. He loves pubs, travel and reading. This is his first book.

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

HAVE YE NO HOMES TO GO TO? The History of The Irish Pub

The History of the Irish Pub by Kevin Martin

Matt Molloy's Yard Bar: Every Thursday from 6PM

The pub has been at the centre of Irish life for centuries – research has even shown that going to the local gives us better life satisfaction than staying at home watching TV or socialising online. In its varied career, the pub has played many roles: funeral home, restaurant, grocery shop, music venue, job centre and meeting place for everyone from poets to revolutionaries. Often plain and unpretentious, it is a neutral ground, a leveller – a home away from home.

But how much do you really know about it? From the first pubs, which hosted the feasts of high kings, through the heady gang-ruled pubs of nineteenth-century New York City and the ‘spirit grocers’ that inspired today’s hipster hangouts, right up to modern-day gay bars, this comprehensive history is an entertaining journey through the evolution of a cultural icon.

The topics engagingly explored include:

  • the first ever pubs and publicans in Ireland and the Brehon Laws they had to follow
  • how the pub came to be regulated from the seventeenth centur
  • the history of the temperance movement in Ireland and its effect on society and the pub
  • ‘special exemptions’ for certain pubs: spirit grocersbona fides and early houses
  • the role of pubs in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence
  • the place of women in the pub and the development of their relationship with it
  • the history of music in pubs: the revival of trad sessions in the twentieth century; the growth of live music and the ‘lounge bar’
  • pub bombings and attacks during the Troubles
  • the history and development of the Irish gay bar
  • the cultural attitude of Irish society towards alcohol
  • the social significance of the pub as a ‘third place’removed from both home and work
  • cultural representations of the Irish pub in cinema, television and literature
  • the role the pub played in the lives of the 'bachelor class' of rural Ireland
  • the role of the pub in the lives of Irish emigrants in the US, UK and Australia
  • the commodification and export of the Irish pub
  • the current state of the pub and what the future holds.

The story of the Irish pub is the story of Ireland itself. So pull up a stool and learn all about it.

Kevin Martin taught English, communications and cultural studies for twenty-five years. He is married with two children and lives near Westport, County Mayo. He loves pubs, travel and reading. This is his first book.

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Jun
15
9:30 PM21:30

MAD CRAIC COMEDY

Check out a brand new comedy night on Thursday 15th June at Matt Molloy's Pub, Westport!

Some of the best in Irish up and coming comedians will be performing on the 15th June:

Danny Ryan
Show Me The Funny Winner 2015
Tedfest Competition runner up 2015
Electric Picnic, Vodafone Comedy Carnival
'A natural' - City Limits

Pauric Gallagher
Winner of the 2017 Garage Laughs Back Competition
Andrew Maxwell, Gearoid Farrelly support
Finalist in the 2015 Forrbidden Fruit Comedy Competition

Sean Gorman
Musical comedian extraordinaire

Michael Rice
Originally from a farm in Kilkenny, Michael (Big Mike) is just back from two years in Chicago where he learned absolutely nothing.

And MC for the evening:

Gavin McClure
Best Of Irish at the Galway Fringe 2016
Show Me The Funny Finalist 2017

Doors at 9.15 for a 9.30 start. Tickets 4 euros per person for groups of five plus, 6 euros online and 8 euros on the door.

Promises to be a fantastic night's comedy! See ye then!

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Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

HAVE YE NO HOMES TO GO TO? The History of The Irish Pub

The History of the Irish Pub by Kevin Martin

Matt Molloy's Yard Bar: Every Thursday from 6PM

The pub has been at the centre of Irish life for centuries – research has even shown that going to the local gives us better life satisfaction than staying at home watching TV or socialising online. In its varied career, the pub has played many roles: funeral home, restaurant, grocery shop, music venue, job centre and meeting place for everyone from poets to revolutionaries. Often plain and unpretentious, it is a neutral ground, a leveller – a home away from home.

But how much do you really know about it? From the first pubs, which hosted the feasts of high kings, through the heady gang-ruled pubs of nineteenth-century New York City and the ‘spirit grocers’ that inspired today’s hipster hangouts, right up to modern-day gay bars, this comprehensive history is an entertaining journey through the evolution of a cultural icon.

The topics engagingly explored include:

  • the first ever pubs and publicans in Ireland and the Brehon Laws they had to follow
  • how the pub came to be regulated from the seventeenth centur
  • the history of the temperance movement in Ireland and its effect on society and the pub
  • ‘special exemptions’ for certain pubs: spirit grocersbona fides and early houses
  • the role of pubs in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence
  • the place of women in the pub and the development of their relationship with it
  • the history of music in pubs: the revival of trad sessions in the twentieth century; the growth of live music and the ‘lounge bar’
  • pub bombings and attacks during the Troubles
  • the history and development of the Irish gay bar
  • the cultural attitude of Irish society towards alcohol
  • the social significance of the pub as a ‘third place’removed from both home and work
  • cultural representations of the Irish pub in cinema, television and literature
  • the role the pub played in the lives of the 'bachelor class' of rural Ireland
  • the role of the pub in the lives of Irish emigrants in the US, UK and Australia
  • the commodification and export of the Irish pub
  • the current state of the pub and what the future holds.

The story of the Irish pub is the story of Ireland itself. So pull up a stool and learn all about it.

Kevin Martin taught English, communications and cultural studies for twenty-five years. He is married with two children and lives near Westport, County Mayo. He loves pubs, travel and reading. This is his first book.

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Jun
12
8:00 PM20:00

RACHEL SERMANNI & GRAHAM SWEENEY

As part of their Irish tour, Rachel Sermanni with Graham Sweeney will play in Matt Molloy's Yard Bar on Monday, 12th June.

The music of Folk-Noir Balladeer Rachel Sermanni has the flesh of Folk but, if you were to cut the skin, you’d find it pumped with contemporary, genre blended blood. Born under a rainbow in Raigmore hospital, Rachel has grown into a writer, musician and artist. In all that she creates, it seems, there remains a preservation of the pure and mystical, symbolic in that beam of fragmented light that shone, 25 sun-spun years ago.

Graham Sweeney is a singer-songwriter from Achill Island, Co. Mayo. His distinctive sound arises from a blend of traditional guitar playing, percussive finger-tapping and rhythmic vocal melodies. He is influenced by many different styles of music and his inspiration comes from a wide range of sources, from English literature and poetry to the characters he comes across in daily life.

On this nationwide tour, Rachel will be accompanied by pianist Jennifer Austin and Graham will be joined by Donegal guitarist Rhys Mc Bride. The four musicians will collaborate during the set to put their own mark on the two writers songs. 

Don't miss this one! Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival presents GREENSHINE

Sunday's main concert and the festival's final show will be headlined by one of Ireland's finest folk groups Greenshine .

GREENSHINE is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear.

Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose among many others.

Matt Molloy's Yard Bar @ 8PM

Admission: €12  Buy tickets here 

Read more about Greenshine and watch some videos     here: www.breakingtunes.com/greenshine

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Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

HAVE YE NO HOMES TO GO TO? The History of The Irish Pub

The History of the Irish Pub by Kevin Martin

Matt Molloy's Yard Bar: Every Thursday from 6PM

The pub has been at the centre of Irish life for centuries – research has even shown that going to the local gives us better life satisfaction than staying at home watching TV or socialising online. In its varied career, the pub has played many roles: funeral home, restaurant, grocery shop, music venue, job centre and meeting place for everyone from poets to revolutionaries. Often plain and unpretentious, it is a neutral ground, a leveller – a home away from home.

But how much do you really know about it? From the first pubs, which hosted the feasts of high kings, through the heady gang-ruled pubs of nineteenth-century New York City and the ‘spirit grocers’ that inspired today’s hipster hangouts, right up to modern-day gay bars, this comprehensive history is an entertaining journey through the evolution of a cultural icon.

The topics engagingly explored include:

  • the first ever pubs and publicans in Ireland and the Brehon Laws they had to follow
  • how the pub came to be regulated from the seventeenth centur
  • the history of the temperance movement in Ireland and its effect on society and the pub
  • ‘special exemptions’ for certain pubs: spirit grocersbona fides and early houses
  • the role of pubs in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence
  • the place of women in the pub and the development of their relationship with it
  • the history of music in pubs: the revival of trad sessions in the twentieth century; the growth of live music and the ‘lounge bar’
  • pub bombings and attacks during the Troubles
  • the history and development of the Irish gay bar
  • the cultural attitude of Irish society towards alcohol
  • the social significance of the pub as a ‘third place’removed from both home and work
  • cultural representations of the Irish pub in cinema, television and literature
  • the role the pub played in the lives of the 'bachelor class' of rural Ireland
  • the role of the pub in the lives of Irish emigrants in the US, UK and Australia
  • the commodification and export of the Irish pub
  • the current state of the pub and what the future holds.

The story of the Irish pub is the story of Ireland itself. So pull up a stool and learn all about it.

Kevin Martin taught English, communications and cultural studies for twenty-five years. He is married with two children and lives near Westport, County Mayo. He loves pubs, travel and reading. This is his first book.

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May
25
6:00 PM18:00

HAVE YE NO HOMES TO GO TO? The History of the Irish Pub

The History of the Irish Pub by Kevin Martin

Matt Molloy's Yard Bar: Every Thursday from 6PM

The pub has been at the centre of Irish life for centuries – research has even shown that going to the local gives us better life satisfaction than staying at home watching TV or socialising online. In its varied career, the pub has played many roles: funeral home, restaurant, grocery shop, music venue, job centre and meeting place for everyone from poets to revolutionaries. Often plain and unpretentious, it is a neutral ground, a leveller – a home away from home.

But how much do you really know about it? From the first pubs, which hosted the feasts of high kings, through the heady gang-ruled pubs of nineteenth-century New York City and the ‘spirit grocers’ that inspired today’s hipster hangouts, right up to modern-day gay bars, this comprehensive history is an entertaining journey through the evolution of a cultural icon.

The topics engagingly explored include:

  • the first ever pubs and publicans in Ireland and the Brehon Laws they had to follow
  • how the pub came to be regulated from the seventeenth centur
  • the history of the temperance movement in Ireland and its effect on society and the pub
  • ‘special exemptions’ for certain pubs: spirit grocers, bona fides and early houses
  • the role of pubs in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence
  • the place of women in the pub and the development of their relationship with it
  • the history of music in pubs: the revival of trad sessions in the twentieth century; the growth of live music and the ‘lounge bar’
  • pub bombings and attacks during the Troubles
  • the history and development of the Irish gay bar
  • the cultural attitude of Irish society towards alcohol
  • the social significance of the pub as a ‘third place’removed from both home and work
  • cultural representations of the Irish pub in cinema, television and literature
  • the role the pub played in the lives of the 'bachelor class' of rural Ireland
  • the role of the pub in the lives of Irish emigrants in the US, UK and Australia
  • the commodification and export of the Irish pub
  • the current state of the pub and what the future holds.

The story of the Irish pub is the story of Ireland itself. So pull up a stool and learn all about it.

Kevin Martin taught English, communications and cultural studies for twenty-five years. He is married with two children and lives near Westport, County Mayo. He loves pubs, travel and reading. This is his first book.

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May
4
9:00 PM21:00

MAD CRAIC COMEDY

Check out a brand new comedy night on Thursday 4th May at Matt Molloy's Pub, Westport!

Some of the best in Irish up and coming comedians will be performing:

Stephen Ryan
2016 Forbidden Fruit Comedy Competition Winner
2016 Irish Comedian Of The Year Finalist

Sean Sheridan
Shared the stage with the likes of Jim Jefferies and David O'Doherty

Paul David Murphy
Recently toured with Farmer Michael and Kathleen on their 'back passage' tour

Gavin McClure
Best Of Irish at the Galway Fringe 2016

And MC for the evening:

John O'Hare
Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Cork Comedy Festival,
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Galway Water Comedy Award Winner 2016
Shared the stage with the likes of Phil Jupitus and Terry Alderton

Doors at 9.15 for a 9.30 start. Tickets €8 at the door.

Promises to be a fantastic night's comedy! See ye then!

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