Oct
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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Nov
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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Nov
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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Oct
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
9:00pm 9:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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

Tickets will be available on the door on the night

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Aug
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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

Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Jun
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
9:30pm 9:30pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
9:00pm 9:00pm

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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Apr
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

JOHN & MAGGIE CARTY

John and Maggie Carty agree to Settle out of Court!

Well known musician John Carty and his daughter Maggie have released a duet album with the rather catchy title of Settle Out of Court. John and Maggie Carty will play in Matt Molloy’s, Westport on Thursday 6th April.

Fresh from his recent involvement with the Oscar nominated ‘Brooklyn’ where he arranged the music and appeared, John Carty is one of the finest names in Irish traditional music and is well known world wide. Settle out of Court, however, is all about the next generation of Carty’s, and daughter Maggie confidently steps into the spotlight on both banjo and vocals. Accompaniment on the album is provided by Shane McGowan on guitar, Dónal Lunny on bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán and Paul Gurney on bass. The fourteen tracks feature a mixture of waltzes, reels, jigs and slides, with the inclusion of a number of songs that showcase Maggie’s unique voice. Her rendition of Lough Erne’s Shore was included in UK folk presenter, Mike Harding’s own personal choice of the best folk /roots music of 2016 where Mike compared Maggie’s voice to the late and great Margaret Barry – “It’s because it’s the real deal. Three chords and the truth.”

Born in London, John has been living in the Boyle area for the last 25 years and has become one of the most sought after traditional musicians in the country. In 2003 he was awarded the coveted TG4 Gradam Ceoil - Musician of the Year. Carty is constantly innovative in his playing, the degree of such innovation sees that scarcely a bar goes by where he is not seeking a new perspective yet never wavering from the essence of the given piece. Invention is tirelessly put into practice and a great deal of expression is turned out of the simplest tune. Throughout his live shows, great performances of fiddle and banjo are captured with a sense of unfaltering energy and excitement. There is an uninhibited atmosphere which shows the audience just how much he is enjoying the musical moment and invites the audience to share that spontaneous pleasure.

Joining him on stage for a selection of tunes and songs from the album will be his daughter Maggie who is an accomplished banjo player and fine traditional singer. She has been described as having found her second home on stage and has a natural stage talent. It is a hall mark of traditional music that it is handed down from generation to generation and this father and daughter gig offers the audience an insight into a living and evolving tradition that spans at least four Carty generations. As they duet together the sense of trust, honesty, unspoken understanding and pure devilment in their music will be evident. On stage the duo have a natural ease with each other and their enjoyment and sense of fun is palpable and infectious!

Doors Open: 8PM

Tickets will be available on the door on the night

WWW.JOHNCARTYMUSIC.COM

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Apr
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

BROOKSIE WELLS

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Brooksie Wells grew up in the South with parents who fought for Civil Rights and the Equal Rights Amendment. She moved to New York City in the 1970s, where the thriving folk music scene heavily influenced her music.  

Bobby Darin discovered Brooksie at the age of 19, and she wrote for years for Chappell Music, with several of her songs used in recordings and movie soundtracks.

She later recorded with John Lennon's band Elephant's Memory and as a singer with Kid Creole and The Coconuts.  

Join Brooksie in the intimate setting of Matt Molloy's music room from 7PM to 9PM on Wednesday, 5th April. Guaranteed to be an evening of beautiful songs and music. 

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Mar
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

PADRAIG STEVENS WITH LEO MORAN

Legendary Tuam songwriter Padraig Stevens will play Matt Molloy's Yard Bar where he will be accompanied by Leo Moran, lead guitarist with The Saw Doctors. 

Padraig is best known for his work with The Saw Doctors with whom he has recorded and toured extensively. Padraig is also co-writer of some of The Saw Doctors hit songs including ‘I Useta Lover’, ‘Still the Only One’ and ‘That’s What She Said Last Night’.

Padraig Stevens has been writing and performing for 50 years and a night of original songs is promised along with a few stories thrown in about Padraig’s early days in the music business, working with bands such as The Problems, The Powerpack, and his stint as manager of the Tuam punk rock band Blaze X.

The talismanic bard of the land and the lake brings us on a trip through his songbook. Catch Padraig and Leo in a rare acoustic performance in the intimate surrounds of Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Padraig will be singing songs from his fine collection with Leo accompanying him on guitar. Not to be missed! Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

Doors Open: 8PM

Cover charge: €15 

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Mar
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

ANGELINA CARBERRY, DAN BROUDER & BRIAN MCGRATH

Dan Brouder is a well-respected exponent of the West Limerick accordion style from Monagae, a parish on the outskirts of Newcastle West. He learned his music in the surrounding parishes of Ardagh, Carrigkerry and Glin on the Sliabbh Luachra boundary from accordion player Donal de Barra, Athea Co.Limerick and from flute players Francis O’Connor and Donal O’Sullivan who learned their music from Peadlin Aherne, fiddle player and Pajo Gleesen flute player from the 1930’s and 40’s and whose styles are strongly bedded in West Limerick roots. Dan plays regularly in sessions and festivals in both West Limerick and around the country. He has performed with various musicians at numerous festivals throughout Europe Asia and America. His debut album The Larks Air released in 2011 was well received in the traditional music circles and through reviewers of traditional music and culture. He has appeared on numerous traditional programmes over the years on Television and Radio at home and abroad including Hup 2015 Geantrai Tg4 94,95,98,08 fleadh cheoil programmes for RTE from listowel 96 cavan 2011,and sligo 2015.He also guested on RTEs nationwide with legendary actor Maureen o Hara in the mid-nineties. He also guested on Pat Shorts comedy production Killinascully in 2006.He recorded for the High part of the road, a music series produced by RTE in the early 90’s with the legendary Johnny O Leary accordion player from co Kerry and flute player Joe Sullivan. He has also guested on numerous recording projects including Diarmuid O’Brien’s recording in 2008 CAIRDE CAIRDIN and Angelina Carberry’s PLUCKING MAD 2014.His influences over the years include Finbarr Dwyer, Johnny O’Leary, Connie O’Connell, Tommy Peoples, Paddy Cronin and Padraig O’Keefe. Dan is a musician held in high regard among his peers for his musical integrity and the enjoyment he passes on through the music he plays and cherishes.

Angelina Carberry was born in Manchester in the late 70’s into a County Longford musical family steeped in traditional music. Starting on the tin whistle she later moved on onto the banjo following in the footsteps of her father Peter and Grandfather Kevin Carberry. Angelina moved to Galway in the late 90’s where she recorded the highly acclaimed album ‘Memories from the Holla’ with her father Peter on Accordion and John Blake on guitar and piano. Of this album Mairtin O Connor said: “Simply a treasure to the ear and food for the soul". Over the years, Angelina has developed a highly personal style with unique rhythmical characteristics. Her unmistakable banjo sound is captured on her solo 2005 CD, An Traidisún Beo, which was awarded among the New York Irish Echo’s Top 10 CD’S of the year. Her recent release ‘Pluckin’ Mad’ in 2014 was described by Daniel Neely New York Irish Echo, as an album filled with enchanting music. In addition to performing, Angelina is also a respected music teacher and popular banjo tutor at many festivals throughout the country and abroad.

Brian McGrath comes from Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, an area steeped in traditional music. Brian's first professional work was with Dervish. He then joined Four Men And A Dog and played on the award-winning album Barking Mad. He moved his career on, accompanying Noel Hill, Paul Brock and Frankie Gavin, among others, before joining the Sean Keane Band as pianist. Brian joined De Danann where he stayed till the band broke up in 2003. Brian now plays with At The Racket, and is much sought after as a session musician on piano, banjo and mandolin. He has toured extensively, playing with all the biggest names in Irish traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, John Carty, Matt Molloy, Paul Brock, Charlie Lennon, Joe Burke, Sean Maguire, Brian Rooney, Cathal Hayden, Joe Derrane, Arty McGlynn, Alec Finn, Alan Kelly, Dolores Keane, Maura O'Connell, Tommy Fleming, Steve Cooney and Eleanor Shanley, as well as doing extensive TV and media work.

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Feb
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

MAKING WAVES A collection of poems and song lyrics by Norman Wylie

Matt Molloy's are delighted to host this book launch by Westport based poet/songwriter and great friend of the pub Norman Wylie. 

Norman will be reading a collection of poems and song lyrics from his book, Making Waves. All are welcome to attend on the night and music will be provided by members of The Wild Geese and guests. We will also be serving light refreshments. 

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP). Come along with your friends and enjoy an evening of poetry and song, while also supporting a very worthy cause. Matt Molloy's would like to wish Norman all the very best with his new book. 

Starting Time: 7PM

Venue: Matt Molloy's Yard Bar 

 

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Feb
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

TRIO

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 mc Gowan (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.

WWW.DAVIDMUNNELLY.COM

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Jan
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

MARTIN HAYES & DAVID POWER

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of his chosen instrument – the violin – his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He is the recipient of major national and international awards, including six All-Ireland fiddle championships and has been cited by the Irish Sunday Tribune as one of the hundred most influential Irish men and women. He is one of the most important musicians to come out of Ireland in the last fifty years. He has recorded two acclaimed solo albums, ‘Martin Hayes’ (1993) and ‘Under the Moon’ (1995) on the Green Linnet label. Martin Hayes is the Artistic Director of the Masters of Tradition Festival held in August each year at Bantry House in West Cork. He is also a founding member of ‘The Gloaming’, which is enjoying considerable world-wide success at the moment.

“Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely sounded so complete and so essential”      Q Magazine

David Power is a stellar musician on the uilleann pipes. He has been a member of groups, including Liam Clancy’s ‘Fairweather Band’, ‘Gorumna’ and more recently, Martin Hayes’ ‘Masters of Tradition’ and ‘Pipers Union’. He performed in the off-Broadway production ‘Love’s Pure Light’, recorded music for the Irish Repertory Theatre’s staging of ‘The Field’ and was a cast member and musician in the Broadway production of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘A Touch of the Poet’, starring Gabriel Byrne. He has three critically acclaimed solo recordings ‘My Love is in America’ (2005) ‘Cuachín Ghleann Neifin’ (2007) and ‘The Eighteen Moloney’ (2014). He has performed with poets Seamus Heaney, Michael Davitt, Ciaran Carson, Kerry Hardie, Dermot Bolger, Maighread Medbh, Grace Wells, Clodagh Beresford-Dunne, Doireann ní Ghríofa, and Robert Pinsky. In addition, he worked with accordionist Tony MacMahon, writer Dermot Bolger and Director John Comisky to develop a show called ‘The Frost is All Over’ which gained significant attention. He recently completed compositional work on a show based on the 6th Century Irish Christian church written by Kerry Hardie and Olivia O’Leary which premiered at the 2015 Kilkenny Arts Festival.

“The opening wail of uilleann pipes, played by David Power, which shifts into swirling music of military glory, beautifully establishes the central opposition of inner pain and public fantasy” (New York Times)

“David Power brings a breathtaking freshness to the set, his fluid, fluent playing as light as a feather” (Irish Times)

WWW.MARTINHAYES.COM

WWW.DAVIDPOWERUP.COM

 

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Jan
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

JAMMING FOR SYRIA

This idea was born out of our listening to people express their sorrow and frustration at the harrowing events ongoing in Syria and the sense of helplessness that surrounded it.

With this series of events we aim to show that we, as a people, are not helpless, 'except for in the moment'. There is something we can do and, together, we shall do it.

Our goal is to host a string of music events simultaneously in various venues in towns all over the country, throughout the week commencing 16th of January. These events, where possible, will have no admission fee, all that we ask is that people show up to support and donate as generously as they can on the night.*

All money raised will go directly to provide aid for the victims suffering in Syria.

Each event will have a unique line-up of musicians that are all generously donating their time to help us raise funds for this worthy cause. We are not helpless, there is something we can do to support those affected by these atrocities.

WWW.HELPSYRIA.DOWNDAROAD.COM

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Jan
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS

THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS is a four person acoustic bluegrass band that began performing in the Midwest in the spring of 1975.

Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre. The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass… Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step in boots and bare feet…

WWW.SPECIALC.COM

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