Aug
20
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THE WHILEAWAYS

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

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

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

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

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Aug
26
8:00 PM20:00

THE HIGH SEAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Aug
13
8:00 PM20:00

THE FRIEL SISTERS

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

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

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

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

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Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

MAYO MANCHESTER TRADFEST

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

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

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

For more details visit www.mayomanchester.com 

 

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Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

3'OH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

KIERAN GOSS and ANNIE KINSELLA

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

Admission: €20

Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

CIARAN TOURISH

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

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

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Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

JAMES CARTY

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

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

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

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Jul
3
8:00 PM20:00

JOSEPHINE MARSH

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

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

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

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

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Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

GATEHOUSE

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

STEPH GEREMIA

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
10
8:00 PM20:00

THE FOLKY THING

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The Folky Thing

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

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

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

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May
27
8:00 PM20:00

The Wild Geese

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

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

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

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

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May
14
8:00 PM20:00

MÁIRTÍN DE CÓGÁIN

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

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

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

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

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May
13
8:00 PM20:00

CODA and Ultan Conlon - Acoustic Yard Music Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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May
3
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MAD CRAIC COMEDY

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

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

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Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

DERVISH

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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
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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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