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Track Dogs

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On 4th September 2019, The Acoustic Yard hosts its 5th anniversary concert in Matt Molloy's Yard Bar with one of the hottest bands on the scene, all the way from Madrid the wonderful Track Dogs...Latino, Americana, Cuban rhythms and much more.

Track Dogs is a Madrid-based Americana-Folk-Latino outfit with members from Ireland (Dublin & Bray), UK (Sheffield) and USA (Vermilion, OH).

 Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.

Taking their name from the NY subway maintenance teams, this closely-knit group of ex-pats have opted for cajón instead of drums and trumpet in place of electric guitar.Their four-part harmonies steal the show.

Doors open at 19.30

Special guest - Aoidán Coyne - 20.00

Track Dogs - 20.45

Tickets - €15

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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.”

The band is led by Chris’ soulful lead-singing, songwriting, 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 driving and innovative banjo player, and another contributor of original material, hails from Front Royal, VA. Mountain Home recently signed her as a solo artist as well, releasing her critically acclaimed album, “True Colors.”

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. Jon has had over 200 of his songs recorded by various other artists as well, from The Infamous Stringdusters to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, including numerous #1 songs. 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.” Altogether, members of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers have won nine IBMA awards and have recorded ten #1 songs, including two from their latest Mountain Home album “Made to Move.”

The Night Drivers also bring name recognition in related fields, as bluegrass fans are well-familiar with Jones for his award-winning work as a SiriusXM DJ, on both Bluegrass Junction and Willie’s Roadhouse. Meanwhile, Jon Weisberger is heard weekly as co-host and producer of Bluegrass Junction’s “Hand Picked with Del McCoury.”

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“Dave and Mick are master musicians no doubt about it, they have the credentials: the track record, the bands, albums and collaborations, but here you get more than just great musicianship, you get a dialogue, a conversation happening now, not parroted lines from some slickly rehearsed ensemble, that is the real excitement here. Cleary they have practice long and hard, there are gaps and stops and changes of rhythm, which the boys hit spot on, but you’d be forgiven if you thought they’d just walked into the pub and played straight of the cuff.” – Seán Laffey

Doors Open: 8PM

Tickets available on the door on the night

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Leonard Barry, from North Kerry, is one of Ireland’s finest uilleann pipers. He has played and taught the pipes in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Leonard has worked with many of Ireland’s leading singer songwriters including Luka Bloom and John Spillane.

North Kerry-born Barry got the uilleann piping bug as a teenager listening to The Bothy Band and Planxty, so naturally his early influences were Paddy Keenan and Liam O'Flynn, along with Finbar Furey. But he also went farther back in the piping tradition, to Seamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy, and Johnny Doran.

Settling in Cork as a young adult exposed him to the music of Sliabh Luachra (Johnny O'Leary, Julia Clifford, Denis Murphy), and a sojourn in Galway furthered his development. All of which enabled Barry to become a top-flight piper (good enough to work not only with a plethora of great traditional musicians but also singer-songwriters Luka Bloom and John Spillane) and a collector of some impressive tunes not necessarily found in the piping repertoire.

Christy Moore, for one, has praised Barry for the 'hop' on his regulators and the 'seductive' nature of his drones, but you don't need to know piping terminology to realize that this fellow plays with masterful control and skill.

Catch Leonard and friends when they play Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar this coming October. Doors will open at 8pm and tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Caludo are a "swissicana" trio based in Zürich, Switzerland. They perform a mix of original material, both vocal and instrumental, as well as some new takes on old favorites in the bluegrass and old-time realm.

Stefan (vocals, guitar) was raised in northern Germany, where he learned Bluegrass music by listening to a distant FM radio station in Hamburg. He began to play 5-string banjo at the age of 15. No teachers, no internet...just instructional books and records. He finally met like-minded musicians, and trained his musical skills at jams and bluegrass concerts. In the past years, Stefan was touring with the Folk Band “Mala & FyrMoon” in Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland and the USA. He recently produced a folk album of his own.

Catie Jo (vocals, fiddle) is currently a master's student in Zurich, but she originally comes from Minnesota, where she grew up in a rich Bluegrass community. She has played the fiddle since she was 9, and her playing has been featured across the US at various concerts and festivals, as well as a number of appearances on the popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. Known for her energetic and fiery fiddle playing, Catie Jo is thrilled to be starting a new musical adventure in Switzerland.

Vincent (vocals, bass) spent part of his childhood in the french speaking part of Switzerland. He has played bass with various folk, rock, and pop bands. Vincent composes thoughtful and entertaining songs in english, french, and also greek – and he does not give in before a new song is well arranged! Intricate timings like 7/8 are one of his passions. Vincent is one of the rare acoustic bass players who uses the instrument's body for percussion. Together with Stefan, he was involved in Mala & FyrMoon.

Doors open at 8pm. Admission is €10

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Veteran Irish songwriter Kieran Goss along with Irish singer/songwriter Annie Kinsella launched their debut duo album; ‘Oh, The Starlings’, earlier this year and have been touring Europe ever since in support of the album. They return home to Ireland in July and we are delighted to announce that they will be making their annual appearance at Matt Molloy’s.

Long considered one of Ireland’s finest songwriters, Kieran Goss, together with Annie Kinsella have enchanted audiences throughout Europe with their intimate live performances, winning rave reviews along the way. Time Out magazine wrote of the duo:

"Individually they are both gifted singers, but when they sing together, magic happens… The harmonies, the chemistry… just sublime."

Recorded in New York in Spring 2018 with eight time Grammy winning engineer Kevin Killen (David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, U2, Elvis Costello) at the helm, 'Oh, The Starlings' hasbeen described by songwriter Rodney Crowell as: "So good, it's heartbreaking… The record itself feels like an old friend."

'Oh, The Starlings' has already won the kinds of reviews that signal their assured elevation onto the international stage. With songs, stories and harmonies that transport thelistener to another world, this is music from the heart, for the heart.This is a show to make you laugh and cry… a show to move you with its honest beauty… a show not to be missed.

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Dublin musicians, Aoife O’Connor, Majella O’Beirne and Mary Corcoran draw their inspiration from the pioneering female musicians who with the exceptional quality of their music paved the way for the present generation of female musicians.

Aoife, Majella and Mary have implacable collective musical backgrounds. Their music is of the highest standard and they have impressive successes at All-Ireland level in solo and group categories. They are playing an important role in the continuity of the tradition by showcasing the abilities of female musicians at the highest level.

They have recently recorded a CD which includes some tunes from P.W. Joyce’s collection, which has been recorded commercially for the first time. Overall this CDS represents a proud unbroken and continuous tradition of music in Dublin.

Aoife, Mary and Majella first played together on a tribute concert at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy to honour the wonderful Dublin flute player Mick Hand. Huge interest arose from their vibrant and beautiful playing and subsequently they were asked to perform at many concerts including the Ace and Deuce for the pipers club, Na Píobairí Uilleann. They have recently recorded for TG4.

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The Housekeepers Album Launch


The Housekeepers Album Launch – Doireann Glackin & Sarah Flynn

Irish traditional musicians Doireann Glackin (fiddle) and Sarah Flynn (concertina) are delighted to announce the launch their debut duet album ‘The Housekeepers’ in Matt Molloy’s Pub on Thursday 27th June at 8.30pm.

Flynn and Glackin are neighbours hailing from the Northside of Dublin and have been playing as a duet for a number of years. ‘The Housekeepers’, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, is the culmination of a 2-year research project that sets out to illuminate the legacy of five unsung female musicians of our tradition: Ella Mae O’Dwyer, Nora Hurley, Aggie Whyte, Ellen Galvin and Mollie Myers Murphy.

‘The Housekeepers’ comprises 13 tracks featuring tunes sourced exclusively from the five selected musicians. John Francis Flynn provides delicate accompaniment on guitar on selected tracks. A detailed booklet beautifully designed by Black Rogue Designs, containing information from the research conducted, accompanies the CD.


Facebook: Doireann Glackin and Sarah Flynn Music

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Roscommon based traditional group Gatehouse has 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 are now due to release their much anticipated second album during the Summer of 2019. The album title is Heather Down The Moor. It features some classic English and Scottish folk songs along with some new tune compositions from the band’s fiddler, John McEvoy.

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.

Catch Gatehouse in the intimate venue of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar. Doors will open at 8pm and a cover charge will apply.

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Niall Hanna is a traditional/folk singer and guitarist from County Tyrone. He is a graduate from St Mary's teaching college in Belfast and is a teacher of singing and guitar accompaniment. His main instruments include guitar, bouzouki and bass guitar.
Niall Hanna is a traditional/folk singer and guitarist from County Tyrone. He is a graduate from St Mary's teaching college in Belfast and is a teacher of singing and guitar accompaniment. His main instruments include guitar, bouzouki and bass guitar.

Niall was immersed in traditional singing from a young age. This was a legacy left behind by his grandfather Geordie Hanna and Geordie's sister Sarah Ann O'Neill. He won his first all Ireland title in singing when he was 13 years old.

Niall started to learn music at both Comhaltas and the Armagh Piper's Club. Through this, he gained experience in performing and playing with other musicians. Since then he has gone on to perform and give workshops across Europe and in Australia. In recent years Niall has performed professionally with acts such as Reel It In, The Rapparees, Cathal O'Neill, Buille, Cathal and Stephen Hayden, Dónal O'Connor, Martin Meehan and many more.

Niall is the current recipient of the Young Musician's Platform Award (YMPA) from the Arts Council and has used this prestigious award to kick-start his solo career. 

Catch Niall in the intimate venue of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are €15 and are available from Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival’s website.

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Originally from Dublin, and a longtime resident of Asheville, NC in the 

heart of the Blue Ridge mountains, John Doyle is

a compelling singer and songwriter; producer; multi-Grammy nominee;

and an extraordinary master of the Irish guitar whose singular percussive

style has influenced a generation of players. A founding member of the

acclaimed group Solas, John’s guitar sound took the traditional music

world by storm and has likely forever influenced the role of guitar in Irish

music. John regularly performs solo, in duos, groups and has been the

choice guitarist for the likes of Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Linda

Thompson, Jerry Douglas, The Alt, Usher's Island, Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers,

Tim O’Brien, Michael McGoldrick and John McCusker, Alison Brown, Mick

Moloney, Kate Rusby and a host of other world class performers in America

and abroad. John’s duo recording, Double Play, with the great Chicago

fiddler and previous National Heritage Fellowship recipient, Liz Carroll,

received a 2009 Grammy Nomination for Best Traditional World Album.

That same year, John and Liz performed for President Obama, Vice-

President Biden and Congress. John has been featured on over 130

recordings of traditional Irish, folk, old time, and bluegrass music, many of

which he produced, including 2016 National Heritage Fellowship recipient

Billy McComiskey’s Outside the Box. He has performed at every major folk,

bluegrass, and Irish festival in the U.S., Canada and Europe, some many

times over as well as NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, E-Town,

Mountain Stage, and World Cafe.


John is a great lover of traditional song, an encouraging and enthusiastic

teacher, and his nearly non-stop schedule of touring, producing and

recording attests to his high standing in the world of traditional Irish and

American music. From a family of musicians in Dublin and Co. Sligo, and

having been exposed to traditional music as a young teen through his

grandfather, father and uncle, all of whom were musicians, and John’s roots run

deep in collecting songs and tunes. His influences include Arty McGlynn,

Andy Irvine and Paul Brady as well as the great impact of his musical elder

family members. Having been long established as the premier guitarist in

traditional Irish and Irish/American music, John’s 2011 solo cd, Shadow

and Light is a showcase for John’s acclaimed talent as a songwriter in the

traditional genre. He has the rare ability to pen new songs that for all the

world, sound decades or hundreds of years old and are well on their way to

becoming standards in the Irish folk canon. He makes seemingly ancient

subjects such as the Irish experience of deportation, war on the battlefields

of old, ship disasters, and unrequited love seem riveting and relevant.

John’s reputation as a generous, patient and encouraging producer of new

and established artists alike often finds him at the helm of several recording

projects at once. Likewise, he commits himself to several weeks of teaching

yearly in his efforts to encourage young and older players alike and his

classes are consistently sold out.

Though he could no doubt play and record with any of the world’s best

acoustic musicians, and often does, John’s heart is always in the traditional

music of Ireland and its diaspora in America and beyond.


“Mr. Doyle, whose solo artistry draws impressively from heart and hearth.”

Earle Hitchner, Wall Street Journal


“It is not often that a single artist defines a genre, but then there is John

Doyle and Traditional Irish music to consider. “ R.J.Lannan, TradConnect


“John Doyle is as much a story teller as a musician, and he’s masterful at

both.” Neil Mcfadden, Folk and Roots Magazine


“John Doyle can thrill with his crisp dexterity or break your heart with a moving

ballad. ….his songwriting has grown to match his musicianship.” iTunes

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Sylvain Barou, from Brittany is considered as one of the best flute players. Having played mainly Irish and Breton traditional music, Sylvain has been part of some of the most exciting projects of the genre and played with the foremost bands and musicians such as Donal Lunny, Padraig Rynne, Guidewires, Altan, Guichen, Alain Genty, Denez Prigent, Jacques Pellen-Celtic Procession, Erik Marchand, Smadj, Gildas & JB Boclé, Keyvan Chemirani, Trilok Gurtu, Prabhu Edouard, Vincent Ségal (arranger with Sting) Sandip Chatterjee, Karim Ziad, Adnan Joubran, Dan Ar Braz, Yann-Fanch Kemener, Gilles Le Bigot, Soig Siberil, Yvan Cassar, Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Andy Irvine, Mairtin O'Connor, Paddy Glackin, Seamie O'Dowd, Paddy Keenan, Laoise Kelly, Fred Morrisson... he has been seen playing at some of the major festivals and venues such as Glasgow Celtic Connections, Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Festival de Cornouaille, Festival des Vieilles Charrues, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Transmusicales, Paléo Festival, Ennis Trad Festival, FMM Sines, Théatre de La Ville, Jazz à Vienne, Bercy, Stade de France, Musiques Nomades in Nouakchott, Tanger Festival, Dranouter Folk Fest, etc... 
Today, Sylvain travels the world with his own lineup and a new trio with irish legendary musician Donal Lunny and Padraig Rynne, Sylvain is also participating to several projects with breton jazz guitarist Jacques Pellen, including a new exciting collaboration with jazz drummer extraordinaire Trilok Gurtu and a new quartet called Offshore. He also collaborates with musicians from other musical realms such as iranian percussion wizard Keyvan Chemirani,  indian musicians Prabhu Edouard (tabla) Sandip Chatterjee (santoor) and Sukdhev Misra (violin) and Cretan genius Stelios Petrakis (lyra, saz, laouto) and multi-instrumentalist wizard Efrén Lopez. 
He is still very active in the breton "fest-noz" scene (the famous dance nights of Brittany!) and also experiments regularly with other musical styles that he has been studying (indian classical music, sufi music from Turkey, persian music, greek folk...) and it is also not rare to hear him creating incredible soundscapes in jazz/ambient/experimental projects these days. 
Sylvain also plays other instruments such as indian bansuri, armenian duduk, zurna, mey, kabazurna and tulum (turkey) and is also a very accomplished uilleann-pipes player and also biniou kozh (traditional bagpipe of Brittany) 

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Back West are the full Irish: a four-piece of young exponents, filled to the brim with the music and soul of the west of Ireland. Reared in the heart of Galway city and county, their music celebrates the historically and culturally rich environment in which they were nurtured as children.

Their stage show is a winning combination of traditional, sassy, modern, technically perfect and musically inspiring, delivered with tremendous and rampant energy. The highly regarded musical siblings, Maureen and Brendan Browne, on fiddle/vocals and accordion respectively, join Lord of the Dance Peter Vickers on hand and foot percussion. To add to this powerful mix is lead guitar and vocalist Fabian Joyce.

With an innovative, revolving door, full-of-possibilities policy, this ensemble, this exemplary foresome invite high calibre, virtuosic guest musicians and singers to fill guest slots. Audiences are indulged with an ever-changing stage landscape. They have previously collaborated with far reaching styles of accompaniment in their work with Shane McGowan (Sligo), Seamie O’Dowd (Sligo), Chris Kelly (Galway), Carl Hession (Galway), Johnny Ringo McDonagh (Galway) and various guest singers.

Back West have set new standards with their unique signature style. Deeply rooted in the tradition, they are ‘an innovative, thrilling ensemble of high calibre and vastly experienced musicians,’ (Irish Music Magazine).

Their performances are polished and effortlessly professional, given the depths of their solo and collective musicianship and talents. The tunes are honed from vast individual repertoires, the music and songs absorbed from all regions of Ireland and beyond. Modern tunes sit comfortably with older compositions, the siblings bounce fiddle and accordion off each other with flourish, Peter’s dancing is theatrical, Fabian’s rhythmical, sensitive connection to the music is intricate. The band’s musical narrative, their stories, the arrangements, energetic performances and professionalism are solid. It is that vital combination which is thrilling their ever increasing audiences in Ireland, Europe and north America.

Back West in concert is a showcase of imaginative, modern day Irish cultural expression, an explosion of songs, tunes, and dances that are vital to the world of contemporary Irish and world music.

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Mayo based group Céide are due to play their first gig in over 10 years in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar on Thursday 18th April. This is a night not to be missed by anyone who appreciates Irish music and song played with drive, emotion and understanding.

The group features an impressive list of Mayo musicians; Brian Lennon on flute, whistles and vocals, Tom and Kevin Doherty on accordion and double bass, John McHugh on fiddle, Declan Askin on guitar and vocals along with the main the main vocalist Marianne Knight - who also plays flute and accordion !

Céide released their excellent debut album ‘Like a Wild Thing’ in 2001 and their much-anticipated second album ‘Out of their Shell’ with the addition of new vocalist Marianne Knight in 2006.

Both albums received excellent reviews from Irish and International music press.

‘Céide are a quintet with not just attitude, but finesse by the bucket load.’ Siobhan Long, Irish Times

‘In conclusion, Out of Their Shell is the most striking album to be released by an Irish traditional band for some years and absolutely worth investigation’ Irish Music Review, Geoff Wallis

‘Busy and bold, Céide’s second collection emerges from its west Mayo chrysalis like a butterfly intent on parading her intricate designs’. The Irish Times, Siobhan Long

For many years Ceide performed both nationally and internationally appearing on many well known TV shows until in 2009 they decided in their own words ‘to pull into the lay by’ to concentrate on their young families.

Now, ten years later they have decided to reunite for a concert that will feature music from both their early albums along with new arrangements and songs.

This will be a night of music and song played with energy, drive and emotion not to be missed.

Doors open at 8.00pm and the concert will commence at 8.30pm.

‘This is terrific, traditional music played with gusto and understanding---a rare combination. It got us dancing around the room, and with this arthritis, that ain’t easy! Go Céide!!’ Bill Margeson, The Chicago Irish American News

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Mickey 'Joe' Harte has been a mainstay of the Irish roots and popular music scene for more than 15 years. He has multiple Platinum records to his credit including #1's and many Top 20 hits on the Irish charts. Back in 2003 he represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest with "We've Got the World" and placed 11th and reached #1 on the Irish Single Chart.

The single releases of 'Come Gather All' & 'Bring it On, Bring it On' exhibit two recent writing collaborations with internationally acclaimed Irish songwriter 'Paul Brady'. 

Harte's current album “Forward to Reality” represents some of his best songs yet, offering an amazingly diverse range of themes, sounds, and subjects. The album was recorded in the USA with John Condron and Flipworks Productions. Including the acclaimed songs 'Bordertown' 'Unstoppable Train', and 'Living in our Town'. It also includes the hit radio single 'Practical' featuring Irish folk legend Finbar Furey.  

The release of “WISH YOU WELL”  has helped to reinforce Mickey’s place in the Irish music scene and was play listed by RTE RADIO 1 along with his summer hit "SOUND OF THE SUMMER" 

Mickey is currently recording new material in GERMANY with producer Dieter Kirchenbauer , which consist of mainly original songs including audience favourites ‘For the Broken Hearted', & ‘Fire in my Heart’,  and an interpretations of Luka blooms Contemporary Irish folk song "City of Chicago". 

Past compositions include theme tunes for RTE TV programmes including "Lords of the Ring" & "Brian and Pippa get Married".  He also was featured as a vocalist on the hit dance series 'Let's Dance' 2016 for RTL in Germany. 

Mickey also hosts and performs on the 'Writers Series', an 'in the round' concept with two very special guest artists on selected dates at raffs on the corner, Skerries, Co.Dublin. Guests include: Duke special / John Spillane / Eleanor Mc Evoy / the 4 of us / Mick Hanly / Nick kelly / leo Moran(saw doctors) / anto Thistlethwaite (waterboys) , to name a few.

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John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with color and brilliance.  His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience.  In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.
What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter the musical preference.  Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop – that’s fine with John.  He’s a man who is very comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John entertains, charms, and mesmerizes.

John is a native of Cork, the County he lovingly describes as “the centre of the universe”, and it has been a huge creative influence on him. Vocally, he is quite unique with an almost sean nós-like element in his singing and he is said to have a voice “full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity”.

Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few. He performs to audiences large and small everywhere.

From his heart-warming visit to Senegal to film a “musical visit” for an Irish television series (where he met and played music with, among others, the legendary Baaba Maal), to his 2008 Australian tour where he sang the IrishNational Anthem before 45,000 people attending the Australia v. Ireland Ozzie Rules Football, to singing for the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese (by invitation), and so on ad infinitum …

John’s performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour. If you are looking for a night of good ‘craic’, a John Spillane show should not be missed.

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‘Above and Below the Tide’ was formed in Sligo in 2014 to play some original compositions on an album of the same name. The group played some well received gigs promoting the album and developing a unique sound blending many influences including folk, trad, classical, world music and rock. All the members bring years of experience of playing in a wide range of bands and disciplines but in ‘Above and Below the Tide’ are attempting to create a new sound through their own compositions.      

Planxty, Bothy Band, Horslips, Ennio Morricone, Arvo Part, Penguin Café Orchestra, Black Sabbath and Slayer to name a few,would all be influences on the band. Dave McLoughlin plays bouzouki, vocals and guitar. Anna Houston of ‘No crows’ is on cello and mandolin displaying her virtuosity in a variety of styles. Collette Sheerin plays flute and vocals has several solo albums under her belt and has her own band ‘The Candles’. Bernard Tohill plays guitar and also played in several bands including ‘The Blowings’. Ray Coen plays fiddle and electric guitar and is also a member of ‘No Crows’. He has released much of his own material and has written several compositions for the band.                                                                                                         

 ‘Above and Below the Tide’ has received airplay on RTE 1, Lyric FM and several other radio stations.                                                                                                                                                 

 The band recorded their new album ‘Deeper Blue’ in spring 2018 and released in July 2018 followed by gigs around the country. The album ‘Deeper Blue’ showcases material played live by the band over the past few years. Tracks on the album cover issues such as emigration, metal health, death and historical events. ‘Deeper Blue’ is available from CDBaby, iTunes etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Catch The Special Consensus in the intimate venue of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar. Guaranteed to be a brilliant evening of toe tapping tunes!

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Winter Rambles Tour 2019 - John Carty & Matt Molloy with Arty McGlynn & Brian McGrath

Probably the most exciting trad combination of recent times, Matt Molloy and John Carty together with Arty McGlynn and Brian McGrath are undertaking a short Winter rambles Tour around Ireland to coincide with the release of Matt’s latest solo CD Back to the Island. 


Wednesday 16th January - The Crane, Galway 9pm Admission on door 
Thursday 17th January - The Cobblestone, Dublin Tickets here
Friday 18th January - The Tullamore Club Sessions SOLD OUT
Saturday 19th January - Shannonside Winter Music Weekend, Bunratty Castle Hotel, Co Clare 8pm. Tickets here
Sunday 20th January - The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo Tickets here

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

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

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

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

Thursday 22nd November 2018.

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

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

Entry €20 Tickets available HERE

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

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

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Album Launch - The Legacy of Stephen Grier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Carty, July 2018

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Matt Molloy 'Back to the Island' Album launch


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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