Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

BACKWEST

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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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May
9
8:00 PM20:00

SLYVAIN BAROU & RONAN PELLEN

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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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May
30
8:00 PM20:00

JOHN DOYLE

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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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Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

NIALL HANNA

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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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Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

KIERAN GOSS & 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
29
8:00 PM20:00

CALUDO

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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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Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

CÉIDE - LIKE A WILD THING

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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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Mar
28
8:00 PM20:00

MICKEY HARTE

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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Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

JOHN SPILLANE

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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Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

ABOVE AND BELOW THE TIDE

‘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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Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

VENTURE

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

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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Jan
30
8:00 PM20:00

STEPHEN DOHERTY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan
23
8:00 PM20:00

THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS

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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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Jan
16
to Jan 20

WINTER RAMBLES TOUR

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. 

Dates


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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Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

TONY REIDY ALBUM LAUNCH

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

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

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

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Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

GIG FOR GAZA KIDS

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

Thursday 22nd November 2018.

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

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

Entry €20 Tickets available HERE

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Nov
14
8:45 PM20:45

THE LEGACY OF MICK LAVELLE

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

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

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Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

SEAMUS MCGUIRE & JOHN LEE

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Album Launch - The Legacy of Stephen Grier

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

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

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

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Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

CAOIMHÍN Ó FEARGHAIL & PADDY TUTTY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Carty, July 2018

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Oct
25
8:30 PM20:30

Matt Molloy 'Back to the Island' Album launch

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

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

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Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

ARTY MCGLYNN & NOLLAIG CASEY

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

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

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

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

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Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

TAKING STOCK - POETRY BOOK LAUNCH

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

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

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

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Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

KEVIN BURKE

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

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

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Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

JEAN-MICHEL VEILLON & YVON RIOU

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

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

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

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

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Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

JOSEPH MCNULTY

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep
11
8:00 PM20:00

THE ACOUSTIC YARD SESSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
26
8:00 PM20:00

THE HIGH SEAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Aug
20
8:00 PM20:00

THE WHILEAWAYS

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

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

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

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

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Aug
13
8:00 PM20:00

THE FRIEL SISTERS

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

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

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

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

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Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

MAYO MANCHESTER TRADFEST

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

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

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

For more details visit www.mayomanchester.com 

 

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Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

3'OH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

KIERAN GOSS and ANNIE KINSELLA

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

Admission: €20

Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

CIARAN TOURISH

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

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

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Jul
18
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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
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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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