Friday 24th August - White Horse Guitar Club
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Friday 24th August - White Horse Guitar Club

The White Horse Guitar Club are an 11 piece band born in the music venue, Upstairs at The White Horse, who interpret songs of the Americana/Roots songbook in a truly impactful way – think Welsh voice choir singing the songs of the deep Southern States!

Formed in early 2012, the band evolved from an open club environment into a fully-fledged musical touring group of 11 friends over the past 5 years. 11 guys drawn from widely varying backgrounds, bound by a common love of playing guitar and singing music that is deeply rooted in the fine tradition of songwriting that flourishes in the Southern states of America, particularly in Kentucky & Tennessee where the Scots/Irish influence was and is strong. The group proudly interpret the songs of John Prine, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Buddy Miller, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson and many more.

The White Horse Guitar club has performed all over Ireland & beyond in the last 5 years, selling out tours in France, Germany, Italy & Holland, along with marquee nights on home soil like the sold out shows in Cork’s Everyman Palace Theatre in May ’17 & Cork's Opera House in January 2018.

All good stories are shaped by the twists and turns of the road and the adventure of The White Horse Guitar Club is very much still being written. Keep your ears tuned and your heart open.

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Friday 7th September - Mick Flannery
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Friday 7th September - Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Ireland in recent years.

An award winning- double platinum selling artist, Mick has released five albums to date – including two number ones and received widespread airplay. He became the first Irish musician to ever win awards at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, aged 19. His critically acclaimed live performances have seen him sell out shows in Ireland’s Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House.

Mick first picked up a guitar at age of 14 under the musical influence of his mother’s family in their old farmhouse in Blarney, Co. Cork where he grew up listening to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jim Croce. Mick wrote songs throughout his teens, while training as a stonemason, which culminated in him signing to a major label at just 21 and releasing his first album “Evening Train”.

Mick’s most recent albums were written in Berlin, a move Mick himself refers to as “self-imposed exile”. His current album "I Own You”, sees Mick deal with broader issues than previous work including themes of social injustice and inequality. Mick currently lives in County Clare, Ireland where he is working on his sixth studio album.

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Saturday 8th September - The Whileaways
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday 8th September - The Whileaways

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.

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Friday 5th October - Declan O'Rourke
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Friday 5th October - Declan O'Rourke

“Compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history run through the songs of Declan O’Rourke. The gravity of the deliberation in their melodies, their calmly sustained phrases, their fatalistic undertone — informs his songs, whether they’re about faithful love or reckoning with elemental forces. — His calling is a balladeer, proffering re-assurance in the face of inevitable sorrow.”
– Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“To me, Declan is not a songwriter within the ordinary definition of the word. He is a sorcerer of songs, with a Dickensian skill for finding the moment that details some aspect of our humanity.”
– Brendan Graham, Hot Press Magazine (Mar 2012)

Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist, acclaimed by his peers, and having achieved many plaudits with his five albums released to date. Declan’s soulful music, rooted in folk and trad, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others. The Dubliner’s legend John Sheahan, declared recently that, “after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the ‘The Dubliners,’ but I’m sure you’ll all agree that with Declan, and Damien (Dempsey), the future is in good hands.”

O’Rourke’s songwriting style moves faultlessly between impressionism, and story telling, and can be at home in almost any form. A dynamic performer, he is at once as comfortable fronting a 50-piece orchestra, as playing solo with a guitar. Songs of Declan’s have been covered by a growing list of established artists ranging from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, and Josh Groban.

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Saturday 14th July - Jack L
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Saturday 14th July - Jack L

JACK L has spent much of 2017 and early 2018 touring throughout Europe with such luminaries as Jools Holland, Imelda May, Neil Sedaka and Aerosmith! There's something for every taste in Jack's music. His most recent best selling album of original material Magic Days was deemed his “best work ever” by The Hot Press and Irish Times amongst others, and it promises to a very magical night that will no doubt live long in the memory.

Jack is on a high at the moment and he promises to deliver a spectacular event with some great new characters to introduce you to, including “The King Of Soho” and many more intriguing creations from his vivid imagination, none more vivid then the man himself!

He shared the stage in London at The Royal Albert Hall, when he was Very Special Guest on the Jools Holland Show, on 26th of November last, and received a prolonged standing ovation from an enraptured crowd.!

Also, last year he scored some fantastic success on his USA Summer tour.

At The Hollywood Fringe Festival, in California, he picked up the 2 top awards! “The Judges Pick Best Act” award and the Press award for Best Performance of the Festival. Quite a feat!!! The best Christmas Present you could give.

He has been invited back next year for THREE shows!

“Jack is one of the greatest interpreters of song lyrics I have heard in recent years”.........Christopher Riddle (Leader of The Nelson Riddle Orchestra)

“As with all great shows, it’s over too soon”……Edinburgh Evening News

“A gorgeous, versatile Baritone”…………………... The Washington Post

“Jack L’s voice is an irresistible force of nature”…..The Irish Times

What a voice…what a performer!......... The Los Angeles Times

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Thursday 14th June - Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill + special guests Vasen
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday 14th June - Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill + special guests Vasen

“In the decades to come, we’ll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix or John Coltrane.”

— The Irish Times

“Hayes has a sublime lyrical and melodic sensibility that transforms all that jiggety-jig scraping into heartbreaking musical washes of the deepest melancholy and moments of sheer, sparkling exuberance.”

— Sydney Morning Herald

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle and his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius, John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in his own locality, in Feakle County Clare where the music which he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, the renowned founder/ leader of the long-lived Tulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas. His latest performing project is with The Gloaming, a band which has burst on the music scene with a rare combination of Irish tunes, ancient sean-nós song, brave explorations and exhilarating and explosive medleys with a distinctive new sound, moving into an entirely new musical dimension of rhythm, melody and texture.


Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. He studied at the city’s prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Cahill’s spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. In addition to his work with Martin, Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers and Kevin Burke, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a sought after producer for musical artists whom he records in his own Chicago studio and is also an accomplished photographer. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill met in
Chicago in the 1980s. They formed the jazz/rock/fusion band, Midnight Court, which allowed them to experiment with a variety of new music styles. When Martin reclaimed his traditional roots, reinvigorated, and after recording two solo albums, he began a new musical relationship with Cahill, beginning with the lyrical music of East Clare. They played long, sometimes thirty-minute, multi-tune sets in their concerts, starting from the simplest of melodies, building in intensity, but never abandoning musicality and ideas.

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

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