Friday 23rd November - Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

Friday 23rd November - Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn

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. 

In 1990 they recorded and released their first album together, "Lead the Knave" to great critical acclaim, it was awarded the Belfast Telegraph Entertainment Media and Arts Award, (E.M.A), for excellence in the field of Folk Music. Together, they arranged and played music for the sound track of the feature film "Moondance" as well as "Hear My Song", a full-length feature film, based on the life of singer Joseph Locke, in which they also made an appearance.

In July 1995 they released their second album together, Causeway for Tara Music, which as well as featuring Nollaig's superb singing for the first time, also has nine sets of original tunes composed by Nollaig and Arty. These tunes range from soft and gentle to strong and vibrant and display a unique love and understanding for the music and its origins. Many of these tracks include the stunning harmonica playing of Brendan Power.

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.

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.

The late sixties saw him move further afield, trips to UK and USA, moving from band to band and adding the pedal steel guitar to his musical arsenal along the way. But by the mid seventies the endless run of one nighters had begun to lose their appeal and Arty was beginning to look for something more real, something that would excite him again.

Towards the end of the seventies, Arty revived his interest in Irish traditional music and 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.

Arty subsequently became one of the most sought after musicians in the country, playing and recording with the likes of Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn. He played as a member of such prestigious groups as Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and the Van Morrison Band.

Arty is equally in demand as a live performer, recording artist and producer. The album "Barking Mad" by the group Four Men & A Dog, which Arty produced, was voted Folk Album of the year by Folk Roots Magazine. He produced Christy Hennessy's album, "The Rehearsal", which remained in the Irish charts continuously for eighteen months, he also collaborated with Frances Black on her first two solo albums, "Talk to Me" and "The Sky Road", both of which have topped the charts in Ireland and have been critically received in the UK and America.

In 1997 Arty suffered a severe setback when he broke his wrist while on tour in the USA, however a quick recovery has seen him back playing with all his immense skills, after only a few months. As well as performing live throughout Europe with Liam O'Flynn he also co-produced with Liam, Liam's most recent album The Piper's Call.

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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 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 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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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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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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