The Acoustic Yard are co-hosting with Janey Macs Bar Westport a free summer series of sessions that include some of Irelands finest singer songwriters. Janet Macs who offer a unique range of fine wines, whiskies, gins, cocktails and craft beers are working with The Acoustic Yard to offer a wonderful collection of musicians playing original and select covers in a ambient atmosphere. The 2nd act Belfast based songwriter Robb Murphy is an Irish singer-songwriter whose journey has taken him far and wide to hone his craft as a master storyteller. Robb’s solo career began with the recording of his internationally acclaimed debut album Take A Stand, officially released in April 2012. His 2nd studio album, Sleep Tonight launched in March of 2015 and has kept him busy with Radio, TV and live performances. Recent successes include a variety of sessions, festivals and competitions; 5 successful tours of The Netherlands, a tour of Germany, a feature on BBC Two, The Arts Show, feature on BBC’s ‘Love In A Day’ documentary, ‘Track of the Day’ – Hot Press, appearances at the Belfast-Nashville Songwriters Festival and headlining Copenhagen Songwriters Festival to name but a few.
The rhythmic undercurrent of Robb Murphy’s music entices his audience to join him on a journey of traditional Irish storytelling punctuated throughout with elements of pop, country, classical and folk. His music illustrates personal memories along with the varied stories of his native Northern Ireland. Robb has the unique ability to transport his listener into his musical world with a combination of stunning acoustics, sublime vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Other acts confirmed include Ken Haddock, Peco, Jon Hicks and Cornelia Keating and Beki Hemingway..more to be announced and there’s no entrance fee!
To celebrate our 5th anniversary we are bringing one of the hottest bands on the circuit, the Madrid based Track Dogs
On Wednesday September 4th The Acoustic Yard hosts it’s 5th anniversary concert in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar with one of the hottest bands on the scene, all the way from Madrid the wonderful Track Dogs…Latino, Americana, Cuban rhythms and much more.
Track Dogs is a Madrid-based Americana-Folk-Latino outfit with members from Ireland (Dublin & Bray), UK (Sheffield) and USA (Vermilion, OH).
Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.
Taking their name from the NY subway maintenance teams this closely-knit group of ex-pats have opted for cajón instead of drums and trumpet in place of electric guitar. Four-part harmonies steal the show.
“…the quartet serve up a south of the border fiesta exuberance that defies you not to stomp the heels and play air castanets…the groove is most definitely on.” Fatea Magazine
“Their lively, melodic music has a strong American/Latin sentiment, a strong sense of fun and an abundance of sunshine”. FRUK
“The antidote to a bad day” Maverick
““Groovy” is not a word I often use in this column, but that’s just the adjective I need to describe Madrid-based Irish band the Track Dogs…Released at the end of last year, the album is rhythmic, soulful and simply cool. This is indie-acoustic arranged with a hippie flair.The band’s music is, like the band of ex-pats, an eclectic cultural crossover. The Irish Echo, New York
“This band turned out to be a total discovery, with vocal harmonies on a par with groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, America or the most melodic style of, for example, the Eagles mixed in with the graceful irreverence of The Pogues.” Renacer Eléctrico Music Magazine, Spain
“Track Dogs were the hit of Rochester Sweeps Festival 2016. Their close harmonies, instrumentation but above all, interaction with the audience, proved a winner.” Doug Hudson, Director Rochester Sweeps
“In a battle of the stages, Track Dogs were up against festival headliner Badly Drawn Boy. Wonderfully unfazed by this, the band drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend to the GoldenPlec Stage, cheery, Spanish-tinged acoustic proving a hit with a crowd that wanted to dance.” Vantastival, Goldenplec.com
“Track Dogs played 2 shows at Vantastival 2016 and both were highlights of the weekend. Their unique show around 1 mic was perfect for the atmospheric smaller stage with their on-point vocal harmonies and rhythmic tribal beat. Their show as headline act for our larger stage was one of the biggest audiences of the weekend and left everyone in no doubt that this is a very very special band.” Mark Staunton, Vantastival Festival Director
What they’re saying about their album “KANSAS CITY OUT GROOVE”
“…genre-busting acoustic music built around folk, Americana and bluegrass…an album that will delight established fans and gain them plenty of new ones”
RNR, magazine July 2018, UK
“…based in Madrid and with instruments that include cajon, banjo, ukulele, mandolin and trumpet and, rather obviously Spanish guitar, the quartet serve up a south of the border fiesta exuberance that defies you not to stomp the heels and play air castanets….the groove is most definitely on.”
Fatea Magazine, UK
“There’s a rare combination of four great players who also have superb voices, creating stunning individual vocal performances and the almost inevitable perfect harmonies…The playing is outstanding, the harmonies are superb and it’s joyful throughout; just give it a listen.”
Music Riot, June 2018, UK
“…a delicious Ameri-Latino mix with – for lovers – the following recipe: one quarter Americana, two parts Latino, a hefty dash of strings…Let the summer erupt. The Track Dogs are in, let the summer begin! Feelgood festival music!”
Keys and Chords, BELGIUM
“…a nice melting pot of styles, which have one thing in common: the groove…how special the singing of the four is, across all genre boundaries…this summery album, which is extremely welcome to brighten up your and my bright spring days. Rootstime, BELGIUM
“Track Dogs grab the listeners by the collars. The dance floor beckons and must be entered. The same floor is on fire within thirty seconds…Track Dogs open the album Kansas City Out Groove overwhelmingly.” Real Roots Café, NETHERLANDS
“…the adventurous fusion of Americana and folk gets something special with Howard Brown’s ubiquitous trumpet. These Track Dogs have unmistakably their own sound, fans of the work of Manu Chao and Calexico undoubtedly appreciate Kansas City Out Groove.”
Tickets are now on sale for the 3 main events at The Acoustic Yard Music Festival with a weekend of top quality music and song with Irish Legends The Pale headlining Saturday May 11th in the Clock Tavern Restaurant.
The boys are releasing a new album and tour at that time and will guarantee a party for the weekend revellers. Special guest for the evening will be the soulful Danny G and the Major 7ths. Their song ‘Say When’ was The Acoustic Yard Radio Show’s song of 2018. Have a listen to The Pale here and their famous hit ‘Butterfly’.
On Friday May 10th the vocal duo of Morrissey & Marshall are back in Ireland with a one off gig in the West. They will also play The Clock Tavern Restaurant sharing their infectious tunes and superb harmonies. If you like the Beatles, Peter and Gordon or The Everly Brothers then you won’t be disappointed. Listen below to ‘I’ve Got a Plan’.
Special guest will be from Noah and the Whale fame Matt Owens who will be releasing his debut album ‘Whisky and Orchids’.
On Sunday May 12th we head to Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar to finish the festival with award winning folk singer Aoife Scott. Aoife wrote ‘All along the Wild Atlantic Way’ (listen below) which has become a bit of an anthem here in the west and a relevance to the beautiful scenery here around Westport.
Aoife has toured and wooed audiences all over the world and has proved she is just as talented as her mother Frances Black and her auntie Mary Black.
Special guest is Kevin May from Ballinrobe who was a member of New York based acts Storyman and The Guggenheim Project. He also regularly offers his keyboard talents to popular original band Vickers Vimy.
We are delighted to announce that legendary Dublin band The Pale will be performing at this year’s The Acoustic Yard Music Festival Westport in The Clock Tavern Restaurant on Saturday May 11th.
The Pale are a hitting the road to mark the release of their latest album ‘Merciful Hour’ (due on April 12th) Produced by sonic maestro Keith Farrell (Duckworth Lewis Method, Cathy Davey, Pugwash), the album is one of constant surprises, building on the classic Pale template and expanding it musically and lyrically.
The Pale started life in Dublin’s Northside in the early 90’s but drew their influences from far beyond. For some they are best remembered for their hits ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Dogs with no tails’. But that is only the tip of the iceberg for a band that has steered clear of the beaten track.
Flirtations with chart success, forays into alternative circuses, tours way off the beaten path in Russia, Japan, Eastern Europe and beyond are all par for the course for a band that have refused to be categorised or trade off past glories. They continue to be one of the most prolific and polished recording bands in Ireland.
The Pale’s live reputation is hard earned, with sets jumping between laced up indie, reggae, Eastern European folk, all presented with a wry lyrical twist and frenetic energy. Never to be pigeonholed, a Pale gig will see them play dozens of songs drawing from a range of genres. Mandolins and bouzoukis duel with synths and drums, all propelled by their inimitable stage presence and striking musical prowess
Live at The Acoustic Yard Music Festival Friday May 10th 2019
The Clock Tavern Restaurant,
We are delighted to announce the opening headline act at this year’s The Acoustic Yard Music Festival Westport are the wonderful harmony duo of Morrissey and Marshall.
A couple of years ago, Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall arrived in London from Dublin with two acoustic guitars and a headful of shared dreams. They set about hauling themselves up the hard way from the rough and tumble of street corner busking and open-mic nights to playing at some of the best venues and recording studios in the city.
While their debut, And so it Began, won them plaudits as the finest pair of harmony singers to have emerged on the circuit for decades, Morrissey & Marshall upped their game with a collection of songs to rival those of the very greatest groups. With its raw production and seamless combination of vocal, instrumental and songwriting prowess.
Morrissey & Marshall’s current release is a special one. Due to the endless debate of whether they are better with a big production and full band behind them, or stripped down to the bare bones with 2 acoustic guitars and two vocals, the Dublin duo decided to release ‘We Rise Again… Acoustically’.
Musically, We Rise Again… Acoustically is a big step up to the top table of pop. With international release and touring deals in place across Europe and as far afield as Japan and Australia, the words and sounds of Morrissey & Marshall are spreading rapidly.
Whatever happens next, the band are already owners of two of the biggest names in rock, a coincidence which prompted one MC to suggest that they might sound like “a heavily-amplified Smiths gig”.Morrissey smiles at the reference to their namesakes. “We have never pretended to be anyone other than Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall. It’s who we really are.”
The Acoustic Yard is delighted to announce that Aoife Scott will be appearing at this year’s festival in Matt Molloy’s Westport Co.Mayo on May 12th 2019.
A member of the legendary Irish folk music family, The Black Family, Aoife Scott is an award-winning folk singer and songwriter who has steadily made a name for herself in traditional and folk music scenes around the world. Last year, her single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” hit the #1 spot on iTunes, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top. It was also named “Song of the Year” at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017.
Aoife Scott’s music has a broad creative scope that is mostly influenced by her roots in folk and traditional Irish music. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, her dynamic and profound vocals explore the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced. Scott’s most recent accolades in 2018 have seen her named Best Folk Act at the Irish Post Music Awards (IRE), as well as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US).
Following the success of her debut album, “Carry the Day”, wherein the Irish Times quoted it as “richly layered impressive debut album” she has toured nearly non stop overseas over the span of 3 years, wherein she headlined folk and Irish festivals all over the world including; Milwaukee Irish Festival (US), Port Fairy Folk Festival (AU), and The National Folk Festival (AU).
Tickets are on sale now at €15 and are available here
We are delighted to announce the first of three ‘The Acoustic Yard Sessions’ on Tuesday September 11th in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar, doors open 7.30pm with ‘Vickers Vimy’ and ‘Emma Langford’ our guests for the evening.
Tickets on sale HERE now and we are delighted to have Reel Deel Brewery as a supporter of our events.
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.
Vickers Vimy have collaborated with Colm Mac Con Iomaire(The Frames & Swell Season) and had the pleasure of recording in the studio of Nick Seymour (Crowded House).
Vickers Vimy had the amazing fortune to support the late John Martyn. They have supported the Hothouse Flowers, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Mundy. They have shared the RTE Music Train with Christy Moore, Kodaline, Paul Brady and Jack L.
“Gloriously timeless” Hotpress
“Woozing, drifting songcraft that is instantly palpable” Celina Murphy Hotpress
“If you like Gillan Welch, Mward, Josh Ritter you’ll love this” Eirecana
“Songwriting and arrangements of such great quality that no moment lacks in brilliance” Golden Plec“Stand up and take a bow Vickers Vimy…you write some lovely songs and you exude a gorgeous vitality” Hotpress Greg McAteer
“Music that is a feast for the ears and a gentle homage to music artists of the past. Its Beautiful” Music & Everything
“Charming, promising and wonderfully textured roots songs with superb lyrics” 2UIBestow
“Music that exudes a warm and mellow flavour of rootsy Americana” Galway Advertiser
Emma Langford has woven a sound which Phil Coulter describes as “a breath of fresh air”.
A folk guitarist and singer-songwriter from Limerick in the West of Ireland 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. Delicate guitar work complements an intuitive sense of melody.
Emma Langford’s insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanor prove a winning combination, creating an engaging live presence. She has to date shared a stage with globally renowned artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Hudson Taylor, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mundy, Eddi Reader, Mick Flannery and Declan O’Rourke.
In 2016 Emma successfully crowd-funded and launched a debut EP, simply titled “Emma Langford”, which was toured at sold-out dates across the country.
Her debut album “Quiet Giant” described by Today Fm’s Ed Smith as “absolutely stunning” was released in October 2017 along with a music video accompanying the album’s single, Closed Book. The record received considerable airtime on RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Radio1, Lyric FM, BBC Northern Ireland, and Newstalk. It remained in the independent Irish charts, and on the RTÉ Radio 1 playlist for many weeks following its release, securing the young artist’s place as a staple of the national folk scene.
Emma completed a hugely successful month-long tour of Germany and Switzerland with the Irish Folk Festival in October 2017, receiving rave reviews and breaking tour records for CD sales.
In 2017 Emma Langford 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.
“Emma Langford certainly knows how to weave magic and mystery through a tune… A beguiling, distinctive voice.” – Hot Press Magazine (2018)
“A breath of fresh air… Very easy on the ear.” – Phil Coulter (2017)
“music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… [An] enduring piece of work.” – the Irish Times (2017)
“So personal the lyrics, so bewitching sounds her soft voice, expressing at the same time joy and sorrow…” – Algemeine Zeitung, German Press (2017)
“A songwriter of great depth and personal soul searching and a voice to match.” – RTÉ Lyric FM (2017)