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A New look for The Acoustic Yard coming soon…

The Acoustic yard will be changing it’s look, structure and its content here for 2020.

We will be a conduit for new independent artists, with reviews, articles, recommendations, guest bloggers and supplying more information for artists and fans alike.

First up will be our new avatar below.

Watch out for this logo on our social media sites and everywhere attached to The Acoustic Yard. We’ve kept our original colours and added a design made up of bass and treble clefs. We are after all a music website.

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Festival moved to late summer

We’ve been trying to figure out whether to do a 5th Acoustic Yard Music Festival in Westport this May after the Bank Holiday weekend and although we could create one with a limited budget, I think that it would be of no benefit at that time of the year to the town.
Within the space of one month after our allotted weekend we have 2 more great music festivals happening here in Westport, Saltwater at the end of May (a new festival in the calendar), and The Folk and Bluegrass Festival in mid-June. Overkill and funding go together, so maybe it’s better to create something later in the year at the end of August instead. Nothing confirmed to add as yet but we will let everyone know as soon as possible. We have been nominated 3 times for the ‘Best Small Festival’ by IMRO and are still committed to enabling songwriters, especially those here in Ireland, to have a platform to play. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.

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The Acoustic Yard nominated for an award

The Acoustic Yard has been nominated for ‘Best Small festival of the Year’ by IMRO

The Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) announced that the eleventh IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at IMRO HQ in Dublin.

The annual awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience on a weekly basis.

More than 12,000 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and importantly, the staff and management of each venue. IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of their top ten festivals.

Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.


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The Acoustic Yard Radio Show

This week’s show features all the best releases from independent artists in Ireland in 2019 with ‘Song of the Year ‘ The Darkling Air’ and ‘Octogenarian Mermaid’.

The show is aired on www.bluesandrootsradio.com every Friday at 6.30pm GMT and repeated every Wednesday at 8pm GMT and presented by david Dee Moore

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The Acoustic Yard 5th Anniversary Concert

To celebrate our 5th anniversary we are bringing one of the hottest bands on the circuit, the Madrid based Track Dogs 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 TICKETS

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.

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PRESS 

“…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

www.trackdogsmusic.com

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.”

Written In Music, NETHERLANDS

Support for the evening will be talented ‘Socks in the Frying Pan’ frontman and songwriter Aodán Coyne who has just released the catchy debut single ‘Chance and Gamble’

www.aodancoyne.com

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The Acoustic Yard 5th Anniversary concert

To celebrate our 5th anniversary we are bringing one of the hottest bands on the circuit, the Madrid based Track Dogs

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.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is TRACKDOGS20184-1024x686.jpg

PRESS 

“…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

www.trackdogsmusic.com

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.”

Written In Music, NETHERLANDS

Support for the evening will be talented ‘Socks in the Frying Pan’ frontman and songwriter Aodán Coyne who has just released the catchy debut single ‘Chance and Gamble’

www.aodancoyne.com

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The Acoustic Yard Summer Sessions at the Janey Mac Bar

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 5th act on Sunday July 28th is Belfast based songwriter Ken Haddock. His voice is massive, tender and truthful. These songs will intrigue and intoxicate you. In hearing this man sing you will immediately be shocked that someone this good, could be so relatively unknown as a singer/songwriter.( ALMOST ) discover KEN HADDOCK.

Ken has made a living gigging long and hard in his home town Belfast. Along with numerous performances here in Northern Ireland, his International performances include tours in Europe and visits to Nashville and Texas where he performed in the round concerts with Guy Clarke and Nancy Griffith, Bruce Cockburn, Anthony Toner and Foy Vance.

Almost playing are blues Legend Derek McGowan and talented young songwriter Orla Casey. Admission is free and it all kicks off at 5pm.


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The Full Programme of Events for The Acoustic Yard Music Festival Westport 2019

Over 30 artists will perform around different venues in the beautiful town of Westport at The Acoustic Yard Music Festival 2019.

You can download the full programme here!

Here is the full programme of events.

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The 4th Acoustic Yard Music Festival Westport May 10th – 12th

Have a look at what we have on at this year’s festival, great songwriters, workshops, some free events and a fabulous musical weekend in the beautiful setting of Westport!

The official Programme for 2019

The Acoustic Yard Music Festival Preview Video

Tickets available herehttps://www.theacousticyard.com/?page_id=1801

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The Pale, Morrissey & Marshall and Aoife Scott Headline 2019 Festival.

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.

Tickets on sale www.theacousticyard.com

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