The 4th Acoustic Yard Music Festival

Now taking submissions for

The 4th Acoustic Yard Music Festival

Westport My 10th – 12th 2019

 

 

We are now taking submissions for The 4th Acoustic Yard Music Festival Westport May 10th – 12th 2019

Artists most have at least three quarters original material to be considered as the focus of the festival is to supply a platform for independent original artists.

Please contact us here at music@theacousticyard.com and include MP3’s, bio, links and pic etc. We will contact you in due course.

Mundy and David Dee Moore (Organiser) Ultan Conlon and David Dee Moore (Organiser)

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The Acoustic Yard Sessions

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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.

VICKERS VIMY

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

www.vickersvimy.ie

EMMA LANGFORD

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)

www.emmalangfordmusic.com

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The Clew Bay Pipe Band will be joining Mundy at the Festival

 

The Clew Bay Pipe Band will be joining Mundy at the Festival

 

We are glad to announce that The Clew Bay Pipe Band will be joining Mundy at The Acoustic Yard Music Festival on Saturday  May 12th at the Clock Tavern Westport.

The Clew Bay Pipe Band reached a huge international audience when it performed the German National Anthem at the European Qualifier in 2013 at The Aviva Stadium to an audience of over 75 million. It was the first time the German National Anthem was performed on the bagpipes and their rendition of the song went viral across Germany the following day.

Having appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘Up For The Match’, ‘The Imelda May Show’ , ‘The Gathering’ and numerous times on Irish TV, the band has also performed live with Imelda May, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Jack L , Gene Butler and Declan O Rourke.

Added to their list of achievements, the band have recently recorded with Matt Molloy and Imelda May. In early 2015 ‘Tears of Clew Bay’ by Imelda May and The Clew Bay Pipe Band reached number 4 in the Irish Charts. The band performed with Imelda at her sell out shows in Vicar Street, The Marquee Cork and The 3 Arena along with special guest Jeff Beck.

Voted ‘Best Act’ at the 2014 Westport Festival of Music and Food, audiences have raved about their ‘Pipe Versity Show’!

A fusion of Piping, Drumming, Rock , Traditional and Choral music awaits those who come to see the band perform.

As concerts continue to sell out quickly in Westport and beyond, the band enjoys huge support wherever they go. The band continues to blend Pop, Rock , Traditional and Choral music in a totally unique and exciting way.

 

 

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Coda at The Acoustic Yard Music Festival with special guest Ultan Conlon

Coda with special guest Ultan Conlan

Coda are a Mayo based group of seven singers and musicians who have developed their own unique and richly harmonised approach to vocal performance from diverse vocal and instrumental backgrounds, including folk, trad, blues, rock and pop music and most recently from their latest Donal Lunny produced album ‘Train Of Spirits’, great original songs. 

All this is uniquely complemented by their multi-part vocal harmony experience gained from classical choral music. ‘Train of Spirits’ is the follow up CD to the acclaimed first CD ‘Mouthmusic’ which was released in 2013.

Coda offer 7 part harmonies and an eclectic mix of styles with instrumental accompaniment as well as traditional Irish music.

Special guest is the Galway songwriter ‘Ultan Conlon’ who recently released the number 1 RTE hit single ‘The Measure’. 

Matt Molloy’s yard bar will host the event and tickets are €10 at www.theacousticyard.com with doors opening at 7.30pm on Sunday May 13th 2018.

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Mundy at The Acoustic Yard Music Festival also special guest Peco

Mundy with special guest Peco

The headline act at The Acoustic Yard Music Festival is the multi platinum winning songwriter ‘Mundy’. He is one of a number of artists to successfully make the transition from street busking in Dublin to international stardom during the ’90s. 

Mundy’s mainly acoustic, folk-based pop/rock has been compared to Damien Rice and Josh Ritter; however, his style is more upbeat and celebratory than either, and his jangle pop influence and tendency to experiment with unconventional sonic textures and beats further distinguishes him.

Mundy signed with Sony subsidiary Epic Records, and released his debut single, “To You I Bestow”, shortly before his album “Jelly Legs” was released in 1996.  “To You I Bestow” was included on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s Shakespeare adaptation Romeo & Juliet, alongside tracks by Radiohead and Garbage.  It sold 11 million copies and “Jelly Legs” a respectable 50,000 worldwide.
Galway Girl was recorded on his live album ‘Live and Confusion’ as an encore and went on to become the best selling single and most downloaded song 2 years in a row in Ireland.  

 

Special guest is the talented ‘Peco’ who recently released the infectious EP ‘And So I Arrived At The Start’ 


The Clock Tavern will host the event and tickets are €20 available at 

www.theacousticyard.com with doors opening at 7.30pm on Saturday May 12th 2018.

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The 4 of Us at The Acoustic Yard Festival

The Acoustic Yard Music Festival

Friday May 11th

Festival Opening with an Open Mic

(outside The Clock tavern 5pm)

The 4 of Us

with special guests Vickers Vimy

 

Opening a wonderful weekend of song at The Acoustic Yard Music Festival are the legendary Irish band ‘The 4 Of Us’
They are one of the most acclaimed bands in Ireland, having been a steadfast part of Irish music history for over 25 years.
Blending contemporary roots with rock, the award-winning band were formed by brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy from the border town of Newry in Northern Ireland.
Their truly unique sound has garnered a large and loyal fan base and an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including six Top 20 Irish charting albums and several hit singles including the crowd favourite ‘Mary’.
Regulars on Irish radio playlists, their music has also been featured extensively on American, UK, and Irish TV soundtracks.

Special guests are the Mayo based band ‘Vickers Vimy’ who were recently added to the RTE playlist with their catchy song ‘Keep Your Eye On The Road’.

The Clock Tavern will host the event and tickets are €15 with doors opening at 7.30pm on Friday May 11th 2018.

Tickets from www.theacousticyard.com

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Saturday Afternoon Free Open Air Concert and Busking Competition at Festival

 

Busking Competition
(1st Prize €250) 12-2PM

At select spots around Westport singer songwriters will be busking for the grand prize of €250 and in turn will add flavour to a wonderful weekend of entertainment. The competition is open to everyone as long as they play original compositions and sign up will be outside The Clock Tavern at 11.30 am. For further information email music@theacousticyard.com.

 

Open Air Concert
( Outside The Clock Tavern 2 – 4pm)

We have 3 wonderful acts performing at a free open air concert outside The Clock Tavern in the heart of Westport which includes …

The Finns two brothers, Ciarán and Hugh from Rathdowney in Co. Laois, who have been entertaining crowds worldwide for years with this duo and as well as being members of “Na Fianna”. As a duet with their chosen weapons of guitar, banjo, tenor guitar and harmonica, however, they are finally being raved about by the best in the business and are certainly ones to watch this year.

Sina Theil originally from Germany started playing piano and writing songs at the age of 7, picking up a guitar at 18 and since flourishing into an accomplished recording artist. In 2017 Sina was signed to Downda Road Productions and has since scored four #1 singles in the Irish Country Download Charts in less than 8 months.Sina is currently working on her debut album due out later this year which includes her fourth commercial single “Forever and a Day”

Billow Wood are a brand new Irish band (formerly known as Flat Out) and a male/female four-piece who fuse their unique brand of instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies. Billow Wood are influenced by Irish and mainstream music and are now moving in a new direction creating a blend of folk, indie, pop and rock.



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FESTIVAL 2018

THIS YEAR’S THE 3RD ACOUSTIC YARD MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL HAPPEN IN WESTPORT ON MAY 10TH – 13TH

THE FOCUS THIS YEAR WILL BE ON PUBS, CAFES AND FREE LIVE PERFORMANCES ON THE STREET INCLUDING A BUSKING COMPETITION OF ORIGINAL SONGS.

ALREADY ADDED TO THE LINE UP ARE ACTS LIKE THE 4 OF US, MUNDY, ULTAN CONLON, CODA, THE WILD ATLANTIC WOMEN, CIARA O’NEILL, SARA RYAN, VICKERS VIMY, PECO, BILLOW WOOD, THE FINNS, SINA THEIL AND MANY MORE

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR INFORMATION ON ACTS, VENUES AND TIMES

 

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The Acoustic Yard Festival Free Workshop

The Acoustic Yard are putting together a free workshop aimed for young songwriters but everyone is invited on Saturday May 6th 12.30pm as part of it’s festival in the Sean Staunton Room of the Westport Town Hall Theatre. The event is organised to help participants to gain valuable tutoring on all aspects of the music business.

This interactive question and answer workshop gives young musicians a chance to talk informally to 3 prominent and successful people in the entertainment business. Using  their valuable experience the panel will listen to the budding young artists and hopefully inform and guide them through problem solving answers.

The panel will also select a few people in the audience to perform a track for appraisal and guide the songwriter in the do’s and don’ts of recording, performance and promotion. This is a unique opportunity for young musicians to move forward to the next step and gain some valuable help.

The Workshop will be conducted in 3 parts, each lasting around 20 mins long including Songwriting and Production, Performance and Gig Organisation and Social Media Presence Using Video and Visual Aids.

Songwriting and Production
The panellists will listen to songwriters in the audience and offer a broad critique and advice in all aspects of their song. Structure, Melody and Production techniques with Pro Tools etc to bring the song to the next level.

Performance and Gig Organisation
The panellists will listen to questions from the room and offer advice to performers in voice and instrument techniques and communicating with your audience. They will also offer help in finding gigs, talking with agents, PR and record companies.

Social Media Presence Using Video and Visual Aids.
Using Social Media as a tool in getting your music out there via Soundcloud, YouTube and Twitter. The use of video in recordings, how to create your own simple video.
The three panelists are as follows:

Nick Kelly is a Choice Music Prize nominated solo artist. Having previously penned and sung some of Ireland’s most popular songs including ‘Arclight’ and ‘Dronning Maud Land’ with Fat Lady Sings he was voted #3 Best Irish Songwriter in Hot Press Readers Poll (after Hozier and Damien Rice ) This all coincided with the release of his latest album ‘Loads’ under the guise of Alien Envoy.
In recent years Nick has become an Oscar- Shortlisted film-maker (for 2011’s action short ‘Shoe’) and will be released his anticipated first feature ‘The Drummer and the Keeper’ this year. Other work that Nick had been involved in include a host of famous advertisements for Guinness, AIB, Airtricity and the Carbon Monoxide Awareness campaign.

www.nickkelly.ie

Mike Gleeson runs the successful music agency Downda Road Productions which is a record label, music production and management company whose core goals are to discover, nurture and develop emerging talent. In doing so, he likes to grow with the artists, developing steady fan bases and the artist’s confidence, allowing them to shine on a broad platform. He puts the time, attention and effort into these budding artists so that down the road they can see them achieve a long lasting and successful music career.
‘Downda Road Productions’ based in Naas Co.Kildare have on their books the Westport based Grainne Fahy and Keith Plunkett from Ballyhaunis, the later has just released his ‘!00 Craics’ single which helped to him to be named as Today FM’s emerging young artist.

www.downdaroad.com

David Dee Moore is a singer/songwriter, producer, festival organiser and radio presenter. With 35 years of musical experience including recording 3 albums and touring the world with Niamh Parsons and the Loose Connections, being signed to numerous record companies and working on hundreds of recordings. His vast knowledge has been invaluable to young songwriters and musicians through his music classes in Westport. Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.com) which has 200,000 listeners earmarks his show as the definitive songwriters show weekly has been lauded as a valuable platform for songwriters around the world.

www.daviddeemoore.com

 

 

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Sheila Ríos and Brian Duffy – Mexico meets Ireland at the Festival

Sheila Ríos and Brian Duffy
with Special Guests

 

Mocha Beans Cafe

Westpoint Shopping Centre

Altamount St

Westport

 

Event Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Time: 7pm

Admission: €8

 

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