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.
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.
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.
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.
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