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
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)