Featured Artist Of The Week

 John Hoban  #5


To say John Hoban is a legend of folk music is an understatement and we are delighted he will part of our 250 Years of Westport Song at The Acoustic Yard on Friday May 5th

John Hoban is a composer, singer, musician and author from Castlebar, County Mayo in the West of Ireland. John has played and taught music all his life in the Troubadour tradition. He chose to learn his music with care over many years from some of Ireland’s most respected master musicians. John combines the best of the Irish tradition with an intimate, warm and raw sensibility that is his own. He is an accomplished player of fiddle/violin, banjo, whistles, mandocello in addition to being a singer and composer of wonderful songs and music. He is highly regarded nationally and internationally for the unique and deeply personal nature of his music. He has recorded solo song and instrumental CD’s as well as performing on many collaborative recordings including Sharon Shannon. John brings music to various and diverse communities and has worked extensively with the elderly, people with disabilities, rural communities, refugees, etc. He is also a collector of all types of music, stories and folklore. John is reknowned as a gifted teacher who has developed a unique approach to art and music teaching for all ages.



Jack O’Rourke   #4


We booked Jack O’Rourke immediately on hearing his music. He is definitely one songwriter who will be everyone’s lips this year. The Cork man has just released his ‘Dreamcatcher’ album to rave reviews and continuous airplay from National and International radio stations.

The lone figure of Jack O’Rourke hunched over piano keys and moody synths, is one that Irish gig goers are becoming more accustomed to seeing. Whether performing his startlingly honest ballads solo or driving Spectorish rock with his band, Jack’s plaintive baritone, ethereal falsetto and piano are core. His songs speak of the human conditional with poetic flair – ( “a nifty lyricist”, Tony Clayton Lea ), melodic flair and inventive arrangements. Flattering comparisons have been made to Bowie, Kate Bush, John Grant, Emmylou Harris and The National in his eclectic style – yet Jack has carved his own musical landscape and songwriting voice., more distinctive, with each release.

” Cork singer with oodles of soul, blues and jazz, all wrapped up with a striking modern pop bow” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“Wonderful… So moving” – Maria McKee

Click on the pic below to get more info and hear some of his wonderful music!





Cormac O’Caoimh     #3


This week’s featured artist is Cormac O’Caoimh from Cork who is  releasing  his fabulous new album ‘Shiny Silvery Things’ this spring. We have been lucky to receive a copy and It is a wonderful collection of avant-garde  pop and contemporary gems from one of Ireland’s finest songwriters.

If you had to buy one CD this year then this is the one – it is highly recommended by everyone here at The Acoustic Yard. We are also looking forward to his performance at our festival this May.

“Rooted in the ethos of Elvis Costello and Paddy McAloon” – The Sunday Times

“if there’s any justice in this mad musical world, those who have not heard of this man will be in the minority very soon” – Golden Plec

 Click on Cormac’s image below for more info and   check out the video for his new to be released single ‘Second Hand Clothes’.



Louise Crossan      #2


This week’s featured artist is Louise Crossan from Donegal who has just released a fabulous new album called ‘Born’. This is her first ever CD which was a long time coming and well worth the wait. A great mixture of styles including folk, blues and even reggae!





Bean Dolan   #1


Based in Bantry, Co.Cork Bean has just released his new CD ‘Here Goes’ a wonderful collection of 60’s and 70’s style Blues, Soul, Pop and foot tapping delicious lyrical classics.

Click on Bean to view his Website!!!