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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.



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 with doors opening at 7.30pm on Sunday May 13th 2018.

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

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

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


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.







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.

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.

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 ( 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.



Tickets Now on Sale for Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of May at The Acoustic Yard Festival


DATE: Friday, 5th May, 2017

TIME: 8.00p
TICKETS: €15/12

A special concert to celebrate some of the great songs and songwriters to grace the bars, cafes and stages of Westport over the years. Artists include John Hoban, Tony Reidy, Johnny Fadgin, Connie Cullen, Brian Duffy, Finn Upbeat Costello, Rosa May Kinsella and many more.
These celebrated artists have helped to create and continue the town’s musical heritage and The Acoustic Yard will host this event as part of it’s festival. There will be stories and visual footage to enjoy as we look back through the years of Westport’s songs….and musical history.

ULAID & DUKE SPECIAL with Jack O’Rourke

DATE: Saturday, 6th May, 2017

TIME: 8.00pm
Tickets: €20/18

When contemporary songwriting and traditional music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the collaboration between folk supergroup, Ulaid, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Duke Special. The project draws on Duke Special’s songwriting skills, from pre-rock’n’roll to modern acoustic pop. He injects drama and theatricality, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid the melodic architecture. Ulaid’s mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and performance lend a peculiarly folk-but-modern, urban-but-pastoral air to the whole. For a collaboration that may have seemed unlikely in theory, proves itself thoroughly in practice; when heard, it somehow seems inevitable

His songs speak of various human conditions with melodic flair, through young but wise eyes. There already have been flattering comparisons with the likes of David Bowie and Rufus Wainwright, but Jack has been determined to find his own voice amid a plentiful sea of influences – to ensure it is the unique qualities he possesses that he becomes best known for.