Sheila Ríos and Brian Duffy
with Special Guests
Mocha Beans Cafe
Westpoint Shopping Centre
Event Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
DATE: Friday, 5th May, 2017
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
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.
We are delighted to be nominated for the IMRO Small Festival of the Year 2016. Our first year has been recognised by fellow songwriters around Ireland as a worthy nominee.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) is delighted to announce that the ninth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday 21st February 2017 at IMRO HQ in Dublin.
The shortlist (below) was announced this morning via the IMRO building by Victor Finn (IMRO Chief Executive).
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 11,500 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.
Of the Awards, Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said, “A strong live music circuit is the lifeblood of a vibrant music industry. It is important that we acknowledge those venue owners and festivals promoters whose commitment, passion and support for live music throughout the country enables music creators to continue making the music we all enjoy”.
At the ceremony in IMRO HQ in Dublin on February 21st, awards will be presented to the leading live music venue in each of the following regions: Dublin, Leinster (excluding Dublin), Connacht, Munster and Ulster (Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan). The IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year will also be presented on the night. Performances on the night will come from Overhead, The Albatross and Soulé plus other acts to be announced soon.
One overall award will be presented to the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year. This award is decided upon by the public, who vote for their live music venue of the year from the combined shortlist of all the regions.
Live music fans should simply log on to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/imrovenueawards choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by February 18th. One lucky voter will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.
The ceremony will also see the presentation of the award for Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year via The Readers Poll which is contributed to by Hot Press fans and can be viewed here – http://www.hotpress.com/readerspoll/
“Live gigs are where the vast majority of musicians earn their money nowadays,” Niall Stokes, editor of Hot Press said. “Which is why it is so important for Ireland to continue to build a vibrant, active, eclectic live music scene. This country is rightly renowned for the enduringly brilliant musicians, artists and bands we have nurtured and given to the world. But it is also admired, all across the globe, for the quality and depth of the live music that people can enjoy here, almost as if it were on tap. The truth, of course, is that it takes a huge amount of ambition, commitment, organisation and determination – not to mention unshakable self-belief and optimism – on the part of venue owners, promoters and festival organisers alike to make it all happen. It is really important to acknowledge all of the superb work that goes into all of this – and to encourage it. Which is what makes the Live Music Awards so important. Hot Press is proud to be part of what is a vital occasion for Irish music – and ultimately for Irish musicians.”
IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2016
Another Love Story
Willie Clancy Summer School
Doolin Folk Festival
Kilkenny Trad Fest
Acoustic Yard Festival
BD Festival Wicklow
Dublin Fringe Festival
A fabulous night was had recently at The Acoustic Yard Fundraiser with celebrated songwriters Charlie mcGettigan and Kelley McRae supplying the entertainment to a large crowd at the Town hall Theatre Westport. Looking forward to the festival next May!!
Charlie also collected on behalf of Pa Curran the award for ‘The Acoustic Yard Singer/songwriter Of the Year 2016’. Well done Pa!!
To run a festival we need funding, unfortunately Westport, Co.Mayo the home of our events is a victim of it’s own success and is often excluded by governing bodies. So to counteract this we have organised a fantastic evening of singer/songwriters including Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan and Mississippi born Americana songstress Kelley McRae in the Westport Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday October 18th. Tickets are €15/12
Gary Ferguson makes a welcome return to The Acoustic Yard from the United States on July 12th with a special performance in Matt Molloy’s accompanied by Dobro player extraordinaire Colin Henry. Gary has recently released his fabulous new EP ‘Some Bridges’ with fellow Bluegrass legend Gary (Alan) Ferguson under the appropriately named Ferguson and Ferguson.