A fabulous free afternoon of music featuring concerts in the auditorium, showcase gigs in the cafe bar, and open mic gigs in the foyer. Artists include Daithi Rua, Zia Land, Gerry Creen, Paul Mulligan, Grainne Hunt and many more…
The Acoustic Yard Singer/Songwriters Festival Westport 2016
May 6th – May 8th 2016
‘The Acoustic Yard’ singer/songwriter sessions’ initially started up as a monthly event in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar in Westport in February 2014. The main focus was for singer/songwriters to have a platform to perform their own songs and for audiences to listen to original music in a relaxed environment. A key aim was to help to invigorate and stimulate songwriting and to supply an evening of entertainment.
Due to the success of this event, the idea of ‘The Acoustic Yard Singer/Songwriters Festival’ was born and developed into the festival which will take place from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May 2016, primarily in The Town hall Theatre.
The main auditorium of the Town Hall Theatre will host the headline concerts on the Friday and Saturday nights with further concerts and workshops on Saturday afternoon. The local cafes will also host some free concerts on the Sunday with a final gig to wind up the festival in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar in the evening. The musicians will be encouraged to play and busk around the town that weekend to bring an air of festivity to the streets.
We have already booked over 30 international acts from the USA, UK, Europe and Scandinavia playing alongside some of our own home grown talent. Artists already booked include Declan O’Rourke, Bap Kennedy, Craig and Willoughby (USA/UK), Teresa Storch (USA), Daithi Rua (Belguim), Zia Land (Norway), Kathleen Turner, Anna Mitchell and many more.
The Saturday afternoon session in The Town Hall Theatre will be of an educational nature as people from all ages can meet professional songwriters who in turn will pass on their knowledge through workshops and concerts. There will also be an art exhibition in the Town Hall Theatre for that weekend around the theme of songwriting. Our festival of original music in one of the most popular music towns in Ireland will help to show a different emphasis to life here in the West of Ireland.
A great new beginners songwriting course in Westport starting Tuesday 29th September at the Town hall Theatre Westport. This course will help all new budding songwriters to find topics, lyric building, melodies and basic recording techniques.There will be similar courses throughout the year for more info please use contact form below. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]
Anyone wishing to perform at The Acoustic Yard Singer/Songwriters Festival 2016 please send in your submission including Bio, MP3’s, YouTube links etc by the 31st of August 2015 to David@theacousticyard.com
Watch out for a few Lunchtime sessions at the end of August in the foyer of the Westport Townhall Theatre as a taster for next year’s Festival. More details to follow.
On Tuesday 14th of April USA singer/songwriter Kelley McRae will return to Matt Molloy’s Westport to perform once again at at the Acoustic Yard with her partner Matt Castelein. Joining them as special guests are local duo Nungesser and Griffin.
The Acoustic Yard is organising a series of events as a build up to it’s very own singer/songwriter festival next year. The festival at it’s early stages of development hopes to bring some popular names as well as upcoming songwriters to Westport on the May Bank Holiday in 2016.
Kelley McRae is in the middle of a European tour and is perhaps one of the finest exponents of Americana songwriting. Her plaintive songs and beautiful voice have gained her a reputation and regular invitations to festivals here and around the world.
Kelley grew up in Mississippi but called Brooklyn home for years before teaming up with guitarist Matt Castelein in 2011, when the duo traded in their NYC apartment for a VW VW camper van and hit the road full time.Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows later, they have toured coast to coast in the US.
Drawing comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, the duo’s music is wide ranging – comprising haunting ballads, tender love songs, and energetic guitar driven songs full of hope. Acclaimed film director Wim Wenders told the San Francisco Chronicle that Kelley’s songs move him to tears, and BBC Radio’s and Old Grey Whistle Test legend Bob Harris calls the songs ‘Brilliant!’
Nungesser & Griffin are a new Americana/Alternative Country duo who formed last year in Westport, Co.Mayo. Gert Nungesser, native of Germany plays guitar, dobro and lapsteel moved to Ireland in 1983 and quickly became involved with many renowned musicians and bands on the west coast, including The Higglers Jug Band and Jassid Orchestra.
Elaine Griffin is a singer/songwriter originally from Co. Louth and based in Westport for the past 20 years. She most notably collaborated with singer/songwriter Joanne Keegan in the 90’s as well as fronting the band Mrs Doyle’s Quartet.
Nungesser and Griffin are writing and recording their first EP, entitled “The Hawks & I” which is due for release in early summer 2015.
Doors open at 8pm and for any further info please email email@example.com.
IMRO supported The Acoustic Yard celebrates it’s 1st Anniversary on Sunday 22nd of February with a gathering of some of the finest songwriters in The West of Ireland and beyond.
Tony Reidy, Gerry Creen, David Dee Moore, Derek McGowan, Brian Duffy and Callum Keaveny or just some of the artists who will be playing in Matt Molloy’s, Westport with doors opening at 7pm. As a special thank you to everyone who has supported the event in 2014 which has included such celebrated names like Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan and UK Voice winner Andrea Begley there will be no cover charge.
It should be a great night and a double celebration with Matt Molloy’s a recent winner of IMRO Connaught live venue of the year.