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.
IMRO supported The Acoustic Yard on Tuesday November 25th will feature three different eclectic styles from traditional folk to Contemporary pop. Briege Murphy, Niall Teague and Joanna Marie will grace the stage in Matt Molloy’s, Westport for the last session of the year which in the past has featured acts from Ireland like Charlie McGettigan and Andrea Begley to Kelley McRae and Gary Ferguson from the USA. The event will return in February 2015 with a special anniversary party and news of The Acoustic Yard singer/songwriter festival which is in it’s early planning stages.
Briege Murphy from Co.Armagh writes contemporary folk songs, many with traditional roots. Her songs have been recorded Niamh Parsons, Frances Black, Rig the Jig, Don Stiffe, Anthony John Clarke, The Border Collies, Scold’s Bridle and The Once to name but a few. She has recorded 4 albums to date of her own songs and one of Irish traditional and American folk covers.
Briege has received a” keeper of the tradition” award for her contribution to the culture of her county and country, and recently won “Best female Bard”, at the Bard of Armagh, humorous poetry competition. She has performed at festivals all over the world including the Westport Arts and Clifden festivals and recently one of her songs was included on an acclaimed compilation album, called ” The Ultimate guide to Irish Folk “.
Niall Teague is a singer/songwriter from Belfast city but has been firmly routed in the Galway music scene for the last number of years. Niall has gained respect as a performer, singer and a songwriter in both Galway and further afield through groups 4 men and a Bass and The Fast Company as well the Sharon Shannon band. His style reflects his broad musical influences which include both Irish and American folk music leading to song and melody which is both rich and diverse. Multi-instrumentalist Niall brought out his debut CD with his band The Fast Company in 2010 with a high quality assortment of original folk ballads, and bluegrass songs.
Joanna Marie is a new singer/songwriter from Dublin whose writing is very much influenced by Joni Mitchell. She spent some time studying songwriting in BIMM Dublin and working on her performance where she met Ola Ersfjord, a producer who encouraged her to record an EP. Following a successful fundit campaign Joanna recorded her debut EP with Ola in Temple Lane Studios, ‘Cold on the Coast’ which was launched to a packed out crowd in Whelans in Dublin in July 2014 . Joanna continues to work on new material and is due to release her new single ‘ Finding our Feet’ in this December 2014.
There is a really special night of female singer/songwriters at IMRO supported ‘The Acoustic Yard’ on Wednesday 29th of October in Matt Molloy’s. Three great artists with their own original twist on songwriting playing such diverse instruments from the Marimba to the Harp.
Co. Down singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill is riding the crest of a wave following the launch of her new EP of original songs ‘Arrivals and Departures’. It has already received an enthusiastic reception with Cherrie McIlwaine on BBC Radio Ulster summing it up: “Gorgeous songs, gorgeous arrangements”.
The CD is a follow-up to Brigid’s acclaimed album ‘Inland Sailor’, which still gets regular airplay. It is a mix of country blues, folk and a dash of jazz for her distinctive voice with the quality of her songwriting attracting attention.
Brigid is a regular on the Irish festival scene and has appeared at Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch, Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, the Bluegrass Festival at the Ulster-American Folk Park near Omagh, Celtic Fusion Festival, Shannonside Music Festival and Fiddlers Green Festival.
Mairéad Duffy is a fresh, contemporary artist on the music scene. She performs playing piano and the harp which gives a unique cutting edge to her music. Originally from Tuam, Co.Galway, the singer/songwriter released her debut single ‘Little Bridge’ in November 2013 and has featured recently on BBC Radio Ulster and Galway Bay FM. Comparisons have been drawn with Kate Bush and Tori Amos. She is currently recording her debut EP to be released at the end of autumn.
Paula Ryan is a compelling Singer/Songwriter from near Ardfinnan in Co. Tipperary. Paula’s insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and musical passion of her Tipperary roots & driven by the rhythmic influences and of music from other cultures. She has literally travelled all over the world and become a popular figure at major folk festivals. Paula’s original peace anthem “Raise Our Voice” was the Winner of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Peace Song Competition and Finalist in the Tipperary Song Of Peace. She accompanies her songs on Marimba, Guitar, Bazouki, and a range of percussion instruments including Djembe & Bodhran. In performance Paula provides an entertaining mix of original songs, some of which are in Irish and presented with a deal of good humour.