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Kate O’Callaghan, Jim McKee & Paul Kirwan

‘The Acoustic Yard’, a monthly IMRO supported showcase event that features singer/songwriters from around the world will hold it’s next original collection of songs on Tuesday March 25th in Matt Molloy’s, Westport.



After last months successful launch hosted by David Dee Moore and filmed by, ‘The Acoustic Yard’ presents three exciting contemporary songwriters in Kate O’Callaghan from Donegal, Jim McKee a Tyrone native based in the Burren and Mayo resident Paul Kirwan.

KateOCallaghanKate O’Callaghan’s recent CD ‘The Still Beyond’ manages to combine evocative melodies with intelligent considered lyrics. She has a very distinctive writing style that compliments her beautiful vocal delivery. She has sung at numerous festivals including the Galway Arts Festival and Glastonbury in the UK.




Jim-McKeeAnother hidden gem is the multi talented Jim McKee whose new CD ‘Goodness comes from the heart’ is full of catchy tunes and emotive lyrics. Some of his songs appear in the award winning film ‘Songs for Amy’ which will be globally released this year. Jim is also an actor and a professional artist with his paintings displayed extensively in Ireland and France.




Paul-KirwanPaul Kirwan is known around Ireland as front man with his Mayo based Paul K Band. With his smooth and atmospheric vocal and his virtuoso fast piano blues playing, his original songwriting can make you both dance and clutch at your heart strings. Paul has shared the stage with Duke Special, Arlo Guthrie, Deacon Blue, Imelda May and he recently appeared on BalconyTV.

Doors open at 8.30pm and any singer/songwriters wishing to be considered for ‘The Acoustic Yard’ or require more information please contact David Dee Moore at

Sinead Madden, Tony Reidy ,Brian Duffy & Peter Lawlor

‘The Acoustic Yard’ is a new monthly singer/songwriter session taking place in Matt Molloy’s and starting on Tuesday 25th of February 2014. This showcase event hosted by David Dee Moore is supported by IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) and Matt Molloy’s bar and will feature some of the best songwriters from around the world.

Sinead-MaddenThe first session in February will focus on the talented songwriters from Mayo with special guest Sinead Madden, originally a Claremorris native setting the standard. Sinead released her critically acclaimed solo CD ‘Honey Promises’ in 2010, with her voice and songs compared to that of Sarah McLachlan. She has worked with Maire Brennan penning two songs on her latest CD ‘Signature’ and has toured playing fiddle and singing with Clannad.

Sinead is currently working with Rock legends Def Leppard and recently recorded with Joe Elliott on the newest offering from The Down and Outz. She has shared the stage with some of Ireland’s finest exports such as Brian Kennedy, Glen Hansard and Mundy to name a few.


Tony Reidy was born and reared in Aughagower near Westport, Co Mayo. He started songwriting in the late eighties and has released three CDs ‘The Coldest Day In Winter’ and ‘A Rough Shot Of Lipstick’ and his latest CD ‘Hayshed Days’. He has gained a considerable reputation as a songwriter with themes including tales of informers, small town romance, dreamers, losers and clowns. His songs have been regularly played on RTE and the BBC.


Brian Duffy is a native of Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland. From an early age music developed naturally for him and he started performing from the age of 10 and has been immersed in music ever since. From the age of 17 Brian took his work abroad and has traveled extensively throughout the world, playing music and absorbing different influences along the way. He recently released his latest CD ‘I am so’ a wonderful collection of contemporary original songs that concentrate on his folk and traditional roots.

Peter Lawlor

The Acoustic Yard will also offer new artists a platform and Peter Lawlor from Castlebar will complete the bill. Peter is the principle songwriter with ‘Hail from Russia’ who release their new EP in March 2014.

For further info contact David Dee Moore at