Performers

Friday June 7th - Sunday June 9th, 2019

Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay (USA)

Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay (USA)

Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart (“Before the World Was Made”) and humor (“Breaking Up And Making Up Again”). Evidence: Before the World Was Made. The Austin-based songwriters’ debut collaboration spotlights celebrated troubadours in peak form (“Before We Come to Our Senses”). “These are modern day country duets à la George Jones and Melba Montgomery,” producer Gurf Morlix says, “but with very sophisticated songwriting.”

Blue Summit (USA)

Blue Summit (USA)

Blue Summit combines accomplished instrumental work with powerful vocals and a loose interpretation to traditional bluegrass music. Taking in elements from western swing, soul, folk, jazz, old time, and rock, this band puts their heart into their projects, and through many hours of work, has been recognized as NCBS (Northern California Bluegrass Society) Band of the Year.

Alfi (Ireland)

Alfi (Ireland)

Alfi are a fresh new trio combining Appalachian old time and traditional Irish music and song to produce a unique sound. Their music features a unusual line up of harp, five string banjo, low whistle, uilleann pipes and vocals.

Jessica Pearson & The East Wind (Canada)

Jessica Pearson & The East Wind (Canada)

Jessica Pearson is a Canadian born storyteller with a voice like melting honey on a summers eve. Accompanied by the melodic bowing of Pat Bigelow on the Stand Up Bass and the sweet fiddling of Maddy O’Regan, they bring to life tales of the past and express the beauty and heartbreak of the world today. Their debut EP 'Grave and Garden Songs' released in 2017 perfectly blends folk, roots and bluegrass music. From a cappella tunes sung in the middle of the audience to the picking bluegrass instrumentals, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind will take you on a journey with their dynamic live shows and entertaining story telling.

Red Herring (Holland)

Red Herring (Holland)

Red Herring is knee deep in the roots tradition, firmly rooted in modern times. Wether it's folk, bluegrass, country or americana, the Herrings are equally at home with all these roots styles. They will break the house down, tell musical tales of murder and adultery, will baffle with virtuoso playing and intense vocal harmonies, and might even bring a tear to the eye.

Molly & The Blackbriar Band (UK)

Molly & The Blackbriar Band (UK)

The Band members include:

Molly (vocals) - a powerful singer bringing a touch of County Cork charm to the band!

Mike (vocals/guitar) - a long-standing character on the UK Bluegrass scene, having played (bass) in one of the first successful (TV and Radio) UK Bluegrass bands, Orange Blossom Sound.

Dick (bass) - another well established musician on the UK Bluegrass scene, having played in bands with most of the current top performers - most recently with Monroe's Revenge.

Jimmy (fiddle/vocals) - an outstanding fiddler, skilled in a range of genres. Currently also plays with The Biggin Hillbillies and Captain Swing

Hilary (banjo) - an enthusiastic new-comer to the Bluegrass world, having played in a number of bands, including with UK Bluegrass legend Rick Townend and currently with 'Alive & Picking' (Bluegrass Plus Club)

Bill Forster, Ger O'Donnell & Leo Hayes (Ireland)

Bill Forster, Ger O'Donnell & Leo Hayes (Ireland)

Banjaxed Bluegrass band is a collaboration between three well known performers from the Limerick/Clare area. Bill Forster, banjo and vocals has performed with many groups both in England and Ireland and has played the banjo for over 45 years. He has taught at many workshops and festivals over those years including two stints at the well known Sore Fingers School. His playing covers a wide range of genres besides bluegrass. He also sings lead and harmony vocal in the band.

Niall Hanna (N. Ireland)

Niall Hanna (N. Ireland)

Niall Hanna is a traditional folk singer and songwriter from Derrytresk in Co. Tyrone. In late 2018 he released his fist solo album of songs which received critical acclaim. The title track 'Autumn Winds' was nominated for 'Best Original Trac'’ at the RTE Folk Awards in October 2018. He also received a nomination for 'Best Emerging Folk Artist' and has been making a name for himself within the folk scene in recent times. In 2017 he received the 'Young Musician's Platform Award' from the Arts council, which provided him with the funding to produce and release his debut album.

Kids Classics (Ireland)

Kids Classics (Ireland)

Kids’ Classics is a not-for-profit organisation that provides high quality music making opportunities in educational, healthcare and community settings.

As part of our day to day operations, we:

  • deliver fun, educational, interactive and accessible music workshops for schools and children & families in tailored workshops including our series of 'Meet the Composer' workshops based on the lives of 12 classical music composers
  • design, manage and deliver professional music projects and programmes in Healthcare and Community Settings around Ireland (Music & Healthcare)
  • facilitate training courses and mentoring opportunities for musicians and healthcare staff on an adapted and tailored sensitive approach to participant-centered music interventions and interactions in healthcare settings, as pioneered and developed by Musique et Santé, Europe’s leading provider of “Music and Health” training (Training Notes)
David Hope & Eoin O'Meachair

David Hope & Eoin O'Meachair

David Hope, the Irish folk troubadour with the infamous Celtic growl hails from County Clare in the West of Ireland. Hope has been critically acclaimed as one of the very best Roots-related outfits operating at present, seamlessly blending folk and roots inflections with grittily intelligent lyrics and enviably catchy choruses.

A prolific songwriter, Hope has successfully released two studio albums to date with a third album 'Tough Love' to follow in March 2017. 'Christmas Day' is the first single from the album, which was recorded and produced by Christian Best at the renowned Monique Studios in Co. Cork. 'Christmas Day' was chosen as the RTE Radio 1 song selected for the European Broadcasting Union Christmas Music Project and featured on a playlist across all member states.

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