Sunday Night Main Concert – The Folky Thing

Our Sunday night concert has long been dubbed as “The Folky Thing”, where we pay tribute to folk music in all its beauty and glory.

The concert has always been hosted by our own Clew Bay Folk Club which is the brainchild of none other than Westport’s own, Tony Reidy. This year, Tony will be joined by the amazing  Seamie O’Dowd. The pair have worked on number of projects together and are planning a special night of folk music presenting both of their unique talent.

Tony Reidy is a singer song-writer from Westport. Tony was reared on a small farm and his words are close to the soil. He still remembers when he first heard Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” while saving hay on his father’s farm. He saw Liam Clancy sing folk songs on a black and white TV in a country kitchen. These sparks of inspiration never died. He bought a second guitar and has not stopped playing since. Tony has gained a considerable reputation as a song-writer. His themes include tales of informers, small town romance, dreamers, losers and clowns. His folk albums have received favourable reviews in national and international music press (Irish Times , fROOTs , MOJO and BBC Music Magazine). His music has been played on RTÉ Radio 1, Raidió na Gaeltachta and BBC Radio. In 2019, he won the showcase competition at the Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival.

Seamie O’Dowd is a guitarist, singer and song-writer from Sligo, who also plays fiddle, harmonica, mandolin and number of other instruments. He has travelled worldwide playing music and has shared stages and played with many great musicians and bands.  His experience also includes recording production, teaching and more recently, film soundtrack work, and encompasses solo performance as well as extensive work with bands and small groups as both a member and a session musician. Seamie’s public musical experience spans four decades. He made his first radio appearance at the age of ten on a Radio Éireann programme called Young Musicians and began playing publicly with his father, the renowned Sligo fiddle player Joe O’Dowd at around the same time. He played and recorded with Dervish for six years, during which time he played with them at the legendary Rock in Rio festival in Brazil. He was nominated for the Best Folk Musician award in 2018 in RTÉ’s inaugural Irish Folk Awards.

Sunday, June 12th
Clew Bay Hotel
Doors 8:30 pm
Admission €20



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