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The Big Swingin’ Mikeys

The Big Swingin’ Mikeys are a Cork-based four piece with a silly name that stuck, born in Kinsale. A wildly eclectic set contains a lot of tunes that your average band wouldn’t even think of

 

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Ultan Conlon

Ultan Conlon ‘The Golden Sands’ is the current single from singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon which and will be released on October 31st. Taken from Ultan’s second album Songs Of Love So Cruel. The acclaimed album co-produced and mixed in Sheffield by Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley).  Ultan has received extensive airplay with the album in Ireland, the UK and Europe. National broadcasters RTE, Today FM, Newstalk and regionals nationwide have all aired tracks. Also radioplay in the UK BBC Radio 2 Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin Criminals) , BBC Radio Scotland Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue), BBC Ulster and BBC Wales. Ultan is currently enjoying a time of great success when five of his original songs and a score co-composed with guitarist Eoin McCann all feature in the award winning film Songs For Amy, which played at IMC cinemas nationwide (IRL) in May, with a UK and American theatrical release in the pipeline.

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Donal and Matty Moran

Donal and Matty Moran are Clare Island natives and both talented young singer songwriters. The brothers, sons of Beth Moran of the Ballythougey Loom (local business) take inspiration for their songs from their native home and together have crafted some of the islands most original music. A must see.

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Trad with a Twist

Trad with a Twist – Des, a native of Achill Island, Co. Mayo, is widely regarded as one of the finest exponents of the tin whistle and flute in Ireland as well as an accomplished player of the Scottish bagpipes.  Des has been successful at a competitive level achieving All Ireland awards for senior tin whistle and bagpipes.  He has performed with artists as diverse as Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Jack L, Pete Williams, Matt Molloy, Sister Sledge, Paul Brady, Mary Coughlan, Gerry O’ Connor, James Kilbane, Steve Cooney, Lúnasa, Laoise Kelly and the St. Laurence O’ Toole Pipe Band at Carnegie Hall.

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Charlie Keating

Charlie Keating is one of Westport’s well known singer songwriters. He has great lyrics based on his experiences around Clew Bay and some specially wrote for Clare Island. He plays many of Westport’s famous bars during the year and will play a one off gig at Sailor’s Bar this summer.

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Sean Keane

Sean Keane will play a one off gig at Sailor’s Bar in support of a huge fundraiser for Cancer and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The event is being organised by Big Red Barn promotions company (Donal Byrne) and the day will start off with a swim from Roonagh pier to Clare Island in the morning by some athletes followed by a BBQ at Sailor’s bar that evening before Sean Keane takes to the stage that night. Please come along and give plenty to support this great cause.

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Bean & Irene

Bean & Irene Niamh Dunne joined together as a band in April 2013. They have an eclectic folk sound which is complemented by their use and love of harmonies. Bean has been a full time Musician for 13 years, playing a variety of instruments, usually favouring acoustic guitar & double bass. After releasing his solo album in 2008 he went on to join Jukebox Gypsy 6 years ago, with whom he played with until they disbanded in 2014. Irene has guest starred on folk and singer/songwriter albums over the past 5 years since her return from Australia. Bean & Irene are influenced by artists such as Gillian Welch, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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Bean & Irene

Bean & Irene Niamh Dunne joined together as a band in April 2013. They have an eclectic folk sound which is complemented by their use and love of harmonies. Bean has been a full time Musician for 13 years, playing a variety of instruments, usually favouring acoustic guitar & double bass. After releasing his solo album in 2008 he went on to join Jukebox Gypsy 6 years ago, with whom he played with until they disbanded in 2014. Irene has guest starred on folk and singer/songwriter albums over the past 5 years since her return from Australia. Bean & Irene are influenced by artists such as Gillian Welch, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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Between The Covers

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The Driftwood Manor

The Driftwood Manor mix Irish traditional music and folk with a range of other influences, from Eastern music to alternative rock. The Driftwood Manor have released three albums and six eps since 2008 on a number of labels and were voted in The Irish Times’ Breakthrough Acts of the Year for 2011 following the release of their second album ‘The same figure (leaving)’, on Rusted Rail and Slow Loris. Three English tours in 2014 saw the band play to audiences in cities such as London, Bristol and Brighton. The Driftwood Manor also performed twice at 2014’s Electric Picnic (The Bog Cottage and Guerilla Aerial stages) and were among the headline acts at The Bath Folk Festival in August in the UK. The band’s latest album, 2014’s Of the Storm, released on English label Stone Tape Recordings, has also enjoyed exceptional reviews and airplay on BBC Radio 3 among many others. The album was also voted in the Folk Radio UK Albums of the Year for 2014. Live, the band currently play as a five-piece featuring bouzouki, fiddle, guitar, banjo and drums.