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Clannad announce Irish tour dates

Clannad announce Irish tour dates as part of their 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour

Waterfront Hall, Belfast, 29th February 2020

Cork Opera House, 2nd March 2020

Tickets from £40.00 / €49.20 inclusive of booking fees

On sale this Friday at 10AM


Clannad are celebrating an exceptional award winning 50 year career with the announcements of a farewell world tour which includes two Irish shows. They will perform in Waterfront Hall, Belfast 29th February 2020 and Cork Opera House, 2nd March 2020.

Tickets from £40.00 / €49.20 inclusive of booking fee, available from this Friday at 10AM.

Clannad have sold out 15 million records worldwide and with eight Top 10 U.K. albums to their name. The Grammy and BAFTA award winning quartet will also release a new Anthology ‘In a Lifetime’ deluxe set to be released worldwide on 13 March 2020 via BMG.

Their world tour will last a year and a half incorporating territories such as Europe, Australasia, North America, Japan, and South East Asia dates which will be announced over the next coming months.

To coincide with this very special live tour, BMG are proud to be releasing ‘In a Lifetime’ Anthology; a multi-format, career-spanning anthology containing tracks from Clannad’s 50-year recording career. It will be available as a 38 track 2CD set, 2CD deluxe, 2LP, 2LP deluxe and an expanded deluxe 100+ track set as well as digital versions. The anthology will both delight and excite Clannad’s enormous and loyal fanbase as well as introduce this legendary, influential and culturally important band to a whole new generation of music fans.

The multi-award winning Clannad have without doubt done more than any other group to take Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience. Fusing elements of traditional Irish music with more contemporary folk, new age, and rock they have created a beautifully unique and ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals to transcend the sands of time whilst appealing to a worldwide audience of all ages.

Danny G & the Major 7ths // Say When feat. Osmojam (Official Video)

Say When is a love song: an apology to a partner for not paying her enough attention, for not listening. Danny G takes the first verse, full of promise and remorse. The female part of the duet is sung by French artist Osmojam who asks for action, not apologies.

On a wider social level, we heard echoes of these feelings in the Repeal movement.

The Republic of Ireland was not listening to its women, and the historic referendum result in May 2018 was experienced by many as an acknowledgement of the pain caused, an apology, and a promise to do better.

Both this movement and the activists involved gave us hope for the future – that our daughters could be raised in a fairer, more just society. There is still much work to be done. I hope this video serves as a small but fitting tribute to everyone involved with the cause, and a celebration of their momentous success.

KUDOS – Wait In Line

Lauren Guillery – Love This Life [Official]

French rock musician Lauren Guillery is thrilled to announce the release of her debut album’s first single LOVE THIS LIFE ahead of her album launch party in DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty on May 25th 2018. The single is being released in conjunction with a music video that features the artist walking the streets of Cork city and close-ups of her face smudged with make-up. As of May 18th, the track LOVE THIS LIFEcomes as a free download with the pre-order of the album DISASTER IN LA LA LAND on Bandcamp and other digital platforms.

DISASTER IN LA LA LAND (out May 25th, self-release) has been a few years in the making and is comprised of twelve tracks that sway between pop and punk with a slice of blues thrown in. Recorded in two Leinster locations with two different rhythm sections, the album was co-produced by Stephen Shannon (MOUNT ALASKA, STRANDS) at Experimental Audio in Dublin. It features amongst other musicians SPOOK OF THE THIRTHEENTH LOCK drummer Brian O’Higgins and LAND LOVERS bassist Shane Murphy. The first single from the album, LOVE THIS LIFE is a catchy number that recalls 70’s krautrock era with its repetitive drumbeat, and speaks about a woman’s struggle with realising she suffers from depression. A musically fun and thought-out album, DISASTER IN LA LA LAND recounts stories of Guillery’s life in Dublin city where she lived for fifteen years, before moving southwest of Cork.

 Originally from France, Lauren Guillery immigrated to Ireland in early 2000 and powered her way through the Dublin open-mic circuit and onto the stages of Ireland’s most prestigious clubs. She was awarded ‘Best International’ at the inaugural BalconyTV music video awards 2007 and self-released the same year her four track EP LISTEN! She toured Ireland opening for Irish post-rock outfit GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT amongst other high profile Irish acts (CATHY DAVEY, JINX LENNON, NINA HYNES). Recent performances include an appearance at CLONAKILTY INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL, and supports to PILLOW QUEENS and American slide-guitar one-man band BOB LOG III.


Full line-up announced for Right Here, Right Now Festival 2018

Full line-up announced for

Right Here, Right Now Festival 2018

Friday 1- Sunday 3 June 2018

Featuring…  The Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra performing alongside The Frank & Walters, Marlene Enright, and Ye Vagabonds in the main auditorium.

Jack O'Rourke

Jack O’Rourke

And Iarla O Lionáird with Steve Cooney and Greenshine, Wallis Bird with special guest John Blek, Jack O’Rourke and Anna Mitchell, in the Right Room.

Presented by Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live Promotions, Right Here Right Now is a three-day festival, all under one roof, that showcases all that is good in Cork city – the music, the culture, the people. Now in its second year, the festival continues its mission of celebrating and supporting the local music scene, and providing unique platforms to artists.

Right Here Right Now kicks off Friday 1st June with an opening party in The Green Room, featuring DJ’s, live music and special guests.

On Saturday 2nd June, be part of one of Cork’s most important conversations and join #CorkLovesMusic in the Green Room at 2pm, discussing issues and topics that affect musicians in Cork.

Marlene Enright

Marlene Enright

That night, be immersed in a rare and specially curated experience as the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, lead by John O’Brien, perform on stage with Marlene Enright and Band, Ye Vagabonds, and Cork legends The Frank & Walters. This specially commissioned arrangement will allow the audience to enjoy the music of these incredible performers in a new and all-encompassing way, with the 30 of finest orchestral musicians from or based in Cork.

Frank and Walters

Frank and Walters

Sunday 3rd June will see the main auditorium transformed into a much more intimate, 200 person capacity pop-up ‘venue within a venue’ creating a whole new space and atmosphere for audience and artists alike. Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla O’Lionard take to the stage in The Right Room with acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney and special guests Greenshine for a special lunchtime show at 3pm. At 7pm, experience the irrepressible energy of Wallis Bird who will be joined by John Blek, followed by a double bill of more home-grown talent as Jack O’Rourke and Anna Mitchell take to the stage at 10pm. Sunday Day tickets (€45), which also grant access to the official closing party featuring ska stars The Service, are on sale now.

Speaking at the announcement, Eibhlin Gleeson, CEO Cork Opera House said, “Cork is a hotbed of creativity and a breeding ground for a huge range of fantastic artists across a multitude of genres. Cork Opera House is proud to provide a stage for local, national and international acts to collaborate together. This festival is a celebration of the music scene in Cork Right Here, Right Now.

Tickets on sale from www.corkoperahouse.ie or from box office 021 427 0022

Mick Flannery – I Own You (Solo Acoustic)

Mick Flannery today shares a new live video, the title track from his current album, I Own You, out now via Universal Music. Mick embarks on his first headline tour of North America this summer with dates in New York, Chicago, LA and Boston and festival dates at Calgary Folk Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Mick’s most recent album was written in Berlin, a move Mick himself refers to as “self-imposed exile”.  His current album I Own You sees Mick deal with broader issues than previous work including themes of social injustice and inequality. Mick is currently working on his sixth studio album.

Tour Dates
May 6 Connolly’s, Leap, Ireland
May 8 Tivoli Vrendenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 9 Sissy-Boy Pop-Up, Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 10 Savelbergklooster, Heerlen, Netherlands
May 11 Poppodium Underground, Lelystad, Netherlands SOLD OUT
May 12 Frannz Club, Berlin, Germany
May 13 Prinzenbar Docks, Hamburg
May 14 Blue Shell, Köln, Germany
May 15 Kulturclub Schon Schön, Mainz, Germany
May 17 Das Vereinsheim, · Tollhaus Neumarkt  Karlsruhe Germany
May 18 Das Vereinsheim Alte Feuerwache Mannheim · Das Vereinsheim
May 19 Das Vereinsheim  E-WERK Freiburg, reiburg Das Vereinsheim
May 30 St Pancras Old Church, London, UK
May 31 St Pancras Old Church, London, UK SOLD OUT
June 2 Inish Conversation, Inish Boffin, Ireland
June 2 The Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland
July 3 Schubas, Chicago, IL, USA
July 6-8 Winnipeg Folk Festival, AB, Canada
July 10 Hotel Café, LA, CA, USA
July 17 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, USA
July 19 Club Passim, Cambridge, MA, USA
July 25 The Almanac, Edmonton, AB, Canada
July 27-29 Calgary Folk Festival, AB, Canada


Mick Flannery Socials

Website: https://www.mickflannery.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mick.flannery.musician/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MickFlannery

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mickflannerymusic/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5tIXFM4sGNRR4Oo3hLbFdf

We’d Have It All – Shane Fallon (The Shoos)

Shane (Tex) Fallon’s voice is possibly the best-known instrument within his band, The Shoos, so it’s no surprise the lead vocalist was tempted to investigate releasing a solo track at some point. 

Now in 2018, after getting married in 2017 and set to become a dad later this year, Shane figures this is as good time as ever. ‘We’d Have It All’,is the first of a few singles he plans to release under his own name this year, ahead of going back into studio, to record the next album by The Shoos. 

The single goes live today, April 5th, and perfect to get our enthusiasm for spring off to a proper start. The accompanying video was filmed by good friend Stephen Mogerly, whose work as a film maker is already well documented and admired.

‘We’d Have It All’was inspired by Shane’s love of Motown together with his admiration for Lenny Kravitz’s music.

As a band, The Shoos has impressed many industry heavy weights through the years. This admiration was cemented by many of these inviting the band to guest on theirlive shows, including One Republic, Maroon 5, Life House & Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). Indeed, on the release of the band’s last long play, 2016’s self-titled The Shoos, the band was askedto guest with Jeff Lynne at his 3Arena show in Dublin, just a few weeks later. This guest slot was quickly followed by an invitation directly from Jeff Lynne and his management to play his home town show at Birmingham Arenalater the same summer.

Shane packs ‘We’d Have It All’with the similar energy he gives to all his records and live performances. It’s a stomper of a track, and we for one are delighted to hear his voice again, even if we had to wait two years, and we figure you guys just might be too!



“the spread of guitar-based genres Boom Child can run through is impressive. You will rock out, experience an abrupt jazz breakdown without warning, and get whipped by some disco-funk,” – Remy’s Music Blog

“…to sum them up they are crazy, chaotic and fun. Go see them live if you get a chance.” – Outcast Magazine

“Boom Child are really really good” – Musician.ie

Boom Child are a chaotic rock trio from Dublin. Their music is an irreverent mix of punk, funk, and power pop. Their theatrical live show involves audience participation and a dancing cow. called Boomer. They released their debut “The Super Edible EP” in June 2016 on the first 100% edible music format. The single and video “I WANT TO SHIFT YOUR SISTER” was released February 2018.

Leopardstown Spin 1038 Student Raceday

Leopardstown Spin 1038 Student Raceday
Wild Youth set to headline

Wild YouthIreland’s biggest student event returns to Leopardstown Racecourse this April  4th with a packed programme of horse racing, entertainment and great music.  The Spin 1038 Student Raceday has been a 12,000 capacity event for the last two years and headliners Wild Youth look set to ensure a third sold out year at Leopardstown Racecourse.

The breakthrough band of 2017, Wild Youth have seen their first two singles ‘All or Nothing’ and ‘Lose Control’ clock up well in excess of one million streams, while the band finished a triumphant year playing alongside the likes of Niall Horan and Picture This.

The young quartet are no strangers to festival stages this early in their career, having already played the likes of Longitude, Indiependence and Sea Sessions. It’s with huge anticipation that Leopardstown Racecourse invites Wild Youth to play Student Raceday, taking place on Wednesday, April 4.

The Spin 1038 Student Raceday is an all ticket event and pre-purchase is required. Tickets start at only €12 and rise to €16 before the event. Gates are open at 1pm and the race card will feature seven races during the day, starting at 3.25pm, completing a vibrant afternoon of fun, sports, celebrity, fashion and music. The Best Dressed Guy & Gal Competition is once again supported by Jack & Jones & Vero Moda and there are fantastic prizes on offer for those who put in the extra effort.

Shuttle buses will run from DCU, UCD & Maynooth to Student Raceday, operated by JJ Kavanagh & Sons, while Leopardstown Racecourse is only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line. Leopardstown is located off exit 14 or exit 15 on the M50 southbound or exit 15, M50 Northbound. Ample FREE parking is available onsite.

Vicki Donlon, Leopardstown Racecourse – “Leopardstown SPIN 1038 Student Raceday is one of the highlights of the calendar; this sell-out event gets better each year welcoming students for a day of fantastic racing, entertainment and fun. The younger generation are so important for the future of racing and we are delighted when we see students returning to Leopardstown for other race meetings after first sampling the product at Student Raceday”.

Check www.leopardstown.com for further information and to purchase tickets.



https://i1.wp.com/www.purtykitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Mary-Coughlan-c-Michael-Kelly.jpgMARY COUGHLAN kicks off her Nationwide Tour on Friday, 8th September 2017 in Macroom and performs throughout Ireland finishing in Tralee on Friday, 3rd November 2017.  List of tour dates below.  Tickets are on sale now. 

For Mary there will always be two falls. The first happened in Mesopotamia about 5000 years ago, we are told. The second happened in a sea-front house in Bray, near Dublin, around 1994. In the first, Eve was expelled from Eden for her sins and women have borne the brunt of it ever since. In the second, a heavily pregnant and very drunk Mary Coughlan fell onto her kitchen floor in a stupor, a piece of bread and butter plastered to her unconscious face. That was how her husband and three children found her when they returned from shopping. The next night Mary was taken to hospital where she miscarried. And she has borne the brunt of it ever since.

But this is not why Mary Coughlan is the greatest female vocalist these islands have ever produced. It’s not even why she stands alongside, or even between, the bruised, battered but unbeaten giants of jazz chanson on both sides of the Atlantic, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Mary Coughlan is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her voice. She is unique in blending the whisky-blurred, smoke-seared, husky notes and laconic wit of Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee and the line of deep, down and dirty blues singers back to Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith with the sardonic, bitter-sweet defiance and despair of the Piaf chanteuse, born out of war, in the shadow of Brecht, at war with the world, men and finally herself. And Mary Coughlan enfolds it all in a delicious and unapologetic Irish drawl, sceptical, rueful, mournful and melting, ardent for love, all in one voice which wraps itself around Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, Elvis Presley and Joy Division, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and sails down that long river of blues that links the Mississippi to the Liffey in her magnificent Irish brogue.

And the most remarkable thing of all is her quarrel with Ireland. She evidently detests the stage Irishry which persists to this day in Riverdance, U2 and The Corrs. But in her curt consonants, luxuriant plosives and Dub dipthongs she is nakedly Irish, Galway born, the daughter of a Donegal soldier and a Connemara woman. Yeats wrote, “Out of our quarrel with others, we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrel with ourselves, we make poetry.” Out of her quarrels Mary Coughlan has made some of the best music in these islands for twenty-five years. And it’s time she was applauded for that.

In 1994 she went into rehab in Dublin and with her family’s support defeated her alcoholism and hasn’t taken a drink since. It’s understandable why Mary should feel so powerful an identification with Holiday. But that’s not what makes her the giant she is, someone who fills the sky alongside Holiday, Piaf, Lee, Fitzgerald, London, Vaughan, Washington. Music history is littered with performers and artists dead or defeated by drink or drugs. That is not what makes a singer great. Nor even the conquering of addiction, though that’s no mean feat, God knows.

In 2001 Mary consciously identified herself with her musical inspiration in her liner notes to ‘Mary Coughlan Sings Billie Holiday’, a live recording of her homage show to Holiday staged in Dublin and London, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’. The resemblance was more than musical. Holiday was dead at 44, the age Mary did the show. Mary had been sober for more than six years after a murderous decade of drinking in her 30s, consuming bottles of vodka or tequila a day, which dragged her in and out of hospital more than 30 times, led to the death of her unborn child and almost killed her one night in intensive care where she needed tubes through her neck artery to feed her heart the drugs needed to get her through the night. A doctor was by her side throughout.

Mary is our greatest female singer because over twenty-five years and ten albums she’s made the most grown-up, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music on either side of the Atlantic about what goes on between men and women. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish song-writing, shaken them and offered them up anew, like jewels dripping from the deep, strewn on black velvet. She sings in the voice of the wrong and wronged woman and she makes us think what it is men make of women and what women have to do to make do. She has just one other forebear in the pretty pallid parade of British female pop artists, just one other woman whose bruised, haunted voice could find and enjoy the inconsolable longing and loss in a three minute pop song: Dusty Springfield. Or Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, to give her her real name. Born to an Irish Catholic family. Small world.

MARY COUGHLAN kicks off her Nationwide Tour on Friday, 8th September 2017 in Macroom and performs throughout Ireland finishing in Tralee on Friday, 3rd November 2017.  List of tour dates below.  Tickets are on sale now. 


Mary Coughlan and Her Musicians: NATIONWIDE TOUR: 

Fri 8th Sept | Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom

www.riversidepark.ie | (026) 20090

Sat 9th Sept | Mill Theatre, Dundrum

www.milltheatre.ie | (01) 296 9340

Thurs 14th Sept | Draiocht, Blanchardstown

www.draiocht.ie | (01) 885 2622

Fri 15th Sept | Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

www.paviliontheatre.ie | (01) 231 2929

Sat 16th Sept | Visual Arts Centre, Carlow

www.visualcarlow.ie | (059) 917 2400

Fri 22nd Sept | Town Hall, Galway

www.tht.ie | (091) 569 777

Sat 23rd Sept | An Grianan, Letterkenny

www.angrianan.com | (074) 912 0777

Sun 24th Sept | Civic Theatre, Tallaght

www.civictheatre.ie | (01) 462 7477

Fri 29th Sept | Backstage Theatre, Longford

www.backstage.ie | (043) 334 7888

Fri 6th Oct | Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

www.mermaidartscentre.ie | (01) 272 4030

Sat 7th Oct | Iontas, Castleblayney

www.iontascastleblayney.ie | (042) 975 3400

Sun 8th Oct | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

www.birrtheatre.com | (057) 912 2911

Sat 14th Oct | Town Hall, Westport

www.westporttheatre.com | (098) 28459

Fri 20th Oct | St Michaels Theatre, New Ross

www.stmichaelsnewross.com | (051) 421 255

Sat 21st Oct | Venue Theatre, Ratoath

www.venuetheatre.ie | (01) 689 5600

Thurs 26th Oct | Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

www.dunamaise.ie | (057) 866 3355

Fri 27th Oct | Roscommon Arts Centre

www.roscommonartscentre.ie | 090 662 5824

Fri 3rd Nov | Siamsa Tire, Tralee

www.siamsatire.com | (066) 712 3055