The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon.
As part of Craiceann Bodhran Summer school. The Conifers is made up of five young musicians, all of whom are rooted in a strong musical background. While their music is energetic, lively and has a wholesome sound, the band members strive to remain true to a traditional repertoire rooted in the regions of Clare, Sliabh Luachra and Donegal. This is also shown through their repertoire of songs both in English and Irish.
This new exciting trio formed by chance at the NYAH festival, Cavan in 2018. The band immediately bonded and it wasn’t before long TRODA was born. In a short space of time the band has excelled, playing as guests with the likes of Sharon Shannon. The band’s initial debut was met with a standing ovation which in turn prompted the release of their eponymous CD, ‘TRODA’. (2019)
Set to be a brilliant gig with the band bringing rich music traditions from both sides the Atlantic, The Unwanted are three exceptional talents, Cathy Jordan, Rick Epping & Seamie O’Dowd, all with a lifetime dedication to their music.
Having met on Inis Oírr last year the Raines, Ruth Dillon on vocals and guitar, Yvonne Tiernan on vocals, guitar & ukulele and Juliana Erkkonen on fiddle, are fittingly returning to the island to share their folk songs, laced with sweet harmonies and intertwined with melodic fiddle.
The mighty Pat Quinn returns for what is sure to be another sell-out concert. Island resident Pat is a singer/songwriter of exceptional talent who pens often hilarious songs with themes ranging from potatoes to penguins to Angelina Jolie. Christy Moore has recorded a version of Pat’s Lingo Politico on his latest album. For this theatre gig, Pat will be joined by some very special guests for an evening of original songs and fun.
Rare and wonderful chance to hear THE TWO PATS, that is to say, brothers -in -law writer Pat McCabe and Inis Oírr singer/songwriter Pat Quinn who will perform their legendary spoken words ‘n music extravaganza, including all their hits
Be prepared to be entertained by Mouse McHugh, Tuam town musician who has played with The Timber Tramps , Too Much for the Whiteman , The Midnight Cowboys , Saw Doctors & The Lounge Lizards and plays a mix of styles in his own way. Mouse will be joined by Joe Waldron , cool hand guitar player, from Cloughanover, Heaford. Serious riffs, licks and picks! ️
Dominic will perform songs from POLCAPHONC, his lively new book of songs in Irish for children. The book has 20 newly composed children’s songs with everything from a greedy spider, a friendly ghost, children saving the world and an space alien that has a mad interest in fashion, especially clothes with polka dots.
Having met on Inis Oírr last year the Raines, Ruth Dillon on vocals & guitar, Yvonne Tiernan on vocals, guitar & ukulele and Juliana Erkkonen on fiddle, are fittingly returning to the island to share their folk songs, laced with sweet harmonies and intertwined with melodic fiddle.
Australia’s favourite adopted Irish sister, Áine Tyrrell is coming home to Ireland to launch her new album, Return To The Sea. She is bringing home Ireland’s soon-to-be favourite adopted Australian sister, Emily Wurramara who is touring her award winning debut Album Milyakburra.
A unique and stunning double bill of powerful and inspiring performers. These women have shared bills and festivals across Australia together already. They are passionate women of the sea from their homes to their music. They both sing and speak from the heart singing anthems for humanity and social justice as well as writing songs that speak to your heart.
The iconic 1934 film will be screened with a live,original, contemporary score featuring pedal steel guitar, cello, guitars and electronics by Simon O’Reilly and Alec Brown.
Man of Aran is a 1934 Irish fictional documentary film directed by Robert J. Flaherty about life on the Aran Islands. It portrays characters living in premodern conditions, documenting their daily routines such as fishing off high cliffs, farming potatoes where there is little soil, and hunting for huge basking sharks to get liver oil for lamps. Some situations are fabricated, such as one scene in which the shark fishermen are almost lost at sea in a sudden gale. Additionally, the family members shown are not actually related, having been chosen from among the islanders for their photogenic qualities
11th-17thJan 2020 with one advance prep day.
A week of collaboration and craic with Ros na Rún story-liner and actor Sorcha Fox and Ros na Rún actor Marie Bheag Breathnach.
Daily, live soap opera where the characters and scenarios are invented by a cast (established actors/new actors and people interested in set/costume/props on the island).
An incredible night of music is in store with what promises to be one of the most memorable and unique nights of the year.
Galway band The Whileaways’ are three singers cut from the same cloth who weave a tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original songs. Their sound is true and their delivery is undeniably captivating. Described as 'perfected simplicity' by the Irish Echo, USA , the trio incorporate instinctive sibling-like harmonies, captivating lyrics and subtle accompaniment.
A native of south County Dublin now resident on Inis Oirr, flute player Micheál Ó hAlmhain has devoted his life to performing and promoting traditional music in Ireland through numberless sessions and teaching.
Doimnic is a well known sean-nós traditional singer, accomplished uilleann piper and piano accordian player. From Gweedore in the Donegal Gaeltacht, Doimnic has proven himself as one of the best traditional singers in the country and has been winner of the coveted ‘Corn Uí Riada’ at the Oireachtas.
Benny is from Deelish in Co.Waterford. He began his musical voyage at the age of 13 and was mentored by none other than accordion legend Bobby Gardiner. Benny was Oireachtas champion on both Button accordion and 10-key Melodeon in 1994. Benny plays and manages the Internationally acclaimed Irish Traditional band Danú. He has shared the stage and recorded with many internationally renowned artists over the years including Liam Clancy, Tom Paxton, John Sheahan, Donovan, Donal Lunny, Seán Ó'Sé and others.
Before becoming Artistic Director of Áras Éanna, Dara worked freelance as a set designer, scenic painter, cartoonist, illustrator and performer. With Fibín Theatre Company Dara has performed several ‘Live Art’ shows including, Clann Lir, An Rón Dall and Mac Piarais i bpictiúir.
Originally from Dublin, Dáithí has been resident on Inis Oírr for twenty odd years. Dáithí has a powerful voice that lends itself to songs and ballads that visitors to the island have enjoyed and savoured over the years.
Beidh Nolie McDonnell agus Nicola Joyce ag seinnt ceoil linn mar chuid dár sraith Áras Éanna Beo. Is baill iad Nolie agus Nicola den ghrúpa cáiliúil ‘The Whileaways’. Bhí an grúpa in ainm ceolchoirm a chur ar staitse i mí Marta in Áras Éanna ach leis na srianta córóinavirís bhí sé curtha ar ceall. Faraor ní bheidh Noriana Kennedy leo don seó seo mar gheall ar na srianta. Le cúnamh Dé, beidh ‘The Whileaways arais againn ag amharclann Áras Éanna…
Lasairfhíona (pronounced Lah-sah-reena) is a singer/songwriter from Inis Oírr, the Aran Islands in the West of Ireland. Her debut album An Raicín Álainn (pronounced An Rackeen Ah-lyn) generated a very favourable response in Ireland and abroad. It was selected by Hot Press music magazine as one of the best folk albums of 2002. Her second solo album appropriately called Flame of Wine, a literal translation of her name, was also very well received. Tracks from the album were used on…
A powerhouse of talent from Tuam, Mouse McHugh has entertained the masses over the years with fantastic bands such as The Timber Tramps, Too much for the White Man, The Midnight Cowboys, The Sawdoctors and the Lounge Lizards. Mouse has played the ‘Áras Éanna Sessions’ in 2019 filling the Arts Centre with rocking sounds and groovy vibes. Prepare to be entertained.
Tipperary native James Dillon is a husky-voiced singer/songwriter and member of the high octane acoustic band, The Galway Street Club. James has been entertaining with his unique take on blues and ballads in venues such as Roisín Dubh and Whelans and on the streets of Galway over the past six years. A talent to watch out for!
Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture presents AERIAL/SPARKS by Louise Manifold in partnership with the Marine Institute Ireland and in association with the Commissioners of Irish Lights; Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr; and Ars Electronica 2020. Supported through Arts Council of Ireland Project Awards 2017 and 2019.