Category Archives: Folk

Tony Benn

Tony Benn is an Irish alt/folk singer/songwriter whose rugged, raw baritone rises from a whisper to a roar in his beautifully written stories of love, loss, hope and jubilation of everything that matters in life.

A working musician from the west of Ireland travelling with a guitar and a duffel bag from gig to gig, Tony has been playing music since the 90s when his grunge band Exploding Marmalade went into the Irish Top 30. Since then, Tony’s travels have taken him across the US, he has been a busker on the streets of Dublin and touring as an acoustic solo act in Europe.

Tony’s forthcoming album was recorded live at The Animal Farm in London. It’s a powerful collection of raw and contemplative material that draws comparisons to Damien Rice, Eddie Vedder and John Martyn in a deeply introspective and uplifting lo-fi alt folk experience. Tony wields peerless soft power that offers sincerity, hope and worldly wisdom, proving that when you have it in you, you can blow it out.

The Ill Winds

The Ill Winds are a three piece “traditional meets contemporary” band, based in Cork City, Ireland.
The band have become known for combining old with new, classic with modern, all with a signature Irish twist. The group consists of Michael Grace (vocals, guitar, percussion, mandolin), Tony Dunne (accordion, percussion, vocals) and Paul O’Shea (drums, vocals, percussion, mandolin).
Formerly known as ‘The Newfoundland Trio’, the guys have been touring around Ireland and abroad over the last year. 2017 brought the band to the UK for the first time, as well as Denmark and Norway. The year ahead promises to be even bigger, with many national and international shows and festivals in the pipeline. Keep an eye out for The Ill Winds in 2018!

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Professor Horse & The Wildmen

Professor Horse & The Wildmen are a Cork based, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana cover band. With a range of influences including Old Crow Medicine Show, The Band, The Country Gentlemen, Neil Young and The Stanley Brothers, you can expect a great nights entertainment when coming to one of their gigs.

Anamchiar: Spirit of Kerry

Thomas O Sullivan and Gail O Donoghue bring together a unique mix of history, music, song and dance to their audience. Playing Uilleann pipes, Bodran, Harp, Whistles, Guitar, Strings and many other instruments this duo capture a truly authentic experience of Ireland in their for traditionalist and tourists alike.

Anamchiar … Spirit of Kerry
IrishEntertainmentExperience … ‘3414’.

‘3414’ … is the product of many years experience in entertainment business. The concept gives a culturally authentic experience of Irish music, song, story and dance to visitors and tourists to Ireland. Quoting many guides and visitors that have experienced the show … that is really what we’ve come to Ireland to hear …

‘3414’ … provides the history and the story of many Irish traditional instruments, music, song, dance and Irish historical specialist subjects. Relevance to local ‘sense of place’ a priority.

Instruments include … Uilleann Pipes, Bodhrán, Flutes and Whistles, Bones and Spoons, Guitar and Strings, Keyboard, Harp, Vocals in Sean-Nós and English … and their place in the panoply of Irish Traditional Instruments. Traditional dance includes Brush Dance, Box Dance and Skin and Bones Dance … being participatory where possible. Also reels, jigs and hornpipes dances.

Overall Concept of Show

Chant Port‘Béil … Celtic song-chant/lilting with Bodhrán accompaniment/atmospheric.
Braveheart … Theme, traditional march/set-dance. Uilleann Pipes, Bodhrán and Keyboards.
Summer Time Is Coming … Irish weather lore / humorous stories / participation chorus.
Uilleann Pipes showcased … Titanic Theme and Titanic stories related to pipes.
Mary Mack … humorous song with chorus participation / Single Again etc.
Recitation … Paddy on the Building Site ?/ or similar.
Bodhrán … showcase with demo, Bodhrán lesson and history + Bones and Spoons / story.
Christmas Eve 1914 … song and story of WW1 … Silent Night 1914.
Pete the Snake / Leprechaun and the Biker / Priest on Bicycle stories.
Ballad Medley … Dublin’s Fair City/ Whiskey in the Jar/ Molly O / Single Again !!!
Prendergast Famine Letters 1840-50 … presentation and Famine history of local interest.
Sean-Nós … singing presentation … Smaointe … with Pipes, Whistle and Keyboard.
Irish Language … history/phrases … greetings, seanfhochail, toasts and anecdotes.
Ballad Medley … Danny Boy, Mc Namara’s Band, Star of the County Down etc,.
Kagan, Scotia and the Wind … Atmospheric piece / story and song.
Deoch an Doras … Parting Glass song and toast to finish and close of show.

‘3414’ Irish entertainment package is inclusive of history, music, song and dance with demonstrations of instruments and a ‘how to’/ hands-on on learning the instrument as part of the show.
‘3414’ can be tailor-made to suit any visitor format … after dinner, corporate groups, learning groups /workshops, walking groups, history tours.

Blackmailed & Bereft

blackmailed & bereft – jigs and reels, old songs, new songs and original songs

Band Members
Gina Griffin – fiddle and vocals. Anita Heffernan – vocals, bodhran/percussion and mandolin. Bernard KilBride – fiddle. Chris Liddle – acoustic guitars and vocals. Gill Newlyn – fiddle and vocals.

Greenshine

Greenshine is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear. Greenshine’s song ‘The Girl in the Lavender Dress’ was most played track on RTE Radio 1 for a month of Summer on its release and third most played Irish track on the station for the year.

Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others.

Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and her voice is a wonderfully versatile instrument. She is much in demand for her recording session work and has added her talents to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black as well as cult psychedelic outfit Dr. Strangely Strange. As a duo, Noel and Mary have released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date ~ The Land You Love the Best (placed no. 3 in The Irish Times Folk albums of the year of its release), Unspoken Lines (described as ‘The heart and soul of folk music, coming from a deeper well…,’ by John Spillane) while Mary’s solo, Sea of Hearts, earned an impressive 8 out of 10 in Hot Press.

Ellie Shine has grown up surrounded by music and has been performing in concerts and festivals since the age of 13 including an appearance with GREENSHINE for President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at The Abbey Theatre. Despite her tender years, Ellie has featured on 4 recordings to date. She has a huge interest in the songs of the Muskerry Gaeltacht and reached the All-Ireland final of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann’s under 15 Sean-Nós Singing competition in her debut try-out. She enjoys singing songs of all genres and has a special place in her heart reserved for classic Beatles and country as well as good contemporary songwriting. She accompanies herself on the ukulele.

The music of Greenshine has been covered by several Irish music artists and has been used commercially by Follain Preserves in their ad campaigns, Carrie Crowley in her film Waterway and as signature tunes by several national radio station programmes.

Hank Wedel

Singer-songwriter Hank Wedel was born in the USA in the ‘60s, grew up in NYC and Mallow, Co. Cork in the ‘70s, lived for awhile in NYC in the ’80s and ’90s but is based in Cork City.

He is well known for his involvement in the live music scene in Cork, and in the past with bands such as ”Princes Street” and “Open Kitchen”, as well as a long-standing Monday night residency at Charlies Bar with mandolinst Ray Barron. Hank has also performed with Irish music legends Kila, Declan Sinnott, Shane McGowan and Bono. Irish folk-singer legend Christy Moore recorded Hank’s song “Listen” and made it the title track of his best-selling 2009 album on Sony records.