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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.


Acoustra are one of the most versatile bands you will ever see. 15 years in the entertainment business means we know how to read a crowd and how to interact with them. Our extensive set incorporates all the music you need for your venue, wedding or whatever party or event. Hearing is believing! We are in our element playing to a full room of people up for a good time. All the top country classics for jiving, sets of waltzes, 60″s and 70″s classics that everyone loves to dance to, and of course, Irish/Folk and Trad.

With accordion as lead instrument we get the floor hopping with a siege of Ennis, we play popular Irish and Folk Ballads, slow songs for intimate moments on the dance floor, Rock and Roll medleys, Swing and Boogie and of course up to date chart hits.

Our set list is constantly updated as new songs are added. Acoustra are a 3, 4 or 5 piece group which includes Yvonne McCarthy as joint lead vocalist in the event that a wedding or event would like to have both male and female singers.

We are centrally based in Limerick and have performed in numerous venues nationwide; we can reach most places within 2 hours. We have no problem traveling to come and perform for you. Why should you book us? Booking Acoustra means you are guaranteed a quality show by talented musicians for a reasonable price. With 3 vocals there are lots of harmonies and a huge selection of songs.

We are reliable, friendly, professional, punctual and approachable. Our sound is natural, no backing tracks and we keep the volume at a respectable level. We have a range of speaker systems and can play for a small party of fewer than 100, up to a full large hotel room of 300.

We can also perform with percussion instead of drums for smaller intimate locations if required. We can also help you with the music for any part of your big day including pre -wedding dinner drinks reception music, and a choice of music for the church ceremony, Full band for the main event and Disco.

Larry Mathews

Larry Mathews is a musician from Glenbeigh. He sings and plays Irish Folk, his own compositions as well as Rock and Pop. He plays Irish Fiddle, Guitar and Bodhrán. On stage he has played with Christy Moore, the Furey Brothers, The Dubliners, Achim Reichel and many others. He has recorded with Martin Röttger, as guest musician for Chris Evans & David Hanselmann, Hannes Wader and with many others.
For many years he played with his brother Terry and also played with the folk group Spailpin, having great chart success. He is now a solo performer working all over the world.


Abbeyfolk is a 5-piece Ballad Group from the midlands of Ireland…”a great live band, full of energy and up for the Craic!”.
A fine example of real Irish musicians from the heart of Ireland, Abbeyfolk has been going since the 1980`s and have clocked up thousands of miles playing all over the country in some great towns and pubs. They have supported such Acts as The fureys , Wolfe tones and Don Maclean

Jimmy Crowley

Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album The Boys of Fairhill in 1977. With his band Stokers Lodge their mission was to present the street ballads of Cork city complimented by the ornate folk songs of the rural hinterland of Cork and Kerry in an exciting orchestration of uilleann pipes, concertina, autoharp, harmonium, mandolin, bouzouki and guitar in their native accent.