Charlie Bones [NTS Radio Radio, London] _____________________________ This legendary DJ has a world famous breakfast show called The Do!!You!!! Show on NTS Radio in London. Aoife O’Neill [Cork,IRL] will spin some tunes earlier in the night to get the party started. ______________
Small Town Disco and Connolly’s of leap join forces to bring you a Tribute night of the music of Carole King, following three beautiful nights last year celebrating John Prine, Joni Mitchell and Leaonard Cohen. Hosted by musician Caoilian Sherlock, there will once again be a wonderful bunch of fantastic musicians and singers on hand to pay tribute to one of the finest and greatly admired songwriters on popular music. Carole King’s career began in the 1960s when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards. She has continued writing for other artists since then. King’s success as a performer in her own right did not come until the 1970s, when she sang her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano, in a series of albums and concerts. After experiencing commercial disappointment with her debut album Writer, King scored her breakthrough with the album Tapestry. King also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1952 and 2005. If you are interested in taking part in this edition of The Connolly’s Songbook, as a singer or a musician, please get in touch through a private message or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Ireland in recent years. An award winning- double platinum selling artist, Mick has released five albums to date – including two number ones and received widespread airplay. He became the first Irish musician to ever win awards at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, aged 19. His critically acclaimed live performances have seen him sell out shows in Ireland’s Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House. Mick first picked up a guitar at age of 14 under the musical influence of his mother’s family in their old farmhouse in Blarney, Co. Cork where he grew up listening to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jim Croce. Mick wrote songs throughout his teens, while training as a stonemason, which culminated in him signing to a major label at just 21 and releasing his first album “Evening Train”. Mick’s most recent albums were 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 currently lives in County Clare, Ireland where he is working on his sixth studio album.
The Murphy Beds & Ye Vagabonds will be sharing the stage in Connolly’s on Wednesday May 9th. Ticket link announced soon, keep an eye on our facebook page *** The Murphy Beds present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have toured and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy,Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon. Their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés. The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs. –Huffington Post Eamon started playing traditional Irish music while growing up in Dublin. He has toured and performed with many of the great players in the genre. His second album of original songs is set for release in 2018 on Reveal Records. Jefferson performs as a singer, songwriter and guitarist in a variety of acoustic and electric genres. He was awarded a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2013 for the record Child Ballads, written and recorded with Anais Mitchell. *** Ye Vagabonds: Buoyed by the success of their debut EP Rose & Briar in 2015, and continuing support from respected musicians like Lisa Hannigan, Roy Harper and Glen Hansard; brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, who form Ye Vagabonds, have released their highly anticipated debut album, on their own label: Inglenook Records. Expect harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. Ye Vagabonds’ album is comprised of ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium. The album was recorded by Nick Rayner between The Meadow recording studios in Wicklow, and Rayner’s studio in West Cork.
Singer and guitarist SÍOMHA (pronounced Shee-va) dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly, taking audiences on an unexpected, and unforgettable journey with her soulful melodies. Coming from a family steeped in music, SÍOMHA grew up on a diet of musical greats, with the sounds of jazz, trad, folk and soul creeping in and leaving an indelible mark on her musical tastes and influences. She started playing guitar at age 10, but it was later in her teens while attending high school in the south of France that she first took up jazz guitar, after a chance encounter lead to her learning from an Italian gypsy who taught her the manouche gypsy jazz style. The chords and sounds of jazz fascinated and inspired SÍOMHA, and she began to craft her own songs. The next few years saw her travelling, with music as her compass, soaking up the sounds of each of the places she travelled and further honing her craft. In late 2016, having traversed America, Canada and Mexico, she felt an innate draw to return to home shores and a phenomenal year followed; performing at some of Ireland’s leading music festivals including Electric Picnic, opening shows for the likes of Joey Dosik (Vulfpeck) and Moxie, and had the number 1 most played song on RTE Radio 1 in July 2017. A stellar year which was topped off when she was invited to tour as a special guest with the inimitable Paul Brady, who she now counts as one of her fans. SÍOMHA’s music truly does defy any conventional genres. The influences of her musical background, her travels and musical explorations are audible in the music she creates. Always proud of her Irish heritage, she performs her songs in both the English and Irish languages. The beautiful landscape and rugged nature…
White Horse Guitar Club – bringing their thoroughly unique sound and energy to one of Cork’s most prestigious stages. The White Horse Guitar Club are an 11 piece band born in the music venue, Upstairs at The White Horse, who interpret songs of the Americana/Roots songbook in a truly impactful way – think Welsh voice choir singing the songs of the deep Southern States!
We welcome Marlene Enright back to Connolly’s again, after postponing the event due to weather earlier this year. She will be joining us on Sunday, May 13th. “brilliantly played and superbly produced…ambitious, free-flowing alternative pop songs….a seriously accomplished debut album” ****The Irish Times “Enright’s solo album Placemats And Second Cuts is a rich release…harmonies, organ-lines, spacious arrangements, rolling rhythms and Enright’s voice which carries a magnetic swirl and focus to it.” Nialler 9 Marlene Enright’s solo debut showcases her passions and influences. Written and recorded over a year, the result is a melange of the heavy grooves of RnB, the warmth and nostalgia of great folk songs and the richness of thickly layered harmonies. It is the sound of modern roots music, evolved as it has over decades to something that is unmistakably 21st Century, while still carrying echoes of the past. The title, Placemats and Second Cuts, a line from the outro of the album’s closing song, is fitting for this album offers depth and introspection. Says Enright, “Hindsight has made me realise that it’s a much more self-reflective album than I initially realised. It speaks of self-doubt, dancing the fine line between feeling comfortable in your own skin and feeling totally lost at sea, indecisiveness, the battle between strength and weakness, passion and apathy, belonging and isolation and self-acceptance.” Enright’s work has captured the imagination of Irish media over the past 12 months. The release of Placemats & Seconds Cuts on March 24th follows the success of singles ‘123’, ‘Alchemy’, ‘Underbelly’ and ‘When the Water is Hot’. This singer’s star steadily rises as Ireland embraces her unfeigned confessional
Come along and see Tommy working hard on getting his new show together in a host of intimate venue’s across the country. It promises to be jam packed with unmannerly notions, chaotic flights of fancy and joyful talking. Get up close and personal with one of the worlds most respected comedians. “Brilliant & life-affirming. Tommy Tiernan actually makes you proud to be Irish” -The Irish Independent “A feral philosopher king…Tommy Tiernan affects the timeless wisdom of a sage as he stalks his stage.” -The Scotsman