Jenny McNamara grew up in Clonakilty and now resides in New Orleans where she continues to perform regularly. she is joined by her pal Jon Broniger
Ava is a 16 year old Irish artist making alternative music. Ava will perform with her band for Clonakilty International Guitar Festival. This show is presented in association with Culture Night
“This is a gorgeous album ~ the Sound of a Family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song. Shine on Greenshine.” Christy Moore
“Wow. Stunning song. Beautiful melody and words,” Ron Sexsmith
“One of the most creative things to come out of Ireland for quite a while.” Aonghus McAnally RTE Radio 1
“Absolutely beautiful.” Eleanor Shanley, Singer
“Dandelion Seed instantly grabbed my attention. Very well produced, tight, and the vocals & lyrics are right up front with dashings of sweet instrumentals. Harmonies shine throughout too & reminds me of First Aid Kit. Very nice.” Songwriting Ireland.
“Really great song. Love it.” Charlie McGettigan, Eurovision winner, Songwriter, Broadcaster.
“Wouldn’t that do your heart good,” Brian Lally presenter of Country Time
Winners of ‘Best Live Act’ at the 2019 NI Music Prize, Sister Ghost is the project of Co. Derry artist Shannon Delores O’Neill. Having a background playing in bands from the age of 12, the project began with Shannon writing and demoing in her attic – singing and playing everything herself – before enlisting the other ‘ghouls’ to bring Sister Ghost to completion.
Playing noisy, spectral art-rock with a pop & literary heart, O’Neill and the band marshal a diverse set of influences in a singular way – from the ‘Seattle sound’ to the likes of Sonic Youth, Veruca Salt, Patti Smith and Kate Bush.
Shannon has been recognised for mentoring and encouraging other female-identified musicians to perform in the Northern Irish scene, having also set up the Girls Rock! NI chapter in 2016. Sister Ghost has garnered high profile support slots with Shellac, Pussy Riot, Petrol Girls and Le Butcherettes, as well as airplay on BBC 6 Music and a Next Wave Artist slot on BBC Radio 1.
With a debut album in the works, recent singles ‘Fake Friends Run This Country’ and ‘Bruised Fruit’ have received favourable reviews in the likes of Hot Press magazine and The Guardian newspaper; equal parts emphatic and earworming, Sister Ghost’s new material is their most vital to date.
“An independent force; a defiant artist” CLASH Magazine
“One of the most gifted songwriters to come out of the North in a long, long time” Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster
“Like Joan Jett, Donita Sparks, and Joe Strummer rolled into one”
Pure M Zine
“Tense yet hook filled, Sister Ghosts sound is a breath of fresh air on the garage/punk scene. A blistering meld of Sonic Youth meets Sleater-Kinney and that’s something to be very excited about.”
The Last Mixed Tape
“With Sister Ghost you can hear echoes of Sonic Youth, early nineties discord stuff. It’s just classic indie rock with no mucking about.”
Steven Rainey, BBC Radio Ulster
Combining a wintry longing with the warmth of a familiar folktale, Humbird stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana to embrace the unexpected. This music invites a refreshing dissonance into the house, it leaves breadcrumbs along the path and reflects light back at the stars.
Loud, confused, instrumental and experimental duo from Dublin, Ireland.
Hailing from Carryduff and Dundrum, Dea Matrona are a rock trio who formed in 2018, their mutual love of classic rock and bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, sparked a musical chemistry between the three that continues to blossom into their own originals.
Their infectious enthusiasm for churning out hard hitting guitar riffs and soaring harmonies has captured the hearts of audiences across Ireland, which has set the foundation for their extraordinary connection with their fans online with Facebook videos reaching over 560k views. They released a 4 track EP in April called ‘Away From The Tide’ and appeared on UTV Life with Pamela Ballentine to promote it.
They recently played a three day stint at The Cavern Club in Liverpool each to a packed out audience and have also put on headline shows in Whelan’s (Dublin) and in Black Box (Belfast) which sold out. They have played the main stage at Dalriada Festival, Harmony Live and Belfast’s Culture Night. They have supported acts such as Feeder, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Nathan Carter and played in The Waterfront Hall supporting Flash Harry. Don Felder (Eagle’s Guitarist) commented of the group ‘Pretty damn good girls, you got it!’ A video of the girls performing went viral on Twitter which received praise from Irish music legends Imelda May and Jim Corr (The Corrs) as well as boxers Carl Frampton and Michael Conlan
The band consists of sisters Mollie McGinn and Mamie McGinn as well as life long friend Orláith Forsythe. The youthful energy combined with their technical ability beyond their years is what continues to win over audiences and listeners across the country.
Over 7 million people have watched in awe as they saw Cam’s viral video on Facebook of him busking on the streets of London. Now he will tour the UK and Europe!
Hailed as “the most impressive one-man band you will ever see” by Unilad when they showcased him to their 44 million followers, Cam Cole is a singer, songwriter, busker and new age traveler from London, UK who roams around performing on streets and venues as his one man band show influenced by Folk, Delta Blues, Grunge and Rock N’ Roll. Check out the Instagram feed below to see what Cam is up to.
Growing up in Clonakilty you are surrounded by music.
Dukkha frontman Eoin O’Neill grew up with people who were genuinely passionate about music and that has always stayed with him. His older brother, uncles, and aunts would show him a variety of music from all different genres and eras, allowing him to appreciate music holistically.
He says that this holistic approach to music has been one of the major influences on his song writing. Another major influence was the discovery of his favourite band, The Doors, and other 1960s psychedelic bands like Jefferson Airplane and Love. Jim Morrison’s song writing showed him, more than anyone else had before, that lyrics can be a form of poetry. This idea blossomed with his growing interest with rap albums, especially concept albums that had particular themes. He was blown away by certain rappers ability to speak of situations in life completely alien to his own, yet was, because of their words, able to understand and empathise with them.