Think you know Clonakilty? wait till you’ve seen it through the eyes and songs of ballad master Seán Fitzgerald. Seán paid a research visit to Clonakilty this summer, soaking in the historical tales and urban legends that spring from every corner of every street. He returns now with a batch of new songs inspired by those stories, and will lead a walking/singing tour of Clonakilty that will be both enlightening and enlivening!
Tours are free of charge and begin from Recorders Alley – Next to Tojo the Monkey Statue (O Donovans Hotel) at the following times:
Friday 22nd – 5pm
Saturday 23rd – 2pm, 4:30pm
Sunday 24th – 1:30pm
Ballad Tours Dublin singer Sean Fitzgerald gives musical tours around the historical landmarks of Dublin. Sean Fitzgerald also has recently set the poetry of Seumas O’ Kelly to music and Sean recorded the songs recently as The Connacht Peep Show.
The Shaker Hymn craft sharp and thoughtful pop songs, reminiscent of the lush and warm guitar music of the late 60’s such as The Byrds and Pink Floyd blended with the cavalier approach of acts like Supergrass, Cass McCombs and Kurt Vile. There is a lyrical wit and a bite that is distinctly recognisable from their hometown of Cork. Their third album ‘The Last Concorde’ was released in June 2022, a classic powerful glam rock inspired guitar album infused with hypercosmic sonic flavours. The group began recording their latest album over five years ago with producer Brendan Fennessy and released a single, ‘Dead Trees’ the following year in anticipation of the new record and live shows to accompany. Unexpectedly, drummer Shane Murphy became seriously ill and a routine procedure in the summer of 2018 turned into a distressing ordeal which left him in critical condition for a number of weeks. During a tumultuous 2018 and 2019 he worked himself back to strength while plans for the band decidedly took a back seat until, during the more tempered months of lockdown of 2020, the band was able to finish recording their long awaited third album. The band, which began making rudimentary teenage noise back in 2005, and matured into The Shaker Hymn during a two-month American excursion early in 2012 have released two albums to date. 2014’s `Rascal’s Antique’ and 2016’s ‘Do You Think You’re Clever’ as well as a five track EP ‘The Shape Of The Sea’ were all filled with deft hooks, acute observations and compelling songwriting. The group have toured Ireland extensively including festivals; Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes and Knockanstockan as well as touring the UK and Belgium. Their single ‘Sucking It Out’ appeared on the soundtrack to breakout Irish film ‘Handsome Devil’. * STEREOGUM “Gorgeous retro pop-rock”
* LouderThanWar “Big sounds, big ideas, great production and lots of charm”
Eoin Stan O’Sullivan has had a colourful life in music. From a youth spent immersed in traditional music to punk rock and from guitars and synths to bass and the fiddle. He’s back at the CIGF bringing new life to the music of his beloved Sliabh Luachra. It’s Dessert Blues meets Mountain Music or a whole new genre that Stan calls “Bog Jazz” 🙂
Molly Buchan is a multifaceted Indie-Folk musician from Clonakilty who is currently based in Dublin. Previously released singles such as ‘Strawberry Perfume’ and ‘Tell Me’ bear the familiar emotional weight of young love, exploring various emotions from denial and anger to grief and reminiscence in her writing, making them ultimately relatable to a wide variety of listeners.
Signed to boutique indie label, Pop Cautious Records, Molly is currently working on her debut EP alongside GANZY, a collective featuring several independent artists from BIMM Dublin.
“The Clonakilty International guitar festival would be a great opportunity to spread my platform to a wider audience, especially in my hometown and we would greatly appreciate consideration for the international guitar festival.” Molly Buchan
KIT (aka Katie Wighton) is the guitarist/vocalist in ARIA-award winning folk outfit All Our Exes Live in Texas.
In 2017 All Our Exes Live in Texas won the ARIA award for Best Blues & Roots Album for their critically acclaimed debut, “When We Fall”. All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – combining in four-part indie-folk harmony heaven.They have toured across the globe with The Backstreet Boys, Midnight Oil and Passenger to name a few.
They also provided backing vocals for Kesha’s platinum single, Praying.In 2019 Katie began work on her debut solo EP, You Act Like A Child. Her first single Good Guy “ a powerhouse of a track that will appeal to fans of Alex Lahey or Ruby Fields.”
KIT’s second single, King Size Bed was written with Jenny Owen-Youngs (Panic! At The Disco) and Jake Sinclair(Panic! At The Disco, Taylor Swift, Weezer) in LA in 2018.
“A BIG hell yeah!” Clare Mooney, jjj
“a joyous emotional rollercoaster” The AU Review of KIT’s EP, including her latest single You Act Like A Child, is out now on all platforms.
“You Act Like a Child” is a heartfelt exploration of vulnerability wrapped up in bold indie rock goodness. All Our Exes first performed at The Clonakilty Guitar Festival in 2016. “You could barely move, like. IN THE AFTERNOON. TO A BAND WHO ALMOST NOBODY IN THE ROOM (bar their parents, obviously) HAD HEARD BEFORE. It’s that sort of festival.” The Point of Everything.
A heady blend of blues, rock and americana, McHale’s Permanent Brew is made up of vocalist/guitarist Paul McHale, vocalist/guitarist Frank McHale, Stephen Houghton on Bass, Simon Lemax on keyboards and Chris Orrell on drums.
Wearing influences on her sleeve from Big Star to Cocteau Twins, Heart Shaped is the dreamy pop project of Belfast-based songwriter Kendall Bouquet. Following on from the 2020 EP ‘Second Hand’, which gained critical praise with international radio play from KEXP to the BBC and a feature on the front page of Bandcamp, new single No Contact finds the Texas native meditating on ambivalent love over a fuzzed-out soundscape of shimmering melodies. Together with surf inflected B-Side ‘Version of You’, the two tracks form a snapshot of a maturing songwriter hitting her stride, unafraid to mix a catchy pop sensibility with introspection and catharsis. Recently awarded the Chordblossom Kickstart Prize, Heart Shaped is poised as a rising star in the Irish music scene and one to watch in 2022.
“Bedroom pop in the truest sense, fuzzed-out and propulsive with charming melodies” – Bandcamp New and Notable Picks
“It’s Waxahatchee campfire sonic burn-out and Dinosaur Jr listless melancholy that’s so insistent it eventually grabs you by the throat and shakes your head until you see stars” – Did Not Chart