THE KATES

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There’s a revolution happening. And it’s not going to be quiet.

Conceived at Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2018 and birthed just before the biggest annual celebration of women in West Cork, Nollaig na mBan for Ovacare, The Kates took Clonakilty by storm.

Liz Clark (gtr), Eve Clague (elec gtr), Mide Houlihan (drums), Roisin Kilgannon (keys) and Paula K O’Brien (bass) are all musicians/songwriters in their own right but banded together to shine a spotlight on what contributions women make in a male dominated industry. 

The Kates only play songs performed or written by women. They celebrate women who have come before them, blazed a trail and rocked the system. 

Viva la revolution.

EVE CLAGUE

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Hailing from Clonakilty Ireland, Eve Clague is a singer-songwriter who
draws on the rich variety of music she grew up with in her home and
community to create a highly personal and direct style of song
writing.
With a band made up of well known players from Cork’s jazz and neo soul
scene and featuring some of her own string arrangements, Eve’s debut
EP Young Naive Me crosses genres very naturally in songs which centre
around Eve’s acoustic guitar and deeply honest vocal style.
Since its release in April of 2019, the EP has received national radio
play in Ireland as well as airplay on regional stations at home and
in the UK, with reviews from a number of prominent blogs including
Ireland’s nialler9.com, praising her distinctive voice and a timeless
quality to the songwriting and arrangements.
Having left school at the age of 15, Eve has clocked up more hours as
a working musician than most artist in their early twenties, touring
nationally with a number of Cork based bands as a vocalist and sax
player. However it was her enrolment in Corks school of music in 2014
which really gave Eve the time and space to develop her songwriting
and collaborate with a huge range of like minded musicians. Having
graduated in October 2018, Eve wasted no time as she immediately began
work on recording Young Naive Me with her band at
Wavefield Recording Studios.
Following the EP’s release, Eve has played numerous shows both solo
and with her band such as Cork’s Quarter Block Party, The Ballydehob
jazz festival and her own packed out release party in March.
The rest of 2019 will see eve play more shows at home and abroad,
including this years Body and Soul festival, as well as continuing to
develop songs for her next release.
https://youtu.be/5eeaSXBRewc

DAVID CHRISTY JONES

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David Christy Jones is a 25 year old songwriter and musician based in West Cork, Ireland. Born in Wales to a musical family, he found himself surrounded my musicians playing many styles from a young age. At 7 years old he relocated to Clonakilty, Ireland with his family. Since 2009, Christy has been an active and respected session drummer, and has played with countless acts across all genres. From jazz, blues and folk to heavy metal, rap and country. Later, he attended music college in Cork city and started learning to play guitar and write music. 

Over the last year, he has focused largely on writing and recording his own music and compositions. Inspired by the blues and folk stars of old, he has taken their recipes and added his own distinct flavor. From the modern Americana and roots sound, to the dustbowl blues, his style is unique and fresh. David Christy Jones’ debut EP is due for release later this year, with gigs and videos to follow.

THE POINT OF EVERYTHING

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Eoghan O Sullivan returns to his home town to record a live Podcast as part of Clon guitar fest.
The podcast will be in O Donovans hotel (Commercial Room) on Saturday 21st of September.
Doors will open at 1pm and all are welcome – Space is limited so first come first served. Doors will close at 1:30pm when the podcast begins. The podcast will last approx 1hr & 30 mins & with special guests T-P-M –  This show is wheelchair accessible.
THE POINT OF EVERYTHING
The Point of Everything is a music and arts podcast hosted by journalist Eoghan O’Sullivan that has been running since July 2015. With more than 130 episodes in the archives, the show sees artists go in-depth on their creative process, the arts community in Ireland, and inspiration. Guests have included Choice Prize winners such as Rusangano Family, Ships, O Emperor and Delorentos, criticially acclaimed acts like Girl Band and Cathy Davey, authors such as Kevin Barry and Emilie Pine, DJs Stevie G and Donal Dineen, and many more.
Eoghan O’Sullivan is a journalist with the Irish Examiner, where he covers music and the arts, and writes a weekly podcast column. He has hosted like recordings of The Point of Everything podcast at festivals including Quarter Block Party, It Takes a Village and Cork Midsummer. He also runs a music website of the same name, The Point Of Everything, is a regular contributor to London radio show The irish Jam and has been on the judging panel for the Choice Prize.

PAULA K O’BRIEN & FRIENDS

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Paula K O’Brien. 

From Clonakilty in West Cork comes a folk artist, with the maturity to know that there is strength in vulnerability and power in gentleness.

Her debut album, Evangeline, is an alt country folky gem whose songs have, in general, a narrative structure but whose lyrics paint pictures to match any of the great musical storytellers you care to mention. But it’s Paula’s voice that stands out, full of emotion and ready to tell the truth. 

Paula was chosen by IMRO to play at Templebar Tradfest 2017  and was chosen by Luka Bloom to sing backing vocals for his album Frugalisto. She has played support for Hothouse Flowers, Nick Harper, Jack L and Mama Kin. She is involved in the Starling Song Project and has contributed to podcasts on the importance of arts in healthcare.  She is a founding member and bassist of an all girl group called The Kates who play songs written or performed by women, to showcase the female talent who pushed the boundaries of a historically male driven industry. 

Currently, Paula is recording new songs with the well known multi instrumentalist and sound engineer, John Fitzgerald in Lettercollum Recording studio, Timoleague. These songs are due to be released in September and she is privileged to launch her EP “ The River” the weekend of the incredible Clonakilty International Guitar Festival ’19 .”The River” is a collection of songs that hold huge meaning to Paula as they deal with the loss of her Mother and also celebrate the legacy of love she left behind. 

For the launch of her EP, Paula has gathered a group of talented musicians to help her introduce “The River” to the world. Join them and be witness to the birth of something very special indeed. 

ÉADAOIN O’ SHEA COSTLEY

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Éadaoin brings her band to Guitar town crossing Billie Eilish with Kate Bush!

singer/songwriter/filmmaker

 

 

QADASI & MAQHINGA

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Qadasi & Maqhinga

Hailing from the heart of Zululand in South Africa, Qadasi and Maqhinga are an acoustic duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music. Both professional musicians in their own right and sharing the same vision, joining forces has resulted in an international caliber of music which represents the heart and soul of South African roots music.

David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi guitarist, concertina and banjo player who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age.
This interest grew exponentially over the years, and as a result, his love for traditional music was born.

After matriculating in 2010, Qadasi released his first studio album under record label, Sande Entertainment headed by Sibongiseni Shabalala of four-time Grammy Award winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His second album, released in 2014, has since been nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) and SATMA (South African Traditional Music Award). Qadasi was also recently honoured to receive a KwaZulu Natal Young Achievers Award for ‘social cohesion through Maskandi.’

Maqhinga Radebe began his career as a Maskandi musician in the mid 90’s and has received numerous awards for his amazing musical skills, which also include SAMA and SATMA Award nominations.

Well travelled, he has performed to audiences in several countries, including Zimbabwe, England and the USA and throughout Southern Africa, sharing stages with top artists such as Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phuzekhemisi and Soul Brothers, to name a few.
He is presently most well known for his key role as the guitarist in popular Maskandi group, Shabalala Rhythm.

David first met Maqhinga in Durban in early 2010 when enquiring about a concertina tuner. After a ‘jam session’, thus began their story and the two have become firm friends, with Maqhinga taking the role of music director and producer of David’s first solo projects.

The talented musicians later decided to join forces after realizing the musical potential that was possible by combining their artistry.

Over the past several years, the two of them have travelled home and abroad with their eclectic fusion, taking it to audiences in the UK, Europe, Asia, and throughout South Africa, and are thrilled to have released their long awaited collaborative album titled, “Lashis’ Ilanga” – an organic, acoustic fusion of traditional Maskandi and western folk music. This was nominated for a 2017 SAMA Award for Best Traditional Album.

Aside from promoting Zulu culture, traditional music and social cohesion, the duo have also been actively involved in rhino conservation, working alongside the Kingsley Holgate foundation and Project Rhino KZN as rhino ambassadors.

There is much excitement in the promise of what lies ahead for this Maskandi duo which is continuing in the footsteps of this powerful genre’s icons.

 

 

ELAINE MALONE

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ELAINE MALONE 

Elaine Malone is an Irish psychedelic-folk songwriter. Hailing from Limerick, she currently resides in Cork, where she has carved a name for herself as an idiosyncratic songwriter. Known for her haunting voice and poetic lyricism combined with grunge roots and psychedelic leanings. Recently named one of Nialler9’s Top 50 New Irish Artists, her debut single ‘You’ was released in February and received international airplay. Her recent appearances include Electric Picnic, Quiet Lights, Quarter Block Party, It Takes A Village and support slots for O Emperor, David Keenan and Marlene Enright. Her second single ‘No Blood’ released in March was described as “musically recalling some of Tim Buckley’s airy jazz inclinations, and the gently percussive Weltschmerz of Nick Drake, Elaine Malone‘s new single cranks tension between folk music as a vehicle for aural pleasure and folk music as a vessel for crushingly human storytelling.” – The Thin Air.

Her debut EP Land was recorded with fellow artist Sam Clague in a small home studio over the course of a year. Described by Dan Hegarty of 2FM as “Quite something. But what exactly? Striking, stunning and heartfelt are three words that go some way to encapsulating it.“ Also featuring on the EP are the twin ryhthm-section of ‘Talos’, Josh and Sonny Sampson. Sam Clague also features heavily as a multi- instrumentalist. ‘Land’ deals with heartache, apathy, the tragic death of Ann Lovett and the torture of first falling in love.

“A truly engrossing journey of stark dark-folk sounds, washing textures and a central vocal that enraptures the listeners. Elaine Malone’s ‘Vonnegut’ is a must. “ – Stephen White. The Last Mixtape

“Land is an excellently crafted piece of story-telling through music, a story we would rather we never had to hear, but one she should be most proud of telling.” Remy

“Malone’s blunt style of penmanship is among the most unique and characteristic of any lyricist in the country. It’s poetry for sure, just minus all the bullshit that usually comes with it. Perhaps most telling is the wonderful ‘Vonnegut’ a writer with which Malone shares a unique worldview with. The entire EP plays and sounds wonderful from front to back, detailed with a level and care largely unparalleled in Irish folk this year.” Nialler9

 

DAVE LORDAN

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Dave Lordan is a multi-genre writer, performer, editor, and educator. He has been described as Ireland’s most vital and courageous poet, and a performer of electrifying intensity. Lordan provides a portal to the inspirational power of the spoken and written word, and is currently one of Ireland’s leading educators in creative writing.

Dave returns to this years Festival to live stream events & interviews with festival performers and attendees over the course of the weekend.

 

Dave’s poem ‘The Lost tribe of the Wicklow mountains’ was covered by Christy Moore on his album Lily

 

SAM CLAGUE

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Sam Clague is a musician and songwriter from Clonakilty, Cork. He lives and works in Cork City, playing primarily as a jazz guitarist and also his own unique brand of original music. Jazz and folk influences blend together to make a form of kaleidoscopic chamber music, driven by intricate guitar arrangements and accompanied by psychedelic orchestral sounds. His debut EP “Balloons” was released in 2015 at the Clonakillty Guitar Festival. He plans to release his follow up E.P. at the festival in september this year.

“Sam’s writing is unique. He writes from the heart and creates his own world – his own sound world and lyric world. As well as that his musicianship is beyond reproach – capable of capturing many genres with multi instrumental abilities” – Carl Corcoran (former Presenter of The Blue of the Night)