August Showcase 2017

Fresh out of the Cork Academy of Music, Philly Purcell (Thurles, Co. Tipperary) and Sarah Ryan (Emyvale) are a soul/funk duo, who take influence from every style of music imaginable. Both are multi-instrumentalists. Philly has played bass all his life and trained as a drummer with the Moycarkey Pipe Band. He has been involved with many projects, such as blues funk trio, P45. Sarah has been a passionate follower of music all her life and has in the last 2 years begun to take playing music seriously. She majors in vocals and guitar, but is known to dabble in bass and piano. They will be performing a selection of covers in their own style.


Elaine Hoey is a recent graduate from the National College of Art and Design. She will be giving a presentation next Wednesday 30th at our monthly showcase. In 2016 Elaine won the RDS Taylor Art Award for her virtual reality work “The Weight of Water”. She has shown this work at the RDS Visual Arts Exhibition, also, as part of a jointly curated exhibition by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art NYC) and Dublin Science Gallery titled Design and Violence.

If you would like to preview Elaine Hoey’s piece “The Weight of Water”, please send us a private message. Due to time constraints, viewing is by appointment only. Please note: This is a virtual reality piece and is not suitable for under 13’s or anyone who suffers with vertigo. Appointments will be between 5:30 – 6:15 on Wednesday 30th August. Thank you.


Dez Murphy, Singer/songwriter has enjoyed a long love affair with the music scene, going back to his ‘Blues’ jamming days in London during the eighties, to the present day, where he has just completed recording his latest album release ‘Ideas’ It is fairly diverse and samples a number of styles, with something here for everyone to enjoy. Dez also hosts his own monthly Blues Jam sessions in Monaghan, in addition to recording & performing with the Dez Murphy Blues Trio.


Máiréad Duffy is in Middletown where she has always drawn and painted from a young age. Having studied at The University of Leeds she went on to become an Art and Textiles teacher. Máiréad’s career has seen her live and work in London and then onto Kuwait in the Middle East where she was head of Art and Design, these years away were a huge influence in her life and influenced her work. It was in Kuwait that Máiréad carried out privately commissioned work alongside her teaching. Returning to Ireland in 2004 Máiréad secured a job as Coordinator of Art and Design at Southern Regional College in Armagh. She loves being surrounded by enthusiastic and talented young people, after 22 years of teaching the passion is still evident as this gives her the energy to carry out her own work and be a role model for her students. She carries out private commissions and works on local exhibitions at her home studio in Keady throughout the year and showcases her work at various local events. She works in a number of mediums such as Ink, Watercolour & Acrylics to depict a wide variety of subject matter. Her current collection features local rural scenes and wildlife, this is a subject matter close to her heart.
“After being away for years you crave the simple pleasures of home, it makes you observe and truly appreciate your surroundings even more”