AUGUST SHOWCASE

August Showcase

Clara Rose

Clara Rose

Clara Rose

 Songstress of original Roots & Blues

Clara Rose: a sensuous, soulful voice and carefully crafted songs… These elements combined create each one of her unforgettable live performances. Since the release of her acclaimed debut album “A Portfolio” of original blues and roots material, Clara Rose has been on the road…She has played stalwart blues venues in Dublin (JJ Smyths, The Leeson Lounge), London (Ain’t Nothin But – Soho) and festivals nationwide such as “The Harvest Time Blues Festival”, “The Limavady Danny Boy Blues Festival” (Co. Derry) sharing stages with Henry McCullough, The Horslips and Don Baker. The album gained her praise in Irish media as well as live performances on national media. She is a featured artist on the Don Baker Album, “My Songs, My friends” and has just completed a nationwide tour of arts centres with Don, they are at present recording a collaborative album due for release later in 2015.

www.clararosemusic.com

Review of debut album “A Portfolio”
“Smouldering set from blues–folk singer… Rose brings a raw rootsy blues edge to the vocals on her enticing folk and folk rock”  Jackie Hayden (Hotpress)
 
All Clara Rose releases are  available from:
www.cdbaby.com iTunes and Spotify and at all live gigs.
Niall McGuigan

Niall McGuigan

Niall McGuigan

Niall McGuigan is an Irish singer/songwriter fusing folk & reggae styled grooves with a hint of alternative rock. He is currently recording a new solo album and touring throughout Ireland. Before going solo Niall has performed for twelve years with the alternative rock band “Speedking” recording two EP’s and one critically acclaimed album “Cause & Effect”. “A pint of the dark stuff with added prog, please. Now here’s a classic rock band with a twist. Eight years in the making, Speedking’s debut album takes some hard rock keystones – Ozzy, Zep, Alice In Chains – and brings neo-prog along too”. – Classic Rock Magazine on Cause and Effect He is currently also performing with reggae group “The Brown Notes” on vocals & tenor saxophone. Niall is also involved in Irelands only tribute act to Faith No More “Fiach Nó Mór”. After completing a degree in music and an MA in ethnomusicology Niall currently completing an MA in music therapy at Limerick University. His music is inspired by a special interest in shamanism, music & healing. This is reflected in the lyrical content and general feel of the music which is positive, upbeat and soothing for the soul.

Damien Sherry

Damien Sherry

Damien Sherry

Damien Sherry is a local musician and singer songwriter. A son of Peter and Mary Sherry he grew up in the Ballinode area in county Monaghan. He comes from a family with a musical background and has played guitar from he was just seven years old.

Damien is known for his strong vocals and there’s nowhere he would rather be than up entertaining a crowd of people. He has won many competitions for his talents over the years even up to all Ireland level and also played in many bands both local and in adjacent counties. Also known as a country and blues singer he’s no stranger to a stage. Damien has been writing songs from the age of thirteen with a mixed style of country and blues among other types of music. He was introduced to the stage and acting by local man Billy Hayden as a young boy and has spent some time acting also in his youth. He does not have any of his own songs recorded to date but he hopes to take out his first e.p before next year.

Joanna Boyle

Joanna Boyle

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Joanna Boyle & Friends

Joanna Boyle is from Glaslough, County Monaghan and plays banjo and sings. She started playing banjo at the age of 9 and has been competing in competitions ever since. She has won several County and Ulster titles through the years. Joanna has taken up singing over the last few years purely for enjoyment but hasn’t entered into competitions, yet.

Playing with Joanna are Emma Robinson who is a flute and whistle player from Lurgan, Country Armagh. She had been playing music since the age of 10 and has taken part in many fleadh cheoil competitions receiving many medals at county, provincial and all Ireland levels. She is studying music in Queens university Belfast as well as teaching music both privately and in organisations such as the Armagh Pipers Club http://www.armaghpipers.com/> and local Comhaltas Branches and also Alison Crossey who is a regular feature on the Traditional Irish Music scene around her home town of Lurgan and can be often found at sessions all over Ireland…in her own words, ‘No session is too far!’ Alison is an accomplished performer and has appeared on TV and radio as well as having featured on many recordings thanks to her unique style of Bodhrán playing, which many people admire her for.

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