February Showcase 2016


12745587_850399268419149_6632431996761893273_n  Nuala Dalton

Nuala Dalton is a singer-songwriter and flute player originally from South Carlow. She spent several years studying and working in England. She released her debut album ‘Breaking the Spell’ in Ireland in 2011 at The Set Theatre Kilkenny and The Crane Lane, Cork. In 2015 she returned to the Tyrone Guthrie to work on a new body of songs. Last year she was Associate Artist with the Rabindranath Tagore centre in London. Her project involved responses to education, meditation and music through poetry, writing and song. Nuala is also a traditional flute player and singer. Nuala Dalton (Wild Wish Music) http://www.wildwishmusic.com/

12729076_849999348459141_3841263801800774253_n  Sun.Set.Ships

Sun.Set.Ships are an electronic indie trio from the Glaslough/Emyvale area in Monaghan. They are commited to both writing and performing honest, original lyrical music which tell many stories about life, love, and much more. Their sound is mellow, atmospheric and airy delivered through 2 vocals, 1 electric guitar, 2 synthesisers, piano and drums/samples off a laptop. Promises to be a very entertaining performance.

10399409_849136775212065_4462053358965446540_n  Noel Murphy

Noel Murphy has been producing / presenting radio programmes and documentaries for a number of years. Most recently he produced a programme for Newstalk FM, ‘Archaeology meets Technology’, which took him from a midnight cemetery in Kerry to carbon dating labs in Belfast to flying kites in Mayo. He produced a series for Shannonside & Northern Sound FM called ‘Homes of History’ telling tales of 10 of Irelands Big Houses; also a series on Wildlife habits and myths; and documentaries on ancient books and mysterious stones! All Noels documentaries have been awarded through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; he also presents a weekly programme on Shannonside/Northern Sound. He currently has four radio projects in the pipeline. In December Noel published ‘The Gules of August’, a young adult mystery/suspense novel in which a young boy and his siblings must interpret messages through history in order to predict their fate. The book was described by 13 yr old Emer as ‘The Best Book I ever read’ and is also popular with older readers who ‘Just couldn’t put it down.’ Noel is a Chartered Architectural Consultant & Building Surveyor with over 25 years experience and he runs his own design office.

12743878_849081168550959_5484053432446878162_n  Helen McKenna.

Helen began learning tin whistle at the age of 5. Since then she has continued to play trad, learning fiddle and harp. However, her real passion has always been singing. She started sean nós lessons under tuition of Monica Beagon at age 7 and is still learning and competing today. She has been a part of her primary and secondary school choirs and also a member of St. Macartan’s Junior Choir for over ten years. More recently she began vocal coaching under the guidance of Florence Taylor and in May 2015 achieved grade five in Music Theatre Performance. Currently she is studying in UCD and is an active member of the University’s traditional music society.