Monaghan Arts Network


John Murphy

15175357_10100379741409825_2028007852_nJohn Murphy will be making a presentation at the November Showcase this Wednesday 30th at 7.30pm in the Garage Theatre Rehearsal Space. Originally from Clones, photographer and writer John Murphy moved to Monaghan town fifteen years ago. John has spent a lifetime writing poetry, mainly in private, until he joined MOPOSOGS a couple of years ago. It was only in December 2013 when he bought his first smartphone that he accidently found out he could speak, if only to himself, but he hopes also to others, through his photography. He hopes others can sense the moments he has tried to capture in his images, saying that there are millions of quietly magical moments hidden beneath the dust of everyday. He’s on first so come early if you don’t want to miss him!

Sandra Clarke

15134243_10100379743690255_1772705881_nShowcasing at Monaghan Arts Network’s November event this Wednesday in the Garage Theatre Rehearsal Room is Sandra Clarke. Sandra is a singer-songwriter from Cremartin, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. As a child, she always had an interest in writing poetry, music and art and completed a degree in Fine Art at D.L.I.A.D.T in 1998. She continued with education, obtaining a H.Dip in Primary Education and Masters in Special Education in 2011. In 2013 she recorded her debut album ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ and participated in the RTE talent show ‘The Hit’, where one of her unrecorded songs was chosen by Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite to be showcased as part of the show. Sandra is currently recording a second album in Camden Studios, Dublin, with renowned composer and producer Cian Boylan. She likes to tell stories in her songs, to create a lyrical snapshot of a moment in time and also continues to paint whenever opportunity and inspiration conspire! Accompanying her on the night is Carrickmacross musician, Ollie McGahon.


14971907_10100379737233195_363834985_nOriel is the coming together of a number of musicians from the Monaghan and Cavan area.Oriel perform traditional Irish music in a lively Monaghan style and have done so all over Ireland as well as Germany, Spain and the USA. Among those featured in the band are Martin Mac Cormack on pipes ,Fergal Mullen on banjo Pat Mc Cabe on accordeon Richie Lyons on bodhran and Sean Mc Elwain on guitar.They are joined from time to time by other musicians and singers. Come along to the showcase this Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Garage Theatre and see who the line up is for the night….!

Gráinne Hunt

15126288_10100379760277015_1269631973_oTravelling down from Dublin to perform at the November Arts Network is singer songwriter Gráinne Hunt. Portuguese speaker, knitter, super-nanny, horse rider, makeup artist, skier, traveller, office worker – there are many strings to Gráinne Hunt’s bow but by far the strongest and most melodic is that of her music. Originally from Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan, Gráinne is a Dublin-based singer songwriter, currently touring in support of her first release – Firing Pin – which came out in October 2015. Better known perhaps for sharing the stage with, and lending her beautiful vocals to, Mark Geary, Nicole Maguire and Glen Hansard, she is regularly compared to Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman and Dolores O’Riordan, amongst others.

‘Not only does she possess a rich, warm inviting voice, but she knows what to do with it…….Grainne Hunt is someone who glows like an ancient candle belying her years and her warmth is infectious’ GAIA magazine
‘Grainne’s voice is enchanting and pure, with an honest charm’ Ceol Caint