Liam o’Maonlaí Headliner
Liam ó Maonlaí has been traveling, playing rock and roll music for over thirty years but his roots are in the music of the four corners of Ireland.
His father was a lover of song and taught him to sing as did his mother who also gave him the understanding of piano and composition.
“more than anything I get excited by the possibilities that are in folk and traditional music the world over”
Ré (pronounced ‘ray’ and meaning ‘moon’ or ‘era’ in Irish) features some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Liam Ó Maonlai, needs no introduction as frontman of the Hothouse Flowers and as traditional singer and musician. Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper from the esteemed Ó Casaide family, received TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship (Irish Times ****) and in 2014 he received the Sean Ó Riada Award. Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K), a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, is breaking new ground in indie-folk under the alias Inni-K. Founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, Peter O Toole from Dublin adds a depth of musicality and sensitivity to this eclectic group. RÉ, who recorded their highly acclaimed debut album in 2014, formed as part of the Fabulous Beast contemporary dance show, directed by Michael Keegan Dolan, called RIAN (comprised of RÉ and eight contemporary dancers).
They have toured extensively all over the world and have performed at some of the main international arts festivals including the Sydney Arts Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and The White Light Festival in the Lincoln Centre, NYC. They received a nomination for best music at the Bessie Awards and the production RIAN received an award for best production.
“Like bees have to make honey or like birds have to sing, whether we know it or not, this music sustains our collective spirit and connects us with people the world over.” Liam o’Maonlaí
The Bonny Men
Since forming in January 2011, The Bonny Men quickly and deservedly became the most talked about and exciting acts to emerge in the Irish trad / folk music scene. Upon releasing their highly acclaimed debut eponymous album in October of that year, the band quickly established themselves as the hottest ticket in Irish Music.
The Bonny Men have played at some of the most prestigious festivals across the globe, with the reputation for electric performances delighting audiences across Ireland, France, The U.K., Denmark, India, Indonesia, Italy and Zambia. 2015 saw the release of the band’s second album “Moyne Road”. Again, this proved to be a roaring success, reaching no. 1 in the Irish Music charts again receiving rave reviews from critics…
Television appearances have been in abundance of late. Documentaries about the band, as seen on TG4’s “Ar Thóir an Cheoil”, and music shows such as BBC’s “Cuisle” and most recently “Bosca Ceoil” have showcased the band’s talents to the nation and continue to exponentially increase their fan base. Comprised of seven individuals, each masters of their own instruments, with titles among them including multiple All-Ireland Champions, World Bodhrán Champion, and a recipient of the prestigious TG4 “Young Musician of the Year”, The Bonny Men generate a powerful sound that encapsulates the very soul of traditional music. Singing a mixture of original and contemporary folk songs, laden with creative harmonies, and playing sets of tunes bursting with explosive energy, their music always delivers. With clever and intriguing arrangements, never shy of character or personality, every Bonny Men gig is a musical experience from start to finish.
“Moyne Road is a scintillating album that alternates driving , high octane instrumental sets with thoughtful and characterful new songs composed by the band members themselves”
The Living Tradition
Dublin born and bred, Liam O’Connor is one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players. His solo CD “The Loom” received 5 star reviews and was voted Trad Album of the Year 2017 by the Irish Times. In September 2018 he was nominated for the Best Folk Instrumentalist RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.
He has performed with some of the leading traditional musicians of his time including Liam O’Flynn, Noel Hill, Tony MacMahon, Sean McKeon and Cormac Begley. Among many achievements, Liam was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2002.
“Possibly one of the most exciting fiddle
players on the music scene since the emergence of Sean Keane and Frankie Gavin more than 30 years ago. He has an exceptional natural ability and the standard of his playing defies logic given his age” The Irish Times
Black Bank folk
Black Bank Folk burst onto the Irish music scene in 2016 with their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Rising’ taking a unique look at the events of the 1916 rebellion. Produced by Gavin Glass, their debut album highlights some of the lesser known stories and features guest vocals from Irish music legends Damien Dempsey and Paddy Casey amongst others. The band’s debut album Rising sprang out of founding members John Colbert and James Sheeran’s musical upbringings and the former’s interest in investigating his great uncle Con Colbert’s role as a leader in 1916.
The band have toured with Damien Dempsey and travelled the country taking in Electric Picnic and three Vicar St shows along the way culminating in a Choice Music Prize nomination. They have teamed with producer Gavin Glass again to finish their new album due out this summer.
“The Rising Stars of Folk” The Irish Times
“Superior Folk-rock with an historical message.
A hugely rewarding listen” Hot Press
“…a unique take on some of the lesser known stories behind the heroes of 1916.” The Sunday Mirror
From an esteemed Irish folk music family, sisters Síomha and Órnait Cassidy Hennessy have been singing together since childhood. This came in particularly handy when they found themselves penniless in Australia, in 2015 (don’t ask). They came up with a cunning plan to walk around Sydney for a day looking for a gig, and Sisterix was born.
By tapping into a new sound- blending elements of their native music with unusual arrangements, and original songwriting, they garnered enthusiastic receptions from audiences.
The duo often drag their brother Oisín Hennessy and their cousin Natalie Ní Chasaide (against their will) into the mix, where things take an interesting turn.
Having performed in many big venues in a traditional music setting, the sisters are currently recording their first EP of original songs, for release early next year.
They are locals of Marlay park having grown up in the area attending Scoil Naithí and Coláiste Íosagáin. They are very excited to perform their music live at Marlay Park on the 25 th of May.
Mixing traditional Irish folk with some contemporary Irish rap, Steo Wall’s music brings the listener on a journey from the badlands of Dublin, working class, housing estates to the beauty of Ireland’s west coast. Listening to Steo’s music paints a picture of rebellious, loved friends and adored, family members, his music being a homage to those gone before him.
Having grown up in Dublin, Steo left Dublin for Co. Clare in 2012, and started working as a fish smoker in Lisdoonvarna. He quickly immersed himself in the vibrant local music scene of North and West Clare, Not everybody can boast such collaborators as Luka Bloom, Damien Dempsey and Davey Spillane on their debut album. But when you meet Steo
Wall for the first time, you quickly understand why such legendary musicians wanted to get involved with Where I’m From – Steo’s debut album.
“Steo Wall is set to join the likes of Damien Dempsey and Shane McGowan as a pioneering voice in Irish folk music”
Lad Lane are a multi award winning trio blending the best of traditional and contempory Irish music. Their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.
Lad Lane consists of Eugene Quinn, Colm Keane and Damien Mullane.
In a short space of time Damien Mullane has a musical cv that any veteran musician would be proud of. Still only 33, he has been described as a virtuoso with an avant-garde style of playing. Damien won numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon and began his professional career as the accordionist in the legendary Frankie Gavin’s band De Dannan. Damien has toured extensively, performing as far afield as China, Australia, New Zealand, India and the U.S in some of the worlds most
prestigious venues including Carnige Hall, Slane Castle, The Electric Picnic and Glastonbury. Damien has also collaborated musically with the likes of Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), James Taylor and Sting (Police) to mention a few. Damien released his debut album ‘13’, on which his collaboration with some of Ireland’s leading exponents such as Donogh Hennessy, Zoe Conway, John Joe Kelly and many more creating an exciting, orginal and progressive sound.
Eugene Quinn hails from Dublin and is an accomplished Irish guitar, and banjo player.He has performed and toured extensively in the UK and USA. He has appeared on the late late show on many occasions with the Irish House Party, and collaborated musicians from Daniel O Donnell to UK pop band The wanted. He has performed at many festivals including electric picnic and at the all Ireland football final in Croke Park.
Colm Keane is also a native of Dublin and a fantastic fiddle player. In 2018, he released an album “Tune Song Tune” featuring artists such as Tony Byrne, Eugene Quinn among others.
Róisín is both a Sean-nós singer and fiddle player. Dublin born and bred, Róisín comes from a family of musicians and grew up surrounded by Irish traditional music, language and culture.
She learnt her music at Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in Dublin. Growing up in Dublin, Róisín was lucky to have great singers and teachers at her doorstep including Seamus MacMathuna and Una Bn nic Mhathuna who have both had a huge impact on her musical journey. Whilst attending Colaiste Eoin/Iosagain, she grew up playing with talented musicians throughout her school years. Róisín’s music is deeply influenced by her link with the west of Ireland, especially Connemara where her mother grew up.
She has won honors at fleadhanna cheoil and performed on stages both nationally and beyond with various bands including Salsa Celtica, The Bonny Men and At First Light. Róisín is beginning a new chapter of her musical journey as she is in the early stages of planning and rehearsing her debut album which she hopes to complete next year.
Come on In!
Date and Time
Sat, 25 May 2019
2 PM – 10 PM
Marlay House, Marlay Park,
Grange Road, Rathfarnham,
Dublin 16, Ireland
STUDENTS (ID), Under 18 (ID) and OAP
€30.00 + €2.88 FEE
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 kids)
€70.00 + €5.58 FEE