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SUNDAY 2ND OF AUGUST
Confirmed acts and artists that will be performing LIVE @ SUMMER FEST so far!
Tony Cunningham and David Bracken met at a teenage night club in their early teens. A friendship revolved around their mutual love for music was soon to follow. After losing touch for nearly three years they randomly met in a shopping centre in Tullamore to which a conversation ensued. Tony-“ Ya still playing the guitar Dave?” David- “I am Tony, you still singing?” Tony- “ I am man we should get together for a jam sometime!” They soon began practicing and the lads clicked. It was evident from the offset that David was a wizard on the electric guitar from a very young age and Tony had an outstanding vocal range and that something truly special was about to happen. They played their first gig in a neighbour’s backyard for a christening and received payment in the form of a Roast Chicken dinner. After many months of practice they decided to hit some live music venues in bars and nightclubs. So what to call ourselves? After 15-20 minutes of the most ridiculous names you can think of going back and forth a light bulb went off in Tony’s head. “David you are blessed on the guitar and I am blessed with an amazing voice why don’t we call ourselves BLESSED?” – To which David replied “Not short of confidence eh?” https://www.facebook.com/blessedirishband/
What feels like a few short months ago, the legendary Queen of Country Music Philomena Begley during an interview on RTE’s ‘Late Late Country Special’ (2015), predicted that newcomer Cliona Hagan would very quickly make her mark on the Irish and UK Country Music Scene to a viewing audience of 1.3 million.
Awarded Female Vocalist of the Year at the prestigious Irish Post Country Music Awards (August 2017), and Sunday World Female Vocalist of the Year three years running (2017, 2018 & 2019). Since Cliona’s launch in 2016, she has not only played to her own packed audiences, but also toured with some of the industries greats from Philomena Begley to Nathan Carter. To add to that, she was delighted to have been the opening act at Aiken Promotions Harvest Country Music Festival. https://www.facebook.com/Clionahagan/
THE WHISTLIN’ DONKEYS
The Whistlin' Donkeys, an Irish Folk band hailing from County Tyrone have made quite a name for themselves over the past six years. Having played at many concerts and festivals throughout Ireland, they have gained thousands of followers both at home and abroad. They have a unique spin on Irish Folk music, blending elements of traditional Irish with Celtic rock influences. They have toured extensively over the past year, entertaining huge crowds in the USA, England and across Europe. Recently the band have released a new live album titled Live at Mandela Hall. The band consists of Fergal McAloon, lead vocals, bodhrán; Stephen Corrigan, acoustic guitar, backing vocals; Tomás Quinn, banjo; Michael Kerr, fiddle, backing vocals; Danny McCormick, bass guitar, backing vocals; Oscar Bradley, drums and percussion. https://www.facebook.com/thewhistlindonkeys/
ALL FOLK’D UP
Famed for their rip-roaring live shows and catchy banjo hooks and solos, All Folk’d Up offer fans an eclectic mix of classic sounds from Folk and Rock music traditions, while still sprinkling their own unique, modern twist.
The brain-child of accomplished banjo player Pauric Mohan, the band formed while the singer was studying for his music degree in Dublin. He soon brought in young-gun of the group Stephen McElvogue deployed on guitar duties, while drummer Szymon Dwulat keeps the band punching in perfect rhythm. Pauric called upon the services of younger brother Barry Mohan, who adds pumping drive to the band with his punchy bass lines and fantastic vocal harmonies.
Fans have become accustomed to hearing bouncing melodies, enticing lyrical stories, vintage Folk-Rock sounds with jaw-dropping banjo progressions
All Folk’d Up are currently preparing to release their hotly anticipated new EP in early 2019.
Ruaile Buaile are a young Irish based four piece modern day Trad / Pop / Folk group from Offaly in the heart of Ireland. The four friends Niall (vocals and guitar), Arthur (fiddle and banjo), Shane (vocals and bass) and Jack (Cajun and banjo) formed in 2011, and have been gaining support from music fans and festival goers across Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, France, United Arab Emirates, and America to date. From a small start to the world stage in only a few short years Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name on the festival scene around the world with their own style of high energy ground thumping celtic beats with a little irish charm and flare these four young award-winning musicians are setting the pace for some of the better known established acts to follow. https://www.facebook.com/RUAILEBUAILEIRL/