Artists

Main Concert - St James Church

Síomha

Síomha, headlining new music festival in Ireland.Damien Dempsey, headlining new music festival in Ireland.

Singer and guitarist SÍOMHA (pronounced Shee-va) dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly, taking audiences on an unexpected, and unforgettable journey with her soulful melodies. Coming from a family steeped in music, SÍOMHA grew up on a diet of musical greats, with the sounds of jazz, trad, folk and soul creeping in and leaving an indelible mark on her musical tastes and influences. She started playing guitar at age 10, but it was later in her teens while attending high school in the south of France that she first took up jazz guitar, after a chance encounter lead to her learning from an Italian gypsy who taught her the manouche gypsy jazz style. The chords and sounds of jazz fascinated and inspired SÍOMHA, and she began to craft her own songs.

The next few years saw her travelling, with music as her compass, soaking up the sounds of each of the places she travelled and further honing her craft. In late 2016, having traversed America, Canada and Mexico, she felt an innate draw to return to home shores and a phenomenal year followed; performing at some of Ireland's leading music festivals including Electric Picnic, opening shows for the likes of Joey Dosik (Vulfpeck) and Moxie, and had the number 1 most played song on RTE Radio 1 in July 2017. A stellar year which was topped off when she was invited to tour as a special guest with the inimitable Paul Brady, who she now counts as one of her fans.

SÍOMHA's music truly does defy any conventional genres. The influences of her musical background, her travels and musical explorations are audible in the music she creates. Always proud of her Irish heritage, she performs her songs in both the English and Irish languages. The beautiful landscape and rugged nature of her native West of Ireland are a huge source of inspiration for this proud Clare artist, leading her to create a soulful and unique style of music that has enthralled anyone who hears it. Her voice transcends musical boundaries, if you haven't yet heard of SÍOMHA, you soon will.

Emma Langford

Emma Langford Dingle Folk Fest 2018Emma Langford Dingle Folk Fest 2018

Emma Langford has woven a sound which Phil Coulter describes as “a breath of fresh air”.

 A folk guitarist and singer-songwriter from Limerick in the West of Ireland imbued with the soul and style of Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Joan Baez;her distinctive vocal style demonstrates a blend of Irish lilt with folk and jazz. Delicate guitar work complements an intuitive sense of melody.

Emma Langford’s insightful penmanship combined with a cheerful stage-demeanour prove a winning combination, creating an engaging live presence. She has to date shared a stage with globally renowned artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Hudson Taylor, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mundy, Eddi Reader, Mick Flannery and Declan O’Rourke.

In 2016 Emma successfully crowd-funded and launched a debut EP, simply titled “Emma Langford”,which was toured at sold-out dates across the country.  Her debut album “Quiet Giant” described by Today Fm’s Ed Smith as “absolutely stunning” was released in October 2017 along with a music video accompanying the album’s single, Closed Book. The record received considerable airtime on RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Radio1, Lyric FM, BBC Northern Ireland, and Newstalk. It remained in the independent Irish charts, and on the RTÉ Radio1 playlist for many weeks following its release, securing the young artist’s place as a staple of the national folk scene.

Emma completed a hugely successful month-long tour of Germany and Switzerland with the Irish Folk Festival in October 2017, receiving rave reviews and breaking tour records for CD sales.

In 2017 Emma Langford was voted “Best Solo Female Artist” by Pure M Magazine and was listed as a Hot Press Magazine one-to-watch in the summer of 2016. 

Bernie Pháid & Dave Clancy

Bernie Pháid and Dave Clancy, headlining new music festival in Ireland.

Hailing from the cultural wellsprings of the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland, with roots firmly planted in her tradition, bilingual singer and musician Bernie Pháid is a welcome contributor to the vibrant music of this culturally rich area.
Bernie's latest offering Síol, sees this engaging artist reach out to find her voice in the hills of Appalachia, all the time drawing deep from the ancient musical well. In her wide-ranging repertoire.

Collaborating with Bernie on guitar and in an easy close harmony singing style is Galways own Dave Clancy.

This duo have been captivating audiences with their achingly honest ballads and uplifting rootsy numbers, both at home and abroad in the short couple of years they have worked together.

Ríona

Ríona at Dingle  music festival in Ireland.Ríona at Dingle  music festival in Ireland.

Hailing from County Wicklow on Ireland’s East coast, Ríona has been captivating audiences both at home and abroad from a very early age.

Relocating to the musical enclave of Dingle, Co. Kerry from the age of 16, Ríona emmersed herself in the rich folk and traditional music community and developed her love of performance and songwriting.

At the tender age of 18, Ríona released herself titled debut EP of original songs to wide critical acclaim. After receiving encouragement from artists including Glen Hansard and Lisa Hannigan, Ríona went on to open for Irish accordion virtuoso Sharon Shannon and perform the prestigious Other Voices festivals in Dingle, Derry and London.

In 2018, Ríona embarked on her first tour of Germany and is set to return in January 2019.

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