Southern Tenant Folk Union at the Linenhall

Explosive folk/bluegrass outfit Southern Tenant Folk Union brings its own unique brand of music to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday September 1 at 8pm. Taking its name from a multi-racial union of sharecroppers and tenant farmers founded in Arkansas in the 1930s, Southern Tenant Folk Union delivers a heady brew of old-time, bluegrass, gospel and Celtic folk music. The band comprises the formidable talents of Adam Bulley (mandolin/guitar/dobro/vocals ); Silas Child (double bass/vocals ); Ben Ivitsky (fiddle/vocals ); Ewan Macintyre (guitar/percussion/vocals ); Chris Purcell (guitar/vocals ); Jed Milroy (guitar/vocals ); and Pat McGarvey (banjo/guitar/vocals ). Southern Tenant Folk Union’s third album, The New Farming Scene, has just been released.

Jane McNamee live at the Linenhall

Hailed as one of the finest voices to emerge on the Irish Country Music Scene in years, Jane McNamee performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday, September 9 at 8pm. Jane was born and raised in Edenderry, Co. Offaly. With a love of music instilled in her at an early age, Jane is gifted with a strong, rich and soulful voice, and a presence full of emotional energy, as evidenced on her debut recording, Acoustically Yours. Jane is a talent in the ascendant, making a name for herself around the country both North and South. Catch her now. Jane McNamee performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday, September 9 at 8pm.

Inishbofin writing workshop for adults

Write Away, the Inishbofin creative writing school for adults, takes place from Monday September 13 to Friday September 17. Taking place on the inspirational island of Inishbofin, Write Away is an exciting opportunity to write in an encouraging environment. Organised by the Linenhall Arts Centre, Write Away offers a guided, supportive writing environment, and while the craft of writing will be touched on, it is not the primary focus of the course. It is especially suitable for first-time writers or those who have not yet experienced the positive atmosphere of a writing group; however all levels are welcome. The only requisite is enthusiasm. The course is under the guidance of Jean Tuomey, a teacher with over 20 years’ experience and a passionate enthusiasm for creative writing. Tuomey has led many extremely successful writing projects for the Linenhall.

Write Away takes place from 10am to 1pm daily. Cost per head is €110. (Accommodation and transport to and from the island is not included ). Places are limited, and booking is essential. Booking and further information from the Linenhall Arts Centre. Tel: 094 9023733


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