Acoustic Yard, a monthly showcasing of singing and songwriting talent at Matt Molloy’s Westport, is an all female affair for October.
Three female artists are performing on Wednesday next (October 29 ).
The first is Brigid O’Neill from Down, who has just launched her new EP of original songs, Arrivals and Departures, which is a mix of country blues, folk, and a dash of jazz.
She is a regular on the Irish festival scene and has appeared at Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch, Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, the Bluegrass Festival at the Ulster-American Folk Park near Omagh, Celtic Fusion Festival, Shannonside Music Festival, and Fiddlers Green Festival.
The second performer of the night is Mairéad Duffy, a fresh and contemporary artist on the music scene.
She performs playing piano and the harp.
Originally from Tuam, she released her debut single, ‘Little Bridge’, in November 2013 and has featured recently on BBC Radio Ulster and Galway Bay FM.
Paula Ryan is also performing. She is a compelling singer/songwriter from near Ardfinnan, Tipperary.
Ryan’s insightful songs are inspired by her own Tipperary roots with diverse rhythmic influences. She has become a popular figure at major folk festivals and her original peace anthem, ‘Raise Our Voice’, was the winner of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Peace Song Competition and was a finalist in the Tipperary Song Of Peace. She plays marimba, guitar, bazouki, and a range of percussion instruments, including djembe and bodhran.