An all-Americana affair at this month’s Acoustic Yard

Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein

Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein

Americana and modern folk singer/songwriter Kelley McRae and her partner Matt Castelein are to perform at the next Acoustic Yard session, in the Yard Bar at Matt Molloy’s, Westport, on Tuesday (April 14 ).

Recently formed local duo, Nungesser & Griffin, are also performing on the night.

McRae, who is in the middle of a European tour, is perhaps one of the finest exponents of Americana songwriting.

The Mississippi native teamed up with guitarist Matt Castelein in 2011. The pair swapped their New York City apartment for a VW camper van and toured the US from coast to coast, clocking up more than 200 shows and 35,000 miles.

Nungesser & Griffin are a new Americana/alternative country duo, who formed last year in Westport.

Gert Nungesser, native of Germany, plays guitar, dobro and lapsteel. He moved to Ireland in 1983 and quickly became involved with many renowned musicians and bands on the west coast, including The Higglers Jug Band and Jassid Orchestra.

Elaine Griffin is a singer and songwriter originally from Co Louth, who has been based in Westport for the past 20 years.

She most notably collaborated with singer/songwriter Joanne Keegan in the 1990s, as well as fronting the band Mrs Doyle’s Quartet.

Doors open at 8pm. For further information, email [email protected] or visit


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