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Michelle Grimes Announces New Single ‘Date Night’ Set To Be Released April 15th

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Multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and guitar!) Michelle Grimes arrives on the scene with a voice, panache and Pop / R’n’B sensibility that instantly sets her apart from her musical peers. No stranger to the stage, Michelle has performed in Trafalgar Square to over 20,000 spectators as part of ‘Pride in London’, has sung for the King and Queen of Belgium as well as singing for The Taoiseach and the U.S Presidential party in June last year when they visited Ireland. 

“Hailing from Limerick, Grimes has emerged as one of the country’s most promising pop acts of recent memory. After the release of her first single ‘Going, Going, Gone’, Hotpress nominated Grimes alongside the likes of Dermot Kennedy and Denise Chaila for Irish artist of the year and one to watch in 2021. 

With a sound that’s already been compared to the likes of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Dua Lipa, the Irish star-in-the-making has just announced her new single ‘Date Night’. Blending elements of pop and R n’ B, the song is the perfect soundtrack for your night out or getting ready for your night out.

Grimes comments:

I wrote this song in the height of lockdown. I just imagined my dream fantasy date night. I wanted to get dressed up and go out for dinner and cocktails.

Michelle’s debut single wowed Irish radio and she went straight onto playlists across the country from Fm104, Live95, LMFM, Corks 96 and C103 as their Select Irish Artist of the Month as well as gracing the airwaves across BBC (Track of the week), 2FM, Spin and many more. Michelle smashed it at the overall International Radio Charts in Ireland landing on the Top 20 most played Artists on Irish radio alongside Ariana, Joel Corry, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa and other stars. The track reached #3 in the breakers charts on Irish radio too. 

The new single ‘Date Night’, is yet another pop anecdote from the rising artist. 

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TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2022 Awards Ceremony Celebrates 25th Anniversary on Easter Sunday in the National Concert Hall Dublin.

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+ Musician Paddy Glackin, to be awarded the highest accolade in Traditional Irish Music

+ Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Dolores Keane.

TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2022 Awards ceremony will take place in Dublin for the first time in the award’s history. This is the 25th year of the awards ceremony and it will air live on TG4 on Easter Sunday 17th April at 9.30pm from the National Concert Hall. The annual Gradam Ceoil Awards, also known as ‘the Oscars of traditional music’, pay homage to musicians who have advanced, strengthened, and preserved traditional music in Ireland

Musician 2022 will be awarded to Paddy Glackin. For almost half a century, Paddy has made, and continues to make, a significant contribution to traditional music in Ireland. Amongst leading influences were his father and subsequently, John Doherty, Tommie Potts and Padraig O’Keeffe. Paddy has always been eager to engage with new approaches – his seminal 1980 recording with Jolyon Jackson set a benchmark in opening cross-fertilisation within traditional music and his work with the avant-garde American composer John Cage has been universally acknowledged. The founding fiddle player with The Bothy Band, included amongst many others he has toured and recorded with are Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Liam O’Flynn, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin & Robbie Hannan. Fiddle player, consummate performer, seasoned broadcaster, teacher, recording artist, archivist, collaborator – a true keeper of the flame.

From Cúil Aodha in Cork Diarmuid Ó Meachair is this year’s recipient of the Young Musician 2022 award. Having started on the tin whistle and growing up singing with the Cór Cúil Aodha, Diarmuid was always immersed in the Irish traditional music world. His music not only comes from the area but very much from the blood.

Drawing from musicians such as Finbarr Dwyer, Jackie Daly, Johnny Connolly and mixing that with techniques from John Kimmell and many Quebec musicians, Diarmuid is one of the most exciting accordion/ melodeon players of his generation.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement 2022 goes to Dolores Keane. She has one of the most distinctive, soulful, and sweet voices of our generation. As a young girl, she was influenced by the singing of her aunts Sarah and Rita. She began her professional singing career with Dé Dannan in 1975 where her unique, soulful, and emotive voice was heard across the globe. Her work with John Faulkner brought new arrangements to the tradition that was to continue through the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  Her recordings with The Reel Union Band, ‘Solid Ground and ‘Lion in a Cage’ were ground-breaking. She has collaborated with Emmylou Harris, The Chieftains, Paul Brady in song from the Irish tradition and other traditions.

Connie O’Connell will be awarded Composer 2022. Connie is a fiddle player and composer from Cill na Martra, in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of West Cork. Connie’s music has been influenced by the renowned fiddle players of the nearby Sliabh Luachra area such as Denis Murphy, Pádraig O’Keeffe, and Julia Clifford. In 2014 a collection of 69 of his compositions was released as two CDs (recorded by Connie and his daughter, Áine), along with a book of the tunes. UCC – where Connie has taught fiddle since the 1980s – has made this Bóithrín na Smaointe project available as a free, online learning resource.

Conamara sean-nós singer Sarah Ghriallais is this year’s Singer 2022.  Sarah grew up in Cinn Mhara in the Conamara Gaeltacht steeped in the tradition of sean-nós. She won Corn Uí Riada at Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 1984, an award won eight times since by various members of the Griallais family; her sisters Nan and Nora and more recently, her son, Michael Frank Ó Confhaola and her niece Celia Ní Fhátharta. Sarah was appointed singer in residence at NUIG in 2017. Her songs have been recorded by Cló Iar–Chonnacht and most recently ‘Idir Dhá Sháile 2’ by Gael Linn. The most noted songs of her repertoire are ‘Táilliúr a’Mhagadh’, ‘Eileanóir na Rún’, ‘Póg Bhideog’ and ‘Amhrán Chamuis’.

Edwina Guckian from Drumsna in Co. Leitrim receives the Outstanding Contribution Award 2022 Edwina was steeped in the music of Leitrim and Roscommon as a young child. She is a dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, artistic director, and cultural activist who since the age of 16 has innovated and moulded various projects and gatherings all of which explore the relationship between music and movement. Through The Airc Damhsa Culture ClubThe Leitrim Dance Project, The Modern-Day Mummers and her most recent projects, Sowing the Seed and Jenny put the Kettle on, she has engaged thousands of children and adults in dance, all in a fun, non-competitive environment. She works tirelessly to promote the cultural treasures of her native Leitrim through her work with most cultural and artistic organisations in Ireland today. She has performed with the biggest musical acts in Ireland today and is without doubt, one of Ireland’s leading solo dancers.

A new award introduced this year, the Music Group 2022 goes to Skara Brae. Skara Brae’s emergence in the early 1970’s rejuvenated interest in Irish traditional singing at a time when it was in danger of dying out. They produced a unique, ground-breaking sound that challenged the traditional view of sean-nós singing but remains fresh and innovative to this day. Skara Brae is sisters and brother Tríona, Maighread and Mícheal Ó Domhnaill (1951-2006) and Daithí Sproule. Skara Brae’s distinctive sound is rooted in the tradition whilst also taking inspiration from emerging pop and folk acts of the 1960’s such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez. A new, young emerging audience were grabbed by Skara Brae’s raw, edgy, fresh sound and their 1971 album continue to inspire generations of traditional Irish singers and musicians to this day.

The full list of TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2022 recipients reads as follows:

  • Ceoltóir /Musician – Paddy Glackin  
  • Amhránaí /Singer – Sarah Ghriallais
  • Ceoltóir Óg/Young Musician – Diarmuid Ó Meachair
  • Gradam Saoil/Lifetime Achievement– Dolores Keane
  • Cumadóir / Composer – Connie O’Connell
  • Grúpa Ceoil/Music Group- Skara Brae
  • Gradam Comaoine/OutstandingContribution – Edwina Guckian

Gradam Ceoil TG4 is the premier annual traditional music awards scheme and academy.  An independent panel of adjudicators selects recipients each year.  It is not a competition.  The Gradam Ceoil recipients are presented with a specially commissioned piece by leading sculptor John Coll as well as a small stipend. 

This year’s awards will be presented at the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Concert in the Nation Concert Hall, Dublin on Easter Sunday 17th April. At this live televised concert, hosted by Doireann Glackin & Páidí Ó Lionáird, the 2022 Gradam recipients will be joined in performance on stage by their own special musical guests in a unique, star-studded line-up of musicians and award-presenters. Tickets available at

TG4 Commissioning Editor, Proinsias Ní Ghráinne, says, “I am delighted that TG4 can keep celebrating the very best of traditional music and song each year. We are honoured to witness such an array of spectacular performances on the Gradam stage and on the many stages and locations of our traditional music programming throughout the year.  Gradam comes to Dublin for the first time to celebrate a milestone of 25 ears.  Comhghairdeas le na faighteoirí uilig.  Is sibh croí agus anam na tíre seo.”

WINNIE AMA Releases New Single ‘Awe Of You’

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Winnie Ama is part of a new breed of electronic artists blending conscious lyrics, soulful alternative RnB vocals with dance, house and pop rhythms. The Belfast born and raised Northern-Irish-Ghanaian artist has had success with multiple MusicWeek UK Club Chart top 10’s and support from, RTE2FM, FM104, BBC Radio Ulster with BBC Introducing referencing her fresh writing style and distinctive voice.

Winnie Ama’s writing style is inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse. She switched from writing poetry and stories to writing music. Then she studied jazz vocals before making her commercial music debut in 2019 writing 3 songs in collaboration with Francis Groove that made the top 10 in MusicWeek’s UK Urban/Black Club Chart – ‘Can’t Wait’ #1, I Swear #7 and Born to Win #6. She also appeared in Photo Vogue in 2019. Her solo debut ‘What Are We’ was on MusicWeek’s Black Club Chart for 6 weeks, peaking at number 11.

Winnie Ama has a collection of forthcoming new singles in the pipeline to follow up her debut showcasing her musical style, Winnie Ama is also a lead data analyst for the Why Not Her? movement which campaigns for gender equality in the music industry and mentors other artists.

In 2022 she has a series of singles followed by an EP, starting with electronic pop track ‘Here I Go’ produced with Sim0n Le Saint on 25 Feb 2022 and a pop-house collaborative track with two New York Producers Genpop and Pommy – ‘Awe of You’ out on 25 March 2022.

Named ‘One to Watch’ and ‘Future Headliner’ – by BBC Introducing 2022

Joint Winner of the FM104 New Artists competition – performing live on the main stage for the St Patrick’s Day Festival, Dublin 2022

‘Best song in the World’ by BBC Introducing (Awe of You),

‘Songs you should hear this week’ by Nialler9 (Here I Go) 2022

Featured in RTE Documentary – Our Land 2022. This country has conflict in living memory. But when it’s minorities who are marginalised, who listens? From Traveller rights to Black Lives Matter and much of the discrimination in between, this episodic documentary delves into our collective understanding of conflicts that exist today in Ireland, featuring Winnie Ama. You can watch it here. 





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Dave Clancy Announces ‘Out Of The Shadow’ Single Fri April 8th.

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Sometimes songs come along that sound both familiar and new, and Dave Clancy is a songwriter with that elusive gift. The Galway songwriter’s latest single ‘Out Of The Shadow’ is a song inspired by the past two years and celebrates the quiet triumph of an unsung hero.

The song follows on from Clancy’s debut album The Path, which was released last year. A collection of songs that subtly announce the arrival of a genuine talent. This is a record to be savoured, to be enjoyed from beginning to end. The album was produced by Liam Caffrey and Eamon Brady, and features the vocal talents of The Whileaways and Pauline Scanlon. It also features the virtuoso talents of jazz musician Matthew Berrill, Fergal Scahill on fiddle and Will Merrigan on Double Bass. Dave Clancy has created an album of depth and substance, a debut that evokes songwriting stalwarts like Guy Clark and John Prine.

Dave is also a member of The Bird On The Wire project, a 10 piece band whose Leonard Cohen show has sold out The Olympia and London’s Union Chapel. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist his years as a session player allow him to add a range of tones to his own work. Currently, at work on his second record, Dave’s music is a perfect companion on long evenings and laid-back drives.

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Abby Butler Set To Release ‘Deja Vu’ On March 25th

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Abby Butler is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from the city of Limerick in Ireland. With her compelling voice and songwriting style, she captivates the audience every time she performs. Her songs draw upon the challenges of her life. Sonically, she takes the listener on a journey through life’s highs and lows. Abby has refined her music to reflect her unique approach to her performances, inspired by fellow luminaries Hozier and Wallis Bird.

New single ‘DejaVu’ is set to be released on March 25th 

Live 95fms’ “Local Hero” music award was recently awarded to this powerful talent, and she’s been nominated as one of Hotpress’ “Hot for 2022” artists. You can follow Abby on all social media platforms so you can stay up to date with her musical journey, her new music releases, and where she’s playing so you can experience her live.


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Brooke secures Eurovision spot to represent Ireland with ‘That’s Rich’

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Brooke secures Eurovision spot to represent Ireland with ‘That’s Rich’

Irish Alt-Pop artist, Brooke has been making waves for her ferocious vocal delivery and dance-worthy anthems. Rising to fame as a finalist of The Voice UK 2020, she wowed the judges and viewers with her show-stopping performances. Having duetted with Ella Eyre and been mentored by Grammy award-winning coach/singer Meghan Trainor, Brooke is closely following in the footsteps of these strong female artists. 

Brooke won her spot to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2022 after a show-stopping performance of “That’s Rich” on RTE’s Late Late Show Eurosong Special – she will represent Ireland at this year’s contest in Turin in May.

Brooke Scullion wins The Late Late Show Eurosong Special and will go on to represent Ireland at The Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, in May. Picture Andres Poveda


The latest single “That’s Rich.” Inspired by Blondie meets The Gossip, the fiery and empowering track narrates how you should never settle for anyone who doesn’t fulfil your needs. Brooke shares, “I was reading Debbie Harry’s autobiography and wanted to encapsulate the attitude she portrayed in her life.” Oozing with energy and sass, the songwriter demonstrates her impressive and powerful vocal range, which soars atop a throbbing beat and playful instrumentation. 

With her music receiving acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing, as well as numerous Spotify editorial playlists including New Music Friday and New Pop UK Playlists, Brooke is set for a roaring 2022.

Watch Music Video HERE / Live Performance HERE

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Crispr Kid Release New Single ‘First Responder’

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“…serious E-Street/Arcade Fire band vibes off this” – BBC 
CRISPR Kid are a Dublin based 4-piece guitar band who released their debut E.P. ‘Fresno Rescue Mission’ in December 2019 and performed blistering gigs at The Sound House, Whelan’s ‘Ones To Watch 2020’ and a headline show at Lost Lane, Dublin in late January 2020. Drawing influences from the likes of The National, REM, Death Cab for Cutie, St Vincent, Tom Petty & New Order, they deliver an epic fusion of Indie-Rock. 
They recently finished their debut album ‘Down with the Kid’ in September 2021 which is set for release in March ’22. The band are set to release indie-thumper ‘First Responder’ from this record on Jan 21st this year.
Home-recordists Pauric Sweeney (singer) and bassist Stephen Browne had been songwriting with Dublin producer Phil Dobie for much of 2019 and brought brilliant Brazilian drummer Romulo Passos into the fold that summer. The mercurial Gary Mackey joined on lead guitar to make up the 4-piece in August 2020 and the band began recording DWTK as an EP at Darklands Studios last November under the guidance of engineering ace, Daniel Doherty. A purple-patch ensued and the Down with the Kid expanded into a full LP as the lockdown persisted.
It’s no accident that the band’s name alludes to the contraversial C.R.I.S.P.R. gene editing phenomenon. They decided to democratise their own genes – or mixes to be precise – by posting the recorded stems on the day of all releases for free on – thus allowing up and coming producers/engineers to attempt their own versions.
You can stream the single across all major platforms: Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, etc now!
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Forever Young Festival Returns for 2022!

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The best party of the Summer returns on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July in the luxurious grounds of Palmerstown House Estate, Co Kildare.

Forever Young Festival- where the 80’s comes alive is back!!!

This Summer see’s the return of ‘Forever Young Festival’, an event that brings the explosive 80’s back to life, in full neon glory. Awarded ‘Best Line Up’ and ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ in Ireland (2019). Forever Young 2022 promises to be one you will not forget. Create forever memories with timeless bands from the 80’s such as headliners Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet), Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) and OMD alongside an array of fellow luminaries and a star-studded line up of over 30 original 80’s iconic artists, taking to the stage on the 15-17th July 2022.  Sing along to Tiffany, Paul Young, Haircut 100, Wendy James, Nik Kershaw, Bananarama, Paul Carrack, In Tua Nua, Heather Small, 5 Star, The Boomtown Rats and many many more.

This is a high-end adult party weekend par excellence, an unforgettable musical experience. A mixtape weekend where colleagues, friends and family can relive their youth, pull on their leg warmers and ra ra skirts, don the shoulder pads, roll up their suit sleeves along with mirrored aviator shades, and enjoy the 80’s all over again. This is a trip in a time machine, and true to their era, a classic DeLorean and Knight Rider ‘Kit’ car welcome you at the main arena entrance. The retro gaming tent is another nostalgia fest with Space Invaders, Pac man, all the original arcade games that set the foundation of all gaming.

Combine the incredible experience with luxury camping, flushing toilets, on site glamping with comfortable beds, duvets, power to charge your devices so you can be sure to take as many photos as possible to cherish the memories, hot showers, and golf buggy lifts around the site. Forever Young strives to make your comfort and enjoyment their number one priority.

Covid has been hard on so many, it’s time to let the hair down, loosen the stress levels and get lost in the music of our favourite era. The huge site allows for a spacious layout, so bring your camping chairs and blankets! The festival is set on 900 acres, so no one needs to crowd together if they are covid wary.  

It’s impossible to put into words, but something very special happens at Forever Young, the attendees at the inaugural event in 2019 described it as ‘a field in Kildare, that just overflowed with fun, thrills and love’.  We hope to see you there!

Along with our ethos of being an eco-friendly, climate-aware run event, the festival was launched solely to raise funds for a new animal welfare charity “Animal Welfare and Veterinary Care Ireland”, charity no: 20206152. All single-use plastics are fully banned on site, so the beautiful grounds stay clean, festival-goers don’t walk through a sea of waste, none of the waste goes to landfill, this is a festival with a heart and a conscience.

THE LINE-UP: More acts to be announced, but already Forever Young sets out to retain its ‘Best Line up in Ireland’ status featuring: –

Marti Pellow (WET WET WET) | Holly Johnson | OMD | Bananarama | Paul Young | Boomtown Rats | Paul Carrack | Alphaville | Nik Kershaw | Nick Heyward| Tiffany | Chesney Hawkes   Hot Chocolate | Trevor Horn | Five Star |  Limahl | The Undertones | John Parr | Bad Manners | Heather Small | Johnny Hates Jazz | The Blow Monkeys | In Tua Nua | The Adventures | Wendy James |  Doctor and The Medics | Brian Downeys Alive and Dangerous | with more to come!!!

What people had to say about Forever Young in 2019

 “I’ve been to loads of festivals; this was just the best one ever”  

“It felt like a gathering of friends, the atmosphere was like nothing I’ve experienced”

 “I’ve never been to a festival, so I was nervous, but it was the friendliest event imaginable, people dressing up in 80’s outfits, the bands were amazing, it was truly the best weekend of my life”


Day ticket prices:

  • Fri eve only
  • (€49.00 + BOOKING FEE) 
  • Sat only
  • (€125.00 + BOOKING FEE)
  • Sun only
  • (€125.00 + BOOKING FEE)

Full weekend ticket prices:

  • Full weekend with camping
  • (€225.00 + BOOKING FEE)
  • Full weekend with LUX camping
  • (€ 255.00 + BOOKING FEE)

Official Website

Follow FOREVER YOUNG FESTIVAL on social media and remember to use the hashtag #ForeverYoung2022


LOUD MOTIVE Announce New Single ‘Astronauts’, Set To Be Released Feb 25th 2022

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Following knockout performances at Electric Picnic, The Button Factory, The Academy, Castlepalooza, HWCH & selling out shows in legendary Dublin Venues Whelans, The Workmans, The Sound House and The Sugar Club –  Loud Motive are set to bring their sound to a whole new level this year, starting 2022 off with new Single release ‘Astronauts’ on Feb 25th 2022. 

Loud Motive’s music is a fusion of seductive guitar melodies and intricate wordplay with hip-hop sensibilities. In this way, a vibrant, mainstream sonic landscape is created. The band’s experimental sound occasionally plunges us into a world of sweet swirling sounds combining the poignant essence of grunge rock with afro beats and twists, juxtaposed with socioeconomic and politically charged lyrics reminiscent of various news stories that have been making headlines in Ireland in recent years. Loud Motive are “The act to watch” in 2022, unafraid to speak their truths and mirror them across their music repertoire. 

Commenting on their music, Loud Motive’s Marvell delves into every- day issues and scenarios the young Dubliner has dealt with as he and his longtime friends try to assert themselves as Hip-Hop heavyweights in the ever growing Irish Urban community:

Our mission is to showcase a different side of the musical talent that is on display here in Ireland and to take it to the world stage, at a new height where we can be proud to say we have played a fundamental part in the growth of Irish Urban music and art.

Marvell, Ridler Tempo & Dano – Loud Motive

The band have acquired a wealth of talent behind them, including world renowned producer and musician Danny Saber who has worked with Madonna, David Bowie, U2, Busta Rhymes and Public Enemy to name a few. They draw musical influences from Kanye West, Lil Wayne and 50 Cent. Through all the different elements they brought to hiphop and the connections they brought forth, they made it easy for the band to resonate with. Others include Miles Davis, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Red Hot Chili Peppers and J. Cole who then inspired them to take a deeper approach to writing music, allowing them to connect emotionally, spiritually and mentally with the creative dimensions to their craft.

It’s time to put Loud Motive on your radar. 

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Eleanor McEvoy Announces Nationwide 2022 Tour Dates!

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Having released her now critically acclaimed 16th album “Gimme Some Wine” at the end of 2021, Eleanor McEvoy – one of Ireland’s beloved songwriters and performers is back on the road following the release of her latest riveting single “South Anne Street” and has just announced her Nationwide tour. 

Her live show is spellbinding. She walks in a single pool of light, the stage set with an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp… What follows has been enthralling audiences around the world for decades.

Tickets are on sale but are limited – so book now!


Fri. 18th Feb     dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin

Fri. 25  Feb       Kilmovee Community Centre, Kilmovee, Co Mayo

Sat. 26th Feb     The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon, Leitrim

Fri. 4th March     Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Kildare

Sat. 5th March    Townhall Theatre Cavan  

Tues. 8th March   International Woman’s Day – Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow

Thur. 10th March      The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Tipperary

Fri 11th March   Dolan’s Limerick

Sat. 12th March    St John’s Arts Centre, Listowel, Co Kerry 

Fri. 18th March   St Augustines Church, Derry

Sat. 19th March     Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

Thurs. 24th March  Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Sat. 26th March     Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Fri. 1st April       Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow

Sat. 2nd April    Sea ChurchBallycotton, Co Cork

Fri. 8th  April    Coastguard Cultural Centre, TramoreCo. Waterford

Sat. 9th April     The Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Co Meath

Sat. 30th April     Ballina Arts CentreBallina, Co Mayo

+ More dates to be announced soon. See for all updates