THE COURTYARD SESSIONS

Courtyard Sessions will run from Noon until 5pm Fri, Sat & Sun.

The Fiddle Case
Niall Teague & The Fast Company
Strange Attractor
The Burma
Sara Ryan
The Davies Brothers

Niall Teague & The Fast Company

Niall Teague is a singer song writer and multi instrumentalist from Belfast City based in Galway in the west of Ireland. The Fast Company band features some of the west’s best talent on fiddle, flute, accordion, guitars, double bass, piano, drums, bodhran, harmonies and more. Niall Teague and the Fast Company play well crafted folk and roots style songs as well as uplifting trad fusion instrumentals. 

The bands sounds are influenced by Irish Traditional and folk music as well as country, Americana and bluegrass artists such as The Band, Townes Van Zandt, Sharon Shannon, John Prine, Neil Young and Tim O’Brien.

The Fiddle Case

The Fiddle Case have gigged and toured all over Ireland and Europe, including festival gigs as diverse as Na Fir Bolg in Belgium to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ireland. Other notable gigs include The Doolin Folk Festival and support to Stocktons Wing. A recent collaboration with Luka Bloom was well received, and the two came together for a sold out concert in Doolin in February 2018. This was followed by sold out dates in Ennis, Clonakilty and Dundalk. Along with choices from both repertoires, they sought to rediscover and interpret a collection of well known Irish ballads. In November 2018 the band released their latest album, Write Me A Letter, including 4 original songs with traditional ballads, jigs and reels. Currently, the band are in the studio working on a new album.

Eoin O’Neill has been playing his bouzouki in Doolin and around the world for 40 years, and since Jon O’Connell joined him in Doolin they have developed a unique approach to backing traditional music. They are joined by fiddler Adam Shapiro, whose sweet tone and deep understanding of the tune is complemented by the driving bouzouki and double bass. Kieran O’Connell completes the line-up with bodhrán and guitar, though he is known more for his unique and powerful voice.

Strange Attractor

Praised by Bootsy Collins as “Keepin’ the funk alive” Strange Attractor have been making people move since 2013. Blending a vibrant mix of energy and musicianship with well crafted songs, this finely oiled funk/pop machine from Dingle were born to entertain.

The band have been touring and playing festivals around Ireland and Europe for several years and have just released their 2nd single of 2019. With a compelling and really quite Strange stage show they’ll leave you with a smile on your face and wanting more!

The Burma

The Burma are an Indie rock n’roll band based in Cork City. Influenced by the American Indie scene of the early 2000’s and British guitar bands of the 80s and 90s, The Burma’s jangly guitars and bouncy basslines make for refreshingly melodic songs. The line-up consists of long-time friends from Cobh Tony O’Donovan and Peter Piggott along with Doolin, Co. Clare drummer Cian Doherty whom they met in Cork in 2012. The Burma released their debut EP Her Eyes On Horizons in June 2017. The EP featured the singles Love Fades and Sucker For Stars, both of which were met with great acclaim with Hot Press stating “The pop-rockers are as suited to the dancefloor as the dive bar, as bouncy basslines underpin earwig melodies and shimmering guitar lines”. The Burma’s latest single “Quicksand” was released in October 2018 and has gained extensive national airplay since its release. It was also made Joe.ie Song of The Day. “This is a classic three minute pop song full of verve and melody”. “The Burma are a band on the up and you really should start checking them out so you can tell your pals, you knew them before they became huge.”

The Burma have landed support slots for acts such as The Academic, The Strypes, Delorentos, Brian Deady, The Blizzards & Ryan Sheridan. In June 2019 The Burma released “Phoney Personality”, the first single off their upcoming EP slated for release in September 2019. 

“Anyone in fear that the conveyor-belt of winning guitar bands might be slowing down would be well advised to check out The Burma before writing any epitaphs.” – Hot Press

“A new Cork band with a great sound. It won’t be long before they are headlining gigs themselves.” – JOE.ie

“It’s sun-kissed, California-driving music – yet it’s relevant, and it’s fresh.” – Golden Plec

“Jangly guitar pop at its finest.” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM

Sara Ryan

Christy Moore has singled Sara out as “an artist he has known since she was very young and has a great future ahead of her”. Her latest single “Bright Blue Screens” was described by Fiachna O’Braonain RTE1 Late Date show, is ‘a song for our times with a powerful message’. Sara played to a sell out crowd in Coughlan’s of Cork on Friday 11th October for her Cork album launch. Sara has also appeared on RTÉ Radio One with Miriam O’Callaghan and Sean O’Rourke. Sara Ryan is a vocalist, songwriter and performer. Hailing out of Newbridge, County Kildare and now based in Cork City. Her debut single ‘Belle’ won her acclaim and recognition in 2017. Playing to over two thousand people at the Doolin Folk Festival and extensively touring her Debut EP ‘Glitter Skies’, Sara thrilled audiences throughout the country in venues such as Whelan’s, Coughlan’s and Kenny’s, each to a full house audience.

Sara has shared the stage with artists such as Mick Flannery, Jack L, John Spillane, Wyvern Lingo and Luka Bloom. Her music has received a huge amount of support from Irish media including stations such as KCLR, WLR, Galway Bay FM, Cork’s 96FM and RTE Radio 1. Her latest single ‘Bright Blue Skies’ has been featured on Hot Press and The Last Mixed Tape.

Sara has toured Switzerland and Germany and following this she will undergo an extensive Irish tour in September and October, to promote the release of her Debut Album, “Breathe” to be released on the 11th of October. The album was recorded in Monique studios Cork and produced by Christian Best. Her single, ‘Bright Blue Screens’ is out August 12.

The Davies Brothers

Eoin & Brian Davies are identical twin songwriters from County Clare, Ireland. Writing and performing as ‘The Davies Brothers’ with band members Luke Tai and Peter Piggott, they are quietly building a strong reputation for their raw, honest songs and natural harmonic blends. Their intuitive on-stage chemistry is guaranteed to captivate any audience. “Every now and then I hear something really special, that moves me with the raw honesty of it. I love when songs and singers give me a sense of lives being truly lived. The Davies Brothers give that.’ (Luka Bloom)

The brothers attended the Cork School of Music where they met Luke and Peter also specialising in Popular Music and original compositions. Still young, their lyrics belie an experience beyond their years with 2019’s highlight being the Headliner of The IMRO short-listed Doolin Folk Festival in June. 2020 promises to be an exciting year for the brothers as their creativity flows at home in the North West of Clare.