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Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival adds new acts

Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival adds new acts


Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival has added to its series of events taking place from August 22nd to September 11th at the Pavilion Theatre.

The Foggy Notions event series had already announced shows for Ichiko Aoba, Mary Lattimore, Cassandra Jenkins, Lemoncello, Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh, Christy Moore and Ryley Walker among others.

New additions to the lineup include the artists Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny (specifically their trad-supergroup Usher’s Island, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick, Niamh Regan, Maija Sofia, Lael Neale, Jana Horn, Iona Zajac, Clara Mann and Varo.

Tickets are available from or phone (01) 231 2929

Book by phone: (01) 231 2929 – 2pm – 5pm, Monday – Saturday (€1 phone booking fee applies)
Book in person @ Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin – 2pm-5pm, Monday – Saturday

See the list here –

List of new individual concerts:

& special guests Poor Creature, Alannah Thornburgh
The Pavilion Theatre, September 4th, 8pm
Tickets €22 + booking

Varo are Dublin-based singers and fiddle players Lucie Azconaga (from France) and Consuelo Nerea Breschi (from Italy) who perform Irish traditional songs and tunes with arrangement influences from the Folk, Baroque and Classical traditions, weaving around the melodies with harmonies, drones and countermelody. The duo are currently finishing an ambitious collaboration project, which will culminate in a new album, featuring 12 of Ireland’s most exciting traditional and folk musicians on the scene: Ian Lynch (Lankum), Junior Brother, Slow Moving Clouds, Niamh Bury, Inni-K, John Francis Flynn, Cormac McDiarmada (Lankum) + Ruth Clinton, Anna Mieke, Lemoncello, Alannah Thornburgh, Landless, Branwen, and Alfi. The project is set for release Autumn 2022.
For this show there will be special guest sets from harpist Alannah Thornburgh, and the new Poor Creature project featuring the duo of Ruth Clinton from Landless and Cormac McDiarmada of Lankum.

Featuring Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin & Mike McGoldrick
The Pavilion Theatre, September 5th, 8pm
Tickets €30 + booking

This is a special one featuring former legendary members of Planxty and The Bothy Band. Usher’s Island is a trad-folk supergroup featuring Andy Irvine who just turned 80 this year, Dónal Lunny of Planxty, the Bothy Band and Moving Hearts, original Bothy Band fiddler Paddy Glackin and uileann piper and flautist Mike McGoldrick of Lúnasa and Capercaillie.

& special guest Niamh Bury
The Pavilion Theatre, September 6th, 8pm
Tickets €22 + booking

Galway’s Niamh Regan is one of the rising stars in Irish songwriting. Her 2020 debut album Hemet earned her nominations for the RTE Folk Awards and Choice Prize for album of the year. A natural storyteller, Regan’s songs are windows into her world, snapshots of the intimacy of everyday life. This is evident on her latest EP, In the Meantime, a collection of songs written during the challenges of the pandemic, exploring themes of acceptance, uncertainty, independence, family guilt, silence, and ordinary acts of love. With her singular mastery, Regan’s songwriting draws us into the intricate details of everyday life and elevates them into something universal.
Special guest is Niamh Bury, a rising star on the Dublin folk scene who has enrapturing audiences with her startling vocals.

The Pavilion Theatre, September 10th, 8pm
Tickets €24 + booking

This will be one of the triple bills of the year on the Irish music calendar featuring Maija Sofia from the west of Ireland bringing a spell-binding combination of analogue synths, pop melodies, electric guitar, harp and beautiful wordplay from her debut album Bath Time and its forthcoming follow-up. A huge favourite of Foggy Notions, Lael Neale makes her Irish debut following her 2021 album Acquainted with Night on the Sub Pop label, one of the best of the year. Also making her Irish debut is Texas songwriter Jana Horn whose debut album Optimism is beautifully skeletal and already one of the albums of 2022.

The full listings of events are:
Monday August 22nd @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm in association with Enthusiastic Eunuch:
Richard Dawson & special guests Landless

Tuesday August 23rd @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Ichiko Aoba & special guest Mary Lattimore

Wednesday August 24th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Cassandra Jenkins & special guest Iona Zajac

Thursday August 25th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Christy Moore

Friday August 26th – @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Lemoncello & special guest Clara Mann

Saturday August 27th McKenna @ Pavilion Theatre, 2pm (afternoon show):
Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh & special guest Méabh McKenna

Saturday August 27th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Ryley Walker & special guest Gwenifer Raymond

Sunday August 28th @ Pavilion Theatre, 2pm (afternoon show) in association with Macdara Yeates:
Louise Mulcahy presents Mná na bPíob

Sunday August 28th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
A Lazarus Soul (acoustic) & special guest Arrivalists

Sunday September 4th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Varo & special guests Ruth Clinton & Cormac Mac McDiarmada, Alanah Thornburgh

Monday September 5th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Usher’s Island featuring Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin & Mike McGoldrick

Tuesday September 6th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Niamh Regan & special guest Niamh Bury

Wednesday September 7th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Les Filles de Illighadad & special guests Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin & Ultan O’Brien

Saturday September 10th @ Pavilion Theatre, 8pm:
Maija Sofia, Lael Neale & Jana Horn