Shannonside Winter Music festival club

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Athenry Youth Orchestra

Athenry Youth Orchestra and Athenry Camerata with Regroovanation

(Classical Funk Collaboration)

These two youth groups join with Regroovanation for an exciting collaboration of classical and funk musical genres under the directorship of Katherine Mac Mághnuis. ReGroovanation are a new Irish music collective. They have their roots in Groove, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Reggae.


Denis McAuliffe Mandolin

Denis McAuliffe

Denis McAuliffe, makes a welcome return to the festival stage for our opening concert. His extraordinary musicality on the mandolin along with Guitar & Fiddle are taken as a huge compliment to Sixmilebridge Folk Club, where he was exposed and encouraged to listen to, and engage with a diverse range of musical genres. Denis has recently returned from Australia and resides in Ballynacally, Co. Clare.


DD and The Delta Boys

DD & The Delta Boys

Based in Donegal, DD & The Delta Boys bring a thrilling live experience to the festival. Their repertoire runs from exciting and driving to searing and sublime, with a little ethereal and sweet thrown in too! There is something here to satisfy every rhythm and just about anyone who enjoys a happy energetic show.

Frankie Gavin Noel Hill

Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill & Brian McGrath

Internationally acclaimed fiddle player Frankie Gavin and master of the concertina Noel Hill will be accompanied by Brian McGrath on piano and banjo. The combination of these three master musicians is sure to be a delight to behold. Frankie Gavin’s reputation as a fiddle player is unequalled he co-founded De Danann, one of the greatest Irish bands of its era, and has played with some of the greatest living musicians worldwide. From West Clare, Noel Hill has been a reference point for Irish traditional concertina players for many years. He has toured the world, and we are delighted to welcome this legend to the festival. Brian McGrath started playing piano at the age of five and progressed to accordion, banjo and mandolin. As well as extensive TV and media work, he has played on over 120 albums to date.

Grainne Hunt

Grainne Hunt

Dubliner Gráinne Hunt is known for lending her beautiful vocals to Mark Geary and Glen Hansard and is regularly compared to Natalie Merchant and Alison Moyet amongst others. Her own mini-album 'Firing Pin' was released in October 2015 to enthusiastic review, and it garnered national radio airplay.


DD and the Delta Boys

Maple Tree Circus (Switzerland)

The four boys have been playing on the streets and stages of Switzerland for 6 years and create a playfulness that entices every audience to dance and sing along. From dreamy ballads to rock'n'roll, Maple Tree Circus bring a thrilling sound with their numerous instruments which guarantees a great evening


Polyphonics Barbershop Chorus Corks

Polyphonics Barbershop Chorus Cork

Ireland's longest established barbershop chorus, the Polyphonics have been won several national titles, including the National Light Jazz and Popular Music Competition in the Cork International Choral Festival in 2006 and 2012. Smooth harmonies, a varied repertoire and passionate delivery make the full package!

Sandymount Gospel Choir

Sandymount Gospel Choir

Are a community based choir directed by Cathy McEvoy, have been together since 2008. They have sung on RTE television and have competed in the annual Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas Competition. Their music has been described as an engaging mix of traditional gospel music infused with bluegrass and other musical influences. Sandymount Gospel Choir are excited to be participating in this year’s Winter Music Festival.

Sarah Savoy and the Francadians

Sarah Savoy and the Francadians (France/USA)

From Eunice, Louisiana, via Paris, Sarah Savoy and her band bring a feisty blend of cajun, country and rockabilly back to Clare. A big hit in 2012 “an imposing presence with a strong sassy contralto voice” according to Cathy Desmond. And don’t miss those stories between songs, either!

Tim O Shea

Tim O' Shea & Friends

Tim O’Shea has been a friend and great supporter of Sixmilebridge folk club for years. We are delighted that he is bringing a few friends this year to launch their brand new CD. "another skin too few". This concept CD, celebrates "25 years on the road". Tim's "friends" on this CD feature Kerry Musicians: Rosie Healy - Headford, (Flute, Whistle & Harmony Vocal) and Michael D.Kelliher - Fossa (Accordian, Melodeon & Harmonica).Tim is Producer and provides a musical thread on (Guitar - Lead & rhythm, Vocal - Lead & spoken & Bodhran).


Jimmy Bozeman and the Lazy Pigs

Jimmy Bozeman and the Lazy Pigs (Czech Republic)

American songwriter Jimmy travelled from Louisiana to Texas, across Mexico and to Prague, where he settled in 1991. With The Lazy Pigs and Band of Jakeys, he has made seven albums on which he plays his authentic American folk-hillbilly, tonk and country blues. His Lazy Pigs are no slouches – get set for top quality hoedown!



Coda are a Mayo-based group of seven singers and musicians who have their own unique richly-harmonised approach to performance. With diverse backgrounds including folk, trad, blues, rock and pop music, and their multi-part vocal harmony experience gained from classical choral, Coda are a sure-fire hit, right to the end.

Flat Out

Billow Wood (formerly Flat Out)

This pop/folk group from Mayo formed in 2013 almost accidentally, when the four jetted to Klangenfurt, Austria to perform together for the first time. With great musicianship and stylish folk covers of pop and rock hits, they have made a name for themselves on the folk and festival circuits.


Greg Blake Bluegrass Band

Greg Blake Bluegrass Band (USA)

Audiences will remember the powerful singing  and guitar playing of Greg Blake with the Jeff Scroggins & Colorado Band. Greg is back with a band that played on his solo album" Songs of Heart and Home". They are some of the most highly regarded Bluegrass musicians in America today. John Reischman: Mandolin /vocals - a Grammy Award Winner. Mark Schatz: Bass - a 2 time International Bluegrass Music Association, bass player of the year.
Sally Van Meter: Dobro- Also a Grammy Winner. Blaine Sprouse: Fiddle: previously a member of Bill Monroes Bluegrass Boys and the Osborne Brothers.Keith Reid: Banjo /vocals - an excellent banjo player in the style of Earl Scruggs.

Luka Bloom

Luka Bloom

With 22 albums under his belt, Luka Bloom has forged a songwriting career with few parallels. He has made Co Clare his home and the landscape has inspired many songs on his albums Frugalisto and Refuge. Bloom’s shows are intimate and powerful, whatever the scale.

Brian O' Rourke

Brian O' Rourke & Aidan Agnew

As well as for his smooth voice, Brian O'Rourke is known for his publication, Blas Meala: a sip from the honey pot (1985), Gaelic folk songs with singable English translations. He holds a high reputation as a gifted songwriter - mostly humorous and witty, yet thought-provoking. World-famous in Irish singing session circles! He will be joined on the night by Mountshannon based guitarist Aidan Agnew. Aidan is equally at ease performing blues on guitar or more traditional songs accapella.

Ruaile Buaile

Ruaile Buaile

From a small start in Offaly to the world stage in only a few short years, Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name with their energetic trad-inspired folk, delivered with charm and flair. These four young award-winning musicians have recorded two albums, and are destined for great things.


Skazz Jazz Band

Two Time Polka

Award winning Irish group Two Time Polka play a fiery mixture of Cajun, Bluegrass and rock ’n roll music. They are not unknown to spice up their live performances with flavours such as tangos, east European tunes and a handful of politically insightful original songs. With five albums to their credit, Two Time Polka has proven popular with radio stations receiving both national and international airplay.


Brendan T Walsh

Brendan T. Walsh

Brendan T Walsh has seen his musical career evolve from prize winning performances for Bach pieces on classical guitar, to leading a high energy Irish Folk Rock Band, The Led Farmers on tenor banjo! His musical credentials and popularity gets pride him pride of place at the opening concert on Thursday night. He will also lead some pickers sessions over the weekend.



Woodbine is a 4 piece bluegrass band formed in 2002 and playing the Irish bluegrass circuit since. They have built up a reputation for playing the best of Traditional & Contemporary bluegrass as well as some of their own material. With 3 well received albums under their belt there's no doubt why Woodbine have played all the Irish bluegrass and related festivals. They performed at a special St Patrick’s Day concert in Stormont in 2009.

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