The Open Door Sessions
Monthly Music and Arts Gathering for Bailieborough
The Open Door Sessions kick St Patrick’s weekend off with a wonderful mixture of traditional music, comedy/poetry and indie/folk music.
Taking to the stage from 9pm this Friday, 16th March downstairs at Nixy’s The Square Bar are local trad musician Sharon Argue, comedian/poet Dave Hynes and indie/folk band Pine the Pilcrow.
Sharon Argue has been playing the fiddle for almost 20 years having learned it in Nobber, Co. Meath. She thoroughly enjoys playing with her sister Mary who plays the harp and loves to play at local gatherings. She has a keen interest in Irish music and in keeping it alive today.
Sam Geraghty returns to the Sessions this month for a solo performance. Sam is a singer/songwriter who is heavily influence by the 1950s and 1960s.
Comedian/Poet Dave Hynes has been performing his brand of nonsense at festivals and venues up and down the country for the last five years . He has performed at Electric Picnic , Body and Soul and Castlepalooza amongst many others . In 2016 as part of RTE's "Celebrating the Rising" series his show A-musing had three one hour sold out shows on that Easter Monday. Last year he performed his one man comedy show at the home of comedy, The International Bar in Dublin, and at Connollys of Lesp with more shows planned for this year. His first book of poems will be published this year. He's also been known to sleep.
Since their formation a little over two years ago, Pine the Pilcrow has enjoyed a busy and warm reception to the Irish music scene. The Dublin based quartet of Kevin Murray, Hannah Ryan, Shay Sweeney and Robert Campbell create original and imaginative music by combining folk, classical and traditional influences with gruff and angelic vocal harmonies. The release of their self-titled debut E.P. in March 2016 saw them nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Pure M awards, winning The Last Mixed Tape's 'Readers EP of the Year' award and nominated for Best Song at the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition for their ambient and emotive ballad ‘Don’t Need Me’. The rest of an exciting year for the band featured performances at the Ruby Sessions, Connolly’s of Leap, Whelan's and slots at Irish summer festivals including the main stage in the Body & Soul area at Electric Picnic, Body and Soul Festival, Arcadian Fields and Vantastival. The band sold out their first headline performance at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght and added support slots with Joe Chester at the Unitarian Church and John Spillane, to the growing list of impressive live shows. In 2018, Pine the Pilcrow are releasing their second E.P. (Only Ghosts) and continue to build upon their incredible debut year. Working with acclaimed photographer and film maker Donal Moloney to create a beautiful and haunting video for the single ‘Only Ghosts’ and having a work with legendary songwriter Brendan Graham in the works 2018 looks like it will be one to remember for Pine The Pilcrow! Allow this band, born with a sound all of their own, to sweep you away with delicate harmonies and heartfelt songs. In a time when bands are squealing out to be heard above the din, Pine the Pilcrow grab your attention with the gentlest of whispers. They create delicate movements with piano, fiddle and cello, but initial thoughts of folk or trad dissipate withinseconds of listening. Pine The Pilcrow are more attuned to modern composition, with nods to Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds or Peter Broderick. – Buzz.ie
Nixys, The Square Bar, The Square, Bailieborough.
Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated!
We’d also like to thank Cavan Arts for their support of our night with the granting of an arts award to The Open Door Sessions.
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