The Open Door Sessions July



 The Open Door Sessions


Monthly Music and Arts Gathering for Bailieborough


The Open Door Sessions are back this July at our usual slot, the 3rd Friday of the month, on Friday the 21 of July Fox’s pub Bailieborough from 9pm.


Performers: Friday 21st July 2017
Safari (band)
Niki Purcell (artist)
​Paul McCann (singer/songwriter)



Safari is a relatively new three-piece Cavan/Dublin band based in Dublin. Influences include surf music and new wave. Since forming, the band has performed in many venues across Ireland, including Whelan's in Dublin and The Loft in Galway. 
​Band members are Sam Geraghty (vocals / guitar), Emil Kapusta (drums) and Tymek Kocurkiewicz (guitar / bass)



Niki Purcell
​Niki Purcell is an artist living and working in Ireland. She works primarily in oil paints, using gestural strokes to build up textured layers of paint. Her preferred subject matter are landscapes, both representative and imagined but always Irish Landscapes.
Niki Purcell attempts to depict not objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses to her surroundings.
​Purcell lives in an old coastguard station on the borders of Wicklow and Wexford and is highly influenced by its landscape and seascape. To be surrounded by such wildness has allowed Purcell to explore not only her surroundings but also her emotional responses to her environment, a world that changes daily if not hourly. Purcell’s work expresses these movements and shifting emotions.
Purcell graduated from NCAD and has worked as an artist  ever since. Exhibiting extensively in the Hugh Lane, The Guinness Hopstore and the RHA Gallery to name a few. Purcell’s work can be found in many important collections including the OPW.
She is  exhibiting in Bailieborough Library as part of the Mid Summer Festival from Thursday 20th July.
​More information can be found on

​Paul McCann
Paul McCann is a singer, song writer and multi-instrumentalist from County Cavan. Paul has been playing in various bands since 1996 (including Aine Cahill’s band, Power pop band 'The Plan' and Johnny Cash tribute 'Get Rhythm'). He has performed with Pugwash, The Strypes, Sandy Kelly, Duncan Maitland (Picturehouse) and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band/Beach Boys), among others.
In 2015 Paul released his highly-acclaimed debut EP which was titled 'The Magician'. The Magician EP was recorded and mixed at JAM Studio’s with Paul performing most of the instrumentation himself and also co-producing alongside Martin Quinn. July 2017 will see the release of his second self-produced and home recorded EP titled ‘Press Record’. Whilst still delivering solid songs, this release reflects a maturity in both writing and technique as he delves into new musical territories. A full album release is also scheduled for late 2017. Paul is currently performing in venues around Ireland and the UK.
“McCann has been honing his craft for almost 20 years as a multi-instrumentalist with various different projects and his level of proficiency as a musician shows”. - Puremzine
“Like Jefferson Airplane in singalong mode”. - Don Valentine (‘I Don’t Hear A Single’ music blog)
Twitter: @mccannp1980
YouTube: https:

Anyone wishing to perform in August or beyond at either our Open Mic, or as one of the main acts should send an email to


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.


For further information on all performers visit our website:

Date and time:

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