The Open Door Sessions June



 The Open Door Sessions


Monthly Music and Arts Gathering for Bailieborough


The Open Door Sessions are back this June at our usual slot, the 3rd Friday of the month, on Friday the 16 of June Fox’s pub Bailieborough from 9pm.


We’ll start the evening with another short Open Mic where people can showcasing their talents be it poetry, singing or music.



Shane Kenny

​Shane Kenny is a singer/songwriter from Wexford who recently released his third album The Great Unknown. The album follows on from the release of Lost in the madness of Crowds (2009), Eight Miles Out (2014) and the release of three singles through American record label Musik and Film. Shane Kenny has shared stages with some of the leading Irish and international acts on the contemporary music scene including The Pat McManus Band, Dave Sharp (The Alarm), The Mulligan Brothers, Mick Flannery, Mundy, Duke special, Jerry Fish, The Hot Sprockets, The 4 of Us, The Original Rudeboys, The Cabin Collective, Lazek, Tumbling Bones Southern Tenant Folk Union, The Niall Toner Band, Declan O'Rourke, John Spillane and The Irish Tenors among others.



Mark Smith

Mark Smith & his creative Kells TypeTrail collective uses the medium of lettering to bring an imaginative message to the streets of Kells. Kells TypeTrail, now in its eight year, is an annual festival celebrating typography and lettering as a modern art form. Each year one word is translated into a variety of languages reflecting the diversity of the Kells community. Through a series of collaborations and workshops with, for example, Kells primary & post-primary schools; students from Athlone Institute of Technology, Kells Local Heroes, Meath Rehab, Meath Mental Health, local artists and poets and Meath Arts Office, these words are then interpreted by artist Mark Smith & his creative TypeTrail team to bring an imaginative message to the streets of Kells. This takes the form of up to 22 indoor and outdoor art installations which form a walking trail around the town. Mostly temporary in nature, each year one piece is chosen as a TypeTrail legacy piece with the long term objective of a permanent TypeTrail presence in the town. 


This year's TypeTrail launches in Kells on 22nd June at 7.00pm​




Gillian Tuite

Gillian Tuite is a fingerstyle guitarist, singer and songwriter from Oldcastle, Co. Meath. She began playing guitar at the age of ten and soon developed a passion for the music of artists such as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. She attended the Ballyfermot Rock School, Dublin, where she discovered her love of songwriting and advanced her already considerable guitar playing abilities.

    Since then, Gillian has concentrated on live performance and on further developing her craft. She has regularly performed at open mic nights and has played a number of festivals and support slots throughout the country. Gillian’s performances have already earned her a reputation for captivating a live audience and are typified by creative and tasteful guitar playing, strong vocal melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Her debut EP “Gillian Tuite”, recorded with a number of top Irish musicians, showcases four of her beautifully crafted songs.

    She has recently performed on a number of radio programmes and played live shows including support to acts such as Relish, Duke Special and Nashville songwriter Buddy Mondlock.

“Lovely songs, beautiful performed” - Kieran Goss
“Nice job!” - Buddy Mondlock
​ “Impressively polished EP of well composed songs, dealing with matters of the heart” – Anglo Celt


Anyone wishing to perform in April 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:

15 June 2017 to 19 June 2017

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