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, 20th March downstairs at Nixy’s The Square Bar are singer / song writer Dean Maywood, singer / song writer Elaine Doyle and visual artist Carol O'Connor.
: Hot Press Magazine described Maywoods debut single, ‘Oileán Na Marbh’ as “. . . an absorbing listen” and “. . . a heart breaking, hushed hymn, full of passion and pathos”. Those few words not only beautifully describe ‘Oileán Na Marbh’ but could easily be used as an all-encompassing summary of Maywood’s music. Maywood’s music deals in the narratives of the everyman, stories we all know; love, loss, isolation, joy, fear, desperation and of course the universal musical Rosetta stone . . . heart ache.
Born in County Louth to a seamstress mother and a gigging musician father he spent his early years in Monaghan Town later moving to the small market town of Raphoe in County Donegal, swapping one terrace house for another. This coupled with summers spent with his grandparents in Dublin resulted in Maywood always being the kid with ‘the accent’ never quite one of the locals - one reason for a sense of longing in his writing.
As a child his father would return from weeks gigging the length and breadth of Ireland, England and Scotland with gifts more often than not in the form of CDs and tape cassettes featuring bands like The Eagles, Queen and Thin Lizzy. These rock artists mixed with his mother’s LP collection of Dr. Hook, Fleetwood Mac, Nancy Griffith and Dwight Yokham serve as the touchstone of his music today.
Today, drawing from this spring of vintage 70s golden era, rock, pop and country Maywood, distils it down to the common theme they all hold, simple beautiful melody and lyrics with heart. Less is more in that respect, artists like Neil Young, and the Great American Songwriter John Prine are his living heroes. Like Prine, he tries to find beauty in the mundane, the stories of those very people from his own small town, trying to make you smile and cry from one verse to the next and always trying to be - if not original, then authentic, especially when it comes to emotion.
Currently refining his sound and recording material for his debut album as well as paying his dues in bars and clubs gaining a little headway as he does, playing support for ‘Goats Don’t Shave’ at two sold out theatre shows and one for ‘The 4 Of Us’. This summer he appeared in the Leitrim and Galway Fringe Festivals as well as playing support to 'Phil Coulter' and 'Jason Wilber'. Live is where he really shines, having been a singer in a rock band for almost six years he knows how to handle an audience and in the same breath draw them in with his emotive performance, empathetic prose, tactful delivery and haunting storytelling.
Maywood also currently organises and curates a monthly original music night call 'The Ghostlight Sessions' in the Balor theatre in Donegal, featuring acts from all over the country.
ELLYD (Elaine Doyle) is an Irish singer- songwriter hailing from West Dublin and has been writing songs since she was 11 years old. After years of recording demos in her home studio ELLYD finally decided to record her debut EP called “Rise”.
ELLYD debuted her new material in Berlin, playing various stages across the city she describes as one of her favourite places in the world. After her successful travels to Germany, ELLYD released ‘Rise’ in 2016, 'Lucky' in 2017 and her latest single 'Lighthouse' in January 2018 (accompanied by an Irish tour).
“For her first material since that EP, ‘Lucky’ is that wrap up of her most confident and memorable song yet in 80s pop atmospherics
” -- Nialler9.
The highly anticipated EP 'Rise' reached number 8 in the iTunes charts and has been played on various national and local radio stations. It has received, and is still receiving wonderful reviews.
ELLYD has played on some of Ireland’s best stages including Electric Picnic, The Secret Village Festival, Battle of the Lake Festival, The Button Factory, Whelans, The Workmans Club, Spirit Store Dundalk & many many more.
Her music has also been featured on RTE's 'Striking Out', starring Amy Huberman.
2018 is promising to be a fantastic year for Ms. ELLYD.
Carol O'Connor has a B.A honours degree from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this she worked for a number of years as an administrator in the Toradh Gallery and as a youth arts worker. She has had a number of solo exhibitions in Ireland. She won the ‘Going Solo’ art award from Meath County Arts Office in 2009 and has work in the collections of Benetton, imago Mundi, AXA, OPW, Contemporary Arts Society,and Beaulieu House and have had work displayed at RHA and Digest Carlow.
Carol's work has arisen out of a need to paint. It is a personal response to the world she inhabits as she attempts to describe through colour and images, a sense of longing, the need to feel secure and the desire to escape. Colour plays an important role and images which appear to be playful are often filled with emptiness and a feeling of loss. Real and fantasy worlds collide in an effort to evaluate and draw some meaning from an often perplexing and increasingly chaotic world.
Houses and dwellings often feature in the work. This can be interpreted in a number of ways. Firstly, on a personal level they are Carol's own longing for security and sanctuary in an
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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