Described by Hotpress magazine as ‘a star in the making’, SÍOMHA (pronounced Shee-va) has been captivating audiences worldwide with her infectious soulful energy and beautifully crafted songs. Her presence and powerful voice can fill a room on their own and, coupled with her extraordinary guitar skills, she is proving herself as an original and creative talent, impossible to pigeonhole and impossible to ignore.
In 2014, she left Ireland to explore the major music cities of Memphis, New Orleans, Atlanta and Austin; a journey that exposed her to the vibrant and richly diverse musical culture of the Southern States. She embraced the music scene of each city, often guesting with leading local bands, an experience that evolved into one of self-discovery for her. Her road trip finally took her to Nashville, where she was invited to share the stage with the multi Grammy-winning country legend Vince Gill.
After settling in Vancouver, Canada, SÍOMHA returned to Ireland in late 2016 to release her single, ‘Why Did We Fall In Love?’. Recorded in Austin, Texas, the song echoes great torch singers from another era. It was included on the RTE Radio 1 Playlist for 8 weeks and was in the Top 10 Most Played Irish Tracks in 2016 on the station. SÍOMHA’s stunning live video for her song ‘FLY!’ racked up over 20,000 views in the first few days of its release.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTk7NT80Rl8
I first developed an interest in art history after a solo trip to Italy when I was nineteen years old. I had planned to spend two days in Florence but stayed for two weeks having become absolutely captivated by the beauty of its art. What followed was a life-changing realisation – firstly, that I felt truly happy when staring at these artworks and, secondly, that I wanted to know more about the meaning behind them and about the people who created, commissioned and viewed them. I have since been fortunate enough to follow my passion, first as a student and now as an art historian.
I recently completed an MLitt on the fascinating relationship between the female viewer and depictions of male religious figures in Renaissance art in UCD. Prior to that, I completed an MA with the Courtauld Institute in London in 2007. This course was an inspiring and invaluable experience which built on an interest that had been greatly encouraged during my time as an Art History and English undergraduate in UCD.https://jessicafahyarthistorian.com/about/
Aoife began studying the violin at an early age with teacher Maria Kelemen and played regularly as a member of Young European Strings. She has since studied with Maeve Broderick in Dublin and Constantin Serban in France where she was awarded the Prix D'Or for exceptional students. She has performed as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Musici Ireland, Korean Chamber Orchestra, the HMT Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, the Esker Festival Orchestra, Leipzig MuKo Orchestra, the Orchestra "Resphigi" Latina,Italy and l’Orchestre de Chambre d’Ariege. She is also the leader of the newly formed Clare Memory Orchestra and performs regularly with the contemporary group Crash Ensemble. Aoife has won competitions for both classical and traditional Irish music including 7 All Ireland Titles at the Fleadh Cheoil, Bonn Oir Sheáin Uí Riada 2010, Fiddler of Dooney 2009, various prizes at the ESB Feis Ceoil, Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award 2011, the Campus Internazionale da Musica, Pontino Festival Young Musician Award and 2nd Prize at the Concours International du Violon Marie Cantagrill 2014, 3rd Prize at the Vasco Abadjiev International Violin Competition 2015 and a TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2014, the most prestigious honour for Irish musicians for her input on the CD “Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts” that she recorded with her father Mick O’ Brien and flautist Emer Mayock.
In recent years Aoife has worked with many new composers in Ireland and as a result has performed World Premieres in Ireland and abroad, including a recording with Grammy Award winning producer Judith Sherman. She has toured with the European Union Youth Orchestra and in 2013 performed and toured as a member of the Leipzig Mendelssohn Quartet with the renowned pianist Eliso Virsaladze. She has also performed alongside musicians such as Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill, Mariana Sirbu, Massimo Paris, Finghin Collins, Tatjiana Masurenku and Frank Reinecke. Aoife completed her Bachelor Degree as a student of Prof. Mariana Sirbu and is now studying as a Masters student with Prof. Carolin Widmann in the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig, Germany.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMW6KxcHs4M
My compositions draw on my experience as a rock musician, turntablist, improviser and gamelan musician, among other roles. My music has featured in concerts and festivals across Europe, performed by ensembles such as Trio Scordatura, Okeanos, Black Hair, the Crash Ensemble, CoMA and Sounds Underground. My works have also been broadcast on RTE lyric fm and released on Ergodos Records.
I was born in Dublin and received my music degree with first class honours from University College Dublin. I subsequently studied at the University of York with Nicola LeFanu, Bill Brooks and Roger Marsh, earning an MA and a PhD in Composition. My studies in England were funded by York’s Vinson and Nonhebel Awards, the Arts Council’s Travel and Training Award and the Bill Whelan International Music Bursary.http://www.petermoranmusic.com/index.php
Arthur's is the nearest pub on the route to The Guinness Storehouse, one of the city's foremost tourist attractions. It is popular both with locals and tourists. Naturally it has the freshest pint of Guinness in all of Ireland.
Arthurs is a classic Dublin pub, old style but well appointed. It has been a pub for over 200 years, and has many historical connections, being beside St. Catherines Church, outside of which the patriot, Robert Emmet, was hung, drawn and quartered in 1803.
We light a real turf fire everyday, play an eclectic mix of Irish music and have live music sessions in the evenings. We offer wholesome food at reasonable prices, seven days a week.
Arthur's Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin
Listen is a left field micro- festival of eclectic music and spoken word that is breaking out of the genre ghetto and making a monthly bid for freedom of musical expression.
I was impressed by the range of sonic and artistic display on offer, and I was moved by both the captivating and frivolous mood created by the artists performing.
As indefinable as it is thrilling
Composer/impresario Dylan Rynhart’s monthly salon at the Wellington is rapidly assuming unmissable status for those looking to know where creative music is headed in Ireland these days.
An eclectic monthly night that encompasses a variety of styles drawing from jazz, classical, singer-songwritery and the bardic across the spread of creative music and spoken word
Embracing musical diversity in a cosy environment, just sitting back to listen, is something we are passionate about. Following the success of Listen at Lilliput, in Lilliput press, we wanted to expand this ambitious “Listen” project across the city and perhaps eventually, the country, with collaborative evenings of music and spoken word. Audiences can enjoy a showcase of Irelands finest musicians and artists and will unquestionably hear something new that will inspire them.
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