1st Irish Music - A night of Irish contemporary singers and songwriters

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  • John Gribbin

    John Gribbin

    Irish man John Gribbin was discovered by an established entertainment attorney based in New York in the summer of 2009. The attorney saw so much potential in John as both a singer and songwriter he went out on a limb and sponsored him to come pursue a musical career in the States. Once here, drawing on the inspiration that only New York City can ignite, John began writing for his band Building Pictures. John soon had residencies at some of New York’s hottest venues for both up and coming and established music artists including The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and The Mercury Lounge. Honest, delicate and passionate are all words that can often be found in reviews of Johns music, and since settling in Brooklyn John has performed shows as far as Texas and Los Angeles. For influences think Wilco meets Nick Drake and Glen Hansard. A prolific writer, John launched his fifth EP entitled ‘Training Up My Soul’ in 2012. Rockwood Music Hall was packed to capacity for the album launch show. Joining forces with critically acclaimed film makers Buffalo Picture House, a music video for the title track was born.

  • Ashley Davis

    Ashley Davis

    Raised on the plains of Kansas, Ashley Davis is a musician whose songs are as much a product of the natural beauty found in her childhood environment as they are the bluegrass, folk and classic country sounds that surrounded her youth. With a major appearance on the Today Show, a collaboration with Paddy Moloney and a tour with Moya Brennan, this prairie girl has found solid footing within the roots of those before her. Through her many travels and experiences, including an MA from the University of Limerick in Traditional Irish Music, Ashley has grown into a true artist whose influences live in ancient Celtic lore and American folk music. While her music evokes vivid imagery of the natural world and our ever-shifting place, Davis possesses an otherworldly musical aesthetic, a sense one rooted deeply in the spirits of Celtic myth and folklore. In keeping with these rich traditions, Davis has mastered the art of storytelling. Her live shows are now as well known for their consummate blend of traditional Celtic and original songs and her often hilarious tales of her own travels, observations, encounters and heartbreaks.

  • John Munnelly

    John Munnelly

    John Munnelly’s neo-folk sound is a cross between Bob Dylan and Neil Young with his “Voice of The Everyman songs. Truly an unmissable event.   Played in New York, Brooklyn, Manchester, Dublin, Texas, LA and Canada   Award winning songwriter with the ASCAP Jay Gorney award for a Song With a Social Conscience called The Unemployment Blues.   His songs are deep, compelling must hear and emotion-inducing and thought provoking.   John Munnelly is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY doing some dates this year to promote newly released record HELLO WORLD Irish Born spent some time in Manchester and now live in Brooklyn NYC An award winning ASCAP songwriter for the Jay Gorney award (ASCAP) for a song with a social conscience for The Unemployment Blues. As well as the protest like Bob Dylan and Neil Young comparisons he is also known for a quirky sense of humor and colorful videos. His songs are deep emotion and thought provoking. He is a compelling must hear artist the voice of the people.   Legends - from HELLO WORLD - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf5QedtNi5w&feature=youtu.be   Does my bum look big in this - comedic side http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHjVt6TmOhY&list=PL7979F7FBB8C08DA9   “ Irish music that is NOT depressing!” “grin-inducing joyous” “Catchy music, witty lyrics. Very original John :) “John, this is brilliant !! This is legend.” "Hey, this guy's good!"

  • Gareth Dunlop

    Gareth Dunlop

    Gareth Dunlop began his music career at age 14 by trying to play his Fathers old Yamaha guitar. After a few basic chords were established it quickly became an addiction to play and learn more and more about music. Music performance for Gareth started in pubs and clubs but quickly moved to Auditoriums and Festivals around europe. Playing before and in some cases along side artists such as Jeff Beck, Imelda May, Snow Patrol, Paul Carrack, Jools Holland, Angus & Julia Stone, Nanci Griffith and the Grammy Nominated Steeldrivers. As part of the Belfast Nashville Singer Songwriter's Festival 2011, Gareth received the Katherine Brick - Songwriter of the Year Award. Since signing a joint venture Publishing deal (with Morraine & Nettwerk One Music) Gareth's music has appeared on numerous hit tv shows such as One Tree Hill, Private Practice and Cougar Town, to name a few. After spending many months back and forth from the states, working with 6 time Grammy Award Winning Producer -Brent Maher, Gareth's debut album is due for release mid 2011.

  • Allen Gogarty

    Allen Gogarty

    Whether performing solo acoustic or with the full line up of The Allen Gogarty Band, this is music that warms the heart and impassions the spirit. There's an onstage buzz about the current line up. The band members are Allen Gogarty on vocals and guitar, Andrew Potenza on drums, Dean Marchi on bass and Wilson Montuori on lead guitar. To call Allen Gogarty a singer/songwriter would not justify the versatility of style he possesses. Mixing a strong Irish spirit with dynamic vocals and a creative range of ideas, Allen weaves a unique melody through every composition, leaving the audiences blissful and curious, anticipating every song. His numerous credits include opening for “Susan Vega” and “Status Quo”. After touring through Europe with “Native Tongue” and the Donegal-based “Stone River”, Allen finds himself in New York playing at venues; Arlene’s Grocery, An Beal Bocht Café, The Red Lion, The National Underground and Ulysses with a band best described as a perfect storm. On lead guitar is Wilson Montouri, a renaissance man straight from Florence, Italy. With phenomenal insight and beautiful licks, Wilson joins the ranks of talented lefties, who have brought music to another level. Dean Marchi, on bass guitar is an encyclopedic mind with fingers to match. An ideal companion to share a pint, Dean brings the group a poetic passion and profound knowledge of music and musicians as well as a spirited soul. Anchor of the band is drummer, Andrew Potenza. A former resident of Connecticut, he now resides in NYC.

  • Mary Courtney

    Mary Courtney

    Mary Courtney grew up in a musical family in the parish of Castlegregory, near the sea in County Kerry, a likely beginning for this remarkable singer and guitarist. Whether accompanying herself, or holding the rhythm line with her trad band, Morning Star, she is a consummate musician. Her music is an engaging collaboration of traditional Irish music and a progressive social conscience born of a political education in the United States. Her bodhrán (Irish hand-held drum) playing offers another dimension to her exceptional performance. Courtney has used her music to spread Irish culture and to educate her audience about the struggles of the Irish people. From rock ‘n’ roll to the ethereal strains of some ancient Celtic bard, Mary can sing anything, and sing it unforgettably.

John Gribbin: Irish man John Gribbin was discovered by an established entertainment attorney based in New York in the summer of 2009. The attorney saw so much potential in John as both a singer and songwriter he went out on a limb and sponsored him to come pursue a musical career in the States. Once here, drawing on the inspiration that only New York City can ignite, John began writing for his band Building Pictures. John soon had residencies at some of New York’s hottest venues for both up and coming and established music artists including The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and The Mercury Lounge. Honest, delicate and passionate are all words that can often be found in reviews of Johns music, and since settling in Brooklyn John has performed shows as far as Texas and Los Angeles. For influences think Wilco meets Nick Drake and Glen Hansard. A prolific writer, John launched his fifth EP entitled ‘Training Up My Soul’ in 2012. Rockwood Music Hall was packed to capacity for the album launch show. Joining forces with critically acclaimed film makers Buffalo Picture House, a music video for the title track was born.

Ashley Davis: Raised on the plains of Kansas, Ashley Davis is a musician whose songs are as much a product of the natural beauty found in her childhood environment as they are the bluegrass, folk and classic country sounds that surrounded her youth. With a major appearance on the Today Show, a collaboration with Paddy Moloney and a tour with Moya Brennan, this prairie girl has found solid footing within the roots of those before her. Through her many travels and experiences, including an MA from the University of Limerick in Traditional Irish Music, Ashley has grown into a true artist whose influences live in ancient Celtic lore and American folk music. While her music evokes vivid imagery of the natural world and our ever-shifting place, Davis possesses an otherworldly musical aesthetic, a sense one rooted deeply in the spirits of Celtic myth and folklore. In keeping with these rich traditions, Davis has mastered the art of storytelling. Her live shows are now as well known for their consummate blend of traditional Celtic and original songs and her often hilarious tales of her own travels, observations, encounters and heartbreaks.

John Munnelly: John Munnelly’s neo-folk sound is a cross between Bob Dylan and Neil Young with his “Voice of The Everyman songs. Truly an unmissable event.   Played in New York, Brooklyn, Manchester, Dublin, Texas, LA and Canada   Award winning songwriter with the ASCAP Jay Gorney award for a Song With a Social Conscience called The Unemployment Blues.   His songs are deep, compelling must hear and emotion-inducing and thought provoking.   John Munnelly is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY doing some dates this year to promote newly released record HELLO WORLD Irish Born spent some time in Manchester and now live in Brooklyn NYC An award winning ASCAP songwriter for the Jay Gorney award (ASCAP) for a song with a social conscience for The Unemployment Blues. As well as the protest like Bob Dylan and Neil Young comparisons he is also known for a quirky sense of humor and colorful videos. His songs are deep emotion and thought provoking. He is a compelling must hear artist the voice of the people.   Legends - from HELLO WORLD - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf5QedtNi5w&feature=youtu.be   Does my bum look big in this - comedic side http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHjVt6TmOhY&list=PL7979F7FBB8C08DA9   “ Irish music that is NOT depressing!” “grin-inducing joyous” “Catchy music, witty lyrics. Very original John :) “John, this is brilliant !! This is legend.” "Hey, this guy's good!"

Gareth Dunlop: Gareth Dunlop began his music career at age 14 by trying to play his Fathers old Yamaha guitar. After a few basic chords were established it quickly became an addiction to play and learn more and more about music. Music performance for Gareth started in pubs and clubs but quickly moved to Auditoriums and Festivals around europe. Playing before and in some cases along side artists such as Jeff Beck, Imelda May, Snow Patrol, Paul Carrack, Jools Holland, Angus & Julia Stone, Nanci Griffith and the Grammy Nominated Steeldrivers. As part of the Belfast Nashville Singer Songwriter's Festival 2011, Gareth received the Katherine Brick - Songwriter of the Year Award. Since signing a joint venture Publishing deal (with Morraine & Nettwerk One Music) Gareth's music has appeared on numerous hit tv shows such as One Tree Hill, Private Practice and Cougar Town, to name a few. After spending many months back and forth from the states, working with 6 time Grammy Award Winning Producer -Brent Maher, Gareth's debut album is due for release mid 2011.

Allen Gogarty: Whether performing solo acoustic or with the full line up of The Allen Gogarty Band, this is music that warms the heart and impassions the spirit. There's an onstage buzz about the current line up. The band members are Allen Gogarty on vocals and guitar, Andrew Potenza on drums, Dean Marchi on bass and Wilson Montuori on lead guitar. To call Allen Gogarty a singer/songwriter would not justify the versatility of style he possesses. Mixing a strong Irish spirit with dynamic vocals and a creative range of ideas, Allen weaves a unique melody through every composition, leaving the audiences blissful and curious, anticipating every song. His numerous credits include opening for “Susan Vega” and “Status Quo”. After touring through Europe with “Native Tongue” and the Donegal-based “Stone River”, Allen finds himself in New York playing at venues; Arlene’s Grocery, An Beal Bocht Café, The Red Lion, The National Underground and Ulysses with a band best described as a perfect storm. On lead guitar is Wilson Montouri, a renaissance man straight from Florence, Italy. With phenomenal insight and beautiful licks, Wilson joins the ranks of talented lefties, who have brought music to another level. Dean Marchi, on bass guitar is an encyclopedic mind with fingers to match. An ideal companion to share a pint, Dean brings the group a poetic passion and profound knowledge of music and musicians as well as a spirited soul. Anchor of the band is drummer, Andrew Potenza. A former resident of Connecticut, he now resides in NYC.

Mary Courtney: Mary Courtney grew up in a musical family in the parish of Castlegregory, near the sea in County Kerry, a likely beginning for this remarkable singer and guitarist. Whether accompanying herself, or holding the rhythm line with her trad band, Morning Star, she is a consummate musician. Her music is an engaging collaboration of traditional Irish music and a progressive social conscience born of a political education in the United States. Her bodhrán (Irish hand-held drum) playing offers another dimension to her exceptional performance. Courtney has used her music to spread Irish culture and to educate her audience about the struggles of the Irish people. From rock ‘n’ roll to the ethereal strains of some ancient Celtic bard, Mary can sing anything, and sing it unforgettably.