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Bridge of Song showcases new and established talent

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MAYO BOUND  Acclaimed Dublin singer Inni-K will headline tomorrow night’s Bridge of Song.

Monthly Castlebar music night a valuable platform for singer-songwriters in Mayo


Paul O'Brien


“Live music is better.” So says Neil young, and who are we to argue? With the popularity of streaming and downloading, it’s easy to forget that live performance was once the backbone of the music industry.
There still remains a connection, between performer and audience, that can only be experienced in a live setting. The record producer Brian Eno says that live music emphasises the emotional aspect of performance because ‘the musician is right there in front of you … and you sense their tension’.
Live music provides a sense of mystery. A song is never played live the same way twice, and the dance between the performer and the audience creates a unique energy that emotionally connects a room or even a stadium.

New platform
Tapping into the need for this connection between performer and audience is Bridge of Song, a new monthly singersongwriter showcase that has exploded onto the music scene in Mayo.
The brainchild of CCFE Music Course Coordinator Eamonn Mulderrig, the idea was born in late 2017. Working with new singer/songwriters in the CCFE Music Course, it quickly became apparent that no local platform existed for new original music to be brought to an audience.
After forming a partnership with Bridge St Bar in Castlebar, the first Bridge of Song evening was launched in September 2018, showcasing new and established local talent. Artists with national profile headline the evening each month, giving them an opportunity to connect with a new audience and promote their music in the west of Ireland.

Strength to strength
In the 14 months since the debut night, Bridge of Song has become a community music project that stands alongside any in the country. “Being a once-monthly event, we now have a waiting list of national acts looking for a spot,” Eamonn reveals. In September 2019, Bridge of Song celebrated its first year with a celebratory concert in The Linenhall Arts Centre, with a headline performance from Ultan Conlon and special guest Padraig Jack.
The showcase takes place on the third Wednesday of every month in the Bridge St Bar. The audience can expect a night of high-quality music, with the chance to meet the performers, in a fantastic and intimate venue. To experience one of ‘the most primal forms of energy release you can experience with other people’ (Kurt Cobain), make Bridge a Song a regular date in your social calendar for 2020.

For more, find Bridge of Song on Facebook or contact Bridge St on 094 9025840. The next Bridge of Song evening takes place tomorrow (Wednesday), January 15, at 8pm. It will feature nationally acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Inni-K, as well as special guests Darragh O’Dea, Red Cat Run and CCFE Music Collective.