Bridge Of Song returns with Linenhall concert

Going Out

GREENSHINE HEADLINE  Greenshine are a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter, Ellie.

With the popularity of streaming and downloading – not to mention recent curtailments thanks to Covid – it’s easy to forget that live performance was once the backbone of the music industry.
Tapping into the need for this connection between performer and audience is Bridge of Song, a monthly singer/songwriter showcase that first exploded onto the music scene in Mayo three years ago.
The popular event was the brainchild of Eamonn Mulderrig the music course director at Mayo College of Further Education Music. Working with new singer-songwriters in the music course, it quickly became apparent to him that a local live platform for new original music was needed.
Forming a partnership with Bridge St Bar in Castlebar, the first Bridge of Song evening was launched in October 2018, showcasing new and established local talent. Established 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. The first night saw centre-stage occupied by Emma Langford, who since went on to glean a coveted RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award and achieve international success.  
In the years since the debut night, Bridge of Song became a community music project that can hold its own alongside any in the country. ‘Being a once monthly event, we now have a waiting list of national acts looking for a spot,” says Eamonn.
Now, on October 27, Bridge of Song will celebrates its anniversary with a special concert in the Linenhall Arts Centre, with a headline performance from RTÉ Radio One favourites Greenshine. Special guests on the night will be Puddletown Suite No 3, a new folk supergroup featuring the songs of Tommy Hughes, performed by members of Coda, Vickers Vimy and Greenshine.
Tickets for this magical night of new folk music are available from The Linenhall Arts Centre, Box Office, Castlebar.