Bridge Of Song celebrates turning three with special Linenhall concert
With the popularity of streaming and downloading, not to mention the curtailments of 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 19, Bridge of Song celebrates its three-year anniversary with a celebratory concert in the Linenhall Arts Centre, with a headline performance from Limerick-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ger O’Donnell. Special guests on the night will be RTÉ Radio 1 favourite Martin Praetorius (‘the German with the Irish heart’) and rising star Ethan Carey, originally from Castlebar and now living in Luxembourg.
Show starts at 8pm. Tickets for from The Linenhall Arts Centre, Box Office, Castlebar.