SINCE November 2009 musician Conor Byrne, in collaboration with one of Ireland’s most prestigious music venues, the Button Factory, has been running Dublin’s only Folk Club, which has offered several nights of unique music.
Each fortnight offers a programme of artists, which represents the vibrant traditional scene of a chosen county and in February it’s the turn of Mayo to show off its talent.
And what a great line up there is to represent the county. Actor Mick Lally will be the MC for the night.
A native of the Mayo Gaeltacht of Tourmakeady, this acclaimed actor needs very little introduction as he is regarded as one of the most respected Irish theatre and film actors of our time.
Also taking part is Laoise Kelly from Westport, who is acknowledged as one of Ireland's most acclaimed traditional harpers, and Mary Staunton. also from the Gaeltacht of Tourmakeady. Mary inherits a long musical tradition as her grandmother, Nora Staunton, was one of the most respected 'boxplayers' in the locality and was always in demand for the local house dances.
Mary has just completed her long awaited solo album which is due for release very soon.
Emer Mayock, from Castlebar will also display here talents. A respected musician and composer, Emer began to play traditional music during her childhood on a range of instruments including the flute, low whistles, fiddle and uilleann pipes.
Last, but not least, is Castlebar native, John Hoban, a musician, singer, songwriter and poet who has travelled all over the world with his music. The ultimate multi-instrumentalist, John plays fiddle, accordion, mandolin, mandocello, harmonica and he writes, composes his own songs and music.
So, all in all, it’s a big Mayo traditional music night in the heart of Dublin The date is February 9, the venue is the Button Factory, Curve Street, Temple Bar. It promises to be a great night, a must for all Mayo people in Dublin.