The beautiful artwork of Rachel Smith is currently on display in our Open Arts Space (porch)
Friday June 14th @8pm Tickets €20
Freddie White has long been synonymous with music of the highest quality. Whether interpreting songs by his favourite writers, such as Randy Newman, Tom Waits, John Hiatt and Guy Clark, or performing his own classy compositions, Freddie’s live performances are nothing short of legendary. Freddie has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970’s and his albums continue to sell well, amongst his loyal and new-found fan base.
Born in Cobh, County Cork into a musical family, by age thirteen Freddie was playing in school bands and by seventeen playing professionally. At nineteen, he moved to London, where he busked in subways, and developed his unique voice and guitar style.
In 1974, he was a founding member of ‘Scullion’, together with Philip King and Sonny Condell. Later he formed ‘The Fake’, regarded as one of the seminal Irish bands of the late ‘70’s. Next came The Freddie White Band formed in 1978, which toured with Eric Clapton that year.
His first album, Live on Tour, recorded by Nicky Ryan while touring with Clannad, brought him
national attention. His second album, Do You Do, was the biggest selling Mulligan Label album of
1981. With these early albums, Freddie introduced an eclectic repertoire of music, which spanned
musical genres and eras, to an Irish audience.
Long Distance Runner was launched in 1985, and it featured original songs such as ‘Goodbye This Time’, ‘Down Without A Fight’, and the hit single ‘Frozen Heart’, which was co-written with JohnnymDuhan. His fourth album, ‘Close To You’ continued this trend, with most of the songs self-penned.
In 1994, he released ‘Straight Up’, a collection of fourteen songs recorded live by DanDan
‘My Country’ was released in Ireland in May 1999. A collection of eleven songs co-written with Ann O’Sullivan and based on the poetry of Don O’Sullivan. The album was co-produced by Freddie and Declan Sinnott, renowned for his work as producer and arranger with Sinead Lohan, Frances Black and Mary Black and as lead guitarist with Horslips and Moving Hearts.
In May 2002 the 2-CD set Lost and Found was released, comprising digitally re-mastered versions of two of Freddie’s best selling early albums, albums, namely, Live on Tour and Do You Do, under the watchful eye of original producer PJ Curtis. The re-release was warmly welcomed not only by the many whose original vinyl copies had long since worn out, but also by those who delighted in discovering these classic recordings.
In 2004, Freddie White returned to Ireland after many years living in the USA and released an all-
new studio album entitled Four Days in May. Recorded in Dublin with some of Ireland’s finest
musicians over a four-day period, it showcases Freddie’s songwriting prowess and unerring choiceof songs worthy of remarkable reinterpretation.
Since then he has toured regularly and also dedicated himself to the development of his latest
recording, collaborating with songwriters Jimmy MacCarthy and Jim Barrett. Released in 2008,
‘Stormy Lullaby’, is a stunning collection of moody tracks in which Freddie White’s musicianship
and voice shine through. He has once again teamed up with his old cohort DanDan Fitzgerald to
produce this gem. The album has an acoustic feel thanks to the input of a small, tight group of
musicians from his native Cork. Some tracks are newly written, while others (not previously recorded by Freddie) have proven their worth by becoming firm favourites with his live audiences. It showcases what Freddie does best – that is ‘get inside’ and deliver heartrending, troubled love songs in a manner guaranteed to stop you in your tracks. It is often said of Freddie that he does not merely ‘cover’ great songs; more often than not he improves on the originals. Indeed, if this were not the case, he would surely be more highly revered for his own songwriting accomplishments.
His keen ear for quality songs, undisputed talent for interpretation and exemplary songwriting
skills, stand out in his most intimate offering. Freddie’s album, Here With You released in April 2012 introduced Trish Hickey and is a collection of songs from some of their favourite writers. The album was recorded in Ireland and Australia. Entitled “PRODIGAL SONGS”, Freddie’s latest album is a collection of songs about the power of love, the power of music, an observation on the history of Ireland over the last 100 years… and one song about a certain dog, and with a healthy inclusion of some rare covers.
Freddie moved to Sydney, Australia in March 2011 but toured Ireland and the UK regularly.
He now resides in New York City since December 2016 and returns to play his annual Irish tour where new songs will feature along with Freddie’s classics from his 40-year career as a principal in the orchestra of Irish folk and rock music.
Saturday 29th June @ 8pm Tickets €10
The work of Hungarian artist Attilla Ngay is on show in our main gallery
The wonderful colours of Anne Cefai currently adorn our cafe
Currently exhibiting in our open arts space
Friday July 26th @ 8pm Tickets €20
THE 4 OF US return with their critically acclaimed acoustic show to the Coastguard Cultural Centre, featuring songs from their brand new album as well as songs from their extensive back catalogue. From their first anthem, Mary, still a radio favourite, through to the UKcharting She Hits Me, to Sunlight, the band has notched up over two decades of radio hits and six top 20 charting albums. Don’t miss this chance to catch them live.
‘Never before have I been to a gig where the atmosphere has been so electric …’ The Irish News
Friday August 23rd @8pm Tickets €20
Irish singer/songwriter Mundy is one of a number of artists to successfully make the transition
from street busking in Dublin to international stardom during the '90s. Mundy's mainly acoustic,
folk-based pop/rock has been compared to Damien Rice and Josh Ritter; however, his style is more
upbeat and celebratory than either, and his jangle pop influence and tendency to experiment with
unconventional sonic textures and beats further distinguishes him.
Mundy signed with Sony subsidiary Epic Records, and released his debut single, "To You I Bestow”,
shortly before his album “Jelly Legs” was released in 1996. "To You I Bestow" was included on the
soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's Shakespeare adaptation Romeo & Juliet, alongside tracks by
Radiohead and Garbage. It sold 11 million copies and “Jelly Legs” a respectable 50,000 worldwide.
Mundy went on to release the multi platinum record 24 Star Hotel, with hit tracks ‘July’ and
‘Mexico’ becoming firm favourites. Raining Down Arrows, which hit the #1 slot in the Irish Album
Charts, came next and was recorded in the musically revered city of Austin, Texas. His first live
album Live and Confusion followed recorded at a storming and sold out Vicar St show. It was
certified platinum in 2007. Galway Girl was recorded as an encore and went on to become the
best selling single and most downloaded song 2 years in a row in Ireland.
His 4th studio album, Strawberry Blood, followed in 2009 and saw Mundy touring Ireland, Australia
and the UK once more. Shuffle was released in 2011 and was a gorgeous ode to some of Mundy’s
most favourite songwriters. It featured his versions of songs by greats like Tom Waits, Lucinda
Williams, John Prine, Paul Simon and Gillian Welch, to name a few. He’s since been touring the
US, performing at The Royal Albert Hall – not to mention the small matter of performing for Barack
Obama both on his Irish visit, and at his home in The White House.
Mundy teamed up with Youth again, who produced his debut album, the critically acclaimed
Jellylegs, which yielded such hit songs ‘ Gin and Tonic Sky’, ‘Life’s A Cinch’ and ‘To You I Bestow’.
The latest album ‘Mundy’ was released in 2015 and Mundy has been very busy touring ever since.
“Mundy comes from a very long historical line of great Irish performers, singers and song writers,
it’s a list of awesome musical royalty he sits amongst and he rightly and gently wears his crown
equally with them all.” —Richard Hawley
Friday 17th May @ 8pm
Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her song “A Woman’s Heart” was the title track for the A Woman’s Heart anthology album. A Woman’s Heart has since gone on to become the best-selling album in Irish history. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honors degree in music and was accepted to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland as a violinist. She worked with the symphony for five years before she finally took the plunge and left the classical world behind to concentrate on her real passion—songwriting. Eleanor released her eponymous debut on Geffen records followed by tours in the USA, Europe and the Far East. She moved to Columbia Records in New York for her second album ‘What’s Following Me?’ The first single ‘Precious Little’ was a top 10 radio hit in the US.
Since then, Eleanor has gone on to become an artist and performer known throughout the world. Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans fifteen albums and appearances on numerous compilation albums. She has also had numerous cover versions of her songs by performers such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mary Coughlan, Bella Hardy, (BBC folk singer of the year) Eliza Carthy, Derek Ryan and Jack L Her songs have been used in many TV and film sound tracks including HBO cult series “Six Feet Under.”, ABC’s “Clueless” and the Pearce Brosnan film “The Nephew”
Her 2016 album “NAKED MUSIC”, featured a collaboration with British painter Chris Gollon which was launched in Gallery Different, London, where “Naked Music – The Exhibition” ran for three weeks, featuring 25 Gollon paintings inspired by the songs on Naked Music. The “Naked Live…” tour that followed ran throughout 2016 & 2017 with shows in Ireland, England, Wales, Spain, Germany, Australia, USA and Scotland followed by the launch of “Naked Music – The Songbook” published by Hot Press.
Her new album “The Thomas Moore Project” was launched in Ireland’s National Concert Hall and features 21st century adaptations of the songs of the 18th/19th century Irish poet Thomas Moore. It became RTE 1’s album of the week the week it was released and received rave reviews in Ireland, Hot Press magazine saying “McEvoy has re-established the relevance of one of Ireland’s most important yet most besmirched national artists” and the Irish Times describing it as “a highly evocative collection”
International acclaim followed with the Sydney Morning Herald writing “Still the world around you and listen to the words. Eleanor McEvoy, ever questing in her artistry, has crafted her own arrangements of songs by the distinguished Irish poet Thomas Moore…her voice distinctively blends the earnest with the elfin”. She has since toured The Thomas Moore Project throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Holland, Germany and Australia and will soon be bringing it to the USA where the album has been receiving extensive airplay. When home from her travels, as well as being the chair of IMRO, Eleanor is also a voting member of the Recording Academy of America (the GRAMMYs) and in 2016 was appointed by Minister Heather Humphries to the board of Ireland’s National Concert Hall.
Chrysalis is an art exhibition by Martine O’Donovan currently on display in our cafe.