Top names on bill for Inishbofin’s popular summer concerts

Wallis Bird who makes her Inishbofin debut.
Wallis Bird who makes her Inishbofin debut.

Wallis Bird, Eleanor Shanley, Jack O’Rourke, Maighréad and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Declan O’Rourke, Mick Flannery and the four-piece group, Old Hannah, will line out for this summer’s Inishbofin Concert series at the Dolphin Hotel.

The concerts have taken place every summer for 21 years, attracting leading Irish musicians to Inishbofin.

First up this year is Leitrim singer Eleanor Shanley, an annual favourite. Eleanor’s interpretation of songs across a range of genres and her engagement with audiences have won her fans and accolades around the globe.

Singer/songwriter Wallis Bird makes her debut appearance on Bofin on Tuesday, July 25, fresh from Galway International Arts Festival. Regularly compared to a young Janis Joplin, Wallis Bird combines elements of folk, blues and funk with a rock sound.

Jack O’Rourke, takes to the stage on August 1. His debut album, Dreamcatcher, released last September, got a four-star review from the Irish Times, “a seriously good album from a seriously good songwriter,” said Tony Clayton-Lea.

August 8 sees the return of another superb Cork singer /songwriter Mick Flannery. Then, on August 15, Declan O’Rourke takes to the stage. He shines in intimate venues, so this concert should be special.

Two of the finest exponents of Irish singing, Maighréad and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill will be in concert on August 22.  While still in their teens, they and their brother Mícheál formed the legendary group Skara Brae. Tríona then joined The Bothy Band, one of the most significant groups in Irish music.

The final concert, on August 29, will be from Old Hannah, a four-piece whose music combines roots, early bluegrass and Irish traditional music.  Four-part harmonies are at the core of their unique sound and lively performances.

■ Concerts take place on Tuesdays in the Dolphin Hotel, starting at 9.30pm. Admission is €20 for adults / €10 for children. For more information contact the Dolphin at 095-45991, or email info@dolphinhotel.ie.