Whileaways and Curly Organ kick off Druid Sessions

The Whileaways: Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Jooyce and Noriana Kennedy.
The Whileaways: Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Jooyce and Noriana Kennedy.

Galway band The Whileaways will kick off the Druid Sessions, a new monthly music club at The Mick Lally Theatre, on Saturday November 18. Their special guests will be The Curly Organ, made up of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Donal McConnon and jazz guitarist Aengus Hackett.

The Whileaways feature the three distinctive voices of Nicola Joyce, Noriana Kennedy and Noelie McDonnell to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original songs.

Their most recent album, Saltwater Kisses, received a four-star review in The Irish Times and was the RTÉ Radio 1 Album of The Week on its release.

Nicola Joyce, ‘a magnificent vocalist who sings with sheer beauty’, according to The Wall Street Journal, has recorded and toured extensively as the lead singer with the Irish folk group Gráda, working with Grammy award-winning producer Tim O’Brien.

Noriana Kennedy’s solo album, Ebb n Flow, has received rave reviews in Ireland and Australia  where she has been acknowledged as ‘an  exceptional young artist’ by ABC Australia.

Noelie McDonnell has been described by The New York Post as ‘a startlingly good new Irish songwriter’ and has had two Top Ten Irish singles with Nearly Four and Marrakech which he released with The Cabin Collective.

The Whileaways were a big hit at this year’s  Galway International Arts Festival following their superb live show at Monroe’s Live and the Druid gig will be a chance to catch them in this intimate theatre space.

For more, read this week’s  Galway City Tribune.