Saturday 5th October An Spailpín Fánach: (upstairs) 6.30pm ‘Gals at Play’: with Mary Greene, Clare O Riordan, Anne Rynne, Edel Sullivan and Grainne Hunt. (is a celebration of original song and tune writing by women) €15
MARY GREENE is a member of family trio Greenshine along with her husband Noel Shine and their daughter Ellie. Several of Mary’s songs have reached the top of the RTE RADIO 1 Airplay Chart including the band’s breakthrough single ‘The Girl in the Lavender Dress’ from the album of the same name, which rested at the No. 1 spot for over a month and went on to become the third most played Irish track on the station for the year of its release. “Wow. Stunning song. Beautiful melody and words,” (Ron Sexsmith). Subsequent singles Dandelion Seed and The Good is Gone, both co-writes with Ellie, also reached the top spot while ‘Brother’ co-written with friend Cormac Ó Caoimh climbed to No.2. “Greenshine have done it again and are lighting up the airwaves with their latest single Brother.” (Fiachna Ó Braonáin RTE). All three songs are taken from Greenshine’s album ‘FAMILY’ - Eve Blair’s Late Show Album of the Week, BBC Ulster. Euro American Charts’ “Ones to Watch”, KCLRfm ‘Ceol Anocht’ Record of the Week - "This album is simply stunning." (Jimmy Stafford, Highland Radio). Live radio sessions include ‘Today with Miriam’ ‘Arena’ and ‘Today with Seán Ó Rourke RTE Radio1. This is Mary’s third time facilitating what is fast becoming a legendary concert at The Cork Folk Festival.
EDEL SULLIVAN studied classical violin at Cork School of Music and Anglia University, Cambridge. In her teens she began exploring the use of the instrument in a wide range of genres from rock to folk and has seen her skills much in demand by many artists including Hank Wedel and Ger Wolfe. She has toured extensively with Michael Flatley’s renowned show ‘Lord of the Dance’. Edel is renowned as a composer and arranger and is often commissioned to write pieces which include Tír na Nollag for ‘Glow – Cork Christmas Celebrations’ and a suite of music for the Club Ceoil Trad Orchestra. Her debut album ‘In The Time Of’ was described as “The best traditional album I’ve heard all year…she manages to blend a smooth sweetness of tone with life, swing and spot-on rhythm.” (Sarah McQuaid,Hot Press), “The most astonishingly beautiful recording I’ve heard in years.” (Sing Out! U.S.) and “Spellbinding,” (Siobhán Long, Irish Times). Edel currently lectures in Music Therapy, Community Music Facilitation and Musicianship at CIT Cork School of Music and continues to collaborate with other musicians in the live arena.
“Anne Rynne Singer of Songs!” This is how Anne describes herself. Although springing from the very musical Moore family, Anne was always a very reluctant singer until about eight years ago when she had a very interesting conversation with her brother Barry (aka Luka Bloom) who encouraged her to pick up a pen and a guitar and make her first album at the age of 68. Her eponymous debut collection has gathered many fans by virtue of its purity and sparseness, making it a breath of fresh air in the modern music business which often promotes recordings that are over produced yet lacking in real substance. “This is honest, open-hearted, open-armed singing in the vein of our timeless song tradition. Music by, of and for, folks.” (Siobhan Long, The Irish Times). Anne Rynne has just released her second album ‘Oh Life!’
After graduating with a degree in music from NUI Maynooth Gráinne Hunt gained a reputation as an outstanding vocalist, touring internationally with Mark Geary and Kíla and sharing stages with Glen Hansard, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Damien Dempsey. 2015 saw the release of an EP with James Cramer. ‘Firing Pin’ was described by Dan Hegarty of 2fm as: “Breathtakingly beautiful”, while Tony Clayton Lea of The Irish Times said it was “hewn out of a subtle, special talent.” Along with Brendan Walsh, an NUI classmate, Gráinne released ‘Songs from Ireland’, a collection of traditional songs in Irish and English which were showcased at sold out shows at The Cobblestone in Dublin and Kilkishen Cultural Centre. More recently Gráinne has opened for both Gladys Knight and Eagle Eye Cherry and has appeared at Glastonbury. The single ‘Breathe’ taken from her first solo album “This Secret”, has garnered much airplay on various stations around the country including RTE Radio 1 where it was described as “really true….beautiful vocals” by Ruth Smith and led Fiachna Ó Braonáin to exclaim: “What a beauty!”
CLARE O’ RIORDAN
Following her “exquisite debut Shelter” in 2014 (Colm O’Hare, Hotpress), Cork singer/songwriter and pianist Clare O’ Riordan recorded her new album ‘Outside’ in the USA with producer Jon Evans who works with Tori Amos. Clare’s new album ‘Outside’, released on February 21st 2019, is described by Hot Press as “a playful powerful record … by a modern artist with a mature soul”. The title track from ‘Outside’ spent one month on RTE Radio 1 playlist and on April 14th 2019 Clare was interviewed on ‘Sunday with Miriam’ on RTE Radio 1 and gave a ‘beautiful’ live performance (Miriam O’ Callaghan). “Her voice and singing style are reminiscent of Joan Armatrading” (Colm O’ Hare, Hot Press) “Shelter is full of beautiful songs sung with that amazing voice of hers" (Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Late Date, RTE RADIO 1).