Clonmel World Music Proudly Presents: ALFI (Ire)

by admin on 06/03/2020

The County Sessions, at Jerry Moynihans, Gladstone Street Clonmel,  is delighted to present one of the best emerging bands on the Irish live music scene at present. They have a very refreshing sound, great songs, and they are a very highly rated young band.

Alfi were nominated for Best Emerging Artist in the RTE Folk Awards in May 2019.

ALFI are :

Fiachra Meek – Low whistles, uilleann pipes, bodhran, vocals

Alannah Thornburgh – harp, vocals

Ryan McAuley – five-string banjo, vocals

Multi-award winning trio Alfi combine traditional Irish and Appalachian music and song to produce a unique and tasteful sound. Their music features an unusual line-up of harp, five string banjo and Uilleann pipes. Alannah, Fiachra and Ryan met while studying music in college and decided to form officially as a band in 2017, playing their first gig at Arcadian Field festival.

In their short three years as a band, the Dublin-based trio have been crowned winners of the prestigious Molloy Awards at the Trip to Birmingham TradFest and the Caoimhin O Dochartaigh Award at ImbolcInternational Music Festival.

Alfi recorded and released two tracks in 2018 in collaboration with audio producer Cian Hamilton – ‘Cluck Ol’ Hen’ and ‘Lost Girl/Trim the Velvet’, both of which can be found on all music platforms.

In May 2019, Alfi released their debut EP “Wolves in the Woods” to great critical acclaim, following the release with a successful tour around Ireland and the UK. The trio have performed at many established venues and festivals, including Freshgrass Festival, Body and Soul Festival,  Whelan’s in Dublin and Other Voices.

Alfi are planning on recording and releasing their debut album in 2020.

Their music and vocals have been described as “mind-blowing magic” and “powerful” by The Bluegrass Situation and Ruth Smith (Simply Folk) respectively.

The Bluegrass Situation used the following words to describe the band – ‘the tempo is relaxed, the reharmonisations are modern, yet timeless, and the form rolls by a handful of times without ever becoming stale or boring — a remarkable feat.’

This special show takes place in the cosy function room in Moynihans pub in Clonmel, in a cafe style setting with full seating at candle-lit tables.

Doors for the gig will open at 7pm on Saturday 21st March 2020 . There will be no support act, and ALFI will start at 8pm prompt.

Tickets are available in Moynihans ;,  or from Gerry Lawless on 086 3389619.


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