Bridge of Song returns with two-year anniversary concert
“Live music is better.” So says Neil young, and who are we to argue?
With the popularity of streaming and downloading, it’s easy to forget that live performance was once the backbone of the music industry.
Tapping into the need for this connection between performer and audience is Bridge of Song, a monthly singer-songwriter showcase that has exploded onto the music scene in Mayo.
The brainchild of Mayo College of Further Education music course director Eamonn Mulderrig, the idea was born in late 2018. Working with new singer-songwriters in the music course, it quickly became apparent that a local platform for new original music to be brought to a live listening audience was to be cultivated.
Forming a partnership with Bridge St Bar in Castlebar, the first Bridge of Song evening was launched in October 2018 showcasing new and established local talent.
Established artists with a national profile headline the evening each month, giving them an opportunity to connect with a new audience and promote their music in the west of Ireland. The first night showcased Emma Langford, who since went on to glean a coveted RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award and achieve international success.
In the two years since the debut night, Bridge of Song has become a community music project that stands alongside any in the country.
“Being a once-monthly event, we now have a waiting list of national acts looking for a spot,” says Eamonn.
On October 27 next, Bridge of Song celebrates its second year anniversary with a celebratory concert in the Linenhall Arts Centre, featuring a headline performance from RTÉ Radio One favourites Greenshine. Special guests on the night will be Puddletown Suite No. 3, a new folk supergroup featuring members of Vickers Vimy, Coda and Greenshine performing the songs of Tommy Hughes.
Tickets for this magical night of new folk music are available from the box office of the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar – telephone (094) 9023733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.