Mu­si­cians take on a sup­port­ing role

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

WEX­FORD Arts Cen­tre has an­nounced a new mu­si­cal sup­port act pro­gramme in as­so­ci­a­tion with PwC Ire­land.

The PwC Spotlight pro­gramme for emerg­ing mu­si­cians in­vited Wex­ford mu­si­cians to ap­ply to join a panel of sup­port artists who will ap­pear with es­tab­lished tour­ing acts dur­ing the year and re­ceive a pro­file on the Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre website along with men­tor­ing from mu­sic rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the Arts Cen­tre’s per­for­mance com­mit­tee panel.

Men­tors on the per­for­mance com­mit­tee in­clude Mick D’Arcy of Corner­boy, Kevin Lawlor, Jazz mu­si­cian and teacher, and the au­thor, jour­nal­ist and re­viewer Jackie Hay­den, for­mer Gen­eral Man­ager of Hot Press. A ded­i­cated gig pro­mot­ing the Spotlight artists will take place dur­ing the year.

The artists were cho­sen fol­low­ing a com­pet­i­tive ap­pli­ca­tion process and in­clude Me­gan Kate Doolan, Karen Alice Dun­bar, Alice Lyn­sky and Stone Blind State.

Me­gan Kate Doolan is a Wex­ford singer-song­writer and a fre­quent busker on the Main Street. She has opened for acts such as Hud­son Tay­lor, Mundy and Aine Cahill. Last sum­mer, she re­leased her de­but sin­gle Fall­ing, pro­duced by Ryan O’Shaugh­nessy. A four-track EP ‘Wait Another Day’ was re­leased on De­cem­ber 1 and is avail­able to stream on Spo­tify, Deezer and to buy on iTunes. The EP was recorded in Or­chard Record­ing Stu­dio in En­nis­cor­thy.

Karen Alice Dun­bar is also a Wex­ford singer-song­writer whose de­but EP Mar­i­onette was recorded last Spring at Sil­ver­wood Stu­dios, New­town­moun­tkennedy in County Wick­low by pro­ducer Gavin Ral­ston. Her love of mu­sic be­gan with clas­si­cal pi­ano when she was nine years old and she spent her teenage tears im­mersed in mu­si­cal theatre. It wasn’t un­til she be­gan her stud­ies in Mu­sic and Theatre at Univer­sity Col­lege Cork at the age 19 that she took up gui­tar and be­gan to write po­etry.

In 2013, the same year she com­pleted an Ad­vanced Diploma in Pro­fes­sional Song­writ­ing at BIMM Dublin, one of her songs was cho­sen for con­sid­er­a­tion by Mundy on RTE Song­writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion ‘The Hit’.

She is cur­rently trav­el­ling and per­form­ing around Europe, hav­ing com­pleted a tour on the Greek Is­lands dur­ing the sum­mer. She has also taken a cou­ple of trips to Nashville,Ten­nessee.

Orig­i­nally from Dublin, Alice Lynskey is a singer/song­writer now based in En­nis­cor­thy. Alice was hum­ming along to songs be­fore she could even talk. Her first per­for­mance was in a singing and danc­ing role in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin at the age of seven. She de­scribes her style as pop with a hint of folk and a shake of coun­try.

Alice’s writ­ing be­gan in pri­mary school with her love of po­etry. She en­tered school tal­ent shows and when she was in col­lege, she sub­mit­ted a song ‘Run and Hide’ to the ‘The Hit’.

It reached the fi­nal and was cho­sen by ac­cliamed band The Stun­ning, reach­ing Num­ber 6 in the Ir­ish charts. She has sung in the Olympia, the He­lix and the Na­tional Opera House. She now works in the science in­dus­try as a lab­o­ra­tory an­a­lyst.

Stone Blind State is a five­piece rock band from Wex­ford com­pris­ing Bryan Mur­phy, lead vo­cal­ist; Michael McDon­agh, song­writ­ing, gui­tar, vo­cals; Gary Davitt, lead gui­tar; Cathal Fitz­patrick, bass and Ryan Cox, drums. Formed in 2017, Stone Blind State have spent a year cre­at­ing ma­te­rial for their de­but EP which they hope to re­lease in early 2018

‘We are de­lighted with the acts cho­sen for our first panel and we are de­lighted to have the sup­port of PwC for this ini­tia­tive’, said Arts Cen­tre Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor El­iz­a­beth Whyte. ‘We look for­ward to pro­mot­ing the acts along­side tour­ing acts within our mu­sic pro­gramme dur­ing the year’.

Clock­wise from top: Stone Blind State, Me­gan Kate Doolan, Karen Alice Dun­bar, and Alice Lynskey.

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