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Roolya Boolya is a Celtic Folk duo hail­ing from Aus­tralia and made up of life part­ners Sile and Damien Neil. Síle, orig­i­nally from Ire­land plies her trade as a singer song­writer. She also com­bines her pas­sion with moth­er­hood and some ad­di­tional work out­side home. Damien is also a man of many tal­ents but none greater than his prodi­gious multi-in­stru­men­tal abil­i­ties. Widely sought af­ter as a ses­sion player, Damien’s vo­cals and gui­tar play­ing are highly re­garded in his na­tive Oz.

Síle and Damien first met at the Port Fairy Folk Fes­ti­val in South West Aus­tralia and for many years formed part the group, Saoirse. Saoirse have per­formed at some great fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing the Port Fairy Folk Fes­ti­val, Bruns­wick Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, the Na­tional Folk Fes­ti­val, and many other mu­sic venues through­out Aus­tralia.

Roolya Boolya will play a once-off House Con­cert at Moy River Folk Club in Cloona­cool on Fri­day, 11 th Jan­uary. The ru­ral venue by now has a rep­u­ta­tion for in­ti­mate gigs with some very in­ter­est­ing guests that have in­cludes, Char­lie McGet­ti­gan, Mick Hanly and Kieran Quinn.

The gig is also a fundraiser sup­port­ing the work of the Ir­ish Mo­tor Neu­ron Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion (IMNDA). IMNDA is the only or­gan­i­sa­tion of its kind in Ire­land pro­vid­ing care and sup­port to peo­ple with Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease, their fam­i­lies, friends and car­ers. About one in ev­ery three hun­dred peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with MND. There are ap­prox­i­mately 360 peo­ple liv­ing with MND at any one time in Ire­land. It usu­ally af­fects those over 50 but can oc­cur in peo­ple much younger. As yet, there is no spe­cific treat­ment that will halt the progress of the dis­ease. How­ever, there is a lot that can be done in the way of symp­tom man­age­ment and to slow the pro­gres­sion of the dis­ease.

This con­cert is of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance to Síle as her mother, Gemma, was re­cently di­ag­nosed with Mo­tor Neu­ron Dis­ease. Spa­ces are lim­ited at the South Sligo venue so book­ing is es­sen­tial for those who wish to at­tend on 087 2512030.


Pearse McGloughlin, the Sligo-born song­writer and front man of Nocturnes, is known for blend­ing ethe­real in­flu­ences and min­i­mal­is­tic pro­duc­tion into gen­tle, yet emo­tion­ally pow­er­ful works play at The Hawk’s Well on Jan­uary 19 th.

Pearse has re­leased crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bums in­clud­ing ‘In Move­ment’ (2012) and ‘Id­iot Songs’ (2013) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with com­poser Justin Grounds, and more re­cently, ‘ The Soft An­i­mal’ (2016) with his band Nocturnes, which have drawn com­par­isons to Suf­jan Stevens and Mer­cury Rev. Pearse’s work of­ten deals in lit­er­ary and philo­soph­i­cal themes; re­work­ing writ­ers such as John Keats and Fy­o­dor Dos­to­evsky. His mu­sic has been de­scribed as cap­ti­vat­ing, el­e­gant and nu­anced, and has fea­tured in The Ir­ish Times, BBC North­ern Ire­land, RTE 2FM, Lyric FM, Ra­dio1 and KCRW, as well as at fes­ti­vals such as Body and Soul, Elec­tric Pic­nic, Cairde Sligo Arts Fes­ti­val and Other Voices.

The per­for­mance will in­clude a film & vis­ual show­case from Kevin & Páraic McGloughlin.


The iconic early Chris­tian sym­bol St Brigid has been cho­sen to serve as a cat­a­lyst for 90 in­vited Ir­ish women artists to cre­ate an orig­i­nal paint­ing for this ex­hi­bi­tion at the Hamil­ton Gallery from Jan­uary 23rd.

Folk cus­tom, the four sea­sons, women’s lives and crafts, po­etry, all in­ter­sect at the 1st of Fe­bru­ary feast-day of Saint Brigid in Ire­land. What is cel­e­brated is the re­birth of the liv­ing earth; it was usual in some places to turn a sod of earth with the spade, the work of cul­ti­va­tion be­gin­ning again. Many cus­toms, es­pe­cially around food and cat­tle, are con­nected with the day, but the best known was the mak­ing of St Brigid’s crosses out of straw or rushes.

Women’s po­lit­i­cal jour­ney in the last cen­tury of Ir­ish his­tory makes it right to choose the day for spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish women artists and the works of art are fur­ther held in fo­cus by their re­la­tion to the poem “St Brigid’s Day 1989” by Le­land Bard­well, which po­si­tions the poet as ob­server, half out­side the cul­ture that she watches. This ex­hi­bi­tion is a dy­namic and vi­brant con­tem­po­rary re­sponse, to the im­port and chang­ing cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of pow­er­ful tra­di­tional fe­male sym­bol­ism not just in Ire­land, but in all con­tem­po­rary so­ci­eties.

Or­gan­ised by Hamil­ton Gallery, Sligo, Ire­land, with the sup­port of the Ir­ish Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Ir­ish Em­bassy to Great Bri­tain as part of the an­nual St Brigid’s Day events cel­e­brat­ing the cre­ativ­ity of women.

Pearse McGloughlin and The Nocturnes.

Roolya Boolya come to Moy River.

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