S.J. McArdle’s show, Port, is a newly written song cycle produced by Droichead Arts Centre and was born of a year-long research and writing project around the history and stories
S.J. McArdle’s show, Port, is a newly written song cycle produced by Droichead Arts Centre and was born of a year-long research and writing project around the history and stories of Drogheda’s ancient Port, conducted during McArdle’s tenure as Artist in Association at Droichead Arts Centre in 2019.
Along with critically-acclaimed Dublin vocalist, Carol Keogh (Plague Monkeys, Automata, The Wicc), the seven-piece band for Port also includes double-bassist Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys) and keyboard player and arranger Graham Henderson (Moving Hearts, Sinéad O’Connor, Clannad) along with pianist Josh Johnston, vocalist John Ruddy and fiddler Barry Kieran.
S.J. McArdle is an Irish songwriter and musician, known for his previous work in award-winning Irish band, Kern, and his career as a singer-songwriter in Nashville and Germany. He is also one third of Long Woman’s Grave, with Nuala Kennedy and Trevor Hutchinson. His songs and performances have been featured in radio, film and television and he has toured and recorded extensively in Ireland, Europe and North America.
Also launching on the night is Stephen’s brand new album, Old Ghosts in the Water, which features songs from the show and is produced by Trevor Hutchinson. Along with members of the live band, the album features performances from accordion virtuoso. Dermot Byrne (Altan, Declan O’Rourke), Dundalk flute player, Nuala Kennedy (The Alt), and uilleann piper Brendan McCreanor.
Tickets, each costing €15, are available from https://droicheadartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873634975.
(Friday) 8:30 pm
The Sugar Club
Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2