Strange Boy is a 1000-year-old poet channeling through the body of a young man from Limerick. With hard-hitting, thought-provoking lyrics, Strange Boy’s mastery of flow renders him one of the most important rappers of our time. Strange Boy combines hip-hop and Irish traditional music, the old and new cultural influences dominant in this country. After performing at Make a Move festival in Limerick, Strange Boy (FKA Jonen Dekay) began working with Rusangano Family and Deviant/Naive Ted on his debut mixtape: Passionate Example. Since then, he has worked with Px Music and artists such as Hazey Haze, Citrus Fresh, Naive Ted and was featured on delush’s single ‘It’s Alright’. Singled out by Blindboy of the Rubberbandits as having the “best song to ever come out of Limerick” and named a “national treasure” by District Magazine, Strange Boy is an artist for the new generation in Ireland. Strange Boy’s debut album Holy / Unholy was ranked in the top 6 Irish albums of the year by both Nialler9 and District Magazine. Strange Boy will play support to the Hot House Flowers on their 2022 Ireland in Music tour in the United States.
Séan O’Meara is a musician, composer, singer-songwriter from Limerick with an extensive musical bio. Touring from the age of 16, he has become a multi genre recording artist and musician. Séan has played across 5 continents, for and with some huge household names including David Gray, Cory Wong, Denise Chaila, Hermitage Green, Sting and Ralph McTell. He has made several radio and TV appearances on major channels in Ireland and across the globe. A graduate of the Irish World Academy in UL, he teaches with Music Generation Limerick as well as lecturing at both Masters and PhD classes at UL. Seán has been writing and producing music for the last number of years, appearing on over 10 albums and several singles. He currently tours with the olllam and Boxing Banjo.
Dermot is a percussionist, broadcaster and podcast producer from County Clare. He is widely recognised as one of the leading exponents of the Bodhrán. He is self-taught, and has won an impressive total of seven All-Ireland titles. Currently he tours with his band Hermitage Green where to date they have released three top 5 charting albums while continuing to tour around the world winning over legions of fans and selling out shows across Ireland, the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, the Middle East & South Africa. Dermot is a popular session musician performing nationally and worldwide with various groups such as Síomha, Strange Boy, Beoga, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, Stockton’s Wing and Susan O’Neill. In 2010 Dermot was handpicked by Dónal Lunny, to be a member of trad band Ciorras. The selection process and the formation of the new group was filmed as an 8 Part series called ‘Lorg Lunny’, broadcasted on TG4.
Ted is a musician, composer, producer, engineer and videographer, as well as a MA graduate in Music and Media Technology from Trinity College Dublin. Ted comes from a musical family in Co. Sligo and began playing classical music at the age of 7, Ted quickly took an interest in Irish traditional music, opting to play tenor banjo. Ted is a founding member of traditional band Spraoi, Celtic funk trio The JPTrio and the award-winning band Moxie. Ted has played with artists including Bobby McFerrin, Joe Dart (Vulfpeck), Tyler Duncan (The Olllam) and Eamon Murray (Beoga). Ted is a lead composer, arranger and producer with Moxie, who have performed with the BBC Ulster Orchestra, The RTÉ Symphony and Concert Orchestra, at festivals including Electric Picnic, Cambridge Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest and in the Hanoi Opera House, as part of the Irish state visit to Vietnam with Michael D Higgins in 2017. A new-found love for Lo-fi Hip Hop has allowed Ted to cross a divide between tradition and technology. His new solo project entitled ‘teddy buoy buoy’ is a mix of old school Hip Hop and Traditional Irish Music.
Conor Crimmins is a Flute Player, DJ, Producer, Event Manager and Teacher from Co. Clare. He is as at home in a heaving trad session as he is creating and performing progressive music. He has gigged extensively and recorded on several esteemed recordings, most notably with bands Avalla and Arum. Conor studied music at UCC and UL and spent many years as the flute tutor at the Irish World Academy. Anyone who has been to the infamous Willie Clancy Week in the last 7 years has likely been to his Festival Club events and Concerts. Conor is currently teaching secondary school music, Traditional Flute and performing with Limerick rapper, Strangeboy. Conor’s performances are exploratory and contain musical artifacts from his very diverse Musical experience so far.
Enda Gallery offers up his truest realisations and experiences in his songs using any and all musical colours to do so. Enda Gallery released his debut album ‘The Journey to Zero’ in 2021. It was named RTÉ ‘Album of Week’ with the ballad ‘Don’t Let Me Win’ winning favour from Cerys Matthews on BBC6 and his follow up ‘It’s Alright’ featuring on the ‘BBC Introducing mixtape’ and the break-out series ‘Normal People’. His history of producing and enabling unconventional artists such as Tolü Makay, Strange Boy and Kid Simius across many genres has gifted him the capability to create from the soul and mix and combine genres as a chemist mixes elements. For 8 years Enda Gallery lived and performed in Berlin, a city which is itself a character within his songs and has inspired feelings of challenge and liberation in all of its forms. Now based in County Clare, he most recently released his surprise collaboration with the two-time Grammy-nominated producer duo Christian Rich called ‘So Easy, Pt. II’
Shane “Dyrt” Davis is an Irish actor, spoken word artist and rapper from Limerick City. He has performed around the country as well as internationally along with a performance for President Michael D Higgins. As of July 10th, 2021, he is working on a joint musical project with Irish speaking Belfast rap trio Kneecap along with appearing in multiple short films and documentaries expected to be released in 2021. In 2020 he wrote and starred in his own short film “imbas Forosnai” which was partly funded in accordance with the Limerick Arts Council and Culture Ireland. As part of Irelands edge 2020 he performed a 13-minute spoken word titled “An File” telling the story of Ogma the god of Irish poetry.
Branwen is a musician and performance artist who was raised on a diet of salty sea air and sideways rain in the West of Ireland. Her work is inspired by mythology and folklore from home and around the world. Her live show involves storytelling, puppetry an array of unmusical objects employed as instruments, as well as actual instruments including loop pedals, banjo, and guitar.
Aindrias Stack is an Irish storyteller & fiddle player who uses rhythm, and a natural dramatic delivery in his work. He performs in both Irish and English. Aindrias Stack is best known for his award-winning one man shows Around the World on 80 Quid, The Year I Got Younger, The Summer I Did the Leaving and The Man From Moogaga.
Fiddle player, singer, and songwriter Meg LaGrande harnesses and remixes the power of Irish tradition, its earthy stories and ethereal strains. She uses loop pedals and age-old musicianship to summon Ireland’s wild storms and bittersweet tenderness, having honed her craft criss-crossing continents playing for the National Dance Company of Ireland and entrancing crowds on the streets of Dublin.
The sought-after session player has now gone solo. Her debut single, “With The Dawn,” is a breathy, exuberant tribute to a night spent playing music in the sands after the Willy Clancy festival near the picturesque town of Lahinch, where La Grande now lives. Produced by Alex Ryan, the bassist and musical director for Hozier, “With The Dawn” channels the bittersweet evanescence at the heart of many an Irish song. The track is a treat for both rootsy indie fans (think Aurora and Mumford & Sons) and Celtic music lovers (think Lorenna McKennitt and Clannad).
Captured in its accompanying video directed by Roisin El Cherif (Vikings, Fantastic Beasts, Game of Thrones), It’s also a love song to one of Ireland’s cultural hearths, the coast with its North Atlantic gales, its crystalline waters, its imposing cliffs.
LaGrande channels them all in the curling reels of her fiddle and the airy urgings of her voice. “There is such profound beauty here,” she reflects. “This part of the world evokes storytelling. It begs you to live in the moment, aware that time moves on.”
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