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Sat, 18 May



Battle of the Bands 2024

5 bands go head to head with a chance of winning 1000 and opening the Folk Festival this year.

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Battle of the Bands 2024
Battle of the Bands 2024

Time & Location

18 May 2024, 19:30 – 22:30

Doolin, Fitz Cross, Teergonean, Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland


About the event

Meet the Judges:

Enda Gallery

  1. Enda Gallery     is a distinguished producer, seasoned musician, CEO, and entrepreneur. As      the visionary behind Welcome to the New World, Enda pioneers a unique      approach, blending his expertise in business, accounting, and music      technology to propel artists towards both artistic growth and commercial      success.

Úna Molloy

  1. Úna Molloy     is a renowned artist manager, booking agent, tour manager, and event      producer. Leading the music agency Turning Pirate, based in Dublin, Úna      has collaborated with a roster of esteemed artists, including Lisa      Hannigan, Booka Brass Band, Jerry Fish, and more.

Dermot Sheedy

  1. Dermot Sheedy     is a powerhouse in Irish Traditional Music, celebrated for his mastery of      the Bodhrán with seven All-Ireland titles to his name. With global acclaim      alongside Hermitage Green, Dermot's musical journey has spanned      continents, captivating audiences with sold-out shows and top-charting      albums.

The Competing Bands:


  1. Formed in 2021, IMBAS     is a collective of musicians driven by a shared passion for storytelling      through song. Blending indie folk melodies with world music influences,      IMBAS delivers a mesmerizing live experience, led by Eoghan O'Keeffe's      commanding vocals and intricate guitar work, complemented by the      virtuosity of Claire Supervie on flute.


  1. Fronted by Zoë Gough, SAOL     is crafting a debut album filled with washy, fuzzy, indie tracks inspired      by Irish legends such as The Cranberries and Sinead O’Connor. Addressing      socially relevant themes and personal experiences, SAOL's music offers a      unique blend of grunge, indie, and folk flavors.

Jennifer Lyons

  1. Jennifer Lyons     is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter whose earthy and explosive      soul-folk music has captivated audiences across Europe, America, and      Canada. With a voice described as delicate yet emotive, Jennifer's performances      offer a unique blend of folk influences and genre-spanning creativity.


  1. Hailing from Limerick, Unhinged     is a talented trad group born out of the Irish World Academy of Music.      Their ensemble, featuring banjo, fiddle, guitar, and more, delivers      exceptional performances rooted in traditional Irish music while      showcasing their tight-knit musical chemistry.

Lewis Barfoot

  1. Lewis Barfoot     is an Irish/English contemporary folk artist known for her mystic and      majestic songs. With ethereal vocals and original compositions, Lewis and      her band create an uplifting live experience, blending folk sensibilities      with rivulets of jazz and soulful melodies.

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