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Catch the Best of Donegal at The Old Courthouse

18 September 2015

The Autumn/Winter music programme at the Old Courthouse, Antrim kicks off on Thursday 24 September at 7.30pm, when three of Donegal’s finest singer songwriters, Ian Smith, Jody Gallagher and Jacqui Sharkey, join together for a great night of music.



From Gweedore, Jacqui Sharkey creates heartfelt songs and sings them with her captivating voice, a voice first heard on Irish and UK radio only recently when she released her first album, ‘A New Dawn’, which has received critical acclaim in Ireland and as far away as the United  States, Argentina and Australia. Her songs have been described as a blend of Americana, Folk and New Country, with a hint of Jazz/pop. She has a background of rock, pop and jazz and has been much involved in musical theatre with roles as ‘Florence’ in ‘Chess’, ‘Nancy’ in ‘Oliver’, and ‘Satine’ in Kyron Bourke’s ‘Carry On  Moulin Rouge’ in 2005.    



Multi-talented traditional songwriter Ian Smith hails originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland, but has become an important part of the musical landscape of Donegal since moving there some years back. Beginning in the 1970s, he honed his skills in the folk clubs of his native Scotland, listening to the likes of Archie Fisher, while playing at home the music of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. He also played lead guitar with a rock band called Nessie.



Jody Gallagher was born and grew up in Killybegs, the second of seven children in a family where music was important and of which three of the boys are still professional musicians today. After school, Jody and his brother Paul started a band called Pluto which got a reputation for being one of the best cover bands in the country. Jody left Pluto in 1988 and joined The Plattermen, a very successful outfit based in Omagh, remaining with them until 1997, when he decided to stop touring. Despite playing professionally for over twenty years, Jody only took an interest in song writing in recent years, and, while he made a name for himself initially writing songs for comedian, Conal Gallen, his songs have a blues and Americana sound with sharp lyrics and well-crafted melodies.

Together they create a magical traditional sound, so if you haven’t already booked, tickets are still available at £10/£8 concession from the box office at the Old Courthouse, T. 028 9448 1338, or online at www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/boxoffice.