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Sixmilebridge Winter Music Weekend 2005

Saturday 13th November at the Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge was the venue for the launch of the 2005 Winter Music Weekend, Sixmilebridge Folk Club’s annual festival of acoustic music. Headlining was Declan Sinnott, and included in the impressive bill were Dublin’s bluegrass reprobates Prison Love, Hank Wedel and Ray Barron from Cork, and traditional and picker’s sessions. The whole lot gave a flavour of what’s in store on the second weekend in January when Sixmilebridge again hosts some of the best folk, roots, bluegrass and traditional music around, plus a little more in an intense programme of over 30 scheduled events.

On the Friday night 8th January, Freddie White brings his individual guitar style and distinctive voice to get the weekend off to a fine start at the Mill Bar. Bluesman Clive Barnes follows in a late gig, shared with the Broken String Band. Heading the bill for the Saturday is a concert by Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn, stalwarts of the traditional scene individually and together for twenty years and more. The Sunday night finale is headed by RíRá from Tuam, a session group who impressed all who heard them at the Seisiún na hEireann competition in Quin in September, and support is from Fada, a Stockholm-based outfit led by a son of Sixmilebridge Ciaran (Loughy) O’Loughlin.

The three-day programme is crammed with sessions and gigs in seven different venues, catering for all tastes. There is a classical guitar recital, a singers’ session hosted by Ennis Singers’ Club, pickers’ sessions, bluegrass gigs from the inimitable festival regulars Prison Love among others, a Jazz concert “Hot Club” style, and traditional sessions galore, with the cream of talent from Clare and beyond.

This is the sixth Winter Music Weekend run by the Sixmilebridge Folk Club, and the varied programme promises to entertain even the fussiest of music fans, whose only gripe will be that they may have difficulty choosing where to be at any one time!



Relevant Links:

Freddie White:

Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn:

Clive Barnes:


Prison Love:

Jan 7th 2005 Sixmilebridge Winter Weekend Music Trail




Mill Bar

8.30 pm Freddie White concert €15

10.30pm Fada (trad. with Loughy)

11.00pm Blues & Bluegrass Concert €10

   Clive Barnes  & Broken String Band


 Casey’s Bar

10.00 pm John Nyham & Friends

                        Folk & Trad.




Sixmilebridge Folk Club Wish To Thank All Our Sponsors


Stryker Howmedica


Mc Gregor’s Bar

The Mill Bar

Casey’s Bar

Jamaica Inn

Dansy’s Bar

The Old House




Jan 8th – 9th 2005 Sixmilebridge Winter Weekend Music Trail








Min Lin

Chinese Restaurant

Eat in or take away

Tel: 061 713823


Spice Lagoon

Indian Restaurant

Eat in or take away

Tel:  061 713688


Bridge Diner

Eat in or take away



Jamaica Inn

Breakfast and lunches

served to non residents

Tel: 061 369220

Mill Bar

 3.30 pm   Broken String Band  (bluegrass)

 6.30 pm   Rí Rá  (Trad.)

 8.00 pm  Saturday  Night Concert. €15

                Nollaig Casey & Arty Mc Glynn 

 9.30 pm   Bluegrass Picker’s session

10.30 pm   Prison Love

11.00 pm  Picker’s session €5

           guest John Nyham 


4.30 pm Clive Barnes (Blues)

6.30 pm Hot Club Jazz

8.30 pm Sunday night Concert

      Rí Rá & Fada (Trad.) €12.50

Casey’s Bar

 3.00 pm Loughy & Friends  (Trad.)

 5.30 pm Prison Love

10.00 pm Dave Saunders & Friends (Trad.)


2.30 pm Broken String Band  4.30 pm Rí Rá  (Trad.)

7.30 pm Bluegrass session


Dansy’s Bar

10.00 pm Singer’s Session

 2.00 pm Singer’s Session 



10.00 pm Loughy & Friends (Trad.)

 2.00 pm Hot Club Jazz

 4.00 pm Prison Love


Old House

10.00 pm Broken String Band ( Bluegrass )

 8.00 pm John Nyham & Friends




 6.00 pm Folk Club Trad. Session


Jamaica Inn

11.30 am Picker’s Session €5. inc.refreshments

              Guest, Clive Barnes

12.00 am  Improvers. Session




12.00 am Classical Guitars Trio


Sixmilebridge Folk Club – Promoting Live Music Locally

Regular sessions downstairs in McGregors every Sun. 9.30pm.

All visitors, musicians and singers welcome.

Further information from Brendan Walsh 086 8464509

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