The Cujo Family in semi finals of the Spirit of Folk Awards
BRAY'S 'The Cujo Family' will perform at the semi finals of the Spirit of Folk Awards next week in Whelan's Live.
Some of the most exciting new acts in Irish folk and trad will battle it out on Saturday August 31 for a place in the final.
Held in conjunction with the Spirit of Folk Festival, which takes place in Dunderry Park, County Meath in September, these awards are a celebration of the very best of Irish folk music.
The other acts are Moxie, Miriam Donohue, My Fellow Sponges, Garr Cleary, Mossy Nolan, Laura Ann Brady, Vicers Vimy and A Band Called Wanda.
'Participating in the Spirit of Folk talent search has been a real pleasure and has provided further proof to me that there is a very healthy and thriving community of music makers and creative artists out there. This SOFF initiative provides a great platform for these artists,' said Carl Corcoran of RTE Lyric FM's Blue of the Night, one of four tasked with judging the awards.
Storytellers from all over Ireland will also show their wares on the night of the semi-finals, when the Dublin Storytelling Bus moves to the boutique Parlor Bar for the night.
The event, which runs all day from 3 p.m., includes a craft and hot food market and will finish with a massive ceili.
By the end of the night, three acts will be chosen to go forward to the final, which takes place as part of the Spirit of Folk Festival on September 21.
Established in 2011 by a small team of music enthusiasts, event managers and artists, this festival provides a valuable platform for Irish folk music.
Set in the stunning Dunderry Park, other events include storytelling in a megalithic cairn, experimental archeology, druidic ceremony, a three course folksy feast, astronomy, archery and a whole games area with magic, carnival challenges and late night fires and parties!
Tickets for the Semi finals at Whelan's are €10, Tickets for the Spirit of Folk Festival at Dunderry Park are €50 and include a three course meal. Both are available from www.spiritoffolk.com.