Event Phone: 0863389619
Miscellany Of Folk
Tuesday 10th October 2023
Live at Jerry Moynihans,
Back Room Music Venue
Upper Gladstone St Clonmel
Miscellany Of Folk offers a powerful and well-arranged repertoire of thoughtfully crafted songs and foot-stomping instrumental music. Their dynamic and intimate concerts are filled with emotion, colour and fun. Their amiable performance takes audiences on a heartwarming and lucid musical journey through the vast world of folk music. The band’s acoustic sound blends the tones of accordion, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, mandola, resonant vocals, and sweet harmonies.
At the core of Miscellany Of Folk are three exceptional musicians. Celebrated multi-instrumentalist Billy Sutton, hailing from Harbour Grace in Newfoundland, joins forces with accordion maestro Benny McCarthy from Waterford , known for his work with Danú. Rounding out the trio is Eddie Costello, a singing powerhouse and guitarist from Tipperary. United by their deep love for music and their shared passion for creating new arrangements and sounds, they collectively bring a fresh perspective to the folk genre.
The band’s music possesses a rustic and earthy feel, evoking both heartfelt and beautiful sentiments. Their intimate and engaging style draws listeners in, creating a captivating experience. Individually, Billy, Benny, and Eddie have recently released highly regarded solo albums, each showcasing their unique styles and traditions. However, when their talents merge, the sum becomes greater than its parts, resulting in the captivating and harmonious ensemble known as Miscellany Of Folk.
BILLY SUTTON (Fiddle, Bodhran, Mandola & Vocals)
Billy Sutton, originally from Harbour Grace in Newfoundland, now calls St. John’s home, where he has become an integral part of the vibrant music scene. As the popular host of the Trad Session scene in St.Johns, he has created a vibrant and welcoming space where traditional music enthusiasts gather to experience the magic. A notable highlight in his career was his membership in the multi-award-winning band, The Fables, with whom he toured extensively and recorded. Collaborating with renowned groups and artists such as Ron Hynes, ShanneyGanock, The Irish Descendants, The Ennis Sisters, The Matthew Byrne Band, Cordeen, and Rum Ragged, Billy has contributed his unique musical skills, shaping and elevating their sound. His versatility and expertise as a producer and recording engineer have made him a sought-after collaborator in the music community. Billy’s exceptional talent has caught the attention of one of Ireland’s most famous traditional bands, Danú, who recently invited him to join their ranks.
EDDIE COSTELLO (Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar)
Eddie Costello’s voice carries an undeniable depth and resonance that sets him apart as a truly exceptional vocalist. Whether he’s interpreting traditional folk tune or sharing an original composition, Eddie’s soulful and expressive voice breathes new life into every song. But Eddie’s talent extends beyond his captivating vocals. He is also a skilled guitarist, utilizing his mastery of the acoustic guitar to craft intricate and melodic accompaniments that enhance the essence of the music. From rhythmic strumming to delicate fingerpicking, his versatility shines through, showcasing his musicality and adding a dynamic layer to his performances.
Hailing from Cahir, Ireland, Eddie has nurtured his musical talents over many years. He has toured extensively, both as part of the hit show ‘Dublin’s Traditional Irish Cabaret’ in the USA and across Europe with the show ‘Danceperados Of Ireland.’ Eddie’s solo career has taken him to various parts of the world, where he has shared stages with renowned artists such as Richard Carpenter, Philip Donnelly, Stocktons Wing, Aslan and Mundy among many others.
In 2021, Eddie released his album ‘Songs & Tunes,’ a culmination of his musical journey and experiences. This deeply personal and heartfelt album showcases his artistry and commitment to his craft.
BENNY McCARTHY (Button Accordions & Melodeon)
Benny McCarthy, an esteemed musician from Deelish in County Waterford, Ireland, is renowned for his exceptional skills on the button accordion and melodeon. Immersed in Irish music traditions since his youth, Benny’s musical journey began at the age of 13 under the mentorship of accordion legend Bobby Gardiner. Inspired by musicians from all regions and styles, he traveled across Ireland, attending sessions and festivals, refining his craft. In 1994, Benny’s talent earned him the distinction of becoming the Oireachtas champion on both the button accordion and the 10-key melodeon. He co-founded the iconic band Danú, with whom he still performs and manages today, leaving an indelible mark on the Irish music scene. Benny’s artistry can be heard on over 50 album releases, collaborating with internationally renowned artists such as Liam Clancy, Donovan, John Sheahan and many others.
Beyond his musical achievements, Benny’s contributions have extended to theater projects, including collaborations with comedian/actor Jon Kenny and the Irish Arts Theatre hit show Teac A Bloc. He has represented Irish music on trade and state delegations to the United States, India, Bulgaria, and Europe, accompanied by the Irish President and government officials.
Operating his own studio in County Waterford, Benny has recorded and produced numerous albums, theatre soundscape, film soundtracks, and other audio works. His performances have graced Irish national television and radio networks, as well as international platforms like the RTE, BBC, CBC, and PBS. Benny McCarthy’s solo album “Press & Draw,” released in 2020, is a testament to his exceptional accordion skills and deep-rooted connection to Irish music.
Doors for the show will open at 8.00pm. Miscellany Of Folk will take to the stage at 9pm prompt.
Tickets for this great gig are on sale now, and are available online at www.clonmelworldmusic.com
Miscellany Of Folk onstage at 9pm
10th October 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue: Moynihans Bar, Clonmel