After it’s relaunch this year as a Folk Club, the Rí Sessions have taken up residence in Arklow pub the Olde Ship. The Rí Sessions were set up during the worst period of the latest recession in 2010 to provide a platform for budding singer-songwriters young and old. Past artists to grace the stage of Rí Sessions include Thom Moore who wrote hit songs for the likes of Mary Black and Francey Conway, Gavin Ralston (lead guitarist for Michael Flatley’s Feet of Flames,) Eurovision entrant Mickey Joe Hart, Barry Devlin of the Horslips, Luan Parle, Kurt Scheftner and many more. A compilation album was even released in 2013.

Each Thursday night, budding artists and established artists alike can take to the stage and perform unplugged in front of an enthusiastic audience for what is guaranteed to be a night of immense talent and entertainment.

Taking to the stage this June 30th, is Monaghan based musician Barry Jay Hughes alongside promising Arklow rock band Small Town Crisis (Pure M “Best Newcomer” Nominee.)

Small Town Crisis are a five piece punk rock band comprising of vocalist and guitarist Sean Fox, backing vocalist and guitarist Darragh Black, guitarist Darragh Gavin, bass guitarist Cait Leibowitz and Jack Hanlon on Drums. The up-and-coming group have been featured on Irish TV where they performed their single “Burning in Fire” and have also recorded on the John Lennon bus in conjunction with Music Generation Wicklow. Their latest single “Darkheart” from their new EP of the same name reached #3 on the iTunes Rock Chart and their EP is now available for pre-order. Small Town Crisis were also chosen from a pool of talented acts to be nominated for Pure M’s “Best Newcomer” award. The band have played numerous festivals and charity events in the Wicklow area and we rest assured, there is more where that came from. Official release of the EP is July 4th where it will be available on iTunes, Spotify and other platforms. Exciting times are ahead for the talented group!

Barry Jay Hughes has just released his highly anticipated second EP “Tried and Treasured”. The 5 track EP ties together the life experiences of the singer-songwriter to date, with a unique emotional energy and musical talent. Barry’s debut solo release “This Way Up” received critical acclaim nationally, and helped him gain an international fanbase. He is now touring the eagerly anticipated second EP “Tried and Treasured” which will take him both nationwide and overseas to Sweden, with dates and locations listed below. Listeners have been full of praise for the Monaghan man, Dave Marron of Carrickmacross Arts Festival boasts Barry Jay Hughes as showcasing “a blend of rhythmic folk with an alt rock edge. His energetic live shows range from fully charged rock outs to memorable thoughtful piano compositions.”

17/June – Donegal – Clubeo
24/June – Oldcastle – The CO Club
25/June – Monaghan – Terry’s Bar
26/June – Dublin –  Crystal Skull Sessions – Sin É
28/June – Limerick – The Acoustic Club
30/June – Arklow – Rí Sessions – Olde Ship – Support by Small Town Crisis
02/July – Laragh, Co. Monaghan – The Tin Church – Support by Peco 
09/July – Arklow – Wicklow Pride Festival 
10/July – Drogheda – Maritime Festival 
13/July – Sweden Gigs
14/July – Sweden Gigs
15/July – Sweden Gigs
16/July – Sweden Gigs
20/July – Galway – Galway Fringe Festival – De Burgos
26/July – Leixlip – The Leap Sessions
27/July – Dublin – Foleys – Support by Luke Clerkin 
10/Aug – Dundalk – Spirit Store
11/Aug – Rathdrum – The Coffin Shed
19/Aug – Galway – The Secret Garden Cafe
20/July – Fordstown, Co. Meath – The Big Viking Picnic

You can catch Small Town Crisis on Facebook, Twitter and  Youtube

You can catch Barry Jay Hughes on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube

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