Back to Sessions

About the Sessions

Providing opportunities for musicians, and a space for music to grow

Magy's Farm Sessions, which commenced November 2019, has provided us with an opportunity to introduce a wide number of national and international musicians to our local membership and beyond.

Whether it be Jazz, Folk, Songwriters, Artists or new ensembles from the scene in Ireland, or artists and bands who are touring Ireland and looking for a venue to play in NI, we are open for business. We have had Belfast group 'The Sazeracs' led by pianist / vocalist Kyron Bourke and the celebrated Dana Masters Band led by Dana who has been Van Morrison's backing vocalist since 2013.

The 'Sessions' commenced with a concert by Nashville songwriter Jude Johnstone and her band, and that was followed by a spectacular show by Foy Vance. In addition, we had a Christmas Concert by the FSQ String Quartet, an amazing jazz event led by Cork trombonist Paul Dunlea which featured UK musicians Steve Hamilton piano, Andy Bain drums and Mike Janisch bass. John Donegan from Limerick brought his trio featuring John Daly drums and Barry Donoghue bass, and the fabulous young trad / folk Duo Blue Orchard, Mickey Fearon and Oisin O'Murchu, blew the roof off! Our closing live concert before lockdown in March 2020 was a hard act to follow: the sublime Jim Beard piano and Jon Herington guitar from Steely Dan!

Lockdown didn't defeat us, but we had to move from live audience to online, and so with the StudioKin video production team, we staged a number of half-hour video sessions which went out as YouTube premier events. These included memorable concerts by the 'Sazeracs', 'Ken Haddock', 'Micky and Oisin' and the Scott Flanigan Trio, all of which are available to watch through the website. As lockdown eases, we are hoping to move back to live performances again and will be posting a diary of upcoming gigs as soon as we are allowed. Keep watching this space...

01

An intimate space for intimate gigs

The Magy's Farm Venue is a 40-seater space which includes a balcony. It has been professionally soundproofed and hosts an excellent PA and lighting. Performers are only feet from the audience and an interactive experience is guaranteed for all.

02

All the facilities you need

As well as PA, lighting, a drum kit and Kawai upright piano, there are toilet facilities, adequate parking and glorious mountain walks and views all on the doorstep.

03

Host to the best musicians in Ireland and beyond

Already we have hosted performances by Jim Beard and Jon Herington from 'Steely Dan', Foy Vance, Jude Johnstone, John Donegan Quartet, Dana Masters, Sazeracs, Ken Haddock, Paul Dunlea Quartet, and the promise of so much more including concert pianists Ivan Ilic and Santa Ignace, and jazz saxophonist Seamus Blake.

04

Showcasing new & upcoming talent

The incredible talent that is Cara Quinn, Niamh Murray, Rhian Brownlow, Clodagh May and Lara O’Donnell - the Magysfarm Collective shows our commitment to growing and showing new and amazing musical talent!

We want to give our exceptional local musicians a platform to grow their art through these intimate, sought-after gigs.

Maggie & Linley

The Future Going Forward

The music world, from what we can see, has changed forever as a result of the pandemic. Although there has been an unquestionable negative impact, there have been amazing opportunities too…with ways to showcase music that none of us could have imagined. With live-streaming, YouTube Premier Concerts, zoom interviews and virtual ensembles, music has survived, overcome the challenges and recreated itself.

We see Magysfarm Sessions as adapting to that change, and although we look to bring back live performances as our main source of output, there will be continued opportunities to stream and stage online and virtual concerts, expanding our reach and channeling our creative resources.

Interested in performing at Magy's Farm?

Find out more

Check out our past and upcoming live sessions

Find out more
north