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Forkhill singer/songwriter to support John Spillane in Dundalk Gaol gig

With only a month to go until the mighty Cork man John Spillane brings his show to the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol on Saturday 22nd September, Forkhill singer/songwriter Briege Murphy has been announced as support on the night.

A songwriter of contemporary folk with a love of Irish traditional songs, the local singer’s performances tell the story and inspiration behind her own songs and with a good dose of humour thrown in!

Such is the calibre of her songwriting that Briege’s songs have been recorded by numerous artists including Frances Black, Niamh Parsons, Aoife Scott and Don Stiffe, Anthony John Clarke, The Border Collies ,Scold’s Bridle ,The Once (Canadian National folk award winners) Sue Matthews, Maryland and many more around the globe.

With 5 albums of her own work and one of traditional music and American folk covers recorded, the renowned singer received a “Keeper of the Tradition” award for her contribution to the culture of her county and country from the late Tommy Makem and has won “Best Female Bard”, at the Bard of Armagh, a humorous poetry competition.

Briege is in big demand at national and international folk festivals and has toured New Zealand with her music. Artists of great renown have applauded her work with Christy Moore saying of her voice “Lovely singing, great songs, a joy to hear“.   Frances Black has said of Briege’s songwriting skills – “She paints pictures with her words”, whilst The Living Tradition publication has described the Forkhill folk singer as “An Irish Nanci Griffiths – Briege’s voice is comparable to the best of the Irish female singers!”

This promises to be a lovely night of music from some of Ireland’s most accomplished songwriters.  Due to the unusual setting of the venue as it is an old gaol, tickets are limited for performances so early booking is advised. For further information, contact the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol on 042 932888, log onto www.oriel or Facebook Shenanigans Dundalk.