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Day 12 of The Danny Kyle Open Stage Wednesday 31st Jan 2018 – Live from the Exhibition Hall 5-7pm

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You can also listen again on Archive Site 



Gráinne Hunt – Dublin – Listen Again on Archive Site Link
Vocally captivating, Gráinne Hunt’s intriguing soulful tones have regaled audiences worldwide, spanning the globe from Ireland to Latin America.  Gráinne has shared the stage with Mark Geary, and Glen Hansard, and has been compared to vocal icons, Tracy Chapman and Natalie Merchant. Originally from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Gráinne’s Irish roots are subtly and beautifully etched within the melodies of her compositions.
Praise for Firing Pin ‘The Words of it all’….breathtakingly beautiful’ Dan Hegarty, 2FM’How I feel when I listen to Joni Mitchell or Mic Christopher’s Skylarkin”  Remy’s Music and Film ‘Love mini album ‘Firing Pin’… Mark it down as one to nab’ ‘her debut release is hewn out of a subtle special talent’  Tony Clayton Lea, Irish Times



Anna Sweeney    Listen Again on Archive Site Link
At 17, Ayrshire-based Anna sparked off her music career, and within the year she was performing on live BBC TV, headlining the prestigious King Tut’s in Glasgow, and enjoyed a sold-out EP Launch. Articles in the Sun, headline tours and interest from SONY’s top A&R set Anna up for much to come. Sadly, illness took centre stage and Anna was forced to abruptly cancel all future performances, and disappeared from the spotlight. Having just returned to the music scene after 5 years, the 23 year old already has more experience and ability than most gain in a lifetime. October saw Anna make her very warmly received live debut in Nashville, and the announcement of her debut album. Effortlessly pairing straight-up electropop with blues and county, all glued together by her unmistakable vocals, her knack for stick-in-your-head hooks, lyrical maturity, self production and arresting live



Lynnie Carson –l  Listen Again on Archive Site Link
Glasgow based singer/songwriter originally hailing from the rain drenched town of Gourock on Scotland’s west coast. I was brought up on music greats like Gerry Rafferty & The Beatles and started to write my own material after joining a band in school. It is no accident that I stopped writing in my diary around this time. In the great folk tradition music had become my catharsis, a way to navigate life’s twists and turns. I am now in my 3rd year as a self-employed musician and I have worked as a backing singer, sessions vocalist and wedding singer in that time but my heart lies in writing and performing my own material.




Joe McMahon    Listen Again on Archive Site Link
Joe McMahon has been writing songs for many years and was a long-time member of the Glasgow Songwriters and founding member of the Inverclyde Songwriters. His recordings include tracks on various compilations albums and a self-penned 13 track CD – ‘A DAY TO REMEMBER’, which has received airplay on BBC Radio Scotland. He has played in a host of venues from Hamburg, Germany to Aberdeen, Scotland and points in between. He has also appeared at various festivals in Scotland including the Inverclyde Folk & Roots Festival, Go-Rock, the Perthshire Amber Festival, Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is now a regular at various local sessions including the RWSA Boat Club Session as well as performing local gigs and occasionally doing some busking for charity at various events. Gig highlights of 2017 included performing alongside former Love and Money front man James Grant!


Ronan the Barbarian  –   Listen Again on Archive Site Link
Ronan Francis Doran & Grainne Roonery

Ronans Francis Foran is an Irish musician and writer, living and working in Scotland. The studied at Queens University Belfast . Drawing on traditional song structures , Ronan blends their sensibility with contemporary pop and rock influences , when times got tough as a teenager he turned to song-writing as a coping mechanism – an oily underbelly of angst permeates these pretty melodies, flavoured as they are will trademark gallows humour Ronan has toured the UK and Ireland – release a CD and several EP’s


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