28 February, 2020

Multi-award winning trio Alfi combine traditional Irish and Appalachian music and song to produce a unique and tasteful sound. Their music features an unusual line-up of harp, five string banjo and Uilleann pipes. Alannah, Fiachra and Ryan met while studying music in college and decided to form officially as a band two years ago, playing their first gig at Arcadian Field festival. In their short two years as a band, the Dublin-based trio have been crowned winners of the prestigious Molloy Awards at the Trip to Birmingham TradFest and the Caoimhin O Dochartaigh Award at ImbolcInternational Music Festival. Alfi were nominated as “Best Emerging Artist” at this year’s RTE Folk Awards. In May 2019, Alfi released their debut EP “Wolves in the Woods” to great critical acclaim, following the release with a successful tour around Ireland and the UK. The trio have performed at many established venues and festivals, including Freshgrass Festival, Body and Soul and Other Voices. Their music and vocals have been described as “mind-blowing magic” and “powerful” by The Bluegrass Situation and Ruth Smith (Simply Folk) respectively. Alfi are planning on recording and releasing their debut album in 2020.


Support from Sean Matthews:

Sean Mathews is between the Folk Traditionalist, the Eclectic and the Demonstrator. He is not afraid to polarise or to galvanise. All of the above applies to this one. 

Recorded in a 300 year old martello tower called Millmount, Sean's debut album 'Dreaming is Allowed' features a mix of string instruments and delivery styles. Dreaming is Allowed presents the existential, joyful, political and loving tales of a young man living a blue collar life in a regional town in Ireland. 

Sean's live set features a mix of Singer-songwriter style songs, Unaccompanied traditional songs and songs with a four piece band. This mixed pot of energy creates a unique experience best seen in person. 

The road has now opened ahead for Sean as he sets his stall in the World of Folk.