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Three class acts for next Taproom Concert, Saturday 20 December

20 December

We’re thrilled to announce the line up for our Taproom Christmas Concert. This time, with three acts performing on the night, we’re moving the gig upstairs in the hopes of accommodating everybody who has already said “I’m not missing that for anything” as well as a few more souls. Tickets at €5 can be purchased online here. Admission on the door on the night will be possible only if space permits. We strongly recommend that you book ahead of time to guarantee a spot.


Sarah Cullen & Guests
Sarah Cullen is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Carrigart, Co. Donegal. Born into a musical family and having performed from a young age, she has developed a deep knowledge, respect and understanding of music evident to audiences and musicians alike. Sarah’s style is exceptionally elusive to pinpoint – blurring the boundaries between Country, Jazz, Blues and Trad via piano, double bass and violin. She has performed in mainland Europe and the United States, as well as being involved in many musical projects at home in Ireland.

Jonathan Smeaton
Has been writing songs since 12 years of age – Born in Dublin and coming to Ramelton via Belfast… where He sang in the choir of St Georges Church. Ramelton proved a rich musical stew in the eighties and he soon found his feet, playing with bands Badlands and Son of a Preacherman. Half a lifetime later he is a surefooted and confident performer still playing with many different bands. First CD Self Questioning Schizophrenic Ballads was recorded with close friend John Muldowney.
Jonathan influences are varied and eclectic from the punk driven Stranglers to the gentle strains of Handel and everything inbetween. The recent CD QSO was recorded with Billy Robinson down in ‘The Grooveshack’ in Ramelton with Peadar Coll, Orlaith Gilcreest, Pat Crowley, Mary Black and Billy himself on bass and recording and producing. Jonathan can be found with electric or acoustic guitar performing in various nooks and crannies around Donegal.

Calamity Gin & The Sour Tones
Calamity Gin & The Sour Tones is the creation of local vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Calamity Gin, an avid musician and regular collaborator and performer. As a singer, multi-clarinetist, guitarist, composer and actor, Calamity has worked under various monikers and guises, appearing with Little John Nee & the Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra in the theatre production ‘The Mother’s Arms’; on RTÉ Radio Drama on One in the Little John Nee productions ‘Wee Black Bees’ and ‘Sparkplug’, and Arthur Riordan’s production, ‘Lot’s Mother-in-Law.
Locally, Calamity Gin is a Shindig Records and Narty Station collaborator, and has performed with the Shindig House Band, Jonathan Smeaton, Both Of Us Cannot Be Wrong, Thran, B-Koz & DJ Dano, The Pox Men, The Inishowen Gospel Choir (Electric Picnic 2014), Captain A & the Commercial Monsters, and Damo Suzuki (DISTORTED PERSPECTIVES 2014), as well as doing vocal and instrumental session work for local bands The Capitol and Constant Supply. Calamity Gin is now joined by The Sour Tones – Fionn Robinson (electric lead), Emmet Toner (acoustic guitar/bass) and Ronan McConnell (mandolin).

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