A cosy fire has long been at the centre of an Irish winter. From cold winter nights spent socialising around the fireplace to the great Irish tradition of sharing music and craic around a roaring fire, the Bord na Móna Hearth Sessions are a celebration of those warmer winter moments with friends and family.
This year, Bord na Móna ignited even more of these moments as they invited pubs with the cosiest firesides across the country to compete for the chance to host an intimate acoustic Hearth Session of their own featuring a special blend of some of Ireland’s finest musical talent.
The public voted in their hundreds on social media for their local pub. The Inn in Milltown Co. Kildare, Egans Bar, Parkbridge Wicklow and Lukers Bar in Shannonbridge came out on top after the public vote and hosted their very own Hearth Sessions in early December.
Dublin duo All Tvvins headlined the first intimate acoustic set on Wednesday 22nd November against the backdrop of an inviting Bord na Móna fire in the Parlour at Whelan’s. Their deftly executed take on modern rock and pop has seen them sell-out The Olympia. They were complimented by Donegal band Little Hours, one of the breakthrough acts of the 2017 Festival circuit. Cork singer-songwriter Stephanie Rainey, who’s heart-stopping song “Please Don’t Go” catapulted her to worldwide media attention overnight, and the unique blend of harmonic folk music with a traditional Irish influence of Ye Vagabonds completed the steller line up.
Stephanie Rainey, Little Hours and Ye Vagabonds performed at each of the regional Hearth Sessions. The first Hearth Session was on Friday the 1st of December in Egans Bar, Parkbridge, Co Wicklow. The following Tuesday, the 5th of December we were in Luker’s Bar in Shannonbridge. The final Hearth Session of 2017 was in The Inn at Milltown on Thursday the 7th of December.
To see videos and photo from each of the venues, visit facebook.com/bordnamonafuels.