#DroicheadConnects - Port - SJ McArdle

  • 30th Jun
  • 12:00
  • Online
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

Our doors might be closed but our creativity and community will continue. #DroicheadConnects

We continue to work with artists in Drogheda and its environs, including our 2018/19 Artist in Association SJ MC ARDLE.

Fans of great music will know SJ McArdle as an immensely talented singer/songwriter and a member of Louth contemporary Folk trio Kern.

PORT is a collection of songs by Droichead Artist in Association SJ McArdle 2018/2019, inspired by real and imagined stories associated with Drogheda Port’s rich and storied history, composed for folk-rock ensemble and guest vocalists. Premired in Nov '19, SJ performed the song cycle with Kern band members Brendan McCreanor (uilleann pipes) and Barry Kieran (fiddle), along with special guests Carol Keogh, Josh Johnston, John Ruddy and Michael Holohan. With sponsorship from Drogheda Port, PORT will now travel to Dublin later this year. For now, every Friday for the next four weeks at 12:00pm, SJ will be releasing one of the songs from PORT. 

Island of St. Paul - Listen Here

All for the Sailing Tomorrow - Listen Here

Shore Leave - Listen Here

Brig Manley - Listen Here


Currently most of our programme is available for free, but if you would like to make a donation for future programming for when we re-open, if you can afford it, you can DONATE HERE  from as little as €1. THANK YOU.  

As a singer-songwriter, SJ has released three albums, most recently Blood and Bones in 2014. The album’s lead-off song, Two Steps From Heaven, was the main song in the Cecelia Ahern-written movie, Between Heaven and Here, while another of SJ’s songs, Till The Docklands Drown, was performed during Element Pictures’ A Date For Mad Mary (2016). SJ has performed in Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the UK and the US, most recently as one third of critically acclaimed folk trio Kern, whose new album is due later this year .

“Bravo for an artist who has taken contemporary Irish music to parts it far too seldom reaches” - Hot Press

Funded by the Arts Council and Create Louth, Louth County Council Arts Office. With sponsorship from Drogheda Port Company.

Our programme is available for free, Droichead continues to support and pay our artists, and if you would like to make a donation towards future programming you can do so from as little as €2 by CLICKING HERE (Only if you can afford to).