New Routes: Aoife Scott & Karen Macwhinnie and Friends

Date:Sat 24 Sep 2022
Time:Doors 7.30pm. Music starts 8pm.
Venue:J3 (seated show)

Another instalment in the New Routes series, an evening of acoustic, folk and roots artists.

Set out cabaret style with candles on tables, it’s a comfortable and intimate space to listen to the best emerging and established artists from the area.


Aoife Scott 
Award winning folk singer Aoife Scott is a songwriter based in Dublin, Ireland. Born into the legendary Black Family, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene and has long enjoyed success as an established artist in her own right. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, her dynamic and profound vocals explore the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced. 

Aoife has a unique sound. Her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music.

Following her highly celebrated debut album, Carry the Day, which was triumphantly launched at Temple Bar Tradfest in 2016 to rapturous acclaim, Aoife Scott released her much anticipated second album “HomeBird” in January at the Button Factory at Temple Bar Trad Festival 2020. 

Produced by 12 time Grammy Award winner, banjo and guitar virtuoso Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station, & ‘Oh Brother Where art thou), her second album is in many ways a turning point in her musical legacy. Recorded in Nashville and Dublin, “HomeBird” is an impressive collaboration featuring the best of Irish folk musicians and Grammy award winning Bluegrass musicians Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan and producer Ron Block.

It’s only a few short years since Aoife’s single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” also hit the number 1 slot, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot and was named “Song of the Year” at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017. While in America she received the award of Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US) in 2018.

In 2019, her most recent song “The December Letter” won Single of the Year at the ALSR Celtic Music Awards (US) and was the most played Christmas song on RTE Radio 1 for December 2018. Her career successes have seen Aoife and her cousins, Róisín O & Danny O Reilly from The Coronas, release their single “Grace” which hit straight into the number 1 slot on iTunes in Ireland. This performance gained half a million views on youtube with their performance from Kilmainham Gaol as part of Centenary on RTE1.

Aoife launched her second album “HomeBird” at Temple Bar TradFest 2020. And Already this year Aoife was awarded the  ASLR Celtic Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year 2020, her album reached the iTunes No 1 - Ireland Album Charts and  was Album of the Week - RTÉ Radio 1. ASLR Celtic Music Awards Female Vocal album of the Year 2021

October 2020, Aoife Scott released a new single, ‘Sweet October’ born out of the downtime of a summer festival season cancelled and looking forward to a brighter future,  a collaboration across the Atlantic with the producer of her last album grammy award winner Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station)  is now available.  Featuring her co-writer Andy Meaney, with multiple award winning musicians Ron Block and Barry Bales  (from O Brother Where art thou Soundtrack) and her Irish Band. The song is available across all platforms. 


Karen Macwhinnie and Friends
Karen Macwhinnie has spent years singing Americana Country, jazz, folk and blues, she has a love of songs with a heartfelt narrative which she delivers in a powerful and sensitive vocal style. As luck would have it, Karen’s favourite songs are shared with Matt Kelly and Gary Woolley who have played together as duo Kelly and Woolley for twelve years. Singer songwriter Gary Woolley draws inspiration from the English folk tradition and the wealth of North American singer songwriters. Matt Kelly is a multi-instrumentalist and song writer who plays in several orchestras and bands, including Thursday’s Band. He can also be found joining  John Meed for gigs and recordings.

Together the trio deliver fine renditions of well-known songs with beautiful arrangements and fine harmonies.


Running order (subject to change)

7.30pm - Doors
8.00pm - Floor spots
8.30pm - Interval
8.45pm - Karen Macwhinnie and Friends
9.30pm - Interval
9.45pm - Aoife Scott 
10.30pm - Finish

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Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown inlcude booking fees. 


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