Niall Teague & Padraic Joyce
October 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Niall Teague and Padraic Joyce came together through a shared passion for music and lyrics in the artistic melting pot that is Galway city. Their collective influences have developed into a folk style blended with Americana, country and blues and they have proven to be a growing talent in the Irish music scene.
With the success of their well-received 2020 release ‘Taobh le Taobh’, as well as recent successes at the Pan Celtic and Oireachtas Song Contests, the duo were spurred on to record and release their latest album ‘What Will We Be’ in 2023, representing many years of their artistic development.
The album Features Niall and Padraic on commanding vocals, exquisite harmonies, and well married acoustic guitars, Maidhc O’hÉanaigh on double bass and a deft Neil Fitzgibbon (Susan O’ Neil) on fiddle. Their catchy title track ‘What Will We Be’ features contributions from percussion wizard Jim Higgins (The Stunning, Christy Moore, Paul Brady) and haunting, driving melodies on vocals, guitar, and fiddle. There are touching themes of love and hope threaded throughout the track ‘Come Away with Me’ which features a beautiful interplay between piano and fiddle as well as rich vocal harmonies. People, places, and broken dreams are celebrated and lamented on the tracks; ‘Martin and Tom’, ‘Guitar Gold ‘, ‘Memories of You’ and ‘Achill Island’. The influence of David Henry Thoreau’s novel ‘Walden’ looms large on the tracks ‘Simple and Wise’ and ‘Walden’, with the beauty of nature, escape and simple pleasures at their core. The album moves seamlessly from minimalistic folk ballads such as ‘Galway Ghost’ to swirling, string-laden arrangements on the song ‘Neptune’, both influenced by maritime tales from Galway. Throughout the album each small scene, each line has been thoughtfully painted both lyrically and melodically, resulting in a rich and beautiful acoustic sound. Much of the albums collaborative work and development was supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, including work with musical arranger Eoin Corcoran and the string ensemble ‘Treo’.
“The sound is absolutely beautiful, melodic and beautiful, I’m blown away” (Keith Finnegan, Galway Bay FM).
“Gifted singers and musicians and really great songwriters” (Sharon Shannon)