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The Sugar Sessions #2

About The Sugar Sessions #2

The Sugar Sessions is a series of shows hosted by Ray Wingnut (RTE, Spin), where artists will connect through craic, chats and music.

Ray Wingnut will open the show with an interview of all performers together, followed by performances of three acts, both individually and collaboratively.

The Sugar Sessions #2 will feature Jiggy, Alannah Thornburgh & Ryan McAuley (Alfi), and Niwel Tsumbu.

We’ll finish up the night with a Traditional Irish Session in our covered, heated terrace area.


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Ray ‘Wingnut’ Cuddihy is a presenter on RTÉ radio and television. He is a teacher and also performs as an actor and resident RTÉ puppeteer. Since joining RTÉ in 2014, he has developed flagship and central puppet characters on shows such as ‘Bright Sparks’ and ‘Martin’s Shed’. In 2020, he co-created, produced and presented RTÉ’s Home School Hub.

Ray established his skills and trade in theatrical performance with National Theatre of Ireland company Fibín. He has trained and worked as a professional actor, live puppeteer, stage manager, tour manager and producer.

Ray is a multi-award-winning radio producer and presenter on RTÉ Radio 1 ‘Late Date’, creative RTÉ Radio 1 music series ‘Mise FRESHIN’, as well as his weekly radio show ‘Spin ALT’ broadcast on Spin South West and Spin 103.8.

Previously Ray has co-founded non-profit arts projects such as Wingnut Records (promoting independent music sector throughout Ireland).



Jiggy continue the tradition of their musical ancestors while bringing a whole new exotic flavour to the table, more of a collective than an orthodox band, Jiggy’s mercurial line up mixes and melds Irish traditional music, world rhythms and cutting-edge dance grooves.

Jiggy took the internet by storm with their video ‘Silent Place’ celebrating the global togetherness of dance and to date it has clocked up more than 55 million views. This has introduced the band to a brand new audience worldwide and their debut albumTRANSLATE went to number 1 in the world music charts and they are now a big hit with festival audiences across the globe. Jiggy have performed in the USA, India, Kazakhstan, France, Switzerland and UK.

Folk Radio UK : “An album that both encourages you out of your chair to get you dancing around the kitchen and, for those that stubbornly refuse to get up, it provides enough intricacies and subtleties to engage the armchair listener.”

Hot Press : “True to its namesake, Hypernova is a cosmic explosion of energy – and all 13 tracks beg to be heard in a live setting”.

Songlines : “The overlaying of Irish and Indian improvised vocals in ‘Head Rush’ is an innovative combination.”


Alannah Thornburgh is an award-winning instrumentalist and composer from the wild west of Ireland with a focus on traditional Irish harp. Alannah’s music explores her family heritage, reimagining ancient airs and tunes from the Irish harping, American Appalachian and jazz traditions. This cross-genre interaction and juxtaposition of old melodies with contemporary harmonies and technique is interwoven throughout her music, described as ‘unforced, fluid and utterly at home in her own sound’ (The Irish Times).

Alannah’s debut solo single ‘The Front’, a homage to the late minimalist composer Conor Walsh, was premiered on Seattle’s KEXP to great critical acclaim. She was nominated for two awards at the 2021 RTE Folk Awards – Best Emerging Artist and Best Folk Instrumentalist. Alannah is also a recipient of the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award 21/22. She is a founding member of Alfi, a trio who combine traditional Irish and Appalachian music and song, winners of the 2020 US Embassy Creative Minds Award. She is currently working on her debut solo album, as well as an album with Alfi, both due for release later this year. 


Niwel Tsumbu’s guitar playing was is short of exceptional” Hotpress
Since arriving in Ireland in 2004 from the Congo, Niwel Tsumbu has developed an enviable reputation as a masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist, vocalist, musician, collaborator and composer. He has performed with the finest Irish and international musicians while continuing to craft his own distinctive fusion of new jazz, rhumba, world, flamenco, rock, soukous and classical.

An exceptional talent who quickly became a prominent face on the Irish scene, having collaborated extensively with some of the most celebrated names in Irish Music such as Sinéad O’Connor, Liam O’Maonlaí, and Dónal Dineen, among others, as well as international stars such as Ma Xiaohui (composer of the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon soundtrack), Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, and Nigel Kennedy. He has released 2 albums to critical acclaim (“Songs of the Nations”, and “S’all Vibration”), and was funded by Cork City Council Arts Office to write a symphony known as ‘The Big Bang Symphony’ with The Clear Sky Ensemble, an assembled group of musicians from all over the world.

The list of artists that Niwel has performed with continues to grow with each year. Recently Niwel and Trasna (Mel Mercier, Liam O Maonlai) appeared at the Festival of World Culturesand in China at Expo 2010 alongside Xiaohui Ma. Niwel has shared the stage with Baaba Maal and played concerts in his native Congo and Paris. His performances of ‘Electric Counterpoint’ at The Reich Festival in front of composer Steve Reich and at Kilkenny Arts Festival were a triumph. He continues to collaborate with leading DJ Donal Dineen on his Parish live act, the Crash Ensemble, composer Roger Doyle, Eamon Cagney’s Treelan ensemble, Dave Flynn’s DFF, and many more.

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June 5, 2022 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

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