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The Sugar Sessions #1

About The Sugar Sessions #1

We are delighted to announce the launch of The Sugar Sessions, a series of shows hosted by Ray Wingnut (RTE, Spin), where artists will connect through craic, chats and music.

Several acts will perform on the night, both individually and collaboratively, and we kick off the series with an evening of music featuring Landless, Poor Creature, Cinder Well & Jim Ghedi.

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

Tickets available now.

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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).



Poor Creature are Cormac MacDiarmada (Lankum) and Ruth Clinton (Landless).

They perform new interpretations of old songs, accompanied by viola, guitar, synth and theremin. Drawing inspiration from Irish and American traditional music, – via Angelo Badalamenti – their music has dark and dreamy undertones and features themes of love, loss and the supernatural.

As well as playing a weekly Appalachian session in Sligo town, their recent performances include RTE’s Mise Freshin, Secret Song, Levis’ Ballydehob; Dublin Book Festival; Culture Night at The Model, Sligo; ‘Swimming A Long Way Together’, Cork; and ‘Grianstad’ radio show for Dublin Digital Radio.


Landless are Ruth Clinton, Meabh Meir, Sinead Lynch and Lily Power. They sing unaccompanied traditional songs from Irish, Scottish, English and American traditions in close four part harmony.

Their repertoire includes songs of death, love and lamentation, as well as work songs, shape-note hymns and more recently penned folk songs. Landless have performed in a variety of settings, both in Ireland and abroad, and are closely involved with traditional singing sessions in Dublin and Belfast.


Cinder Well is at the vanguard of a different kind of transatlantic folk revival, one forged amidst the uncertainty of a global pandemic. However, Irish-based songwriter Amelia Baker’s music isn’t nihilistic; instead, it strips traditional forms to their bones, creating a meditative, trance-like space for sonic healing. The sparse soundscapes and haunting stillnesses of her new album No Summer (Free Dirt Records) are not meant to be paens to loneliness.

Rather, Baker was inspired by the rich musical connectivity of the pub scene in Ireland, and her move from California to County Clare to study traditional music of the region. A member of anarchist folk project Blackbird Raum, Baker’s time on the circuit with Irish trad-punk group Lankum eventually led her to a small settlement in County Clare, and to the rich dissonance of her music as Cinder Well, a dissonance caught between worlds and histories.

SONGLINES “ You’ll find much to absorb you, when you gaze into Cinder Well.”
RnR “Slightly disturbing, but never the less, compelling”
THE GUARDIAN “Baker handles tradition well, her voice often chilling to the bone” – 2020 Best Folk Albums

Jim Ghedi hails from the South Yorkshire hills and although clearly well versed in the history of Folk music, he stands out as a potential torch bearer for a new generation of respectful yet experimental performers.

His new album ‘In The Furrows Of Common Place’ is a deeper plunge inside himself to offer up more of his voice to accompany his profoundly unique and moving compositions. Departing away from previous work, here he draws from social-political observations, contemporary songwriting, historical & traditional material and a rich varied number of other inspirations and sources, such as the poetry of John Clare, the writing of Robert Macfarlane and the works of South Yorkshire author Barry Hines.

Recent Collaborative EP: Cinder Well and Jim Ghedi connected while touring in the UK and began collaboration before the pandemic.

“8/10 UNCUT “A Chastening meditation on Britain in 2021”
★★★★☆MOJO – “Melodically sublime… although Ghedi’s music is infused with tradition, it is very much experiencing the present”

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May 26, 2022 7:30 pm - 12:30 am

General Admission – €15.00

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