Irish music with a twist comes to Swaledale

An evening of Irish music with a twist comes to Swaledale on August 24 when the Damien O’Kane Trio perform in Reeth Memorial Hall.

Damien is a musician and singer of many talents and last year was a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee for his album ‘Areas of High Traffic’.

As well as touring solo and with his wife, Kate Rusby, Damien forms a trio with Steve Byrnes on guitars and percussion and Steve Iveson on electric guitar, taking traditional Irish music and turning it, in the words of the Daily Telegraph, into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st Century.’

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Another reviewer described their style as, ‘Sublime and exhilarating arrangements of the old Irish traditional songs, with influences of rock, pop, jazz, electronica and not a trace of gimmickry.’

Proceeds are for the support of the Memorial Hall and tickets are £12 in advance, £14 on the door, under 16s half price.

Tickets are on sale at Reeth Post Office or contact John Little 01748-884759; email