About Us

The Space Inside is an arts session held on the first Tuesday of each month from October to June, in Wicklow Sailing Club, South Quay, Wicklow Town, Ireland
The sessions provide a platform on which all artists can perform - from poets to actors and from dancers to all forms of musicians.
Admission is free to ensure access to all and doors open 8pm

If you would like to perform, contact us at spaceinside@hotmail.com

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

LIVE NIGHT Tuesday 8 January 2013

Happy New Year to you all!

Confirmed performers for Tuesday 8th January 2013 in Wicklow Sailing Club.

The 3 Bobs. A local Wicklow Band with Pascal Moran, Kieran O'Flatherty and Desi O'Flatherty .

Phil Lynch  Phil is a member of the Dalkey Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in various magazines and newspapers as well as featuring on national and local radio. He started reading his poetry in public as part of the Tara Telephone Poetry Sessions and over the years has read at numerous events in Ireland and abroad. He renewed his engagement with the local poetry scene on returning to Ireland in the latter part of 2009 and is currently a regular participant in various spoken word and open mic events. He has performed on the Word Stage in the Mindfield at the Electric Picnic Festival and his work has also featured on Balcony TV as part of Dublin Poetry Week (available on YouTube).

Dan Bradley is a singer/songwriter with a story to tell. Just one man and his acoustic guitar... Stories of breaking hearts and broken hearts. Taking inspiration from his travels in Europe, Asia and America, if you listen he has a story to tell you

Look to the lady formed early august 2012 for the battle of the bands that took place in the Wicklow Regatta festival. They got their name by randomly selecting a sentence in the play Macbeth by Shakespeare and it stuck ever since.
They play all sorts of music, and though still trying to find their sound, it is hard to put then in a genre. The drummer, vocalist and lead guitarist hope to pursue a career in music, touring the world, performing in pubs, halls and, hopefully, one day even arenas! The band members all have a great passion for music, and are all great friends. Lead guitar: John Dunne, Rhythm guitar: Eli Cahn, Drums: Michael Newell. Bass: Ciaran King. Lead Vocalist: Kelly Bolger.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

LIVE NIGHT 4 December 2012

Hue Grass are a contemporary mix of bluegrass country/folk/style of music with an eclectic range of pace, performance, personality, poise and beauty! HueGrass is Rachel, Peter, Roisin, Jodi and Karima, a group of locals who got together through their shared interested in Irish and American folk music, and their love of harmonising. They met through playing at a local trad session in Greystones and made their debut performance at this year’s Greystones Americana and Roots Festival.

Avoca Sean Olohan from Wicklow Town and Simon Keogh from Dublin have been together for longer than they’d care to remember! They have played at home and abroad as a two piece band, but extend to a three or four piece as The CANTONS.

Avoca have toured in Switzerland, Portugal, Germany and Austria, as well as throughout Ireland. Sean’s song ‘SAVING LIVES’ has been the group’s biggest success to date, topping the Irish National Charts.

We welcome Sean and Simon back to the Space Inside for another lively evening of memorable folk songs.

Jerard J Manning or Jj ‘thumbpicks’ Manning plays acoustic guitar, slide guitar and 5 string banjo. He has been playing on the acoustic scene for 30 years off and on. In his early years he performed at Cambridge, Bromyard and Tanner's Hatch festivals, as well as an appearance at the Cardiff University Festival alongside such musical note worthies as The Chieftains, The Fureys and Davy Arthur.

Jj will be joined on the night by some of his friends. Anything can happen.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Colm Lynch hails from Dun Laoghaire. He has two albums to date - A Whisper in a Riot -released in 2006 and TicketyBoo released in 2009. A captivating live performer with fantastic songs, Colm’s machine-gun playing accompanies unusual lyrical content and a vivid stage preence. Colm’s new music project, Watson Ace, released their first single ‘Declare’ on 26th Oct ‘12. ‘Reminiscent of latter-day Van Morrison . . . even a hint of Springsteen in Lynch's passionate, soulful delivery’ Hot Press.

iamniamh (Niamh Parkinson) is a Dublin based artist and has performed in a variety of genres, from pop song writing to singing in Operas. She is making herself know on the Dublin music scene and has recently composed the score for the Cannes Film Festival accredited film Mirrorman. iamniamh is a pianist, singer and cellist, She is currently putting together an EP and is spreading her music to the UK. Niamh has supported The Spikes and The Lazy Band and will support Paul Diello on some of his UK shows. William Parkinson (drums) recently joined iamniamh adding new and fresh to approach to her music.

Anne Fitzergerald is a poet. Raised in Sandycove Co. Dublin, she was educated at Loreto Abbey Dalkey, Trinity College, Dublin (Law), and Queen’s University, Belfast. In 2007, she was writer in residence at The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. Her published collections include Swimming Lessons (2001) and The Map of Everything (2006) and her latest collection Beyond the Sea, was published by Salmon Poetry.  Anne now lives in Dún Laoghaire and teaches Creative Writing in Ireland and in North America. She will read poems from Beyond the Sea.

Dermot McCabe was born in Bray, Co. Wicklow and is one of the founder members of Abraxas Writers.He took early retirement from RTE to follow his love of literature and writing. Since then, he has written a series of three Gothic novels set during the late middle ages in a fictional fortress city called Dredgemarsh. The first of the trilogy, The Reluctant King, was recently published . The Lost Prince will be published early in 2013 and Firedrake at the end of 2013. Dermot will read from The Reluctant King on the night.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Live Night Tuesday 2 October 2012

Rosy Wilson lives in the Wicklow Hills. She is a Poetry Ireland Introduction poet and her poems have been published in several magazines and anthologies including The SHOp, Stinging Fly and Space Inside Magazine. She is an active member of Amnesty International. Rosy will be reading poems from her latest book, Keeper of the Creek.

Joe Corkish is a filmmaker of great talent. Tonight we will be screening one of his ‘shorts’: a modern-day adaptation of the story of a young girl who was run down by a horse and cart in the early 1800s, on the day before her communion (14 mins). There will be a Q & A session afterwards.

 Robyn Kavanagh is a soul singer/songwriter from Wicklow Town who you may remember for her great performances on the RTE talent competition ‘You’re a Star.’ Her influences include Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Destiny’s Child. On the night, Robyn will sing some of her own songs, including her latest ‘I don’t know’. A great performer with a great voice.

All in all, it promises to be an exciting night

Sunday, September 23, 2012

We're Back Live Night Tues 2 October

Hope you had a good summer - despite the rain - and are ready for the 9th season of Live Night at Wicklow Sailing Club with
Rosy Wilson (poet),
Bo Corkish (film-maker) and
Robyn Kavanagh (singer/songwriter).

Full biog to follow shortly

Hope to see you there.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Space Inside Friends Keyrings

As a way of saying 'thank-you' to our 50 Friends of the Space Inside, we have had 50 Space Inside keyrings made to order.

Please let us know if you haven't received yours by the end of July 2012.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Open Mic Live Night - Tuesday 5 June @ 7.30

It's the final Space Inside Open Mic Live Night of the season which, weather permitting, will be held on the roof of the Wicklow Sailing Club. Note earlier kick off time of 7.30 to get the most out of the evening sun! Just turn up and perform - be it poetry, music, dance or drama.

We have two sets of Special Guests - Mia Parsons and Evelyn Campbell in harmony, and Anne Graham and friends. And there's still plenty of time for those Open Mic performers!

Mia Parsons is a singer whose voice has been described as being like 'chocolate'. A singer/songwriter, her deeply moving music spans jazz/funk and blues. A regular performer at festivals and other musical events, she has worked with many of the great Irish jazz musicians, including Richie, Hugh and Michael Buckley, Greg Felton, Myles, Paul and Anto Drennan, to mention a few. She released her album 'OCEAN' in 2007.

Evelyn Campbell's musical career started when, as a teenager, she sang and played around the pubs and clubs of Dublin with such well-known contemporaries as 'Tir Ná Nog' and Freddie White. While singing backing vocals for Sonny Condell of 'Tir Ná Nog', she once supported Kate and Anna McGarrigle on a rare Irish tour. She believes that when a song is written it takes a life of its own and 'demands' to be performed. This creative and fruitful phase has resulted in her album 'OVERDUE REVIEW'. A source of topics that influence Evelyn's songs concern social justice, political upheaval, and community awareness.

Annie Graham is a singer-songwriter and guitarist living in Wicklow. She has one album and a Christmas E.P. under her belt with her band Aphrodite Lion, who are currently working on their second E.P. Annie has been compared to the likes of Florence and the Machine, PJ Harvey, and Sharon Van Etten. As special guest, she will sing some songs off the Aphrodite Lion E.P., as well as a few of her solo numbers. She will be joined on some tracks by her friends S.A.M on the night

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Live Night Tuesday 1 May 2012

Zoryanna Tribal Dancers are a spin off troupe from the Rashani International Dance Collective. A Tribal and Fusion Bellydance group based in Dublin, their dancers from all corners of the world. The flavour of their dance is dynamic and unique, conveying the power of flamenco with the fluidity of belly dance. The unique feature of tribal belly dance is its use of group improvisation.

The Shed Poets are a group of six women who meet each week in a terraced garden that overlooks Killiney Bay, Co. Dublin. The poets, in collaboration with Little Fish Films (UK), have produced an imaginative short film (20 mins) using their poems against a backdrop of images and original music. This DVD is their latest collaborative project which has evolved into a unique poetry film to inspire.

Miriam Keegan is a singer songwriter from Dublin based in Wicklow Town.  After studying music performance in Ballyfermot, she went on to study theatre performance. Coming back to her musical roots, she has never lost her love for song and musical expression. She is greatly influenced by many performers from Tori Amos to Roy Orbison and will be reinterpreting her favourite songs, as well as performing some of her own

Brady is an Irish songwriter/producer. He has been involved in music for over 20 years and has a history of creating soulful, thought-provoking music. He also plays in a band The Iliad Void. In recent years, he has left the stage to take on the role as producer but now he is ready to relaunch his music to the world.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Live Night Tuesday 2 April 2012

Marin Swords is a poet and a Wicklow Writer. His short film ‘Kathleen’s Child’ is a series of poems and stories about growing up in Ireland, in a time when some things were never talked about. ‘I called it Kathleen’s Child – a collection of Poems, and Things That Should Have Been Said,’ says Martin. Using family photos and other pictures, and with the help of poems and hindsight, the story comes alive on the small screen. Martin will present this short film on the night, which he hopes will inspire other poets and writers to record their memories for others to share. A compelling and touching story well worth seeing.

Jj Manning Roots Duo. Jj ‘thumbpicks’ Manning formed the Coffee House String Band in 2011, in an attempt to bring early acoustic blues, ragtime and roots music to the masses. Early performances have been greeted with great reviews. Jj plays acoustic guitar, slide guitar and 5 string banjo, and will be joined on the night by "Fretless" Antun on the upright bass. Vid and music by the band can be viewed via facebook on Dublinsundergroundbeat.

Ray and Postle are a two piece acoustic set from Wicklow town, featuring Rachel McDermott on guitar and vocals and Anthony Dickenson on guitar. Their music varies from high energy tunes to chilled out numbers, and they play a mixture of original pieces and some catchy popular cover songs. This is their first gig playing together and hopefully the first of many to come.

Famous Last Words bring their unique harmonic covers of classic pop tunes to the Space Inside Live Night session. An accomplished covers quartet with an impressive set list, their aim is to make music to make people happy!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Live night Tuesday 6 March 2012

In the month of St. Patrick's Day, our session will be an Irish theme with an Irish poet, singer and harpist, Irish dancers and 8 strong Wicklow Trad group:

WicklowTrad session will feature local musicians, many of whom are All-Ireland champions, all of whom combine to provide an evening of lively music, song and dance. They're young, energetic, and play trad music in a way that has an appeal way beyond the trad music scene. Check out details of their regular sessions in Wicklow Town at www.WicklowTrad.com and Facebook.com/WicklowTrad.

Siobhan Doyle has won numerous awards for her singing in Feis Ceoil and Feis Maithiu including the Gold Medal for Soprano Solo. She has appeared in over 40 musicals and operettas and has performed in The Percy French Story throughout the country. Siobhan will be accompanied by wonderful harpist, Ann O’Dea.
Fintan O’Sullivan is a fluent Irish speaker, poet and historian. He is also a teacher at the Gaelscoil in Gorey. We look forward to hearing his stories and his poetry in a celebration of the Irish culture.

Irish Dancing is a must on this Irish Nigh,t with Sean Nos and step dancing getting your feet tapping.

More details to follow shortly

Monday, January 23, 2012

Live Night Tuesday 7 February 2012 - A Spanish Flavour

Nathalie Moyano Gonzalez is a flamenco aficionado by heritage. She is co-founder and director of  Peña Flamenca El Indalo, which promotes flamenco in Ireland. The group runs the Dublin Flamenco School, and also organises the Dublin Flamenco Festival. The second edition of the festival will take place in October 2012.  
Nathalie will be joined by a Flamenco guitarist José de la María. José is originally from Málaga, moved to Dublin in 2011 and joined Peña Flamenca El Indalo.


Leslie Dowdall is one of Ireland’s leading female vocalists and singer songwriters. She first came to prominence with In Tua Nua, who fused celtic tradition with rock. With Leslie as lead vocalist, In Tua Nua recorded four albums and, over a seven-year period, played and toured with bands including U2, Simple Minds, Bob Dylan, and The Pretenders.   
Leslie teaches performance and singing skills in her Education workshop project Songcraft. She will be joined on the night by a group of singer, Elle.

Eamon Sweeney was awarded the first musicology PhD to be accredited by DIT  Conservatory of Music and Drama. He has performed on stage, radio and TV both as a solo artist and with various ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra and National Concert Orchestra. Eamon is also one half of the group Tonos  that specializes in a blend of Irish and European music from the 16th to 18th centuries – mixing musical
flavours from the wider Traditional Irish, Celtic and Spanish Traditions. The Spanish word ‘tonos’ translates as ‘tone.’

Jane Clarke is a widely published poet who lives near Glenmalure in Co. Wicklow. She has won a number of prizes including Listowel Writers Week (2007) and the iYeats (2010). She writes contemplative, lyrical poems with evocative rural imagery and a strong sense of musicality and rhythm.
In keeping with our Spanish theme, Enrique Alda, a graduate in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Salamanca (Spain), will translate Jane’s poems into the wonderful Spanish language.   

Monday, January 2, 2012

Space Inside Friends Draw

Congrats to Phil Lynch, winner of our €100 Friends Draw for December 2011