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

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Live Night 3rd December 2013

Beating Time 

This talented group are delighted to be invited back again to sing at Space Inside. The current  National Female Barbershop champions,under the direction of Hazel Evans and Reenie Polemis, are looking forward to sharing an evening of festive christmas songs and carols, sung in accapella style, alongside other well known fun and heartwarming favourites. Based in Co Wicklow, Beating Time have been together since 1996 and have been enthralling audiences both at home and abroad with their vibrant sound. (For more information or bookings, please see their website www.beatingtime.org) 

Paul Sharkey

Paul Sharkey trained at the Brendan Smith Theatre Academy (1975 - 1977) then worked with a number of Dublin based drama groups, including the Dublin Shakespeare Society, playing the title role of Hamlet in 1980. Moving to Wicklow, Paul continued to study speech and drama and, in 1981, he co-founded Harlequin Players with his wife Liz. For ten years Harlequin Players provided corporate entertainment (Ghost Night & Murder Mystery) for Tinakilly House Hotel and also Dinner Theatre, including shows based on the works of Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce. During the same period Paul compiled and performed shows for the Synge Summer School. For upcoming festive live night, Paul will perform excerpts from arguably Dickens' most famous work, A Christmas Carolwww.paulsharkey.com


We welcome Sean and Simon back to the Space Inside for another lively evening of memorable folk songs. 
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. They have a new single out the first week of December and a new album to be released early in the new year. The proceeds from these sales will be going to Wicklow Hospice and Wicklow Cancer Support, two very worthy causes.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Space Inside Magazine Autumn 2013

Chock full of features and reviews including a chat with Wicklow soprano Linsey Dempsey, a trip to Sicily to discover its artistic treasures, and how to create characters for stories. Well worth a peek (or two)!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Live Night Tues 1st October

Krystyna Rawicz was born in Birmingham in 1963, the youngest child of Polish parents. She moved to Ireland in the early 90's. In between raising her four children and running a business, she likes to write and to play with paint and other mediums some of which can be found on her blog http://www.krystyna-rawicz.blogspot.ie/ At our live night she will perform some of her poetry.

Al O'Donnell and Conor O'Donnell 
Al, singer/singwriter/musician is ‘One of the great voices in our singing tradition’ (Derek Copley Irish Independent) He released his album: AL O’Donnell RAMBLE AWAY, a 2 CD collection of live and studio recordings on Celtic Airs label CACD 130 in 2008.For those who remember him in the 60’s and for the younger generation who missed out on that golden era, Al O’Donnell’s gigs are a wonderful chance to experience the raw passion he puts into his songs.  Always a pleasure to hear him perform at the Space Inside.
Conor, is also very active on the music scene in Wicklow, Greystones and Dublin. He writes and covers songs in the bluegrass/country style with his bands The Big Muddy and The New Peasants. He is also at the helm of the Americana And Roots Festival which is held in Greystones every year. With such an enthusiasm for their music, we are guaranteed a great performance from these two.

Rachel Moore  is a singer-songwriter and poet from Wicklow. She is known to Space Inside audiences already as one third of popular local band Lemon Kush, who do interesting interpretations of well-known songs as well as their own compositions. Rachel, who has also acted in theatre and film productions as well as music videos, will be singing some songs as well as reciting some poetry.

Another great night in store!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Check out our Summer edition of the Space Inside magazine. Lots inside including saying goodbye to long-time editor Carol Boland, features on the Americana Festival in Greystones and, Wicklow band Lemon Kush as well as reviews and much more!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Carol Boland hands over the reins

Hi all,
After nine years of feeding, burping and winding my 'baby' it is time for me to cut the cord. It has been a pleasure working with so many talented performers over the years and I shall miss the buzz of Tuesday Live Nights and the wonderful audiences who were always so respectful of the singers, dancers, poets and musicians. But my life has taken another direction and Tuesdays now take me to Kilkenny to further my studies and my wish to become a Poetry Therapist..

I have no doubt that the excellent team who remain on board the Space Inside will bring new ideas and fresh minds to the evenings and I look forward to dropping in whenever it is possible.

Many thanks again for all the support over the years. Best wishes to the team and here's to another nine years of keeping the arts alive in Wicklow.

Kind Regards
Carol Boland

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Open Mic Live Night Tues 4 June 2013

It's the last session of our 2012/3 season and it's an Open Mic session.

Come along early and find the person with the clipboard.

We have already heard from a film maker, a writers' group and a singer songwriter so make sure
your name in on the list!

Doors open 8pm.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Live Night Tues 7 May 2013

Zoryanna Tribal Dancers. The Zoryanna are a Tribal and Fusion Bellydance troupe based in Dublin. They come from all corners of the world and bring together a wealth of experience and variety of backgrounds. They love sharing our dance with the world.
The Zoryanna is directed by former member of Rashani World Fusion - Ronelle Tibaldi. They teach and perform throughout Ireland spreading their passion for bellydance. www.thezoryanna.com

Eva O’Gorman, from Glenealy, was one of our first performers at the Space Inside — 9 years ago. A wonderful harpist, in 2010 she wowed the President, Mary McAleese, with her rendition of Chanson dans la nuit.

WoodLark were formed in 2011 by Kate Gisbourne, an actress from England, and Michael Jordan, a Wicklow native and experienced musician. They soon began to write their own material and now have a very strong set of songs, variously described as folky, bluesy and countryish! They have played extensively around Wicklow, supporting Leslie Dowdall and Hazel O' Connor, appeared on East Coast radio and are looking forward to their headlining date at The Grand Social in March. At time of writing they are working on their first EP "Cross my Heart and Hope to Die.” 

Annie Graham is a singer/songwriter from Wicklow. Hers is a very eclectic style ranging from indie rock to bluegrass to electronic/pop. She has released one album and two EPs with her band Aphrodite Lion (www.aphroditelion.bandcamp.com). She is interested in creating interesting song structures that don't compromise melody or emotion. On the night, she will be playing some of her new songs with the help of Alecktic Blankets' member Meg Evans and bluegrass aficionado (and memeber of the Big Muddy and The New Peasants) Conor O'Donnell.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spanish Live Night Tues 2nd April 2013

It's Spanish Night at the Space Inside Live Night!

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  the Dublin Flamenco Festival. Nathalie will be joined by members of her school, Andrea, Laura y Damian, for a showcase performance, and  by Kini, a young boy from Sevilla who will also join in the dancing.

José de la María is a Flamenco guitarist. José is originally from Málaga and he moved to Dublin in 2011 when he joined Peña Flamenca El Indalo. 

Details of the school and festival can be found on

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 16thto 18th centuries – mixing musical flavours from the wider Traditional Irish, Celtic and Spanish Traditions. The Spanish word ‘tonos’ translates as ‘tone.’ 

Maria Scanlon, a fluent Spanish (and French) speaker, will be reading from the great Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda's Twenty Love Poems VEINTE POEMAS DE AMOR Y UNA CANCÍON in Spanish. People may also have heard of Neruda from the famous Italian film 'Il Postino' which is a fictional story but uses the real-life figure of Neruda as one of its central characters.

Friday, February 15, 2013


A Paddy’s Session

In this month of St. Patrick's Day, our Live Night session has an Irish theme.

WicklowTrad 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.

You will also hear some of the best of Irish poetry written by the likes of Yeats and Kavanagh and some sean nos singing and dancing that will make Wicklow Sailing Club rock. Check out details of WicklowTrad and their regular sessions in Wicklow Town at www.WicklowTrad.com and Facebook.com/WicklowTrad.

 Seamus Byrne, known as Brother Seamus, is a composer and performer and tours internationally giving celtic music concerts and sharing a gentle, profound spirituality. Seamus plays Irish Flute, Whistles, Apache Spirit Flute and Bodhrán and sings in the beautiful, melodic Irish style, a style that is a healing balm for listeners. His various CDs can be purchased at www.brotherseamus.ie

Breffni Carroll lives in Wicklow Town. He plays the guitar and tin whistle and is a lover of Irish music. We welcome him back to the Space Inside and look forward to hearing him play once again.

The evening will also feature a selection of favourite poems by Irish poets including Kavanagh and Yeats.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Next Live Night performance is on 5 February 2013 in Wicklow Sailing Club

Launch of Poetry Bus 4 (PB4). Peadar O'Donoghue (poet) is editor of The Poetry Bus Magazine, a new magazine of contemporary poetry and illustration, an alternative to the current crop of poetry magazines, and different in its design , artwork, and thinking - a CD of  poets reading their poems and including original music, is issued with every copy.
Poetry Bus features the very best of the new wave of emerging voices in Irish poetry. It is a magazine which is serious about poetry and art, but won't take itself too seriously. Peadar O'Donoghue and a selection of poets from PB4 will read on the night. Stuart Wilde, who sings on PB4 CD, will also perform.

Stuart Wilde's music is unique. Dark, heartfelt and poetic, his songs range from thunderous to tender, populated by stories of lost love, shadow worlds, dirty dishes, the sea, mud and crows. His music has been compared to Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.
Coming all the way from Cork, Stuart plays guitar & foot percussion to accompany his singing, making a big sound, which could be described as Alternative Irish Blues. 2011 saw the release of his  debut Album, “The Black Crow” followed by gigs in Ireland, Germany and the UK.

Al O'Donnell, singer/singwriter/musician is ‘One of the great voices in our singing tradition’ (Derek Copley Irish Independent) He released his album: AL O’Donnell RAMBLE AWAY a 2 CD collection of live and studio recordings on Celtic Airs label CACD 130 in 2008.
For those who remember him in the 60’s and for the younger generation who missed out on that golden era, Al O’Donnell’s gigs are a wonderful chance to experience the raw passion he puts into his songs. Al will be joined by Mick Brennan on mandola. Always a pleasure to hear him perform at the Space Inside.

Matt and Caroline met a couple of years ago through their involvement in a local folk group. They come from vastly divergent musical backgrounds covering Operatic, Musicals ,Weddings etc on Caroline's side, American folk and Rock for Matt.
A gradual discovery of a mutual love of harmonies led them to meet regularly for fun to work together on songs from different genres and styles, and for almost a year now they have been singing as a duo, developing a sound that is both melodic and fun. They are delighted to share their love of music with new friends and hope you enjoy listening as much as they enjoy playing for you.

Alektic Blankets. Alecktic Blankets are Megan Evans and Rachel Moore from Wicklow Town. With years' of musical and performing arts experience between them, they decided last year to bring their eclectic tastes together. With covers of songs by a diverse range of artists from Johnny Cash to Justin Timberlake, Bob Marley to MGMT, Alektic Blankets are sure to surprise and entertain you with their unique interpretations.

It's sure to be a great night!