Sinéad hand picks support band

Whilst Triskel endeavours to showcase local talent as much as possible when putting on these concerts, on this occasion, the support has been hand-picked by Sinéad herself. The band hail from Bundoran,Co. Donegal. They have supported her on several occasions and will be bringing with them, what is described as their take of a healthy slug of Celtic rock.

“When honey and gravel collide…”

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The four sisters (Gráinne,Joan,Marie Thérèse and Angela) come from strong musical stock in the Diver family. A wealth of talented relatives all helped draw these ladies towards music.

“We were born into it,” discloses Joan. “There were always musicians in the house, and even though our dad couldn’t play an instrument he loved, lived and breathed music. It was inevitable that we all became immersed in music – we would have had no choice! The great thing is that we grew up in a household that had very varied musical tastes; it certainly wasn’t one dimensional in that regard.”

The young sisters started out singing with their mother (in her own right a highly regarded vocalist who performed locally and in the UK) but settled into their own creative temperament when they played gigs at surf festivals in their hometown. As with many novice bands, their gigs comprised mostly covers, but gradually, reveals Gráinne, “we formed our own identity. In some ways, we were trying to be everything, but slowly we got there.”

Despite their naiveté, says Joan, they had “confidence from the very start, as well as a good balance of music styles that ranged from pop music to traditional.” It took a while for things to develop, but gradually Screaming Orphans started to emerge from the shell of artistic inexperience.

A helping hand came in the form of a friend of the extended Diver family – acclaimed Irish writer, Nuala O’Faolain, who through various personal connections secured for the band a much-coveted slot on Ireland’s prestigious Late Late Show. “We had one song written,” recalls Gráinne, shaking her head at the cheek of it. A shaky start to national prominence, perhaps, but certain people were watching the show and liked what they heard. Music bookers soon got in touch, and before you could sing The Parting Glass from start to finish Screaming Orphans were playing gigs in Dublin venues such as the Baggot Inn.

It was at one of these gigs that they met Irish singer and songwriter Luka Bloom, who alerted a friend of his to check out the band. The ‘friend’ was Sinead O’Connor, one of Ireland’s most successful performers. As soon as O’Connor heard the band, she invited them to not only be her backing singersfor a forthcoming US tour but also her support act. It was, recalls, Joan, something of a baptism by fire. “We had about six songs written, no management, no albums or t-shirts to sell. We were completely not ready – we didn’t know what we were doing!”

From such a drenching arrives insight, and before too long Screaming Orphans were slowly but surely becoming all too familiar with the vagaries of the music industry: signing to a publishing company, signing to a record label, and then – in what has to be the most typical and regular of music industry occurrences for a musician or group – being dropped. What at first seemed the end for the sisters, however, was actually the start of a new lease of life. “We decided to go to America,” says Joan. “We got on a plane and landed in New York.”

Although hardly knowing anyone in NYC, and with little money to their name, Screaming Orphans did what came naturally: they played music. “We went back to basics and started gigging as much as possible,” remembers Gráinne. “We bought a bass amp and a trolley, went on the subway, gigged in as many bars as possible, ate celery soup for months. Most importantly, we didn’t buckle under.”

Years spent gigging across New York, hooking up with the Irish festivals circuit across the US, and releasing albums that alternated their ingrained love of Irish traditional music with vivid guitar-oriented pop/rock guaranteed the sisters a place at the table in terms of audience appeal. “The one thing you can be certain of is that if you put us in front of a crowd then we will entertain them,” says Gráinne.

Along with the entertainment factor (“we are the only all-female band who can headline these Irish festivals,” says Joan) is a canny creative streak that comes to the fore with their new album, Life In A Carnival. The new record follows 2017’s critically acclaimed Taproom (No 1 in the iTunes World Music charts; Top 10 Billboard World Albums chart; voted Folk/Pop/Rock Album 2017 by Folk’n’Rock Magazine) and fully represents what the musicians and songwriters are, and where they’re at: a group with an open mind, a group that prefers to use the word ‘hybrid’ (which strengthens) rather than ‘dilute’ (which weakens).

Produced by internationally distinguished producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Brian Eno, Robert Plant, David Byrne, and many more), the album blends breezy pop music (CarnivalOrdinary WomanMy HeartSomebody, and Happy Together, a bubbly cover of The Turtles’ hit song) and hazy ballads (Guardian AngelsLoved And LostShineSunday Morning) with boisterous pop/rock tunes (Raise Up Your GlassScream).

The aim of the new album, says Gráinne, is to make fans aware of their creative reach. While the band still love playing in front of appreciative crowds at festivals, they want it known, Joan points out, that they’re “not just a rowdy bar band having fun.”

“We are four women that have stuck it out,” adds Joan. “We make our living from music, and by that have made our dreams come true. The new album is a valid artistic statement, and there’ll be more to come.”

After years of music industry turmoil and personal triumphs, after years of fusing the old with the new, Screaming Orphans have come of age. With Life In A Carnival the four sisters will find their tribe.

“We’ve been through all of the highs and lows, good and bad,” concludes Joan. “Nothing will break us.”

“When honey and gravel collide”


Triskel Promotions return to the live music scene with a fantastic coup in securing SINÉAD O’ CONNOR to play an all-seated concert in the Royal Hall,Villa Marina on Wednesday 18th December 2019.

Half of all tickets have been sold in the first 24hrs of being on sale….

Tickets for the show will be on sale from today 29th October 2019 at Midday at or 01624 600555

Having left the stage four years ago on a journey of self-renewal, Sinéad returns to the stage; importantly, to the international stage, and sold out her entire run of Irish dates in under an hour.

The Irish Times herald her return as “A once-in-a-generation singer in the form of her life”

She has announced an extensive US tour which sells out as quickly as shows are added. To date there is just one other show in the UK in London, which makes the Isle of Man concert particularly exclusive.

She returns defiant,passionate and enjoying the buzz of live performance.

A voice that defied and defined a generation.

Expect an emotionally charged intimate concert from one of Ireland’s true musical legends.

Tickets from £42 including booking fee at or Box Office 01624 600555

Local support for the evening will be announced shortly.

For more information please visit Facebook Page Triskel Promotions.

Her return comes on the back of some small festival slots in Ireland and what is now considered a legendary performance on The Late Late Show in early September, which proved to the many many critics, she returns with a passion to perform and take us on her musical journey of life.

Two SOLD OUT shows at Dublin’s historic Vicar St this weekend gone simply overwhelmed with love and The Irish Times called it :”A once-in-a-generation singer in the form of her life”

As Jack Kerouac states “Genius gives birth, talent delivers”. 

So where did Sinead O’Connor begin?

1970s Ireland was the backdrop from which Sinead O’Connor began her life. Born into tragic times with her own tragic story, one among many from those days, Sinead would not be defined by what was at that time beyond her control. Her spirit would blossom and bloom manifesting her gift, her voice. 

Discovered by the drummer of well-known Irish band In Tua Nua, she co-wrote their first hit. Shortly after being discovered by Ensign records her first album ‘The Lion and the Cobra’ released in late 1987 reached Platinum sales. Sinead had arrived.

From the early new wave explosion of ‘Mandinka’ to the multi–platinum soul of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares to You’ Sinead had left an indelible mark with her unique image and vocal style.

An artist beyond comparison – unique, uncompromising, a pioneer, a visionary are just some of the descriptions that might only touch the surface of Sinead O’Connor. Embodying a voice with beauty and innocence, a spirit part punk, part mystic with a combined fearlessness and gentle authenticity. This voice as Sinead’s unique expression would be echoed in the voices of other artists who she would inspire who came after.

Chart topping singles, hit albums, numerous awards an array of collaborations later and Sinead’s spiritual journey would lead her through a turbulent, troubled and restless existence to find solace in Islam.

This year marks the return of Sinead O’Connor and a new beginning that will see Sinead bring out new music and tour the world once again as one of the true and original living greats of our time. 


Finally, after what has been a frenetic period of site reconnaissance and lengthy discussions, having carefully considered several potential sites around the capital,Bushy’s have finally secured a move to the 

VILLA MARINA GARDENS. The opportunity to move into the Villa gardens is a golden one for the local brewing company who have been providing outside entertainment during the TT festival for the last 20 years.

One of the busiest nights at Bushys ever. Ska stalwarts BUNCHA SKANKERS on the Night Boat(as oppose to one in the morning…..)TT17

Martin Brunnschweiler and his team have exciting plans for TT 2018 with everything being bigger and better for locals and visitors alike. Bushy’s now have the opportunity to expand their capacity open air and under cover with the help of A3 Marquees who have supplied and aided Bushy’s from day one. Also continuing their support is Justin McMullin’s ELS team who will be supplying a bigger stage and have recently invested in the very latest specialist concert equipment exclusive to the Island. Lenny Conroy, of Triskel Promotions who is also on board having provided the stage entertainment for the last 17 years, remarked that “ the blank canvas offers limitless opportunities with live entertainment. My remit is simple,fill it ! ”. The usual lengthy list of local contractors and suppliers with their expertise will be called upon yet again to ensure only the best for Bushys.

The largest bar on the Island?The biggest bar crew….bar none. TT BAR CREW 2017

Bushy’s Site Manager, Harry Barbour with his expert team will be putting together the largest bar crew for perhaps the largest bar the Island has ever seen in what Bushy’s feel confident will be their finest year. Martin Brunnschweiler stated “ Celebrating 21 years of entertaining at the TT,we are coming of age!”

Rob Callister MHK, Member of the Department of Economic Development with responsibility for Motorsport and the Villa Gaiety complex commented:

‘We have been working with Bushy’s regarding their plans to hire the Villa Marina Gardens for TT 2018 which they have now secured. As the Island’s premier entertainment venue, the Villa Gaiety already plays a central role in providing entertainment during the TT festival. The Bushy’s proposal is an exciting one and we are looking forward to seeing how the project takes shape over coming months.

Bushys Boss Martin Brunnschweiler enjoys a joke with Ian Broudie of LIGHTNING SEEDS at TT17

‘The Villa Gaiety is an ideal venue for large scale events and hosts a number of high profile events in the theatre, function rooms and outside spaces. The Villa Gaiety is already well into its programming for 2018, including during the TT festival period, and will be looking to build on recent achievements in securing top live entertainment, to provide a wide range of music, comedy and live events for residents and visitors to enjoy. The Villa Gaiety is always open for private hire with established rate cards available to potential hirers.’


The Bushys Team are grateful to all parties in helping this to happen and rest assured we are dedicated to making this the best TT experience yet.


Stay tuned for what we hope are exciting updates on our progress.

All photos © Gary Weightman Vannin Photos