- 29 Jul 21
Each streamed concert from Cana aims to showcase three of the best up and coming local acts that Cork, Galway, Belfast and Dublin have to offer.
Cana music festival will stream its fourth and final event tonight from Dublin's GlassMask Theatre, with D.Cullen, Sinéad McConville, Zeinab (pictured) and Sophie Doyle Ryder slated to perform.
Quarantine FM's debut Cana Festival was recorded across four days in June in four distinct Irish venues, including the beautiful Oranmore Castle in Galway and Belfast's Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich.
Each night will see three independent Irish artists across a wide variety of genres take to the stage and perform live for the first time in over 12 months.
Quarantine FM began life as a digital radio station set up in March 2020, borne out of Covid-19 unemployment and running until March 2021. During that time, the station broadcast over 1,100 hours of completely new and original radio content. Cana Music Festival is run by QFM’s very own impassioned Irish music enthusiasts: Anna-Rose Charleton, Sam Hardiman, Heather Lawrie and Cailean Coffey.
On Thursday, July 29th at 7:30pm, the GlassMask Theatre will host Cana's final livestream event. Also celebrating the opening of this brand new creative space on Dublin’s elegant Dawson street, Cana's Leinster line-up is just as classy as the beautiful location and features the talents of.
Real-life couple Sinead and D.Cullen will break your hearts with their soulful harmonies and gentle tunes, while incredible vocals are the order of the day from Dubliner Zeinab. Young Malahide up and comer Sophie Doyle Ryder takes her audience into her pop-fuelled world of teen angst and empowerment.
“I think for all of us, the main motivator has simply been a love for music and a passion for the Irish scene. The fact that IMRO have given us the opportunity to travel around the country, working with all these incredible artists and having them perform for us - well, that’s just the stuff of dreams for me!" event organiser Sam Hardiman said of the festival.
"From our work with Quarantine FM and especially Garden Gigs, we realised that there was very little support for Irish musicians during the pandemic, particularly for up and coming artists. Music is what has gotten most of us through the last year and we wanted to celebrate these artists and show them off to as many people as we could!" Heather Lawrie added.
"From a small crew of 10, we've been able to travel across the country and bring some of Ireland's best independent artists to some beautiful of venues. I really hope we were able to capture on film how amazing it was to witness live music in these such beautiful settings, and I hope the artists are proud of the incredible work they've put in to make this all possible," fellow organiser Cailean Coffey concluded.
Alternative pop singer Arthur Valentine, rapper Kestine and electro-pop artist Blakkheart kicked the series off from QFM HQ in Cork City, which you can watch back now on YouTube.
Sligo singer and harpist Bridin, chilled out indie singer-songwriter Seba Safe and Spotify breakout star Honas delivered enthralling sets from Oranmore Castle on July 15th, check it out here.
Belfast's livestream from Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich saw Irish-Egyptian Goddess Dena Anuk$a, Derry singer-songwriter Krypton Sun and rock/punk duo Ghost Sister (winners of the Northern Ireland Best Live Act award
2019) take to the stage. Revisit the occasion here.
Tune in tonight (July 29th) at 7:30pm for Dublin's special Cana music festival show via QuarantineFM's YouTube channel.