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Junior Brother returns to DeBarras for a socially distanced limited capacity outdoors show.

“There is a fierce, coarse wildness to Ronan Kealy’s debut album, which stands toe-to-toe with the finest folk that Ireland has to offer”
– Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times ★★★★

“Part of the new folk revolution that’s making household names of Lisa O’Neill and Ye Vagabonds, Killarney’s Junior Brother, aka Ronan Kealy, is a strange and wonderful talent.”
– John Walshe, Sunday Business Post ★★★★★★★★

“Overall, Junior Brother’s debut is very much like rural Ireland: raw and stark – but very beautiful.”
– Stephen Porzio, Hot Press Magazine ★★★★

“The tales told here are full of wide-eyed wonders and keen observations. Between the clatter of one and clarity of the other, Junior Brother’s songs are the real deal.” Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times

“Kealy’s trademark Munster brogue and keen turns-of-phrase feel equal parts familiar and bracingly unique. If you get a chance to catch Junior Brother live, do not pass it up.” – Brian Coney, Dazed Magazine

“Kealy is not only marching to a different drumbeat, but creating one that we all want to march to.”
– Louise Bruton, The Irish Times

“One of the brightest, funniest talents in the country” Eoghan O’Sullivan, The Irish Independant 

An idiosyncratic, challenging and richly lyrical singer/ songwriter, Junior Brother is the pseudonym of Co. Kerry, Ireland singer Ronan Kealy. Chosen as The Irish Times’ Best Irish Act of 2019, and nominated for the 2019 Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, Junior Brother has built a rabid following thanks to unmissable live shows, and music both excitingly forward-looking and anciently evocative. His strange stories unfold with reckless abandon upon a distinctive Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment, influenced as much by the avant-garde as music from the middle ages and his home place in rural Ireland.

Junior Brother has been steadily building a fanbase around Ireland and beyond, winning hearts in iconic venues such as Vicar Street (Dublin), The Beacon Theatre (New York), Cork Opera House (Cork), Blackpool Opera House (UK) to name just a few. He has played support for a variety of like-minded acts such as The Proclaimers and Glen Hansard, the latter bringing him on a tour of the US East Coast in July 2019.

“Pull The Right Rope”, Junior Brother’s trailblazing debut album, was nominated for the Choice Music Prize Award for Irish Album of the Year. Two nominations were also earned at the 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, for Best Folk Album and Best Emerging Folk Act. Vigorous approval from modern-day Irish figureheads such as the Rubberbandits and Cillian Murphy has furthered Junior Brother’s stock, the latter playing Junior Brother several times on his BBC6 Music Radio Show. Along-side further airplay, his television performances include appearances on RTÉ’s the Tommy Tiernan show, Other Voices and the Choice Music Prize Awards night in Vicar Street.

Some House Keeping:

This is a very limited capacity outdoors show.

Tickets are sold in pods of 4 (eg a ticket for 4 people ) and in pods of 2 (a ticket for 2 people)

Seating is spaced in accordance with all relevant Government health and safety guidelines.

Attendees will be required to present their ticket on arrival.

The purchaser of the ticket will be the lead contact and as such have to be present to claim tickets.

Attendees will be required to wear masks upon arrival until seated.

Table service only.

Attendees will be required to leave after the performance.

Please do not attend if you are displaying any Covid symptoms.

Please dress for the weather.

Ticket holders will be notified of any changes to Government Guidelines in advance of the show

This performance has been co-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media

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