The Whileaways & Saltwater Ensemble (GIAF)

Galway International Arts Festival & Monroe's Live presents
The Whileaways & The Saltwater Ensemble
Wednesday July 26th
Monroe's Live, Galway
Doors 8pm
Tickets €25 on sale now from

Three powerful forces in Irish roots music in their own right, Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. Using American folksong as a starting point, all three write and sing drawing on their own experience and the result is captivating.

These three singers could all front their own projects, and indeed have. With six previous albums to their collective credit, this is their debut as one. The band came to know each other’s singing over a number of years, playing in sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Dipping their toe in the water as a trio, they were hailed as ‘a knockout of the festival’ at the legendary Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia in 2012.

The critically acclaimed Whileaways' most recent album 'Saltwater Kisses' received a four star review in the Irish Times and RTE Radio 1 Album of the week. Their enthralling performances drive on their quickly rising reputation. Prepare to be spellbound.