Islander Presents

The Chapel sessions

Maija Sofia, Elaine Malone, Crevice, Mantua, All The Brave Hunters and more

Saturday 23rd November 2019
The Chapel, Griffith College, Wellington Road, Cork
Doors: 3pm-7pm
Price: €10

We bring an interesting new aspect to Quiet Lights this year to The Chapel in Griffith College in The Chapel Sessions. We bring together some of Ireland’s most exciting artists to bring together folk music, experimental sound art and pure originality to the atmospheric surrounds of The Chapel on the north side of the Lee. Aside from our announced guests, there will be surprise acts popping in for a tune or two.

This is an all-day event and will take place from 3pm up until 7pm, 30 mins before the doors to Lankum open down the road at St Luke’s.


Maija Sofia is a singer and writer from rural Co. Galway but currently lives and works in Dublin, her songs take influence from a folkloric style of storytelling and blend wry observation with a disarming poetic vulnerability. She has performed at numerous festivals across Ireland and the UK and has played support to Joan As Police Woman, Mick Flannery, Julien Baker, Stella Donnelly, Mutual Benefit, Brigid Mae Power and Adrian Crowley amongst others. She has released an EP and a handful of singles, including last year's 'Flowers' via London imprint Trapped Animal which was named best new music by DIY Magazine. In spring 2018 her unreleased song 'The Wife of Michael Cleary' was covered by Katie Kim and Lankum's Radie Peat in the Pepper Canister and at Quiet Lights. Her highly anticipated debut album 'Bath Time' will be released in November 2019 via Trapped Animal records.  

"A real timeless quality is rare in so much of modern music, but the delicate timbre of Maija Sofia's music is impossible to ascribe to particular moment. She doesn't occupy an easily identifiable space - there are few genres which could accurately pinpoint her sound - and the ease with which she weaves grand tales of mythos into short and delicate folk tunes suggests a true finesse. Her subject matter is seldom trivial - abuse, mythological stories, feminism and loss are considered with a confident serenity. The pinnacle of her work so far came at the beginning of the year in the form of the dreamy Phil Spector-esque 'Flower', easily one of the best new releases of 2018 either at home or abroad. Now embracing a fuller sound, Sofia's work has strengthened with time and experimentation while never losing the ethereal quality which makes it so effective. Fans of Sofia wait with bated breath for the release of her first full-length LP in 2019." - Andrea Cleary, The Irish Times '50 People to Watch in 2019


Elaine Malone is an Irish psychedelic-folk songwriter. Hailing from Limerick, she currently resides in Cork, where she has carved a name for herself as an idiosyncratic songwriter. Known for her haunting voice and poetic lyricism combined with grunge roots and psychedelic leanings.

"For those yet uninitiated, Malone’s blunt style of penmanship is among the most unique and characteristic of any lyricist in the country. It’s poetry for sure, just minus all the bullshit that usually comes with it. Perhaps most telling is the wonderful ‘Vonnegut’, a writer with which Malone shares a unique worldview with. The entire EP plays and sounds wonderful from front to back, detailed with a level and care largely unparalleled in Irish folk this year." - Nialler9.

Her debut single 'You' was premiered on Nialler9 in February and received international airplay. Her recent appearances include Quarter Block Party, It Takes A Village and support slots for O Emperor, David Keenan and Marlene Enright. Her second single 'No Blood' released in March was described as "musically recalling some of Tim Buckley’s airy jazz inclinations, and the gently percussive Weltschmerz of Nick Drake, Elaine Malone‘s new single cranks tension between folk music as a vehicle for aural pleasure and folk music as a vessel for crushingly human storytelling." - The Thin Air.

Her debut EP Land was recorded with fellow artist Sam Clague in a small home studio over the course of a year. Described by Dan Hegarty of 2FM as “quite something - what exactly? Striking, stunning and heartfelt are three words that go some way to encapsulating it.“ Also featuring on the EP are the twin ryhthm-section of 'Talos', Josh and Sonny Sampson. Sam Clague also features heavily as a multiinstrumentalist. 'Land' deals with heartache, apathy, the tragic death of Ann Lovett and the torture of first falling in love.

"A truly engrossing journey of stark dark-folk sounds, washing textures and a central vocal that enraptures the listeners. Elaine Malone’s ‘Vonnegut’ is a must“ Stephen White. The Last Mixtape
“Land is an excellently crafted piece of story-telling through music, a story we would rather we never had to hear, but one she should be most proud of telling.” Remy

Named one of the Best New Irish Acts 2018 by Nialler9, she has just finished her first Irish tour and is working on her debut album.


Irene Buckley, Elaine Howley, and Roslyn Steer present ‘Crevice’, a collaborative exploration in sound. An improvisatory approach to song-writing provides plenty of opportunity for experimentation as electronic sounds and voices weave different worlds. Music to get lost in. Crevice released their debut album ‘In Heart’ on Fort Evil Fruit in 2018. The immersive, synth-laden songs on their debut In Heart were described by The Quietus as "brimming with pristine confidence and something approaching pop aspirations", while The Thin Air called the album "a vital and beautifully-woven release, spanning a huge spectrum of influence and excavating some profound psychic, cosmic and emotional territory".


MANTUA is a new solo project by Elaine Malone. Led by harmonium and voice, it is an experiment in improvisation, drone and song.


All the Brave Hunters is the band name of Dublin based singer songwriter Alain Mc Fadden. Having worked with artists like filmmaker Myles O Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) and as the third member of Ye Vagabonds, his songs have been described as a brand new voice in the Irish folk scene (Les Insouciants). The music and songs draw from a mix of folk and traditional influences. Currently playing as a trio, along with fellow Ye Vagabonds member Brian Mac Gloinn and Galway musician Elva Carroll, they have had busy year of gigs and festivals around Ireland and England including Glastonbury. They are set to release their debut EP later this year.