Femme Sesh for Pride to smash International Women's Day at Sandino's

Tue, 25/02/2020 - 13:50 -- Editor

FEMME SESH FOR PRIDE!is Derry's prime celebration of International Women's Day and takes place in Sandinos Main Venue, Saturday 7th March, 19:30-1.30
(£5 donation at the door for Foyle Pride).

The organisers say:
"This year we are KEEPING HER LOCAL with our INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY CELEBRATION by gathering together the finest female talent from Derry and Donegal for a big, all singing, all dancing FEMME SESH FOR PRIDE! Hosted by the two of the Biggest Mouths in Derry and Donegal; Madonna Kebab (ar an Tábla, Ping Pong) and Thrann Leeann (Spásógs) will be taking a break from their FEMME TRAILS escapades to entertain, taunt and delight in equal measure. The dark-humoured duo have performed at various Irish festivals this year including; Arcadian Field, Féile na Gealaí, Electric Picnic and QBF and are delighted to be our MC's for this show stopping music and craic XXXtravaganza.
The hectic and eclectic, bi-lingual pair of weirdos will be serving up award ceremony realness, fake news, bi-lingual songs, dodgy dance routines and a hefty dose of Derry grade stick. Choose your seat wisely!

Our stellar line-up for the 6 HOUR MUSIC MARATHON for the night includes....

Possibly the busiest Donegal sisters in the music business, Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin have been mesmerising audiences across the globe with their beautifully crafted music, expert playing skills and heavenly voices. We are absolutely buzzing like an old fridge to have them on the bill!

'It’s a crime of great shame for anyone to ignore the calling voice of these women.'
- Darragh Faughey, GoldenPlec (IRL)


Donegal duo Blackbird & Crow AKA Maighread Ní Ghrasta and Stephen Doohan, are probably best described musically as Celtic folk blues with a punk attitude. Their style, delivery and energy is infectious, leaving an army of foot stomping audience members across the country wanting more agus níos mó. Maighread is a force of nature to behold on the stage and her commanding vocals bear the distinctive tone a cainteoir dúchais. Powerful, funny, witchy and wonderful and a Gaeilgeoir to boot; we dare you to resist the urge to join the cult of Blackbird and Crow.


Derry based Indie-folk artist Reevah (AKA Aoife Boyle) has supported acts such as SOAK, Lisa Hannigan, Wyvern Lingo, and Duke Special and has played at various events such as Other Voices, The Ruby Sessions, Output Festival, BBC Fringe Festival and Stendhal Festival. Reevah is part of a new wave of young female talent from Derry and we are thrilled to have her performing on home turf for this great cause.

"Reevah’s music is immersive and reflective allowing the listener a chance to escape the speed of life. But it’s her voice, pure, understated and fearless, that stays in the heart and the mind long after the music is over."
-Joey Molloy, Hot Press


Sisters Jeanette and Noella Hutton have combined their bombastic voices and tremendous talents and present to us, Blood. Both sisters regularly grace local, national and International stages as solo artists and have played with many musical heroes including Boy George, Sinead O'Connor and Chrissie Hines. These two sisters promise to raise the roof with their fusion of soul, folk, blues and rock.


Sonically speaking Amy Winehouse has dinner with Portishead in an up-market greasy spoon; Great White Lies sound resides in the alley on the way back. Jazz and funky soul permeate through their inventive ‘weird pop’ sound. Great White Lies are: Siobhán Shiels, Neil Burns, Sally Lafferty, Peter Doherty, Gary Raymond and Ruth McCartney.

“Exquisite” – Hot Press


Since returning to Ireland after years of playing in New York, Tara Gi plays a hybrid of folk, rock, indie and traditional music with a distinct style that sets her apart. She lives and works in Falcarragh and her music deals with political issues such as gender and class inequality as well more personal and fanciful subjects.


Creator of the Butterfly Ball, Rock n Mola and Girlz Skool. The Stray Kitten moved to Ibiza in 1997 and has played at a long list of well-known venues on the island of Ibiza (SPACE, Privilege, Manumission) as well as various parties in London, Germany and the USA. Her musical selections are always an eclectic mish-mash of styles and sounds, from Hip-Hop to Rock 'n Roll and everything and anything in between.

We have finally achieved equal marriage and reproductive rights so...THIS IS OFFICIALLY A PARTY. This event is a fundraiser for Foyle pride. Pride is run by volunteers and depends on good people like yourselves to keep the festival running. Special thanks to Shá Gillespie, Tina Mc Laughlin, Sara Greavu, Denise Meenan and Sandinos Bar.

The event will be filmed.