*Please note: Tickets no longer available online however there will be a limited allocation at the venue


Therapy Sessions is a staple of First Fortnight Festival, an eclectic night of music and spoken work that should not be missed. Acclaimed spoken word poet Stephen James Smith returns to MC and programme the spoken word element for Therapy Sessions 2019. Joining him this year to curate the music element, we’re thrilled to be joined by talented duo Saint Sister (Jan 11th) and the Westmeath indie band The Academic (Jan 4th).

Jan 4th is curated by Stephen James Smith and the Academic.
Martin Daws 
Geoff The Poet 
Natalya O’Flaherty   
State Lights
True Tides
Formed in 2017, True Tides is the intrepid pop project of Cian, Conor and Eoghan McSweeney, three brothers from Cork, now living in Dublin. Through a reasonably simple set-up of drums, guitar, bass, electronics and vocals, they create bold and expressive guitar music that’s at once shamelessly catchy and sneakily complex.
After recent appearances at Electric Picnic and on the Late Late Show, State Lights are recognised as one of Ireland's best live acts. Long time advocates of Mental Health, the band recently performed at the launch of Mental Health Week and will be taking to the stage again for First Fortnight.
With influences including the Stone Roses and Joy Division, INHALER have a distinctive sound is sometimes likened to that of mid-90’s Manchester with Hot Press magazine featuring INHALER in their “Hot for 2018” list.
An emerging voice on the Irish spoken word scene, in her short career Natalya O’Flaherty takes to the stage fresh from National Concert Hall and festival circuit.
Geoff The Poet is a Dublin based artist whose work focuses on the minute beauty of life, as well as the darkness that enraptures the soul.
Martin Daws represents the genes of Oral Tradition in all it's generations from Storytelling through Modernist Poetry, Hip Hop Lyricism, Spoken Word and some as yet unthought of Proto-Post-Linguistic-Acoustic-Audio-Sound-Speak.
Jan 11th is curated by Stephen James Smith and Saint Sister.
Salena Godden 
Kevin P Gilday 
Saoirse Anton 
Pillow Queens
Rachel Lavelle
David Tapley
Beloved band Pillow Queens are returning to the Therapy Sessions stage with their distinct sound that Steve Lamacq from BBC Radio 6 has called “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails.”    
Hypnotic in her performance, Rachel Lavelle blends elegant piano with innovative electronic sound design and has previously performed or supported Booka Brass Band, Jack Lukeman and Saint Sister.
The acclaimed guitarist and vocalist David Tapley from experimental sound merchants Tandem Felix will also perform.
The line up includes Kevin P. Gilday, the award winning writer and spoken word artist from Glasgow who has performed all over the world from Hollywood to East Kilbride. 
Published and recorded UK poet, Salena Godden will also take to the stage to share hypnotic, evocative words of courage and resistance.
Saoirse Anton is a theatre-maker, critic, writer, feminist, enthusiast, optimist, opinionated scamp & human being.

* The Academic and Saint Sister have curated the line-up for each of the Therapy Sessions and will not be performing on the night



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