Refugee Jam with the Irish Refugee Council and Sober Sessions at the Cobblestone

Posted On: 16 June 2015

Black_Logo_For_WebMedia Release, 16 June 2015

On Thursday the 18th June, the Irish Refugee Council and Sober Sessions will host a night of music at the Cobblestone Backroom Venue with some of Dublin’s best indie-acts and a young person new to Ireland and the music scene.

This is one of many events happening across the city in celebration of World Refugee Week 2015.The gig also serves as a celebratory launch party for the European Youth in Migration Forum’s new brief booklet and video guide to ‘My Comment Number 6’.

Cyndi, a founder of EYMF said, “This is the first child friendly guide of any General Comment of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. It was produced by young people, for young people, to make the information contained in it accessible to the people whose rights it is intended to protect.”

Hossin, another founding member, went on to say, “We have a lot of experience between us as a group and we want to share the learning and knowledge from our own experiences of seeking asylum in Ireland with other young people so that they know and understand their rights. We are delighted to be launching it during World Refugee Week!.”

It is a timely launch as Ireland will shortly appear before the Committee to defend and showcase Ireland’s progress implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.



Caroline Reid, 085 858 5510,


EYMF are a group of young people from all over the world living here in Ireland who are passionate about the welfare of children in migration within Europe and who wish to make information about children’s rights accessible to children.

Comment Number 6 relates to the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment Number 6 on the treatment of unaccompanied and separated minors (children and young people) who find themselves outside of their country of origin and in need of international protection.

Gig: The gig is free for young people involved in the project and tickets are available by donation for anyone else who come like to come (00.50ct – €100, whatever you can afford):

Time: 19.30pm – 22.30pm

Line-up: The Mariannes, Handsome Handsome, Grainne Hunt, Raven and Idriss Mulenga Tshibangu (young person).

Performers are available for interview

Grainne Hunt has performed at festivals including the Celtic Woman Festival in Wales and Le Chéile and has performed at the Sofa Sessions UK and at the Gruningen Sessions Switzerland. She started touring with Mark Geary as a backing vocalist in April of 2012. While working with Mark, they opened for Glen Hansard and Damien Dempsey and toured the Czech Republic, UK, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria. She has also toured with Vyvienne Long. Grainne has lent vocals to Tony Fitz, Sandi Jane and the wonderful Nicole Maguire and has been asked to join Glen Hansard on numerous occasions.

‘Described by in their review of Electric Picnic 2014 as ‘one of the surprise stand-out performances of the weekend.’, Handsome Handsome have been around since late 2012. Swirling 4 and 5 part harmonies form the heart of their sound along with ambient electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, piano, drums. The quintets songs have been described as ambient, folk, pop, rock and ‘doomy, frankly terrifying’ music with sincere, heartbreaking vocal delivery and deft lyrical content. The band are currently working on their debut EP which is slated for release later this year.’

The Mariannes are an urban folk band with strong Irish folk, blues and alt country roots. Their songs are known for their troubling lyrics, beautiful melodies and strong instrumentation.

‘On the strength of this all-too-brief collection, it is easy to hear why Irish music critics are so taken with the Mariannes. Dark songs of hidden pain with often deceptive and evocative instrumental arrangements combine elements of Irish folk, blues, country and rock to produce an enticing, compelling listen. It’s time for them to venture into the wider world’. Folk Radio UK

‘The Mariannes offer fresh, beautifully crafted and delivered material with a broad appeal, and this EP displays a band that could very well become a household name’. –TradConnect

‘too good to remain a secret for much longer’

‘talented, sophisticated, group of musicians’ golden plec

Idriss Mulenga Tshibanguis an early member of EYMF and an up-and-coming singer songwriter, based in Dublin. He can regularly be found playing around the greater Dublin area.