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Clifden Arts Week as part of their nationwide tour

The exciting Trad Connections show featuring TG4 Musician of the Year, Martin Tourish is set to wow audiences at the Clifden Arts Week Festival which will take place from Thursday 18th Sunday 28th September. Tourish will play on Sunday 21st September in the Alcock and Brown Hotel at Clifden Arts Week alongside fiddler Liz Coleman, Jazz guitarist Hugh Buckley, multi-instrumentalist Ciarn Swift and Classical and traditional guitarist and vocalist Dave Flynn as part of a nationwide tour of the event in September.

The event brings together five top Irish performers with expertise in many different musical genres, whose talents are sure to captivate audiences and bring them on a magical journey showcasing the links between traditional, jazz, classical and world music while also creating some unique musical arrangements by marrying the various styles. Tourish has unrivaled ability on the piano accordion and he is as comfortable playing Bach as he is Piazzolla tangos and traditional music from his native Donegal. Award winning composer Dave Flynn, is best known for his work with the world renowned fiddler Martin Hayes for whom he has recently composed a fiddle concerto. Internationally renowned Hugh Buckley is part of Irelands most famous jazz family and has helped to define the Irish jazz scene in recent years. Liz Coleman is best known for her work with the acclaimed traditional group Nbac with whom she has toured with throughout Europe and performed on national TV and radio. Ciaran Swift is a versatile musician, specializing in traditional Irish music and bluegrass and has performed to large audiences worldwide. Brendan Flynn, director of Clifden Arts Festival highlighted how the Trad Sessions Show will be a great addition to an already brilliant and exciting programme. The group are highly talented and ambitious and we have no doubt that their tour will be a huge success we are delighted that they decided to include Clifden Arts Week in it.

The Clifden Community Arts Week prides itself on its roots which are firmly in the local community, and this arts festival holds something quite unique in the context of the Irish arts scene. Audiences at the festival can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb musical, literary and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film worshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival.

For further information and details of the Clifden Arts Week programme which runs from the 18th to the 28th of September, please visit

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