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October 22nd - 26th, 2009

SLIGO LIVE 2009 plays host to an amazing line up of International stars this October Bank Holiday Weekend! Top New York Songstress Martha Wainwright will perform alongside Ireland’s finest Sharon Shannon, Shane MacGowan, Imelda May and Wallis Bird

Martha Wainwright has toured her songs internationally many times, sweeping up acclaim and awards with every flight ticket.  She’s made music with The Who’s Pete Townsend, Damon Albarn’s African Express, Antony Hegarty and Snow Patrol with whom she scored a top 20 hit.

Sharon Shannon’s last album ‘The Galway Girl’ has gone 4 times Platinum in Ireland and the title track has won the Meteor Award for most downloaded song for the last two years. This year’s Meteor Awards honoured Sharon as the youngest ever winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Her big band is a 10 piece all-star affair and includes Gerry O’Connor (Banjo) and Dezi Donnelly.

Shane MacGowan Best known as the original singer and songwriter with The Pogues. He was voted 50th in the NME Rock Heroes List. MacGowan has been referred to as “one of the best writers of the century”.

Imelda May Winner of ‘Best Female’ at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards, Imelda has enjoyed overwhelming success with her debut album “Love Tattoo”. She has shared the stage with everyone from Van Morrison to the Scissor Sisters. Fans include Jools Holland and Michael Parkinson.

Wallis Bird is the Irish singer-songwriter with the loud guitar and belting-pure voice. Bird is often compared to the young Janis Joplin. In her songs she fuses elements of traditional folk music, blues and funk with an energetic handmade rock sound.

Sligo Live is now in its fifth year and is one of Ireland’s fastest growing International World Music Roots festivals.  The festival’s unique fleadh like atmosphere of dynamic pub sessions and street entertainment combined with concerts, café performances, club nights and the world famous Fiddler of Dooney competition gives an intimate and personal feel where festival goers mix freely with artists and really enjoy the atmosphere.

Sligo Live 2009 takes place over the October Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday, 22nd – Monday 26th October 2009. Full Programme to be announced in Mid-June.

For more details log onto  Early bird Tickets are on sale with an amazing €90 for a weekend ticket to all festival events.

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