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Thursday, 27th – Monday, 31st October 2011


Two of traditional Irish music’s most exciting combinations play a very special double bill at this year’s SLIGO LIVE.
The first combination in this very special concert features MATT MOLLOY who is regarded as the greatest living exponent of Irish flute playing.  He is joined by Fiddle and banjo ace, JOHN CARTY and Ireland’s No. 1 guitar player,ARTY McGLYNN: this trio is hard to beat.  The second combination in this very special concert features Sligo’s Atlantic crossover trio THE UNWANTED.  This very special evening will take place on Sunday 31st October at 8.00pm in the Hawks Well Theatre and tickets are a moderate €18 from, from the Hawks Well box office and from Ticketmaster nationwide.

They will join ELVIS COSTELLO, KT TUNSTALL,HAYSEED DIXIE, ODDSOCKS REVIVAL and BARLEY MOB at this year’s folk, roots and indie music festival SLIGO LIVE, as part of an exciting programme spanning 6 days over the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

Probably the most exciting trad combination of recent times; MATT MOLLOY and JOHN CARTY explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition of North Connaught. Matt Molloy is regarded as the greatest living exponent of flute playing, a member of the Chieftains,he was also a founder member of the legendary Bothy Band. John Carty’s musical prowess has grown steadily since his debut recording 12 years ago and he has since produced a plethora of solo recordings. He is also a member of the bands At the Racket and Patrick Street. Both Matt and John are recipients of the prestigious TG4 Musician of the year Award. Their debut duet album ‘Pathway to the Well’ was released in December 2007. They are delighted to be joined by Ireland’s number one guitar player, ARTY McGLYNN. His subtle guitar playing is the perfect accompaniment to this unique duet. Early booking is strongly advised.

“…it doesn’t get much better than this. The solidity and tightness of Molloy’s flute and Carty’s fiddle are a joy to hear”  HOT PRESS
From the rich traditions of both sides of the Atlantic has come the source and inspiration of the music of THE UNWANTED– three Sligo-based musicians, each with exceptional talent and a lifetime dedication to their music.

Cathy Jordan, Seamie O’Dowd and Rick Epping came together to form The Unwanted in 2006, with an eye to developing their common musical interests in both Irish and American folk genres. They have since gone on to perform in concerts and festivals throughout Ireland andEurope. They played Glasgow’s Celtic Connections last January and brought the house down with two acclaimed performances. Their first CD,Music from the Atlantic Fringe, was in the Hot Press Top 10 for 2009.

Cathy Jordan, lead singer with Dervish, moves effortlessly and with soaring voice between traditional, Appalachian ballad and contemporary folksong, lending rich accompaniment on bodhrán, bouzouki and bones. Her engaging stage presence and easy interaction with the audience turns a simple concert into an evening at home among good friends.

Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, fiddle, dobro) grew up steeped in the tradition of Sligo fiddling, quickly expanding his repertoire to include New World traditions.  Today he is as accomplished playing Blues on slide guitar as he is playing jigs and reels.  Seamie performs with the best of Irish traditional musicians, such as piper Liam O’Flynn, Dervish and currently tours the world with accordionist Máirtín O’Connor and fiddler Cathal Hayden. He is rapidly becoming recognized among blues followers as the heir to Irish blues legend,Rory Gallagher.

Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, banjo, mandolin, jaw harp), a native of California, has living between Ireland and the U.S. for forty years,playing the music of both lands since childhood. Having played with musical greats as varied as Bluegrass founder Bill Monroe, Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb and Irish accordionist Joe Cooley, Rick brings to the group a wealth of experience and authentic style.

The songs and tunes of the Atlantic Fringe – the combined traditions from Ireland to Appalachia and beyond, are the result of generations of movement and migration, of leave-taking and homecoming, back and forth across the ocean in an endless tide of cultural exchange.  Lyrics and melodies borrowed from one land wash ashore on another, only to return again later ‘transformed, peopled with new characters and set in different modes.

Together, The Unwanted demonstrate a deep understanding and appreciation of the music of both the Old World and the New, and together they have created a seamless fusion of these traditions, showing that the process of transformation arising from the musical ebb and flow along the Atlantic Fringe continues today.   Wherever they perform,The Unwanted are finding that they are welcome and very much wanted, indeed.

Matt Molloy
Matt was born in Ballaghadereen, County Roscommon, During the burgeoning folk scene of the 1970’s, Matt was a founding member of the famous folk group, The Bothy Band. After the Bothy Band, Matt joined the reformed Planxty. In 1979 he joined the Chieftains with whom he still plays. Matt has released several highly acclaimed solo albums and has worked with other accomplished musicians. He has teamed up with Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, Dónal Lunny John Carty and the Irish Chamber Orchestra among other artists. He was awarded the TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year in 1999

John Carty
Born in London, fiddle player John Carty has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music and was awarded the coveted TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003. Since moving to Co Roscommon in 1992 he has recorded three solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums, four group albums and a duet album with Matt Molloy.
As well as his solo career he also performs with At the Racket, a band with a unique take on the pioneering music recorded in the 1920’s. John performs regularly
with Chieftain’s flautist Matt Molloy and is also a member of super group, Patrick Street who tour internationally.

Arty McGlynn
Arty is considered the finest traditional guitar player in Ireland. Born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, his family was steeped in traditional music and when he was eleven his mother bought him his first guitar. By the time he was fifteen he was playing professionally and touring throughout Ireland with various bands. In 1979 he recorded his first solo album, McGlynn’s Fancy. He subsequently became one of the most sought after musicians in the country, playing and recording with Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Matt Molloy, John Carty and the Chieftains. He also played as a member of Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and the Van Morrison Band. Arty currently fronts a jazz combo in Omagh.

Sligo Live will present an exciting programme over 6 days over the October Bank Holiday Weekend, October 26th – 31st bringing together established Irish and international acts with some of the best emerging talent on the scene. This is the seventh year of the festival and each year it grows from strength to strength.

Weekend tickets are the perfect solution for those making a weekend of it as they guarantee admission to Elvis Costelloand KT Tunstall, as well as Hayseed Dixie, Oddsocks Revival, The Barley Mob, Matt Molloy, John Carty, Arty McGlynn, and THE UNWANTED and all other Sligo Live performances over the weekend for only €95.

For further information contact: Aine Carmody / Niamh White
Carmody Smith PR   Tel: 01 2602664/ 086 1741882  /

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