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Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival
23rd – 28th October 2013



This is a very special year for Sligo Live, the cream of Irish Traditional musicians from across the world will be in Sligo this October Bank Holiday to celebrate the Gathering at Ireland’s folk, roots and indie Festival. Mark the dates, 23rd to 28th October in your diaries.   Sligo Live celebrates The Gathering with Coleman’s Call – Calling back the music from the US to the mother land.  The first known recordings of Irish Music in the US were made in the 1920’s.

The emigrant fiddlers of Sligo - Michael Coleman, James Morrison, and Paddy Killoran brought Sligo’s vibrant traditional music style to millions and when imported back to Ireland reinvigorated traditional music. “Without the renaissance spearheaded by the Sligo musicians in the 1920s, we might very well not have the vibrant live tradition we have today.”  Harry Bradshaw

SLIGO LIVE is bringing together Irish and U.S. musicians to show the influences in both directions on folk, roots and indie music, showing how our music has crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic and returned changed and enriched.

Friday 25h October. 8pm. Hawk’s Well Theatre. €20

Coleman’s Call

This unique concert brings together some of the world’s finest players in a wonderful celebration of The Gathering to explore and interpret the musical legacy of their illustrious predecessors.   Featuring Liz Carroll, Téada, Tony DeMarco, Seamus Tansey, Seamie O’Dowd, Jesse Smith,Sean Gavin, Seamus and Manus McGuire, Garry O Briain, Philip Duffy, Mossie Martin, Declan Folan, Junior Davey and Declan Courell.  Not to be missed…..

Saturday 26th October. 2pm. Hawk’s Well Theatre. €5

A Musical Conversation on the Sligo Fiddle Masters featuring Jesse Smith and Oisín Mac Diarmada will host an informal and insightful afternoon talk on the tunes and times of Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran. The conversation will be complemented by playing from both Jesse and Oisín to highlight and illustrate the musical legacy of these masters.

Saturday 26h October. 8pm. Calry Church of Ireland. €29

LAPD with Special Guests Locust Honey String Band

Liam Og O Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin and Donal Lunny, affectionately known as LAPD, are recognised internationally as folk royalty. They collectively inhabited the bands Planxty, The Bothy Band, Sweeney’s Men, Moving Hearts and many more through decades of Irish music. This very special performance sees them play in the wonderfully atmospheric Calry Church.

LOCUST HONEY STRING BAND - These three girls, from North Carolina kick up a storm that is guaranteed to keep both old-timers and younger fans happy, injecting nuggets from the past with a vibrantly earthy spirit which sparkles with feel-good freshness, while seamlessly blending in self-penned compositions. Chloe, Ariel and Meredith blend sweet harmonies with raging Old Time fiddle tunes using various combinations of fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass.  They generate a collective sound of blues, old-time tunes, honky tonk and old country music.

Saturday 26th October 4pm - Tricky McGarrigles Upstairs, O’Connell Street, Sligo. €5

Tony De Marco and Seamie O’Dowd

This is a gig where two leading exponents of the Sligo style open a musical dialogue certain to be full of flash and fire, moderated by a well-grounded respect for tradition and source.   From opposite sides of the Atlantic, NYC’s Tony DeMarco and Sligo’s Seamie O’Dowd between them are capable of producing enough electricity to fire up the national grid. One of the undoubted gems of the festival, and no mistake!

Sunday 27th October 8pm. €18 Hawk’s Well Theatre

Liz Carroll Trio with Niamh Dunne & Goitse

This line-up is truly a gift from the Gods. Chicago fiddler, Liz Carroll, is arguably the most eminent Irish roots player to emerge from the US tradition. Grammy nominated and first American winner of TG4’S composer’s award she makes a welcome return to Sligo Live, accompanied by multi–instrumentalist Séan Óg Graham from Beoga, and Lunasa bassist Trevor Hutchinson who collaborated on her new recording ‘On the Offbeat’. Expect loads of original tunes and plenty of verve!

Niamh Dunne, lead vocalist and fiddler with Beoga, steps away from the band for a rare solo performance, where she will showcase material from her debut album ‘Portraits’, the slow-burning surprise packet of the year,

Goitse, a young band who came together while at the University of Limerick, are creating waves with their contagiously energetic distinctive sound and for the quality of their own compositions interspersed with well-known traditional tunes.

And for something a little different but continuing the tradition of introducing younger generations to Traditional Irish Music:

Sunday, 27th October 3.30pm.  €12/€30 for Family. Hawk’s Well Theatre


BBC Radio described DERVISH as “an Icon of Irish music for 24 years” the USA ’s top on-line blogs for Folk and Roots music said “Dervish again earn their title as one of the most technically dazzling bands in Irish traditional music today”.    DERVISH will be joined by Sligo Academy of Music Sinfoniettta and Chorus to present a fun-filled performance which will introduce children and families to the joys of Traditional music.  This unique one-off special takes place at the Hawk’s Well Theatre at 3.30pm on Sunday, 27th October.  This special traditional music prom is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Join DERVISH and SLIGO ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND SINFONIETTA for a rich musical experience celebrating traditional music in Sligo with lots of opportunities to join in, engage and learn.

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