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June 15th – 21st, 2015

This year the Galway Sessions Festival presents a packed programme of events including concerts, recitals, street entertainment, storytelling, a singers club and an extensive pub–session trail at various venues throughout the historic medieval centre of Galway City.

This years festival is sub–titled Blas Connamara and will focus on the rich musical,singing and dance heritage of the region and off–shore islands lying west of Galway City. The programme will commence each day with an open–air sean–nos dancing exhibition in Galway’s Latin Quarter followed by a recital at the historic King’s Head pub at 3pm. Early evening sessions will take place daily between 5–8pm at Tigh Coili’s and Taffee’s Bar and nightly concerts will take place at the Roisin Dubh, Monroe’s Tavern and the Crane Bar in Galway’s West End. Thoses who will perform at the various concerts and recitals throughout the week include household family names of the tradition including the MacDonnchaadhas, Devanneys, O’Cheannabhain, Conneeleys,Hernons, Connollys and O’ Hallorans.

The feature event of the festival is the Eddie Moloney Memorial Concert at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre on Sat. 20th of June. The concert is a special tribute to the famed flute player Eddie Moloney to mark the release of a double CD of his recordings compiled by his son Sean also a renowned flute player. Eddie Moloney (1920–1980) was a traditional musician extrodinaire considered to be the best flute player of his time. He played with many famous Ceili bands including Ballinakill CB (1950’s), Mulhaire CB (1960’s) and Shaskeen (1970’s). Having lived and worked in Salthill in Galway for the majority of his life he influenced many now well established musicians in their formative years including Frankie Gavin and Mairtin O’ Connor. The concert will feature many of thoses musicians including his family.

Other events include an evening of storytelling Celtic Tales by Rab Fulton from Scotland on Thursday 18th at 8pm at the Crane Bar and a singers club on Sat 20th at 6pm also at the Crane.

For further information visit the website or Tel. 00353 (0)87 2245637

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