Missed an earlier news item? Visit the news archive.

Sligo Live 2015

in a Co-Production with

Hawk’s Well Theatre Presents

‘When Peace Comes Dropping Slow’

Fri. 23rd Oct. 2015 – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters a second decade of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
21st – 26th October 2015

SLIGO LIVE is delighted to present ‘When Peace Comes Dropping Slow’ in a co-production with the Hawk’s Well Theatre.  This unique event encompasses a piece specially composed for W.B. Yeats 150th Centenary and a performance of ‘Reconciliation Suite’ written for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.  Tickets for this special event which takes place on Friday, 23rd October 2015 @ Hawk’s Well Theatre priced at €18 and €9 (U18’s) are on sale now.

Sligo is the spiritual home of poet, W.B. Yeats, and in conjunction with Yeats 2015, the National and International celebration of the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth, Sligo Live 2015 has a Yeatsian theme running through the programme.

The centrepiece of this is a concert ‘When Peace Comes Dropping Slow’.    Sligo Live has commissioned a new piece of music from renowned composer, Michael Rooney, reflecting on W.B. Yeats’ work and particularly its relevance to 1916.   It will be premiered by a spirited group of 20 of the region’s top young classical and traditional musicians, led by Sligo Academy of Music director, Niamh Crowley and fellow Sligo resident, Rooney.  The Principals and the orchestra will also give the first public live performance of the three delightfully poignant pieces “Reconciliation Suite” which Michael wrote and played for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall during their historic visit to Sligo in support of the peace process.

This unique event will also feature the orchestra performing some of Michael’s compositions from Battle of the Books and The De Cuellar Suite and to begin the evening Michael and his partner in Draiocht, June McCormack, will treat the audience to the exquisite intermingling of harp and flute which first brought them to worldwide attention.

Music lovers have been enjoying fantastic music from Sligo Live on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way for the past 11 years. The festival, which focuses on folk, roots and indie music, produces over 80 performances, all indoor, over 6 days throughout the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

The line-up at SLIGO LIVE  includes RUFUS WAINWRIGHT,  THE WATERBOYS, JOOLS HOLLAND and HIS 21 PIECE RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA, RALPH McTELL, ALTAN, PAULINE BLACK & GAPS HENDRICKSON from The Selecter, The Whileaways, The Jimmy Cake,  and many more to be announced.

Tickets are available from and, all Ticketmaster outlets and Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo (071 916 1518). A very limited number of great Value weekend tickets which include seats at all Sligo Live 2015 performances: including Rufus Wainwright, The Waterboys and Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, plus 80 performances over 6 days are also on sale for €136.00.   Now that’s a festival not to be missed.

Sligo Live Festival is a not-for-profit festival and has the support of investment from its public and private partners.  It is made possible by this community effort and input from the host of volunteers you will meet as you go from event to event.

For festival details and regular announcements log onto:, follow us on Twitter @sligolive or like our Sligo Live Festival Facebook page

Permalink - Posted: September 7, 2015 at 10:48 am