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Sun. 30th Oct. 2016 – Hawk’s Well Theatre

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters a second decade of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
26th– 31st October 2016

One of the most exciting acts on the Irish folk scene, LYNCHED, will feature in a double bill with Californian singer-songwriter and Fiddler SARA WATKINS as part of Sligo Live Festival on Sunday, 30th October 2016 @ Hawk’s Well Theatre.  Tickets @ €20.00 plus service charge are on sale now from

Described by THE GUARDIAN as “the Irish folk stars who are ‘more punk than punk’” and ‘The most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years’, Dublin band LYNCHED are the natural successors to the Dubliners and Planxty.   A live TV appearance on Later With Jools Holland has seen their popularity soar in recent months.

They are a four-piece traditional folk group, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar.   Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.

Formed as an experimental-psychedelic-folk-punk-duo by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2,000’s.   As their interest in traditional music and song grew, the brothers began to attend sessions around Dublin, where they formed friendships with Cormac Mac Diarmada and Radie Peat, and the group quickly became a dedicated four-piece.

‘Cold Old Fire’ was recorded in 2013, and although fundamentally an album of traditional Irish songs, heavily influenced by Irish legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty and The Dubliners, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected from American old-timey music, ambient techno and psychedelic folk, to black metal, punk and rock n’roll.

Lynch’s special guest, SARA WATKINS is a singer-songwriter and fiddler from California.  This multi-instrumentalist debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group, Nickel Creek, along with her brother, Sean and Mandolin superstar, Chris Thile. In addition to singing and playing fiddle, Sara also plays ukulele and guitar, and played percussion while touring with Seattle indy-folk band, The Decemberists.  In addition to touring as a solo artist, she just completed a Nickel Creek reunion tour in celebration of the band’s first release in seven years, ‘A Dotted Line’.

Sara has three solo albums, ‘Sara Watkins’ and ‘Sun Midnight Sun’ on Nonesuch Records, and her latest, “Young In All The Wrong Ways”.  Her third album was produced by fellow fiddler, Gabe Witcher of the Punch Brothers who put together a band that includes two of his fellow Punch Brothers: guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul Kowert.  Providing harmonies are Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, Watkin’s bandmates in “I’m With Her”, and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

Sara and Sean Watkins also produce the Watkins Family Hour, a monthly residency and podcast at the Los Angeles Venue Largo, featuring an eclectic group of guest musicians, comedy and more.   Last year the siblings released the first-ever Watkins Family Hour album.  The album beautifully captures the freewheeling spirit of the shows.  Described by Rolling Stone “it documents the Vaudeville-meets-Appalachia-meets-Hollywood monthly residency”.   ‘Watkins Family Hour’ is composed entirely of covers with a little help from their friends Fiona Apple, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ keyboardist Benmont Tench, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, Jackson Brown and more.

LYNCHED and SARA WATKINS join the line-up at SLIGO LIVE which includes PAUL BRADY and THE SAW DOCTORS.

Weekend tickets, which include all SLIGO LIVE 2016 performances are on sale from and, all Ticketmaster outlets and Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo (071 916 1518), priced at €119.00.

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