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Songs by the Sea

Songs by the Sea – a series of intimate concerts in seaside cafés – returns in 2017 with performances by Myles Manley, Felip Carbonnell, Tim V. Smyth and The Hunter at Nook in Collooney, Eithna’s by the Sea in Mullaghmore, Shells Seaside Café in Strandhill and Pudding Row in Easkey. The series takes place during Cairde Sligo Arts Festival each July in association with Mark Willis and Bluestack Records. Admission is free.

Starting off the series of music along the Wild Atlantic Way, is Myles Manley at 5pm on Tuesday, 11th July in Nook, Collooney.

A popular Music artist from Sligo, Myles’ music has been described as ‘alt wonky pop’, ‘audacious’ and with ‘an eye and an ear for the twisted pop nugget’.

Myles’ debut album ‘Greatest Hits 2012- 2013’ was released in 2013.

Also on Tuesday at 7.30pm, Filip Carbonell will perform in Ethna’s by the Sea, Mullaghmore. Felip Carbonell is a guitarist, composer and singer-songwriter originally from Mallorca. Enjoy a journey through Latin music from the Catalan rumba to Cuban bolero to Brazilian bossanova to traditional Mallorcan tunes.

Performing in Shells Seaside Cafe, Strandhill on Wednesday 12th July at 8pm is Tim V. Smyth.

Tim V. Smyth, songwriter/musician with Hidden Highways and Sunday School Sessions, is embarking on a new journey with his latest project The Sky At Night.

Skewed electric ballads, dreamy noise pop, feedback freak outs and a handful of hopeful words too.

 

Finishing off the series on Thursday 13th July is band The Hunter, who perform in Pudding Row, Easkey at 5pm

An up-and-coming Sligo-based band with a unique sound, The Hunter has a refreshing repertoire consisting of their own original music interspersed with choice covers. Influences are folk, alternative music and blues, Afrobrazilian & West African drumming.

 

 

2017 Festival Programme Announcement + Box Office Open


ROLL UP, ROLL UP!
The 2017 Cairde Sligo Arts Festival returns this summer from July 9th – 15th. Sligo is set to transform in to a kaleidoscope of colourful cultural happenings with an incredible range of visual art, kids events, theatre, spoken word, performance and music from all over the world. This year’s programme features over 40 events in venues across Sligo town and county. Tickets are now on sale from the Cairde Festival website (www.cairdefestival.com) or the Hawk’s Well Theatre Box Office.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS for 2017 include aerial theatre by The Barren Carousel, acclaimed Finnish children’s theatre company Kallo Collective, music by Irish-Persian Ensemble Nava, guitar duo Redmond O’Toole and John Walsh, Leonard Barry’s newly formed trad outfit New Road and The Clandestinos; theatre with Pat Kinevane and Aindrias di Staic; family concert with Kíla and the site specific THE WALLS HAVE EARS by Bottlenote Music.

The Model presents Cairde Visual, will open on Thursday July 6th and run until Sat August 5th and present a great range of artists across all media. The festival’s annual giant garden party – PARKFEST – marks the start of Cairde on Sunday 9th June with a day-long FREE celebration in Sligo’s Peace Park featuring aerial performances by The Barren Carousel and Acro Aer Sligo; street performance by Cillian Rogers of the Workhouse Studios, arts activities for kids, graffiti and circus workshops; local arts, craft and food stalls serving a range of delicious goods where the emphasis is on local.

Music highlights include The Walls Have Ears – A magical, site-specific experiential evening of new and improvised music featuring Seán MacErlaine and Shane Latimer of Bottlenote Music with invited guests Jennifer Walshe, Claudia Schwab and Phil Minton. A sell-out show at Dublin’s Fringe Festival, The Walls have Ears will move outside Dublin for the first time. The Sligo event will take place in ‘Breda Murphy’s House’ on No. 2 John Street. Audiences will be led from one room to another to experience a series of quiet improvisations, explosive sets and moments of magic.

Guitar aficionados John Walsh and Redmond O’Toole will come together for a rare and distinctive concert on Wednesday July 12th whilst on Thursday July 13th, Irish-Persian quartet Navá explore the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of members of string band Pine Marten; Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

Kieran Quinn and Charlie McGettigan will host an evenng celebrating the song writer on Saturday July 15th whilst later that evening, audiences can enjoy Appalachian old-time, blues and beyond with ‘New Road’ comprising Leonard Barry (uileann pipe & whistle), Rick Epping (harmonica, banjo & vocals), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals) and Andy Morrow (fiddle & vocals). This incredible night of music will be topped off with the reggae ska outfit, The Clandestinos, who will take us into the wee hours at the Cairde Festival Club.

Songs by the Sea – a series of music events in seaside cafés – returns in 2017 with performances by Myles Manley, Felip Carbonnell and The Hunter in Pudding Row, Nook, Shells Seaside Café, The Little Cottage Café and Eithna’s by the Sea.

The Cairde Kids programme includes the delightful ‘Caterpillars’, a magical performance by Kallo Collective, the wonderful Kíla Kids concert and One World Disco with DJ Will Softly.

This years Cairde Sligo Arts Festival also features ‘Source’ a multicultural event bringing together Sligo’s diverse communities for a taste of world cuisine with Sligo Global Kitchen, performance with Sligo Cultural Exchange and mini-talks / spoken word featuring Ruairí McKiernan and Sorcha Fox amongst others.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is delighted to collaborate with the Creative Ireland programme for this year’s closing event. Street Fest will take place on Saturday the 15th of July featuring a range of performances including the hilarious unicycling street circus show Yodel by Ouch Entertainment, Sligo based Samboeire Samba Band, The Troubadour Mules and more.

 

Cairde Announces Festival Highlights

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival whose core ethos is to celebrate cultural diversity and inclusion through a highly imaginative programme of events. Each year in July, Sligo transforms into a kaleidoscope of colourful cultural happenings with an incredible range of visual art, kids events, theatre, spoken word, performance and music from all over the world. This year’s festival takes place from July 9th to 15th with over 40 events taking place in venues throughout Sligo town and into Sligo County.

Highlights

Highlights for 2017 include aerial theatre by The Barren Carousel, acclaimed Finnish children’s theatre company Kallo Collective, music by Irish-Persian Ensemble Nava, guitar duo Redmond O’Toole and John Walsh, Leonard Barry’s newly formed trad outfit New Road and The Clandestinos; theatre with Pat Kinevane and Aindrias di Staic; family concert with Kíla and the site specific The Walls have Ears by Bottlenote Music. The festival’s fourth annual open submission exhibition, Cairde Visual will be presented at The Model. The Model presents Cairde Visual, will open on Thursday July 6th and run until Sat August 5th and present a great range of artists across all media.

Park Fest

Barren Carrousel Aerial Troupe by Paul Marconi

The festival’s annual giant garden party – Park Fest – is without doubt one of the anticipated highlights of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival.

Marking the start of Cairde this year, Park Fest is a day-long free celebration in Sligo’s Peace Park. It features aerial performances by The Barren Carousel and Acro Aer Sligo; street performance by Cillian Rogers of the Workhouse Studios with arts activities for kids, graffiti and circus workshops.

This year’s line-up of music includes performances by Tenekee Station, Amy O’Hara, Mirenda Rosenberg and more. Bring a picnic blanket to Sligo’s Peace Park on Sunday July 9th and prepare for a feast of good food and entertainment.

And as always – local arts, craft and food stalls serving a range of delicious goods where the emphasis is on local.

Music

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is renowned for an exceptional line up of music and 2017 is no exception. Music highlights include The Walls Have Ears – A magical, site-specific experiential evening of new and improvised music featuring Seán MacErlaine and Shane Latimer of Bottlenote Music with invited guests Jennifer Walshe, Claudia Schwab and Phil Minton. A sell-out show at Dublin’s Fringe Festival, The Walls have Ears will move outside Dublin for the first time. The Sligo event will take place in ‘Breda Murphy’s House’ on No. 2 John Street. Audiences will be led from one room to another to experience a series of quiet improvisations, explosive sets and moments of magic.

Nava_PhotoGuitar aficionados John Walsh and Redmond O’Toole will come together for a rare and distinctive concert on Wednesday July 12th whilst on Thursday July 13th, Irish-Persian quartet Navá explore the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of members of string band Pine Marten; Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

Kieran Quinn and Charlie McGettigan will host an evenng celebrating the song writer on Saturday July 15th whilst later that evening, audiences can enjoy Appalachian old-time, blues and beyond with ‘New Road’ comprising Leonard Barry (uileann pipe & whistle), Rick Epping (harmonica, banjo & vocals), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle and vocals) and Andy Morrow (fiddle & vocals). This incredible night of music will be topped off with the reggae ska outfit, The Clandestinos, who will take us into the wee hours at the Cairde Festival Club.

Songs by the Sea – a series of music events in seaside cafés – returns in 2017 with performances by Myles Manley, Felip Carbonnell and The Hunter in Pudding Row, Nook, Shells Seaside Café, The Little Cottage Café and Eithna’s by the Sea.

Thom&JenniAnd thats not all!

The Cairde Kids programme includes the delightful ‘Caterpillars’, a magical performance by Kallo Collective, a wonderful Kíla Kids concert and One World Disco with DJ Will Softly.

This years Cairde Sligo Arts Festival also features a multicultural event bringing together Sligo’s diverse communities for a taste of world cuisine with Sligo Global Kitchen, performance with Sligo Cultural Exchange and mini-talks / spoken word featuring Ruairí McKiernan and Sorcha Fox amongst others.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is delighted to collaborate with the Creative Ireland programme for this year’s closing event. Street Fest will take place on Saturday the 15th of July featuring a range of performances including the hilarious unicycling street circus show Yodel by Ouch Entertainment, Sligo based Samboeire Samba Band, The Troubadour Mules and more.

Annual fundraising auction – Thank You!

A sincere thanks to all those who generously supported our annual fundraising auction and to all who bid on items. You make Cairde Sligo Arts Festival happen! We raised 5.5K!

The Model presents Cairde Visual 2017

In 2013, a group of established Sligo based artists came together with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival with an aim to create a significant, international open submission exhibition for the North West. Cairde Visual was born and the first annual submission took place in The Hyde Bridge Gallery in 2014. The exhibition has, in a short space of time, become a much-anticipated feature in the arts festival’s programme and in the cultural calendar of the region, not to mention an increasingly important fixture for artists all over Ireland and abroad.  The third annual exhibition in 2016 boasted over 70 artworks from local, national and international artists, featuring a great diversity of media.

The Model came on board as a collaborative partner in 2015, offering The Model Cara Award – a short-term residency in The Model’s artist studio. Recipients of the Model Cara award to date have been Helen Blake in 2015 and both Daniel Chester and Selma Makela in 2016.

The move of Cairde Visual to The Model for 2017 is an exciting development for all concerned. Director of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Tara McGowan, believes that the collaboration with The Model will further enhance the reputation of the annual exhibition. ‘We are delighted to collaborate with The Model as one of Ireland’s leading arts centres. The phenomenal growth and success of the exhibition over the past three years has lead to an increase each year in submissions. The Model’s beautiful gallery spaces will ensure that we can showcase selected works in the best possible way”.

Acting Director at The Model, Emer McGarry is equally looking forward to collaborating with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival on Cairde Visual. ““Part of the core work of The Model is to offer opportunities for the development of professional artists. We are delighted to partner with Cairde Visual in 2017 and to extend the opportunity for local, national and international artists at all stages in their careers to submit work for consideration. We believe that we can bring our expertise and experience to the progression of this Sligo-based open submission exhibition”

The Model presents Cairde Visual will open on Thursday 6th July at 6pm, with a gallery talk featuring three of the exhibiting artists. The event will be followed by a wine reception at 7pm.

Runs Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5pm and Sun 10.30 – 3.30 until Saturday, August 5.

Photo by Barra Cassidy

Heidi Wickham, Emer McGarry, Tara McGowan and Cormac OLeary . Photo : Barra Cassidy

Bag a Bargain at The Big Auction!

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival will take place this year from July 9th to 15th and once again Sligo will come to life with an excellent range of music, theatre, dance, children’s and family events, visual art and more. Some of this year’s festival highlights include the annual massive outdoor celebration Park Fest on July 9th, the addition of a closing street fest on July 15th and the annual Cairde Visual open submission show which this year is presented by the Model from Thursday July 6th to Sunday August 6th. Music highlights will include The Walls Have Ears, Nava, guitar duo John Walsh and Redmond O’Toole, New Road, a Kieran Quinn Songwriters Night and the Clandestinos. Highlights for kids include Caterpillar, a magical performance by Kallo Collective, the wonderful Kila Kids concert and One World Disco.

Each year the festival holds a fundraising auction which raises essential funds towards making the festival happen. The annual big auction fundraiser for Cairde Arts Festival takes place on Thurs 1st June at 8pm in the Riverside Hotel, Sligo. This always proves to be a great night out with some amazing donations and unbelievable bargains! Items can be viewed from 7pm and bidders will be treated to glass of punch on arrival and delicious sweet nibbles courtesy of Berenice Cooks.

Festival Director Tara McGowan says “We are always blown away by the level of support shown to the festival by local business and individuals. The festival is still run on a voluntary basis; we receive some funding from The Arts Council and Sligo County Council but without the fundraising efforts of our committee and the incredible support from local people, the festival could not go ahead. The BigAuction is always a fun night out and people go home happy, having ‘bagged a bargain’ for themselves whilst supporting the local arts festival – it’s Win-Win!. Niall Canning is our auctioneer and he will bring a great deal of humour to proceedings”.

Some of the items for auction this year include 3 pieces from Michael Wann’s ‘Riverside’ series; art work by Cormac O’Leary, Kate MacDonnagh, Leonora Neary, Lorna Watkins, Barra Cassidy, Marilin North, Heidi Wickham and  ; jewelry and accessory donations from the cat and the moon and Cait and I; vouchers for Cafes, restaurants, piano lessons by Kieran Quinn, gym membership; a wonderful range of holistic treatments; a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities; festival and concert tickets, and much more! Check out the festivals facebook event for a more comprehensive listing. Cairde Sligo Arts Festival wishes to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have donated to The Big Auction.

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Now accepting submissions – The Model presents Cairde Visual!

We are delighted to announce that Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 4th annual open submission exhibition will take place at the Model this year. Submission details are on the terms and conditions available here:

 

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Save the date – Cairde Arts Festival returns from July 9th – 15th 2017

Cairde Arts Festival returns for 2017 with an action-packed programme of events and family fun taking place from July 9th – 15th! Save the date!

Cairde Arts Festival, Sligo’s annual celebration of cultural diversity and inclusion, is a summer highlight for families and visitors. The Cairde Arts Festival Committee are planning another creatively fuelled programme of inspiring summer time cultural events.

An exciting programme of events to be announced in April 2017.

For more information on Cairde Arts Festival follow on facebook.com/CairdeArtsFestival and on twitter @cairdefestival