Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2018


Cairde Sligo Arts Festival – Music highlights

The Cairde Sligo Arts Festival music programme celebrates an exceptional range of diverse musicians, with a strong focus on exciting musical collaborations between Irish and International musicians

“We are excited to commission Bottlenote Music for a very special Sligo rendition of ‘The Walls have Ears’ – a magical site specific evening of new and improvised music with special guests Phil Minton and Jennifer Walshe”, said Festival Director Tara McGowan. A sell-out show at Dublin’s Fringe Festival, Bottlenote Music ’s The Walls have Ears will move outside Dublin for the first time. The Sligo event, presented in partnership with the Model, is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland Music Project Award.

It will take place in No. 2 John Street on Fri. 14 & Sat 15 July at 6pm & 8pm. Audiences will be led from one room to another to experience a series of quiet improvisations, explosive sets and moments of magic.

Performers: Seán MacErlaine, Shane Latimer, Claudia Schwab, Phil Minton and Jennifer Walshe.

“We are very happy to premiere the work of Navá in Sligo, described by Carl Corcoran of Lyric FM as ‘a pioneering musical collaboration’ between Irish and Persian musicians.”

Navá is comprised of members of string band Pine Marten; Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe. The performance will take place on Thursday 13th July, in McGarrigles, Upstairs.

“Two of Ireland’s premiere guitarists John Walshe and Redmond O’Toole will also come together for a special collaborative concert in Calry Church.”

O’Toole and Walsh gave their duo debut at the National Concert Hall last October to critical acclaim. Their performance in Calry Church will take place on Wednesday 12th July at 8pm in association with Con Brio.

NEW ROAD Photos © Colin Gillen/

Kieran Quinn and Charlie McGettigan will host an evening celebrating the song writer on Saturday July 15th at The Hawkswell whilst later that evening, audiences can enjoy Appalachian old-time, blues and beyond at McGarrigles 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. (Free Admission)

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