Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2018


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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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Songs by the Sea – Back for 2017!

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.

Photo by Peter Martin

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’. Also on Tuesday at 7.30pm, Filip Carbonell will perform in Ethna’s by the Sea, MullaghmoreFelip 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.

Photo: Peter Martin

Performing in Shells Seaside Cafe, Strandhill on Wednesday 12th July at 8pm is Tim V. Smyth. Songwriter/musician with Hidden Highways and Sunday School Sessions,Tim V. Smyth 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 5pmAn 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.



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!

Announcing The Big Auction 2017


The annual big auction fundraiser for Cairde Arts Festival takes place on Thurs 1st June from 7pm in the Riverside Hotel, Sligo. This always proves to be a great night out with some amazing donations and unbelievable bargains!

Pick yourself up a treat while helping out your local arts festival! You deserve it!

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival wishes to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have donated.

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. All will be revealed in time! Be sure to mark the dates off in your calendar and keep a close eye on our Facebook, Twitter and website for more information on the festival and the line up for 2017.

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:




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.

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