Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2018

Opening Party with Disco É Cultura

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Opening Party with Disco É Cultura

July 7 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Join us for a vinyl-only party focusing on the music and cultures of Latin America, East Africa and the Caribbean islands with Disco É Cultura. Free admission.


July 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Laura Quirke (guitar, vocals) and Claire Kinsella (cello, vocals). Songs by the Sea series of intimate concerts in seaside locations. Free admission.

Native Oak

July 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Leitrim based singer-songwriter, Native Oak has a smooth and warm fingerpicking style matched with a gravelly voice and reflective lyrics. Songs by the Sea. Free admission.

LemonCello – In Association with Rising Tide

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

LemonCello draws from a wide range of influences including traditional and alternative folk music, jazz, pop, blues and classical music to create an immersive experience through a dynamic expression of lyrical story. Ticket includes light supper.

DJ Sweetcup & Fuzzrock

July 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

From 1980s Bay Area art punk to current Senegalese guitar trance, the one thing all this night's tunes will have in common is that they will make you want to shimmy.

California Feetwarmers

July 11 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 pm

Recognised as one of the hottest bands playing out of one of America’s steamiest states, The California Feetwarmers return to Europe for appearances at festivals throughout the summer.

A Pop Up Family Sing

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Dave Flynn, RTE Choir of Ages, for a summer singalong! No prior experience whatsoever is needed – just come along and enjoy the fun!


July 11 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Carriages are Harry Bookless and Aaron Page. Songs by the Sea series of intimate concerts in seaside locations.

Niwel Tsumbu & Éamonn Cagney

July 11 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Built on 15 years of constant collaboration, Niwel Tsumbu and Éamonn Cagney performances are known for their incredible musical chemistry and exciting, joyous performances.

An Tara – Matthew Noone & Tommy Hayes

July 12 @ 1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival has teamed up with the Hawk’s Well Theatre for a special Trad at Lunch gig.

One World Kid’s Disco with DJ Will Softly

July 12 @ 2:30 pm - 3:40 pm

Time once again to shake, move, wiggle and bounce to the sounds of One World DJ Will Softly. A Cairde festival favourite!

Sarah Crummy & Jessie Whitehead

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sarah Crummy and Jessie Whitehead are a songwriting duo from Sligo. Expect soulful tunes and sweet harmonies. Free admission.

Stephen James Smith, Alice Lyons, An Tara & The Kobe Trio

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Vagabond Verses - Poetry and Music. Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. Alice Lyons is Yeats Society poet in residence.

Family Concert with MOXIE

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A family concert with MOXIE is an event not to be missed! MOXIE are: Ted Kelly (banjo/guitar), Jos Kelly (keyboards/button accordion), Darren Roche (button accordion), Cillian Doheny (acoustic & electric guitars) and Josh Sampson (drums).

Jerry Creedon & Friends Manus Noble – In association with Con Brio

July 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A fascinating mix of the classical and the modern, all involving the guitar, in a programme ranging from the cool jazz of Thelonius Monk to the Tango sensations of Astor Piazzolla.

La Orquesta Kalamares

July 12 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

La Orquesta Kalamares is a small band with a big sound! A winning combination of original songs and own arrangements of very popular songs, embracing different styles of Latin music: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Rumba, Kizomba, Cha Cha Cha, Cumbia. Free admission.


July 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Flook possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.


July 13 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Psychedelic, spiralling, lo-fi synth/electronics and guitars with a heavy does of Antwerp.

New Jackson & Margie Lewis

July 13 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Since the turn of the decade as New Jackson, he has mined a seam of driving, ghostly house to run parallel with his solo strand of ambient folk electronica.

Katie Laffan

July 14 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Recently named by the Irish Times as one of their 50 people to watch in 2018, and hailed ‘Best Newcomer’ at 2017’s Electric Picnic - Katie Laffan has never been an artist to stand still.

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