Cairde Sligo Arts Festival 2018

Mirenda Rosenberg

Mirenda Rosenberg



Mirenda Rosenberg

Sat July 15th, 10pm

The Swagman, Wine Street

Admission Free

A powerhouse singer from Washington DC, Mirenda Rosenberg shares her personal history of Black American Music through raw, visceral songs. Her musical expedition spans the decades, including the music of Bessie Smith, Ray Charles & Curtis Mayfield as well as her vivacious original tunes. Mirenda gives new meaning to the phrase ‘owning the stage’.

Songwriters Circle


Songwriters Circle

Sat July 15th, 8pm

Hawk’s Well Theatre 

TICKETS €20 / €10 UNDER 18’s

Singer/Songwriter Charlie McGettigan

Artists from Sligo and beyond are joined by Kieran, Charlie and band, to chat, collaborate, and perform. Line up includes Seamie O’Dowd, Sarah Crummy, Luke Mercer, Fiachra Cunningham and many more.

Songwriters’ Circle brings together songwriters to share songs and stories on stage. Hosted by Kieran Quinn and one of the true gentlemen of the Irish music scene, Charlie McGettigan.

in association with the Hawk’s Well Theatre

New Road


New Road

Sat July 15th, 10pm, McGarrigles Upstairs


NEW ROAD Photos © Colin Gillen/

Irish traditional, Appalachian old-time, blues and beyond. In 2013, Leonard Barry brought together a group of extraordinary musicians to join him on his album of the same name. They are: Rick Epping, Seamie O’Dowd and Andy Morrow.

They have since gone on to perform to much critical acclaim in concerts at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, festivals in France, Belgium and Spain and throughout Ireland.

Between them they have played with so many of Folk and Roots greats, from legendary Irish accordion player Joe Cooley to modern greats such as Christy Moore, from Doc Watson to Pumpkinhead, Dervish, Tim O’Brien, Frankie Gavin, Luka Bloom, The Unwanted to name but a few. This is a mix of musicians that have been to the forefront of folk music for decades.

‘…it’s a declaration of love for music as a way of life’ – Hot Press

‘High octane… virtuoso playing’ – Celtic Music Radio

‘… Superb’ – Niall Toner, RTÉ Radio 1

New Road are:

Leonard Barry (uilleann pipes, whistles) from Kerry and now living in Sligo has been described as a “a master” (Living Tradition). Leonard has released two solo CDs, “Mind the Pipes” (2002) which was named amongst the top recordings of that year in The Irish Times and “New Road” (2013), described as “music as it should be” (fRoots) and “a sweet lyrical gem, 5 stars ” (Sunday Business Post). Named Male Musician of the Year 2015 by The Irish American News, he has toured throughout the world both as a soloist and in other collaborations, recording and performing with leading acts including Luka Bloom, John Spillane, amongst countless others.

Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, 5-string banjo, jaw harp, vocals) is a legend of the folk music scene. From California, Rick is one of the world’s leading harmonica players: “I’ve never heard better” (Doc Watson). An AllIreland harmonica champion and founding member of Pumpkinhead in the 1970s, Rick went on to record with Andy Irvine, Mick Hanley and others, to recording the CD “Jiggin’ the Blues” (2008) with Frankie Gavin and Tim Edey, to playing with Arcady, Sean Keane and The Unwanted, as well as such musical greats as Joe Cooley and Bill Monroe. Rick worked for many years for the Hohner Company improving harmonica production, including patenting a harmonica design favored by many players, including Stevie Wonder

Andy Morrow (fiddle) from Co. Leitrim is from a family steeped in traditional music and has played the fiddle from the age of eight. In 2005 Andy recorded with Tony O’Connell and Arty McGlynn what is widely regarded as a modern classic in traditional Irish music, receiving rave reviews. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and the USA with various groups, as well as touring Australia as part of the multi-award winning play “Trad”. Andy’s playing has been described as “sweet and majestic, bracing style and fine musicianship” (Hot Press).

Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals) from Co. Sligo is one of the most loved and respected musicians in Ireland today. Also a member of The Unwanted, Seamie has recorded two solo CDs, “Headful of Echoes” (2006) and “Wood and Iron” (2013), which was named amongst the top recordings of that year by Hot Press. Seamie is a former member of Dervish and plays with Máirtin O’Connor and Cathal Hayden, recording “Crossroads” (2008) and “Going Places” (2012). He regularly performs with Christy Moore, and has performed with The Chieftains, Liam O’Flynn and a host of others. His musicianship is quite astounding and it is stated that his music “achieves art” (Earle Hitchner).

Bottlenote Music; The Walls Have Ears


Bottlenote Music; The Walls Have Ears  in partnership with The Model

Fri 14 & Sat 15 July at 6 pm & 8pm

No. 2 John Street

TICKETS €15 / €7.50 For Under 18s with Music Generation’s Go See

A magical, site-specific experiential evening of new and improvised music featuring leading Irish and International musicians. 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 will take place in 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. Performers: Seán MacErlaine, Shane Latimer, Claudia Schwab, Phil Minton and Jennifer Walshe.

Bottlenot Music: the Walls Have Ears







Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland Music Project Award.

Diplomatic Enjoy


Diplomatic Enjoy

Fri July 14 at 11 pm

Tricky’s McGarrigles


Local music producer Diplomatc Enjoy (aka Pete McGowan) brings you on a journey from the best in 70s funk to the latest deep house tracks, guaranteed to raise the roof!




Thursday July 13, 9.30pm

McGarrigles Upstairs


Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is delighted to welcome Navá for their debut performance in Sligo. Navá is comprised of members of string band Pine Marten; Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.

A beguiling tapestry of sound, ranging from Irish jigs and reels to Persian ‘dastgáh’, to original compositions and explosive improvisations.

Shahab Coohe – Born into a family of music lovers, Shahab started his music education aged 8, under the direction of Majid Kiani, one of the contemporary masters of the santoor (a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument that pre-dates the duclimer and piano). He also plays violin and is currently studying performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Niall Hughes – Originally from County Mayo, Niall now lives in Dublin where is widely known as one of the most versatile and creative bass players in Ireland. He currently plays with a whole host of bands across the musical spectrum including Afro-Soul band Fehdah, modern string band Pine Marten, Irish group The Dixie Micks, Lisa Canny and The Blue Light Smugglers.

Paddy Kiernan – Paddy is one of Ireland’s most in-demand banjo players and teachers. He currently plays with Roots/Bluegrass band Lands End, the Niall Toner Band and modern string band Pine Marten. Constantly pushing boundaries on his instrument, Paddy was the first 5 string banjo player to graduate from the University of Limerick’s MA in Traditional Music Programme.

Shayan Coohe – Shayan started playing the Tombak under the direction of Master Arjang Kamkar at the age of seven and went on to study Tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar). Shayan continued his studies at the Coservatoire of Music in Tehran aged 11. He also plays Daf, Setar and Tanbour and is currently studying Clarinet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.



The Hunter

Pudding Row, Easkey

Thursday 13th July, 5pm

Free Admission

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.

Songs by the Sea in association with Mark Willis and Bluestack Records. A series of intimate concerts along the Wild Atlantic Way.

SONGS BY THE SEA: Myles Manley


Myles Manley

Tuesday July 11, 5pm

Nook, Collooney


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.

Songs by the Sea In association with Mark Willis and Bluestack Records. A series of intimate concerts along the Wild Atlantic Way

The Clandestinos


The Clandestinos

Saturday July 10, 11.30 pm

Festival Club @ 5th on Teeling


A 7 piece music collective dealing in the sounds of Roots Reggae, Ska, Latin and hints of Dub, The Clandestinos pay tribute to these musical movements while also incorporating their own influences and musical backgrounds.

Drawing from the work of artists and styles such as Manu Chao, UK Punk-Reggae & Ska, groove heavy Dub, and the rootsy spirit of The Wailers and Lee Scratch Perry – the band bring these global sounds and vibes to Irish audiences in a high energy live show.

Expect roots classics, bursts of ska, reggaefied takes on alternative rock and dance tunes, latin grooves: All delivered via drums, bass, guitars and a 3-piece brass section.






Redmond O’Toole and John Walsh. In association with Con Brio


Redmond O’Toole and John Walsh. In association with Con Brio

Wednesday July 12 8pm |Calry Church

TICKETS €16 / €8 FOR UNDER 18s With Go See

John Walsh Flamenco Guitarist photographed in Tapas de Lola on Wexford Street. Pic. Bryan Meade 29/6/2015

Two of Ireland’s leading guitarists bridge the gap between flamenco and Spanish classical music in a treat for music lovers and guitarists alike.

John Walsh is a master of the flamenco guitar and has been embraced at the heart of its culture in Spain performing in some of the most historically important flamenco venue’s such as ‘Flamenco Candela’ in Madrid, as well as being the invited International Artist for the 2014 for the 2014 Flamenco Consuega. He has composed music for and performed with the National Ballet of Ireland, Bill Whelan’s Riverdance & Michael Rooney’s De Cuellar Orchestra among others.

Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation.  He is praised internationally for his classical recitals on his 8-string guitar, performs regularly as orchestral soloist and has held residencies at the National Concert Hall and National Opera House. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s ‘Brahms guitar’. This ground breaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello.

Both Walsh and O’Toole will perform some of the very best of their respective repertoires before coming together in an original and unique duo that is full of communication, duende and a few laughs along the way.

O’Toole and Walsh gave their duo debut at the National Concert Hall last October to critical acclaim.