Monday 22 July 2019

Finishing touches being put to exciting 2019 Mallow Arts Festival programme

Bill Browne

The organising team behind the annual Mallow Arts Festival have been busy putting together an exciting and eclectic mix of events for the this years edition, which will run at venues across the town from July 24-28.

Now in its third year will be officially opened by Mallow native and multi-award winning sound and performance artist Danny McCarthy. 

Danny, who was honoured for his work last October with the prestigious Cork Person of the Month award, has been a mainstay of Cork's vibrant arts scene for decades and one of the first in Cork to recognise sound as an art form and incorporate it into his work. 

Recognised worldwide for his innovative sound art, using acoustics, electronics, noise music, audio media, environmental sound and film in his work, he has exhibited and performing widely both in Ireland and abroad. 

In 2006 he and Mick O'Shea founded the Quiet Club, a floating membership sound (art and electronics) performance group that has performed and presented works to widespread critical acclaim across Europe, North America, China and Japan. 

Festival chair Tadhg Curtis said they were delighted to have Danny, whom he described as "Mallow's greatest living artist" back on home soil to open the festival. 

Another exciting addition to this years line up will be the popular singer and musician Sean Keane, who will play the opening night concert of the festival at the Hibernian Hotel with his backing band. 

Known for his distinctive sean-nós style, Keane's voice is truly unique with his songs also encompassing a mixture of trad, pop, blues and country. 

The Galway native was born into a musical family that included his renowned sister Dolores and was a founder member of the popular band Arcady. Tickets for the concert have already gone on sale at priced at €25 and early booking is advised. 

Tadhg said Keane was the 'people's choice' to play the festival. 

"We asked people coming out of last years Mary Coughlan concert who they would like to see and Sean's name was the most frequently mentioned," he said. 

Tadhg said that popular family trio Greenshine will also be returning to play the festival this year, playing the Hibernian Hotel's Garden Room at 5pm on the final day. 

"We are in the process of putting together the final festival programme, which will also include a classical concert at St James' Church, jazz sessions in local pubs, a busking competition and plenty of on-street entertainment."

He said the full programme will be available on the festival website shortly.