Thursday 20 September 2018

Cairde festival to bring Sligo to life

This July Sligo will come to life with an incredible range of music, theatre, spoken word, dance, poetry trails, children's and family events, visual art and more.

Inspired by the creative energy of Ireland's Northwest, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is an unique coming together of artists and audiences.

It is a celebration of the imagination and shared experience that welcomes people all along the Wild Atlantic Way.

The festival kicks off on Saturday July 7 with free party Disco É Cultura - a blend of music and cultures from Latin America, East Africa and the Caribbean islands.

Over the following week Cairde has a fantastic line up of Irish and global acts performing in venues throughout Sligo.

An Tara - the unique duo of Matthew Noone & Tommy Hayes (in collaboration with The Hawk's Well Theatre) perform a special Trad at Lunch gig at The Hawk's Well Theatre Foyer on Wednesday July 11th. Niwel Tsumbu and Éamonn Cagney, whose sources range from classical to Central Africa, with pulsating rhythms, wild guitar solos and so much more, play Tricky McGarrigles later that evening.

A special family concert with MOXIE is an event for all ages at The Big Top on Thursday July 12 at 6pm. Later that evening, Jerry Creedon & Friends and Manus Noble will fill Calry Church with 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.

On Friday July 13th Flook in collaboration with The Hawk's Well Theatre weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into a breathtaking sound.

The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhrán of John Joe Kelly bring a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.

Later on that night, New Jackson - the new project from the ever prolific Dubliner David Kitt - plays nocturnal house jams with a ghostly disco tint at Tricky McGarrigles.

Recently named by the Irish Times as one of their 50 people to watch in 2018 and voted best newcomer at Electric Picnic 2017, Katie Laffan will play Tricky McGarrigles on Saturday 14th.

Expanding on the musical brilliance of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Songs by the Sea - a series of intimate live concerts in seaside locations in Sligo returns this year.

Featuring performances by LemonCello in The Gallery Café, Rosses Point on Tuesday July 10th at 3 pm; Native Oak in Nook, Collooney on Tuesday 5th at 5pm; Carriages in Shells Seaside Café, Strandhill on Wednesday 11th at 8pm; and Sarah Crummy & Jessie Whitehead in Pudding Row, Enniscrone on Thursday 12th at 5pm.

These are just some of the music acts playing at Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, for more log onto

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