Wednesday 23 October 2019

New innovations at Sligo Live 2019

Sligo Live features some new innovations in this year's programme in its move to a longer and more varied format. These include three launches of albums featuring the rich traditional music of the area and two very special Readings.

Since its inception, Sligo Live has championed quintessential Irish Traditional music, particularly North Connaught, or as it is more commonly known, Sligo Style, music.

First up, on Sunday 20th October is an outing of Leonard Barry, Declan Folan, Shane McGowan's new release Hurry the Jug in the Glasshouse Hotel's Swan Room at 4pm.

A reading by Sligo native Michael Gorman to launch his beautiful new book 'fifty poems' takes place in the Hawk's Well at 2pm on Sunday, 20th October. Michael will be introduced by his brother, Tommie of RTE news with exquisite music played by Gerry Grennan and Brendan Emmett.

Willy Vlautin will appear at the Hawk's Well theatre with his band The Delines on Thursday October 24th at 8pm.

In addition to his excellent song-writing and musicianship, Vlautin is an acclaimed Award winning American literary novelist and will give an unmissable intimate book reading in the Hawk's Well Theatre's foyer at 5.30 pm.

Kevin Burke has been one of the most respected and loved musicians in the Irish tradition as a member of the seminal Bothy Band and subsequent solo and ensemble tours and albums. He has returned to his family roots in Sligo to record 'Sligo Made', a CD as its name suggests, was recorded in Sligo featuring area-based musicians and many local tunes.

It's a salute to the host of Sligo musicians who carried on the tradition over the years and appropriately, it is being launched in the Swan Room of the Glasshouse Hotel on Saturday 26th at 4pm. Admission is €8.

Michael Gorman launches his book 'fifty poems' at the Hawk's Well Theatre on Sunday October 20th at 2 pm. Michael was born in Sligo and educated at Summerhill College and NUIG, where he tutored and taught for many years.

'fifty poems' is an amalgam of new and collected work beautifully illustrated by Joe Boske. Many of the book's poems conjure up the Sligo of Gorman's childhood, its people and its places.

Michael's readings will be interspersed with music by internationally-recognised, Sligo- based musicians, Gerry Grennan and Brendan Emmett. This is a free event, but booking is advised from the Hawk's Well Theatre box office.

Sunday October 20th at 4 pm in the Swan Room at the Glasshouse Hotel Leonard Barry, Declan Folan and Shane McGowan, launch their new album 'Hurry The Jug'.

The Sligo based Trio have earned widespread reputations among their peers representing much that is special about traditional music today.

Uilleann pipes and fiddle have long been a fabled combination in Irish music and accompanied by guitar bring a special blend of Irish music, from the rich tradition of Kerry, South Sligo and further afield, to newly composed pieces from themselves, their contemporaries, and musical heroes.

Tickets priced at €8 available from and in person or by phone from the Hawk's Well box office 071 916 1518.

Willy Vlautin is a literary realist who has written five novels, which are critically hailed and have won numerous prizes.

His books, two of which have been filmed, deal with the underclass left behind by the rampant prosperity of the U.S.

He finds the warmth and decency of his characters who often overcome the most difficult situations to excape their circumstances 'The Motel Life', his first novel was an editor's choice in the New York Times Book Review and named one of the top 25 books of the year by the Washington Post. The Thursday 24th reading at 5.30pm is a free event, but booking is advised from the Hawk's Well box office.

London-born and resident in Portland, Oregon, Kevin Burke is the son of Sligo parents and has always had a strong connection with Sligo and Sligo Music.

He describes the genesis of his new 'Sligo Made' album "it occurred to me recently that the most obvious thing in the world would be to go to Sligo to make a CD. I then couldn't help but wonder why I hadn't thought of it many years ago."

Kevin performs live in concert to launch the album in the Swan Room at The Glasshouse Hotel, Saturday October 26th at 4 pm.

Tickets priced at €8 available from and in person or by phone from the Hawk's Well box office 071 916 1518.

A special Hawk's Well Trad at Lunch performance on Wednesday 23rd at 1pm will see Sligo resident and Roscommon native, Mossie Martin team up with Dervish's Michael Holmes to launch his Album, 'The Humours of Derrynacoosan'.

This is a free gig where both musicians will explore old favourites and new compositions.

These 5 performances will join the Sligo Live line-up which includes The Coronas, Jools Holland, and His 23-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guest Eddi Reader, John Bishop, Bell X1's Paul Noonan, The Indigo Girls and Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Delines and Café Spice, The Blind Boy Podcast, Willie Watson and Niamh Farrell, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Brave Giant, Wild Youth, All Tvvins with special guests Somebody's Child, The Kilfenora and Bird On The Wire - The Songs of Leonard Cohen by The Whileaways and Pauline Scanlon with a 10 piece collective of outstanding musicians, and a special Sligo concert with 'SYMPHONY OF DANCE' featuring DJs Roger B and Barron Cawley with Sligo Academy of Music Orchestra and special guest vocalist, Sinead Conway.

Tickets for these various Sligo Live shows are on sale from or from Hawk's Well Theatre by phone (071) 9161518 or in person.

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