Wednesday 21 February 2018

Trad to take centre stage at Sligo live

A feast of trad music features in the line up for the festival

Fans of traditional Irish music will be thrilled to hear the latest acts announced for Sligo Live 2017.

Glasgow band Trip and legendary fiddlers Kevin Burke and Philip Duffy will be in town to perform for the festival over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Spokesman Rory O'Connor says: "Trip is the new Glasgow based traditional band everybody is talking about. The six members hail from Ireland, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. They will open as Sharon Shannon's special guests in her Sligo Live concert on Saturday 28th October at 8pm in the Hawk's Well Theatre."

The band's Flute player is from Sligo. Tiernan Courell who won the All Ireland Senior Flute title at the Fleadh in Ennis this summer says: "Trip's music comes from the cultures and traditions of Scotland, England, Ireland and the Isle of Man. We are all students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and began playing together through informal sessions and instantly clicked through our shared love of traditional music."

Their combination of melodies produce a powerful, driven and energetic sound from fast jigs and reels to captivating Gaelic song.

The Sligo Live show will be their first major Irish concert. Tiernan Courell also featured as one of the Sligo Live Session musicians who made such an impression at the hugely-influential Cambridge Folk Festival over the past two years.

Rory continues: "Trip is another reason not to miss this excellent Sligo Live show and complements the truly exceptional talents of Sharon Shannon and her Band. Tickets are available from and in person or by phone from the Hawks Well (071 916 1518)."

Sligo Live has also just announced the adjudicators for the 2017 Fiddler of Dooney. Since its revival in 2006 by Sligo Town Branch CCE and the festival, the strong musical connections between Sligo and American tradition, which stretches back to Coleman, Morrison and Killoran, has been celebrated through having one U.S. based fiddler and an Irish based musician jointly judge the competition.

This year the Fiddler of Dooney welcomes back the legendary Kevin Burke, who will join with Philip Duffy on the rostrum. Both Burke and Duffy are outstanding fiddlers with an extensive body of work behind them and enviable international reputations for their Sligo inspired playing styles.

Aficionados of traditional fiddling will enjoy these two masters giving their opinions and advice to the aspiring competitors at the Junior Fiddler at 11am on Saturday 28th October and the Fiddler of Dooney at 2pm on Sunday 29th October. Both are in the Methodist Church in Wine Street, opposite the Omniplex Cinema.

Tickets for Imelda May and Gilbert O'Sullivan are also available from the outlets listed.

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