Sligo celebrates The Gathering with folk, roots and indie festival
The cream of traditional musicians from across the world descend on Sligo Live
This is a very special year for Sligo Live, the cream of Irish Traditional musicians from across the world will be in Sligo this October Bank Holiday to celebrate the Gathering at one of Europe’s premier folk, roots and indie Festivals. Mark the dates, 23rd to 28th October in your diaries.
The festival brings together Irish and U.S. musicians to show the influences in both directions on folk, roots and indie music, celebrating The Gathering by inviting music lovers to experience how our music has crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic and returned changed and enriched.
Sligo Live is celebrating the Gathering 2013 and attracting additional overseas visitors with arguably the most exciting programme of traditional music ever seen in Sligo. Coleman’s Call is a unique concert inspired by the Sligo Fiddle Masters’ (Coleman, Morrison and Killoran), who made the first popular recordings of Irish Traditional music in New York during the early twentieth century.
It will feature renowned U.S. Fiddlers, Liz Carroll from Chicago, NYC’s Tony DeMarco, Jessie Smith from Baltimore and flute player, Sean Gavin from Detroit with a host of outstanding Sligo Musicians including top band Teada, the legendarySeamus Tansey, Seamie O’Dowd, Seamus and Manus McGuire with Garry O’Briain, Philip Duffy, Declan Folan, Junior Davey, Mossie Martin, and Declan Courell all treating us to their individual interpretations of these iconic tunes which continue as the backbone of Irish traditional music.
Planxty Legends Liam Og O Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin and Donal Lunny, aka LAPD and DERVISH also perform at this year’s SLIGO LIVE.
As well as the very special Coleman’s Call Concert, and Liz Carroll’s concert, SLIGO LIVE will once again feature the always dynamic Sligo Sessions and the overseas expansion of the renowned Fiddler of Dooney Competition. Add a whole parallel program of roots and indie music, a hopping festival club each night and ‘Arrivals’, performances by some of Ireland’s top emerging talent and you have a must see festival.
An afternoon musical conversation between Jessie Smith and Oisin Mac Diarmada, both of whom are immersed in the tunes and times of Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran, will give a context to the concert and provide some background as to why these great musicians are so revered in the cannon of traditional music.
More recent legends are Liam Og O Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin and Donal Lunny, affectionately known as LAPD,who collectively inhabited the bands Planxty, The Bothy Band, Sweeney’s Men, Moving Hearts and many more through decades of Irish music, will perform concert in the wonderfully atmospheric Calry Church, supported by all-girl bluegrass group, Locust Honey String Band from North Carolina.
Anyone who was lucky enough to attend one of their sold out concerts at Vicar Street and the show-stealing performance at last year’s Electric Picnic will testify that their energy and amazing telepathic chemistry hasn’t waned. Liam, Andy, Paddy and Dónal, aka LAPD will give us a rare opportunity to savor the sounds these amazing musicians brought to these seminal groups who changed the face of Irish music.
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