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21 -25 October Bank Holiday Weekend


I welcome you all to the 2010 Sligo Live Sessions. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the town and county we are so lucky to live in. I applaud the enthusiasm and hard work that has gone into making Sligo Live Sessions the success it is today. I extend our thanks to all the volunteers and businesses who contributed time, services and financial support to make Sligo Live Sessions an important fixture in Ireland’s cultural profile. Congratulations to Sligo Live Sessions on its partnership with Glasgow’s massive Celtic Connections festival which brings a new dimension to the strong historical links between our two cities. We trust this initiative will bring benefits to both our cities. The Festival is all about people discovering Sligo’s musical strength and heritage and the great quality of life Sligo has to offer. Have a great weekend. The Mayor of Sligo, Matt Lyons, Patron of Sligo Live MAJOR FUNDERS







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Sligo live Produced by Rory O’Connor and Shane Mitchell, Full Moon Productions Festival board: Damian Devaney (Chairman), Tom Conefrey, Sean Dwyer, Adrian Eames, Michael Fleming, Philip Flynn, Sile Garrett Haran, Deirdre Healy McGowan, Hubert Keaney, John McCormack, Jim McGarry, Marc MacSharry, Enda Scanlon, John Waters, Festival Operations Team: Deirdre Melvin, Tara McGowan, Denise Rushe, Charles Kelly, Declan Courell, Suzanne Donnelly, Mary Roche, Carolin Collins. Design: Map:

Friday October 22nd

The Stranglers and Heathers

HEATHERS While the Stranglers have an amazing past, Heathers may well have an amazing future. Heathers' are 20 year old twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara. Their debut album 'Here, Not There' has been a big hit with both fans and media, and following a very successful Irish debut, the album will be released in the UK and further European countries from October 2010.

Photo: John McMurtrie

THE STRANGLERS The Stranglers are rock legends, whose music has stood the test of time and whose songs are still as popular on radio today as they were on the week of release. The band’s straight talking approach gave them the reputation as aggressive and confrontational with their notoriety later embraced by the punk movement. This led to their legendary first album Rattus Norvegicus. This was followed by such hits as 'Grip' ‘Peaches’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘5 Minutes’, ‘Duchess’, ‘Something Better Change’, ‘Always the Sun’ and their ultimate classic ‘Golden Brown’. The band boast 24 top forty singles and 18 top forty albums. Their last 2 albums 'Norfolk Coast' and ‘Suite XVI’ have been hailed as their best

for 20 years, with hit singles ‘Big Thing Coming’ and ‘Long Black Veil’ giving the band the rare accolade of maintaining top 40 hits over 4 decades. Their Greatest Hits collection is a Multi-Million seller. 2010 for the Stranglers continued their recent resurgence, starting with an extensive UK tour, including a sold-out return to the Hammersmith Apollo. The Stranglers, now well past their 35th anniversary have never stopped for more than a few weeks, outliving and out performing most, if not all, of their contemporaries and critics. The band released a new live album and DVD, recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo in March 2010, and are recording further tracks for their new studio album.

The Radisson Hotel, Ballincar, Sligo. Doors 7.00pm Admission €30 All standing (lesser abled area available)

Their insistently catchy song Remember When featured on the Discover Ireland ad campaign and was Ireland’s indie hit of this Summer. 2008 and 2009 saw the girls embark on two month-long tours of America, while they will join Paolo Nutini on dates this autumn. They also performed at Ireland’s largest music festivals including Oxegen and Electric Picnic this summer. Their latest single - Reading in the Dark – can be heard on radio stations all over Ireland at the moment.

Booking:, Third Wave Music or The Hawks Well 071 9161526

Friday October 22nd

Amazing double bil

Alan Kelly Quartet with Special Guest Eddi Reader and Crooked Stil

A transatlantic Journey

Americana meets Celtic – Musical Virtuosity from Ireland, Scotland and America

EDDI READER ALAN KELLY QUARTET ALAN KELLY’s most recent album, After the Morning, was named one of the top ten musical highs of 2009 by the Irish Times. He returns to the stage with his new 4 piece performing music from all over the Celtic regions including Ireland, Brittany, Asturius and Louisiana alongside original compositions that stem from a deep traditional sensitivity. Joining Alan are DONOGH HENNESSY, a founding member of the trad super group, Lúnasa; the great Clare fiddle player, TOLA CUSTY and a brilliant,

emerging talent on the traditional scene, New York/Irish flautist, STEPH GEREMIA on flute/whistle/vocals. Here, innovation meets a sympathetic approach to the past, present and future of traditional music, described by the Irish Times as "a brilliantly talented, effortless and exuberant performance". Their music will draw in even the most fainthearted listener into the passion – magical, joyous and uplifting!

They will be joined by the mesmerizing Glaswegian vocalist, EDDI READER, a singer with meltingly true vocals and a towering romanticism. Her time with Fairground Attraction really brought her into the limelight as the group's single, 'Perfect' and album, First of a Million Kisses, both topped the British charts.

CROOKED STILL Purveyors of the nu-folk, bluegrass movement, CROOKED STILL are equal parts ambassador and innovators as evidenced on their newest release “ome Strange Country” The musical prowess of this defiantly non-traditional bluegrass quintet is on display as radically reimagined traditional fare blends seamlessly alongside original compositions and even the Rolling Stones’. Crooked Still are Aoife O’Donovan on vocals; Gregory Liszt on banjo; Brittany Hass (Fiddle); Tristan Clarridge (Cello) and Corey DiMario on double bass. On Some Strange Country, Crooked Still has recorded their most personal, visionary album yet. "The music is not just ‘alternative bluegrass’ or whatever people used to call it," Brittany Haas remarks. "It’s at another level now: artful, but still grounded in that funky, string band thing." The great Alison Krauss has recorded an Aoife O’Donovan song called “Lay My Burden Down” for the upcoming film “Get Low” starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray and Lucas Black.

She also famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, and had a successful stint with punk outfit, Gang of Four. She has seven acclaimed solo albums including the classic 'Songs Of Robert Burns. Awarded the MBE in 2006, she took her Burns songs on tour all over the world.

The Model, The Mall, Sligo. 8.00pm Admission €20

Booking:, Third Wave Music or The Hawks Well 071 9161526

Friday October 22nd

THE DUKE AND THE KING The Duke & The King are a soul-folk-glam ensemble from the sticks of New York created by Simone Felice and Robert Bird Burke, featuring the sensational Simi Stone and Reverend Loveday, and like any traveling theatre troupe there's bound to be a growing cast of bewitching characters. Simon Felice will already be familiar to fans of The Felice Brothers. Named for the travelling Shakespeare hustlers in 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', these curious band of rebels/rabble have found an unexpected home together, an itinerant church of harmony where all strays are welcome to come out of the cold and sing along to these songs of love, loss, pathos, and hope. In just a short time The Duke & The King have garnered a barrage of international acclaim, earning comparisons to some of pop history's most hallowed acts, from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to Smokey Robinson, Fleetwood Mac, Sly & the Family Stone, and Simon & Garfunkel. This is a rare opportunity to see a very special band that will not be playing intimate venues for long. Their sell-out first Irish gigs in Kilkenny, Belfast and Dublin earlier this year left audiences in awe and this magical concert in this wonderfully atmospheric Church of Ireland promises to be yet another Calry candidate for gig of the year.

The Duke & The King and Slim Pickin’s

Trim the Velvet

"Songs so perfectly formed they might have been around forever" The Daily Telegraph (Neil McCormick) “one of my favourite albums of the year. Each song somehow sounding like a classic, each live performance suggesting we are in the presence of a rare, fiery brilliance."The Guardian (Laura Barton) "Shows the power of music to lift your spirits and make your heart full - absolutely fantastic." - Johnnie Walker / BBC Radio 2


Opening the show are Slim Pickin’s, four friends based in Sligo and Dublin who take time out from their other musical projects to play their own brand of American roots, bluegrass and western swing. Firmly rooted in old time bluegrass, the line up is Leo Morris on buck leppin` banjo & guitar Anthony Mannion’s howlin’ dobro, guitar and vocals, Lucie Crichlow’s raw & sweet singin’ and Luke Mercer’s chuggin’ rhythm guitar and vocals. With distinctive three part bluegrass harmonies and old time pickin’, Slim Pickin`s high energy keeps the session rolling!

Sligo Live Sessions thanks Rev. Patrick Bamber and the Select Vestry of Calry Church of Ireland Parish, whose generosity has made this concert possible.

Calry Church, The Mall, Sligo. 8.30pm Admission €15

Booking:, Third Wave Music or The Hawks Well 071 9161526

What do you get when you put two champion Céilí bands, The Innisfree Céilí Band and The Dartry Céilí Band into an Award-winning Nightclub - one of the best night's craic ever and it certainly puts an end to the old ham sandwich and tea image of Céilís in the past. Sligo Live Sessions are delighted to bring another first by hosting a late night Club in Sligo's award winning Nightclub taking the Céilí into previously unimagined territory. Sligo’s Velvet Rooms in has won Top Irish Nightclub for the past 3 years running. Both are winners of the coveted All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Competition which shows the strength of music in Sligo. To add to the uniqueness of this special evening, this concert will take place in plush surroundings of the Velvet Rooms and the bands will be followed by a TRAD AND WORLD MUSIC DISCO. The INNISFREE CÉILÍ BAND grew up playing together. Led by Oisín Mac Diarmada of Téada, this Sligo band blends its instruments into a seamless musical voice, capturing the dramatic energy and drive that’s such a feature of Sligo music. With reels and jigs played with passion and flair, the Innisfree Céilí Band are guaranteed to get your feet moving. As one reviewer wrote, “if you don't dance, you'll wish you did”

The legendary Matt Molloy describes Sligo’s THE DARTRY CÉILÍ BAND “in a very short time they have become a top ranking band. Dedication, motivation and individually strong players has seen to this, coupled with that North Connacht joyous fiery style, (I'm biased!). Mayo, Monaghan and Roscommon are also represented. Listening to them play, it's obvious they are very disciplined, whilst retaining the character of the music.

The Innisfree Céilí Band are Fiddles: Cormac Mac Diarmada, Sligo, Oisín Mac Diarmada, Sligo; Damian O’Brien, Leitrim; Flutes: Finbar McGreevy, Roscommon ; Máire Nic Dhiarmada, Sligo; David Sheridan, Leitrim ; Damien Stenson, Sligo; Accordions: Paul Finn, Laois; Oliver Loughlin, Leitrim; Piano: Charles O’Connor, Sligo; Drums: Daragh Kelly, Sligo

The Dartry Céilí Band are: Fiddles: Philip Duffy, Declan Folan, John Kilkenny, Mossie Martin; Flutes: Noelle Carroll, June McCormack, Cian Kearins; Accordion: Seán Carroll; Concertina: Michael Rooney; Drums; Damien McGuinness; Piano: Kevin Brehony. In addition they have two of the finest singers in the Country, Cian Kearins and Noelle Carroll.

The Velvet Rooms Night Club, Bridge St., Sligo. 11.00pm. Tickets €10

Friday October 22nd

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The ever popular and atmospheric French Market is back again by popular demand. This year a bigger and better market will grace Rockwood Parade in the heart of Sligo. There will be speciality foods and crafts with local craft workers in attendance.

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Friday 22 - Monday 25 October Daily from 10.00am Rockwood Parade, Sligo

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A shuttle bus will run from The Clarence to The Radisson for the Stranglers, Dervish and Mary Chapin Carpenter concerts. The first bus will leave The Clarence, Wine Street at 7.00pm and the return service will commence immediately following the concert. Fare €2 each way.

During two fine summer days, people from all over Ireland, gathered at Carrane Hill, Culleenamore Strand, and Lough Gill overlooking Innisfree; to inscribe this ‘Land of Heart’s Desire’ with the line and mark of W. B. Yeats’ poetic light. A gorgeous, cinematic film of light writing over the Sligo landscape. A must see - the loveliest 12 minutes of the festival Film funded by: Yeatsian Legacy Project, Sligo Arts Service and its partners (full list in cinema)

SLIGO LIVE SESSIONS AND CELTIC CONNECTIONS IN GLASGOW WILL SHORTLY ANNOUNCE A FESTIVAL PARTNERSHIP. CELTIC CONNECTIONS IS WORLD REWNOWNED FOR THE SCOPE AND QUALITY OF ITS PROGRAMMING AND SLIGO LIVE SESSIONS IS PROUD TO BECOME A PARTNER OF THE BIGGEST WINTER FESTIVAL ANYWHERE. OVER THE COMING YEARS BOTH FESTIVALS WILL ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THIS CO-OPERATION. Although every care has been taken in ensuring the accuracy of information in this programme Sligo Live Sessions cannot be held responsible for errors or omissions. Sligo live Sessions reserves the right to change the programme where necessary and without prior notice. All rights reserved © Sligo Live Sessions 2010.

Traditional Sessions - FREE Music in Sligo Centre

In association with

Thursday 21st October

Saturday 23rd October

11.00pm Tobergal Lane Cafe

10.00pm Tobergal Lane Cafe

6.00pm Hargadons, O’Connell Street

2.00pm John Feeney’s Snug

(TLC Session Club upstairs)

(TLC Session Club upstairs)

Delcan Payne accordion and Teresa O’Grady banjo, two members of the band Border Collies, will be let loose to drum up a dynamic session of music with a strong South Sligo flavour. They will be joined by Dervish mandola player Brian McDonagh. A quality session is assured here with all musicians welcome to kick start the long weekend.

Stephen Street car park

Its where all the session musicians gather to end a great day; the festival session club hosts a top end session with Dervish anchor flute player Liam Kelly and the young and energetic banjo playing of Cillian Doheny joined by one of traditional music’s iconic musicians, Kevin Burke, following his performance earlier in the same venue. With his Sligo roots, Kevin’s playing is a joy to behold and is sure to be one of the session highlights of the weekend where legend meets youth and music is handed down.

Four renowned musicians PJ King accordion, John Rynne flute, and Noel O’Grady on bouzouki will join Tola Custy from Alan Kelly’s Quartet in leading a spellbinding late session with a strong sense of the music from the vibrant Ennis, Co. Clare, music scene where some of these players are based. Get your seat early as you never know might join in after the day’s festivities.

8.00pm McGarrigles, O’Connell St. McGarrigles is the setting for a rip roaring Irish Trad session. Flautist Collette Sheerin will be joined by Anna Houston banjo & mandolin and Michael O’ Halloran guitar for some cracking tunes with the odd song thrown in. All are welcome to pull up a stool and join in.

8.00pm Foleys, Castle Street Friends since childhood, Michael Lavelle and Sean Lynch, from Achill Co Mayo have been bringing their combination of uilleann pipes, Scottish small pipes, concert flute, border pipes and whistles to sessions around the country. These young musicians have developed a style which resonates with the sounds of the sea.

Friday 22nd October 6.00pm Fureys, Bridge Street TRADITIONAL SESSION AND ALBUM LAUNCH A great way to get that Friday feeling and jump into the festival weekend. This is a sure fire bet for an energetic, soulful and quality traditional music session with Cillian Doheny from Limerick on Guitar joining Sligo trio Ted Kelly on banjo, Jos Kelly accordion and Paddy Hazelton bodhran/percussion. No doubt this session will be awash with musicians as at 6 pm Dave Sheridan will launch his eagerly awaited album, Drivin’ Leitrim Timber.

9.00pm Earleys, Bridge Street Renowned Sligo traditional music house, Tom Earleys, hosts a great bunch of energetic young musicians, Niamh Farrell flute and singer, Jamie Keogh on guitar and another singer, Banjo ace Gavin Strappe and Niall ‘Turkey’ Preston on bodhran and Elsa Kelly on harp and flute form the core, but you never know who else will come along.

10.00pm The Rendezvous, Holborn St. Keeping it in the family are the Dohertys from Foxford, three excellent musicians who play as tight as only families can. Box player Tommy joins his brothers Stephen on flute and Kevin on double bass for a lively blast of Mayo music. Ballinamore guitarist, John McCartin, lays down a lively rhythm to keep toes tapping in this welcoming pub.

These musicians from Armagh, Tyrone and Derry. Niall Murphy fiddle, Ciaran Hanna flute/concertina/ whistles) Dermot Mullholland banjo/guitar/vocals) will stun you with a great selection of energetic and lively northern trad. All three are members of the group Ioscaid won the prestigious Siamsa Gael Linn 2010 competition. Relax in the great acoustic surroundings of Sligo's newest bar The Snug with these fantastic musicians.

4.00pm McGarrigles, O’Connell Street Seamus O Kane, the extraordinary Bodhran player, is joined here by the Howley Brothers, Martin and David, of We Banjo 3 fame. Strings will be flying in this session which will feature the two Galway stars. As well as great trad sounds you can expect a flavoring of bluegrass and great banjo harmonies as the boys cut loose

5.00pm McHughs, Grattan Street The former Pure Drop RTE Television presenter and leading Donegal style fiddle player Martin McGinley will be joined by two renowned, Sligo musicians, Mairead Hurley on concertina and former Lord of the Dance piper Jarlath McTiernan. So its "lift off" for the next foot stomping few hours, for one of the finest sessions to be found anywhere.

7.00pm Shoot the Crows, Market Cross With three of the finest musicians at the festival this session has quality written all over it. In one of Sligo's most famous bars, Dervish fiddle player Tom Morrow will be joined by Lorraine Sweeney on flute and Aine O’Brien on fiddle. This early evening session with be sure to attract the finest musicians and last into the night. So get there early and get your seat right up close to the music.

8.00pm Kennedys, Rockwood Parade Lift off with the students on tour; U.C.D. Trad Soc musicians & dancers keep Irish music thriving on the Belfield campus. Moss Landman flute, Oisin Mc Cinneide bouzouki, Alex Kelly concertina and Cormac Murphy. Accordion are just a few of the musicians playing here. They’re not expecting all 800 tradsoc members so there will still be room to join in the craic.

10.00pm Foley’s, Castle Street This regular weekly session features remarkable flute player, Seamus Hernon; one of a famous family of talented musicians from Gurteen in South Sligo. His sparring partner, Rodney Lancashire is from Cootehill, Co. Cavan and plays bouzouki, mandolin, banjo and concertina. Expect to see some of their regular collaborators, but they will still welcome more. so don’t be shy about joining in.

Monday 25th October Sunday 24th October 4.00pm John Feeney’s Snug, Stephen Street Car park The centre of Sligo will be alive with echoes from this unique group that reaches from Antrim to Roscommon and to the Whinny Hills of Leitrim. These three of the finest; Alan Kelly who takes a break from the stage to join in the fun; Sean Gilraine on flute and guitarist Eoghan O Brien, will lead what is sure to be a army of musicians into to the early evening. So if you’re not into a late night session this is certainly for you, relax and enjoy this quality gathering.

6.00pm Furey's, Bridge Street Forget the worries of the day and relax to three of musicians around who are no strangers to the festival. Making a welcome return are Roma Casey fiddle, Tom Mc Donagh bouzouki and Adrain Scahill accordion. Grab a drink at one of Sligo's most popular music pubs and sit and enjoy a session that will have all the good traditional tunes of the with a few new one's throw in.

10.00pm Foley’s, Castle Street A session with a real wow effect, these three musicians Rick Epping harmonica, Stephanie Geremia on flute, and Martin Quinn accordion are as good as it gets. Versatility, craftsmanship, virtuosity are all part of this driving session in Foley's old world atmosphere, which hosts regulars sessions in the dynamic Sligo music scene. Get up close to one of the best blasts of the weekend in good company.

10.00pm Donaghy's, Lord Edward Street One of Sligo longstanding sessions, in the bar of one of Sligo's excellent restaurants, features very fine musicians are steeped in the local Sligo tradition. Fiddlers Verona Ryan and John Scott, Frank Carter accordion, Maria Keaney flute make up the regular anchor musicians, where visitors are always welcome to join or just enjoy the session.

1.00pm Kennedys, Rockwood Parade It’s the early bird catches the early worm, here in one the finest new additions to Sligo’s pub scene. The beautifully crafted Kennedy's is perfect for the best that trad has to offer and who better that this gathering, lead by Dervish bouzouki player Michael Holmes with Padraig McGovern on pipes and Sabina McCague on fiddle. Traditionally Monday is the day all the festival musicians and volunteers let their hair down and where better than in Kennedy for a musical lunch and a great festival finale if you are travelling home.

5.00pm Fiddler's Creek, Rockwood Parade Lead by Michael Hurley flute, Martin Mc Ginley fiddle, Shane Mitchell accordion and Declan Courell on guitar, this session is traditionally known as the great Monday blast; the gathering where the hardened festival volunteers and festival goers emerge. It’s usually a marathon with a pub full of musicians and you never know who might appear. It’s in one of Sligo’s most popular bars with great food also available. There is no such thing as, I don't like Mondays, after this session

10.00pm The Harp Tavern, Quay Street GO ON YOU CAN MAKE IT this final final last blast of Sligo live Sessions 2010 and what better company than three Sligo legends (sorry lads and Leitrim too) Kevin O Brien accordion, Sean Dwyer guitar, Harry McGowan flute. This regular Monday night session is an integral part of the Sligo session scene for years now. What a great way to look back over the weekend and share stories. IT’S BEEN A GREAT VOYAGE, SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Musicians welcome to join in sessions

Sligo Live Sessions - Day by Day TIME





Wednesday 20th October 1.00pm

This Side Up - Hip Hop

6.00pm 7.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 11.00pm

The French Market - Crafts and Food Collette Sheerin & Shane Reynolds Acoustic Folk Declan Payne, Teresa O'Grady, Brian McDonagh - Trad Session Karl Burthom - Jazz Fiach - Alternative Folk Collette Sheerin, Anna Huston, Michael O - Trad Session Josephine Judge & Tony Cunningham - Trad Session Carthage - Rock

6.00pm 6.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 8.30pm 9.00pm 9.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 11.00pm 10.30pm 23.00pm 23.00pm

The French Market - Crafts and Food Wayne O'Connor - Folk/Rock JPTrio - Celtic/Jazz Fusion Aoife Grennan - Country/Pop Bairbre Munnis - Acoustic Pop Marianne Lee - Piano/Fusion When Peace Comes Dropping Slow Short Film Premiere Colenso Parade - Indie/Pop Cillian Doheny Ted Kelly Jos Kelly Paddy Hazelton - Trad Session Alan Kelly Quartet with Eddi Reader, Crooked Still - Concert The Duke and The King with Slim Pickin's - Concert The Stranglers and Heathers Concert Jim Meehan Trio - Jazz Hot Shots Session Niamh Farrell Jamie Keogh - Trad Session Our Little Secrets - Indie/ Alternative Folk Mr Brown's New Year Warm Up Indie/Alternative Folk Michael Lavelle and Sean Lynch Trad Session Doherty Brothers and John McCartin - Trad Session Tucan and Disco - Club Session The Vibes - Indie Pop Innishfree / Dartry Ceili Bands/Trad Disco - Festival Club and Ceili

10.00am 11.00am

Sligo I.T., Ballinode



Open Air Market, Rockwood Parade Creperie Bretonne, Teeling St.


38 28


Hargadons, O'Connell St.




Tobergal Lane Café, Tobergal Lane Glasshouse Hotel, Swan Point McGarrigles, O'Connell St.


22 24 3


Earleys Bar, Bridge St.



McHughs, Grattan St.



Open Air Market, Rockwood Parade Café Victor, Riverside Bus Eireann, Lord Edward St. Café Arabica, Bridge St. Koko Latte, Quayside Reidys Wine Bar/Bistro, Stephen St. Gaiety Cinema, Wine St.


38 29 15 27 19 26 32

Hargadons, O'Connell St Fureys, Bridge St


4 14

The Model, The Mall



Calry Church, The Mall



Radisson, Rosses Point Road



Tobergal Lane Café, Tobergal Lane Earleys Bar, Bridge St


22 13

McGarrigles, O'Connell Street



Tobergal Lane Café, Tobergal Lane



Foleys Bar, Castle St.



The Rendezvous, Holborn St.



The Clarence, Wine St. McHughs, Grattan St. Velvet Room, Bridge St

€10 FREE €10

33 5 42

Friday 22nd October 10.00am 12.00noon 1.00pm 2.30pm 4.00pm 5.00pm 5.00pm





Open Air Market, Rockwood Parade Methodist Hall, Wine St.


38 34

Quayside Shopping C., Wine St.



Café Souperb, Johnston Court



Harp tavern, Quay St.



Belfry, Thomas St. John Feeney's Snug, Stephen St. Car Park Café Fleur, O’Connell St. Tobergal Lane Café, Tobergal Lane Lyons Café, Wine St. Café Mezzanine, Quayside The Clarence, Wine St. McGarrigles, O’Connell St.


12 8


21 22 20 17 33 3

Quayside Shopping C., Wine St.



McHughs, Grattan St.



Fureys, Castle St. Hargadons, O’Connell St.


14 4

Shoot the Crows, Market Cross



Fiddlers Creek, Rockwood Parade The Model, The Mall

FREE €25

7 39

Hawks Well Theatre, Temple St. Kennedys, Rockwood Parade

€20 FREE

37 10

The Radisson, Rosses Point Road.



Tobergal Lane Café, Tobergal Lane Foleys Bar, Castle St.


22 11

McGarrigles, O’Connell St. Tobergal Lane Café, Tobergal Lane

€12 FREE

3 22

McHughs, Grattan St. The Clarence, Wine St.

FREE €15

5 33

Saturday 23rd October

Thursday 21st October 10.00am 12.30pm


1.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.45pm 3.00pm 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.30pm 5.00pm 5.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm 7.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.30pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 11.00pm 11.30pm 11.30pm

The French Market - Crafts and Food The Junior Fiddler of Dooney Competition - Traditional Comp Family Fun Entertainment Fun for Adults and Kids Family Fun Entertainment Fun for Adults and Kids Cosmic Banditos Alternative Country Surfchixx - Beach Pop Niall Murray, Ciaran Hanna, Dermot Mulholland - Trad Session Mo McMorrow - Americana TLC Jazz Trio - Jazz The Williams Sisters - Americana Slim Pickin's - Old time/Bluegrass Paul Shevlin - Indie/Soul David Howley, Martin Howley, Seamus O'Kane - Trad Session The World Air Fiddle Championships - Comedy Martin McGinley, Mairead Hurley, Jarlath McTiernan - Trad Session Mouseygrass - Bluegrass Awake Young Soldiers Indie/Folk Roots Lorraine Sweeney, Aine O'Brien, Tom Morrow - Trad Session Kitty & the Can Openers - Indie Lloyd Cole Small Ensemble and The Lost Brothers - Concert Dead Cat Bounce - Music/Comedy UCD Trad Soc Musicians Trad Session Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tift Merritt - Concert Kevin Burke Seamus Hernon, Rodney Lancashire & friends - Trad Session RSAG - Club Stage Performance Liam Kelly, Cillian Doheny and friends - Festival Session Club The Dead Flags - Indie Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club Club Stage Performance

Sunday & Monday Day by Day overleaf

Sligo Live Sessions - Day by Day TIME





Open Air Market, Rockwood Parade The Harp, Quay St.


38 10

Belfry, Thomas St. Methodist Hall, Wine St.


12 34

Fiddlers Creek, Rockwell Parade Grappa, Rockwood Parade The Glasshouse Hotel, Hyde Bridge The Clarence, Wine St.


7 23 24 33

John Feeney's Snug, Stephen St. Car Park Koko Latte, Quayside Fureys, Bridge St.




19 14

Fiddlers Creek, Rockwood Parade The Radisson, Rosses Point Road

FREE €25

7 30

McGarrigles, O’Connell St. Hawks Well Theatre, Temple St. Donaghys Coach Lane, Lord Edward St. Silver Apple, Lord Edward St. Foleys Bar, Castle St.

FREE 3 €20/15 37 FREE 1 FREE FREE

16 11

McHughs, Grattan St. Tobergal Lane Café, Tobergal Lane


5 14

The Clarence, Wine St.



Open Air Market, Rockwood Parade Kennedys, Rockwood Parade


38 10

Osta, Hyde Bridge McCullaghs, Bridge St. Fiddlers Creek, Rockwood Parade


25 41 7

McGarrigles, O’Connell St. The Harp, Quay St.


3 2

Sunday 24th October 10.00am 1.00pm

The French Market - Crafts and Food

1.00pm 2.00pm

Hugh O'Neill and Band - Rock The Fiddler of Dooney Competition Traditional Comp. Ultan Conlon & Band - Indie Stephen James - Acoustic/Soul Raw Chocolate - Indie/Choral Awake Young Soliders Indie/Folk Roots Alan Kelly, Sean Gilraine, Eoghan O'Brien - Trad Session Muireann Charleton - Soul Roma Casey, Adrian Scahill, Tom McDonagh - Trad Session Gentry Morris - Indie/Alt Country Dervish 21st Birthday with special guests - Main Stage Performance Sunday M.A.S.S. - Funk/Soul/World The Blanch - Comedy/Drama Verona Ryan, Frank Carter and friends - Trad Session Simon Kempson - Singer/Songwriter Rick Epping, Stephaine Geremia, Martin Quinn - Trad Session Glen Cal - Acoustic Rock P.J.King, John Rynne, Noel O'Grady, Tula Custy - Festival Session Club Republic of Loose with the Yes Cadets - Club Stage Performance

2.00pm 2.15pm 3.00pm 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.15pm 6.00pm 6.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 9.30pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.00pm 10.30pm 11.30pm

Colm O'Donnell, Bernie MacGabhainn, Donagh Hennessy - Trad Session

Monday 25th October 10.00am 1.00pm 1.00pm 4.00pm 5.00pm 9.00pm 10.00pm

The French Market - Crafts and Food Michael Holmes, Padraig McGovern, Sabina McCague - Trad Session Rachel Sermanni - Acoustic/Folk Roots Easy Rider & the Venusians - Rock/Blues Michael Hurley, Martin McGinley, Declan Courell - Trad Session Leon and the Wildcats Kevin O'Brien, Harry McGowan, Sean Dwyer - Trad Session

Café Culture - All FREE Gigs Wednesday 20th October

Hip Hop

1.00pm Sligo Institute of Technology, Ballinode

This Side Up! (Hip Hop)

An all-original Hip-Hop group hailing from the badlands of Sligo. They rock funky fresh west coast (of Ireland) rhymes over head-nodding homemade beats. From the true hip hoppers to the converted sceptics everybody enjoys watching This Side Up raise the roof!

Acoustic Folk

12:30pm Crepiere Bretonne, Teeling St.

Collette Sheerin & Shane Reynolds

Collette Sheerin is known throughout Ireland for her rousing & sweet flute style. This talented lady is a multiinstrumentalist but even Collette can’t sing and play the flute simultaneously. This sadly means we don’t often get to hear her lovely voice. Joined by Shane, Collette will showcase her original music and songs, inspired by Artists such as Dervish, Alison Krauss & Neil Young.

Alternative Folk

9.00pm Glasshouse, Swan Point


Celtic/Jazz Fusion

Fiach Moriarty is a 27 year old Dubliner, well respected and loved for his beautiful songwriting, exceptional voice and fantastic guitar playing. Described by Hot Press as a “Supreme performer’'.

11.00pm McHughs, Grattan St.


10.00pm McGarrigles, O’ Connell St.

2.00pm Café Fleur, O’ Connell St.


Our Little Secrets

Mo McMorrow

Described by Martin O'Connor as 'the new cutting edge of fused traditional music', the JPTrio are an inventive and fresh new trio. All three musicians are founding members of Spraoi. Heavily influenced by jazz along with Irish music, the group is unique and exciting, fusing both genres and creating a brand new sound.


12.00 noon Café Victor, JFK Parade

Wayne O’ Connor From Wexford, Wayne has supported musicians such as Damien Dempsey, Mundy, John Spillane and many more. Hot Press said he is "one of a select number of musicians in the West with enough charisma to make it big."

At Last year’s Sligo Live Sessions Aoife had in her own words “the best night ever”. She met Paul Brady in a Sligo Pub and jammed and sang with him all evening. This year Aoife emerges as a talent in her own right.

Acoustic Rock

4.00pm Koko Latte, Quayside Shopping Centre

Bairbre Munnis

Vibrant 21 year old, Bairbre Munnis has become one of the most followed female artists on Internet Music Station, Balcony TV. Her style and delivery have been compared to the likes of KT Tunstall, Missy Higgins and Vanessa Carlton. She won the 2FM Young Songwriter of the year.

Colenso Parade

Sligo native Carthage Carroll is set to release his debut solo album entitled "The Lost and Found" later this year. While still in school, his first band ‘Fiction’ gained national recognition for their guitar driven rock. Carthage’s solo work delivers a whirlwind of strong melody and lush vocal harmonies over his signature guitar style.

Friday 22nd October

Aoife Grennan

4:30pm Hargadons, O’Connell St.




1.00pm Bus Eireann Station, Lord Edward St.

2:30pm Café Arabica, Bridge St.

Thursday 21st October

Showcasing emerging talent from Ireland, North and South, the US and Scotland, together with some stunning musicians from this region, Sligo Live Sessions offer days and nights of exciting and enchanting music for the price of a coffee.

In association with

11.00pm McHughs, Grattan St.

The Vibes


From Leitrim, The Vibes have 3 Irish chart hits under their belt this year. They are receiving great support from i102-104FM radio. Their song writing has been given the nod of approval by winning both the National 2FM and the National IMRO An Tostal Song Contests Catch them here before their debut is released in spring 2011.

2:45pm Lyons Café, Quay Street

The William Sisters


The Williams Sisters are an emerging Sligo based musical duo. American born songwriters Maura (guitar) and Rebecca (piano), capitalise on the haunting sounds created when their two sister’s voices blend. With influences ranging from Sufjan Stevens, Alison Krauss and Regina Spektor, They subtly fuse American folk with different genres of pop music throughout the decades.


Old time/bluegra

3.00pm Café Mezzanine, Quayside

Slim Pickin’s


Indie Pop

Colenso Parade takes an unaffected delight in the big tune, the cascading chorus and the tempo that shakes a fringe on the high notes. From Omagh, they have been perfecting their infectious brand of hummable indiepop. Belfast is a staging post, a place to hone their music and have fun. Listeners will smile and recall the early releases by the The Monkees, Stone Roses, Orange Juice and The Housemartins.


5.00pm Reidys Wine Bar & Bistro, Stephen St.

Marianne Lee

Our Little Secrets is the collective efforts of chief composer Rhob Cunningham and a merry band of like-minded cohorts. He has toured with Cathy Davey, Lisa Hannigan, James McMorrow and has played with Tori Amos, Kristen Hersch, Mundy, Mick Flannery and the late John Martyn. Rhob played again as special guest for Villagers sold out London debut. We delighted he’s squeezed in a very special Sligo live performance.


A whirlwind of creative energy translated to a nuanced brand of Irish-Americana led by a voice of honey and steel, braced by confident and surprising percussion. There’s the playfulness of Dolly and the quirky intimacy of Nanci Griffith, the melodramatic, stylish nod to Roy Orbison as well as vulnerability akin to more recent artists like Joanna Newsom or Zooey Deschanel.

While studying for a Masters in Creative Writing in Trinity College, singer-songwriter Marianne Lee began writing songs. Her genre-defying music, dense with imagery, reflects her original training as a designer, as well as her life-long love of pop, folk and classical music. She was recently ‘Introduced’ on BBC Radio 6 when her song ‘Wilderness Years’ was played.

Saturday 23 October 1.00pm Harp Tavern, Quay St.

Cosmic Banditos

Alt Country

A North Sligo alternative country band sometimes described as Kentucky cool. They blend keyboards, acoustic guitar and bass with harmonica, accordion, concertina, tin whistle and banjo to create their unique sound.

1.00pm Belfry, Thomas St.


Beach Pop

The Surfchixxx are Aine O’Doherty & Niamh Hamill, who play a lively set of original songs, and acoustic covers. Surfchixxx have travelled from residencies in New York and Las Vegas to festivals in New Jersey, intimate shows in Holland, France and bar-room knees-ups in London & Liverpool.

Slim Pickin's play American roots, folk , bluegrass and western swing. Mixing original music and traditional arrangements of songs heard over the years with 3 part vocal harmonies, buck leppin` banjos, dobros and guitars , Slim Pickin`s high energy shows are good old time fun. It’s guitar playing and old-time banjo picking.... It's blues and country, and it has a high lonesome sound that tells a story.

3:30pm The Clarence, Wine St.

Paul Shevlin


Paul Shevlin is an 18 year old piano orientated singer/songwriter. Having, it seems, come from nowhere he has began to create a considerable buzz in the Belfast music scene and beyond. With influences ranging from Ben Folds to Foy Vance; Shevlin creates a unique dynamic whilst playing with his band. With a soulful voice and an energetic sound brimming with youthful confidence he is not one to miss!

Café Culture - All FREE Gigs Saturday 23rd October 5.00pm Fureys, Bridge St.



Sunday 24th October


1.00pm Belfry, Thomas St.

Hugh O’Neill & Band

A Little bit of Americana – Sligo Style! Gerry Grennan, Guitar and Vocals; Brendan Emmett, Mandolin & Eoin Troy ‘s eclectic mix of songs and guitar result in a special treat for Bluegrass lovers. Three virtuosos at the top of their game. Listen out for Brendan Emmet’s licks, he is Nashville’s European sideman of choice, touring with many of the biggest names on the circuit.

Sligo’s Hugh O'Neill, RTE's Class Act winner 2008, writes and performs instantly memorable, well crafted pop/rock songs. Hugh and his band play with immense energy and skill and will impress you with their infectious melodic power songs.

Awake Young Soldiers Indie/Folk

Ultan Conlon’s debut album, Bless Your Heart ,is 'the most impressive Irish debut since Damien Rice’s ‘O’ according to The Evening Herald & Hotpress. Loughrea-based singer songwriter Ultan Conlon's sound is sitting on the Neil Young/Ryan Adams side of folk, both influences, along with Ron Sexsmith, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen & Richard Hawley. Another influential figure was the late John Martyn whom he supported several times and who recorded one of Ultan's tracks with him.

6.00pm Haragdons, O’ Connell St.

Awake Young Soldiers’ new EP "From The Veteran's Dreams”, gained glowing reviews, going straight onto primetime RTE 1 and 2 TV. Their sound ranges from Simon and Garfunkel to Arcade Fire. Their energetic live sets have been well received by festival crowds throughout the summer with strong reviews, "There's a definite Mumford & Sons vibe to the songs, with their propulsive Celtic folk feel and two and three part harmonies… "

Kitty & The Can Openers Indie 7.00pm Fiddlers Creek, Rockwood Parade

This Belfast 5 piece have been described, "…as close as you can get to perfect female fronted acoustic pop... Their songs carry an invigorating, bucolic ambience, as if written in the woods during the crisp autumn months" (BBC Radio Ulster) – we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

11:30pm Mc Hughs, Grattan St.

The Dead Flags


Deliver "Super-catchy choruses and a generous helping of lightheartedness" (Irish Times) and have radio stations tripping over themselves to praise: Tony Fenton, Today FM flagged them as “ones to watch for in 2010". Legend Larry Gogan, 2FM reckons they’re "Fantastic...a great band". The Irish Daily Star tells us their performance is "A rousing set of no-nonsense pop and rock tunes... so explosive it's in danger of self combustion."



2.15pm Grappa, Rockwood Parade Stephen James hails from Sligo but for the past few years has been living in Galway. There, he started playing the guitar and instinctively began to write; drawing on influences that include Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, The Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Jim Croce and Credence Clearwater Revival, amongst many others.

3.00pm Glasshouse, Swan Point

Awake Young Soliders


See 6pm Saturday.


Muireann Charleton

Ultan Conlon & Band

Stephen James

3:30pm The Clarence, Wine St.

4.15pm Koko Latte, Quayside Shopping Centre

2.00pm Fiddlers Creek, Rockwood Parade

Raw Chocolate

Showcasing emerging talent from Ireland, North and South, the US and Scotland, together with some stunning musicians from this region, Sligo Live Sessions offer days and nights of exciting and enchanting music for the price of a coffee.

In association with

Sligo native, Muireann is an innovative and soulful singer and keyboardist. Writing her own material from an early age, she continues to captivate an audience with her heartfelt, original music. She will be performing her latest songs here in a rare performance.'

Indie/Alt Country

6.00pm Fiddlers Creek, Rockwood Parade

Gentry Morris

Born near Savannah, Georgia, and raised on the folk and rock classics of Credence, Bob Dylan, The Beatles’ Morris he moved to the UK After 5 years in Nashville and touring the USA. Now living in Bangor, Northern Ireland, Gentry is quickly making a name for himself here. He shared the stage for the last two years with Juliet Turner who appears on his new album "Awake O Sleeper". Already receiving rave reviews from critics, this third album is full of powerfully melodic songs and strong, emotional lyrics.


8.00pm McGarrigles, O’ Connell St.

Sunday M.A.S.S.


Sunday Mass Acoustic Sunday Session is an open invite to musicians from every genre to jam together and create a night brimming with musical hi-jinx. Since it’s inception the night has become a favoured Sligo Institution. You can be sure the Sligo Live edition will feature the best guest artists.


9.00pm Silver Apple, Lord Edward St.

Simon Kempston

A blend of 8 voices, based in Leitrim. Combining contemporary and original songs, they bring a unique edge to acapella singing. With songs from musicians such as Feist, Bob Dylan and Iron & Wine, as well as local songwriters Amy O’Hara and Tony Tyrrell, Raw Chocolate add their own distinct sound to well known songs and original numbers.

'One of Scotland's best young songwriters. His original, distinctive guitar playing is founded upon a complex, fingerpicking style steeped in the history of folk, blues and Celtic traditions and is complemented by a rich, powerful and compelling vocal. An incredibly talented musician, Simon's beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs have both timeless melodies and lyrical ingenuity and transport the listener on a uniquely Scottish journey.'


10.00pm McHughs, Grattan St.

Glenn Cal

Glenn combines a strong Americana flavour into his songs – no doubt influenced by the time he spent in the States. His songs are catchy, with an acoustic soft rock feel combined with original melodies and deep lyrics. Since touring with Westlife this summer Glenn has gone on to perform at The Electric Picnic, Temple House & now Sligo Live!

Monday 25th October


lk Roo Rachel Sermanni Acoustic/Fo 1.00pm Osta, Stephens St.

This Scottish Songtress explores her dreams and sub conscious through her music. “It gathers my thoughts; the deep and the shallow; billows out like a pair of knickers in the wind and sends me across fascinating waters...some stormy, some calm, some dark and some very glittery.” Her influences include Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling & Mumford & Sons.

2.00pm McCullaghs, Bridge Street

Easy Rider and The Venusians


Easy Rider and the Venusians are a 7 piece Rock and Blues band playing classic covers from the likes of BB King, John Mayall, Freddie King as well as Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rolling Stones numbers. Comprising guitar/vocals, keyboard, bass, drums and three backing singers, they play punchy, dynamic music that will have you bopping away.

9.00pm McGarrigles, O’ Connell St.

Leon & The Wildcats


Luke Mercer, Anthony Mannion, Les Jones & Leon Mooney; ‘Wildcats’ fits them well. Look forward to rip–roaring Bluegrass with intricate male harmonies and fancy Strings as all manner of instruments will be swapped during this lively session which is a regular Monday night feature of this great music pub.

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Sligo Live Street - Family Fun

Get ready for an amazing and magical, fun-filled family day featuring a playground of clowns, hilarious comedy, death defying acrobatics, music and dance, stilt walking, face painting, enchanting puppet shows, special inter-active theatre performance and a host of really cool workshops.

Join in the fun between midday and 6.00pm at Quayside and the new Café Souperb in Johnston Court where you will be spoiled for choice by an amazing selection of things to do. And all for free.

Lords of Strut Award winning circus troupe Quayside 2.00pm Café Souperb 4.00pm Hilarious parodies of celebrity culture, The Lords of Strut bring you on a journey inside their crazy world of pop entertainment. This is a high energy 45 minute comedy circus show suitable for all ages, with dazzling acrobatics, break dancing, contortion, comedy, acrobalance and unicycling. In a farce of modern pop and celebrity culture two wannabes, Famous Seamus and Seantastic, will do anything to try and be famous.

Tell a Tale Childen’s Theatre Company presents

The Gruffalo Story A Puppet show for 2 - 5 year olds Café Souperb 12 noon + 12.30pm Quayside 3.00pm + 3.30pm Many children are familiar with the famous gruffalo tale by Julia Donaldson where the little mouse meets the monster. Now they have the chance to see this enchanting tale acted out for them. Brainy, the interactive puppet MC makes an appearance before and after the show to talk about monsters, brains, mice and other important matters. Approx 15 minutes with music.

Art workshops

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Hansel & Gretel Puppet Show for 5 - 10 year olds Followed by puppet making workshop Café Superb 2.30pm Quayside 4.30pm Modern version of the classic tale (25 minutes) Hansel and Gretel are sent out to work by their mean stepmother who thinks it’s time they earned their own money. The children decide to go to the big city instead and become pop stars. Working in a pizza palace they meet a very charming woman who promises to help them but they soon discover she has very different plans indeed! Stay after the show and make your very own puppet!

Monkeyshine Theatre Johnston Court 12noon to 2.00pm Quayside 3.00pm to 5.00pm Look out for three mysterious figures skulking around Cafe Souperb in Johnston Court and The Quay Side Shopping Centre over the Sligo Live Sessions. The Sligo Live Spies (S.L.S) have had some top secret intelligence that there will be something exciting going on in Sligo and their mission is to cause some serious fun.

Co. Sligo Youth Theatre presents

Leggit Johnston Court 2.00pm Quayside Shopping Centre 4.00pm Co. Sligo Youth Theatre has devised a playful and interactive performance especially for Sligo Live Sessions. Leggit features a host of weird and wonderful characters who can be found in the most unusual places. Be careful not to draw attention to yourself…

World Air Fiddle Championships 2010 Quayside Shopping Centre 5.00pm Welcome back to the highlight of our day’s activities – the fourth annual world air fiddle championships extravaganza. The championships have been hilarious in previous years where would-be fiddle players release their inner Martin Hayes, Tommy Peoples or Liz Carroll in the most unique of ways. Laugh until you drop while you watch the madcap antics of our air fiddlers or better still - allow your own inner fiddle diva to break out and make a stab at becoming World Air Fiddle Champion 2010. Join us to see if you can possibly beat reigning champions Helga and Holger from Scandinaviland (see inset) or just for the sheer fun of watching others try. The championships are judged by the “clapometer never lies” barometer.

Music, Dance and more There will be a host of other performances by community based organisations including the wonderful Sligo Academy of Music’s Youth Orchestra, the hipper than hip Cranmore hip hop dancers, the Beta Dance Crew as well as lots of free colourful face painting (no more queues!), dress up parties, clowning, animation and more. All you need to do is bring yourselves and plenty of energy! We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us for any one or more of these wonderful free workshops where you can make a unique piece of art/craft and bring it home as a souvenir of a great day out.

Printmaking & Bookmaking with Karen Webster Quayside Shopping Centre 12 noon to 3.00pm Learn how to make your own stamp for printmaking which you can take home and use over and over again. If you have a bit more time you could even make your own mini art book

Badgemaking with Pia Lück Café Souperb in Johnston Court Shopping centre 12 noon to 3.00pm Create a design and make your own unique festival badge to take home with you.

Make a recycled instrument with Julianne Friedrich Quayside Shopping centre 1.00pm to 4.00pm Make an environmentally friendly racket! Learn how to make a musical instrument using recycled materials only.

Felt hat making with Heidi Wickham Café Souperb in Johnston Court Shopping Centre 1.00pm to 4.00pm Your very own Sligo Live Sessions fashion statement. Come along and your very own designer felt hat. All materials provided but feel free to bring along items to adorn the hat.

Clay making with Rachel Quinn Quayside Shopping centre, 12 noon to 4.00pm Make unique figures from the animal or plant world or straight from your own imagination. Take your creations home with you and paint them at a later stage.

Saturday October 23rd Mary Chapin Carpenter with Tift Merritt TIFT MERRITT Songstress Tift Merritt is a North Carolina native, who also plays guitar and piano. She has built a unique and critically acclaimed body of work of sonic short stories and poignant performances. Her first record made Time Magazine’s and New Yorker’s Top Ten Lists and was called the best debut of the year in any genre by Associated Press.

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER Mary Chapin Carpenter is among the most talented singer/songwriters in America. She won 5 Grammys in Country Music categories, topped the country charts and sold over 12 million records without ever considering herself a country artist. She is a folk/country/rock singer, who if she came on the scene today would happily fall into the indie scene, but defying categorisation, her record company marketed her in the country mould. Mary Chapin Carpenter is a powerful singer whose songs have a searing ring of truth. She hits the mark with her intelligent lyrics both on fast paced country rock songs alternating with slow introspective ballads.

This was followed by ‘Tambourine’ a soul-rock album which was Grammy nominated for Country Album of the Year. It was also nominated for three Americana Music Awards. Tift’s ‘See You On The Moon’ released in 2009 is her most visceral work to date and finds her doing what she does best.

Praise for Mary Chapin Carpenter ‘The Age of Miracles’. “With The Age of Miracles, Carpenter’s talents remain timeless” – Billboard “This country queen reached deep here and discovered her inner rock chic” – New York Post “The singer-songwriter lives up to her Grammy pedigree on this first-rate set of country-folk tunes…” – PEOPLE Weekly “…Chapin creates a musically textured and artfully composed collection filled with nuances that elude most songwriters.” – Cape Cod Times “Carpenter is a master of the line that slips under the radar and pierces your heart” writes The Huffington Post. This album is direct, moving and inspirational and gives us a taste of what to expect at SLIGO LIVE SESSIONS on October Bank Holiday Weekend.

The Radisson Hotel, Ballincar, Sligo. Doors 7.00pm Admission €30 Booking:, Third Wave Music or The Hawks Well 071 9161526


R.S.A.G. (aka Rarely Seen Above Ground, aka Jeremy Hickey) is a multiinstrumentalist hailing from the Marble city who has been making waves since 2008 with his explosive live set and a double album release, Organic Sampler – the debut which received a 5 star review from the Irish Times as well as gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination in the same year. Now back with his Leo Pearson produced follow-up album Be It Right Or Wrong, R.S.A.G. is sure of another busy year in 2010.

McGarrigles, O’Connell St., Sligo 10.00pm Tickets €12 on door.

Saturday October 23rd

Lloyd Cole’s Small Ensemble with The Lost Brothers

Dead Cat Bounce

Photo: Doug Seymour

LLOYD COLE SMALL ENSEMBLE Sligo Live Sessions presents a special opportunity to enjoy an intimate evening with rock legend, Lloyd Cole and his, quaintly named, Small Ensemble in the Model’s acoustically brilliant new performance space. Fans will be delighted to hear that LLOYD COLE returns to the stage doing what he does best along with collaborators Mark Schwaber and Matt Cullen. After almost a decade in self-imposed solo exile, Lloyd Cole developed an itch to be back on the road with other musicians, he missed the interaction, the camaraderie and the joy of performing before a live audience. His eagerly anticipated album, his first with a band for many years, “Broken Record” is timed to coincide with these performances. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions released 6 albums in their time together and he has made 12 solo albums. The Commotions’ 1984 debut ‘Rattlesnakes’ launched the band with a bang on to the world stage. Lloyd Cole’s career is long and varied. In 2009 Lloyd Cole embarked on his first ever around the world tour,

selling out solo shows from San Francisco, through Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and ending in Glasgow. In September 2009 Lloyd Cole formed the Lloyd Cole Small Ensemble with Mark Schwaber and Matt Cullen.

THE LOST BROTHERS Lloyd Cole’s guests for this performance are Irish Duo, Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech from Navan and Omagh, but currently having no fixed abode, their only home is their next gig. The Lost Brothers’ album, The Trails of the Lonely (Parts I and III) received rave reviews from the likes of NME, The Irish Times, Hot Press and Word Magazine comparing the sound to that of a more ragged Simon and Garfunkel or an Everly Brothers for our times. The Lost Brothers have performed at several Festivals including Glastonbury and Electric Picnic. Mark and Oisin’s voices convey a feeling of both strength and vulnerability and capture the very essence of the human spirit, the reconciliation of attachment and detachment and the strength that’s found through dark days.

The Model Performance Space, The Mall, Sligo 8.00pm. Tickets €25 Booking:, Third Wave Music or The Hawks Well 071 9161526

These guys are pure genius! Last year they burned up the planet with their truly original rock n' roll comedy mayhem. Since their first show in 2008, Dead Cat Bounce have toured the world; playing to packed houses at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Bulmers International Comedy Festival, the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, and most recently the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals. They also found time to produce a series of sketches for BBC Comedy Online. Now Dead Cat Bounce brings their unique blend of all-original music and character comedy to Sligo Live Sessions. Brace yourself for an unrelenting like nothing you've ever seen before.

“So spectacular that the audience were howling with laughter and begging for more. ****” - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “An exercise in studied brilliance, nailing every music genre from hair metal to power ballad to R&B” - The Irish Times

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple St., Sigo 8.00pm Tickets €20/15 Booking: or Tel: 071 9161526

Kevin Burke

Sligo Live Sessions are proud to present a solo showcase performance with Kevin Burke in concert followed by a cracking Sligo Live Traditional Session. Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. His work during the 1970’s with Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band established him as a first class musician and brought him international acclaim in both Europe and America. Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his solo releases, ‘In Concert’and the earlier ‘If the Cap Fits’

The New York Times describes Kevin as “a superior instrumentalist in any idiom......impressively virtuosic”, the Washington Post writes of his “lyrical style that is always emotionally electric”, and the Irish Times says that “Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish musical scene”.

Tobergal Lane Café (Upstairs) 10.30pm Tickets €5 on door

Followed by Sligo Live Session Club

Saturday October 23rd

The Fiddler of Dooney


Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club Saturday’s Sligo Live Club Session is a time to let your feet take over and dance the night away with the ultimate festival band. What do you get when you cross Tom Waits with a Circus Showband, when you mix Jacques Brel with Mink DeVille, when you lock Dr. John, Dean Martin and The Fun Lovin’ Criminals in the same room? The answer is JERRY FISH AND THE MUDBUG CLUB, the most eclectic bunch of musical chameleons ever to share a stage, all guided by the beatific gaze of chief Mudbug,

Mr. Jerry Fish himself. Jerry Fish lists his influences as “Beat poetry, dog, bone and sailor stories, Tom Waits, Dean Martin, Dr John, Jacques Brel, Ray Charles, One Mint Julep, Mingus, Ellington”, and his sound as “indie lounge lizard schmooze, mariachi swampadelica”. He ticks all those eclectic boxes. A whole universe of music suddenly become a tangible and touchable prospect: New Orleans Jazz, Brazilian funk. Noir soundtracks, all manner of odd mondo scenes and black mambo jive.

Festival Club, The Clarence, Wine St. 11.30pm Tickets €15 Booking:, Third Wave Music or The Hawks Well 071 9161526

Sligo Town CCE

Sligo Live Sessions is again joining with CCE Sligo Town Branch to host the Fiddler of Dooney Competition over the October Bank Holiday weekend. The competition, inagurated in 1965, is one of the oldest and most prestigious instrumental competitions in the tradition and is inspired by the W B Yeats poem of the same name. The roll of previous winners reads like a who’s who of traditional fiddling and includes Matt Cranitch, Cathal Hayden, Brid Harper, Liz Kane, Paddy Glacken, Seamus and Manus McGuire. Winners have come from all over the country and from traditional musicians based overseas. Competitors need not be tied to any rigid formula or to play in a Sligo style, although Sligo Live celebrates the Sligo style with its infectious lift. For more than a century there have been strong links between traditional music in Sligo and the U.S.A. To recognise and strengthen this bond The Fiddler of Dooney brings an adjudicator over from America each year. Brian Conway, Liz Carroll and Tony De Marco have all filled the role and this year we are privileged to have Kevin Burke, who together with Liam O’Connor will judge the competition. Music lovers, competitors and their families are promised a brilliant weekend of music and hospitality in Sligo. The timing is excellent as the bank holiday weekend is the beginning of the school mid-term break. There are two competitions: for Junior and Senior entries, under 16 and over 16 respectively. This year the competitions take place in the Methodist Hall, Wine Street which has an excellent acoustic for music. Attractive prizes are of offer for both competitions. Full information and an entry form are available on or on Sligo Town Branch’s website:

Junior Fiddler of Dooney Methodist Hall, Wine Street Sligo. Saturday 23rd October 11.00am Tickets €5 (children free) Senior Fiddler of Dooney, Methodist Hall, Wine Street, Sligo. Sunday 24th October 2.00pm Tickets €5 (children free)

Sunday October 24th

Dervish 21st Birthday with Special Guests

TOM BAXTER who has paired his skilled guitar playing with top notch vocals, is a breath of fresh air with his deeply personal tunes of love and life giving fans an unforgettable performance. His hit ‘Better’ struck a major chord with Irish audiences, perhaps summing up our current collective national wishes.

DERVISH Now in their twenty-first year, Dervish have spent the last two decades helping to define the modern sound of Irish music. They combine bouzouki, mandola, flute, fiddle, bodhran and accordion with the unique, entrancing vocals of Cathy Jordan. The result is a sound deep with musical artistry and maturity, moving easily from beautiful songs of love and life to high-energy tunes and inspiring melodies. Aclaimed around the world, they've won a slew of awards, been given the freedom of their native Sligo and were the first Irish band to play Rock In Rio in 2002.

To celebrate their twenty-first birthday, Dervish released an album and DVD, ‘Stage To Stage’ in April that captures the magic of their live shows, including a set from their 2006 appearance in Sligo Live. Dervish are joined by a raft of guests with many surprises for this, the last of a series of celebration bashes throughout 2010 which thrilled sold out audiences at Celtic Connections in Scotland, The Shrewsbury Festival Dome and recently at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Dervish have invited an eclectic bunch of friends for this special Sligo Live Session performance including:

The Radisson Hotel, Ballincar, Sligo. Doors 8.30pm Admission €25

London born, from a Sligo family, KEVIN BURKE has performed with Christy Moore, the Bothy Band and Patrick Street. His career has been spent delighting audiences across Europe and the US where he now resides. “Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish musical scene” – The Irish Times. CORMAC De BARRA is a regular collaborator with Moya and member of her band and of Clannad. His sensitive and highly melodic harp playing has been sought after by artists as diverse as Julie Feeney, Brian Kennedy and Hazel O’Connor. He also presents the acclaimed TG4 arts programme, Imeall.

MOYA BRENNAN widely regarded as the First Lady of Celtic Music. Clannad, took the Irish language and its melodies to places it had never been before; Top of the Pops, major record contracts, world tours, plus, after several nominations, a Grammy award. Her whispered tones and the beauty of her music touch the soul. TRÍONA NÍ DHOMHNAILL’s grandparents moved to Meath from the Rann na Feirste Gaeltacht of Donegal. She and her family have had a deep influence on Irish traditional music for over twice as long as Dervish has been around. Triona is famed for her work with groups such as Skara Brae, Relativity, Nightnoise and The Bothy Band. NATHAN PILATZKE (aptly icknamed Crazy Legs), from Canada’s Ottawa Valley,and described as the most dynamic and energetic stepdancer to ever hit the stage. Nathan and his brother, Jon, have been touring the world with The Chieftains for 8 years. They have performed everywhere from The Ryman Auditorium with Emylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, and Allison Krauss to Celtic Connections with Ry Cooder.

This is a very special and spectacular DERVISH performance like you’ve never seen before.The band are on stage at 8.30 sharp and the show is 2 1/2 hours long with the constant interchange of guests creating a fast moving, unique and enchanting experience which builds to a spellbinding and exciting climax not to be missed

Booking:, Third Wave Music or The Hawks Well 071 9161526

Sunday October 24th

Republic of Loose

Yes Cadets

Indie/electro band Yes Cadets will support Republic of Loose. They are are united by an unhealthy obsession with Canadian indie and French electro. A sharp ear for an off-kilter hook meant it was not long before their brand of synthtinged art-rock was on the airwaves. Their first single 'Canada' received widespread airplay this summer, earning them a place in the hearts of the Irish music press as "the most exciting new band in the country". They come to Sligo after months touring across European festivals and ahead of NME Weekender.

The Blanch ‘a grotesque comedy about shopping’

Republic of Loose has been heating up the airwaves across Europe and America with national airplay. Their new album, recorded in Baltimore, is due for release in October, with lead single 'The Man' released on September 24th. Their story goes from strength to strength. They spent most of 2007 touring Europe and the US with sold out shows. A US tour with Snow Patrol preceded a series of headline gigs in the US. In LA, the band was invited by Sex Pistol Steve Jones to perform on Jonseys Jukebox on indie.103. In late 2007 they were approached by Sinead O’Connor to produce and perform the mesmerizing Curtis Mayfield cover ‘We people (who are darker than blue)’. The band debuted the track with Sinead O’Connor at the 2008 Meteor Awards.

Their third album spawned two massive hits in ‘I Like Music’ and the bands biggest single to date ‘The Steady Song’. A national tour with sold out shows across Ireland followed. At the Dublin gigs, the band was joined onstage by various special guests including Sinead O’Connor, Snow Patrol and Shane MacGowan. 2009 saw the Loose travelling back to the US for three sold out tours. They returned to Ireland to play at Oxegen and to open for U2’s 360 tour at Croke Park.

In this Fringe hit, a band of manic bouffons take us to a ‘real-life’ shopping centre where: outsize Orlagh is after a designer fit, and Enda is shopping for the latest thing, but the kids are driving them mad, as the economy crumbles, credit cards crunch, and everyone is losing control…. A ruthless comedy, not for the fainthearted! Their anarchic show, features live music and is not for the faint-hearted or for children! Featuring live music and a cast of 5 including Jaimie Carswell, nominated for best actor at the Dublin fringe for his

performance, and Bryan Burroughs, who won best supporting actor at the recent Irish Times Awards.

‘fast, fun, frantic, vaguely menacing and all quite mad.’ **** Irish Theatre Magazine ‘clowns that have to be very, very good to be this bad.’ **** Irish Times …‘a very funny look at a familiar activity … highly entertaining from start to finish’ ‘clowns that have to be very, very good to be this bad’.**** Irish Times

Republic of Loose was nominated by Author Irvine Welsh in Q Magazines ‘Albums of the Century’. The Loose have continued to license music to various films and TV shows including NBC and MTV in the US, Dr. Who confidential on the BBC and the new Gerard Depardieu film “Bouquet Final".

Sligo Live Club Session, The Clarence, Wine St. 11.30pm. Tickets €20

Hawks Well, Temple Street, Sligo 8.00pm. Tickets €15/12

Booking:, Third Wave Music or The Hawks Well 071 9161526

Booking: or Tel: 071 9161526

Sligo Live Sessions 2010 Program  

Ireland's Premier Autumn Music Festival from 21st - 25th October 2010 in Sligo.

Sligo Live Sessions 2010 Program  

Ireland's Premier Autumn Music Festival from 21st - 25th October 2010 in Sligo.