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summer festival Sligo July 3 - July 10 2011 Sligo Borough Council

Cairde gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Sligo Borough Council

The European Agricultural Fund for rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas

Sligo Tourist Development Association

Co. Sligo VEC

Festival Patrons Joe McGowan /, Peter McGowan, and Eileen & Ray Monahan Accomodation Sponsors

Media Partners

Business Sponsors

McGarrigles hargadons Cairde thanks all those who support our annual fundraiser Annie Harrison, Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat, Art Upstairs, Avena Leisure Ballisodare, Beads upstairs, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Cairde Festival, Castle Dargan, Cat and the Moon, Chapel Lane Dance Studio, Charlie Kelly, Cinema North West, CMG Painting and Decorating, County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point, Craftsman Press, Curves Gym, Declan McPartland, Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, Dickon Whitehead Photographer, Donaghey’s , Dooney’s, Dumore Embroidery, Easy Rider & the Venusians, Elvery’s, Janet McGowan, Kathleen McGowan, Feehily’s Florist, Fionnuala O’Hare, Flanagan’s Cycles, Funny Bones, Gilbert Henry Goldsmith, Happy Days, Henry & Kearins Solicitors, Itchy Feet, Joyn Studios, Keith Clarke, Keohane’s Bookshop, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Lynda Gault Ceramics, Markree Castle, Michael Quirke, Michael Wann, Mike Harris, Miss Honey, Mulreany Guckian Optometrists, O2, Organic Centre, Rossinver, PJ Parking, Quickcrop, Record Room, Ron Beemster, Rosses Point Sailing Course, Sheena Gavin, Sligo Academy of Music, Sligo Aeroclub, Sligo Jazz Project, Sligo Live , Sligo Rovers, Sligo Yacht Club, Sligo Sailing Club, Rosses Point, Sligo Seashore Fishing School, Source Sligo, Steve Rogers, Strandhill Golf Club , Temple House Festival, The Studio, Tom O’Rourke, Vibe Tattoo, Vogler Festival, Voya Seaweed Baths, Westlife, Turf n Surf.

Thank You The Cairde Festival would like to dedicate this space, normally reserved for a welcome note, to the many people who help to make the festival happen. Cairde would not exist without the generosity of a great number of individuals and volunteers who selflessly give of their time, services, equipment, expertise, advice. We gratefully pay tribute to the following people for their unwavering commitment and support. Grainne Dunne, Jim Meehan, Barra Cassidy, Peigin Doyle, Eithne Hand, Brian Devaney, Karen Masden, Niamh O’Connor, Stephanie Pawula, Dicky Gabel, Amy O’Hara, Paul Cunningham, Marie O’Byrne and The Hawk’s Well, The Model, Heidi Wickham, Tara Henry, Paul Rippon, Meav Gallagher, Leonora Neary, Noreen O’Callaghan, Fiona McGeown, Jaimie Carswell, Peter McGowan, Joe McGowan, Roman Szypura, Teresa Needham, Jemma Clerkin, Paul Gavin, Michael Cummins, Aine Kelly, Pia Luck, Karen Webster, Shane Leonard, Kart Inno, Pauline McLoughlin, Michael Carty, John Carty, Shane Flanagan, Thorsten Kahlert, Liz Sheridan, Sligo Rowing Club, Dominic Callaghan, Sligo Kayak Club, RNLI. This is in no particular order – Cairde thanks you all sincerely for helping to make it happen. We apologise for anyone who we have forgotten and for all of you who have come on board after print. And thanks to all of you for coming along, taking part and supporting the Cairde Summer Festival. We hope you enjoy this year’s programme! Cairde Festival Director: Tara McGowan Cairde Festival Co-Ordinator: Grainne Dunne Cairde is a Limited Company. Charity No CHY 18249

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Sunday July 3 from 7pm

The Shelly River Boat Race followed by open air performance by The Odd Socks Revival Venue Adm

Race starts JFK Parade, Sligo Free

The Shelly River Boat Race is a massive outdoor celebration of the ShellyRiver (Garavogue River) featuring a model boat race on the river with street entertainment and music along the river banks. The Project is the result of a community arts project involving groups from Sligo town and county who have been busy making model boats and river decor using recycled materials. Individuals are also welcome to submit their own boat into the race – details for entry, along with guidelines on boat building, are available on our website on


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Join us for the fun and excitement of the boat race which is accompanied by a kaliedoscope of entertainment provided by Co. Sligo Youth Theatre, The Gombeens, Samboeire Samba Band, Sligo Concert Band and a free out door concert by The Odd Socks Revival.

Image: Heidi Wickham

Sunday July 3 at 2pm

Burnt Wood Visual Art Exhibition by Heidi Wickham Runs until July 15 Venue Adm

The Yeat’s Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge Free

Sligo artist, Heidi Wickham, has put together a collection of animal and landscape charcoal drawings for The Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge. The work includes Wickham favourites: hares and cows, but a few other animals make an appearance too. All the drawings are made using compressed charcoal or “burnt wood", probably mankind's earliest mark-making tool.

Monday July 4 at 5pm Runs until Saturday July 9 11am to 4pm Daily

Arts ‘n’ Health Venue Adm

Joyn Studios, Charles Street, Sligo Free

This is a collaborative exhibition featuring work from a wealth of arts and health programmes which take place around County Sligo.

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Monday July 4 and Tuesday July 5 12 Noon and 7pm Daily Bunk Puppets and Scamp Theatre present

Sticks, Stones and Broken Bones Venue Adm

The Model, The Mall, Sligo €10/€7 (Suitable for all ages)

From Montreal, Jeff Achtem transforms bits of junk into surreal shadow puppets. Flying chickens, brain transplants and sneaky Ninjas! Come play in the dark! In each shadow puppet scene, the audience simultaneously watches the visual transformation of household junk, into shadow puppet cartoons. A feast for the imagination.

“Nothing short of magical" Edinburgh Spotlight


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Monday July 4 to Thursday July 7 1pm Daily

The Bear by Anton Chekhov with Love, Guns and Money. A Cairde Festival Production Venue Adm

Sligo Trades Club, Castle Street, Sligo ₏12 incl Lunch by the fabulous Kate’s Kitchen

Don't miss this sublime one-act by the master of farce Anton Chekhov. An acerbic and insightful battle-of-thesexes involving love, guns, and money, innovatively staged at the Sligo Trades club. In her drawing room, Elena Popova, feisty and vulnerable in equal measures, and smouldering with maudlin passion, is mourning the death of her husband while attended by her faithful manservant Luka. Enter Smirnov, an arrogant, self-centred retired soldier, farmer, vendor and selfproclaimed misogynist, seeking payment of an old debt... In this hilarious comedy of errors Chekhov gives new insight into the absurdly thin line between love and hate!

Featuring Jaimie Carswell, Fiona McGeown, Pablo Ibarluzea and directed by Caroline Lynch

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Monday July 4 and Tuesday July 5 at 10pm

Cirque De Legume Venue Adm

McGarrigles, Upstairs €10

Sligo's very own pocket-sized circus hit Cirque de Légume returns for some very exclusive Sligo dates before a summer tour to the UK Canada, and New York City! Hailed by the Scotsman as “utterly bonkers" and described by the Edinburgh Fringe Review as “Jacques Tati meets Tommy Cooper at the greengrocers" this is your chance to catch the Greatest Vegetable Circus on Earth before it tours to the prestigious Montréal Completément Cirque Festival where they perform alongside Victoria Chaplin and Cirque du Soleil, among many other circus greats. Enjoy 50 minutes of pure mayhem as two idiots put on an amazingly stupid 6

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circus spectacular using only a chair and a box of cast-off vegetables! Driven by an explosive theatrical imagination and unbridled absurdity, Cirque de Légume shows us how beautiful life can be if we only stop to play with it. Catch the insanity of Sligo's homegrown circus success with two exclusive Irish dates at Cairde.

“Has to be seen to be believed!" RTE Radio One

Wednesday July 6 at 11am

The Model Cinema Eleanor’s Secret Venue Adm

The Model, The Mall, Sligo Free, but booking is essential Book online at or phone The Model reception on (071) 91 41405

Featuring the best of children's fairytales characters such as Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan and many more Eleanor's Secret is a beautifully animated tale about the importance of being able to read. This screening is generously funded by The International Fund for Ireland

Wednesday July 6, Thursday July 7 and Friday July 8 at 2pm daily

Storytelling Venue


Wednesday 6 July County Sligo Library, Stephen Street, Sligo Thursday 7 July Greenlands Caravan Park, Rosses Point Friday 8 July Strandhill Caravan Park, Strandhill Free. Suitable for ages 3 to 8

Inter-active and fun storytelling session by Co Sligo Youth Theatre members Rebecca Williams and Jordan Gallagher. Suitable for ages 3 to 8, Rebecaa and Jordan will tell some classic tales with unusual twists! cairde summer festival 2011


Wednesday July 6 at 9pm

Lisa Hannigan With support by John Smith Venue Adm

The Model, The Mall, Sligo €20

Cairde welcomes Lisa Hannigan to this year’s festival. With the wonderful John Smith in support. Lisa is an Irish singer, songwriter and musician. Her music has received critical praise, airplay and award nominations both in her native Ireland and, more recently, in the United States. She began singing with Damien Rice in 2001, performing on the majority of tracks on his debut album, ‘O’, and accompanying him in his live performances as a vocalist and, occasionally, on electric guitar. Lisa also worked with Damien on his album, ‘9’, singing the lead vocal on the album’s first single and opening song, ‘9 Crimes’. She began her solo career in 2008 with her debut album Sea Saw which spawned the single ‘Lille’, a Choice Music Prize nomination, two Meteor Music Awards nominations and a Mercury Prize nomination. There has also been praise from fellow musicians and, in recent times, from Jools Holland and from US television hosts Jay Leno and Stephen Colbert. Herby Hancock said of her vocals, “there’s so much jazz in the notes and phrases that she picks… I mean some of the things sound like choices that Miles would have made”. 8

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Thursday July 7 at 10pm

Tupelo With Support by The Creaking Willow String Band Venue Adm

McGarrigles, O’Connell Street, Sligo €10

Tupelo are one of the nation’s most unique bands, blending classic Irish influences and instrumentation with the less expected influence of American folk and bluegrass music. Their eclectic line-up includes banjo, fiddle, brass and double bass – all blended into a sound that is both unusual and familiar. The band have been honing their sound up and down Ireland for the past few years, playing at festivals such as the Electric Picnic and Cork Jazz and picking up fans of the stature of Dave Fanning and Imelda May. Following the release of their debut album Dirty Money, Tupelo have been playing live to packed houses all over Ireland. The Creaking Willow String Band features Sarah Barry, Fionnuala Kennedy, Devon MacGillivery, Willie Stewart

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Cairde Festival 2011 Events at a Glance Sunday July 3 Burnt Wood Visual Art Exhibition by Heidi Wickham 2pm, The Yeats Memorial Building, Hyde Bridge, Sligo, Free (Runs until Fri July 15) Sunday July 3 The ShellyRiver Boat Race and The Odd Socks Revival 7pm, JFK Parade, Sligo, Free Monday July 4 Arts ‘n’ Health Exhibition 5pm, Joyn Studios, Charles Street, Sligo, Free (Runs until Sat July 9) Monday July 4 & Tuesday July 5 Sticks, Stones and Broken Bones 12 noon and 7pm daily, The Model, The Mall, Sligo, €10/€7 Monday July 4 to Thursday July 7 The Bear by Anton Chekhov 1pm daily (duration 35 mins), The Trades Club, Grattan Street, Sligo, €12 including lunch

Monday July 4 & Tuesday July 5 Cirque de Legume 10pm, McGarrigles, O’Connell Street, Sligo, €10 Wednesday July 6 Film: Eleanor’s Secret 11am (duration 116 minutes), The Model, The Mall, Sligo, Free Wednesday July 6 Storytelling 2pm, Sligo County Library, Stephen Street, Sligo, Free Wednesday July 6 Lisa Hannigan with support by John Smith 9pm The Model, The Mall, Sligo, €20 Thursday July 7 Storytelling 2pm, Greenlands Caravan Park, Rossespoint, Free

For booking or telephone 071 9161201 Thursday July 7 Tupelo, with support by Creaking Willow String Band 10pm, McGarrigles, O’Connell Street, €10 Friday July 8 Storytelling 2pm, Strandhill Caravan Park, Strandhill, Free Friday July 8 The Bahh Band 7pm, Source, O’Connell Street €15, incl glass of wine and Tapas Friday July 8 Yungchen Lhamo and Dónal Lunny 9pm, The Hawkswell Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo, €22/€18 Friday July 8 Double Bill: Barefoot and Co-Ex 10pm, McGarrigles, O’Connell Street, Sligo, €10

Saturday July 9 The Frivolous Fare 12 noon – 6pm, Stephen Street Car Park, Sligo, Free Saturday July 9 Global Kids Disco The Library Room at The Garavogue Bar, Sligo, €3 Saturday July 9 Rumbatism 10pm Source, O’Connell Street, Sligo Free (Donations Welcome) Saturday July 9 Rhythms of the City followed by DJs Barra and Will Softly 10pm, The Garavouge Bar, Sligo, Free Sunday July 10 Park Fest 12 noon to 7pm, The Peace Park, Sligo, Free Sunday July 10 Massive Sunday Mass 8pm McGarrigles, O’Connell Street, Sligo, Free

Concerts in Care Concerts in Care is a series of performances which take place in care settings during the festival week, thus making the festival more accessible. Following the success of last year’s performances in care settings, Cairde has invited Oleg Ponomarev and local musicians Eddie Lee, Steve Wickham and Jim Meehan to play in a number of health and care settings to include, Nazareth House Nursing Home and the Admissions Unit of the Mental Health Services in Sligo Town. The performances are open to residents, service users, their families and staff.


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Friday July 8 at 7pm

Bahh Band with wine and tapas by Source Sligo Venue Adm

Source, O’Connell Street €15, including a glass of wine and tapas

What happens when a thousand year old musical tradition gets washed up on the shores of a vibrant multi-cultural city in the West of Ireland. The result is the Bahh Band. Based in Galway, the Bahh Band mix Indian classical forms with an array of world folk traditions and stir it all up with a healthy dose of rock and blues. Founded in 2007, the group have been recruiting musicians to realise a vision of ecstatic and passionate semi-improvised music. From performing in a thunderous storm packed tent on the final night of Electric Picnic, to playing for thousands of devotees in the RDS in Dublin for Indian guru, Amma, the Bahh Band have become known for their hypnotic and engaging live shows. An equal parts blending of Dead Can Dance, Sigur Ros and Kila, the Bahh Band have developed a cult following based on their unique sound.

“exceedingly talented and diverse the Bahh Band mix bluegrass, folk and eastern sounds seamlessly… East meets West in the best possible way” cairde summer festival 2011


Friday July 8 at 9pm

Donal Lunny & Yungchen Lhamo Venue Adm

The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street €22/€18

Song." Since the release of her awardA rare musical treat. Cairde takes great winning first album Tibetan Prayer, her pleasure in presenting two of the world’s most inspirational musicians for music has met with critical praise worldwide, alternately described as what promises to be leading a unique “beautifully evocative," “mesmerizing," and spellbinding performance. “spine-tingling," and “transcendent." Yungchen Lhamo Since fleeing Tibet on foot in 1989, Yungchen Lhamo has emerged as the leading Tibetan vocalist on the world stage. From the quays of Sydney, Australia to the spotlight of Carnegie Hall, her a cappella performances have enchanted audiences in more than 70 countries since she began touring professionally in 1994. Yungchen's name was given to her by a Tibetan Lama when she was a baby and translates to “Goddess of Melody and 14

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Dónal Lunny needs no introduction. Considered to be one of the more influential people in the renaissance of Irish music since the '70's, Dónal Lunny has been involved in Irish music all of his life. He was a founding member of Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts and has produced some of the most important albums of the traditional music revival since the '70s.

Friday July 8 from 10pm til late

Double Bill Barefoot and Co-Ex Venue Adm

McGarrigles, O’Connell Street, Upstairs €10

An exciting musical double bill featuring Barefoot and Co-Ex Barefoot are a dynamic trio who bring together a unique blend of original and traditional music. Influences such as Irish, Balkan and Austrian folk, Indian classical music, and African rhythm, meet the original songs and compositions of this vibrant, atmospheric project. Featuring Claudia Schwab, Fergal O’Connor and Eamonn Cagney. CoEx Electro-dub and Live Art (Germany/Austria/Ireland) Cork-based German Klaus Vormehr, has been composing and recording electronic music for 20 years here in Ireland. One of the founders of Sligo’s infamous Dub Club in the early 90’s he will performing his first gig in the town since then. The CoEx sound is steeped in deepest dub, but with lively latin dance beats played by Dublin percussionist, Peter Crann. Claudia Schwab draws from her classical and oriental music influences to create virtuostic trance-tastic soundscapes with her violin. Multi-instrumentalist Sarah Barry adds to this high-octane and colourful performance with a variety of instruments. Peter will be improvising live animation by creating sand drawings projected onto a large screen cairde summer festival 2011


Saturday July 9 from 12pm - 6pm

The Frivolous Fare Venue Adm

Stephen Street Carpark Free

An eclectic market of fancy and frivolous fare, vintage and new bazarr, arts and crafts and beautiful bits ‘n’ bobs. The Frivolous Fare will also feature guest Djs, The Mad Hatters tea party, face painting for the little and not so little uns, tea, coffee and snacky, goody, yum yums. An outdoor market with groovy laid back music and some mad cap fun thrown in for good measure right in the centre of Sligo Town.

Saturday July 9 from 4pm - 6pm

Kids Global Disco Venue Adm

The Library Bar, Garavogue Bar €3

Children! Bounce, wiggle, move and groove to some of the best in global sounds by effervescent One World Irish DJ Will Softly. A regular at the Festival of World Cultures and a veteran of The Midlands Music Festival, Electric Picnic, and Garden Party, DJ Will Softly invites kids and their parents alike to boogie on down for an afternoon of family-friendly tunes and lively beats.


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Saturday July 9 at 10pm

Rumbatism Felip Carbonell and Mike Nielsen with Eddie McFarlane, Eddie Lee and Ken McDonald Venue Adm

Source, O’Connell Street Free (Donations Welcome)

Rumbatism is a band lead by the Sligo-based Mallorcan singer/guitarist Felip Carbonell of NoCrows fame and his long time collaborator, Sligo's greatest jazz export, Mike Nielsen, in an enticing musical mix, both rootsy and virtuosic. The band specialises in Felip's own fiery brand of Catalan Rumba, a Catalonian take on the more traditional Rumba music of South America, made famous throughout the latin world in the 70's and 80's by Gato Perez. Rumbatism, which also features guitarist Eddie McFarlane, bassist Eddie Lee and drummer/percussionist Ken McDonald, also performs latin jazz and even some pop standards in the same style. As Felip says “Everything is Rumba-ble!"

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Saturday July 9 at 10pm

Rhythms of the City Followed by DJs Barra and Will Softly Venue Adm

Garavogue Bar Free

Rhythms of the City... London's baddest bateria (percussion section) with dancers and singers cover it all... funk, reggae, motown, samba, soca mashed up carnival style.

“a careering, squeaking in-yourface mix that makes you proud to be a Londoner. Visionary stuff."

Since 1999, Rhythms of the City has been the F-IRE Collective's beating heart, a street percussion band where teachers, professionals and students learn and play alongside one another. Together with star singers, dancers, horn section and guitars, the band presents powerful music played on Brazilian drums -from classic samba and samba-reggae, to its Songlines Magazine own unique and revolutionary developments in samba-funk, sambahip-hop and even soca and salsa!


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Sunday July 10 from 12 noon to 7pm

Park Fest Venue Adm

The Peace Park Free

A day long celebration of music, performance, food, arts and crafts in Sligo’s Peace Park! Those who know Park Fest know that this is one of the highlights of the Cairde Festival. This year’s Park Fest features music by Oliver Alcorn, Chord Barbershop Quartet, Raw Chocolate, JPTrio and No Crows together with a range of children’s art workshops and global arts, craft and food stands and circus performance by The Barren Carrousel. The last remaining members of this 27th generation circus family will dazzle you with backcracking contortions and death defying aerial feats. Prepare to be amazed.

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Event Location Map MARKIEVICZ ROAD











Shelly Boat River Race

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The Model



Sligo County Library




Garavogue Bar


Yeats Memorial Building




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O AD ( N4 )





City Centre





Peace Park

Johnston Court

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Car Parks

The Trades Club McGarrigles

Sligo Tourist Office Hawk’s Well Theatre

Joyn Gallery

Booking Info Visit or buy tickets at Sligo Tourist Office 071 9161201 20

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