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I welcome you all to Sligo Live 2011. I hope that Sligo sets your spirit free and you have a wonderful weekend. Sligo Live is made possible by the enthusiasm and hard work of its board, producers and the dozens of volunteers and businesses who contribute time, services and financial support. Sligo Borough Council and Sligo County Council both play their part through funding the festival programme. The business generated by the thousands of visitors to Sligo is always a welcome boost to the local economy, especially in these times. The partnership between Sligo Live and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival brings a new dimension to the strong historical links between our two cities and countries. We trust this initiative will benefit both. The Festival is all about people discovering the strength and depth of music and culture in Sligo, its beauty, heritage and the great quality of life the city and county has to offer. Have a great weekend. The Mayor of Sligo, Rosaleen O’Grady, Patron of Sligo Live MAJOR FUNDERS

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French Market


Sligo live is produced by Rory O’Connor and Shane Mitchell, Full Moon Productions.

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.

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, Daniel McGarrigle

Friday 28th - Monday 31st October



Festival Operations Team: Deirdre Melvin, Tara McGowan, Charles Kelly, Declan Courell, Suzanne Donnelly, Mary Roche, Brian Leyden, John O’Dea. Design: Web Design: Carolin Collins – In Tandem Map:

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KT Tunstall Following the success of her recent sold out US solo tour; Sligo Live is delighted to present Scottish Singer-Songwriter KT Tunstall in a fully seated intimate concert in Sligo's newest venue; The Knocknarea Arena. KT Tunstall's hit songs Black Horse and The Cherry Tree brought her into the public eye along with the upbeat and infectious song Suddenly I See. Her recent Scarlet Tulip EP showcases KT’s songwriting in its rawest, most stripped back and intimate form, using just her stunning voice and finger picking guitar. It sees KT going back to her acoustic folk roots and also displays an incredibly versatile side to her talents as a vocalist. She will be performing a variety of songs from her extensive back catalogue, as well as tracks from the Scarlet Tulip EP. KT Tunstall has enjoyed commercial and critical success, picking up three nominations before winning a Brit Award, a Grammy Award nomination and she is also a recipient of an Ivor Novello Award. She has released three studio albums internationally: Eye to the Telescope (2004); Drastic Fantastic (2007) and Tiger Suit (2010). KT will feature as special guests two of her favourite young musicians, Sam Lewis and Rozi Plain.

Sam Lewis Sam Lewis was KT Tunstall’s guitar player for her world tours 2004 – 2009. He has also performed with Tom Baxter, Duffy and Dani Sicilliano. Sam’s music has a unique modern mix of soulful vocals, heartfelt passionate lyrics with tinges of blues, country, folk and soul, all played with a vitality that is fast becoming his trade mark style: truly unique and beautiful.

Rozi Plain Since she released her debut album Inside Over Here, Rozi has been busy bringing her beautiful, enchantingly brittle and understated music to the people. Her songs possess a certain fragile magnetism that can hush any room in the drawing of a breath. The rare and humble pleasures of Rozi’s live show have led to tours across Europe, the UK & USA.

Friday 28th Oct 8.00pm Knocknarea Arena, Sligo IT


All seated concert Numbers strictly limited Tickets €28


An Intimate Solo Performance Never one to rest on his past achievements, he is constantly writing, recording and collaborating with other artists, pushing the boundaries of his enormous talent. One American critic described him as “a pop encyclopaedia” based on the huge range of musicality he has exhibited in more than 30 albums and his ability to “reinvent the past in his own image”. Costello grew up in London and Merseyside as Declan McManus, son of a well known jazz musician, Ross McManus, with Co. Fermanagh roots. Success came with the change of name when he combined his mother’s maiden name and that of his musical hero.

Rachel Sermanni Opening is special guest, Rachel Sermanni, one of Scotland’s most promising newcomers. Rachel performs with her band and has been acclaimed both for her songwriting and performances. Sligo Live is a unique opportunity for music lovers to contrast magical musical experiences with a true rock aristocrat and one of today’s freshest emerging talents.

Elvis Costello Elvis Costello headlines Sligo Live 2011 for what promises to be a really special evening. This intimate solo performance on Saturday 29th October at IT Sligo's Knocknarea Arena is the legendary musician’s only Republic of Ireland appearance in 2011. Costello is widely considered to be the UK’s most consistently creative artist and songwriter of his generation. Starting with classic rock songs like Oliver’s Army, Alison and Watching the Detectives, he went on to explore a wealth of musical collaborations ranging from Burt Bacharach to The Brodsky Quartet. He has produced albums by The Specials and The Pogues, and gone down the country road with Almost Blue which included the hit single Good Year for the Roses.


Saturday 29thOct 8.30pm Knocknarea Arena, Sligo IT All seated concert Numbers strictly limited Tickets €40


Two Trios - Traditional and Transatlantic

The Unwanted Cathy Jordan, Seamie O’Dowd and Rick Epping formed The Unwanted in 2006, to develop their interests in both Irish and American folk genres. They have gone on to perform in concerts and festivals throughout Ireland and Europe and record their first CD, Music from the Atlantic Fringe.

Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn Matt Molloy and John Carty explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition, the quintessential Sligo style musical combination. Both Matt and John are recipients of the prestigious TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award. From Ballaghadereen, County Roscommon, Matt Molloy is regarded as the greatest exponent of traditional flute playing alive, a member of the Chieftains for more than two decades; he was also a founder member of the legendary Bothy Band and had a spell in the second coming of Planxty. Matt has released several highly acclaimed solo albums London born, John Carty returned to his Roscommon roots near Boyle. He has recorded three solo fiddle albums, two banjo CDs, four group albums and a collection of duets with Matt Molloy. A member of At the Racket and Patrick Street. They are joined by Arty McGlynn, whose subtle guitar playing is the perfect accompaniment to this unique duet. He played with Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and the Van Morrison Band, and has recorded and played with Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny, Liam O'Flynn, the Chieftains and most recently in Tim O’Brien’s The Crossing.


Roscommon born Cathy Jordan, Dervish lead singer, moves effortlessly between Seannós, Appalachian and contemporary folksong, lending rich accompaniment on bodhrán, bouzouki and bones. Her engaging stage presence turns a simple concert into an evening among good friends. Sligo native Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, fiddle, dobro) grew up steeped in the tradition of Sligo fiddling, expanding to include New World traditions. Today he is as accomplished playing Blues on slide guitar as he is playing jigs and reels. Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, banjo, mandolin, jaw harp), a native of California, brings a wealth of experience and authentic style, having played with musical greats like Bluegrass founder Bill Monroe, Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb and accordionist Joe Cooley, The Unwanted have created a seamless fusion of the music of both the Old World and the New, showing that the process of transformation arising from the musical ebb and flow along the Atlantic Fringe continues today.

This is a joint production between Sligo Live and the Hawks Well Theatre.

Hawk’s Well Theatre

Sunday 30th Oct 8.00pm Sharp Doors Open 7pm Tickets €18


Masters of Tradition wishing Sligo Live best of luck for 2011

Seamus Begley and Tim Edey Accordion player and singer Seamus Begley hails from the west Kerry Gaeltacht. A farmer, Seamus has a puckish sense of humour and an indefatigable love of music and song who can light up any room with his personality and presence. He plays the polkas, slides and jigs of his native region and can silence a room with his heart rending songs. Begley is a man secure in his own sense of self and place to imbue the tunes with his own stamp and colour them with his personality. He is joined by the dynamic guitar player Tim Edey, whose musical understanding of Seamus' music is informed by his own excellence as an accordion player. Their combination makes for exhilarating entertainment. If it's a shot in the arm you're after, Begley and Edey are the men to call on. All the wildness of west Kerry combined with a sublime talent with a featherlight touch, Seamus and Tim breath new life into the tradition.


Maurice Lennon


Leitrim fiddle player Maurice Lennon, (Stockton's Wing) has always had a very strong connection to Sligo. After leaving Summerhill College in 1977, Maurice become one of the youngest ever All-Ireland Senior fiddle title winners. He joined Stockton's Wing and has remained a professional musician ever since, working with legendary artists like John Prine, Sean Keane, Liam Clancy, Sharon Shannon, The Model Donal Lunny. As a composer, Maurice Acoustic Stage Lennon's music has been recorded by Friday numerous performers including Lunasa, Solas, Natalie McMaster, The Nova Scotia Symphony 28th 0ct 9.30pm Orchestra, Cherish the Ladies, and Four Men and a Dog. Tickets â‚Ź10 Maurice is releasing his forthcoming album The Spirit of the Music in the coming months and is delighted to return from 14 Chicago for Sligo Live.

The Restaurant in Source showcases the best local produce available in Sligo and the North West, open from 9.30am.

The wine bar offers a relaxed informal atmosphere making it the perfect place to come and meet friends, open from 3pm Tuesday - Sunday. The wine bar has a selection of delicious desserts, tapas, coffee and of course Source Sligo selection of wines. Live music every Thursday & Friday night.

COOKERY SCHOOL We have designed a variety of classes to cater for all tastes and open up cooking to everyone, from masterchef regulars to those who are a cooking novice. Naturally our focus is on using local knowledge and ingredients at all times.

for details on Source Sligo, 1&2 John Street, Sligo

Tel: 071-9147605

The Scottish Connection at Sligo Live In 2010, Sligo Live entered into an exciting new partnership with Celtic Connections, Europe’s biggest Winter Festival and one of the largest indoor music festivals in the world. This innovative link sees both festivals promoting each other in their home markets and cooperating in many ways. Following Sligo Live’s hugely successful Showcase concert in Celtic Connections and with the assistance of Creative Scotland, we are proud to present a selection of Scotland’s enormous musical creativity. Enjoy the fresh new talent which is attracting so much music industry attention across the water.

The Friels Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians hailing from Glasgow with roots in the Donegal Gaeltacht who play a mixture of music interspersed with songs, many from their family repertoire. Being siblings they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes, approaching their music in a style inspired by many encounters with great musicians and singers. Anna, Sheila and Clare have performed in various venues and festivals including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections, the Danish Tonder Festival, Willie Clancy Summer School and the Frankie Kennedy Winter School. They have appeared as guests on stage with acts such as The Chieftains and Altan on several occasions.

The Friels will host the traditional Sessions in the Festival Club each night The Model Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sun 30th October Tickets: See Festival Club Pages for prices 16

The Scottish Connection at Sligo Live

Massive Double Bill

Rura RURA combines the passions and influences of some of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians. Featuring three 'BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year' finalists and an All Ireland Bodhran champion, RURA's powerful music is creating a buzz throughout the folk scene. Highland pipes, whistles, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, flute as well as an array of effects pedals create a fierce and versatile sound. Having performed mainstage at a number of major festivals including Celtic Connections in 2011, RURA are fresh from recording their first demo. Rura’s line up at Sligo Live is Innes Watson – Fiddle and Guitar; Steven Blake - Highland Bagpipes and Whistles; David Foley - Bodhran, Flute and Whistles; Chris Waite – Guitar and Adam Holmes – vocals and guitar.

The JPTrio Lively, fresh, adventurous describes this new trad/jazz/fusion sound from the Sligo based JPTrio. Brothers Ted and Jos Kelly and their former Sligo Grammar schoolmate Paddy Hazleton play a melodic and rhythmic fusion of traditional, jazz and world music where Paddy’s subtle driving beats propel the complex and musically sophisticated interchanges between Jos’s accordion and piano and Ted on banjo and tenor guitar. JPTrio were winners of a Danny Kyle award for emerging artists at Celtic Connections festival last January and all three are former members of the Siansa Gael Linn winning group Spraoi. 'the new cutting edge of fused traditional Irish music' Martin O'Connor

The Model Acoustic Stage

Saturday 29th 0ct 10pm Tickets €8


The Scottish Connection in association with Creative Scotland

The Scottish Connection at Sligo Live

Admiral Fallow The Staves The Staves are not Scottish at all. They hail from Watford, outside London, but Sligo Live first heard them at Celtic Connections and has included them in the Scottish Connection. Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor have been making music together since they were children. Singing in perfect 3-part harmony came naturally to these three sisters who were brought up in a house that echoed to the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Beatles. The Staves are now captivating audiences on much bigger stages including Glastonbury and Cambridge- earning rapturous encores with their exquisite songs of love & longing. Accompanied by just acoustic guitar and gently strummed ukulele, their extraordinary intertwining voices melt the most cynical of hearts. Guaranteed to give you goosebumps, The Staves make music in its purest and most beautiful form.

The Dirty Beggars

The Model Acoustic Stage

Saturday 29th 0ct 8pm Tickets €10


From Central Scotland, The Dirty Beggars are five boys born in the wrong country. With the music of the Appalachians running in their blood, their brand of down and dirty bluegrass crossover has been electrifying crowds all over the UK. The Dirty Beggars are Kieran Begbie (Vocals, Guitar), Finn Begbie (Vocals, Harmonica, Mandolin, Guitar), Pete Begbie (Vocals, Banjo, Guitar), Stuart Printie (Double Bass, Dobro, Guitar) and Pedro Cameron on Hot fiddle, blasting out the tunes made popular in the bluegrass revival, as well as their own compositions. Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Alison Krauss and Union Station and Dave Rawlings Machine are among their influences. While waiting to release their album, the band has been generating buzz on the UK's Americana, country and bluegrass scenes.

Scotland's Admiral Fallow continues their seemingly unstoppable mission to capture hearts and minds. They steal the former with beautiful melodies, sumptuous orchestration and bittersweet boy/girl vocals, while unforgettably colonising the latter thanks to lead singer/guitarist Louis Abbott's exquisitely observed hauntingly candid lyrics. Complemented by fellow vocalist Sarah Hayes, Admiral Fallow's richly distinctive mesh of acoustic and electric textures with multilayered harmonies have enthralled audiences at 2011's SXSW, Glastonbury, Latitude, Cambridge, and Green Man festivals. Catch them while you can in such an intimate and atmospheric venue. The Scottish press says it all about this stunning band’s debut album ‘Boots Met My Face’ They have been compared with Frightened Rabbit, Deacon Blue and Mumford and Son. The Daily Record Album of the Week *****'One of the best albums produced in Scotland this year' The Sunday Mail - *****'A lovely, well-crafted album' 'surely destined for a larger stage. Music-News - *****'An astounding first album'

Rachel Sermanni Band This highly talented 19 year’s old quirky songwriting, unusual phrasing and intricate finger picking earned her spots in SXSW in Austin, Texas and LA’s Musexpo. Rachel has toured with Stornoway and supported KT Tunstall and Newton Faulkner, appeared at Celtic Connections, and gone on to support Mumford & Son. Shows this summer included T in the Park, Ben & Jerry’s, Manchester & London, Cambridge and The Edinburgh Festival. For her Sligo Live appearances, she is surrounded by a group of wonderful musicians, the fiddle pixies, Laura Wilkie, Siobhan Anderson and Louise Bichan and pianist Jennifer Austin. Make sure you catch this Highland star on the ascendancy. "Her performance was dynamically aware, controlled, self-assured, compelling and utterly cool; and at only eighteen, she is a simply frightening prospect. In the interest of brevity, this girl is the real thing. Outstanding." HI-Arts ‘Incredibly promising…we're sure she has an illustrious Calry Church career ahead of her’. The Independent ‘Rachel Sermanni impresses with a stunning singing voice.’ of Ireland ‘Expect sultry vocals and lyrics by the one, the only…’ Sunday NME

30th 0ct 9.30pm

Sligo Live gratefully appreciate the generosity of Rev. Patrick Bamber and the Select Vestry of Calry Church of Ireland Parish for making this concert possible.

Tickets €15


Celtic Connections are proud to work in partnership with Sligo Live

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Sligo Music Industry Day Showcase Sligo The Blue Raincoats present The Poor Mouth Keiran Quinn and Guests The Rye Collette Sheerin Anna Houston Michael O'Halloran The White Gorillas Sligo IT Trad Society Session Ruby Ridge

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The French Market The Williams Sisters Jackk & Jones The Dirty Beggars Eoin Glackin Aoife Grennan Scottish Traditional Session The Abbey Theatre presents B for Baby The Blue Raincoats present The Poor Mouth KT Tunstall with Rozi Plain and Sam Lewis Raw Chocolate Seamus Begley & Tim Edey and Maurice Lennon Quinner, Flynner & Shinner from Anything Goes Ultan Conlon Shakedown The Gorgeous Colours Bughouse Jazz Red Brick House 3 Stage Festival Club with Hayseed Dixie

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Open Air Market Methodist Hall Kennedys Café Fleur Lyons Café Tricky’s McGarrigles The Clarence McHughs Shoot The Crows

Rockwood Parade Wine Street Rockwood Parade O'Connell Street Wine Street O'Connell Street Wine Street Grattan Street Market Cross

The French Market The Junior Fiddler of Dooney Competition Dean Mahon Ollie Alcorn The Young Folks Rhona Lynch, Graham Lynch and Killian Doheny Henrietta Game Maurice Lennon, Brian Lennon and Declan Courell Brid Harper, Oliver O'Loughlin and Ryan Molloy

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Crafts and Food Traditional Comp. Pop Acoustic Indie/Folk Trad Session Indie/Soul Trad Session Trad Session

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Vibes Blue Raincoats present The Poor Mouth Social Red Hots


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Rockwood Parade The Mall Lr Quay Street Temple Street Sligo IT John Street O'Connell Street The Mall O'Connell Street Castle Street Thomas Street Rockwood Parade Lr Quay Street The Mall

No Strings Attached The Staves and The Dirty Beggars The Blue Raincoats present The Poor Mouth The Abbey Theatre presents B for Baby Elvis Costello Solo Performance with Rachel Sermanni The Jazz Lads This Side Up! Rura and The JPTrio Henrietta Game Seamus Hernon, Rodney Lancashire Easy Rider & The Venusians The Vibes Blue Murder with Eoin McNamee and Keith Donald 3 Stage Festival Club with Oddsocks Revival

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Acoustic Pop Model Stage Perf Theatre Theatre Main Stage Perf Jazz Hip Hop Model Stage Perf Indie/Folk Roots Trad Session Rock/Blues Indie Reading/Music 3 Stage Festival Club

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The French Market Tommy McCarthy, Louise Costello and Fabian Joyce Changed Utterly: Thinking 2016 The Speks - Childrens Show 2 - 5 years old The Fiddler of Dooney Competition The Speks - Childrens Show 2 - 5 years old Aoife Grennan Willie Kelly Dublin Laptop Orchestra Ambience Affair Killian Doheny and Anna, Sheila & Claire Friel Muireann Charleton Tabby Matt Molloy, J. Carty & A.McGlynn and The Unwanted Sunday M.A.S.S. What is there left to say? Mike McCormack/John Waters Admiral Fallow and Rachel Sermanni Band Gabriel McArdle, Jim McGrath and Seamus Quinn The Wranglers Sugar Rush 3 Stage Festival Club with Barley Mob

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Crafts and Food Trad Session Live Radio Discussion

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The French Market John Joe Kelly, Sean and Donal McCague Riaghan O’Callaghan Niall Teague & The Fast Company Sean Carroll, Mossie Martin and Seamie O'Dowd Billy Fitzgerald Jackk and Jones Kevin O'Brien, Harry McGowan, Sean Dwyer

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Traditional Comp.

Fiddler of Dooney Sligo Town Branch Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Laura Began 2007 Win ner

Bronwyn Power 2008 Winner

ner Rhona Lynch 2011 Win

Sligo Live is again joining with CCE Sligo Town Branch to host the Fiddler of Dooney Competition over the October Bank Holiday weekend. The competition, inaugurated 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, Liz Kane, Paddy Glacken, Seamus and Manus McGuire. Competitors 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, Tony De Marco and Kevin Burke have all filled the role and this year we are privileged to have Maurice Lennon, our Leitrim neighbour, now based in Chicago, who together with former winner, Brid Harper, 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 midterm break. Full information and an entry form is provided on (download the form) or on Sligo Town Branch’s website. 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 on 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 Saturday 29th October 11.00am Tickets €5 (children free) Fiddler of Dooney, Methodist Hall, Wine Street Sunday 30th October 2.00pm Tickets €5 (Children free)

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th Oct Methodist Hall Tickets €5 Children Free


Traditional Sessions -

FREE Music in Sligo

Thursday 27th October

Saturday 29th October

Sunday 30th October

Monday 31st October

9.30pm McGarrigles Free Colette Sheerin - Flute Anna Houston - Mandolin Michael O'Halloran -Guitar

4.00pm McGarrigles Free Rhona Lynch - Fiddle Graham Lynch - Banjo Killian Doheny - Banjo/Guitar

1.00pm Harp Tavern Free Tommy McCarthy Louise Costello Fabian Joyce

1.00pm Kennedys Free Sean McCague - Fiddle Donal McCague - Banjo John Joe Kelly - Bodhran

This year round session features Collette Sheerin, who recently released her debut album showcasing her singing, composing and her fine flute playing. She will be joined by Swiss born, Anna Houston (Banjo & Mandolin), who in her other life is cellist with the band No Crows and Michael O’ Halloran (Guitar) for some cracking tunes with the odd song thrown in.

The current Fiddler of Dooney; another of the superb young women fiddlers to have won the title in recent years, Rhona Lynch is joined by her brother, Graham, an all Ireland Champion on banjo. The trio is completed by Killian Doheny, who's musicality shines through in his wonderful guitar and banjo accompaniments.

Tommy Mc Carthy (Fiddle)and Louise Costello (banjo) own one of America's best known Irish music bars The Burren in Boston. Both come from strong music backgrounds.Tommy is from a well know Clare music family and grew up in the vibrant London trad scene. Louise is from Tullamore and they now live in Galway Fabian Joyce from Headford will join them on Bouzouki in what promises to be a most exciting session.

Sean (banjo) and Dónal McCague (fiddle) from Co. Monaghan are players of great expressivness, playing energetic Ulster style music adorned with a high level of detail and thought. Manchester born, John Joe Kelly is the king of the bodhran. A musician who has gained many admirers as a member of Flook, The Mike Mc Goldrick Big Band and Tim O Brien's crossing.

4.00pm John Feeney’s Snug Free Friel Sisters Fiddle, Pipes and Flute Killian Doheny - Banjo/Guitar

5.00pm Fiddlers Free Sean Carroll - Box Mossie Martin - Fiddle Seamie O'Dowd - Guitar

Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians hailing from Glasgow with roots in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Being siblings they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes, inspired by many encounters with great musicians and singers including appearances with Altan and the Chieftains. They will be joined by Killian Doheny from Limrick on Guitar and Banjo

The session where the people who have worked so hard to make the weekend a success let their hair down and enjoy three of the most popular musicians in Sligo. Seamie O'Dowd (Guitar/Fiddle) , Mossie Martin (Fiddle) and Sean Carroll (Accordion) are all superb musicians, so you never know who will join them for a rip roaring session.

10.00pm Foleys Free Gabriel McArdle - Singer Jim McGrath - Box Seamus Quinn - Fiddle

10.00pm Harp Tavern Free Kevin O'Brien - Accordion Sean Dwyer - Guitar Harry McGowan - Flute

A legendary ensemble of Fermanagh's finest traditional musicians. Gabriel Mc Ardle is a universally respected traditional singer and concertina player, Jim Mc Grath formally of the The White Island Band is a sweet button box player with a great traditional style. Seamus Quinn's fine fiddle and piano playing playing lends itself to the Sligo Style, so he is in the right place tonight.

Former Shaskeen member, Kevin O Brien, one of the regions finest accordion players, will be joined by legendary flute player Harry Mc Gowan from Achonry. They will be accompanied by proprietor Sean Dwyer on guitar. This esemble can heard every Monday night at the Harp for one of Sligo's longest running and most enjoyable Irish music nights

10.00pm The Rendezvous Free Sligo IT Trad Session A selection of musicians from the very active Sligo I.T. TradSoc meet to enjoy the opportunity to swap tunes. Over the years some of the liveliest Sligo Live sessions have been in this long standing Sligo establishment and all levels of musicians, listeners or anyone who has an interest in Irish music, are welcome to join them in session.

Friday 28th October 6.00pm Hargadons Free Scottish Trad Session Some of Scotland’s outstanding young musicians feature in this new departure. Innes Watson is a fiddler with the Treacherous Orchestra; Adam Holmes (guitar) and Steven Blake (Highland pipes) are both BBC young musician of the year finalists and David Foley is a former All Ireland Bodhran Champion. They are joined by fellow Rura member, Chris Waite, on Guitar for Sligo Live's first Scottish Trad Session

The Friel Sisters will host a session space in the festival club each evening and all musicians and music lovers are welcome

5.00pm McHughs Free Maurice Lennon - Fiddle Brian Lennon - Flute Declan Courell - Guitar Brian (Flute) and Maurice Lennon (Fiddle) are steeped in the Leitrim Tradition from their famous father, Ben; and uncle, Charlie. Both have developed their own musical careers; Maurice in Stockton's Wing and as a successful composer and Brian in both traditional and choral music, featuring on TG4s, An Cor. Declan Courell (guitar) will provide his usual melodic acconpanyment and may even sing a song or two.

7.00pm Shoot The Crows Free Brid Harper - Fiddle Oliver O’Loughlin - Box Ryan Molloy - Piano and Fiddle A former Fiddler of Dooney and All Ireland champion Brid Harper from Castlefin, Co Donegal is joined by Leitrim's Oliver O'Loughlin on piano accordion. They will be joined by Ryan Molloy from Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, Ryan began his musical life on the fiddle, taught by Bríd Harper. The piano soon followed and it is in this instrument that Ryan now specialises recording on many critically acclaimed albums.

10.00pm Foleys Free Seamus Hernon - Flute Rodney Lancashire - Bouzouki 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 Coothill, 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.


The Friel Sisters will host a session space in the festival club each evening and all musicians and music lovers are welcome

The Friel Sisters will host a session space in the festival club each evening and all musicians and music lovers are welcome


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Wednesday 26th Oct 1.00pm SLIGO I.T. THE VIBES (Indie Pop) The Vibes are a four piece pop-rock band from Co Leitrim, Ireland with several chart hits such as “You’ll see my heart” & “Different way out” due to their catchy, radio friendly songs, Their live performances are also hits with Hot Press Magazine lauding their “Amazing live show, definitely worth catching!”

Wednesday 26th Oct 9.30pm FIDDLER’S CREEK Rockwood Parade THE SOCIAL (Pop) The Social are a five piece pop-rock band fronted by Sean McCarty, one of Sligo’s leading musicians. In their Fiddlers residency they play a lively mix of familiar and adventurous covers. Always a lively and enjoyable night.

Thursday 27th Oct 8.30pm SOURCE, John Street

Friday 28th Oct 4:00pm CAFE MEZZANINE, Quayside Shopping Centre

Friday 28th Oct 10.00pm TRICKY’S MC GARRIGLES, O’ Connell Street

KIERAN QUINN and Guests (Jazz)


Born in Australia and raised in Sligo, Kieran’s musical background is also diverse. The variety in his Classical & Jazz education is evident in his playing – Kieran’s influences range from Chopin to Nina Simone, from Lennon/McCartney to Scott Joplin and his talent allows him to move seamlessly between genres.

The Scottish bluegrass quintet, The Dirty Beggars, maybe dirty or they may not, but they most certainly won't be begging after the release of their upcoming debut album. But, while waiting to release their album, the band has been generating buzz on UK's Americana, country and bluegrass scenes and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as at the renowned Celtic Connection.


Thursday 27th Oct 9:00pm GLASSHOUSE, Swan Point THE RYE (Folk n’ Roll) A gig with The Rye is high-spirited, full-blown entertainment. "Not only does the band have that really fantastic ability to make even a stone statue tap its feet, they also have this amazing stage energy and presence that makes it difficult to turn away once they start performing...this band has talent dripping from their ears.” (John O'Hara, The Galway Music Scene Review)

Thursday 27th Oct 10:00pm FIDDLER’S CREEK, Rockwood Parade THE WHITE GORILLAS (Rock) The White Gorillas were formed by members of two cover bands, Whitewater and Gorilla Radio. Their set list contains music from the likes of Bob Dylan, Paulo Nutini, and Nina Simone, right through to Kings of Leon and Led Zeppelin and even the odd nineties dance classic!

Thursday 27th Oct 10:00pm HARGADONS, O’ Connell Street RUBY RIDGE (Alt Country) Ruby Ridge aka Sharon Conway fusion of catchy songs and melodic voice are marking her out as one of Ireland’s most progressive country rock pop songwriters. A life time fan of the American country music scene, Sharon isn’t afraid to have fun with her sound by adding a touch of rock to the mix either.

Friday 28th Oct 12 noon CAFÉ VICTOR, JFK Parade



(Rockabilly and vintage Rock-n-Roll)


Sligo's hottest rockabilly outfit, playing retro rock-n-roll and vintage American dance hall boogie! Featuring a rhythm section of Jaimie Carswell and Tony Travers (ex-Wurlitzer), Seannan Brennan (from Kila) on guitar, and frontman Wayne 'Glass' O Connor (legend). Come on you Hepcats and Betties, agitate the gravel and goose it down to catch the Red Hots, get your two-tones on and get ready to jive!

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 sibling 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.

SHOWCASE SLIGO The best of Sligo’s contemporary and alternative scene musicians are gathering in the relaxed environs of the Trade’s Club to celebrate Sligo’s first Music Industry Conference. Revel in the abundance of music talent Sligo has to offer.


Friday 28th Oct 5.00pm KOKO LATTE, Quayside Shopping Centre

EOIN GLACKIN (Acoustic Pop) ‘Not Lost’ is one of those rare debuts that heralds the arrival of a fully-formed talent, eager to jump into action and sweep all before him. Glackin has also been given career advice by Bruce Springsteen! “You gotta have the best band, the best songs... After that, it's just luck and guts kid, luck and guts.” It’s a message he's taken to heart.

Friday 28th Oct 6.00pm KENNEDYS, Rockwood Parade



Sligo Lady Aoife Grennan interprets songs from her favourite artists such as Mary Black, The Dixie Chicks & Shania Twain. Aoife is from a most musical family and has learnt how to entertain and captivate an audience from an early age. Still not in her twenties Aoife’s songbook is full of delightful surprises.

Friday 28th Oct 9.00pm SOURCE, John Street

RAW CHOCOLATE (Indie Choral)

Wednesday 26th Oct 10.00pm TRICKY’S MC GARRIGLES, O’ Connell Street

Thursday 27th Oct 7:00pm TRADES CLUB, Castle Street


Friday 28th Oct 1.00pm BUS EIREANN STATION CAFE, Lord Edward Street JACKK & JONES (Country/Bluegrass) Sligo based duo who specialise in Americana, bluegrass, country and folk music. Leon Mooney plays guitar and Leslie Jones plays mandolin, and both sing creating fine vocal harmonies. The boys always give it socks and their enjoyment is infectious.

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.

Friday 28th Oct 10.00pm HARGADONS, O’ Connell Street

QUINNER, FLYNNER and SHINNER from ANYTHING GOES Anything Goes have been Sligo’s ultimate party band over the past year, injecting enormous fun into a variety of classic rock and blues from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin. Sinead Conway, Dave Flynn and Kieran Quinn are consummate musicians and can guarantee a night to remember.

Dublin five-piece The Gorgeous Colours have damn near perfected the art of making radio-friendly pop.”To say that "It's OK To Be Normal" feels like a little bowl of sunshine would betray the empty-hearted cynic in me, but this much I will admit – The Gorgeous Colours’ sound is as summery as they come.” - Hotpress

Friday 28th Oct 10.00pm FOLEYS, Castle Street

ULTAN CONLON (Indie/acoustic folk) Ultan Conlon is now a firm Sligo favourite following his appearances at Sligo Live, Lunasa and other festivals. His critically acclaimed album ‘Bless Your Heart’ was described as the best Irish debut since Damien Rice’s ‘O’. He has supported John Martyn, Richard Hawley, Lisa Hannigan and Declan O’Rourke. One to catch.

Friday 28th Oct 10.00pm FIDDLER’S CREEK, Rockwood Parade SHAKEDOWN (Rock) Shakedown are an excellent covers band based in Enniskillen, who play Oasis and other Britpop music on their frequent visits to this lively and sociable bar/restaurant

Friday 28th Oct 10.30pm KENNEDYS, Rockwood Parade

BUGHOUSE JAZZ Led by saxophonist, Stan Burns and featuring the redoubtable Tony Travers on drums, Patrick Cerreghetti on double bass and Mark Murphy on guitar the Bughouse Band is a popular feature around Sligo music venues and tonight should be no different.

Friday 28th Oct 10.30pm MC HUGHS, Grattan Street RED BRICK HOUSE (Indie/Rock) Red Brick House are a Sligo based band who are renowned for their hook-laden and impossibly catchy songs. Having played bars, backs of trucks, on top of pallets and even a castle along the way, Red Brick House have honed their live set into a harmony-driven brand of alternative pop, blues, folk as well as some wisely chosen covers.

Saturday 29th Oct 2.00pm KENNEDYS, Rockwood Parade DEAN MAHON (Pop) Dean Mahon is a dynamic singer/songwriter based in Sligo's Gateway City performing classic hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and naughty's in his own unique style. Dean is a singer whose versatility and superior vocal ability means he is comfortable singing anything from rock to folk.


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Saturday 29th Oct 2.30pm CAFÉ FLEUR, O’Connell Street OLLIE ALCORN (Folk) A songwriter’s journey to adulthood and the other side of the world. Ollie Alcorn’s folky, bluesy tones are insightful and smooth on the ear. Ollie was raised listening to the likes of Jackson Browne and Creedence Clearwater, now listens to anything from Rumer to William Orbit but will die listening to Dylan.

Saturday 29th Oct 3.00pm LYONS CAFÉ, Quay Street

THE YOUNG FOLKS (Indie/Folk) Born of Folk and Fire, with a well received debut album already under their belt and their second offering slated for release later this year, their much lauded live sets are fast becoming the stuff of legend. Turn On. Tune In. Folk Off. The Young Folk boasts a line up of some of the most promising young musicians in Ireland today.

Saturday 29th Oct 4.00pm THE CLARENCE, Wine Street HENRIETTA GAME (Indie) Alt pop with some rocking glock solos, Henrietta Game have experienced a meteoric rise in the Irish music scene awarded an ALBUM OF THE WEEK on RTE Radio1 this summer. “They know their way around a good tune meaning that, no matter what the approach, these songs will lodge themselves in your consciousness with their tumbling, twisting melodies” the

Saturday 29th Oct 9.00pm SOURCE, John Street

THE JAZZ LADS Sligo’s longest established band has reached iconic status locally and nationally. One of the busiest bands around, they are highly in demand for jazz festivals. Though originally known as a Dixieland jazz band, over the years their repertoire has expanded to include Latin American, Blues, Country and even the odd old time waltz.

Saturday 29th Oct 10.00pm HARGADONS, O’Connell Street HENRIETTA GAME (Indie) Henrietta Game has experienced a meteoric rise in the Irish music scene award this summer. “They are both unique and strangely familiar at the same time. While their acoustic, almost classical, take on pop music stands out today there are more than a few nods (intentional or otherwise) to the predominant Irish sound of the late ’80s.”

Saturday 29th Oct 10.00pm TRICKY’S MC GARRIGLES, O’Connell Street THIS SIDE UP (Hip-hop) This Side Up is 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!

Saturday 29th Oct 10.30pm KENNEDYS, Rockwood Parade THE VIBES (Indie) The Vibes are a four piece pop-rock band from Co Leitrim, Ireland with several chart hits such as “You’ll see my heart” & “Different way out” due their catchy, radio friendly songs, Their live performances are also hits with Hot Press Magazine praising their “Amazing live show, definitely worth catching!”

Saturday 29th Oct 10.30pm BELFRY, Thomas Street

EASY RIDER AND THE VENUSIANS (Rock & Blues) 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 some great Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rolling Stones numbers. Comprising guitar/vocals, keyboard, bass, drums and three backing singers, Easy Rider and the Venusians play punchy, dynamic music that will have you bopping.

Sunday 30th Oct 2.00pm KENNEDYS, Rockwood Parade

Saturday 29th Oct 7.30pm FIDDLER’S CREEK, Rockwood Parade



Sligo Lady Aoife Grennan interprets songs from her favourite artists such as Mary Black, The Dixie Chicks & Shania Twain. Aoife is from a most musical family and has learnt how to entertain and captivate an audience from an early age. Still not in her twenties Aoife’s songbook is full of delightful surprises.

(Acoustic Pop) Are an acoustic duo with Alison Slattery on vocals and percussion and Ciaran Storey looking after the chorus. Their set goes from Adele to Alanis Morissette; U2 to Johnny Cash and all the way to Eminem. They regularly play the popular Galway nightspots.


(Acoustic folk/rock)

Sunday 30th Oct 2.30pm LILY’S CAFE, Yeats Building, Hyde Bridge WILLIE KELLY (Alt Country)

Sunday 30th Oct 10.30pm KENNEDYS, Rockwood Parade SUGAR RUSH (Rock)

Willie Kelly is a native Sligo musician but his second home is Nashville, Tennessee. Willie recorded his debut album "In the unlikely event of fire" at Johnny Cash's studio The Cash Cabin in Nashville, produced by Johnny and June’s son, John Carter Cash. He will perform songs from his album and new songs alongside his favourite covers.

Formed in 2011 and featuring some of the Northwest’s most talented musicians, Sugar Rush is the freshest and most innovative pop band to appear on the Sligo scene for many years! Prepare to bop till you drop with songs from Rhianna, Katy Perry, Jessie J, Take That, Bruno Marz, Lady Ga Ga & all your favourite chart hits!!.

Sunday 30th Oct 3.00pm GLASSHOUSE, Swan Point



Sunday 30th Oct 10.30pm MC HUGHS, Grattan Street (Country/Bluegrass) (Electro/Folk)

The Dublin Laptop Orchestra or ‘Lork’ was founded by Alex Dowling and Dan Trueman this year with Jenn Kirby, Rachel Ní Chuinn and David Collier. They make music with lots of laptops, hands, X-boxes, golf controllers, a wireless router, and old fashioned instruments. Folk music is a particular focus... always good to blend the old with the new.

Sunday 30th Oct 4.00pm THE CLARENCE, Wine Street

THE AMBIENCE AFFAIR (Indie/Folk) Vocalist/Guitarist Jamie Clarke met Marc Gallagher in the music shop they both worked in and became a three piece last year when Yvonne Ryan joined the band. (Bass/vocals/keys). Their song 'Parting Patterns' was recently appeared in an episode of CSI: NY. The Ambience Affair release their debut album Burials on Bluestack Records on 14th October 2011.

Sunday 30th Oct 4.00pm KOKO LATTE, Quayside Shopping Centre

MUIREANN CHARLETON (Soul) '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 for a rare performance.'

Sunday 30th Oct 7.30pm FIDDLER’S CREEK, Rockwood Parade TABBY (Rock) Tabby has an impressive history of gigs, from the Cavern, where the Beatles started to O2 in the Park before 100,000 people to sold out shows in Wembley. But what matters most to Tabby is his music from twists of Hendrix meets Bowie and a hefty tablespoon of Prince flavoured vibes. Followed by DJ.

Sunday 30th Oct 8.00pm MC GARRIGLES, O’Connell Street SUNDAY M.A.S.S. (Funk/Soul/World) Sunday Massive Acoustic Sunday Session is an open invite to musicians from every genre to jam together and create a night brimming with musical hi-jinxs. Since it’s inception the night has become a favourite Sligo Institution. You can be sure the Sligo Live edition will feature the best guest artists.

The Wranglers are Sligo's infamous buck leppin' country and bluegrass band. They're feared and loved, known for wranglin' women and whiskey and for starting sessions of tuneful debauchery. They hail from the three corners of north Sligo and fuse together these very different styles to create a fun-loving bluegrass string band.

Monday 31st Oct 1.00pm OSTA, Stephen Street

RIAGHAN O’CALLAGHAN (Acoustic/ Folk) Riaghan is a frighteningly talented teenage singersongwriter from Co.Donegal with influences including Bob Dylan, Dolores O'Riordan and Katie Melua. Her voice has a distinctive lilt of the Donegal tradition with her contemporary songs creating something new yet timeless, a talent blossoming between the Bluestacks and the sea.

Monday 31st Oct 4.00pm McCULLOUGHS, Bridge Street

NIALL TEAGUE AND THE FAST COMPANY (Acoustic/ Folk) Niall Teague journeyed from Belfast to Galway and fell in with the ramshackle roots ensemble The Fast Company. Their debut album of Folk and traditional music has gathered much praise from both sides of the Irish Sea. Niall's well observed songs fuse seamlessly with flowing tunes that move, entertain and leave you wanting more!

Monday 31st Oct 7.00pm FOLEYS, Castle Street

BILLY FITZGERALD (Indie/Folk) "Charismatic and engaging...Billy Fitzgerald blends infectious rock songs with a fantastic voice." - Hot Press. Dusting off old classics, new songs and tunes that have never, ever been heard outside of his bedroom, Billy will be taking you on a musical journey, bound for stupifyinglybrilliantville and making stops at rocktown and misogynismberg.

Monday 31st Oct 9.00pm MC GARRIGLES, O’Connell Street JACKK & JONES (Bluegrass) Sligo based duo who specialise in Americana, bluegrass, country and folk music. Leon Mooney plays guitar and Leslie Jones plays mandolin, and both sing creating fine vocal harmonies. The boys always give it socks and their enjoyment is infectious in this lively session which is a regular Monday night feature of this great music pub.


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The Speks The Speks are a six-piece traditional Irish music band for children. They live on a mysterious Island off the coast of Co. Clare called Glasses Island where everybody wears glasses! Their debut album recently won a prestigious Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as ‘Riverdance for toddlers’ and ‘grown up music for kids.’ They perform their nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music while encouraging kids to sing and dance along. This is a great, fun event for kids. Limited capacity.

Hawk’s Well Theatre

Sunday 30th Oct 1 & 3pm

‘If your little ones love fantastic, magical songs…then The Speks are the boys for you’ Tom Dunne, Newstalk

Tickets €5/Child Ages: 2-5 Adults Free

SLIGO MUSIC INDUSTRY DAY Thursday 27th October, The Model. Commencing at 10am

Sligo Music, in association with Sligo Live, presents a jampacked day of panels and workshops focused on getting your music out there. The day is aimed at musicians, promoters and managers in Sligo and the NorthWest seeking no-nonsense advice from more established industry players nationally, including First Music Contact. Topics covered will include home recording tips, digital distribution, how to get a gig, how to promote, and how to get your music heard. The event will also feature live showcases during the day and into the night. For more information on the complete programme, and how to register your interest visit


Hayseed Dixie Always pushing boundaries in extreme and often absurd ways, Bluegrass Rockers Hayseed Dixie return, full of pith, vinegar and a redneck appetite for destruction. Having bluegrassed the hell out of AC/DC and Kiss, to name but a couple of mighty desecrated rock institutions, the Appalachian Hellraisers aim to “drink, cheat, kill and earn our place in hell”. Hayseed Dixie created the musical genre "Rockgrass" fusing hard rock covers from the likes of AC/DC, Kiss and Motorhead with seriously good Bluegrass picking and harmonies. Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains of the Southeastern United States, the band consists of:Barley Scotch - vocals, guitar and fiddle;Reverend Don Wayne Reno banjo and vocals;Deacon Dale Reno - mandolin, guitar and vocals; and Jake "Bakesnake" Byers - bass and vocals Having sold over 500,000 records worldwide, the band has played almost every major European festival, including a Main Stage appearance at Glastonbury. They perform a mixture of cover versions of hard rock songs and original compositions in a style that is a unique fusion of bluegrass and rock music. Their set ranges from the Metal bands listed to Queen, the Beatles, and their own original music which is a whole different and very funny take on life, love and loss. Sligo Live Festival Club is an exciting new concept this year with three separate music areas occupying the full ground floor of the Model off the atrium bar. The Black Box will rock to the Club headliners, followed by roots mixes. On the Acoustic Stage, Billy Fitzgerald will host a stream of festival artists who have played in other venues, giving a flavour of the breadth and depth of talent on offer in Sligo Live. The Session Space, anchored by the Friels, will welcome musicians and festival goers whose interests are more traditional. The real craic will be moving from area to area sampling the variety of sounds on offer.

Festival Club The Model

Friday 28th Oct Doors Open 10.00pm On Stage 12.00 midnight Tickets €19


Festival Club

Festival Club Halloween Party and The World Air Fiddle Championships

The Barley Mob Oddsocks Revival Oddsocks Revival is a hardworking four piece funk, rock and blues band, who are no strangers to rock ‘n’ roll. These Sligo musicians blend classic 70’s music styles with modern tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Their four lead vocalists and harmonies set them apart. Twin guitar solos, bombastic bass and hard hitting drums echo Celtic rock legends. Their highly anticipated debut album It’s Time was released last Easter and the band has since been touring extensively in Ireland, the U.K. and on the continent. The line-up is Anthony Mannion (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Luke Mercer (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Michael Conefrey (Bass/Vocals) and Eoghan O’Kelly (Drums/Vocals) who were schoolmates. They built up a repertoire of original music and gained a reputation for playing lively 2-3 hour sets in the musical cauldron that is Sligo. After University they turned professional and have been on the road for the past two years. “Finely honed musicianship and expertly-crafted song structures are the order of the day . . .” Roisín Dwyer, Hotpress “The album flows with bluesy streams of adrenaline . . .4 stars” Colin Cosgrove Heineken Music “Heavenly heavy...but..decked out in Crosby, Stills and Nash harmonies.. 3 stars” Jackie Hayden - Hotpress

Festival Club The Model

Saturday 29th Oct Doors Open 10.00pm On Stage 12.00 midnight Tickets €12


Sligo Live Festival Club is an exciting new concept this year with three separate music areas occupying the full ground floor of the Model off the atrium bar. The Black Box will rock to the Club headliners, followed by roots mixes. On the Acoustic Stage, Billy Fitzgerald will host a stream of festival artists who have played in other venues, giving a flavour of the breadth and depth of talent on offer in Sligo Live. The Session Space, anchored by the Friels, will welcome musicians and festival goers whose interests are more traditional. The real craic will be moving from area to area sampling the variety of sounds on offer.

The Barley Mob are a Dublin/ Kildare based band fusing upbeat Reggae grooves with raw and honest Irish Soul - Spreading Positive Music for the Soul. Their uplifting and energetic live gigs have received brilliant reviews. In a few short months they have become firm Sligo favourites. After emerging in 2010 they have gone on to become one of the most sought after bands on the Irish Music Scene playing over 150 live gigs since May 2010; including a crowd of 6,000 people in Merrion Square Dublin! The group consist of: Adam Daly – Lead Vocals; Neil Butler – Drums/ Percussion; John Heraghty – Bass; Andy Moore – Guitar; Conor Byrne- Keys; Sean Behan – Guitar and Barry Kett on Brass/ Whistles. The final night of the club celebrates the ancient 'Oíche Shamhna' with a Halloween fancy dress competition, judged by the Barley Mob. Sligo Live Festival Club is an exciting new concept this year with three separate music areas occupying the full ground floor of the Model off the atrium bar. The Black Box will rock to the Club headliners, followed by roots mixes. On the Acoustic Stage, Billy Fitzgerald will host a stream of festival artists who have played in other venues, giving a flavour of the breadth and depth of talent on offer in Sligo Live. The Session Space, anchored by the Friels, will welcome musicians and festival goers whose interests are more traditional. The real craic will be moving from area to area sampling the variety of sounds on offer.

Festival Club The Model

Sunday 30th Oct Doors Open 10.00pm On Stage 12.00 midnight Tickets €12


Under Bare Ben Bulben’s Head Sligo Live has joined with Sligo-based and visiting writers, thinkers and theatre companies to introduce a spoken word and literary strand and produce an innovative and compelling new dimension to the festival. The spirit of William Butler Yeats lives on in Sligo. His poetic genius and turn of phrase profoundly influence how we see the place, from the ‘light of evening' on Lissadell’s windows, to the curt 'cast a cold eye' pronouncement on the limestone tablet marking the poet's final resting place in the churchyard at Drumcliff. Under Bare Ben Bulben’s Head is a celebration of the creative imagination in our own time as it ricochets off this Yeatsian legacy and takes off in fresh and unexpected directions.

Rodney Crowell Chinaberry Sidewalk Hawk’s Well Theatre Sunday 23rd Oct at 8.00pm

Tickets €25/20 conc. Booking and Information: 071 9161518 It’s the weekend before Sligo Live officially starts, but as a festival taster it’s so good we had to include it! Rodney Crowell is a 100% pure American country song writing legend. His ‘88 album Diamonds and Dirt produced five No. 1 singles. He won a Grammy in ‘89 for the Best Country song – After All This Time. In 2003 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. To celebrate the release of his memoir Chinaberry Sidewalk, Rodney will play an intimate show singing, playing guitar and reliving the stories in his book. This is a David Hull Promotions and Hawk’s Well Theatre Production and Sligo Live Weekend Tickets do not apply.

Blue Murder - Eoin McNamee & Keith Donald Factory Performance Space Saturday 29th Oct at 11.30pm

Tickets €12 Writer Eoin McNamee, Acclaimed for his novels, based on true crimes, is joined by the renowned saxophonist Keith Donald (ex-Moving Hearts) for an ‘Emerald Noir’ crime night in an atmospheric period nightclub setting, accompanied by The William’s Sisters. Eoin McNamee was Born in Kilkeel, Co Down. His novels include Resurrection Man; The Blue Tango, Orchid Blue, and 12.23. Paris. 31 August 1997, on the final days of Diana Spencer’s life. Keith Donald: Over the past forty years Keith has played sax and clarinet, most famously with Moving Hearts, but also with Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, Ronnie Drew and hundreds of other acclaimed musicians. The William’s Sisters are young Sligo based singers who made a big impact at last year’s Sligo Live.


Under Bare Ben Bulben’s Head What is there left to say? Mike McCormack talks to John Waters Factory Performance Space Sunday 30th Oct at 4.00pm

Tickets €8 Acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Mike McCormack reads from his work and talks to John Waters. McCormack's writing depicts a parallel Ireland of the imagination that sometimes seems more 'real' than modern Irish reality. McCormack argues,The Irish were the great experimental writers - Joyce, Beckett and Flann O'Brien. This parlous national moment may be the time to recover that experimental impulse. McCormack was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Getting it in the Head was voted a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award. A story from the collection, The Terms, was adapted into an award winning short film. John Waters is a writer, playwright and newspaper columnist. His first book, Jiving at the Crossroads, originally published in 1991, is being issued in an updated edition this autumn. His other books include Race of Angels, Lapsed Agnostic and Feckets (50 People Who Fecked Up Ireland), John is an active member of Sligo Live’s board.

Changed Utterly: Thinking 2016 Glasshouse Hotel Sunday 30th Oct from 11.00am to 1.00pm followed by Brunch Tickets: Free, but must be booked: Email to request tickets Eamon Dunphy will present a special edition of his popular Sunday morning discussion show on Newstalk106-108 live from the Glasshouse from 11am-1pm on October 30th. A specially selected panel of writers, thinkers and opinion makers will be discussing the biggest stories from the week and asking what will it mean to be Irish in 2016, the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in front of a live audience with audience interaction and questions. Changed Utterly will be a springboard for a series of annual Under Bare Ben Bulben’s Head public events in the countdown to the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. Brunch: will continue the dialogue in an off-air engagement and broadening out of “Changed Utterly” with The Dunphy Show panel and contributions from invited speakers and members of the public.


See for the competition rules and how to enter.

The Poor Mouth

by Flann O Brien

Factory Performance Space 25th Oct - 5th Nov at 8.00pm (no performance on Sun 30th and Mon 31st) Tickets €16/€14 Conc. Booking and Information: 071 9170431 Blue Raincoat Theatre Company completes its trilogy of original stage adaptations from the major novels of Flann O'Brien, with the world premiere of The Poor Mouth adapted by Jocelyn Clarke. Set in Corcha Dorcha, a remote region of Ireland where it never stops raining and everyone lives in desperate poverty (and always will); The Poor Mouth abounds with O'Briens twisting - and disturbingly prescient - satirical wit. Its main protagonist Bónapárt Ó Cúnasa, a resident of the region, embarks on a series of blood curdling adventures, which land him in prison on a false murder charge. Once there, "safe in jail and free from the miseries of life" he settles down to write the most affecting memoir of our times. This is a Blue Raincoat Theatre Production and Sligo Live Weekend Tickets do not apply. Abbey Theatre by Carmel Winters

Hawk’s Well Theatre Friday 28th & Saturday 29th Oct at 8.00pm

Tickets €18/€15 conc. Booking and Information: 071 9161518 Mrs C wants a baby not a Christmas tree. B wants a real hairdressers’ scissors and a wife. D wants a snow globe and ‘a big head of dirty auld curls’. All of them want their own place in the world. And if they can’t find it, they’ll create one of their own… Join B and D in the care home where they are residents, and where Mrs C is a carer, on their special ‘very fecking special’ - journey towards happiness. B for Baby was originally commissioned by Theatre Lovett and premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 2010. The Irish Times Theatre Awards Best New Play 2010 This is a Hawks Well Theatre Event and Sligo Live Weekend Tickets do not apply.



B for Baby

Application forms & further details available from schools or from Closing date for entries: Connaught Wednesday Sept 8th, Donegal Friday October 14th Contact Project Co-ordinator on 086 8189895 and follow us on FACEBOOK.COM/ourschoolsgottalent

An open competition for songwriters/composers/ performers to write and produce an original song/composition inspired by or based on the words and works of WB Yeats; arising from a complete work, a lyric, chorus, or refrain. "The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." So start a fire in your head and get composing a 'torchsong' for Y-tunes. The winning entry will receive a €500 prize and be performed during Sligo Live. Adjudicators: Paul Brady, Phillip Chevron and Patrick McCabe.


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RTÉ Radio 1 plays the most diverse mix of music you will find on the airwaves. From the hardcore mountain music played by Niall Toner on Roots Freeway to the western-tinged tunes on Countrytime presented by CMA’s Broadcaster of the Year, Sandy Harsch to the eclectic beauty of The South Wind Blows brought to you every week by Philip King live from the Dingle Peninsula, we bring you your favourite songs mixed with waiting-to-be-discovered gems. RTÉ Radio 1 also brings you the latest live music as we travel to festivals far-and-wide ranging from Cork X Southwest to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and next up RTE looks forward to Sligo Live! And there’s even more music on the way. 10 – 17 October 2011 is RTÉ’s second annual Big Music Week and RTÉ Radio 1 will be bringing listeners a host of musical specials ranging from rock to classical with a few surprises thrown into the mix.

RTÉ RADIO 1, Live the Day

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