Cairde Sligo Arts Festival kicks off this weekend in various Sligo venues and runs from Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 9th and along with the family, street art, theatre, visual art and literary events taking place as part of the festival, there’s a fair bit of music worth a gander at.
Among its lineup are the likes of:
Bog Bodies – Saturday July 1st @ Andersons | 10pm
Bog Bodies are heavy folk outfit from the banks of the Shannon, formed by songwriter and archaeologist, Dan Maher.
Plúirín na mBan: Saturday July 1st at Hawk’s Well Theatre
Experience the captivating beauty of traditional Irish folk songs fused with contemporary influences on the opening of this year’s festival. Plúirín na mBan’s debut album presents a unique synergy of Cathy Jordan’s grounding in the Irish music tradition, Irene Buckley´s background in ambient and electronic music and Claudia Schwab´s experience of amalgamating diverse genres and music traditions.
Myles Manley – Wednesday July 5th
Myles Manley is one of Ireland’s foremost DIY popstars, blurring lines between folk singer sincerity and conceptual art. His 3-piece band with Chris Barry and Solamh Kelly plays minimalist, rhythmically blistering rock music in pop-size chunks, à la an hibernian Wire or latter-day Micachu and The Shapes.
Loah: Saturday, July 8 at Juniper Barn.
Loah is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of half-Irish, half-Sierra Leonean extraction. With DJ Will Softly after.
Clublandia: Wednesday, July 5 at Anderson’s Pub.
Get ready to experience Sligo’s fully inclusive and accessible club night as Sligo Centre for Independent Living and Good Times in association with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival present Clublandia – Festival Edition. This is an early night out with live music by the Mass Band and very special guest DJs from That’s Life in Galway.
Kanta Dab Dab: Thursday, July 6 at the Yeats Building
A sitar, percussion and bass trio from Nepal with unique contemporary compositions creating a soulful fusion groove where Eastern and Western melodies meet.
Hewan Mulugeta @ Furey’s Bar, Bridge St.
Hewan Mulugeta is a Dublin resident dj originally from Ethiopia. She describes her taste of music as World Music.
Freedom Letters: Friday, July 7 at The Model.
This is a poetic-musical composition that takes the audience on a journey through the lives of two remarkable women, Constance Markievicz and Valeria O’Connor- Vilinska, exploring their roles in the liberation of both Ireland and Ukraine in the early 20th century revolutionary period.