Liz Car­roll among stel­lar line-up of spe­cial guests for Sligo Live

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ASK any­one in Tra­di­tional Ir­ish Mu­sic who Liz Car­roll is, not only will they tell you who she is, most will have seen her in con­cert and nearly all will have her al­bums.

Liz Car­roll will re­turn to Sligo Live, ac­com­pa­nied on gui­tar by Séan Óg Gra­ham from the ground-break­ing band, Beoga. Liz Car­roll fea­tured in the 2008 and 2013 Sligo Live fes­ti­vals and is back by pop­u­lar de­mand. Liz Car­roll and Séan Óg Gra­ham (Beoga) will be spe­cial guests of Rhi­an­non Gid­dens at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Sun­day, 28th Oc­to­ber.

Other spe­cial guests join­ing the stel­lar line-up at Sligo Live are Su­san O’Neill as spe­cial guest of Lisa Han­ni­gan at The Hawk’s Well on Fri­day night, 26 th Oc­to­ber and Ni­amh Far­rell with be Saint Sis­ter’s spe­cial guest on Satur­day night, 27 th Oc­to­ber also at the same venue. The Hawk’s Well will host a Trad@lunch con­cert on Thurs­day, 25 th Oc­to­ber.

Liz (pic­tured) and her fid­dle have been en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences around the globe. And now, with a record­ing just re­leased from The String Sis­ters, and a new al­bum also in the works for this fall, there will be fresh des­ti­na­tions in 2018.

In re­cent years, Liz Car­roll has been hon­oured with many ac­co­lades in­clud­ing be­com­ing the first Ir­ish-Amer­i­can mu­si­cian nom­i­nated for a Grammy in 2010, with John Doyle, for their duet al­bum, “Dou­ble Play.” In 2011 Liz was awarded the Cu­madóir TG4, the first Amer­i­can-born com­poser hon­oured with Ire­land’s tra­di­tional mu­sic prize.

She was born in Chicago to Ir­ish par­ents. She’s a ju­nior and se­nior All-Ire­land Fid­dle Cham­pion, and has toured as a solo artist and with the Green­fields of Amer­ica, Trian, String Sis­ters, and as part of the duo Liz Car­roll & John Doyle. She’s fea­tured on thir­teen al­bums and has ap­peared on many more. Liz is a re­cip­i­ent of the Na­tional Her­itage Fel­low­ship Award (1994).

A mid-week mu­si­cal treat fea­tur­ing the ex­em­plary banjo, box and pi­ano play­ing skills of three mem­bers of the award-win­ning Knock­nashee Ceili Band takes place at the Hawk’s Well on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25 th at 1.10pm. Theresa O’Grady and Daithi Gorm­ley both re­cently re­leased ex­cep­tional de­but al­bums and are joined in this very spe­cial Trad@Lunch for Sligo Live by Cather­ine McHugh on pi­ano. Please note this con­cert takes place in the Hawk’s Well foyer so feel free to bring your own lunch!

From Co. Clare, the prodi­giously gifted Su­san O’Neill’s soul­ful and husky-voiced per­for­mances are truly some­thing to be­hold. Us­ing gui­tar, har­mon­ica, trum­pet and loop pedal, Su­san de­liv­ers a time­less and pow­er­ful blend of the old and new and you can see her at The Hawk’s Well on Fri- day, Oc- to- ber

26 th.

An- other tal­ent re­turn­ing from North Amer­ica for Sligo Live is Sligo’s own, Ni­amh Far­rell on Satur­day, as a guest of Saint Sis­ter. Her ver­sa­tile voice and love for mu­sic and singing was in­stilled from a very young age. Supremely cool and melodic, Ni­amh is a stun­ning tal­ent who crosses genres ef­fort­lessly. She spent time as a mem­ber of The JP Trio and later of Project West. In 2014 she em­barked on a hugely suc­cess­ful World Tour with singer/song­writer David Gray. She will be joined for her Sligo Live con­cert by former band­mates, Damien Mul­lane on Box and guitarist Sean O’Meara, both of whom are con­sum­mate mu­si­cians and house­hold names in the tra­di­tion. Most re­cently, O’Meara toured as a mem­ber of jazz/ trad fu­sion su­per­group, The Ol­lam. Damien, who be­gan his pro­fes­sional career in Frankie Gavin’s leg­endary band, De Dan­nan has been de­scribed as a vir­tu­oso with an avant-garde play­ing style.

The fes­ti­val will again host the world-renowned Fid­dler of Dooney com­pe­ti­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with Sligo Town Comhal­tas Branch. Ar­guably the most pres­ti­gious na­tional tra­di­tional fid­dling award other than the All Ire­land, it has been won by the who’s who of tra­di­tional fid­dlers since its in­cep­tion in 1965. There are two com­pe­ti­tions, the Ju­nior Fid­dler of Dooney for un­der 16s on Satur­day 27 th Oc­to­ber and the Fid­dler of Dooney for se­nior play­ers on Sun­day 28th Oc­to­ber. Ad­ju­di­ca­tors will be well known fid­dlers Manus McGuire and At­tracta Brady. Manus Maguire will play an in­ti­mate con­cert in the Methodist Hall, Wine Street, on Satur­day af­ter­noon at 4.30pm. More de­tails and en­try forms are avail­able on-line at Sligo­live.ie

Sligo Live Mul­tiPass Tick­ets at €129.50 + s.c. fa­cil­i­tate book­ing at all seated con­certs, ad­mis­sion to the unique Fes­ti­val Club, the Ar­rivals emerg­ing artists’ strand, and the renowned The Fid­dler of Dooney com­pe­ti­tion.

Liz Car­roll and Séan Óg Gra­ham (Beoga) join the line-up which in­cludes Dara Ó’Bri­ain, The Boom­town Rats, The Boot­leg Bea­tles, Lisa Han­ni­gan, Hud­son Tay­lor and more.

Cather­ine McGrath and Síomha head­line the Sligo Live Fes­ti­val Club at An­der­sons on Fri­day night, Lit­tle Hours and Brave Gi­ant will head­line the Satur­day night Fes­ti­val Club @ An­der­sons and Hud­son Tay­lor will head­line the Sun­day night Fes­ti­val Club at An­der­sons all on the Head­line Stage. And con­tin­u­ing the Sligo Live tra­di­tion of sup­port­ing new acts, a se­lec­tion of ex­cit­ing new artists will play on the acous­tic Ar­rivals Stage down­stairs over the three nights.

Ad­di­tional artists will be an­nounced in the com­ing weeks.

Tick­ets are on sale from www.sligo­live.ie and from the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo (071 916 1518).

Catch a lit­tle cul­ture in Sligo as Ire­land’s an­nual noc­tur­nal cul­tural ex­trav­a­ganza re­turns - Cul­ture Night 2018: Fri­day 21st Septem­ber 4pm till late! Pic: Donal Hack­ett.On Fri­day Septem­ber 21st hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple across the coun­try will lose them­selves in their imag­i­na­tion and an ex­plo­sion of cre­ativ­ity as the coun­try comes alive for Cul­ture Night. Each year Cul­ture Night brings peo­ple to­gether to cre­ate unique shared ex­pe­ri­ences and mem­o­ries. All for FREE! Cul­ture Night Sligo is co-or­di­nated by Hawk’s ell Theatre on be­half of Cul­ture Night Sligo part­ner venues Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model Ni­land and Blue Rain­coat Theatre Com­pany.

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