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Sligo Live Sessions is a national festival celebrating traditional, roots and acoustic music. Now in its 7th year, it has carved out a niche as one of the most relaxed, intimate and enjoyable music festivals in Ireland. Sligo Live Sessions is a modern continuation of a long and distinguished musical heritage going back hundreds and maybe thousands of years. It has been shown that the first inhabitants came to Sligo over five thousand years ago and who would bet that the incredable beauty of Sligo did not inspire them to sing, dance and play music! As another famous Sligoman, W.B.Yeats said in his poem ”The Fiddler of Dooney’ “The merry love to fiddle and the merry love to danc

County Sligo has a strong musical heritage stretching back to the fiddle masters, Coleman, Morrison, Killoran, through Joe O’Dowd, Fred Finn, Peter Horan, Seamus Tansey, to Kevin Burke, John Carty, Deirdre Collis, Dervish, Philip Duffy, Carmel Gunning, Seamus and Manus Maguire, Oisin McDiarmada, Jarlath McTiernan, Matt Molloy, Colm O’Donnell, Seamie O’Dowd, Declan Payne, Declan Folen, Teresa O’Grady and Damien Stenson of Teada, to name just a few. In their wake there are a wealth of young and established musicians currently performing around Sligo.

The distinctive Sligo music style is renowned worldwide for its ‘lift’ – a traditional term to describe the uplifting spirit it conveys. The musical program presented in Sligo Live will reflect the verve, authenticity and quality of Sligo’s music.

County Sligo holds a special place in traditional Irish music.

In the 1920’s musicians from south Sligo were among the first to record Irish traditional music including Michael Coleman who had emigrated to New York.

Other early greats to record in New York were fiddle players, James Morrison, Patrick Killoran and Lad O’Beirne, together with flute master James McKenna from Leitrim.

The circulation of their 78-rpm records breathed new energy into traditional music throughout the country during a time of great hardship. Some would argue that these new influences sustained the tradition at a time when all over Europe the practice of handing down native folk music was virtually dying out. Since then a huge musical connection has existed between the traditional music of Sligo and New York.

Sligo Live celebrates this link each year by having a strong emphasis on the musical connections between Sligo and the US, particularly New York. Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Solas, Hayes & Cahill, Brian Conway and Tony De Marco are some of the US based traditional musicians to have featured and this year Kevin Burke continues the tradition.

Sligo Live 2011 Festival Line Up

26/10 13:00 The Vibes IT Sligo Cafe Free
26/10 21:30 The Social Fiddlers Creek Cafe Free
26/10 22:00 The Red Hots Mc Garrigles Cafe Free
27/10 19:00 Showcase Sligo The Trades Club Cafe Free
27/10 20:30 Kieran Quinn Source Cafe Free
27/10 21:00 The Rye The Glasshouse Cafe Free
27/10 21:30 Colette Sheerin, & Michael O' Halloran Mc Garrigles Trad Free
27/10 22:00 Sligo I.T. Trad Soc Session The Rendezvous Trad Free
27/10 22:00 The White Gorillas Fiddlers Creek Cafe Free
27/10 22:00 Ruby Ridge Hargadons Cafe Free
28/09 17:00 Eoin Glackin Koko Latte Cafe Free
28/10 12:00 The William Sisters Cafe Victor Cafe Free
28/10 13:00 Jackk & Jones Bus Eireann Station Cafe Free
28/10 16:00 Dirty Beggars Cafe Mezzanine Cafe Free
28/10 18:00 Scottish Trad Session Hargadons Trad Free
28/10 18:00 Aoife Grennan Kennedys Cafe Free
28/10 20:30 KT Tunstall IT Sligo Main Stage €28
28/10 21:00 Raw Chocolate Source Cafe Free
28/10 21:30 Masters of Tradition The Model Acoustic €10
28/10 22:00 Hayseed Dixie The Model Club €19
28/10 22:00 Quinner, Flynner & Shinner Hargadons Cafe Free
28/10 22:00 The Gorgeous Colours Mc Garrigles Cafe Free
28/10 22:00 Ultan Conlon Foleys Bar Cafe Free
28/10 22:00 Shakedown Fiddlers Creek Cafe Free
28/10 22:30 BugHouse Jazz Kennedys Cafe Free
28/10 22:30 Red Brick House Mc Hughs Cafe Free
29/09 22:00 RURA & JPTRIO Double Bill The Model Acoustic €8
29/10 14:00 Dean Mahon Kennedys Cafe Free
29/10 14:30 Ollie Alcorn Cafe Fleur Cafe Free
29/10 15:00 The Young Folks Lyons Cafe Cafe Free
29/10 16:00 Rhona Lynch, Graham Lynch & Killian Doheny Mc Garrigles Trad Free
29/10 16:00 Henrietta Game The Clarence Cafe Free
29/10 16:00 The Ambience Affair The Clarence Acoustic Free
29/10 17:00 Brian Lennon, Maurice Lennon & Declan Courell Mc Hughs Trad Free
29/10 19:00 Brid Harper Oliver O Loughlin Ryan Molloy Shoot the Crows Trad Free
29/10 20:00 The Staves & The Dirty Beggars Double Bill The Model Acoustic €10
29/10 20:30 Elvis Costello IT Sligo Main Stage €40
29/10 21:00 The Jazz Lads Source Cafe Free
29/10 22:00 Seamus Hernon Rodney Lancashire Foleys Bar Trad Free
29/10 22:00 No Strings Attached Fiddlers Creek Cafe Free
29/10 22:00 Henrietta Game Hargadons Cafe Free
29/10 22:00 This Side Up! Mc Garrigles Cafe Free
29/10 22:30 The Vibes Kennedys Cafe Free
29/10 22:30 Easy Rider & The Venusians Belfry Cafe Free
29/10 23:00 Oddsocks Revival The Model Club €12
29/10 23:30 Blue Murder -Eoin McNamee & Keith Donald The Factory Under Bare Ben Bulben's Head €12
30/10 13:00 Tommy Mc Carthy & Louise Costello Harp Tavern Trad Free
30/10 14:30 Aoife Grennan Kennedys Cafe Free
30/10 14:30 Willie Kelly Lily's Cafe Cafe Free
30/10 14:30 Dublin Laptop Orchestra The Glasshouse Cafe Free
30/10 15:48 What is there left to say? The Factory Under Bare Ben Bulben's Head €8
30/10 15:58 Changed Utterly:Thinking 2016 The Glasshouse Under Bare Ben Bulben's Head Free
30/10 16:00 The Friels The Snug Trad Free
30/10 16:00 Muireann Charleton Koko Latte Cafe Free
30/10 19:30 Tabby Fiddlers Creek Cafe Free
30/10 20:00 Sunday M.A.S.S. Mc Garrigles Cafe Free
30/10 21:30 Admiral Fallow & The Rachel Sermanni Band Calry Church Main Stage €15
30/10 22:00 Matt Molloy, John Carty, Arty McGlynn & The Unwanted The Hawk's Well Main Stage €18
30/10 22:00 Gabriel McArdle,Jim Mc Grath, Seamus Quinn Foleys Bar Trad Free
30/10 22:00 The Barley Mob The Model Club €12
30/10 22:30 Sugar Rush Kennedys Cafe Free
30/10 22:30 The Wranglers Mc Hughs Cafe Free
31/10 13:00 Sean McCague, Donal McCague, John Joe Kelly Kennedys Trad Free
31/10 13:00 Riaghan O' Callaghan Osta Cafe Free
31/10 16:00 Niall Teague and The Fast Company Mc Cullaghs Cafe Free
31/10 17:00 Seamie O Dowd, Mossie Martin, Sean Carroll Fiddlers Creek Trad Free
31/10 19:00 Billy Fitzgerald Foleys Bar Cafe Free
31/10 21:00 Jackk & Jones Mc Garrigles Cafe Free
31/10 22:00 Kevin O Brien, Harry Mc Gowan, Sean Dwyer Harp Tavern Trad Free

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