Preview of Traditional Acts at Galway Arts Festival

Galway Arts Festival which runs from 15th - 28th July has announced a line up that includes some top traditional acts throughout the two week programme. Here is a summary of what to expect.

Arcady. Since the formation of Arcady in 1988 by Johnny‘ Ringo' McDonagh, dedication to Irish traditional music combined with virtuosic musicianship have made Arcady one of the most respected traditional bands in Ireland. Special guests include Stephen James & The Deans. We very often feature tracks from their Many Happy Returns album on our Spotify playlist and it is an album that should be in everyone's record collection. They play The Radisson Live Lounge on July 16th.

Niall Vallely & 
Sean Óg Graham.  Niall Vallely the highly regarded concertina player is joined by Sean Óg Graham on guitar on July 17th in Monroe's

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan need no introduction and have been performing for over 33 years. The current line-up includes Barry Brady, Colm O'Caoimh and Paul O'Driscoll with Michelle Lallyon lead vocals. Frankie is a celebrated Irish fiddle player who has performed and recorded with music legends including The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli and Sir Yehudi Menuhin. They appear on July 18th at the Radisson Live Lounge.

Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly are one of Ireland's most popular duos. Kelly's virtuoso mandolin and fiddle playing are the perfect complement to Lane's wonderful singing, guitar and dobro playing. See them on July 19th in Monroe's.

Paul O' Shaughnessy and Harry Bradley. Paul O'Shaughnessy has toured and recorded with many artists from Altan to Beginish. Together, Paul and Harry have recorded the highly acclaimed album Born for Sport and have toured extensively.  They play Monroes's on July 20th.

Sylvain Barou, Dónal Lunny and Pádraig Rynne.  We have just reviewed the latest album by Sylvain Barou, Dónal Lunny and Pádraig Rynne which you can read here.  Dónal Lunny needs no introduction being one of the founding members of groups like Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts.  Pádraig Rynne has for some time been cementing his position as one of our most creative concertina players through his work with Guidewires and other collaborations.  Sylvain Barou has single-handedly pushed the cause of Breton music like no other, and together they make up the threesome that is Triad. They play on 24th July at Monroe's.

Kevin Hough with Gary Hastings & Mick Conneely. Acclaimed guitarist Kevin Hough is joined by Gary Hastings, a well known traditional flute player who has recorded with The Chieftains, and Mick Conneely one of the most respected fiddle players of his generation.  They play the Raddison on July 25th.

The Henry Girls are one act that we must give some more coverage to here on Tradconnect. Renowned for their fine harmonies and musical arrangements they are becoming one of Ireland's most talked about folk/roots acts and are fast developing an international reputation. They have a unique sound, which blends classic traditional Irish folk music with a hint of Americana, a nod to bluegrass and many more in between. They appear on July 25th at Monroe's.

Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke are a brilliant fiddle duet who play raw, dynamic music. They have just released a live album on the Ergodos label. The Radisson on 26th July.

Brendan O'Regan and Dermot Byrne.  Two of Ireland's finest musicians Brendan O'Regan and Dermot Byrne join forces for this special Festival performance. On bouzouki/mandolin and accordion respectively, they play a vast and wide repertoire.   July 27th in the Radisson.  

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