Traditional Music Showcases at Galway Arts Festival - 14th - 27th July

The festival season is hotting up with some great opportunities for locals and tourists alike to take in some great music. Galway International Arts Festival takes place from 14th - 27th July and apart from featuring artists like The Waterboys, Coronas and Imelda May they will also this year have a Traditional Music Showcases that bring together some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians.  Many of these are are joining forces especially for these Festival concerts. It will be a lunchtime concert series and it takes place in Monroe’s Live, in Galway. This year they are featuring a number of artists that we have already covered on Tradconnect this year.

Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello with Noel O’Grady

We featured this duo earlier and their new debut album.  Grace Bay is the long overdue recording from Boston-based couple Tommy Mc-Carthy (fiddle and mandolin) and Louise Costello (banjo and accordion). They make a welcome return to Ireland where there are joined for this gig by Noel O’Grady on bouzouki.

17 July 2014


Tony Trundle with Jimmy Higgins and friends

Tony Trundle is a well-known singer/fiddle player renowned for his smooth fiddle style and his song-writing. Tony will be joined by percussion maestro Jimmy Higgins and special guests.

18 July 2014


Laoise Kelly & Cormac Breathnach

Laoise Kelly is a virtuoso harpist in the traditional vein and one of the most respected musicians of her generation. Laoise is joined by whistle player Cormac Breathnach, a revered composer and musician, best known for his work with the ground-breaking group Deiseal. We have previously featured Laoise and her glorious Live at the Dock album with Michelle O’ Brien.

19 July 2014


Leonard Barry with Conor Byrne & Andy Morrow

Uilleann piper Leonard Barry etches out a tune with enviable precision. He is joined by the featured guests of his acclaimed 2013 album New Road, Conor Byrne and Andy Morrow.  

24 July 2014


Four Winds

Four Winds are a new ensemble of established musicians deeply rooted in traditional music who came together in 2013 with Daoiri Farrell on vocals and bouzouki; Caroline Keane on concertina; Robbie Walsh on bodhran, percussions and backing vocals, and Tom Delany on uilleann pipes and whistles. We posted an article on Daoiri which recieved record viewings

25 July 2014



Something happens when families sing and play together. It’s tight, natural, and instinctive. Noel Shine and Mary Greene have long been a vital element of Ireland’s folk fraternity and as Greenshine have been recently joined by their daughter Ellie.

26 July 2014


All of these concerts take place at 1pm in MONROE’S LIVE, Dominick Street

Tickets €8


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