SLIGO LIVE 2016
Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters a second decade of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
26th– 31st October 2016
ARRIVALS @ SLIGO LIVE
SLIGO LIVE is proud to present some of the best emerging talent on the music scene for ARRIVALS 2016. ARRIVALS is a SLIGO LIVE programme strand which introduces emerging artists to a wider audience. All Arrivals events are FREE and it’s a great way for festival goers to experience live music throughout the day in intimate venues around Sligo. Featured artists at this year’s festival include Enda Reilly, Saramai, Aural Air, Nocturnes, Stephen A Murphy, Comrade Hat, Ann Scott, Pine ¶he Pilcrow, Moon Looks On, Old Hannah, Tomorrows, and Etain.
These emerging artists will join a stellar array of top quality music including RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, PAUL BRADY, THE SAW DOCTORS, LITTLE GREEN CARS, LYNCHED and SARA WATKINS, MAIRTIN O’CONNOR, CATHAL HAYDEN & SEAMIE O’DOWD TRIO with Special guests RANT, ORCHID COLLECTIVE and many more over 6 days spanning the SLIGO LIVE Bank Holiday Weekend.
Providing new and emerging artists with an opportunity to join the festival line-up, ARRIVALS is a series of intimate gigs held in city-centre venues around Sligo during the festival weekend. Audiences will be treated to live performances in a variety of spaces – from cafés and pubs to arts spaces. The 2016 Arrivals line-up welcomes artists from across the indie, roots and folk music spectrum. Arrivals events are free entry to the general public and festival goers are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited and gigs will commence promptly at the advertised times. It’s a great way for festival goers to experience live music throughout the day in intimate venues around Sligo, while also sampling some of the culinary delights that Sligo has to offer. Family friendly and free.
THURSDAY 27th OCT. | ENDA REILLY | 6PM. HARGADON’S.
Enda is a winner of the Christie Hennessy Song Competition, Comórtas Amhráin Rónán Beo, has played with John Spillane, Kila, Liam O Maonlai, Rónán O Snodaigh and John Prine and sang with The RTE concert Orchestra. Enda’s recently released album ‘Whorls’, is a selection of WB Yeats’ poetry set to music. http://www.endareilly.com/
FRIDAY 28th OCT. | SARAMAI | 1PM. CAFÉ VICTOR
Echoing Low and Kate Bush by way of Beach House, Saramai Leech (vocals, keys) is accompanied by Aimie Mallon (drums) and Cormac O’Keeffe (guitar). Her debut EP Red Moon and forthcoming release were both recorded by Tommy McLaughlin at Attica Studios (SOAK, Villagers). Recent appearances include Other Voices in Dingle. www.saramaimusic.com
FRIDAY 28th OCT. | AURAL AIR | 3PM. SWEET BEAT CAFÉ
With links to Sligo and Kildare, Aural Air is the musical project of Laura Rai. Laura’s music draws on a range of influences, from the melodic song-writing of Elliott Smith, to the psychedelic soundscapes of Warpaint, creating songs that are intimate and unafraid to wear thoughts and hearts on their sleeves. https://soundcloud.com/laura-rai
SATURDAY 29th OTC. | NOCTURNES | 11AM. LYONS CAFÉ.
Nocturnes are a four-piece band based in Dublin. They weave atmospheric new-age noir featuring meditative atmospherics alongside folk-tinged tales of redemption. The story of their new record ‘The Soft Animal’ involves oceanic themes, dramatic rescues, glimpses of the fantastical, and our struggles with serpents of many types, real and imagined. sweetnocturnes.com
SATURDAY 29th OCT. | STEPHEN A MURPHY | 12:30PM. HEART’S DESIRE.
Former Irish slam-poetry champion, Stephen A Murphy is a poet and author from Leitrim. Stephen writes and recites from the heart and the head. Works including ‘Was it For This?’ and ‘Before you Push the Chair’ have gained widespread acclaim as he speaks truth about life in modern Ireland. http://thesleepingwarrior.wordpress.com/
SATURDAY 29th OCT.| COMRADE HAT | 2PM. LILY & LOLLIES.
Comrade Hat is multifaceted musician Neil Burns from Derry. With a background in Classical composition and jazz piano, he remains active in both fields. As Comrade Hat, however, he pursues his song-writing muse in a variety of often surprising ways. A prolific artist, his singular vision has earned him a growing reputation for quietly ambitious music. http://comradehat.tumblr.com
SATURDAY 29th OCT. | ANN SCOTT | 4PM. KATE’S KITCHEN.
Twice nominated in the best female category for the Irish Meteor Awards, Ann Scott has developed a reputation as one of Ireland’s most original creative voices. Experimenting with unusual melodies, ideas and lyrics, Scott’s musical armoury consists of a range of left-field guitars and vintage synths. http://www.annscott.net/
SATURDAY 29th OCT. | PINE ¶HE PILCROW | 6PM. HARGADON’S.
Pine ¶he Pilcrow (Kevin Murray, Hannah Ryan & Robert Campbell) released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut EP in March and are making big waves in the Irish music scene. The piano, cello and violin 3 piece have received early reviews describing their music as “stunning”, “cinematic” and “atmospheric, melodic gold”. https://pinethepilcrow.bandcamp.com/releases
SUNDAY 30TH OCT. | MOON LOOKS ON | 1:30PM. THE GALLERY CAFÉ at THE MODEL
Moon Looks On (Stephen Gormley, Aisling Bridgeman, Laura Ryder, Jack Bird & Andy Rag) are a five-piece band based primarily in Dublin. Their sound is a fusion of both modern contemporary folk and soul, with dabs of reggae, blues, country and pop. Their debut EP is out in October 2016. http://www.moonlookson.com/
SUNDAY 30th OCT. | OLD HANNAH | 5PM. THE GLASSHOUSE
Needing no introduction for local music fans, Sligo’s Old Hannah are Anthony Mannion (dobro/guitar/vocals), Lucie Crichlow (guitar/vocals), Luke Mercer (guitar/vocals), and Leo Morris (banjo/guitar/vocals). Their sound is firmly rooted in old-time Appalachian, Bluegrass, Western Swing and Roots. http://www.oldhannah.com/
SUNDAY 30th OCT. | TOMORROWS | 6:30PM. HARGADON’S
Tomorrows is a new project involving members of Biggles Flys Again, The Chapters, Jethro Pickett and Woodheart. Taking elements of 60’s and 70’s pop/prog/folk/psych as a starting point to explore new textures and melodies, Tomorrows’ sound is described as smooth and lush cosmic pop. https://soundcloud.com/tomorrowstomorrows
MONDAY 31st OCT. | ÉTÁIN | 4PM. ÓSTA
Winner of the 2016 Young Songwriter’s Award, Étáin is an 18 year-old singer/songwriter from Leitrim. Influenced by Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and the 70’s punk movement, Étáin has gigged extensively across Ireland and Britain debuting her track ‘A Faint Sense of Heaven’ in The Cavern Club, Liverpool. http://www.breakingtunes.com/etain
For more information on Sligo Live – Ireland’s premier folk, roots and indie music festival, see www.sligolive.ie
Weekend tickets, which include all SLIGO LIVE 2016 performances are on sale from www.sligolive.ie and www.Ticketmaster.ie, all Ticketmaster outlets and Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo (071 916 1518), priced at €119.00.