The Irish musician Van Morrison best known for his legendary song “Brown Eyed Girl” is just one of many music talents who will bring their distinctive blend of music to Sligo Live happening in late October. The festival which runs over six days from 24th-29th October, will have over 100 music acts playing live in various local venues from pubs to shopping centres, throughout the bustling West of Ireland town Sligo.
Now in its eighth year running, Sligo Live celebrates Sligo rich tradition in influential fiddle and folk players and brings together a strong mix of national and international music acts. Featuring a mixed programme of traditional, roots, folk and indie music, expect to see everything from expert fiddle players in the traditional music scene to well-known indie musicians playing live sessions over the six days. Amongst the well-known acts that have played at this festival over the years are: Imelda May, Martha Wainwright, Elvis Costello, KT Tunstall, Josh Ritter, Bell X1, The Buena Vista Social Club, The Saw Doctors and Dervish.
In addition to a rich programme of live music gigs played throughout the six days, Sligo Live plays host to a number of unique music events and competitions including a Fiddler of Dooney Competition, the World Air Fiddle Championships, workshops and children’s shows. Also unique to Sligo Live is ‘Under Bare Ben Bulbens Head’, a spoken word programme named in reference to one of Sligo’s most famous sons’ Yeats poem of the same name.
For the birthplace of one of Irelands greatest poets, it is fitting that this year’s star attraction is one of Irelands greatest musicians and lyricists Van Morrison who will premiere his new show “Lyrics and Poetry: Emphasis on Words” which will include readings from his own poetry in between performances of classic songs old and new. Whether you’re there to see Van Morrison or are a music fan of good live music, a trip to Sligo the land of Yeats and Irish music in late October is a must for all locals and visitors on vacation in Ireland.