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Bellows & Bows (Ire)

Wednesday 13th July, 8.00pm

Bellows and Bows presents an evening of Uilleann Pipes and Fiddle music featuring tutors from this years Ceol na Coille summer school. Master Uilleann Piper Padráig McGovern, with harpist Sabina McCague is joined by Paul Bradley, Martin Quinn and Micheal McCague on Fiddle, Button Accordion and Guitar respectively. Other feature players include Ciarán MacFheidhlimidh on Uilleann Pipes and Roisin McGrory(Fiddle) with Paul Harrigan (Uilleann Pipes). Support performance on the night comes from Coirm, a young local traditional group featuring musicians from Ceol na Coille music school.

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Price: €12/€10
Date: Wednesday 13th July
Time: 8.00pm



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Chouk Bwa Libète (Haiti)

Thursday 14th July, 8.00pm

Chouk Bwa Libète is one of the foremost traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin (Voodoo roots music) band from Haiti. A highlight of the WOMEX World Music Expo in 2015, their authentic trance-inducing music has exploded onto the international stage in recent months. The source of their music is the essential elements of Haitian Vodou – rhythm and dance – torn from Africa, and secretly replanted in a new land. In order to stay closer to the original elements of Vodou culture and music, their repertoire is one of songs full of Vodou spirituality, whose form is distinct from ceremonial music. A blend of traditional songs and original compositions by Jean Claude Sambaton Dorvil, the line-up features master drummers from the Gonaives’ Vodou communities of Lakous Badjo, Souvenance and Soukri alongside two equally esteemed Vodou rhythm dancers. With performances forthcoming at WOMAD and Roskilde Festivals, Earagail Arts Festival is delighted to be one of the first to bring you one of the most sought after, truly authentic world music groups on the international stage.
“More than a crafted art form, the music of Chouk Bwa Libète arose in waves of percussion, vocals and movement that seemed authentically inspired right in the moment and communicated nothing but the sheer joy of sharing exactly that particular, unique musical moment.” Wall Street International

This event is part of The Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend – a celebration of folk, roots and traditional music from around the world, with a focus on the emerging and established innovators in tradition from Ireland and the UK.

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Price: €15/€12 (Standing)
Date: Thursday 14th July
Time: 8.00pm



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Lynched & Stick In The Wheel (Ire/UK)

Friday 15th July, 8.00pm

Two of the most exhilarating and dynamic groups in folk music come together for one of the most unique commissions of this year’s Earagail Arts Festival. Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Since making their debut album Cold Old Fire, the group have toured the US and been invited to some of the world’s most renowned music festivals, including Cambridge, Sidmouth and Edmonton, as well as alongside such notable artists as Sam Amidon, Blackbird Raum, Dick Gaughan, Paddy & Séamus Glackin, Barry Gleeson, Andy Irvine, Lau, Lúnasa, Morgan O’Kane, Lisa O’Neill,Alasdair Roberts, Tim Scanlon, Sharon ShannonandSkipper’s Alley. Stick In The Wheel’s sound is a raw, fresh take on English Folk music. Their now-trademark abrasive delivery of both original and traditional tracks, is not bland retroism, or empty nostalgia, but a voice linking now to then. Brought up in the thriving culture of working class London and cutting their teeth in its diverse musical landscape, they now bring those influences and attitudes to their traditional music. Stripped back to their bare components, their songs speak for themselves without ornament, telling tales of everyday life: carboot-swindlers, lorry drivers and London rioters, sitting seamlessly against traditional songs of prisons, hammer-wielding blacksmiths and 17th century madhouses. The debut album From Here earned them multiple BBC Folk Award nominations in 2015 and 2016, fRoots Album of the Year 2015, with four star albumreviews in the Guardian, Observer, Mojo, R2 Magazine, Record Collector and appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction and BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show.

“The most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years”. The Guardian on Lynched (*****)

“A shot in the arm for contemporary folk music” The Independent on Stick In The Wheel

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Price: €15/€12
Date: Friday 15th July
Time: 8.00pm



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Andy Irvine & Chris Wood (Ire/UK)

Saturday 16th July, 1.00pm

An incredible lunchtime double bill featuring two of the worlds most renowned folk artists. Andy Irvine, one of the great distinctive voices in Irish traditional music is a genuine folk music legend. He is a founding member of many, hugely influential Irish traditional groups of recent decades from Sweeney’s Men, Planxty and Patrick Street, Mozaik, to LAPD and Ushers Island. As a solo artist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a travelling lifestyle that reflects his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. A longtime champion of English music, songwriter, composer, musician, and outstanding singer Chris Wood has been described as “the renaissance man of English folk”. He first came to the fore, in the late 80s, as one half of the brilliant fiddle and box duo Chris Woods and Andy Cutting, going on to forge a significant musical relationship with Martin Carthy as part of Wood, Wilson & Carthy. His biggest creative leap arguably came with the release of his brilliant first solo album The Lark Descending in 2006, which marked him out as an immensely gifted songwriter. A multiple winner of BBC Folk Awards, Chris has gone on to record three further highly acclaimed solo albums.

“Often copied, never equalled, his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs. THE IRISH TIMES (Andy Irvine)

“Nobody comes even close to equaling his birds-eye-view.” THE IRISH TIMES ***** (Chris Wood)

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Price: €10
Date: Saturday 16th July
Time: 1.00pm



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Public Talk: The Relationship Between Irish and English Folk Song – Jerry O’Reilly

Saturday 16th July, 3.30pm

Following the theme of the 2nd Donegal Folk & Roots weekend and as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme, renowned festival Fear a Ti, Jerry OReilly of the Goilín Traditional Singers Club (Dublin) hosts a public talk on the relationship between Irish and English folk song. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the relationship between the 2 traditions. It features Irish traditional singers Andy Irvine and Jerry OReilly, English folk singer Chris Wood, and is chaired by Grace Toland, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

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Panel Discussion: The Relationship Between Irish and English Folk Song featuring Andy Irvine, Jerry O’Reilly and Chris Wood, Chaired by Grace Toland

Saturday 16th July, 4.30pm

As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme, the Regional Cultural Centre presents a panel discussion exploring the relationship between Irish and English folk song. It features Irish traditional singers Andy Irvine and Jerry O’Reilly, English folk singer Chris Wood, and is chaired by Grace Toland, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Admission Free




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Richard Dawson supported by Robyn G. Shiels (Ire/UK)

Saturday 16th July, 8.00pm

Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour, at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music-hall tune-smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds unknown. Dawson spent years incubating his singular art, becoming a quiet legend on the Newcastle experimental scene before exploding across the UK and Europe with the delicately observed personal lilt of his 2012 album The Magic Bridge. Invitations followed to perform at Kraak, Supersonic, and Latitude festivals as well as being lauded by Late Junction and the Wire, which saw him step musically and emotionally outside of Tyneside. Both live and on record Dawson is a barrage of musical expression and personality. There is a rawness to the music that embodies timeworn singing traditions – the fire and pestilence gait of the Sacred Harp singings, the fractured call and response of the Gaelic Psalms, the unbridled power of Mongolian throat singers – its power tempered by intimacy, flecked with human emotion anchored by a sense of place……this is music to alter our reality.

“Dawson emerges as a talented chronicler of the tiniest, realest”details – NME

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Date: Saturday 16th July
Time: 8.00pm



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Sam Lee’s “Other Voices” (Ire/UK)

Sunday 17th July, 1.00pm

Mercury Prize nominated Folk singer, song collector, promoter (of BBC award winning Nest Collective) radio host, TV personality, teacher and animateur, Sam Lee has journeyed across Ireland in search of some of the last tradition bearers of old song amongst the Irish Traveller Community. Sam’s two critically acclaimed albums featuring music he has collected first hand from the Gypsy Traveller Community bring ancient songs to life for the 21st Century. In this concert, for the first time, Sam brings together some of the singers he has discovered on his way, many of which have never performed in public, hosting a unique sing-around to share some of these incredible voices and unheard songs.

“Its been a long time coming but here at last is somebody doing really creative things with traditional English Folk Song” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction.

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Price: €10
Date: Sunday 17th July
Time: 1.00pm



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Panel Discussion: Folk Song Now – Sam Lee, Grace Toland, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ben Mandelson (Chair).

Sunday 17th July, 3.30pm

Featuring Mercury Prize nominated English folk singer Sam Lee, Irish Traditional Music Archive TMA director Grace Toland, Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and chaired by Ben Mandelson, founding director of WOMEX (the world’s biggest professional music conference, tradefair and showcase for World, Roots, Folk and Traditional music), this special panel discussion will explore current and recent trends in folk song in Ireland and the UK.

Ben Mandelson micro-bio: Founding Director WOMEX. Record Producer, Musician, Ben Mandelson (UK) Founding Director/boardmember of the premier worldmusic tradefair WOMEX www.womwx.com; leading freelance worldmusic record producer, musician and one of the launchers of the current ‘world music’ genre. mini-bio: Ben Mandelson (Liverpool/UK) is a leading freelance world music record producer, musician and one of the launchers of the current ‘world music’ genre. Founding Director of WOMEX [http://www.womex.com], the world’s biggest professional music conference, tradefair and showcase for World, Roots, Folk and Traditional music – an annual October-end Europe-based event. The 2016 event will held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and will be the 22nd edition. contact: ben.mandelson@piranha.arts.com+44 (0)772 581 7200




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Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power (Irl.)

Wednesday 21st September, 8.00pm

Music Network is thrilled to present a new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power. This newly-commissioned work, is a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. ‘Edges of Light’ draws from a unique and little known Irish idiosyncrasy: the rising of the sun at Dunsink Observatory occurs 25 minutes and 21 seconds later than at Greenwich, meaning that 8 pm Dublin Mean Time occurs at 8.25 pm GMT! Step in time anyone?

Best known for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Colin Dunne has toured with musical groups The Chieftains and De Dannan and performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Three award-winning musicians from Ireland and Scotland complete the ensemble: Clare fiddler Tola Custy, one of the founding members of ground-breaking band Guidewires, acclaimed harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power, a former member of Liam Clancy’s Fairweather Band and regular collaborator with Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition Project.

Colin Dunne, dance
Tola Custy, fiddle
Maeve Gilchrist, harp
David Power, uilleann pipes, whistles

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Price: €12/€10
Date: Wednesday 21st September
Time: 8.00pm