5 days of Musical and Artistic Delighted at Carrick Water Music Festival

The 13th annual Carrick Water Music Festival is just around the corner, commencing July 12th, bringing 5 days of musical and cultural discovery to Carrick-on-Shannon. An exciting and innovative line up is planned with something to please all tastes.

The highlight of the Festival and in their only Irish summer show of 2017, The Waterboys play the Landmark Central on Sunday 16th July.  A unique magic between Mike Scott and Steve Wickham and their strong connections to the North West of Ireland make this concert a rare treat for Carrick-on-Shannon. From the Celtic, gospel, country and rock on the classic Fisherman’s Blues, to the rootsy, funky Modern Blues, this is a night not to be missed!

“People should expect the unexpected from The Waterboys,” says Mike Scott. …

Joining Mike Scott on vocals, guitar and piano and Sligo’s legendary Steve Wickham on electric fiddle, are great Memphis keyboard player and showman Brother Paul, ace drummer Ralph Salmins, legendary Muscle Shoals bassman David Hood and sharp Austin guitarist Zach Ernst.

Support on the night comes from Sligo-based singer songwriter Miles Graham, known for his distinctive blend of indie-soul-funk. 2017 has been a great year for him, garnering much attention on the UK and Irish scene, a firm favourite with top radio presenters including, Graham Norton and Cerys Matthews. His soulful voice and songwriting style inspired by Van Morrison, Otis Redding and James Morrison marks him out as one to watch.

There’s lots of lunchtime entertainment including concerts from award winning classical musicians Jessie de Bellis (14th July) and South Korean born Young-Choon Park (16th July) to the hilariously funny multi-instrumentalists and comic performers The Von Drip Duo performing a free family street show (15th July).

Evening shows bring to town some of Ireland’s foremost contemporary music with Crash Ensemble presenting new work with ‘CrashLands’ (12th July), while lovers of operetta and the Silver Screen will enjoy “Will You Remember?” A Celebration of MGM legends Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy performed by Sandra Oman and Simon Morgan.

The Dublin Gospel Choir (Friday 14th July) bring their legendary live show to the atmospheric surroundings of St George’s Church; and the music continues at the Late Night Festival Club, featuring indie rising stars on the homegrown scene including Come On Live Long (14th July) who’s new album ‘In The Still’ was chosen as The Irish Times Album of the Week in May; and prepare to be bewitched by the sultry indie Nick Drake and Patti Smith influenced sounds of Naoise Roo (15th July).

Families will love an outdoor screening of the Oscar-nominated animated film Song of the Sea featuring a musical introduction by members of Kila; there’s also Jazz cruises planned featuring The Cadillac Quartet ft. David Lyttle, a MOBO Award-winning Jazz drummer (16th July) and The Original Guinness Jazz Band (15th July), music masterclasse, an art and curios market and much more, Carrick-on-Shannon will entertain you each and all day of the Carrick Water Music Festival 12th -16th July.

Full programme: www.carrickwatermusicfestival.com

Tickets: now on sale at the Festival Box Office – The Dock Arts Centre – phone 071 96 50828 web: www.thedock.ie – 10% discount when pre-booking for 2 events, 15% for 3+ events.