Galway Folk Festival Announces 2024 Programme

Beth Orton

Galway Folk Festival Announces 2024 Programme

Beth Orton, Declan O'Rourke, Cillian Vallely and David Doocey, Talisk, Seán Keane, and Tara Breen, Pádraig Rynne and Jim Murray on the line-up.

Galway Folk Festival has announced the line-up for this year’s festival, taking place from 5 to 9 June. The festival, which is mainly based in Monroe’s music venue in Galway and is now in its third year, will present a programme of Irish and international artists as well as free pop-up events. 

Opening the festival is singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke who will perform at Leisureland on 5 June with support from Dublin singer-songwriter Saoirse Casey. The traditional trio of fiddle player Tara Breen, concertina player Pádraig Rynne and guitarist Jim Murray perform at Monroe’s Backstage on 6 June in a concert also featuring acoustic duo Niall Teague and Padraic Joyce.

The Glasgow five-piece Ímar, who perform traditional Irish and Scottish music, will play Monroe’s on 7 June with support from guitarists Ger O’Donnell and Trevor Sexton, folk singer Niall McCabe, and bluegrass band Yonder Boys. 

English musician Beth Orton, who blends folk with electronica, plays a concert on 9 June with support from Dublin singer-songwriter Niamh Bury and folk and soul artist Lady Nade. Also performing on 9 June is the uilleann pipes and fiddle duo of Cillian Vallely and David Doocey supported by steel guitarist David Murphy, and a collaboration between singer Eleanor Shanley and singer-songwriter Mike Hanrahan. 

In addition, the festival will feature Galway singer Seán Keane with support from singer-songwriter Matt McGinn (8 June); folk trio Amble with support from Armagh musician Conchúr White (6 June); and Scottish folk band Talisk with a supporting line-up including The Trouble Notes, Eve Belle, Dug, and Sally in the Woods (8 June). Trad-pop band Mec Lir and brass band The Circus Ponies will both perform late-night concerts in Monroe’s. 

Galway Folk Festival will also present free daytime events including the talk event Culture Vultures with journalist Tony Clayton-Lea, youth music performances with Cuppa Tea TV, and pop-up events that will be announced closer to the festival. 

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Published on 17 April 2024

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