Friday 6th - Sunday 8th Sept. 2019

Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland

Fri 7th Sept

Friday

Photo Exhibition

Photo Exhibition

Venue: Ballinasloe Library, 9am-5pm
Admission/Táille: Free

Show casing a selection of photographs, "Musical Roots of East Galway" Sponsored by Gerry Stronge Photography. 


Ballinasloe Country Market

Ballinasloe Country Market

Venue: Town Hall Foyer, 10am - 1pm
Admission/Táille: Free

Enjoy a cuppa and some homemade cakes and scones at Ballinasloe's Country Market


Orlaith Keane and band Up Close and Personal

Orlaith Keane and band Up Close and Personal

Venue: The Pillar House Bar and Restaurant, 8pm
Admission/Táille: 15 Euro

The Festival Opens with an Up Close and Personal Concert with Orlaith Keane accompanied By Colm Naughton on Banjo-Mandolin and Stephen Doherty on Piano.

The members of the Keane family are the most naturalistic singers in the world; Orlaith Keane is just that and she certainly has the Keane gene. Being daughter to Matt and niece to Sean and Dolores has certainly been an influence on her, but Orlaith is carving out a niche for herself that defines her as an artist in her own right. Growing up in Caherlistrane surrounded by the aforementioned and her grand-aunts, Sarah and Rita, was like growing up in an ongoing masterclass of singing and performance. “Masterclass” might be too formal a word to use though, as music is more like a way of life to Orlaith and the rest of the Keane family. As you might expect, Orlaith began singing at an early age but it wasn't until Matt asked her to put a track on his first album, “Out in the Fields”, that she began to take her singing more seriously. After these first tentative steps into recording and performance, and with a very positive response from both critics and listeners alike, Orlaith again collaborated with Matt on his second album, “Pictures in Time”. This time though, Orlaith had much more of a role to play by adding 7 tracks to the album. Unsurprisingly this album gained high praise and brought Orlaith more into the limelight. Following the release of this album, Orlaith and Matt performed regularly together in concert around the country and still do when the opportunity arises.

Orlaith released her debut solo album, “The Home Place”, early in 2011 and followed this with a number of successful launches and played support to De Dannan at the Galway Arts Festival in July. See more on www.orlaithkeane.com


Opening Night Music Seisiúns

Opening Night Music Seisiúns

Venue: The Pillar House, 10pm
Admission/Táille: Free

With a host of musicians enjoy the craic and tunes of Festival Opening Night


About Larry

About Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds was a renowned Fiddle player from Ahascragh, Ballinasloe who emigrated to Boston over sixty years ago...Read more ›

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