Ita Kelly talks to Mick Crehan about the Galway Sessions which five years on, is still going strong.
The festival is centred around the thriving musical heart of the city. “You can come to
Venues this year include many well known musical houses, MT Pockets in Prospect Hill and Richardson’s on the Square, Taaffes, Tigh Coilí, Tigh Neachtain and the Quays Bar; the Róisín Dubh, Monroe’s Tavern and The Crane Bar. All venues will host sessions each day, and concerts are tailored to suit the venues. The Róisín Dubh is running a series of gigs featuring bigger bands and artists. High energy trad band Gráda will perform there, as will Maria Doyle Kennedy and her band and the ever popular Andy Irvine. Andy performed at the festival last year and was keen to return. The Crane Bar with it’s folk club atmosphere hosts a series of concerts titled ‘Legends’ featuring artists such as accordion supreme Finbarr Dwyer accompanied by Brian McGrath, Joe Burke and Anne Conroy-Burke, Dessie O’Halloran and friends and the one and only Freddie White.
The open air ceilí on the Saturday of the festival will feature The Kinlochard Ceilidh Band from the Trossachs area of
The Quays are putting on a series of late night concerts. Two Time Polka who play a mixture of rockabilly and Cajun music are one of the many bands lined up to play there.
Renowned musician, singer and storyteller, Seán Tyrell will perform his new show at the Druid Theatre each night during the festival. ‘No Go Bravatsky’ is a musical journey tracing Tyrell’s travels through music, song and story often with hilarious consequences.
“A lot of the musicians that are playing at this festival, would probably be seen around the world in auditoriums and bigger venues,” says Mick Crehan. “Traditional music is good on any stage but I think its best to see it in its natural environment.”
“The Galway Sessions is a real opportunity and people get a kick out of the fact that they can come into relatively small bars, intimate areas, and experience that whole session vibe where the audience is as much part of what’s happening as the musicians that are playing. That’s the thing we want people to see. It’s something that’s very vibrant in
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