Irish Music Legends Join Forces for Shannonside Festival

Perhaps the most exciting trad combination of recent times, Matt Molloy and John Carty will headline Co Clare’s Shannonside Winter Music Festival, taking place between January 17-21.

These two giants in the traditional music scene are joining forces, along with accomplished accompanists Arty McGlynn and Brian McGrath, for a short winter tour around Ireland to coincide with the release of Molloy’s latest solo record Back to the Island. They will play Bunratty Castle Hotel at 8pm on Saturday, January 19 as part of Shannonside.

Considered by many as the greatest flute player of our time, Molloy over the years has been a member of the Bothy Band, Planxty and the Chieftains. Meanwhile, Carty has established himself among the elite of Irish traditional musicians, playing in bands At the Racket and Patrick Street. Most recently, he arranged and performed all the traditional music elements in the Oscar-nominated film Brooklyn.

Shannonside organisers advise music fans to set their alarm for January 17, in order to see some great warm-up concerts before Molloy and Carty’s gig. The twentieth year of the festival – taking place in Sixmilebridge and Bunratty – the event is celebrating with a hectic schedule of over 80 events across 17 locations, bringing an eclectic mix of music styles.

From the US, the Cintron Brothers will bring Flamenco sounds while acapella group Purely Vocals are back after a successful visit to Shannonside in 2012. Grammy-nominated Bluegrass band The Special Consensus join the Petersens both from the US for a mammoth double-bill concert on Sunday, January 20 at 3.00pm.

The Golden Star Morris dancers from the UK make their fourth trip to Clare, along with the Munich String Band who will bring bluegrass from Germany. Perennial favourite Frankie Lane is back, while the Spancil Hillbillies, Ukealadies, and Jazzlite will be swinging by to keep toes tapping.

Local boy Brendan Walsh returns with two bands – the trad-rock Led Farmers and the soulful Diversus Guitar Quartet. Folk acts playing the festival include Kate Purcell, the Doyle Family (UK), Randal’s Folly, Ger O’Donnell and Kate Theasby, MegaTrad and many more visiting and local names.

For more details on the festival, check out Shannonside’s Facebook page or visit the event’s website

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