Although the main focus is on quality Irish music, it’s also about getting out and about around the area. On Saturday, it’s off to Old Head to forage for mushrooms under the canopy of the forest, followed that afternoon by a children’s ‘paint to music’ session. It’s been wonderful to see how the kids who attend the festival have progressed with their music over the years, and this year the event continues its focus on sessions for both the young ones and the teens.
A regular core group of top-class musicians play throughout the weekend, and they have invited some equally brilliant guest musicians to join them. Every night the musicians take over the pub and prove how exciting and creative Irish music can be when the artists themselves are in control. All events over the weekend are free.
Core musicians for the September Sessions include Emer Mayock (flute), John Kilkenny (fiddle), Philip Duffy (fiddle) and Declan Courell (guitar). Guest musicians for this year are Emmet Gill (pipes) and Harry Bradley (flute).
On the Friday, a special concert in the Town Hall will feature ace accordion player David Munnelly from Belmullet. Munnelly, has just released a duet album, ‘Tis What It Is’, with acclaimed fiddle player Mick Conneely, who has played and toured with many artists, including Mary Bergin, Frankie Gavin, Máirtín O’Connor and Matt Molloy. Mick will be joining David, along with Ryan Molloy. Support will provided by Katie Kim.
MUSIC Louisburgh gears up for trad weekend: