The Liverpool Irish Festival 2011 is upon us, and once more brings with it a diverse mix of events celebrating the cultural links between Ireland, Liverpool, and the rest of the world. Full details can be found at liverpoolirishfestival.com where you can also download a brochure. The festival runs from 14th to 30th October, and here are some of the highlights of the music on offer this year.
Sunday 16th October – Damien O’Kane 7.30pm @ Sefton Park Palm House Tickets £12.50
A member of Kate Rusby’s band, probably best known for his work with Shona Kipling and Flook, Damien O’Kane is earning a growing reputation for being a creative and exciting musician and singer.
Tuesday 18th October – The John McSherry Trio 9.45pm @ The Redewald Suite Tickets £11 Described by Irish Music Magazine as ‘a true master’ McSherry is hailed as one of the finest exponents of the art of uilleann piping in the world. He has taken piping and whistle playing to new heights with his unique style. Winner of two All Ireland Championships and the prestigious Oireachtas Piping Competition, he has been a member of several outstanding bands – Tamalin, Lunasa and Coolfin.
Sunday 23rd October – The Raiding Party – Breabach and Calan 7.30pm @ St George’s Hall Concert Room Tickets £17.50 The Raiding Party sees some of the world’s best Celtic artists make a foray into the Liverpool Irish Festival, with the first event featuring Braebach from Scotland and Calan from Wales.
Wednesday 26th October – Mellowtone 8.00pm @ Leaf Tickets £5/4 Facebook event page Liverpool’s mellowest music night features some of the best of Liverpool’s Irish acoustic musicians, with performances from Richard O’Flynn, Andy Steele, and Would be Astronauts (Ronan Boyle), plus Beaten Tracks DJs and guest compere Dave O’Grady.
Friday 28th October – Liverpool Acoustic Live 8.30pm @ The View Two Gallery Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door Facebook event page Featuring Dave O’Grady (Dublin), Greta & Maev (Faroe Islands & Ireland), and John McGurgan (Belfast)
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.