Now in its ninth year, the Liverpool Irish Festival continues to introduce new ideas to keep the festival fresh and exciting. Last year it was the triumphant launch of the Irish Sea Sessions; this year it’s the introduction of The Raiding Party.
The Raiding Partysees some of the world’s best Celtic artists make a foray into the Liverpool Irish Festival. Bringing you the best Celtic experiences from all corners of the globe, this insurgency reminds us of the rich Celtic communities that exist across the whole of Western Europe, and way beyond.
The first ever Raiding Party starts relatively close to home, with a unique opportunity to catch the standard bearers of Scottish and Welsh music – Breabach and Calan – in one compelling concert.
The concert takes place in the magnificent Concert Room at St George’s Hall on Sunday 23rd October. It’s a 7.30pm start, and tickets are £17.50 available from the Liverpool Philharmonic box office online, in person, or by phone 0151 709 3789
Breabach have accomplished much in their short career including two highly acclaimed albums and nominations as best band in both the Scottish Traditional Music Awards and Radio 2 Folk Awards.
‘A young group performing with technical assurance and a feel for traditional idioms… Their raucous, driving attack is energised and exciting!’ The Scotsman
Calan have taken Welsh traditional music and performed the musical equivalent of CPR! They have represented the hopes of a nation with life-affirming performances at Festival Interceltique Lorient and WOMEX.
‘Folk just got a kick up of the Noughties… stunning use of instrumentation, gorgeously crafted songs, sprightly foot-tappers, verve and raw excitement.’ Belfast Telegraph
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