WESTERN DRAMA FESTIVAL
March and April
Irish Dancing Competitions in The Southern Hotel. Irish Language Section in Dominican Hall. Classical and traditional music competitions in the Model Arts and Niland Gallery. Drama Festival in the Hawk’s Well Theatre. English verse speaking.
Contact: Kevin Carroll, Honorary Secretary.
Telephone: 071 9168197
SLIGO FEIS CEOIL
VOGLER SPRING FESTIVAL
May Bank Holiday Weekend
St Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo
The Vogler Quartet, are joined by a wealth of Irish and International musicians for this four-day festival of chamber music.
Contact: Festival Manager: Artscope.
Telephone: 01 505 9582
Month of May
Town and County Sligo
A month long festival celebrating creativity in older age– exhibitions, readings, workshops, visual arts, music, storytelling, dance. Events are coordinated nationally by Age & Opportunity, the national agency that works to challenge stereotypes about older people and to promote their participation in society. Sligo Arts Service collaborates with the HSE West and many community and local groups, in particular Active Age Groups, in organising this arts festival for and by older people in county Sligo.
WISE WOMAN WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Dromahair, Co Leitrim
This all women event of learning, discovery and fun. Life enhancing workshops include creative writing, dance, painting and drumming. The weekend opens at Ard Nahoo Eco retreat and Saturday night there is the Wild Woman Banquet. The weekend closes with a Bealtaine Ritual. A weekend pass is euro 140.00. For all the details log onto website or call Alex at 071 964 3963.
COUNTY SLIGO FLEADH 2010
4th - 6th June 2010
Traditional Irish Music Concerts, competitions and ceilis.
Contact: Martin Enright, Coordinator.
Telephone: 071 9167560.
RIVERSTOWN VINTAGE FESTIVAL
June Bank Holiday Weekend
Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown, Co. Sligo
The past recreated on one site. Exhibits, displays, music and dancing.
Contact: John Taylor, Vice Chairperson.
PADDY KILLORAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Established in 2003 to commemorate the famous traditional fiddle player Paddy Killoran who came from Ballymote, and to highlight the strong tradition of music, song and dance and the traditional arts in the Ballymote area.
Seven days of music, theatre, film, street performances, family events, poetry, exhibition and workshops celebrating diversity and community in Sligo.
SLIGO JAZZ FESTIVAL
17th - 19th July
SOUTH SLIGO SUMMER SCHOOL
Summer School of Irish traditional music and dance featuring classes, workshops, lectures, ceilis and recitals.
Contact: Rita Flannery, Secretary.
Telephone: 071 9120912
YEATS INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL & SLIGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
End July/Beginning August
YeatsMemorial Building, Hyde Bridge, Sligo
Sligo Festival of the Arts runs in conjunction with the Yeats International Summer School. The Festival is two weeks of entertainment, incorporating an exciting line-up of literature, music, drama and film. 2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the poets death. (28 January 1939).
Contact: Yeats Society Sligo.
Telephone: 071 9142693.
JAMES MORRISON TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND
August Bank Holiday Weekend
Riverstown, Co Sligo
Organised by Riverstown Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann: A quality programme of lectures, workshops, demonstrations, concerts and ceilis with some of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians.
Contact: Martin Enright, Coordinator.
Telephone: 071 9167560 or
Sean Lyons, Secretary on 071 9165880.
TUBBERCURRY LITERARY FESTIVAL
Tubbercurry literary Festival is a literary competition. There are 3 categories: 1) Short Story 2) Free Verse 3) Rhyming Verse.
In each category there is a first and second prize of €100 and €50 respectively. A prize giving ceremony is held in Tubbercurry Library as part of the Old Fair Day celebrations.
For more information contact the Leyney Writers Club on 071-9185358.
BALLYMOTE ANNUAL HERITAGE WEEKEND
Loftus Hall, Ballymote
Telephone: 071 9189275
TUBBERCURRY OLD FAIR DAY FESTIVAL
CURRY GOAT FAIR
Curry, Co. Sligo
Annual community day with children’s art and games to the fore.
SLIGO WHIPLASH FESTIVAL
Innisfree Hotel, Sligo
See the new Whiplash website to find out about the line up for the festival, news, competitions and MP3 samples.
QUEEN MAEVE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
Institute of Technology, Sligo
This summer school festival hosts master classes in Irish music and singing in various instruments daily and entertainment is held nightly in Sligo town. Full details from firstname.lastname@example.org and +353 (0)71 9162008 / +353 (0)87 6250454.
Third Weekend in August
Strandhill, Co. Sligo
The Warriors run is a grueling 10 mile road and hill race from the beach front at Strandhill to the top of Knocknarea mountain and back again. The run attracts competitors from around the world and spectators can enjoy live music and street entertainment. A fun walk and junior warriors races also take place on the day.
STRANDHILL GUITAR FESTIVAL
End of September
Strandhill, Co. Sligo
SLIGO BAROQUE FESTIVAL
1st-4th October 2009
The Sligo Baroque Music Festival was founded by Rod Alston and the activities of Sligo Early Music Ensemble in 1995 and was first the first Festival of Early Music in Ireland (It was then known as Sligo Early Music Festival).
Performers Include : Concerto Caledonia Walter Reiter - Violin , Irish Baroque Orchestra , Malcolm Proud - Harpsichord , Ben Bayle - Harpsichord , Laoise O Brien -recorder , Nicholas Milne - gamba , Julia Corry - Baroque flute , DIT ensemble , Sligo Baroque Orchestra .
Thursday 8.00pm Opening Concert €20 (12)
October 1st : Irish Baroque Orchestra, Gary Cooper director/soloist
BACH Sinfonia BWV42
BACH Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV1052
VIVALDI Concerto for 4 Vlns B min from L'estro armonico
BACH Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C Minor BWV
BACH Concerto for Hpd, 2 Recs in F (Brandenburg 4)
Friday 8.00pm The Baroque Violin Sonata €18 (12)
October 2nd : Walter Reiter violin; Benjamin Bayl harpsichord
Programme tracing the development of the Baroque violin sonata from Castello to Bach
Saturday 1.00pm DIT Early Music Ensemble €12 (8)
October 3rd The next generation of Irish Period performers…
Counter tenor, recorder, violin, and continuo
Telemann and Handel
8.00pm Flauto Dolce, Flauto Traverso €18 (12)
Laoise O’Brien recorder; Julia Cory baroque flute; Nick Milne viola da gamba; Malcolm Proud Harpsichord, Jean-Marie LeClair L'Aine Antoine Forqueray Francois Couperin Georg Philipp Telemann George Frideric Handel Johann Sebastian Bach
Sunday 3.00pm Baroque Youth Training Orchestra €10
October 4th directed by Walter Reiter
8.00pm Concerto Caledonia €18 (12)
David McGUINNESS - harpsichord
David GREENBERG - violin
Chris NORMAN - flutes, pipes, voice
Concerto Caledonia presents a programme around its Scottish-Canadian links and here the lines between music genres tend to get a bit blurred. Baroque and Scottish music are the main root elements. Eighteenth-century Scottish music in particular cries out for an unusually large and unconventional palette of stylistic interpretations, because its very nature defies classification as either folk or art music.
Recorder Masterclass (Laoise O’Brien): Sat 10.00-12.30 observers welcome – no charge
Rehearsal/workshops Baroque Youth Training Orchestra: sat am & pm, sun am
Observers welcome – no charge
SLIGO TRADITIONAL SINGERS CIRCLE WEEKEND
2nd-4th October 2009
Town and County Sligo
Sligo Traditional Singing Weekend is a weekend of singing workshops, informal sessions, audio and video presentations, scholarly talks and a field trip. It features local and visiting singers, speakers and academics from Ireland and abroad.
SLIGO LIVE TRADITIONAL AND ROOTS FESTIVAL
October Bank Holiday Weekend 2009
Various venues in Sligo
Sligo Live is a national festival celebrating traditional, roots and acoustic music. Now in its fifth year, it has carved out a niche as one of the most relaxed, intimate and enjoyable music festivals in Ireland. Sligo Live is a modern continuation of a long and distinguished musical heritage going back hundreds and maybe thousands of years. It has been shown that the first inhabitants came to Sligo over five thousand years ago and who would bet that the incredible beauty of Sligo did not inspire them to sing, dance and play music! As another famous Sligoman, W.B.Yeats said in his poem:
The merry love to fiddle and the merry love to dance
BALLINTOGHER TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Thursday 29th October - Sunday 1st November 2009
12th Annual Festival Commemorating John Egan (Flute Player) by Fred Finn CCE. Concert and Ceili in Abbey Manor Hotel, Dromahair. Workshops and other events in Ballintogher, Co. Sligo. Traditional concert, music and set dancing workshops, ceilis and pub sessions. Further details: 071 9164250.