Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy!
Normally we do this whole deal on Friday nights. What’s going on?
Irish Fest began today at 5:00.
We traditionally use this blog feature to highlight some of the musicians who are are appearing at the festival. Because it’s a 4-day festival we need to blog accordingly. We can’t do all the performers, but let’s face it. Stop at any stage any time at Irish Fest, and you can’t go wrong.
Let’s get started.
BackWest consists of a fusion of three elements- music, song and dance across a range of genres, the primary one being that of Irish Traditional Music.
“…an innovative, thrilling ensemble of high calibre and vastly experienced musicians.”
Irish Music Magazine
Now an Irish Fest favorite. Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement.
This next band from Belfast is new to Irish Fest. Described by Irish Music Magazine as “a full bodied pipe and whistle extravaganza,” Réalta make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world. They perform on dueling uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrán, guitar, bouzouki, and double bass.
The Whileaways are also making their Irish Fest debut, three distinct voices that combine on beautiful harmonies.
“stake their claim to being among the finest singers in the country”
Edwin McFee, Hot Press
“Prepare to be spellbound”
Sligo Live Festival
“hollers for a chance to be heard in a live setting, so rich is its lyrical tapestry”
Siobhan Long, Irish Times
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend!
Now a very exciting close. They’re the most famous bagpipe band on the planet.