Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Anyone for the last of the summer and autumn festivals?

Whatever about the media focus on how the credit crunch may effect ticket sales for live shows, promoters around the country are still finalising and announcing acts for forthcoming festivals. The Kilkenny Arts Festival have added a new music strand …

Fri, Jun 20, 2008, 09:57

   

Whatever about the media focus on how the credit crunch may effect ticket sales for live shows, promoters around the country are still finalising and announcing acts for forthcoming festivals.

The Kilkenny Arts Festival have added a new music strand to its line-up. Wired will feature Mercury Rev (The Hub, August 12), Spiritualized (playing with a gospel chour in St Canice’s Cathedral on August 17) and Lisa Hannigan (The Parade Tower, August 9).

There will also be a Wired @ Cleere’s programme during the festival with Irish acts like Tenpastseven, Halves, Somadrome and many more.

Despite some nasty weather last summer which caused the cancellation of the first day’s programme, the Farmleigh Affair will return to Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Acts appearing over the August Bank Holiday weekend will include Justin Adams, the Mornington Singers, Grada, Carmen Souza, Mor Karbasi and many more. We hope the Taoiseach, who uses Farmleigh as his capital city digs, will hang around for the weekend.

The Farmleigh Affair is booked by the Improvised Music Company who will be pitching their tent at the sold-out Electric Picnic this year. Their Picnic line-up includes Terry Callier, Lou Rhodes, Jah Wobble, the excellent Dengue Fever (see video below), Fovea Hex, Iarla O’Lionaird and many more.

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Senegal’s legendary Orchestra Baobab (see video below) are the big draw at this year’s Sligo Live which takes place from October 23 to 27. Other acts heading to the north-west include Quebec’s vibrant Le Vent du Nord and renowned Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll.

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October also sees DEAF taking over Dublin venues for the seventh year in a row. The line-up includes Model 500 (with Juan Atkins and the Underground Resistance crew, including Mike Banks), the Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Laurent Garnier, Nurse with Wound, Harmonia, M83, Chrome Hoof and many more.

It’s an all-star line-up for this year’s Festival Of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire from August 22 to 24 with Brazil’s Seu Jorge (video below), China’s Sa Dingding, Tibet’s Young Chen Lhamo, New York-based Gypsy music mash-up artists Balkan Beatbox and, best of all, Ethiopiques featuring Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulatu Astatqe, Getachew Mekurya, Alemayehu Eshete and The Either Orchestra.

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