20 live music festivals taking place this month


An easing of restrictions on live music was announced this week, with event capacity expected to increase from Monday, September 6. A number of festivals across the country had already been announced and tickets are still available. In some cases, the capacity can be increased. See below for an overview of festivals including Curious Gardens, Vantastival, It Takes a Village, Clonakilty Guitar Festival, Fall Right Into Place, Until the Harvest Comes, Westport Festival of Chamber Music and more.

Meet me in the garden (August 17September 19, Offaly)
Meet Me in the Garden takes place at the Chestnut Bar in Birr, County Offaly, a series of concerts featuring musicians such as Andy Irvine, Paul Noonan, Lisa Hannigan, Saint Sister, Daithí and Anna Mullarkey, Wallis Bird and Rhob Cunningham, Nealo and Seba Safe, and Moxie and Honas. For more information and tickets visit: www.hibernacle.ie.

Galway International Arts Festival (August 28-September 18)
All live music events are sold out, but Other Voices can be watched online tomorrow night (September 3). Visit https://www.giaf.ie/festival/event/other-voices

Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival (August 30-September 5, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin)

Ortús Chamber Music Festival (September 3-5, Cork)
From September 3 to 5, the Ortús Chamber Music Festival takes place with live and online events. The festival will feature four concerts featuring musicians such as festival co-founder and artistic director Sinéad O’Halloran (cello), Kevin Jansson (piano), Ed Creedon (viola), Hannah Miller (horn), German violinists Peter Rainer and Stephanie Appelhans, Israeli double bass player Naomi Shaham and British violist Francesca Gilbert. Tickets are available on http://ortusfestival.ie/concerts/

Down with Jazz (September 5, Meeting House Square, Dublin)

Claremorris Folk Festival (September 4-5, May)
The Claremorris Folk Festival takes place this weekend and offers two days of concerts and sessions of folk, independent and traditional music with Moxie, Luka Bloom, Niamh Regan, Daoirí Farrell, Hothouse Flowers, Dani Larkin and more. Weekend and Saturday tickets are sold out but there are still a number of tickets available for Sunday. Visit: https://claremorrisfolkfestival.com/

Curious gardens (5 & September 9, Cork and Laois)
Curious Gardens presents two full-day concerts on September 5 and 9 at Doneraile Estate, County Cork, and Emo Court, County Laois, respectively. Tickets can be purchased for each day in capsules of four and six and the option for a family capsule for two adults and up to four children. The program for this Sunday (September 5) includes JYellowL, Dublin Gospel Choir, Jafaris and Interskalactic, and on September 9, Cathy Davey, HamsandwicH and Paddy Hanna. The two days also include a program of spoken word, comedy and interactive installations. Visit: https://www.schweppecurtisnunn.com/events

Fall into place (8September 12, Claregalway)
Galway-based label and record agency Strange Brew has announced a new festival, Fall Right Into Place, which will take place September 8-12 at the grounds of Claregalway Castle. The five-day event has artists such as BellX1, And So I Watch You From Afar, Just Mustard, Ailbhe Reddy, The Mary Wallopers, Junior Brother, Villagers, The Scratch and Saint Sister, and tickets are on sale in groups. four or six. For more information and tickets visit: https://www.fallrightintoplace.ie/

Indiedependence presents Autumn Air (8September 12, Mitchelstown, Cork)
The Cork Indiependence Music Festival this month presents Autumn Air, a series of concerts at four venues in Mitchelstown, Cork. The Scratch, Jerry Fish, The Coronas, Róisín O and Aimée, Aslan, The Coronas, Tolü Makay and Liam Ó Maonlaí and Cormac Begley will perform throughout the five days, alongside other Irish musicians. Tickets are available on the Autumn Air website: https://autumnair.live/

Vantastival presents Native Sounds (10September 11, Louth)
The Louth-based Vantastival Music Festival will present Native Sounds on September 10 and 11 – two days of folk, rock and indie at the festival’s Beaulieu House and Gardens venue outside Drogheda. The lineup includes Cork singer-songwriter Brian Deady, folk group The Bonny Men, God is an Astronaut, Bitch Falcon and Thumper. For tickets visit: www.vantastival.com/tickets/

Westport Chamber Music Festival (10September 12, Westport)
From September 10-12, the Westport Festival of Chamber Music takes place with a series of concerts at Westport’s Town Hall Theater and Holy Trinity Church. This year’s program features pianist Hugh Tinney, violinist Giovanni Guzzo, violist Timothy Ridout, cellist Christian Elliott, the Sacconi Quartet and Camerata Westport. Visit www.westportchambermusic.ie

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival (10September 19, Clonakilty)
The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival takes place September 10-19 at the Folk Club in DeBarra. Tickets for each concert are sold individually. Artists include John Spillane, Dani Larkin, Little John Nee, Pretty Happy, Windings, Joshua Burnside and Laura Quirke, Nicole Ní Dhubhshláine and Kyle Macaulay, and more. Further information and tickets can be found on the festival website: https://cllonguitarfest.com/

Beatyard (September 11-October 28, Dublin and Clare)
The Beatyard Festival is usually held in August in Dún Laoghaire Harbor, but this year will feature a series of concerts in Dublin City and Ennistymon, County Clare, from September 11 to October 28. Farah Elle, Susan O’Neill, Tebi Rex, NewDad, Local Boy, Jafaris, John Francis Flynn and many more will perform at venues such as The Bernard Shaw, Wigwam, the Lighthouse and minivan in Dublin and Pot Duggans in Ennistymon. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (September 3) at 10 a.m.: https://www.the-beatyard.com/

The great beyond (11September 12, Kinsale)
The Great Beyond festival takes place September 11-12 at Coughlan’s in Kinsale. Tickets for Saturday are sold out but there are still tickets available for Sunday’s concert, featuring Bell X1, Lisa Hannigan, Marc O’Reilly, Naked Animals, Paddy Dennehy, Cry Monster Cry, The Céilí All-Stars and Míde Houlihan. Visit: https://bit.ly/3jBS5Jr

September sessions (14September 19, Bundoran)
September sessions are held in Bundoran, Donegal, September 14-19. The event is hosted by the Donegal Sea Sessions festival and will feature five concerts at the Great Northern Hotel Garden in Bundoran. Tickets for September 16, 18 and 19 are sold out but there are still tickets available for September 14 (Lyra, Moncrieff and Michael Moloney) and September 15 (Gavin James, Royseven and Brad Heidi). Visit: https://bit.ly/3kLXPzp

Clifden Arts Festival (September 15-23, Clifden, Co. Galway)
The Clifden Arts Festival takes place September 15-23 and features a program of live and online music and artistic events. Tickets are still available for Mick Conneely, Tommy Keane and Jacqueline McCarthy on September 15th. Visit: www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/

It takes a village (September 17-19, Cork)
It Takes a Village is taking place this year from September 17th to 19th at the Trabolgan Holiday Village in Cork. Tickets for the event include accommodation at on-site vacation homes and are always available in capsules of four, five, and six. John Francis Flynn, Aoife Nessa Frances, TPM, Anna Mieke, Donal Dineen, Cormac Begley, Nealo and Clare Sands are on the program. Visit: https://ittakesavillage.fm/

Signs of Life (September 18-19, Kilkenny)
On September 18-19, the Signs of Life Festival will feature two days of concerts in the Ballykeeffe Amphitheater in Kilkenny. The program features folk, traditional, indie and hip hop programming with musicians such as Aoife Nessa Frances, Brigid Mae Power, Cormac Begley, Lemoncello, Maija Sofia and Rachael Lavelle. Tickets are available on the festival website with the additional option of a return bus from Dublin. Visit: https://signoflife.click/

New Ross Piano Festival (23September 26, Wexford)
The New Ross Piano Festival takes place in Wexford from September 23-26 and will feature pianists Philippe Cassard, Katya Apekisheva, Jason Rebello, Einav Yarden, Finghin Collins and many more. The festival will also feature the world premiere of a new work by British composer Sally Beamish and a day of jazz piano. Visit: https://www.newrosspianofestival.com/whats-on/

Meeting at the castle (25 & September 26, Claregalway Castle, County Galway)
On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September, the grounds of Claregalway Castle in County Galway, serve as a backdrop for Hibernacle: Meet Me At The Castle – two days with Lisa Hannigan, Tolü Makay, Wallis Bird, Nealo, Daithí, Jape, DJ Sally Cinnamon and more to be announced. All artists will perform on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at www.hibernacle.ie.

Until Harvest (September 25, Meath)
On September 25, a new SoFFT Productions festival, Autumn Equinox – Until The Harvest Comes, will take place in Dunderry Park in County Meath. The event will mark the fall equinox and feature a selection of local talent including These Nervous Animals, HamsandwicH, Oliver Cole, Paddy Smith, Bernadette Nic Gabhann and Joy Booth. There will also be a short film, Until the dew falls (filmed at the Meath Loughcrew Heritage Site), which will be screened during the event and will also air at 7 p.m. on the SoFFT Productions website. Tickets are on sale now: https://bit.ly/38vnBCj

Masters of Tradition (September 29-November 17, online)
The festival of traditional music Masters of Tradition will be presented online this year from September 29 to November 17. Organized by violinist Martin Hayes, the festival will feature guitarists Steve Cooney, John Walsh and Phil Robson; singer Christine Tobin; multi-instrumentalists Francesco Turrisi and Brian Donnellan; pianist and composer Cormac McCarthy; the poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa; accordionist Derek Hickey; uilleann piper David Power; violinist Marja Gaynor; and The Goodman Trio (uilleann piper Mick O’Brien, flutist Emer Mayock and violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain). Imram, a set to music from the suite of poems of the same name written by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, will feature Neil Ó Lochlainn (double bass, flute), sean-nós singer Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, violinist Lucia Mac Partlin and harpist Eilís Lavelle. The festival also includes a conversation between Martin Hayes and Bruce Molsky, the American violinist, banjo player, guitarist and singer who performs music from the Appalachian region.

Coming in October

Wexford Opera Festival (19October 31)
Next month, the Wexford Festival Opera will feature more than fifty events from October 19-31, including full production operas, concerts, pop-up performances and lectures. Tickets had already been sold for the festival – which is celebrating its 70th year this year – but the festival has now increased its capacity due to the recent change in government restrictions on live events. For more information and tickets visit: www.wexfordopera.com/

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