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Celebrate Sligo’s vibrant music scene

Sligo will host Ireland’s only Love:Live Music Day this year. Music Generation Sligo, Sligo Arts Service, Sligo Live and Sligo Music have joined forces with The Italian Quarter, Cairde Arts Festival, Furey’s Bar, Chapters and Ocean FM to host a bumper Love Live Music day in Sligo.

A free outdoor concert in The Italian Quarter on Saturday, June 21st from 2-
will showcase a rich selection of Sligo’s musical talent across many different genres. Many local musicians will play various venues on Saturday evening, making this a special musical day in Sligo.

A Love:Live Music Busking event will also take place from 2-5pm on Rockwood Parade and JFK Parade on Sat, June 21st and welcomes acts from across the country.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will launch their programme with a big concert in the Sligo Park Hotel featuring several all-Ireland winning Céílí Bands.
Furey’s Bar feature a full night of music commencing with their weekly 8pm early evening session.

The pubs and venues of Sligo will be awash with musical talent on this evening.

The diversity of the Sligo music scene will be on display in this highly anticipated event which will have a particular focus on young musicians. Although the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Music Network decided to postpone Love:Live Music nationally until 2015 to restructure the event, Sligo will continue to celebrate the wealth of talent in the city and county to help publicise how important live music is to Sligo.

Live music is the heartbeat of County Sligo, a very strong element of our local identity and plays a significant role in the local economy. Many Sligo based musicians are full- time professional performers, and many are engaged in music education and employed in the production, recording, publicising and promoting of music and the arts. Sligo would bear comparison to the early days of Nashville or Austin, Texas where huge numbers of musicians living in these cities led to major music industries emerging and prospering there. The unique music scene with quality performances every night of the week astounds visitors and is a potent force in Sligo’s tourism revival. Commencing with the famed fiddle players Coleman, Morrison and Killoran who first recorded Irish music through to modern day acts like Oddsocks Revival, Shane Filan, Cian Egan, Old Hannah, Moxie, No Crows, Anything Goes, Téada, Dervish, Rackhouse Pilfer and Niamh Farrell, Sligo musicians are making waves both within and beyond these shores.

Events like Sligo Live, Cairde, Sligo Jazz Project and now the Fleadh are flagships for this rapidly growing phenomenon.

Music Generation Sligo has opened the door to music for thousands of children and young people in County Sligo since 2011. The national music education programme for children and young people, initiated by Music Network, has been funded by U2 and the Ireland Funds since its inception, but this year the Department of Education will take over as the main funder. Music Generation Sligo Co-ordinator Rhona McGrath commented that “Music Generation Sligo is delighted to partner with Sligo County Council Arts Service and the music sector to provide further performance opportunities for young people.”

Love:Live Music Day welcomes all visitors on Saturday June 21st from 2pm until late for a fun for all musical event.

Funded by Music Generation Sligo & Sligo County Council Arts Service

For further details contact:
Órla Sweeney
[email protected]


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