DD Culture: The 29th annual Earagail Arts Festival is in full swing in venues across Donegal from Malin Head to Arranmore Island.
Check out some fantastic concerts coming up in the next week!
For Foresters and Leila Jane & The Healers
There is a great double header featuring two young Donegal bands at the Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey on Saturday 15th. For Foresters is a three-piece ambient experimental folk act from Letterkenny. Leila Jane & The Healers embrace the magic of the Delta Blues and combine it with sweet sounding tones of 50’s rock n’ roll and country music. Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson and John Lee Hooker are among her influences. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at eaf.ie.
Persia and West Africa
One of the most authentically inspiring global collaborations, where Persia and West Africa intersect – Constantinople, a musical trio from Iran, and Senegal’s Ablaye Cissoko will be performing at RCC Letterkenny on Saturday 15th. It represents a poetic encounter between strings and voices, epic sounds from the Mandingo Kingdom and the music of the Persian courts. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at eaf.ie.
South African Guitar Maestro
Described as a masterclass in the sonic possibilities of the guitar, Derek Gripper performs 21-string kora compositions from Mali on a six-string classical guitar at the RCC at 1pm on Sunday 16th. It promises to be an engagingly honest and fresh interpretation of music that perfectly balances tradition with real innovation. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at eaf.ie.
Donegal’s Leading Traditional Family Group
The final RCC Folk & Roots Weekend concert at 4pm on Sunday 16th features Donegal’s finest, NaMooneys. The family group is comprised of sisters Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle and vocals) and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh (whistle and vocals), their brother Gearóid Ó Maonaigh (guitar), his son Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle) and producer Manus Lunny (bouzouki). Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at eaf.ie.
Atlantic Arc Orchestra
The closing concert of the 2017 Donegal International Folk & Roots Weekend plays host to a specially commissioned supergroup of some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians from across Ireland, the UK and further afield. The Atlantic Arc Orchestra at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny on Sunday 16th includes Dónal Lunny, Pauline Scanlon, Pádraig Rynne, Jarlath Henderson, Aidan O’Rourke, Sylvain Barou, Ewen Vernal and John Blease. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at eaf.ie.
The Selecter was at the forefront of the 2Tone ska revival movement of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Famed for singles such as ‘Too Much Pressure’ and ‘On My Radio’, The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. The anarchic passion that fuelled their gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there, except the pair is more focused than ever. This non-seated gig at RCC Letterkenny on Thursday 20th promises to be great fun. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at eaf.ie.
This 4 piece led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman perform at the Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey on Thursday 20th. They deliver cello music like you’ve never heard before – from down home blues to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass. It is funky, sexy, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and only occasionally classical. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at eaf.ie.
The California Feetwarmers
Masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, The California Feetwarmers play Rathmullan House on Friday 21st. Based in Los Angeles, they stylishly down and re-work old classics, re-visiting material from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers. Tickets at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 (0)74 91 20777 or online at eaf.ie.
The 4th Swell Festival, on Arranmore Island, takes place from July 21st – 23rd. A brilliant line-up includes Mundy, Orchid Collective, Mark Geary, Emerald Armada, Makings, The Altered Hours, Moya, Breenan & Family, Will Carruthers, Clann Mhic Ruairi and many more. Tickets and information atswellfestival.com