Carrick Water Music Festival 2016

Posted on : July 6, 2016

Press Release

The Carrick Water Music Festival, a voluntary-ran music and arts festival now in its 12th year has established itself as one of the leading music festivals in the area, returning to Carrick-on-Shannon for 5 days of waterside music and cultural happenings from the 13th to 17th of July. Music lovers are in for a treat with a diverse programme of national and international acts ranging from opera and classical to jazz, world and folk music. Taking place across the town in unique venues ranging from Moon River Pleasure Cruiser to St. Georges Church and The Dock Arts Centre as well as local hotels and events taking place on and along the water at Boathouse Bay.  Follow the link to read or download the festival programme:  CWMF Programme


Festival highlights include an intimate evening of music with Lisa Hannigan, Zoë Conway & John McIntyre in the stunning surroundings of St. George’s Church. Mick Hanly, one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters, will be joined by Donal Lunny, to perform songs from his new album, ‘Homeland’ at The Bush Hotel and The Pipes, The Pipes, Donal Dineen critically acclaimed homage to the Uilleann pipes is a must see in The Dock.


Carrick Water Music Festival’s Gala Opera Evening – A Musical Supper with The Drawing Room Opera Company promises an evening of fine dining and spectacular entertainment taking place Saturday 16th July in The Landmark Hotel – enjoy extracts from much loved operas including The Magic Flute, Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Marriage Of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and more – Dress to impress!


Day time music is always a festival favourite and this year sees three lunchtime concerts in St. Georges Church, two weekend morning Jazz cruises on Moonriver, as well as an all-day free music trail on Friday 15th July and an afternoon Classical Piano Recital with critically acclaimed French pianist Ivan Ilić on Sunday 17th July.


Back by popular demand to perform his ‘Giants of Ragtime and Stride’ Piano show is Colm ‘Stride’ O’Brien with his Ragtime & Stride Lunchtime Piano Concert St. George’s Church on Wednesday 13th July. With a selection of musical styles ranging from Chopin, Joplin and the Beatles, Colm is Ireland’s leading exponent of Ragtime. Also performing in St. Georges is Loah for a Lunchtime Folk-Jazz-Soul Concert on Thursday 14th July. Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a Sierra Leonean/Irish singer-songwriter. Blending a unique style of folk, jazz and soul, she has performed with Kíla, Dublin’s Discovery Gospel Choir, Niwel Tsumbu and co-wrote ‘Someone New’ on Hozier’s platinum-selling debut album. Accomplished performer Niall O’Sullivan closes the trio of lunchtime concerts on Friday 15th July with his Lunchtime Trumpet & Piano Recital ‘From Baroque to Broadway,’ Niall has worked with Tom Jones, Michael Búble and Amy Winehouse to name but a few!


Festival favourites The Original Guinness Jazz Band return for a musical River Shannon cruise with Des Hopkins and his lively troupe presenting a programme of traditional, swing, Dixieland and mainstream standards on Saturday 16th July. While Sunday 18th sees us sailing to the superb jazz sounds of Ciaran Wilde, Eddie Lee and Patrick Gilbert as The Eddie Lee three, performing a mixture of jazz standards and originals, from Nat King Cole, Brubeck and bebop classics, plus the odd original thrown in for good measure! Both cruises are boarding 11.45am, sailing 12.15pm for 1 hour 15 mins.


The festival also sees the launch of Irish Times journalist Ronan McGreevy’s new book, “Wherever the Firing Line Extends – Ireland and the Western Front” in association with Carrick-on-Shannon Heritage Group at St. Georges Church on Wednesday 13th July. Following the launch is a concert at 8.30pm in St. George’s James Joyce: A Musical Tale Of Three Cities – Dublin, Paris & New York, performed by pianist Colm “Stride” O’Brien, singer Eithne Shanley and raconteur Michael Shanley.


Children’s events include Family Fun Art Workshops at The Dock on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th July with artist Pia Lück, a free Drama Workshop for 5-10 year olds on Saturday 16th with Rhona Trench and a Hand Weaving Workshop For Children with Frances Crowe taking place Thursday 14th July at Keith Nolans Photography Studio on Bridge Street.


There will be a special edition of The Dock’s ‘Summer Sunday’s music and crafts summer series for the Festival on Sunday July 17th featuring blues, folk and pop music with The Teresa Galvin Trio and ‘Meet the Maker’ with Milliner Wendy Louise presented in association with The Leitrim Design House.


A special talk ‘Remembering John McGahern’ will take place outside Presentation House at 11am on Saturday 16th followed by a film screening at The Bush Hotel. In addition a talk on ‘Leitrim 1916 – 1921′ by Padraig McGarty will also take place at The Bush Hotel at 2.30pm on Saturday 16th. And that only scratches the surface! The full programme is available on Tickets can be booked at The Dock Arts Centre. 071-96-50828 or at
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