IRISH MUSIC has travelled around the world, influencing American and Canadian folk and popping up throughout the European continent.
The ways in which Irish trad has travelled and come back home, and interacted with other musical genres, will be celebrated in The Crane Bar, Sea Road, in the venue’s gigs as part of the Galway Sessions festival, which runs from June 16 to 23.
The gigs kick off with New York duo Winnie Horan and Mick McAuley on Sunday June 16. Horan has been a member of Cherish the Ladies and co-founded Irish-American supergroup Solas in 1994. McAuley is an accordionist, singer-songwriter, and member of Solas.
On Monday 17 Lumiere’s Pauline Scanlon, folk singer-songwriter Noriana Kennedy, and Belfast fiddler Meabh O’Hare join Brooklyn’s The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary ) to explore the songbooks from both sides of the Atlantic.
The great Sean Tyrrell performs his show, A Message Of Peace, on Wednesday 19, featuring song and stories about John Boyle O’Reilly, a Fenian who escaped imprisonment in Australia to become a leading member of the Irish-American community through his journalism and activism.
Antrim band Beoga play on Thursday 20 and Friday 21. Their sound is rooted in Irish trad but also incorporates blues and jazz.
The Singing In The Crane event on Saturday 22 at 6pm will be hosted by Dave Larkin and Lorraine Fitzpatrick. All singers are welcome.
The Scattering on Sunday 23 at 1pm will see Seán Ryan, Mick Crehan, and Greg Cotter joined by festival musicians and singers.
Belgium based duo Rue de Canal - Tuam fiddler and violin maker Kieran Fahy and French accordionist Serge Desunnay - play a mix of Québécois and Celtic music on Sunday 23.
Doors for all shows are 9pm unless otherwise stated. For more information and tickets contact The Crane on 091 - 587419 or see www.thecranebar.com