Live music is back at Ballina Fringe Festival this October

Live music is back in from the cold this autumn, and Ballina Fringe Festival is making the most of it!

Last year’s postponed Moy Sessions take pride of place at the centre of this year’s festival programme. The festival gigs kick off with a double bill of Achill harpist Laoise Kelly and North Mayo’s darlings, Billow Wood, on Saturday, October 9 at Glasgow Kennedy House. Destined to be one hell of a celebration gig, this hometown gig is a warm up show for Billow Wood, who travel on to Germany for an extended autumn tour, their first overseas tour post-Covid.

Laoise Kelly comes to Ballina fresh from the success of her ‘Casadh na Taoide/Turning of the Tide’ trad music concert tour of the West coast of Ireland’s islands. TG4 Musician of the Year in 2020, Kelly is regarded as the most significant harper of her generation. One of the founders of the Achill International Harp Festival, Laoise has collaborated with a vast array of musical greats in her time from Matt Molloy to The Chieftains and Christy Moore.

Billow Wood and Laoise Kelly play The Moy Sessions at Glasgow Kennedy House as part of Ballina Fringe Festival on October 9. Greg Pearle and Shane McGowan & David Munnelly play The Moy Sessions at St Michael’s Church on October 16. Tickets from €15 at

Ballina Fringe Festival has been developed in partnership with Ballina Arts Centre and Mayo North Tourism, in association with lead sponsor the Ice House Hotel and funded by Creative Ireland, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Mayo County Council. The festival is also generously supported by a number of local businesses.


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