December 8, 2023

For six days in June, Galway city will come alive with top local and international artists, as the Galway Folk Festival celebrates the very best of world-renowned and emerging talent.

Across multiple stages at different venues, singer-songwriters of such calibre as Galway Girl composer and Grammy award winner Steve Earle, Scottish indie-rockers, Teenage Fanclub, and the thundering might of tribal folk powerhouse KÍLA, will descend upon the city, joining the legendary Sharon Shannon Trio, the delicate harmonies of the Raines and the critically acclaimed The Whileaways among many others.

From Tuesday June 13th to Sunday June 18th, The Galway Folk Festival will showcase the best of folk, roots, and traditional music, from Ireland and beyond. With daytime and late-night events, the new 2023 festival programme has a wide appeal.

Kicking off the festival on Tuesday June 13th will be the legendary Steve Earle, The Sharon Shannon Trio, and Roseanne Reid at the Seapoint Ballroom in Salthill. On Wednesday June 14th, Scottish indie-rockers Teenage Fanclub will take to the stage at the Seapoint Ballroom, for what promises to be an unforgettable night.

Also taking place on Wednesday June 14th, Ger O’Donnell & Trevor Sexton and Fergal Scahill & Ryan Molloy will perform at Monroe’s Live (Backstage). On Thursday June 15th, Dublin-based rockers Inhaler will perform an already sold-out show at Monroe’s Live.

Friday June 16th sees The Whileaways, Niamh Regan, and BRÍDÍN take to the main stage at Monroe’s Live, while Dylan Flynn and The Dead Poets, Enda Scahill, and Laytha will perform in the backstage area.

The ‘hardest working band in all the land’ Ispíní na hÉireann will perform a late-night show at Monroe’s, Friday 16th. On Saturday June 17th, the main stage at Monroe’s Live will feature KÍLA, The Raines, and Fya Fox, while Myles O’Reilly, Padraig Jack, and Dave Clancy will perform backstage. Lisa Lambe will also perform an afternoon show at Monroe’s Live.

To bring the Festival to a close, on Sunday June 18th, Pa Sheehy, Skinny Living, and Brad Heidi will take to the stage at Monroe’s Live, while Séan Keane will perform an afternoon show.

“We as a team are delighted to announce such a fantastic line-up of some of our favourite International and Irish artists for the 2023 Galway Folk Festival,” said Festival Director and Programmer, Peter O’Sullivan.

 “From legendary names to exciting new talents, there really is something for everyone at this year’s festival. This year, we have everything from late night events to daytime family friendly events over the 6 days across multiple stages – including a local food market.  We can’t wait to welcome music fans from all over the world to Galway.”

Gary Monroe of Monroe’s Live adds:

“I and the team here at Monroe’s Live are still reeling off the excitement and success of Galway Folk Festival 2022. The fantastic feedback from our artists and patrons alike has inspired us to come back in 2023 with a bang!

“It’s an honour for us to welcome the calibre of artists performing in June at this year’s Galway Folk Festival. I personally cannot wait to see you all there – make sure to mark June 13-18th in the diary!”

Tickets for all events can be purchased through the festival’s website, with early booking advised to avoid disappointment. For full programme details, and booking, visit

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