September 26, 2023

Galway will be a Folk Festival Haven from June 13th-18th 2023

This year’s Galway Folk Festival 2023 is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, with more shows announced to add to the existing line-up.  With a mix of free and ticketed events, the excitement is building as the city comes alive with a host of local and international artists.

For six days and nights, from Tuesday, June 13th to Sunday, June 18th inclusive, The Galway Folk Festival will showcase the best of folk, roots, and traditional music, from Ireland and beyond.

Added to the already jam-packed line-up are Tradalac, a fusion of the countries elite trad musicians Seán Regan, Alan Connor and John McLoughlin.  Together, they will perform at the backstage venue on Thursday, June 15th with Éamonn de Barras and special guest, Puzzle Muteson.

Crafting lyrical airs that lift the soul, Tradalac forge together a blend of styles and musical backgrounds to create their own unique sound, exploring new ground in the traditional genre, while delivering a soulful and heartfelt reflection of its origins.

Film Scores to The Galway Folk Festival with Mark Geary:

Also added to the line-up on Saturday, June 17th is Irish singer-songwriter, Mark Geary, whose versatility has won critical acclaim on film and television soundtracks, alongside headlining his own shows across Europe and supporting international artists worldwide.

He will bring his paired back, acoustic folk-rock style to Monroe’s Live, as a special guest with songstress, Lisa Lambe for this afternoon show. Known for switching between his vintage Martin, Gibson, Spanish and electric guitars, Geary will deliver his distinguished music legacy and storytelling prowess at the festival.

The Market Stage With Cuppa Tea TV:

Not only that, but there will be free events on the highly anticipated Market Stage in association with Cuppa Tea TV.

On Saturday, June 17th, fans can enjoy the sounds of Rebecca McRedmond, Ceara Conway, Mark Geary, Puzzle Muteson, David Hope, One Horse Pony and Will Softly from 11am to 7pm.

While on Sunday, June 18th, the Market Stage will host Cormac Looby, Moses McGuinness, Paul Dunworth, Greenshine, Rodney Owl, Sonny Casey, Yvonne McCarthy and Will Softly.

Tiny Traders and Culture Vultures:

In addition, the Tiny Traders Market will have stalls full of authentic and artisan produce and crafts made by independent vendors with a sustainable ethos over the weekend.

And you can enjoy free live interviews and acoustic performances with the Culture Vultures event on Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th at McBrides from 4pm-6pm with Tony Clayton-Lea. It’s something a little bit different for the curious festival-goer to experience.

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