Regular visitors to the boutique Carrick on Shannon Water Music Festival (CWMF) seem to like the way the festival presents its music, from the unique Proms to the late night festival club.
On Friday July 6 the festival opens with one of Ireland’s premier new bands, O Emperor, a five piece alternative rock band from Waterford. Excellent musicians allied to melodic compositions, this is the band’s first time playing the CWMF.
Supporting O Emperor is the emotive-voiced Katie Kim and her band. Katie’s excellent band complements her work with flourishing electronic vibes, drum-beats and sympathetic guitar.
Rounding off this great evening, is acclaimed DJ Donal Dineen. Expect to hear an eclectic mix of world music and electronica to bring a wonderful opening night to a conclusion.
On Saturday night, the magnificent must-see Proms are once again led and conducted by the inimitable Fergus Sheil, who this year promises a delicious theme of operatic rogues and villains full of misdeeds, manipulation and malice, which will really showcase the 27-piece orchestra and singers.
Sunday night’s Festival Folk sees the return of the fabulous Henry Girls from Inishowen who enthralled all with their short 30-minute introduction last year. On the back of some great reviews and national media coverage, the girls are coming back with their folk/roots band and those lovely close harmonies.
Also this year is Eurovision Song Contest Winner and Songwriter, Charlie McGettigan who will be joined by Eamonn Daly, long-term friend and founding member of their original seminal duo – Jargon!
A great new band mixing traditional Irish music with Appalachian and Bluegrass, comes in the form of We Banjo 3 from Galway. But that’s not all. There are a wide range of fringe events and entertainment for the whole week beginning July 3. Lots of music too on the popular Moon River pleasure cruiser and a jazz n’ blues trail around town.
The festival is fortunate to obtain support from organisations such as Fáilte Ireland, Leitrim County Council, Leitrim Tourism and Lakelands and Inland Waterways. The festival has also secured private funding and a generous sponsor has offered to match monies raised on crowd-funding website: ww.fundit.ie/project/carrick-on-shannon-water-music-festival-2