Festival fun at Shawbrook this month

Festival fun at Shawbrook this month
By: News reporter

A musical treat awaits you at Shawbrook Forest Dance Centre this month as the Shawbrook Forest Festival gets underway over two weekends.

A haven for dance set on a traditional 18th century farm in a forest of oak, ash and beech trees in Co Longford, Shawbrook is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and provides the ideal location to enjoy the talents of the featured performers.

Recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for dance and performance, Shawbrook's annual programme includes the Shawbrook residential summer schools and the ever-popular Forest Festival, which has seen the likes of Liam O'Maonlaí, Luka Bloom and Gemma Hayes on the bill.

On Saturday, May 21, The Barn Dance Beech Party will kick off the festival with a night of music and dancing.

The line-up features Dublin bluegrass band Prison Love, while St Simeon & The Stylites will also offer their unique sound, which can be described as Art-rock with a dash of jazz and alt-folk. Brazilian singer-songwriter Bianca Fachel will complete the line-up with her self-taught music, with influences which include but are not limited to chorinho, samba, bossa nova, soul, funk, blues, classical and celtic music.

Gates for the over 18s event open at 6pm and tickets, costing just €20, are available online at www.shawbrook.org/forestfestival

Proceeds from the Barn Dance Beech Party will go towards the 'Forest Safari', the most ambitious performance to date, presented by the award-winning Shawbrook Youth Dance Company.

This will comprise a stunning and unique performance trail through the forest at sunrise and sunset.

The 'Sunset Safari' will take place on Friday, May 27 at 9pm while the 'Sunrise Safari' can be seen at 5am on Sunday, May 29.

Check out www.shabrook.org for more details about the festival.