The Cairde Arts Festival

The Cairde Arts Festival continues for the rest of the week with some amazing world music gigs. This Wednesday July 4th, as a part of Sketches of Mexico- a music and visual art event, Cairde is delighted to present award winning and virtuoso classical mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski. Described as ‘a player destined for future glories’ by Classical Guitar Magazine and selected as ‘one to watch’ by Gramophone Magazine and the BBC Music Magazine, Szymanski’s playing is simply “not to be missed”. Sketches of Mexico also present a visual art exhibition by local based artist Peter Crann – all in the Factory Performance Space.

Later on that night festival go-ers can look forward to another free concert, this time at the Swagman on Wine St., with Layne County who play an edgy mix of folk/country rock infused with dark poetic lyricism and an ability to rock out!

Thursday sees the incredibly talented congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu play at the Strand in Strandhill with his band the Heart beat . Fifth on Teeling is the place to be for Boutique Fantastique featuring some of Ireland’s most talented drag artists extraordinaire including Veda, Paddy Fagan, Claudia Shifter and Slicko.

Friday night sees some exceptional home grown talent in Furey’s with Moxie. A vibrant new band playing an exciting mix of traditional based compositions with richly developed layers of fantastic harmony. Things start to really heat up upstairs in McGarrigles with music and rhythms from the congo – The Lace – an authentic 8-piece congolese band upstairs in McGarrigles playing Congolese Rumba and Soukous. This is followed by Friday’s Arus AoDo resident DJ, Ben O’Faoilain who presents a range of tropical world music – impossible not to dance to!

The highlight of this year’s festival presents a rare, uplifting and exclusive musical and spiritual treat with Tibettan buddhist singer Yungchen Lhamo in concert with Liam Ó Maonlaí at The Hawk’s Well Theatre. Since fleeing Tibet on foot in 1989, Yungchen Lhamo has emerged as the leading Tibetan vocalist on the world stage. Since the release of her award-winning first album Tibetan Prayer, her music has met with critical praise worldwide, alternately described as ”beautifully evocative,” “mesmerizing,” and “spine-tingling.” Her songs take listeners on an emotive journey across plateaus and soaring over vistas, with a charge and a charisma no doubt informed by her remarkable life story.

Later that night, the amazing world music line up continues with dub reggae band Madu upstairs in McGarrigles. Irish Malaysian band Madu, play an infectious combination of sounds which steer away from typical dub soul or reggae sounds to create a psychedelic roots music imbued with mystery and nostalgia. Their music is a combination of influences driven by bass heavy rhythms, vibrant melody and conscious lyrics where the horn section provided by Bob and Zoltan’s crown the sound with lush harmonies and plenty of energetic solos.

For booking and Information: www.cairdefestival.com