Inaugural Galway Folk Festival kicks off

The inaugural Galway Folk Festival which kicks off this evening brings some of the finest names in contemporary Irish folk music to the City of the Tribes with an extensive line-up for the five-day event including recent birthday boy, Andy Irvine,  with Donal Lunny (pictured above) Hothouse Flowers, Villagers, Séan Keane, The Henry Girls and John Francis Flynn as the headliners for the festival’s key sessions.

Many of the shows will take place on stages in and around Monroe’s Live in Dominick Street Upper, Galway. Among the other artists also announced for Galway Folk Festival are Zoë Conway and John McIntyre. Emma Langford, Aoife Scott, The Frank and Walters (acoustic), The Frank & Walters (acoustic), Peter Broderick (Efterklang),  Brídín, The Raines, .

The festival is also committed to shine a spotlight on some exciting emerging talent, including Lorraine Nash, Robert John Ardiff, I Draw Slow, A Smyth, Stevie Appleby, Laura Duff, Woven Kin, Seba Safe, Sonny Casey, King Pallas and Les SalAmandass.

The running order:

  • Wednesday evening: Monroe’s Mainstage: Villagers (acoustic), Peter Broderick and Brídín
  • Thursday evening: Monroe’s Mainstage: John Francis Flynn, I Draw Slow and Ultan Conlon
  • Thursday evening: Monroe’s Backstage: Dani Larkin, Woven Kin and Sonny Casey
  • Friday evening: Main Stage: Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny, The Raines and Emma Langford
  • Friday evening: Backstage: Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre, King Pallas and Robert John Ardiff
  • Saturday Afternoon: Mainstage: Seán Keane
  • Saturday Evening: Mainstage: Hothouse Flowers, Frank & Walters (acoustic) and Aoife Scott
  • Saturday Evening: Backstage: Lorraine Nash, Stevie Appleby and A. Smyth
  • Sunday Afternoon: Mainstage: The Henry Girls and Les SalAmandas
  • Sunday Evening: Closing Party: Rowan, Clare Sands, Seba Safe and Laura Duff 


Tickets for the event – which include a five-day pass or seperate admission to each show – with two shows (afternoon and evening) on Saturday and Sunday – are available from

In addition to the ticketed event, the Cuppa TV stage, located beside Monroe’s, will feature a number of free performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The Saturday gig will feature Cyril O’Donoghue and Blackie O’Connell, Katie Theasby, Dave Sanders and Felim Ó Caoileáin, and Sonny Casey. The Sunday show will be headlined by Ger O’Donnell and Trevor Sexton, supported by the Davies Brothers and Dunluvly.


The Henry Girls
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