As ever, this year’s Irish Maritime Festival will be featuring some of the country’s very best musical talent over the course of the two day event – with no shortage of great gigs and shows for patrons to enjoy.
Throughout the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival, Drogheda Port will be filled with fabulous musicians and great gigs – and with something for everyone, you won’t want to miss it.
All weekend, music lovers can flock to The Ballast Quay Stage with over 20 acts from all across the north-east region performing. Gerry Hodgers from Boyle’s of Slane’s ‘The Purple Sessions’ will be hosting the stage which will feature some of the fresh sounds and most noteworthy up-and-comers the country has to offer.
Following on from last year’s show by Aine Cahill – fresh from her stunning performance at Glastonbury – this year the festival recommends looking out for Red Empire. Fresh from their tour with Aslan, they have a sound that you’ll instantly love and they are destined for great things.
Meanwhile, other highlights of the 2017 line-up include Katie Gallagher, Chelseas Nolan, Moon Looks On, Accidents in the Workplace, Fuzz Gigolo and Jack and the Darling Ones. All of these daytime performances are free to see with your admission to the festival.
And things don’t end at night either. When the sun goes down, board The Earl of Pembroke with The Viaduct as a backdrop for two truly unique gigs. ‘The Stowaway Sessions’ presented by Droichead Arts Centre in conjunction with Drogheda Port feature the very best in contemporary traditional and rock music in a stripped-down, acoustic style performed on the deck of a beautiful Tall Ship.
On the Friday night, June 9th, popular alt-pop duo Heathers take to the stage – or the deck, even. Twin sister Ellie and Louise MacNamara, Heathers found instant international success with their first album Here, Not There featuring the number one hit song ‘Remember When’. Heathers have toured regularly in America and Europe, and are favourites of the legendary DJ and producer David Guetta and film and television producer JJ Abrams. Their new album is eagerly awaited.
Special guests on that night, proudly supported by Jack Cody’s, will be local Drogheda band The Carolan Brothers, who will set the scene with own brand of harmony and folk influenced songs.
Saturday night sees music legend Steve Wickham take centre stage, in a gig sponsored by LMFM. Steve won’t be fazed by an on-board gig as he has already graced every type of stage from intimate backroom sessions to stadium gigs around the world. Best known for the driving violin he supplies to the Waterboys’, he has also recorded with U2, Elvis Costello and Sinead O’Connor, not to mention guesting with Bob Dylan and REM.
Special guests on the night are the well-known Louth-based, contemporary folk band Kern, made up of uilleann piper Brendan McCreanor, fiddler Barry Kieran and singer, songwriter, guitarist SJ McArdle.
The Stowaway Sessions are produced and programmed by the Droichead Arts Centre as part of the Irish Maritime Festival.
“Tickets for these truly unique gigs are a steal at just €20 each, including 2 drinks. But don’t hang around,” explains Droichead Director Collette Farrell. “With just 80 tickets for each night, they will sell out fast. Tickets went on sale Tuesday 9th May www.droichead.com, by phone 041 9833946 or at the Droichead Arts Centre Box Office in Stockwell Street.”