Bands Playing 2018
EXAMPLE + DJ WIRE
MUNDY & PADDY CASEY
More to be announced!
PREVIOUS ACTS AT SLIGO SUMMER FESTIVAL:
Born in Australia but raised in Sligo, Kieran Quinn has been working as a musician ever since he realised that his hands were more suited to playing piano than trying to catch footballs on the GAA pitches of Ireland.
Kieran is an accomplished and critically acclaimed songwriter and composer, and has released 3 studio albums, the most recent one – Melodic Reflection - as part of a duo with Seamie O’Dowd. Reviews have been consistently strong for these albums.
He has also performed and written regularly with Charlie McGettigan, Steve Wickham, Sandy Kelly, Cathy Jordan and Tabby Callaghan, among many others.
Kieran has performed on legendary composer Ennio Morricone’s Dublin concerts, and played the part of a 1930’s jazz musician in Ken Loach’s 2014 feature film, Jimmy’s Hall. Most recently, Kieran has collaborated with Jane Milligan (Spike’s daughter) on bringing some of her father’s unpublished songs to life.
The Blizzards are one of the biggest bands in Ireland and it’s not hard to see why. Their unashamedly power pop sound has been a hit with audiences since day one. Now as if they never went away at all, after a six-year hiatus The Blizzards are back and bigger than ever. Storming their way back to the top of the charts with their comeback single “Show Me The Science”, produced by Phillip McGee (Kodaline and The Script), you can really hear how they have developed and grown as a band. Their sound is good old-fashioned pop with a dash of ‘80’s, but if you factor in the sax solo’s it’s likely there’s more than a dash of an 80’s influence. Already back touring and hard at work the band recently completed a sold-out Irish Back To Basics tour, along with supporting The 1975 at their massive outdoor Malahide Castle show. And that’s only the beginning, with a new album on the way this certainly is only the start of The Blizzards return to their rightful place at the top.
Aslan, who took their name from the heroic lion in C.S. Lewis’s series of books chronicling the fictional land of Narnia (Aslan is the Turkish for ‘Lion’), emerged from the working class areas of Finglas and Ballymun in Dublin’s Northside, in the mid 1980s. They released a demo single, ‘This Is’, in the Spring of 1986, which was a huge hit and became the longest ever play-listed single on Ireland’s pop radio station, RTÉ 2fm.
In 1988 they recorded their debut album, ‘Feel No Shame’ which shot straight in to the No.1 spot of the Irish charts and remained there for weeks. Within a couple of months it was certified Gold. Then in August 1988, just as the option for their 2nd album had been picked up, Aslan infamously imploded, torn apart by overindulgence of all kinds.
Five years and a day to the last time they gigged together (on the 11th of July 1993) they played what was supposed to be a one off charity gig in Finglas; the spark was reignited and Aslan landed a new record deal with BMG. The first fruit of the deal, their single “Crazy World”, entered the charts at No 4 and stayed in the charts for 3 months, becoming one of the most played songs on Irish Radio for the year.
Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. There are Irish influences here, of course, but these are cheerfully mixed in with often unexpected styles from around the world
In 2006 Mundy recorded a live album and DVD called Live & Confusion at Vicar Street, Dublin. It contains all his best-known songs such as "Gin & Tonic Sky", "Mexico", "July", "To You I Bestow", "By Her Side" and "Love & Confusion". The album also contained an encore of "Galway Girl", a Steve Earle penned song that Sharon Shannon had recorded with the author years before. The studio version of the track reached number 1 in the Irish Singles Chart in April 2008 and stayed there for five weeks. It became the biggest single in Ireland two years in a row in 2007 and 2008. Mundy continually guested with Sharon Shannon's Big Band alongside Damien Dempsey and Shane MacGowan, turning up at The Glastonbury Festival as well as touring Ireland and the UK.
The Saw Doctors
A band that needs no introduction The Saw Doctors have being touring worldwide for more that 20 years and regularly play to sell out crowds in Ireland and abroad. Their music has always been big and brash and continues “in celebrating the parts of real Ireland that most other bands don’t reach.”