Sligo Live 2013 took place between the 23rd & the 28th of October, in and around Sligo Town. The festival celebrates traditional, roots and acoustic music & has been running for 8 years.
Aside from the main evening gigs at the festival, a very popular attraction are the free afternoon pub sessions dotted around the town. The three day-time gigs in this blog feature some of Sligo’s finest talent, all were packed to the rafters & all were free gigs.
My Sligo Live began with the duo Sarah & Jessie in the always popular musical pub, Furey’s Pub, Bridge Street. I had heard these two before on Sarah Crummy’s youtube channel but never live & I had planned to make it to one of their gigs for a long while. They certainly didn’t disappoint, their music ranges from soul to folk & these two musicians along with their vocal skills create a beautiful sound. A great way to start the weekend!!
After Sarah & Jessie we headed for The Garavogue bar to catch the six-piece bluegrass, folk, alt-country and Americana Band who are The Rackhouse Pilfer. These lads I’ve seen a few times over the last year and if your familiar with the band then I don’t have to tell you how energetic their live shows are. These lads are tipped for success all over the place & when you catch their gigs it’s easy to see why. Recently they’ve been running a Fund it campaign for their second album, & there’s two weeks left to back them. I look forward to getting mine, definitely check it out.
On Sunday afternoon we made our way to The Glasshouse for some harmonic vocals, guitar picking & buckleppin banjo with Old Hannah. Even after a gig & session the night before in Furey’s pub, these guys played like they had an amazing nights sleep with plenty of rest, true professionals. Sunday afternoon & Old Hannah went hand in hand, beautiful, chilled out, unique country-roots tunes & an evening off. Have a listen to their sweet sound for yourself Here & make sure to catch them live if you get the chance.
My musical weekend didn’t end there, Sunday night in The Model Sligo was The Oddsocks & This Side up‘s turn. This was one of the most enjoyable gigs I’ve been to all year so I thought I’d mention it, for this gig I swapped the camera for a few pints so no photos unfortunately. I hope you got out to enjoy the fantastic music that took over Sligo Town as part of Sligo Live 2013, if not there’s always next year. And before that, almost every weekend in Sligo you’ll find great music, craic & a few pint of Guinness.