Exciting line-up for Michael Coleman Music Festival 2023


The Michael Coleman Music Festival takes place from August 16 to August 20 at Coleman Music Centre with an exciting line-up to celebrate the best talents of traditional Irish music.

SEIOD Sligo’s newest trad group is performing live at the Festival’s opening, which takes place on Wednesday, August 16, at 8pm. 

Sligo’s trad group is composed of Kenny Donagher, Kerrie Herrity, Fiachra Guihen and John Dwyer. Together, they will perform an amazing night. Admission is €15. 

On Thursday, August 17, an Informal Junior Session with Fiona Doherty performs, followed by a film night streaming ‘Peter Horan – Still Beating Time and Scenes’, featuring south Sligo music and musicians. 

Moylurg Ceili Band from the Fleadh Cheoil na h’Eireann in Mullingar will perform a live concert at 8pm, the first Roscommon band to win a Senior All-Ireland and the first to win in Northern Ireland. 

The event’s closing will happen in great style, with John Carty performing on Sunday, August 20.

John Carty explores the rich tapestry of Sligo fiddle music by creatively interpreting the repertoire of local fiddle masters: Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran, James Morrison, Lad O’Beirne, the Cawley and Michael Gorman. John Carty has been a fervent advocate of Sligo music since he first encountered the 78rpm recordings, which had been re-released on LP in the 1970s. 

Since then, his passion has deepened, and he is a firm ambassador and researcher of the style. In this show, he will lead the audience on a journey through the story and landscape of this rich musical heritage. He was joined for some of the concerts by his son, James, to emulate the double fiddle sound that has long been a feature of Sligo music since the 1920s.

He will be accompanied by Brian McGrath on piano, a banjo player and fellow enthusiast of the music of this time period and area.

Tickets are on sale now call 071 9182599 or visit


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