This year’s Water Music Festival (July 3 – 8) promises to be a real extravaganza. Each year this small boutique festival with big ideas gets bigger and better. For a small town community festival, the scale and breadth of music, theatre and family entertainment is hard to match.
At the heart of the festival is the Lakelands Gala Proms, now recognised as one of the most important classical music events on the nationwide festival calendar. But this festival isn’t just about classical music, all tastes are catered for with trad, folk, jazz and rock included in this year’s line-up of artists.
To whet the appetite here’s a sample list of performers playing at this year’s eclectic Water Music Festival: O Emperor, Katie Kim, Donal Dineen, the Original Guinness Jazz Band, Ursula Connolly, Charlie McGettigan, Eamonn Daly, We Banjo 3, The Henry Girls, the great classical guitarist Carlos Bonell, Celtic Legends, the Breffni Players and more to be confirmed.
For families, Music in the Glen featuring Malcolm the Musical Marmoset, The Gruffalo and friends and the Lark and the Toucan; the Custard Pie Theatre Company; Wassa Wassa Drum Workshop; music education workshops for children and a Continental Market, Crafts Fair, Jazz cruises and street entertainers.
In addition, local writer and winner of the 2012 short story competition at Listowel Writer’s week, Dolores Walsh, will read her winning story at 2pm in The Reading Room on Bridge Street on Saturday 7th July.
Music lovers are travelling from as far away as Dublin and beyond to enjoy the magical Lakeland Gala Proms under the baton of the inimitable music director and conductor, Fergus Sheil. This year’s Proms theme is ‘Rogues & Villains.’
Another festival highlight this year is the first appearance in Ireland of the highly regarded classical and flamenco guitarist Carlos Bonell presenting his programme Magical Mystery Guitar Tour of music by the Beatles, Queen and classical guitar favourites.
The whole weekend will be fun packed with lots to do for families and children and a huge Sunday afternoon family fun day in the Festival Marquee in the park adjacent to the Rowing Club and Victoria Hall starting at 2pm.
For adults there’s even a fun-filled 1920s Charleston workshop – now that’s one way to learn an enjoyable dance and shed a few pounds into the bargain.
Tickets on sale now at the box office in The Dock - 071 965 0828 www.carrickonshannonwatermusic.com