The ninth annual Carrick Water Music Festival June 25th- 30th brought five days of musical, cultural & artistic delight to Carrick-on-Shannon.
The star-filled festival marquee shone with musical enchantment with performances from The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Vladimir Jablokov’s Classical Twist, Finbar Furey & Charlie McGettigan. Three unique recitals took place in the magnificent St. Georges; an incredible Classical Guitar performance from Darragh O’Neill opened the festival, the Sligo Baroque Orchestra impressed, bringing to life works from unfamiliar composers alongside those of the giants of the Baroque era, and Jessie De Bellis performed an outstanding Classical & Latin American Piano Recital, which ended with no less than three standing ovations!
Moon River hosted two magical Water Music Cruises, with enchanting sounds from harp and double bass duo Laoise Kelly and Martin Brunsden, and the return of festival favourites the Original Guinness Jazz Band.
The Late Night Festival Club’s returned to The Dock; Sligo’s The MASS Band got absolutely everyone dancing; We Cut Corner’s (featuring Knockvicar’s John Duignan) and DJ PC Paul Cunningham kept the room grooving until the small hours. Serious dancing was found at the Baby Bop event in The Dock. The Breffni Players variety evening celebrated their 70th year. Also celebrating an important anniversary was the Trinity Rare Book’s Words & Music ‘Carrick Remembered’ afternoon of readings and music honouring Carrick’s 400th year.
There was also a variety of fun free events like The Leitrim Design House’s Craft Fusion afternoon, The Landmark Hotel’s Note-orious4 Barbershop Quartet performance, the children’s Acting Workshop to name but a few.
The committee would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the festival in any way - the festival would not happen without the community support it receives so thanks again!
Next year is our 10th anniversary - see you there!