Carrick Water Music Festival launch

Diverse programme of national and international acts

Carrick Water Music Festival launch

Carrick Water Music Festival 2016 will have it's official launch in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Thursday, June 16.

Spirits will be high as the programme for the 2016 Festival is revealed. Music lovers are in for a treat with a diverse programme of national and international acts ranging from opera and classical to jazz, world and folk music.

Also announced to be announced are a number of children’s workshops, launches, craft and literary events, screenings, and a free music trail.

Now in its 12th year and established as one of the leading music festivals in the area, Carrick Water Music Festival returns to Carrick-on-Shannon for 6 days of waterside music and cultural happenings from the 13th to 17th of July. Events take place in superb settings across the town.

Festival highlights include an intimate evening of music with Lisa Hannigan, Zoë Conway & John McIntyre in the stunning surroundings of St. George's Church on Friday 15th July. Mick Hanly, one of Ireland's greatest songwriters, will be joined by Donal Lunny, to perform songs from his new album, ‘Homeland’ at The Bush Hotel on Sunday evening 17th July, a great evening to close out the festival. And as for the opening event - The Pipes, The Pipes, a music and live art performance devised by Donal Dineen and produced by The Dock and Siobhan O'Malley returns to the for 2 nights at The Dock on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th July.

This critically acclaimed homage to the Uilleann pipes is a must see. Book early and prepared to be amazed!

Carrick Water Music Festival’s Gala Opera Evening - A Musical Supper with The Drawing Room Opera Company promises an evening of fine dining and spectacular entertainment, with extracts from much loved operas including The Magic Flute, Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Marriage Of Figaro, Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow. Doors open at The Landmark Central with a reception at 7pm followed by Dinner and Performance at 7.45pm sharp - Dress to impress!

Day time music is always a festival favourite and this year sees three lunchtime concerts in St. Georges Church, two weekend morning Jazz cruises on Moonriver, as well as an all day free music trail, an afternoon Classical Piano Recital with critically acclaimed French pianist Ivan Ilić and a very special edition of Summer Sundays at The Dock.

Childrens events include two Family Fun Art Workshops at The Dock on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th July with artist Pia Lück and a hand Weaving Workshop For Children with Frances Crowe taking place Thursday 14th July at Keith Nolans Photography Studio on Bridge Street. The Leitrim Design House presents Meet the Maker with Milliner Wendy Louise on Sunday 17th July as part of The Docks Summer Sundays.

The festival also sees the launch of Frances Crowe’s Exhibition: A Tapestry Journey which will be open daily from 11am – 5pm, July 13th to 20th at Keith Nolans Studio and the launch of Ronan McGreevy’s new book, “Wherever the Firing Line Extends - Ireland and the Western Front” in association with Carrick-on-Shannon Heritage Group at St. Georges Church. Following the launches the concert at 8.30pm on Wednesday 13th July in St. George's Church is a performance - James Joyce: A Musical Tale Of Three Cities - Dublin, Paris & New York.

A special talk Remembering John McGahern will take place outside Presentation House at 11am on Saturday 16th followed by a film screening at The Bush Hotel. In addition a talk on ‘Leitrim 1916 - 1921' by Padraig McGarty will also take place at The Bush Hotel at 2.30pm on Saturday 16th.

And that only scratches the surface! The full programme is available on

Tickets can be booked at The Dock Arts Centre is by phoning 071-96-50828 or online at

The committee would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event, particularly all the generous sponsors, without whom the Festival could not continue year on year.