Carrick Water Music Festival launches colourful programme

It has taken a lot of hard work, a large amount of community raised sponsorship and some sweat and tears, but the line up for Carrick Water Music Festival is nothing but a marvel!

It has taken a lot of hard work, a large amount of community raised sponsorship and some sweat and tears, but the line up for Carrick Water Music Festival is nothing but a marvel!

The 2012 programme of events commences next Tuesday, July 3 and will sing, dance and play until Sunday, July 8.

The future of the festival hung in the balance this year when it lost it’s main sponsor, but the committee soldiered on and their efforts were rewarded by local buisnsess and community spirit. Each event organised for the week long of music festivities are sponsored by local business people and their Fund It campaign was a great success. The barometer which was located in The Market Yard got great praise and in total locally raised €6,600 - a credit to the town and it’s residents. That figure will be doubled with matching funding from Fund It.

The festival programme was launched last Wednesday, evening, July 20 in The Dock. There we got a real treat from Ursula Connolly who sang ‘Blue Moon’ and gave us a small but brilliant insight into her show onboard Moon River on Sunday, July 8.

Those present were told about the great support from Failte Ireland, Leitrim Tourism and Leitrim County Council, as well as the Leitrim Observer and photographer Keith Nolan.

Fr Turlough Baxter returned from Athlone to officially launch the festival. Fr Baxter was one of the people who started the festival eight years ago. He told those gathered that “I still feel at home here.” He praised Carrick for looking so well and said the Carrick Water Music Festival aims to capture the unique spirit of the water based town.

He said this year’s line up is a “mixed bag of music.”

Whether you are a classical music lover, a jazz enthusiast, a traditional and folk music follower, a rock fan, just curious, or ‘tone’ deaf, there is something for you to enjoy at next week’s Carrick Water Music Festival.

Some of the big events to highlight include Celtic Legends with Paul Gurney in St George’s Church, Breffni Players’ ‘Women on the Verge of HRT’ in The Dock, Carlos Bonell, O Emperor and Katie Kim, DJ Donal Dineen, Left Right and Centre, Vespers and Síomha Brock Band.

The Original Guinness Jazz Band return for a memorable trip on Moon River on July 7, the Wassa Wassa Drum Workshop also make a come back on Saturday, July 7 and the showpiece of the festival, the Lakelands Gala Proms makes its way back to Carrick-on-Shannon. This year the theme of the proms will be ‘Villains, Rogues and Victims’ with a 27 piece orchestra and four singers directed by Fergus Sheil. If you have not been to the proms at the Carrick Water Music Festival - this is your chance to experience some magic - for those who have been before, they need no persuading!

The Festival Folk will also welcome back The Henry girls, who will be joined by We Banjo 3, Charlie McGettigan and Eamonn Daly in the Festival Marquee on Sunday, July 8.

Watch out too for lots of street entertainment, pop-up performances, continental markets, crafts fair, drama, song and dance.

Book your tickets now - box office (071) 9650828, email or visit

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