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Inishbofin Arts Festival 2016

April 29 - May 1


Final programme

The Inishbofin Arts Festival returns from April 29th to May 1st this year.

This year’s Arts Festival will be a wonderful showcase of the best island-based artists and craftspeople, along with a thoroughly enjoyable contingent of visiting performers. There will be music flowing from every corner, theatre to entertain the dramatically inclined, film screenings, photographic exhibitions, 1916 archival displays, circus workshops and more!

Arts Festival Weekend Pass €50, available now from Eventbrite.

So far, this year we are very excited to announce the following acts will be joining us for the Arts Festival:

I DRAW SLOW (Saturday 30th April, 9pm, Inishbofin Community Centre) (€15)

I Draw Slow is a five-piece outfit comprising vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo and double bass. Holden siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) have been writing together for two decades. In 2008 the pair teamed up with Violinist Adrian Hart, Claw hammer banjo player Colin Derham, Double bassist Konrad Liddy to form I Draw Slow.

They have been described in the UK press as “American top league equivalents” destined “to blow the opposition away”, drawing favourable comparisons with Gillian Welsh and Alison Krauss. The band has played to audiences in the UK, Germany, Denmark and Belgium and started 2012 with a performance with the Legendary Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and an appearance at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow Scotland.

The Sound: Alt-country, folk, roots, old-time, Americana The five have created a new sound, rooted in the old time style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana. However, this is a whole new songbook of stories and melodies. These are dark tales of debauchery and trouble swinging from the kind of well-crafted melodies that survive.


Tribute to Conor Walsh, followed by CODA (Sunday 1st May, 2.30pm, St. Colman’s Church Inishbofin) (€10)

Conor Bofin Tribute FB Poster 2016

A special event in St. Colman’s Church. The first part of this concert will honour the memory of Conor Walsh, who sadly passed away recently. Conor, an acclaimed composer and pianist from Swinford, Co. Mayo, was due to perform at this concert himself. In his place, singer and musician John Conneely, along with poet Martin Dyar and Conor Walsh’s sister Fiona Walsh will perform a music and poetry tribute.


Coda are a Mayo based group of seven singers and musicians who developed their own richly-harmonised approach to vocal performance from diverse vocal and instrumental backgrounds, including folk, trad, blues, rock and pop music, uniquely complemented by their multi-part vocal harmony experience gained from classical choral music. Coda released their first CD ‘mouthmusic’ November 2013

Coda offer 7-part harmonies in an eclectic mix of musical styles including Celtic and North American music, traditional and contemporary folk songs, original compositions and popular songs from sources as diverse as Clannad, Tom Waits, Van Morrison and The Beatles. Their repertoire comprises both a capella arrangements and songs with instrumental accompaniment as well as traditional Irish music.

Coda will perform in St. Colman’s Church for what promises to be an incredibly special concert.


ANDY IRVINE & DÓNAL LUNNY (Sunday 1st May, 10pm, Inishbofin Community Centre) (€25)

Two giants of the Irish trad scene, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny are uniting for an evening of great music, a mixture of traditional songs, and originals composed by Andy. Between them, Irvine and Lunny have been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band and Mozaik. Their unique style of accompaniment is an ongoing influence in the wider world of Irish music. Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny, in their separate ways, have contributed to a veritable renaissance in Irish traditional music. Between them, Dónal Lunny and Andy Irvine have careers that read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of popular music.

Lunny has produced albums for Elvis Costello, Paul Brady, Clannad, and The Indigo Girls, and composed the soundtracks for Eat the Peach, and Teardrops. As a musician, Lunny has performed on more than a dozen Christy Moore albums, and was an integral part of such notable ensembles as Planxty, the Bothy Band, Mozaik and Moving Hearts. He has appeared on the BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions alongside the likes of James Taylor, Eddi Reader, Diana Krall and others.
Andy Irvine is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter with several solo albums to his credit. Formerly of Planxty & Sweeney’s Men, Andy is a member of Mozaik and LAPD along with Donal. He has played & recorded with Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Bill Whelan and Davy Spillane, and recently shared the bill in Dublin with Billy Bragg, celebrating the Woody Guthrie Centenary.

Lunny and Irvine will present a programme of Irish music and Andy’s songs with a bit of Eastern European music.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see these two legends of Irish music on stage together at the Inishbofin Arts Festival on Sunday 1st May 2016!

YE VAGABONDS (Sunday 1st May, 9PM, Inishbofin Community Centre) (supporting Irvine & Lunny, €25)

As they prepare to record their debut album, few bands can claim accomplishments as broad or boast the level of interest from their musical peers as Ye Vagabonds before they had so much as a recorded track. Brothers Diarmuid and Brían spent their early years making music around their hometown of Carlow before moving to Dublin city and quickly becoming a staple and much talked about duo on the live scene in Ireland. Before long the brothers caught the eye of film maker Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) who put together some short videos of their music. These videos won the admiration of musicians and industry folk alike, here at home and further abroad. Ye Vagabonds were soon invited to play Other Voices, along with numerous festivals and shows throughout Ireland and the UK. After a chance meeting at their Electric Picnic gig, Ye Vagabonds most recently came to the attention of Glen Hansard who, after seeing them play, immediately invited the pair to join him on his recent European tour.

Ye Vagabonds will open the show for Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny, in what promises to be an incredible evening combining two genuine legends of the genre with one of the most exciting young acts to come along in years!



Full line-up announcement coming very soon.

Contact the Inishbofin Tourism Office at or on 095-45989 for more information.

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