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Inishbofin Arts Festival 2018

May 4 - May 6

Inishbofin Arts Festival 2018  – May 4th to 6th 


Inishbofin Island is looking forward to the annual Arts Festival over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, May 4th to 6th 2018.


The 2018 festival will welcome old friends and new to the island!  Tickets are available now at:



We are super excited to welcome Johnny Brady to Inishbofin for the first time!  Johnny Brady has one of the most distinctive voices in modern country music.  Known for his powerful vocals, energetic performances and charismatic personality, Johnny has a unique sound and is continually pushing the boundaries in a new generation of Irish country music artists.



On Saturday afternoon we can all sit back and be enthralled by the songs and story of the iconic Delia Murphy sung in her own unique style. ‘Hello Delia Murphy’ is a one woman-show by Murphy’s niece, Carmen Cullen. Roll back the years with ‘The Spinning Wheel’ and other much-loved songs and a dramatised reading as part of the show. Delia Murphy made an enormous impact on the Irish entertainment scene. She was a unique personality onstage and off and is credited with laying the groundwork for the Irish Folk-Revival.

Stephen Gormley has been visiting Bofin for years and was a regular at our early Off the Rock gigs in Galway (until he headed to Dublin).  Coming back to the island with his band, Moon Looks On we are in for a great concert on Saturday night, a high energy gig which fuses both modern contemporary folk and soul. The bones of Moon Looks On music is built around songs told as stories and then layered on a pulsating bass and drums backline – all of it weaved together with the harmonically and melodically rich sound of violin and piano playing counterpoint to one another.



“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded seventeen outstanding albums and won an Emmy.

Under the leadership of All-Ireland flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.


There’s loads more happening over the weekend and plenty for kids making this a real family friendly weekend! Keep an eye on this page, or Inishbofin Island on Facebook for more information as we’ll update details as we confirm them!






May 4
May 6
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