Leading artists take to the stage to celebrate the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival

Ireland’s longest running arts festival will take place on the September 18-29. In celebration of their 42nd year, this year’s programme is packed full of talented musicians who will be taking to the stage for some unforgettable performances. The groundbreaking line up will bring an inspirational selection of diverse musical talent to cater for all. Below is a small selection of amazing artists appearing at the festival.

Kick starting the amazing music line up is Paul Noonan. Paul is a multi-instrumentalist and much loved front man of Bell X1. The Clifden Arts Festival are delighted he will be hosting an intimate solo performance at this year’s festival. He will be performing a selection of hits from his band’s catalogue along with music from his solo debut EP, Push Puppet. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Ireland’s greatest and most respected song writers live in Clifden.

The Clifden Arts festival will also welcome Bill Whelan, with special guest Colm Mac Con Iomaire. These are two titans of the Irish and international music scene. This unique evening is an opportunity to experience the majestic musical gifts of Bill Whelan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire in the intimate setting of the Station House.

The RTÉ Orchestra will also be amongst the brilliant line up at The Clifden Arts Festival. They top the bill in a concert that combines famous traditional and folk tunes with brand new music by masters Bill Whelan and Dónal Lunny. The Clifden Arts Festival also presents acclaimed Galway songwriter Ultan Conlon. Ultan has a unique ability to capture the fragility of the human spirit through his lyrics, which have been honed over two decades of writing and performing.

Adding to the talent are The Moorings, an Irish traditional, world music, and jazz collective, consisting of the top traditional, world music & jazz players in Ireland. The Clifden Arts Festival could not fail to mention The Kilfenora Ceili Band as they launch their 10th studio Album ‘Both Sides Now’ with a concert at this year’s festival. The Kilfenora Céilí band, together with guests, singer Edel Vaughan, dancers Laura Minogue and world champions Michael and Matthew Gardiner perform an uplifting, energetic and entertaining show.

The Green of America is coming to show Clifden some of Irish America’s finest musicians and dancers. An evening with The Green Fields of America is an unforgettable experience. They perform a brilliant repertoire of slow airs, jigs, reels, and hornpipes. This is accompanied by exciting, virtuoso Irish dancing from Champion step dancers. They have the rare capacity to appeal to folk and Irish music devotees and to general audiences of any age.

Back to celebrate the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival due to popular demand are the Graffiti Classics. Their unique cabaret-style show embraces classical, pop and traditional music, in addition to opera, gypsy tunes, song and dance. Whether you are 8 or 88, Graffiti Classics will have something for you.

There are numerous other music acts catering for all genres. The spectacular music line up for the 42nd Arts Festival is not to be missed. With over 200 events in music, visual arts, literacy, comedy and theatre the festival is the place to be for amazing entertainment.