Welcome to Galway Sessions

Is é Blas Chonamara fothéama fhéile na bliana seo toisc an bhéim ar cheol, damhsa, amhránaíocht agus oidhreacht Chonamara agus na n-oileán amach ó chósta Chonamara.
Tá an oiread sin ceoltoirí, fonnadoirí agus damhsóirí cumasacha ar fáil sa taobh seo tíre nach bhfuil sa bhféile seo ach blaiseadh de thraidisiún saibhir. Ach a leidhéid de blaiseadh! Blas meala!

I have tried to bring as representative a group of performers as possible from across the Connemara region.

It includes many familiar and household names in particular families such as the Hernons,
the Connollys, the Devanes, the MacDonnachadhas and Ó Cheannabhains from the Gaeltacht,
the Ó hAllmnains from Inis Oir, the O’Halloran and King Clans of Inishbofin and the Kanes of Letterfrack. Also featured are John Gerard Welsh, Clifden, Steve Sweeney from Spiddal and
Gerry D’Arcy, Oughterard, all important tradition bearers in their own localities.

It is a great pleasure to welcome back our old friends Lunasa to the festival this year after a long absence. The band, and in particular fiddler Seán Smyth, played a key role in popularising the Galway Sessions in its early years. The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. Their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity and passion has brought them to the fore of world music. This is a gig not to be missed.

The feature event of the festival is the Eddie Moloney Memorial Concert to mark the release of recordings of Eddie’s music compiled by his son Seán. Eddie was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of Galway’s greatest musicians. It is a privilege and an honour for the festival to be involved in bringing Eddie’s music to a wider audience. This concert is sure to bring back many fond memories for all those who knew Eddie and his music.

Ba maith liom buíochas a thabhairt go Comhairle Chathair na Gaillimhe le haghaidh a chuid tacaíocht agus na tithe cheol traidisiúnta ar fud na cathrach. Ba maith liom go mbeidh féile iontach ag lucht áitiúl comh maith le roimh chuairteoirí.