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Tuesday, 9th May 2017

Great music, ashore and on board, at Maritime Festival

What's On

Twins Ellie and Louise Macnamara who make up the indie act Heathers who headline the new Stowaway Sessions at the 2017 Irish Maritime Festival.

New stowaway sessions on board sailing ship

Just as sea shanties are an important part of maritime folklore, music is an integral feature of the Irish Maritime Festival, this year more than ever.  Over the weekend of 9-11th June, Drogheda Port will be echoing to the sounds of some fabulous musicians and great gigs. You won’t want to miss it.  

The Ballast Quay Stage will be rocking all weekend with over 20 acts from all across the north east. Hosted by Gerry Hodgers of “The Purple Sessions” in Boyle’s of Slane, the stage showcases some of the finest up-and-coming talent.

In 2016, we welcomed Áine Cahill, fresh from her knock-out performance at Glastonbury. This year we’re recommending you watch out for Red Empire. Fresh from their tour with Aslan, they have a sound that you will instantly love and they are destined for great things.

Other highlights of the 2017 line-up include Katie Gallagher, Chelseas Nolan, “Moon Looks On”, “Accidents in the Workplace”, “Fuzz Gigolo” and “Jack and the Darling Ones”. Visitors to the Irish Maritime Festival can kick back and enjoy these great daytime performances for free. 

When the sun goes down, climb on board The Earl of Pembroke for two truly unique gigs with The Viaduct as a backdrop. “The Stowaway Sessions” presented by Droichead Arts Centre in conjunction with Drogheda Port feature the very best in contemporary traditional and rock music in a stripped-down, acoustic style performed on the deck of a beautiful Tall Ship.

First on board on Friday night, 9th June, is alt-pop duo Heathers (heathersmusic.net), made up of twin sisters Ellie and Louise MacNamara.  Heathers found instant international success with their first album Here, Not There featuring the #1 song “Remember When”. Heathers have toured regularly in America and Europe, and are favourites of the legendary DJ and producer David Guetta and film and television producer JJ Abrams. Their new album is eagerly awaited.

Special guests on the night will be local Drogheda band The Carolan Brothers, who will set the scene with own brand of harmony and folk influenced songs. This gig is proudly supported by locally brewed craft beer Jack Cody’s.

Saturday night sees music legend Steve Wickham (www.stevewickham.ie ) take centre stage. Steve won’t be fazed by an on-board gig as he has already graced every type of stage from intimate backroom sessions to stadium gigs around the world. Best known for the driving violin he supplies to the Waterboys’, he has also recorded with U2, Elvis Costello and Sinead O’Connor, not to mention guesting with Bob Dylan and REM.

Steve has just released is second solo album “Beekeeper” and The Stowaway Sessions audience in Drogheda will be among the first to hear it performed live along with a host of other tunes.

Special guests on the night are the well-known Louth-based, contemporary folk band Kern, made up of uilleann piper Brendan McCreanor, fiddler Barry Kieran and singer, songwriter, guitarist SJ McArdle. The Saturday night gig is proudly sponsored by LMFM.

The Stowaway Sessions are produced and programmed by the Droichead Arts Centre as part of the Irish Maritime Festival. Droichead Director Collette Farrell explains “Tickets for these truly unique gigs are a steal at just €20 each, including 2 drinks. But don’t hang around. With just 80 tickets for each night, they will sell out fast. Tickets go on sale Tuesday 9th May www.droichead.com, by phone 041 9833946 or at the Droichead Arts Centre Box Office in Stockwell Street.

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