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Tuesday, 15th May 2018

Declan O’Rourke & Lost Brothers to headline music at the Maritime

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Declan O'Rourke, one of the acts headlining the Stowaway Sessions at the Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda in June. For more visit: .

Music has always been a strong feature of the Irish Maritime Festival and last year’s Stowaway Sessions aboard the three-masted sailing ship “The Earl of Pembroke” really struck the right chord with both audience and performers.

The unique venue and ambience has captured the imagination of international artists. So much so that when the festival committee approached Declan O’Rourke to play the gig he had no hesitation in signing on the dotted line. 

Picture it! It’s a glorious summers evening, the sun is going down, you’re on the deck of a tall sailing ship, with a nice cool drink in your hand as you settle in for one of the most intimate music gig experiences ever. It can only be The Stowaway Sessions at the.  

Collette Farrell, Director of the Droichead Arts Centre, along with her curators Adrian Taaffe and SJ McArdle this week announced the line-up for the 2018 Stowaway Sessions. 

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Adrian begins “Our first gig is on Friday night, 15th June on the deck of the magnificent Tall Ship, The Earl of Pembroke. We’re thrilled to announce that The Lost Brothers (As smooth as aged old whiskey.”  **** The Irish Times) will headline Friday night. This fast-rising folk duo are just finished a sold-out UK and Ireland tour and are receiving rave reviews for their latest album. They will be supported that night by the wonderful singer songwriter Eve Belle. It’s going to be a really atmospheric concert.” 

SJ McArdle continues Saturday 16th June sees Declan O’Rourke perform “Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine”. He’s bringing an all-star band including Mike McGoldrick and Floriane Blanke. This has the makings of an exceptional show. It’ll be amazing to hear this material in the setting of the ship with this band. Our special guests that night will be bluegrass powerhouse Pilgrim St.”  

Collette concludes “Tickets are on sale from and are priced at €23 each including 2 drinks. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 15th May but are very limited, just 85 tickets per gig so book early because they won’t be around for long. All aboard at 7.30pm, support acts from 8.00pm and main act at 8.45pm.” 

The Irish Maritime Festival will also feature the acclaimed “Ballast Quay Stage” hosted by Gerry Hodgers of The Purple Sessions. The stage will feature 24 different live acts over two days from 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Local acts such as Fuzz Gigolo and Declan Garry will be joined by returning favourites Davina Brady and Niall Callan and up and comer Katie Gallagher. See the full music schedule on the Irish Maritime Festival website. 

The Stowaway Sessions are produced by the Droichead Arts Centre. The events are kindly supported by Dan Kelly Cider, Quintessential Wines and Bru Brewery. The Irish Maritime Festival is proudly sponsored by Virgin Media, and is hosted by Louth County Council in association with Drogheda Port.

The Lost Brothers - "As smooth as aged old whiskey.”  **** The Irish Times

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