The Tullamore Arts Festival will host a myriad of musical performances on two stages over the weekend, showcasing the variety of musical talent that exists in the town. There will be an Acoustic Stage in the pop up tArt Theatre in the Bridge Centre, hosting performances from nine local songwriters over the two days (along with a wonderful Drama programme).There will also be performances from many local groups on a stage in the central atrium of the Bridge Centre, and there will be many impromptu performances from all types of musicians on Distillery Lane (street between Bridge Centre and Bridge House which will be closed off for the duration of the festival).
The songwriters on the Acoustic Stage will showcase the wealth of creative musical talent that exists in Tullamore. Saturday will be headlined by folk guitar virtuoso Gavin Ghee, playing a set of his own songs and hopefully one or two of his unique covers. He will be joined by distinctive balladeer Joe Connelly, and the energetic, enthusiastic and highly talented Eoin Martin. Also performing on Saturday is famous fiddle player turned songwriter, Neil Des McGonigle.
For those who like their music a touch louder, we will be joined by the Colmcille Pipe Band at 2pm on Saturday, followed by Jazz impresarios “Miles of Bog” in the Bridge House Central Atrium. At 3pm 18 year old guitar hero Oceann McCormack will be strutting his tunes and rocking out. More acts on Sat are TBA.
Tullamore’s most famous son, Brendan Keely, will headline on Sunday, fresh from his wonderful performances on The Voice of Ireland. Also on Sunday will be Dominic Madden with his distinctive tenor voice and beautifully crafted songs, many of which feature Tullamore and well known characters from about the town. Mark Cunningham will be playing a set of his songs that went down so well during his New York stint in 2011, and better known for their wonderful skills in the Bridge House kitchen, The Boneyard Boys, Frankie Mills and Pat Cleary will perform some of their lovingly crafted pop songs in their country folk style.
On Sunday the Tullamore Town Band will easing us into Sunday afternoon by giving a recital at 3pm in the Bridge Centre , followed by the joy filled Tullamore Gospel Choir at 4pm and the groovy Glimmermen (Gavin Cowley and friends) at 5pm. Brendan Keely will don his other hat and play us his tunes on the acoustic Songwriter Stage at 5.30, to close out the musical programme for the Tullamore Arts Festival 2012.