Music Night and Day at Carrick Water Music Festival!


Carrick Water Music Festival will take place in Carrick on Shannon from 13th to 17th July.

Boasting 6 nights of live music with the best of Irish acts such as Lisa Hannigan, Zoë Conway & John McIntyre, Donal Dineen, Pádraig McGovern, Leonard Barry & John Tuohy, Mick Hanly & Donal Lunny and The Drawing Room Opera Company in venues across the town. The programme also includes three lunchtime concerts at St. Georges Church, two noon Jazz cruises on Moon-river with The Original Guinness Jazz Band and Sligo’s The Eddie Lee Three, as well as an all day free music trail, an afternoon Classical Piano Recital with Ivan Ilić and a very special edition of Summer Sundays at The Dock!


Back by popular demand to perform his ‘Giants of Ragtime and Stride’ Piano show is Colm “Stride” O’Brien with his Ragtime & Stride Lunchtime Piano Concert St. George’s Church on Wednesday 13th July. Also performing in St. Georges Church is Loah for a Lunchtime Folk-Jazz-Soul Concert on Thursday 14th July. Loah, a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin has collaborated with the likes of Little Green Cars, Slow Skies, and I Have A Tribe, as well as singing with Kíla, Niwel Tsumbu and Trinity Orchestra’s early pop endeavours. She also contributed to Hozier’s platinum selling debut album, co­writing the song “Someone New”. She’s now embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of folk and soul which she calls “ArtSoul”.


Irish trumpeter Niall O’Sullivan closes the trio of lunchtime concerts on Friday 15th July with his Lunchtime Trumpet & Piano Recital ‘From Baroque to Broadway,’ Niall O’Sullivan has firmly established himself as an accomplished performer, with his album of classical works, jazz standards, contemporary pop and traditional Irish songs entering the Classical iTunes charts at Number 1. Niall has worked with Tom Jones, Michael Búble and Amy Winehouse to name but a few and has performed as guest principal trumpet with the RTE Concert, Irish Chamber, Dublin Philharmonic, and the Irish Philharmonic Orchestras. He will perform excerpts from Handel’s ‘Water Music’, the ‘Great American Song Book’ and from Classic Film themes including ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Tico Tico’ and ‘Danny Boy’.


Festival favourites The Original Guinness Jazz Band return for a musical River Shannon cruise with Des Hopkins and his lively troupe presenting a programme of traditional, swing, Dixieland and mainstream standards played with flair, excitement, showmanship and superb musicianship on Saturday 16th July.  Sunday 18th sees us sailing to the superb jazz sounds of Ciaran Wilde, Eddie Lee and Patrick Gilbert as The Eddie Lee Three perform a mixture of jazz standards and originals, from Nat King Cole, Brubeck and bebop classics, plus the odd original thrown in for good measure! Both Jazz cruises board Moon-River at 11.45am and sail at 12.15pm returning to the Quay at 1.30


Singer-guitarist Teresa Galvin brings an entertaining and refreshing repertoire to a special edition of Summer Sundays at The Dock at 12.30 on Sunday 17th July. Consisting of her own original music interspersed with choice covers spanning many decades and genres; from blues, folk, pop and more, her warm, intimate vocals are perfectly complemented by percussion and double bass accompaniment from Stephanie Pawula and Fionnuala Kennedy.


Also on Sunday 17th at St. Georges Church Carrick Water Music Festival welcomes the critically acclaimed French pianist Ivan Ilić at 3.30pm for a classical piano recital featuring pieces from Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Scriabin and more. Ivan’s recordings have played a significant role in spreading his international reputation, earning him many awards and accolades.

Other Festival highlights include an all day Free music Trail on Friday 15th as well as literary events, exhibitions, craft workshops, free family fun and more!  The full programme is available on tickets can be booked at The Dock Arts Centre is by phoning 071-96-50828 or online at

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