Jul 02, 2017
Special Performance 8pm Friday 28, July
Blue Raincoat Present 'The Cat and the Moon' by W.B. Yeats
Sunday, 23 July
8:00pm City Hall Sligo
'An evening recital of music, song and dance from Sligo and Ontario, Canada from Manus Mc Guire and Emily Flack'
From their respective cities, Sligo and Ontario, Manus McGuire and Emily Flack are musical powerhouses. Manus co-founded bands Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud and Brock McGuire Band while Emily grew up steeped in the music of Cape Breton, Ontario and the famous Leahy family.
The duo will perform a recital as part of the Yeats International Summer School.
Manus McGuire from Sligo in the north west of Ireland comes from a strong musical family and from a region that is rich in the Irish fiddle music tradition having exported the likes of Michael Coleman and James Morrison to America in the early 1900's.
He won various awards for fiddle music at national level before foraging a burgeoning international career performing with the groups, "Buttons and Bows", "MovingCloud"and "Brock McGuire Band" each of which he co-founded. Twelve CD recordings followed, gaining various " instrumental band of the year" awards and at a personal level Manus was awarded "male traditional musician of the year" in the U.S. by Irish American News magazine in Chicago
Emily Flack from Dorchester, Ontario, likewise comes from a family steeped in the music tradition, this time the music of Cape Breton and Ontario. Her mother is Denise Leahy of the famed "Leahy" family from Lakefield, Ontario, who are a true powerhouse in the world of Canadian folk music. She is a champion step dancer, pianist and singer/ song writer at the highest level and currently is undertaking a BA in "Traditional Irish Song" at the university of Limerick, Ireland. Emily has performed at festivals and venues across North America and has also been a guest artist with Leahy, Shane Cook and Natalie MacMaster. Nowadays she is concentrating on writing her own music and songs and is currently recording a new album as follow up to her EP " Feels like Me".
Tickets Available Here
Thursday, 20th July
5pm Opening of the school with Paula Meehan (Poet & Playwright).
Sunday, 23 July
6:30pm Reception at The Mayors Parlour, Sligo City Hall
8:00pm 'An evening recital of music, song and dance from Sligo and Ontario, Canada from Manus Mc Guire and Emily Flack'
Tuesday, 25th July
1:15 pm A Reading by Joan Mc Breen from her new collection 'Map and Atlas' The poems will be interspersed with musical selections from harpist Niamh Mc Gloin and the 'Fiddler of Dooney 2016', Jason Mc Guinness. Joan will be introduced by Ronan Mc Donald, Assoc Dir YISS 2017.
6:15 pm Launch of 'Map and Atlas' by Joan Mc Breen. The poems will be interspersed with song selections by Jonathan Carter; an evening of poetry, music, song and camarderie.
Friday 28th, July
8:00pm Blue Raincoat Special Performance 'The Cat and the Moon' by W.B. Yeats
The Yeats Society
Yeats Memorial Building