LEILA JANE & THE HEALERS
Back by popular demand after a stunning, captivating performance at last year’s Festival, Leila Jane and her band return to headline the night of Friday 20th July in the Guth Gafa Festival Club. Leila has been gigging regularly around Ireland, most recently performing on the Arbutus Yarns stage at Body & Soul. Leila began writing songs at age 15 and takes inspiration from all genres of American roots music with a voice that captures both gritty raw tones and smooth sweet melodies.
Named one of Whelan’s Ones to Watch for 2018, Ruth Mac possesses a mature musical voice built upon the influences of Nina Simone, Etta James and Wallis Bird. Rhythmic jazz guitar coupled with rich, soulful vocals acts as the perfect combination for her intricate lyricism that captures the imagination and experiences of audiences. Unassuming yet quietly self-assured, her repertoire echoing the soul of a woman mature beyond her years. Her live show is a gentle reminder that truthful songwriting still exists, as she confidently commandeers a new chapter in the story of upcoming Irish female musicians. Ruth Mac and her band headline on the night of Saturday 21st July at Guth Gafa Festival Club.
MOON LOOKS ON
Stephen Gormley’s amazing band, Moon Looks On, known for their high energy live shows, share the headline spot on Saturday night. They are a band with a sound that takes in an ambitious fusion of genres. Their sound encompasses a mix of both modern contemporary folk and soul. They are interested in storytelling in their music, which also makes room for touches of blues, country and reggae.
Both Friday and Saturday night gigs start at 10.30pm and are free for festival goers!
HEADFORT SCHOOL MUSICIANS AND BAND
Former members of the now famous Headfort School Band, through the years, under the guidance of long-time band maestro, John Leyden, will come together throughout the weekend for impromptu sessions in the Festival village.