Picture it! It’s a glorious summers evening. The sun is going down. You’re on the deck of a tall ship, docked in Drogheda Port. You’ve a nice cool drink in your hand and you’re settling in for one of the most intimate music gig experiences of all time. It can only be The Stowaway Sessions at the Irish Maritime Festival.
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.
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 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 www.Droichead.com and are priced at €23 each including 2 drinks. Click here for The Lost Brothers and here for Declan O’Rourke. Tickets are very limited, with 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. Click here for the full Music at the Maritime schedule.
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.