Welcome to the 2013 edition of Liverpool Irish Festival. Celebrating the links between Liverpool and Ireland, the annual Festival is a cultural feast bringing together the colourful Irish heritage of Liverpool with the best of contemporary and traditional Irish arts and culture. A rich mix of music, drama, comedy, film, talks and walks will fill the concert halls, pubs, clubs, museums and gallery’s throughout the city for the ten day celebration.
Already lined up are a week of film at FACT, a Family Day at the Museum of Liverpool, two shows based on the life and work of Flann O’Brien, stellar Irish comedian Pat Shortt, Ceilis at St Michael’s Irish Centre and the Palm House – which also hosts the annual Young People’s Concert – and the ever popular Heritage Walks exploring Irish Liverpool.
As always, it is music that takes centre stage with over 100 musicians from Ireland and Liverpool’s own vibrant Irish music scene – the Festival is shaping up to be the country’s premier celebration of Ireland’s glorious music. Highlights include Irish music legend Christy Moore at Liverpool Philharmonic on Saturday 12th October, the return of the ever popular Irish Sea Sessions at Liverpool Philharmonic on Friday 18th October, with the opening night’s concert at the Epstein featuring Celtic superstars Pádraig Rynne, Donal Lunny and Sylvain Barou , and this year our finale is a Supper Concert featuring The Rambling Boys of Pleasure at Sefton Park Palm House, on Sunday 20th of October .
For a full listing of the music programme please go to ‘Events‘. Many of the shows are on sale at the Liverpool Philharmonic box office. You will find online links in ‘Events’ or you can telephone the Box Office on 0151 709 3789, or attend in person. Further details will be posted as soon as they are available.
This year will also see the launch of The Festival Club which will run on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the festival at The Zanzibar Club on Seel Street. It will be hosted by local musicians Alan O’Hare and Ian Prowse and will feature performances from popular local musicians and those performing at the festival.