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Claremorris to host new folk festival

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ON THE LINE-UP Emma Langford, crowned ’ ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at last year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

A new music festival – Claremorris Folk Festival – is set to bring musicians, spoken-word poets and eager audiences to Co Mayo this summer. The two-day community festival will see a host of acts perform across four stages over two days, Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21.
The acts slated to appear include Junior Brother, The Whileaways, Emma Langford, Seamus Fogarty, Goitse, Joshua Burnside, The Lost Brothers, Cúig and award-winning poet Stephen Murphy, and more acts will be announced on the Claremorris Folk Festival website (www.claremorrisfolkfestival.com) and social media channels in the coming weeks.
The main stage will be located in Claremorris Town Hall, along with a more intimate studio stage. A marquee stage will be constructed in Market Square in the town centre, and a spoken word stage will be located in the local library.
The festival’s organiser, Brendan Hurley, said: “We’re really happy to be bringing a new music festival to the west of Ireland. Considering the amount of musical talent and creativity in this part of the country we think it is long overdue. We’re going  to showcase lots of local talent as well as bringing in some big names from around the country to a new and exciting event. It’s a real privilege to give another outlet to musicians in the increasingly vibrant folk scene. We hope to attract folk fans from all around the country as well as convert a few new fans along the way.”
Street entertainers and artisan food stalls will all add to the festival, which promises to be community inclusive and family friendly.

Weekend tickets, €60 each, are on sale now at  www.claremorrisfolkfestival.com.