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Westival rolls out red carpet for local talent

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LOCAL LEGEND Matt Rowley will be on stage in Matt Molloy's this Sunday from 9pm.

Ciara Moynihan

This year’s Westival, Westport Music and Arts Festival, kicks off tomorrow (Wednesday), October 23, and once again, it showcases a host of homegrown talent alongside big-name national and international artists and acts.
The local line-up includes Uppbeat (see interview page 45) and Joanne Keegan (see interview on opposite page), as well as a large number of other talented creatives.
Westport’s acclaimed Crooked Trad, who fuse traditional jigs and reels with well-known blues, rock, folk and Irish punk songs, will be playing in Matt Molloy’s this Saturday at 7.30pm. The next night, the same venue will host Westport singer-songwriter Matt Rowley, whose bombastic energy on stage has won him many fans, at 9pm. Worth checking out too will be the Clew Bay Folk Club Special at Matt Molloy’s on Saturday afternoon, from 2.30pm.
Westport’s artistic community will be well represented by contributions from such names as Jimmy Lawlor, who is running a workshop; Nicky Dowd and Siobhán McGuire, who are inviting the public to take part in a ‘paint and dance’ event that exhibits the artworks that result; Emma Bourke and Linda Mulloy, whose beautiful glasswork will be on show in the festival’s main exhibition ‘Vitreous’; and Mags Duffy and Jane Williams, whose bewitching exhibition ‘Of Birds and other Beings’ will be on display in the Cornrue Bakery at the Demesne. Look out for these, as well as the work of a host of other talented local artists.
Author Meetje Swellengrebel is among those who will be flying the flag for local literary prowess. A performed reading of her book ‘The Travelling Bladunk’ – a love story centred around a family in the Irish Travelling community – will take place in Matt Molloy’s on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm. And later that day, Westport’s resident haiku master, Roberta Beary, will facilitate a reading and exhibition of art and poetry alongside artist and renowned haiku poet Mary White in The Gallery Wine and Tapas Bar at 4.30pm. All homegrown heroes to the fore.

See Westival.ie for more on these and other local talents in this year’s festival.