GOING OUT: Mayo musicians stopover in Galway for Volvo Ocean Race festival

Going Out
Volvo Ocean race heads for Galway.

Mayo musicians stopover in Galway for Volvo Ocean Race festival

Ciara MoynihanGoing Out
Ciara Moynihan

Running over 15 days, the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Stopover promises to be a two-week spectacular of sport, culture and craic.
The Galway Stopover is set to showcase the best the West has to offer when the world’s greatest sailing event reaches the west coast on Saturday, May 23. Mayo will be well represented, with a variety of artists from the county heading to Galway to join the strong international festival line-up.
The first of Mayo’s festival offering can be seen on Wednesday, May 27, with a colaberation between the Mayo Youth Choir and the Galway Gospel Choir. Comprised of 57 girls from all over the county the Mayo School of Music Youth Choir is in existence since September 2006. When their voices are coupled with those of the 60 vocalists from Galway, the result is sure to be rousing to say the least.
Thursday, May 28, will see Mayo natives A Band Called Wanda kick off festivities on the Topaz Main Stage. The band of four, who churn out an original and high-energy blend of acoustic, folk and rockabilly styles, are sure to get the crowds going when they hit the stage as support to headliners, The Hothouse Flowers.
Fresh from some of the world’s greatest stages, including Madison Square Gardens NYC and Wembley Arena London – not to mention The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, on Monday, May 25 – Mayo fiddler Cora Smyth (pictured) will play on the Topaz Main Stage in Galway on Saturday, May 30. Cora hails from a famously musical Mayo family: her brother, Seán, is also a renowned fiddle player and Cora frequently performs with her sister, Breda, a talented tin-whistle player. Cora has toured with Michael Flatley shows, including Lord of The Dance, and guested on the Chieftan’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Water from the Well’ before releasing her acclaimed debut solo album ‘Are We There Yet?’.
Over 200,000 vistors are expected to converge on Galway city over the two-week festival, which runs from May 23 to June 6. The festival program is comprised of over 100 acts – ranging from music to art, dance and street entertainers. With all acts and events free of charge, the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Stopover is likely to be one of the biggest and best-attended festivals in Ireland this year.

For more festival information, visit www.galwayvolvooceanrace.com, and for information on the Volvo Ocean Race visit