Earlier this year An Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán,  the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media announced a suite of Covid-19 measures to support the live performance sector as this sector has been unable to work during these unprecedented times.


Following a recent open call under this Live Performance Scheme, Carlow County Council are delighted to announce, with thanks to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Carlow Live & Local, a live music festival which will support and engage the services of local professional artists, musicians, crew, promotors, other cultural workers, and venues across County Carlow. The festival will take place throughout the month of September and will showcase the best of musical talent form across the entire county.


County Carlow has a rich musical tradition across all musical genres and this programme sees an eclectic mix of artists and musicians from across the county who applied through the open call. Highlights of this festival include critically acclimated musicians such as Jack L, Jerry Fish, Irish virtuoso guitarist Shane Hennessy and star of the global musical sensation Celtic Woman, Orla Fallon. Other headline acts include alternative roots rock band Beef Supreme, Afro fusion band Manden Express, the Carole Nelson Jazz Trio and folk musician Eric de Buitléir. The festival will also see a variety of emerging musical talents support these headline acts including local musician-producer duo Jack O’Flaherty and Darragh O’Connor, known collectively as Exiles, Queer musical sensation TADHG, and instrumentalist Ailbhe Kehoe.


Carlow Live & Local are also delighted to be working in association with local promoters Walter Hennessy Promotions, SNKY Sessions and the Backline to present a series of live concerts and online events.  We are also extremely thrilled to partner with the Mobile Music Machine ‘Care Home Concert’ series who will bring live music concerts to care homes across the county throughout the month of September.


Carlow County Council would like to extend our thanks to the team leading this project through the Arts Office of Carlow County Council under Arts Officer Sinead Dowling working closely with festival production team – David Frances Moore (Co-Artistic Director & Producer), Fiach Moriarty (Co-Artistic Director), Janice de Bróithe (Assistant Producer), Sinead Cormack (Production Manager), Marc Aubele (Sound Engineer), Graphic & Web Designers Paul Byrne of Good Idea and our venue partners VISUAL, all without whom this programme would not be possible.


The festival will kick off on the Friday the 3rd September and events will run each weekend until Sunday  26th September.



Tickets are limited to 50 per event. 

Tickets are free to book and limited to two tickets per booking.

Booking opens on Saturday 14th August, 12pm.

For more information log on to www.carlowliveandlocal.ie or call VISUAL on 059 9172400 (VISUAL is our booking agent and venue partner for this festival)