The Westport Festival of Music & Food is delighted to announce that DAMIEN DEMPSEY and MUNDY will join The Clew Bay Pipe Band as special guest performers during their set at Westport 2013 on Sunday 30th June.
The Clew Bay Pipe Band comprises 40 members, an almost equal mix of male, female, children and adults. Reluctant when it comes to the spotlight both may be, but the band owes its origins to two sons of Achill, a place where the tradition of piping makes it almost an innate talent, and practically a birth-right. Des Cafferkey is the Pipe Major of Banna Píob Chuan Modh, which makes him the musical director, and senior instrumentalist. Peter Carney, a relative newcomer to the difficult instrument, is the Pipe Sergeant, and he coordinates the behind the scenes work and logistics for the group.
Since the official launch of the band in Carrowholly on St. Patrick’s Day 2012 there has been a slew of local and charity gigs, and a special performance alongside The Chieftains at the Westport Festival last June. The band of pipers was invited to play by local Chieftain member Matt Molloy, who had earlier heard them play at a concert in the town.
MUSIC & COMEDY
In addition to the Clew Bay Pipe Band, over 60 artists will perform across five stages on Saturday, 29th and Sunday, 30th June. Headlining acts at the festival include Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Waterboys and Imelda May …
Saturday, 29th June
Main Stage Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott, The Waterboys, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Eliades Ochoa & Omara Portuondo, Blind Boys of Alabama, ABC, The High Kings & Red Bull Bedroom Jam Winner
Marquee Stage The Grand Parade (Lisa Hannigan, Jerry Fish, Wallis Bird, Declan O’Rourke, Mundy & Gavin Glass), The Stunning, Alabama 3, Hayseed Dixie, Gavin James, Julie Feeney, New Sunset Hotel
The Roisin Dubh Stage Le Galaxie, Daithi, Tieranniesaur, Funeral Suits, Sleep Thieves, Elaine Mai, In their Thousands, The Depravations, Stephen James Band
The Comedy Tent Reginald D Hunter, Karl Spain, Bernard O’Shea, Barry Murphy, Danny Dowling and Joe Rooney.
Chefs Kitchen – Derry Clarke, Seamus Commons, Kevin Dundon
Sunday, 30th June
Main Stage Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Imelda May, Squeeze, Martha Wainright, LAPD (Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Liam O’Flynn & Paddy Glackin), The Cabin Collective, I Draw Slow
Marquee Stage Jack Lukeman presents Jack’s Duets, Damien Dempsey, The Clew Bay Pipe Band presents “Pipe-Versity”, Ryan Sheridan, The Riptide Movement, Cry Before Dawn, Hermitage Green, The Silver Seas
The Roisin Dubh Stage Delorentos, Squarehead, Kid Karate, Not Squares, Mojo Gogo, So Cow, Dott, Doghouse, B & The Honey Boy
Comedy Tent – Colin Murphy, Joe Rooney, Phil Jupitus, Barry Murphy and Danny Dowling & Gerry Mallon
Chefs Kitchen -Dylan McGrath, Ross Lewis & Oliver Dunn
The Food & Wine Magazine Village
Located by the lakeside lawn behind Westport House, The Food & Wine Magazine Village will be dedicated to the “Best Food From The West”. The heart of the village is the Chef’s Kitchen featuring culinary demonstrations by Ireland’s top chefs including Derry Clarke, Ross Lewis, Kevin Dundon, Oliver Dunne and Dylan McGrath. Hosted by Norah Casey, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Tony Fenton, The Chef’s Kitchen will be a vibrant blend of music and food. And some lucky diners will be invited to join “The Chef’s Table” where they can dine on gourmet feasts prepared by The Westport Festival Masterchefs.
A range of international cuisine will also be available including Saba (Thai), Kerala (Indian), Paddy Paella (Spanish) and Risotto2Go (Italian), K-Chido Mexicano, Fire & Food Restaurants (Irish & German) and Cranky Yankee Corn Dogs (US).
Westport Festival is situated in the very heart of Westport town which was voted Irish Times best place to live in Ireland recently. There is a wonderful selection of hotels within 200 yards of the entrance to our festival and amazing guest houses to stay close by. There is also a first class campsite located in Westport House. Check out http://destinationwestport.com for more info on hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation.
CAMPING, CARAVANS & CAMPERVANS
Westport House has an established campsite with excellent facilities. With hot water in the showers and real toilets, it’ll provide the best festival camping experience you’ll have all year! Pitch your camp in this gorgeous natural environment surrounded by ancient trees with Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay in the background. It’s a camper’s dream! And you’ll only be a short walk away from all the Festival action and just a 10-minute walk from Westport town.
Onsite Facilities include: FREE hot showers, electrics (limited numbers so allocated on a first come-first served basis!), WiFi, recycling, picnic & washing up areas. Onsite bar/café with live music & food open until 11pm. Weekend Festival & Camping Tickets are on sale from the www.westporthouse.ie/shop
Tickets for Westport Festival of Music & Food are on sale now via www.westportfestival.com with combined festival and camping tickets on sale through www.westporthouse.ie.
· Adult Day Ticket – €75.00
· Adult Weekend Ticket – €130.00
· Teen Day Ticket* – €40.00 (13-17 years old)
· Teen Weekend Ticket* x €65.00 (13-17 year olds).
NB Children under 12 are free, once accompanied by a person 18yrs or older – Limit of 2 children per adult. *Teens must be accompanied by an adult, aged 18 years or older.