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As a firm active in the community here in Liverpool, and also with many ties to Ireland, we were naturally delighted to sponsor the Festival Club at this year's festival.
Located at the Zanzibar Club on Seel Street in the city centre, the Festival Club will open at 10:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the Festival. Hosts Alan O’Hare and Ian Prowse will be presenting a line-up featuring some of the city’s finest musicians, as well as late night sets from some of the visiting artists.
The U.K.’s most successful Irish cultural festival is now in its 11th year. The annual festival celebrates the links between Liverpool and Ireland, bringing together the colourful Irish heritage of Liverpool, with the best of contemporary and traditional Irish arts and culture. A rich mix of music, drama, comedy, film, talks, literature, lectures and walks will fill the concert halls, pubs, clubs, museums and gallery’s throughout the city for the ten day festival.
Highlights include a rare showing in the UK, of director Lenny Abramson’s (Garage, What Richard Did) first feature length film, Adam and Paul (2004), taking place on Thursday 17 October at FACT. Followed by an after show discussion with the man himself, who is taking a break from finishing off his fourth feature, Frank, a comedy about a young wannabe musician donning a giant papier-mâché head, loosely inspired by musician Chris Sievey’s Frank Sidebottom persona, starring Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson.
A programme of classic and contemporary short films curated by Úna Feely of Indie Cork Film Festival takes place on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 October at the Picturehouse at FACT. Una Feely brings us some of the best and most interesting short films produced in Ireland this year, as well as some of the great shorts of the past. Once again the screenings will be introduced by some of Ireland’s finest young filmmakers.
Irish Comedy legend Pat Shortt’s new one man show comes to the Unity Theatre on Tuesday 15 October. It charts the life of Dixie Walsh (Jumbo Breakfast Roll, Where did my money go) a solo lounge musician. During the night Dixie reminisces about the path his career has taken and the struggles he has had to get to the top. This is not Pat Shortt’s first appearance at Liverpool Irish Festival, last year he starred as Josie in Garage which was shown in the Irish Film Season at FACT.
As always, it is music that takes centre stage with over 100 musicians from Ireland and Liverpool’s own vibrant Irish music scene - the festival is shaping up to be the country’s premier celebration of Ireland's glorious music.
Irish music legend Christy Moore is at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Saturday 12 October and the opening night’s concert at the Epstein features Celtic superstars Pádraig Rynne, Donal Lunny and Sylvain Barou on Thursday 10 October. Lumiere have grown from strength to strength, bringing their distinct sound from the cosy pub snugs of their native Kerry to international concert halls around the world and now to Liverpool’s Sefton Park Palm House on Sunday 13 October.
The groundbreaking, part super-group, part sessions project The Irish Sea Sessions returns on Friday 18 October at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with a radically new and exciting line up of the most talented musicians in their field. Now in its fourth year, 13 hand-picked multi-instrumentalists and singers from traditional and contemporary music backgrounds, and from both sides of the Irish Sea, come together with the audience for another night of impassioned exposition of the shared music and the special bond between Liverpool and Ireland.
For more information and full details of all the events, visit the Liverpool Irish Festival website.