Essential Gigs : Liverpool Irish Festival 2019Posted : 14.09.2019
The Liverpool Irish Festival (17-27 October) has a strong programme of music, theatre, performance and art for 2019, built around a theme of 'unique stories, creatively told'.
The event opens with a preview performance by Christy Moore (Liverpool Philharmonic; 16 October) and then offers a real insight into contemporary Irish culture over the next ten days.
The full programme includes in its detail the promise of a fascinating Scotland Road Walk, led by historian Greg Quiery, film, exhibitions, plays and a family day. Three music dates and a theatre piece offer sure highlights:
Fri 18 October : Jack Lukeman : British Music Experience [Liverpool] 7.00 pm / Tickets £16.50/£14
Electrifying and imperious on stage, Jack Lukeman revisits Liverpool, a familiar stomping ground for the accomplished songwriter and musician. No video, studio recording or words can fully convey the spirit of Lukeman's live performance, you have to experience it yourself.
Sun 20 October : Kilkelly : Leaf [Liverpool] 8.00pm / Tickets £12 Adv & £14 Door
Liverpool label Mellowtone mark their fifteenth year, and a long association with the LIF, by inviting Berlin-based Irish singer-songwriter Kilkelly for a special performance. Sue Rynhart ("Full of striking songs and vivid ideas" - Jim Carroll,?The Irish Times) will open, there's more detail here.
Mon 21 October : Ireland's Call : Royal Court Studio [Liverpool] Tickets £14/£12
Written and performed by the charismatic, compelling Irish actor John Connors, Ireland's Call tells the tale of three men from Dublin’s Northside on a long dreamt of Ibiza trip - "a stark anthem to life on the margins of Ireland" (Irish Times)
Wed 23 October : Visible Women : Philharmonic Music Room [Liverpool] 8.00pm / Tickets £20/£17
Visible Women features three Irish singer-songwriters, as Maz O'Connor and Laura Duff support the spellbinding, raw folk of headliner Lisa O'Neill, presenting two hours of lyrical storytelling in an intimate setting.
The full Liverpool Irish Festival programme is here.