Taking ferries to Ireland
could be a good idea for anyone wanting to see some top quality live music this summer, with a number of big name acts set to take part in this year's Galway Arts Festival.
Taking place from July 15th to 28th, the event is the largest of its kind in Ireland and one of Europe's most important major arts festivals.
Each year the event sees hundreds of writers, artists, performers and musicians take to the streets and venues around Galway to create a fabulous array of entertainment and spectacle.
Music is a major component of the festival and this year looks set to be one of the best ever in this regard, with the likes of Josh Ritter and Imelda May recently added to the line-up.
Both artists will play Galway's Big Top, with others such as Glen Hansard and Grizzly Bear also set to perform.
Imelda May will perfrom at the venue on July 26th, supported by special guests. Born in Dublin, the singer is known for her stunning vocals and a distinctive sound mixing rockabilly, jazz and blues.
Meanwhile, Ritter was named one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters by Paste magazine in 2006 and his latest album, The Beast in its Tracks, is enjoying rave reviews worldwide.
Irish Times critic Tony Clayton-Lea said in his review of the record: "Such is the power and depth of The Beast in its Tracks that you can feel Ritter's sense of conflict seeping from every painfully personal song. One of the most obvious comparisons (in music terms at least) is Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks."
Ritter is set to play at the Festival Big Top on July 20th.
But it's not just music that makes a visit to the Galway Arts Festival well worth the trip, there'll be plenty of other performances spanning numerous art forms as the rest of the programme is announced over the coming weeks.
Posted by Andrew Smith