The support line-up has been announced for the Galway International Arts Festival.
Electronic musician and producer and two-time Choice Award Nominee Daithí will support Jenny Greene and the RTE Concert Orchestra at her sold-out gig at the Absolut Big Top on Friday 28 July.
Daithí combines nature recordings, old Irish samples and analog synths to create a unique type of house music that’s soaked in Irish culture. A mainstay in the Irish gigging scene, his live show is an improvised performance, creating on the spot dance music using synths, drum machines and live fiddle.
Last year, Daithi found a forgotten recording of his grandmother, where she talked about how she met her husband, and what it was like living in the west of Ireland for the past 90 years. Daithi sampled this recording to create ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’, a track which captured the imagination of millions of Irish people across the world, and became one of the most successful Irish singles that year, staying number one in the Spotify viral charts for six weeks. It proved Daithi’s mantra on music: Every sample should have a back story, and every song should be personal.
Electro singer/songwriter, Elaine Mai, who this year released her latest EP, The Colour of Night, will provide support for JFDR.
Almost three years in the making, The Colour of the Night is a cathartic piece of work, which centres around the common human experiences of grief and hope.
Galway-based singer/songwriter Tracy Bruen, who recently released her debut album, Mirrors, will support Lisa Hannigan at her sold-out gig at the Róisín Dubh on Tuesday 18 July.
Bruen performs both as a solo artist and with her band.
One of Galway’s most exciting live folk-prog/indie acts, My Fellow Sponges will support New Orleans Swamp Donkeys at their gig at the Róisín Dubh on Wednesday 26 July.
My Fellow Sponges have played stages at Electric Picnic and Body & Soul. Their sound incorporates elements of Minimalism, Folk, Bossa and, more recently, synth-heavy electro with influences that include: Kate Bush, Devendra Bahnhart, Joanna Newsom, Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Django.
Founding members Anna Mullarkey and Donal McConnon met in theater while in University in Galway. After working on some plays together, the pair decided to accompany each other on their original songs and form a band.
My Fellow Sponges lead singer Anna Mullarkey will also provide support for Wallis Bird at the Róisín Dubh on Monday 24 July.
Charismatic and energetic musical comedian, Steve Bennett, who blends a witty and charming comedy style with discerning guitar and ukulele comedy, will provide support West Cork Ukulele Orchestra at the Róisín Dubh on Monday 17 July.
The northern soul, funk, blues, r'n'b and reggae DJ night run in Galway by DJ Dave Barry, Shuffle will provide support for The Soul Rebels at the Róisín Dubh on Saturday 22 July.
Grounds for Invasion, the Galway-based electro trio comprised of Tracy Friel, Will O’Connor and Dave Shaughnessy, will provide support for Overhead, The Albatross at the Róisín Dubh on Thursday 20 July.
Comedy support acts include Páraic Breathnach who will open for Deirdre O’Kane in the Róisín Dublin on Friday 21 July.
Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland and Festival Partners Ulster Bank, ABSOLUT and NUI Galway.