Soda Blonde and Lisa Lambe among artists performing at Boyle Arts Festival starting this weekend

After three long years we are back in our regular venues and a very exciting program of live music events has been assembled for the Boyle Arts Festival 2022.

Some of the big names to watch in the live music genre include Soda Blonde, Something Happens, Lisa Lambe, The Lost Brothers, The Swing Cats, Matteo Cullen & Friends, Mules & Men and The Men Who Knew Too Much. performances by local bands The Flies, The Regulars, Dotts O’Connor, Adam Daly and a showcase of the best young local musical talent by Music Generation Roscommon.

Daly’s Storehouse will host a number of concerts during BAF 2022 and the first will be Dublin band Soda Blonde, who will perform there on July 15. With their shimmering alt-pop hooks, Soda Blonde is a compelling collective voice in music and they’ve been playing together since their early teens, with their previous band – the internationally acclaimed Little Green Cars. Their latest album ‘Small Talk’ was released last July.

On July 16, the Swing Cats make a welcome return to Boyle with their brand of High Energy Swing. The 6-piece band fronted by award-winning singer Luke Thomas have a huge following across Ireland and Europe, thanks to their distinctive sound and style which is rooted in the golden age of swing music.

The Lost Brothers will perform at The Storehouse on July 21. Oisín Leech and Mark McCausland have been making music together since 2007. Their sound is inspired by a range of influences that include the writings of Patrick Kavanagh, the music of Billie Holliday and the paintings of Jack B. Yeats. Legends of the Irish music scene of the 80s and 90s, Something Happens are among those Irish bands that have paved the way for business across the country and beyond. They still play live from time to time for their adoring fan base. With a serious catalog of hit singles at their disposal, the Something Happens live show is always a special occasion. Check them out in The Storehouse on July 22!

Lisa Lambe will make her first performance in Boyle at the Church of Ireland on July 22. Lisa, who will be joined by Sean Regan, John McLoughlin and Wayne Sheehy, is a featured soloist and performs regularly with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. His new album Wild Red was released last November and became BBC Radio’s album of the week. This will be a concert not to be missed.

Matteo Cullen performs a range of original songs on piano and guitar, reflecting the diverse elements of his musicianship including reggae, jazz, blues, traditional Irish and country music. Matteo will be joined by guitarist Alan Jordan and David Stone, who will play bagpipes, flutes and the Storehouse whistle on July 23 in a unique lunchtime concert at King House. Tickets can be purchased at www.boylearts.com

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