St Patricks Day Festival 2012

12 Mar

Merchant Square, where most of the events are being held

An array of artists, bands and most importantly music will be invading Merchant Square this week as part of the St Patricks Day Festival. This is the first year that Glasgow has taken part in the Irish event to this extent and a great line up is in place already aiming to “promote and celebrate the rich Irish cultural heritage of Glasgow and Scotland”. The event is open to the public and although some events are ticketed, there is free entry to the majority of the festival.

The festival kicked off last Friday with a Dinner Dance at the Crowne Plaza Hotel where traditional music was provided from bands such as ‘Inishowen Céili Band’. This event was ticketed at £40 a head, or £400 for a table of ten and all the money raised is going towards the ‘Glasgow Irish Centre Project’.

This was followed on Saturday evening with band ‘Yuptae’ and the Michael McGoldrick Quartet (who will also be playing on the 17th of March as the St Patricks Day Festival comes to an end). All eight band members resulted from being involved in the St Roch’s Ceili Band and are famous for their original and creative spins on traditional music. The band won the ‘Danny Kyle’ award at last years Celtic Connections festival and have since played at festivals around the country.

Today (Monday 12th) there was an opportunity for people to go along to Merchants Square to try the Irish language for free followed by an Irish cultural showcase tomorrow at City Halls, Candleriggs at 7pm.

“Folk and Roll” band ‘The Wakes’, originally from Glasgow produce music influenced by political and social struggles throughout Scotland and Ireland over the years. They mix traditional music with a contemporary sound and are described as “energetic and euphoric, and often unforgettable”. Take a listen here to their song ‘St Patricks Battalion’.

Events will continue until Saturday (the 17th) when the festival will come to a close with a Mass at St Andrews Cathedral Clydeside with music from St James the Great CCE, who aim to promote the traditional music of Ireland.

I’m hoping to get myself down there sometime this week and will hopefully have some reviews up by Sunday.

Happy St Paddy’s Day!


One Response to “St Patricks Day Festival 2012”


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