Limited Islander rate tickets now on sale

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A limited amount of Islander rate tickets for this year’s Swell Festival are now on sale!

We are very grateful for the phenomenal support you have shown this festival on your beautiful home island of Arranmore.

As always, as a ‘thank you’ and a token of our appreciation to the Arranmore community, a limited amount of Islander tickets has been made available.

The Islander tickets, which are being sold on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis for only €40, can be purchased in person at Early’s Bar, by contacting Jerry Early on Mobile 0878054246 or by sending a direct message to the Early’s Bar Facebook page. Don’t forget, there is only a very limited amount of additional Islander tickets, so purchase them quickly!

A member of the Swell team will also be on island this weekend. So feel free to contact us by direct message. Don’t forget, there is only a very limited amount of additional Islander tickets, so purchase them quickly!

If you do miss out on the Islander tickets, we would still love to see many of you at the festival as your support is very important to us. Day passes will still be available on the website.

Please note that day passes are €35, so you are better off getting your Islander rate ticket quickly and having the option to go all weekend.

Anyone purchasing tickets, please understand that we are selling these at a special rate to the island community as a ‘Thank You’ so please treat this with respect. We thank you all for your understanding and support.

We would like to stress to all others still interested in attending this year’s Swell Music & Arts Festival that tickets are selling very, very fast and we are nearing full capacity. So be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible!

Thank you all for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you at this year’s fifth annual Swell Music & Arts Festival! It’s going to be an amazing weekend!

We have already announced some of the biggest highlights of this year’s line-up. To find out more, click here!

Swell is a homecoming for Spats Colombo

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WHEN Spats Colombo perform on the Stáitse na nGael (Irish Stage) at Swell Music & Arts Festival on Arranmore later this month it will very much be a homecoming.

The band has been together for several years now and the current line-up features no less than three Donegal natives – Not bad for a Connemara-based band.

Spats Colombo features Donegal’s own Caroline Ní Dhubhchoin from Falcarragh (vocals), Stephen Curran from Castlefinn (drums) and Letterkenny man Micheal Ó Ciaraidh (fiddle).

The band’s line-up is completed by founding member, Simon Noble from Oxford on vocals, Grainne Bleasdale (vocals) and Brendan Feeney on bass.

Micheal said: “We have a lot of different members of the group all from different schools of musical thought. Caroline brings a traditional Irish quality to the vocals while my background in classical violin playing is probably noticeable.

“Simon (who writes the music) has a diverse taste in music – from the likes of The Beatles to the Mamas & Papas and people can tell us that they can hear these influences in the close harmony, easy-listening nature of our songs. So – alternative Irish language music is probably a safe summary of our style!”

Jokingly known amongst referred to as the unofficial TG4 House Band by friends, as a lot of them work at the Irish language station, it is only fitting that Spats Colombo will be one of the highlights on this year’s Stáitse na nGael at Swell Festival which will be compered by RTE Raidio na Gaeltacht broadcaster Donall Mac Ruairí.

Micheal said: “Although our musical tastes differ, we definitely all share a common love of the Irish language and culture.

“There has been a real new energy and life to the Irish language in recent years so it’s great to be a part of that in some small way.

“There are also some amazing individuals and groups who are doing great things musically for the language. The likes of Muireann NicAmhlaoibh and IMLÉ.

“We were nominated for Banna na Bliana at this year’s Gradaim Nós in the Sugar Club in Dublin and I remember talking to a music reviewer on the night who complimented the performances as progressive musically…and that the music just happened to be in the Irish language.

“I thought that was really well put. And, I suppose because of our strong Donegal connection we’re particularly excited about playing Swell.

“We’ve only been able to do one tour of Donegal as a band, so it’s great to get back up there again to play for our friends and family.”

Spats Colombo are well experienced in getting festival crowds going having performed at most of the major festivals in Ireland. “We played the Pobal Gaeilge at Electric Picnic the last two years running and really enjoyed playing the Bulmers Tent at Body & Soul, as well.”

Meanwhile in his day job, Micheal will be going into his fourth year in the television business this September and with that is taking on some new roles including starting work on a brand new online platform for young adults launching soon on TG4.

“I can’t say too much about it yet, but the details will be publicised soon. It’s been a busy year between fronting the 10@10 schools campaign with Operation Transformation, Dancing With The Stars and working with Art Parkinson and Miriam O’Callaghan as ambassadors for Seachtain na Gaeilge earlier in the year. Outside of television and social media, I’m enjoying working on my radio show with Galway-based station Raidió na dTreabh.

“Check Spats Colombo out on Facebook and give us a like to follow our progress. We have links there to our Soundcloud and iTunes pages. I’m a bit of a Snapchat addict so anyone of a similar disposition can find me on @irishmike-carey or on Instagram: @_mickyc_.”

The Stáitse na nGael will also feature Moya Brennan, Clann Mhic Ruairi amongst others. Other highlights at this year’s Swell include Mundy, Mark Geary, Orchid Collective, The California Feetwarmers, The Emerald Armada and many more.

Click here to buy your tickets online and follow the festival on Facebook: Swell Festival, Instagram: Swell Festival and Twitter: @SwellFestival

We have lots of comedy talent at this year’s Swell

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We are delighted to announce that we have a host of comedy acts once again performing at this year’s Swell Music & Arts Festival on Arranmore.

Both Saturday and Sunday, comedian Barry Mack will be hosting the comedy showcase from 3 to 4.30pm on the Kinnegar Stage feauring some great talent such as Gary lynch, Peter E Davidson, Kieran Mena, Jessica Harkin, Sara Ni Cuireann, Mary Flanigan, Liam Harris and Brian O’Toole.

In the past year, Barry Mack has written for RTE Radio, appeared in a short film that was featured in the Underground Film Festival and another that was short-listed for RTE Short Screen. He is currently touring his fourth one man show ‘The MackDaddy’ about fatherhood, social networking and Shakespeare.

Ireland’s leading mid-Life crisis comedian, Gary Lynch has performed all over Ireland, UK & Scandinavia, and has made over 600 appearances at the Edinburgh Festival alone over the past five years.

Sara Ni Cuireann, a bearded culchie from Gaoth Dobhair, has been living the dream in Belfast and is looking forward to performing at Swell having attended previously.

Jessica Harkin is a children’s entertainer trying desperately to break into adult market because children are terrifying and drunk people love magic.

Liam Harris is a Dublin-based comedian who has performed around the country. This is his second year performing at Swell Festival after a stellar headline gig last year he is not to be missed.

Brian O’Toole is a young comedian from Carlow who has performed in clubs all over Ireland as well as Longitude and the Edinburgh Fringe. If you see Brian on the street please give him a hug. He needs it.

Mary Flanigan has been gigging for three years, making a name for herself in the comedy circuit across the UK and Ireland. She was a semi-finalist in the Funny Women 2016 awards, has been featured on BBC Radio Ulster, and has written for Late Licence on BBC NI. She is taking her one-woman show to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Mary Flanigan Is A Pisces, Obviously’.

With a delivery as rough as the Belfast estate he grew up in, Kieran Mena gives his eccentric outlook on life, Donald Trump and time travel, having supported well know names such as Rich Hall, John Bishop. Kieran has preformed internationally to wide-spread acclaim.

As a member of sketch group Love the Concept, Peter E Davidson has performed at the Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh fringe. As a writer he’s written for BBC Radio 4, 4 Extra Ulster and BBC NI. He is one of the regular host of Masons Comedy Club. In 2016 he performed his new stand up show “Guns N’ Rose” as part of the Belfast Comedy festival and appeared as a guest panelist on BBC’s The Blame Game.

Tickets for this year’s Swell Music & Arts Festival on Arranmore, July 21 to 23, are available here and follow the festival on Facebook: Swell Festival, Instagram: Swell Festival and Twitter: @SwellFestival


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McGettigan Coach Travel are putting on a coach for all you lovely people travelling from Letterkenny and its surrounds, leaving from The Old Orchard Car Park, Letterkenny at 4pm Friday and again at 10am Saturday, returning from the ferry port at Burtonport at 2pm Monday.  Tickets are available on here alongside your festival tickets for the very reasonable sum of €10 (+€1.23 bkg fee). No ticket, no travel!

Announcing our 2016 Lineup

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We’re delighted to announce the lineup for Swell Festival 2016. We return for our 3rd year with Headline performances from David Kitt, The Wood Burning Savages, Clanns & Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn band. We have 5 stages or entertainment throughout the weekend with Music, DJs, Spoken Word, Poetry, Irish Language Performances, and much much more.