Legendary Galway Girl composer to headline Galway Folk Festival

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World-famous ‘The Galway Girl’ composer Steve Earle has been announced as the headline act for the Galway Folk Festival on 13 June.

Known for his soulful storytelling, the multi Grammy award-winning artist has been captivating audiences for over 30 years.

The Galway Folk Festival, taking place between 13 and 18 June this year, is a celebration of traditional and contemporary folk music, showcasing some of the finest musicians at home and abroad.

“We are expecting a huge turnout for this year’s festival, and Steve Earle’s gig is sure to be one of the highlights,” said festival organiser Peter O’Sullivan of Monroe’s Live.

“We can’t wait to welcome music lovers from around the world to Galway for what promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.”

A protégé of songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clake, Earle’s songs have been recorded by artists of such calibre as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris and The Pretenders.

The prolific writer, actor and producer is renowned for his masterful storytelling, captivating audiences on screen, off Broadway and becoming the voice of a generation.

Through his words and lyrical prowess, he has received critical acclaim as an author, songwriter and composer. Nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2010 for his work on the drama series Treme, he has since been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

His 2020 album ‘Ghosts of West Virginia’ was recognised by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 50 of the year.

Recorded with legendary musician Sharon Shannon, Earle’s iconic song ‘The Galway Girl’ has earned him a place in Irish music history, carving a unique bond between the artist and the west of Ireland.

Follow-on covers by Mundy and Ed Sheeran have reignited the original work for future generations, becoming the eighth highest selling single of all time in the Irish charts.

The semi-autobiographical tale of the songwriter’s reaction to a striking black-haired, blue-eyed girl he meets in Galway includes local references to Salthill and The Long Walk.

Now, fans of Earle have the opportunity to catch the singer on home soil as he brings his solo and acoustic ‘Alone Again’ tour to the historic Seapoint ballroom for the Galway Folk Festival 2023.

“We are thrilled to have Steve Earle perform at the Galway Folk Festival 2023,” added Peter O’Sullivan.

“His music is a perfect fit for our festival, which celebrates the rich history and diversity of folk music.”

Tickets for Steve Earle’s performance at the Seapoint ballroom in Salthill, supported by Roseanne Reid, on Tuesday, June 13 go on sale this Friday, March 31, and can be purchased at www.galwayfolkfestival.ie and www.tickets.ie.

The full line up for the Galway Folk Festival will be announced on April 14. Early booking is advised.