Matt Molloy is a member of the Chieftains for more than two decades and he was also a founder member of the legendary Bothy Band. 'Back to the Island' is Matt Molloy's first solo album in 22 years. The album contains Matt’s inimitable take on tunes ‘as old as the ditch’, as well as a selection of his own original compositions. Matt will be joined on the night by one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, John Carty. Probably the most exciting trad combinations of recent times, together Matt Molloy and John Carty explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition of North Connaught. John Carty’s musical prowess has grown steadily since his debut recording 20 years ago and he has since produced a plethora of solo recordings. A member of the bands ‘At the Racket’ and ‘Patrick Street’, John finds himself in constant demand as a musician. Both Matt and John are recipients of the prestigious TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award.
They are delighted to be joined by Ireland’s number one guitar player, Arty McGlynn as well as the talented Brian McGrath on keyboard. Joe McNulty will also join the esteemed line up on the night. This promises to be an incredible night of traditional Irish music in the beautiful setting of Holy Trinity Church, Westport. Doors open at 8.30pm for a 9.00pm start. Tickets available from WESTIVAL