The Spirit of Folk festival is a totally unique concept for Ireland. It's aim is to celebrate folk arts, folk crafts, folk games, folk spirituality, folk lore, folk philosophy as well as being a fundraising initiative for the Oaktree Charitable Trust. The Spirit of Folk festival is a two-day, family friendly festival running from 23-25 September in the stunning grounds of Dunderry Park, Co Meath.
From Saturday 13th to Friday 19th August I'll be profiling some of the bands on the bill as well as having a Competition for two weekend passes up for grabs on Friday.
The full music line-up consists of the winners of the 'What The Folk' band competition run in conjunction with The Workmans Club and this list of Irish Folk Artists:
Dr. Strangely Strange
The Young Folk
Lisa Mc Laughlin
St. John The Gambler
Arrow in the Sky
The Viking Project
Lynched and Fortune
Today's featured band is Fling from Galway. I love how they mix the genres of folk, bluegrass, roots and traditional to bring a fresh sound to the scene. While preparing their debut album the band have played China in March and went on a tour of Spain. Their songs on Soundcloud are reaching the masses and they are a band who have I rate as one of our best in Ireland.
Check out Fling's songs on Soundcloud here: http://soundcloud.com/fling-1
Here's my pick of the bunch:
Shady Grove by Fling