Sitges'22 Ticketed Events

Festival Pass €98 (includes all 15 events.
Very limited number available)

Thursday October 27th

WAITING

by Jennifer Johnston performed by Geraldine Plunkett,

directed by Caroline Fitzgerald

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20.00h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €8 

An outstanding performance by Irish actress, Geraldine Plunkett, in this monologue by Irish novelist Jennifer Johnston. Waiting features Eithne, originally from Glasthule, Dublin, now living in London, and in a hospital waiting room awaiting news of her husband. She talks about her life before and after her marriage and reveals secrets, as she says "secrets, we all have them", both funny and surprising!

 

“Waiting with Geraldine Plunkett and under Caroline Fitzgerald’s direction is utterly wonderful theatre: mastery of language and emotion at work on the simplest of scales”. Dolmen Theatre

LET'S START THE PARTY

with Joan Pinós and his CCI (Creative Connexions Ireland)

Festival Ensemble and Ireland’s latest jazz/world music

sensation Stolen Chicken

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22.00h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €10 

Opening the festival in true CCI style with songs and music from Ireland and Catalonia we have a collective of some of the most established musicians on the jazz and traditional music scenes in Ireland and Catalonia!

 

Multi-instrumentalist Catalan musician Joan Pinós and his ensemble will open the concert with some of the great tunes of Catalonia followed on stage by the Irish band Stolen Chicken with Simon Morgan & Lou van Laake (vocals,) Oleg Ponomarev (violin), Drazen Derek (guitar), Dermot Dunne (accordion) and Cormac O’Brien (double bass). These well-versed performers weave together sophisticated harmonies and rhythms in a jazzy, world music twist for an eclectic evening of music and song. The only way to start a party!

 
 

Friday October 28th

 

FESTIVAL STAGE @ ELS JARDINS DEL RETIRO

Opening of Friday Retiro Sessions

14:00h - 17:00h • Els Jardins del Retiro • €7  (U 14s free) 

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14.00h

Joan Pinos & The Apocadixie Cotton Pickers presents the opening event with special guest Claire Sherry (banjo).

 

14.30h

NEW TO SITGES - Music Generation Roscommon Senior Youth Voices joined by their mentors Simon Morgan & Lou van Laake.

 

15.00h

Sitges'22 is delighted to welcome the Alumni from Music Generation Carlow

 

15.30h

Mick McNamara (vocals/guitar) takes to the Sitges stage for the first time.

 

16.00h

NEW TO SITGES - Glengormley School of Traditional Music.

 

16.30h

Fiddle Extravaganza by the Festival Performers followed by announcement of The Fiddler of Sitges‘22.

WAITING

 

by Jennifer Johnston performed by Geraldine Plunkett, directed by Caroline Fitzgerald

18.00h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €8 

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An outstanding performance by Irish actress, Geraldine Plunkett, in this monologue by Irish novelist Jennifer Johnston. Waiting features Eithne, originally from Glasthule, Dublin, now living in London, and in a hospital waiting room awaiting news of her husband. She talks about her life before and after her marriage and reveals secrets, as she says "secrets, we all have them", both funny and surprising!

 

“Waiting with Geraldine Plunkett and under Caroline Fitzgerald’s direction is utterly wonderful theatre: mastery of language and emotion at work on the simplest of scales”. Dolmen Theatre

ANA LIFFEY

 

inaugural performance of this new Dublin soundscape!

19.30h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €10 

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Some of Ireland’s finest traditional performers are set to delight audiences with fast and furious melodies interspersed with rich vocal sounds and poignant airs. Claire Sherry (fiddle), Paul Kelly (mandolin), Tim Doyle (uilleann pipes), Ciara-Lee Jenkinson (bodhran), Mick McNamara (guitar & vocals), Siobhan Buckley (harp), Ian Drew (vocals) and James Mahon (flute & whistles). A gig that will capture the energy of artists with a deep connection and chemistry. This is music that lives in the moment, peppered with glances, intuition and magnetism, music that creates a spell between audience and performers!

CCI: Sitges’22 presents

MARY COUGHLAN

21.15h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €15 

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Renowned Irish singer/songwriter Mary Coughlan is set to charm Sitges'22 audiences with her treasure trove of songs from a long-standing career. One of Ireland’s greatest soulful jazz and blues singers, Mary has crafted a timeless and highly regarded, versatile career with devoted fans worldwide. Mary embraces each song with empathy, courage interspersed with humour, and emotions that reach way beyond the stage connecting with each and everyone in the audience. Johnny Taylor (piano) and Cormac O’Brien (double bass), will also be joining Mary for her first ever gig in Sitges! Performing songs from her many chart-topping albums this will be a gem of a concert.  

 

“Tom Waits has met his Irish match” The Guardian 

LATE NIGHT DOUBLE BILL - FRIDAY

BRUEL 

Soul Ceol with Esosa, Brian Fleming & James Mahon

23.15h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €10 

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BRUEL – the original CCI Catalan band returns with special guest Àngel Laguna!

Anaís Falcó (fiddle & vocals) and Xavier Roto (guitar, vocals & traditional percussion) formed Bruel in 2006 with the intention of providing dancers with a constant sound, delicate as a bird but capable of being strong like the bellowing of the wind, while at the same time delving into the repertoires of traditional violin and Catalan song. Bruel have come together again after 15 years and are delighted to celebrate many of the sounds and friendships created over the years. A duo that collaborates with many other performers such as Ángel Laguna, Patri Garcia and Christian Simelio.

 

SOUL CEOL – Rounding off the late- night gigs is soul singer Esosa. An exponent of a wide range of vocal techniques from classical to jazz to pop, gospel, R 'n' B and soul, Esosa is a confident and charismatic performer and has performed in numerous venues throughout Europe and the UK. Esosa has worked with a wide range of musicians including performing as part of Stevie Wonder's backing choir at the O2 Arena in Dublin, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Liam O'Maonlaí, Kíla, Christy Moore and African songstress, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Esosa will be joined in this line-up by versatile percussionist Brian Fleming (New York’s inclusive St Pat’s For All & Tig Linn) and recently Oscar nominated and IFTA Award winning composer James Mahon (Kila), as they perform a gig that is laced with joy, sincerity and passion - the perfect finale to a festival day!

 
 
 
 

Saturday October 29th

 

FESTIVAL STAGE @ ELS JARDINS DEL RETIRO

Saturday Retiro Sessions

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14.00h - 17.30h • Els Jardins del Retiro • €7 (U 14s free)  

14.00h

CCI: Sitges’22 is delighted to welcome back, our longest visiting group (since 2014) Craobh Phiarais and their festival mentor Mossie Martin.

 

14.30h

The ODD TrioOleg on fiddle, Drazen on guitar and Dermot on accordion. A high energy, highly entertaining concert of popular classics, tangos and gypsy jazz.

 

15.00h

Comhaltas Bhré are back with their distinctive sound! They will be joined by their festival mentor Claire Sherry.

 

15.30h

Corrandes són corrandes, this band of authentic traditional Catalan music and song returns to Sitges’22 and we are delighted to have them present their new album.

 

16.00h

Traditional Arts Partnership Armagh (TAP) return with their energetic performance style. They will be joined by their festival mentor, Sitges native, Joan Pinos.

 

16.30h

Urbàlia Rurana en Duo Carles Gil (mandola, mandolin, accordion and voice) & Toni Torregrossa (guitar & voice) this Valencian and Mediterranean duo will perform some of the diverse styles of their band, Urbàlia Rurana, at Sitges'22.

17.00h

Mediterrània Escola de Dansa Irlandesa - A performance by one of the leading Irish dance schools in Catalonia.

COR Nua

Joined by a range of guest artists this is a

MUST hear event!

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18.00h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €7

Eunan McDonald, Choral Director  Creative Connexions Ireland: Sitges ‘22 is thrilled to bring a brand new choral experience celebrating World music dotted with classic Celtic traditions. COR Nua is a newly formed choir of international members each of whom have one thing in common: a love of singing. "We are delighted to be taking part in this year's festival for the first time and we look forward not only to singing for you but also to get you singing along in Sitges this autumn”.

CALL TO THE DANCE

Ultan O'Brien (fiddle & viola) & Nic Gareiss 

(percussive dance)

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19.30h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €10

Traditional Irish music was made for dancing: the infectious upbeat tempos get feet tapping, hands clapping and everyone joining in. Now in its fifth year and an integral part of the festival, Call to the Dance combines fiddler, violist, and composer Ultan O'Brien (Slow Moving Clouds) and percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (This is How we Fly) to perform a set of new collaborations exploring space, time, and texture in Irish traditional music and percussive dance.

By engaging mimetically: fiddle, fiddler and fiddling, dance, dancer and dancing, the duo re-imagines traditional music and dance through historic repertoire and new material. This percussive spectacle will have everyone on their feet!

NoCrows

in Concert with special guests

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21.15h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €12 

Dynamic folk orchestra NoCrows is a unique group with diverse musical roots, from Irish traditional to Latin rumba, classical, jazz, rock and Balkan music. A mix of Irish, Swiss, Mallorcan and Russian musicians, the band has toured extensively throughout Europe. No strangers to Sitges, this dynamic band brought the house down at the finale gig of Sitges’19. Band members Felip Carbonell, Steve Wickham, Oleg Ponomarev, Anna Houston, Eddie Lee and Ray Coen are delighted to make a return visit for this year’s festival and for Sitges’22 NoCrows will be joined by the Mallorcan folk singing sensation Miquela Lladó.

"...could easily sit alongside Ry Cooder's work with the Buena Vista Social Club.... Essential listening for trad aficionados" Hot Press Magazine

LATE NIGHT DOUBLE BILL - SATURDAY

BRÍDÍN

Justo with his band PANCHO

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23.15h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €10

BRÍDÍN – Contemporary Folk Harpist / Singer / Composer

Over the past number of years, BRÍDÍN has developed her own style influenced by her natural surroundings and rooted in her background in traditional Irish music. BRÍDÍN uses her loop and effect pedals to create her musical pieces. Her layered melodies on harp and voice blend beautifully with contrapuntal fiddle, guitar and bass, woven together with pulsating percussion. BRÍDÍN’s recent performances include ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’, ‘Ireland AM’ and she was also a finalist in the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards (Best Emerging Artist). BRÍDÍN will be joined by Conor Arkins on fiddle and other special guests.

 

PANCHO 

After seventeen years of Rock n Roll with Justo and Los Pecadores, Cesc Estrada and Justo Conde have changed the direction of their compositions and, without moving too far away from the guitar sound that marked their identity, they now focus on the sounds of a broad spectrum of American original rock bands. Mixing their own folk compositions, with country and blues touches, this new departure for Justo Conde (acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica), Cesc Estrada (electric guitar & vocals), Josep Faraboni (bass), Miguel Pérez (pedal steel guitar) and Hug Salvat (drums) will make for an entertaining and lively late night event.

 
 
 
 
 

Sunday October 30th

FESTIVAL STAGE @ ELS JARDINS DEL RETIRO

Sunday Retiro Sessions

14.00h - 17.00h • Els Jardins del Retiro • €7 (U 14s free)   

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14.00h

Always a festival favourite, Donal O'Connor opens the Sunday festival garden with a mix of old and new material – enjoy listening to material from his most recent album Black n Blue.

 

14.30h

Western RootsMossie Martin (fiddle), Bernard Flaherty (flute & whistle), Donal O’Connor (guitar & vocals), Padraic Collins (harp) and Catherine Fagan (flute & vocals).

 

15.00h

Bray Comhaltas & Music Generation Carlow present their Alumni. These performers have grown up on Creative Connexions and their annual visit to Sitges, they return as adult performers, many of them now performing professionally on the Irish music scene. What a festival legacy!

15.30h

Ballaveu is Patri Garcia (voice & traditional percussion) and Xavier Rota (voice, guitar & traditional percussion). Two voices blending as one and creating a magic of harmony that will make you want to dance with emotion.

 

16.00h

Harp On! - Siobhan Buckley, Padraic Collins, BRÍDÍN and Rachel Duffy are the new sound of Irish harping. Join them as they put their twist to standard harp repertoire and also introduce audiences to some of the new harp sounds coming out of Ireland.

16.30h

Bring the Sunday stage to a close with X Factor sensation Mary Byrne, on her first ever visit to Sitges, as she performs in Els Jardins del Retiro!

FESTIVAL COLLABORATION AT WORK

Music : Dance : Voice

17.15h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €8 

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In the words of Martin Tourish (Altan) – "CCI Sitges is the festival where Bach meets Brazilian and Irish music, where choreographers meet future musical collaborators, where a forty-piece choir happily joins in on a trad session, but it is also where lifelong friendships and collaborations are born. By providing this space collaborations that would otherwise not have taken place are suddenly possible. It might adequately be described as a birthing ground for new work!"

Join us to see genuine festival collaboration at work, when over three days performers will work together, the results of which will be shown at this creative and collaborative event. On the adventure will be Nic Gareiss, Ultan O’Brien, Felip Carbonell and who knows who else? Join us and find out!

THE DUBLIN SONG LIVE!

18.30h • El Mercat Vell, Plaça de l'Ajuntament • €12 

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Inspired by the wealth of songs from the Dublin song tradition this multimedia, upbeat presentation is interspersed with interviews and stories, wit and humour, performed by a collective of leading Irish performers and showcasing some of the most highly regarded singers on the Dublin music scene!

Accompanied by Claire Sherry, Tim Doyle and Vincent Lynch, singers Simon Morgan, Caitriona Sherlock, Mick McNamara, Esosa Ighodaro, Jay Rankin, Ian Drew, Lou van Laake and the star of The X Factor, Dublin’s own Mary Byrne, give classics such as ‘Raglan Road’, 'The Rocky Road to Dublin' and 'The Dublin Saunter' their own personal twist. With engaging and poignant film extracts this is the perfect concert to bring Sitges’22 to a close!

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