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Festival Weekend Pass €128 
(includes all 16 events. Very limited number available)
All weekend ticket holders must present at the box office to obtain a weekend wristband which must be worn at all times to secure admission. This saves you having to queue up to present a ticket for scanning over the weekend.

Thursday October 26th

Rolling back


Rolling Back the Years  2013 - 2023

Thurs 26th • 18.00h • QueenzC/Espalter 2 • €8

Doors open at 17.30h 

Setting the scene for the 10-year celebrations the festival will open with this informal event which will take you through many special moments of Sitges 2013 – 2023. Felip Carbonell, joined by other festival musicians, will capture the atmosphere in his renditions of soulful Catalan songs and Brandon Jones and Joan Pinos will present on Sitges and its cultural traditions.

Take the opportunity to meet with the musicians who have been the backdrop to the last ten years. Early booking necessary for this as numbers will be limited.

Doors Open @ 17.30h​

Bar Open and Tapas Menu available throughout (not included in ticket).

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Cathy Jordan in Concert

with special guests

Thurs 26th • 20.00h • Cinema Retiro • €15 

Roscommon born Cathy Jordan has been a professional singer with traditional group Dervish for nearly 30 years. In 2019 Cathy was the recipient of the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to folk music. Cathy has led Dervish as front woman through thousands of concerts in hundreds of cities in nearly 40 countries and has 16 albums under her belt. Among the most notable performances were The Great Wall of China and the biggest rock music festival in the world - Rock in Rio to over 250,000 people. 


Cathy has a deep understanding of the Irish tradition and is regarded as one of the finest traditional singers in Ireland today. With support by Music Generation Laois Trad Group

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

This event is supported by: 

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Late-Date with Simon Morgan and friends

Richie Buckley (saxophone), Drazen Derek (guitar), Vincent Lynch (piano),

James Mahon (uilleann pipes) & Brian Fleming (percussion)

Thurs 26th • 22.30h • Cinema Retiro • €12 

Celebrate 10 years of Creative Connexions in Sitges with Simon Morgan in Concert

Having performed in many different guises at past Creative Connexions festivals, from presenting reinterpretations of Thomas Moore's songs to a stellar performance with the band Stolen Chicken, for this year’s 10-year celebration Simon will present a mix of Irish song with a jazz twist as well as original song. Simon will be joined by his long-term collaborators Richie Buckley, Drazen Derek and Vincent Lynch, plus James Mahon & Brian Fleming. This event promises to be Simon's gig of the decade in Sitges!

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

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Simon Morgan

Friday October 27th

Mick McNamara

Mick McNamara and guests

open the Creative Connexions

10- year Garden Party Celebrations!

Fri 27th • 12.30h • Els Jardins del Retiro • €7 


Join Mick McNamara as he takes this year's festival audience through a mix of folk songs in a presentation which has earned him the reputation of the ultimate (party) stage personality!


Mick will be joined by a host of other performers including some of Ireland's leading youth ensembles, CCÉ Bray, CCÉ Beaumont and Yellow Bellows Music Generation Wexford, together with Sitges own,

multi-instrumentalist, Joan Pinos.


Els Jardins del Retiro Bar & Restaurant Open throughout 

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Donal & Dotts O'Connor

Fri 27th • 18.00h • Cinema Retiro • €10 

Donal O'Connor 

Always a favourite with the Creative Connexions audience, Donal O'Connor has been writing songs for over 30 years and has three entirely self-composed albums to his name. His writing has been described by Christy Moore as "a pure joy". Charlie McGettigan regards him as "one of my favourite songwriters". He has toured extensively in the UK and has also performed in Germany, USA, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.

Donal has performed at all 10 Creative Connexions festivals!


Dotts O'Connor

Best known as the guitarist of the RTÉ Choice nominated band Come On Live Long and Dirty Dreamer, Dotts O'Connor's new solo project is a departure from his previous work as part of a band. Dotts recently released his debut solo EP, 'Coney', a culmination of this solitary time spent working on his craft. Throughout the writing process, he had only one rule; 'Does the song stand on its own with vocals and guitar?' Let the Sitges audience answer this question!

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

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Mary Coughlan

sings Billie Holiday

Fri 27th • 19.30h • Cinema Retiro • €17 

Combining the magic of a live Mary Coughlan performance with the moody songs of Billie Holiday this concert promises to be a festival highlight! Performed by Ireland's premiere Jazz and Blues singer and joined by her long-term collaborator, Richie Buckley on saxophone, together with a host of other performers, Mary will pull every ounce of emotion from the music. Arguably one of Ireland's greatest female jazz and blues singers, Mary Coughlan is a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career as well as a legion of devoted fans worldwide.

"Her talent is awesome." The London Times

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

This event is supported by:

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Kaleidoscope Stage!

A dynamic hour of music

presented by Brian Fleming

Fri 27th • 22.45h • Cinema Retiro • €10 

 Remember back in the early years we had a Kaleidoscope Stage? This year you asked for this to be brought back. Join festival veteran and percussionist extraordinaire Brian Fleming as he creates a magic hour of music and music-making – featuring Richie & Eve Buckley, Caitríona Sherlock and Jay Rankin and a spectacular Kaleidoscope Finale.

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

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Saturday October 28th


A Dance Show followed by an interactive Céilí

Sat 28th • 12.30h • Els Jardins del Retiro • €7 

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This year will see the liveliest dance show of the 10 years!

Offering a wide variety of dance styles, and produced by the experienced performers listed below, this year the festival is offering an afternoon of different dance performances, dance music and dance styles. Combining traditional dance and music with a variety of traditional and contemporary dance moves, this extravaganza will offer the audience an exhilarating and exciting energy-packed stage show.

Following the stage show audiences are invited to sit back and watch an informal presentation of dance or push back your chair and join in the Céilí! From Sardanas to the Siege of Ennis this year's dance event will rock!

The festival will offer a variety of dance workshops (FREE) for beginners and intermediate dancers in advance of this event.

Ciara-Lee Jenkinson: Step-Dance

Colm Treanor: Set-Dance

Louise O'Connor: Sean-nós Dance

Sean Treanor: Set-Dance

Betlem Burcet: Step-Dance

Craobh Sean Treacy: Traditional Youth Ensemble 


Watch this space for other dancers /special guests to be announced.

Els Jardins del Retiro Bar & Restaurant Open throughout


This event is supported by El Cable & El Cable Retiro: 

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Cor Nua

Follow the Tune
A Multimedia Presentation of
the Music of North Roscommon
Film - Photography - Audio - Live Music

Sat 28th • 15.00h • Cinema Retiro • €10 

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Featuring musicians Mossie Martin (fiddle), Bernard Flaherty (flute & whistle), 

Donal O’ Connor (guitar), dancer Betlem Burcet, and joined by several other well-known traditional performers, this concert takes you on a journey of the music of an area in the West of Ireland, a place with a rich traditional legacy and a distinctive style of playing. Mossie and Bernard, both renowned exponents of this style will take you through the nuances and the stories of these tunes. Against the backdrop of dazzling visual presentations this concert will make you feel you have arrived in the heart of a location in the North- West of the country. Craobh Phairais, travelling to Sitges since 2014, will also perform as part of Follow the Tune.

This is an ongoing project supported by Roscommon Creative Ireland Programme and led by

Caroline Wynne, Artscope.

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

This event is supported by:

COR Nua 
A Classic Celtic and World Music Choral Event

Sat 28th • 16.30h • Cinema Retiro • €10 

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Made up of singers of many different nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, and vocal styles. We are delighted to say that COR Nua is back and under the direction of Eunan McDonald and pianist Vincent Lynch the choir will perform a vast repertoire – more than 20 choir works, representing as many as eight different countries! And of course, they will be joined by several special guests delivering memorable renditions of World music dotted with classic Celtic tradition – a must hear festival event!

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

This event is supported by:

The Rubik’s Ensemble
with special guest
Caitríona Sherlock  

The Best of Traditional Irish Music
@ Creative Connexions '23

Sat 28th • 18.00h • Cinema Retiro • €12  

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The Rubik's Ensemble showcases some of the finest exponents of traditional music in Ireland. All with busy solo performing careers they also perform alongside some of the leading Irish bands and have busy touring careers in Ireland, the UK and the US. We are delighted that these artists have taken the time to team-up for Sitges '23 and showcase the best of what is out there in Irish traditional playing now. A gig not to be missed! 

The Rubik's Ensemble is a South Dublin County Council and Artscope initiative.

From a Kila member to a Fleadh Cowboy to a Systir this gig will have energy and creativity in abundance!


Claire Sherry: fiddle, banjo, mandolin

James Mahon: uilleann pipes, flute, whistles

Paul Kelly: fiddle, mandolin

Siobhan Buckley: harp

Tim Doyle: concertina, uilleann pipes, piano, fiddle, viola, whistles

Caitriona Sherlock: vocals

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

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Jack O’Rourke in Concert
Sat 28th • 19.30h • Cinema Retiro • €1  

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Jack O'Rourke takes many forms – singer, songwriter, composer, performer

– one of those mercurial artists whose musical imagination and personality has made him an intriguing entity to his many fans. He manages to combine that most difficult and delicate of writing traits – the ability to convey the personal whilst making it universal. Like all great folk and roots artists, Jack has respect for tradition while pushing the parameters of innovation. Versatile and musically adventurous, Jack's roots still lie at the piano, the telling of a story in song and his empathy to sing of characters facing life's triumphs and tragedies.


Equally at home in folk, chamber music, blues, pop, jazz and rock, Jack's rich baritone is warm, emotional and inviting. Seated at the piano, he picks out folk songs of modernity with nods to melodic traditions of old - be it the beautiful ode to growing up gay in the Amnesty Yes campaign anthem, Silence, to the poignant story of a publican who secretly paints in Opera on The Top Floor, to the joy and release of diving into the ocean in

Sea Swimming.


Having played St. James' Church for Other Voices, Jack sang Neil Young's Harvest Moon Live on national television for Culture Night. He recently took part in the tribute to his lyrical hero John Prine at Vicar Street, with Declan O'Rourke, Mick Flannery, Susan O Neill and Lisa Hannigan, duetting with Gemma Hayes on two Prine classics. This was preceded with joining Wallis Bird and Jess Kav interpreting Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott with The RTE Concert Orchestra and finally, returning to his native Cork to reimagine the songs of the Beatles at Cork Opera House. He rounded up June in joining Jenny Greene, belting out club and RnB anthems to electro beats,

Live at the Marquee.

 "A captivating live performer, Jack O'Rourke shows a deftness when it comes to dissecting the minutiae of relationships and examining the human condition in a manner worthy of lyrical forebears Leonard Cohen and

Tom Waits." - The Irish Examiner


"O'Rourke is a vocalist of rare distinction. The album's essence is to be found on Sea Swimming - a track that's redolent of the sort of standards that Paul Brady delivered early in his career." - John Meagher, The Irish Independent

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

Ian Drew and friends  
A Tribute to the Legends of Irish Folk
@ Creative Connexions '23

Sat 28th • 22.45h • Cinema Retiro • €12

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Ian Drew’s charismatic performances at Sitges ’22 was a definite highlight with audiences.

This year, join Ian as he takes you on a journey of the music, the song, the stories and the ‘craic’ of some of the legends of Irish folk music. Building on his familial ties to the late legendary Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners, Ian has been steeped in the Irish folk tradition and since his early years music was not just a hobby for him but a way of life. With Ian’s passion for Irish music and his talent for captivating audiences there is no better placed performer to pay tribute to the icons of the Irish folk scene.

Bar Open

This event is supported by:

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Sunday October 29th

Irish Catalan Youth Stage

presented by

Joan Pinos

Sun 29th • 12.30h • Cinema Retiro • €8

(children under 8yrs free)   

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Celebrate the final youth stage as almost 100 Irish youth take to the stage for their final performance of the weekend.

Presented by Joan Pinos, ReeligMusic Generation Carlow, Gort na mBó, Mayo and Music Generation Waterford Senior Traditional Ensemble have curated a stage which will showcase the music, the energy and the collaborations at the heart of the festival youth programme. They will be joined by Joan and some Sitges youth in a collaborative finale. A true Creative Connexion!

Bar Open (before and between concerts)

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Viva Mary (film)

An Eloquent Portrayal of a Strong Irish Woman

The 50 min screening will be followed by a 

Jazz Session with Drazen Derek

Sun 29th • 14:00h • Queenz, Calle Espalter 2 • €10   

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Irish filmmaker and Sitges resident Cathal Ó Cuaig explores the life of Mary Lamb Waugh, a remarkable 90-year-old who defies norms with her zest for life. 

Her story is a kaleidoscope of fascinating subjects; feminism, emigration, art, education and sailing the high seas. Growing up in Connemara in the 1930s, she witnessed both great poverty and the subjugation of women. Her father, the renowned painter Charles Lamb, instilled in his daughter a deep love for art and the west of Ireland. A love she carried with her all her life.


Never one to take the mundane road, she spent decades sailing the Mediterranean solo, as a pensioner. This feel-good film reveals her myriad roles; the doting grandmother, the inspirational mother, the caring friend, the coquettish singleton, the sailor on the high seas, the consummate musician, the proud emigrant and the hilarious seanchaí. In her own affable way, Mary brings us to the diverse locations that encompass her life's voyage. From the small west of Ireland village of An Cheathrú Rua, to the serene Spanish coastal town of Sitges, and from the heaving streets of London to the genteel English town of Worthing. The result is a series of remarkable, poignant and funny conversations in which she opens up about her life, passions and fears.


This is an eloquent portrait of a strong woman, and an equally poignant portrait of the changing place of women in Ireland. After hearing her story, you will say, I could be more like her. I should be more like her. 

Supported by Coimisiún na Meán and RTÉ

As a soloist and ensemble guitarist, Drazen Derek performs in a range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Avant- garde, Eastern European and Latin. He has performed and toured across Europe, the US and South America with international artists including Niels Pedersen, Carols Nunez, Hary Allen, The BBC Orchestra, The Celtic Connections Festival Orchestra, and Ravi Shankar.

Doors Open @ 13.30h​

Bar Open and Tapas Menu available throughout (not included in ticket).

This event is supported by Rúnda Productions:

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Creative Connexions Ireland: Sitges '23

Sun 29th • 17.30h • Cinema Retiro • €12


A Multicultural Dynamic Folk Orchestra from Ireland

“…could easily sit alongside Ry Cooder’s work with the Buena Vista Social Club.... Essential listening for trad aficionados” (Hot Press Magazine)

Back for their third time to perform at Creative Connexions in Sitges, NoCrows are without a doubt the most dynamic group to take to the festival stage in its 10 year history. Make sure to be there as they close off ten years of Creative Connexions!

 A dynamic folk orchestra No Crows 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. Formed in 2005, NoCrows’ growing output of original material reflects its diverse musical roots, from Irish traditional to Latin rumba, classical, jazz, rock and Balkan music. Audiences have been astonished by the unequalled width of the band’s original repertoire, from delicate Irish airs to Gypsy mayhem, from Mallorcan Jota to original songs in many styles with lush string arrangements. Their musical mix not only reflects the folk traditions of the various members but also their lifetime experience across many genres of music.


NoCrows are: 

Felip Carbonell - Guitar, Voice; Ray Coen - Guitar, Fiddle, Voice; Anna Houston - Cello, Mandolin, Voice; Eddie Lee - Double Bass, Voice; Oleg Ponomarev - Violin, Voice.


Bar Open before Concert

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