The ‘Keep Her Lit’ campaign became even more relevant when the government moved us all into further Covid 19 levels of restriction, the physical isolation from each other being deeply provided for by the artists’ expressions of common, shared experience and beauty of connection.
The festival team quickly responded, redesigning their programme and focusing solely on recording artists and musicians living locally and within the county borders.
This beautiful opportunity to celebrate the variety of quality Mayo resident musicians, performing pop up outdoor music events along with the stunning backdrop of iconic Westport landmarks was artistically captured by local film maker Joshua Nueva all on a blessedly warm, sunny autumn day and a crisp starry night and now graces the Westival website and social media.
This creative initiative was made possible by the inspired support of Grace O’Malley Spirits who connected with and shared Westival’s values on supporting live recorded music sessions to be hosted and shared on virtual platforms, spreading love and sense of community along with encouragement of the indomitable spirit of resilience during these challenging times, embodied by their namesake Grainne Uaile, the Pirate Queen of the Western shores, “powerful on land and sea”!
Each day during the festival, 21st - 26th October 2020, our followers and virtual audiences can visit the Grace O’Malley Music Sessions and enjoy an immersion in music of diverse genres, five acts each performing a number of their acoustic tracks, some their own original pieces others masterfully arranged traditional tunes and songs.
MATT MOLLOY playing with son Peter Molloy - two flutes and Dave Munnelly -accordion
THE BRENNAN SISTERS traditional songs of Anne - guitar and voice and Monica voice
THE CLEW BAY CRITTERS a good timey mix of Old time songs, wild fiddle tunes, acoustic swing and bluegrass standards. Tim Rogers plays fiddle, 5-string banjo and mandolin. He’s joined by husband and wife Dan Delaney on fiddle and Dearbhla Ryan on string bass. Rounding out the sound is Brian Lofthouse on guitar and mandolin. All of the Critters sing.
GRAHAM SWEENEY singer songwriter from Achill, his distinctive sound arises from a blend of traditional guitar playing, percussive finger- tapping and rhythmic vocal melodies.
CODA seven part harmonies of Declan Askin, Alan Drumm, Conall Ó Domhnaill, Brian Lennon, Mike Cannon, Steve Bryant and Leonard Kelly. Instrumentalists: Guitar: Mike Cannon and Declan Askin , Flute and low whistle: Brian Lennon Mandolin and Banjo: Steve Bryant, Harmonica: Declan Askin, Djembe: Alan Drumm
Take a loving spoonful of the good music medicine that keeps our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits healthy and buoyant and connected!
"To the Spirit of Grace!"