Connected – Maya Bauer

Westival Hub Old Dunnes Stores Building, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo

In her exhibit Connected, 23-year-old photographer Maya Bauer of Cleveland, Ohio explores turf cutting in Ireland. Her work celebrates country life, promotes conservation, and invites her audience to reflect on the tradition of turf cutting. Bauer welcomes dialogue between guests of all viewpoints and backgrounds in this space. Connected will run from October 20-25 in the Westival […]


David Munnelly & Shane Mc Gowan.

Hewetson Bros Bar 19 Bridge Street, Westport

Shane and David have been playing music together for nearly twenty years and only in there last twelve years they decided to put the duo together to promote their unique approach to traditional music alongside new compositions. Shane is from an area in south Sligo known as lavagh, coming from a musical family he started […]


The Willow Jacks @ McGings

McGings Bar High Street, Westport, Mayo

The Willow Jacks are a local, Westport group that play a broad range of folksy and alternative music. An eclectic and well-polished set performed by an experienced 4-piece band, featuring a sensational percussionist and excellent 3-part harmonies.

Free Event

Westival in Collaboration with Westport Jazz Presents – Christine Tobin & Friends ‘Tower of Song’.

Westport Town Hall Theatre The Octagon, Westport, Co. Mayo

Doors Open 7.30pm Show starts 8pm The Irish born, multi-award winning vocalist and composer is now based in North West Roscommon, having been an integral part of both the New York City and London scene for many years. Her unique, rich sound was described by The Guardian as 'Tobin's 24 carat voice'. Her expressive range […]


The Mississippi Sheiks @ McGings

McGings Bar High Street, Westport, Mayo

'The Mississippi Sheiks' from the west of Ireland, Rory's own stomping ground for those early stage's of his life, are a dedicated, hard working no frills, energetic power trio. Sharing his music around at every giving opportunity they continue to be inspired by Rory's life and music. Having entertained Rory Gallagher fans and musos alike […]

Free Event

Clew Bay Folk Club Westival Special

Matt Molloy's Yard Bar Bridge Street, Westport, Co. Mayo

Matt Molloy's Yard Bar Clew Bay Folk Club has been meeting on a monthly basis for over Eight years now. It is a community of singers and musicians and writers who meet and share their work in a respectful listening space in Matt Molloy's Yard Bar. Zoom came to the rescue during the pandemic and […]

Free Event

An evening with Dani Larkin & CODA

Holy Trinity Church Westport

Dani Larkin Hailing from the Armagh-Monaghan border, Dani Larkin is being heralded as ‘one of the finest songwriters of our time’. Larkin has been creating music for several years, and is a well known face on the live circuit in Northern Ireland. A storyteller by nature, her music is inspired by the folktales she was […]


Maya Bauer – ‘Connected’ Photography Exhibition Launch & Open-Mic Singing & Storytelling Event

McGings Bar High Street Westport High Street, Westport

This is a special launch of Maya Bauer's wonderful photographic exhibition in McGings at 5.00pm on Sunday 24th October. This cosy fireside session will encourage folk to share their own stories, songs and memories from the bog as part of an open-mic singing & storytelling event. Andrew Lawlor and John Downing will also be performing at […]

Bog Bodies @ Mc Gings

Bog Bodies are a heavy folk outfit (often dubbed “Bog Rock” or “Druid Rock”) formed by Irish singer-songwriter and archaeologist Dan Maher. Joined live by renowned Irish Traditional musicians Ciara O'Donnell, and Pio Ryan. Their genre-bending, high-energy folk sound is inspired by Dan’s close study and appreciation of ancient culture, pulling songs from the ether […]

Free Event

Westival Wind Down – The Cobblers Sessions

Cobblers Bar The Wyatt Hotel, The Octagon, Westport

The Cobbler's group started in 2008 as an ‘Improvers’ trad / folk session. The first venue was in the Clew Bay Hotel, then The Islander Bar, then Hobans, and it had settled in Cobbler's Bar in the Wyatt Hotel way before the COVID pandemic. It has been a regular Thursday night slot in many peoples’ […]

Free Event

Communities in Collaboration with Graham Sweeney

Clare Island Co Mayo

Time to be confirmed Clare Island boasts a rich cultural heritage and a raft of craftspeople, artists musicians and dancers- and Westival is once again reaching across the water to embrace this creative spirit. This year, our very own Graham Sweeney will be performing an intimate gig in the lighthouse, followed by a collaborative music […]


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