by / September 30th, 2009 /

Sligo Live air fiddle championship and webcasts

Now in it’s fifth year and already rocking an extensive lineup that includes Martha Wainwright, Imelda May, Josh Ritter, The Saw Doctors, Frankie Gavin, Comedian PJ Gallagher, Wallis Bird and Jinx Lennon, Sligo Live has added a couple of special events to the festival.

First it’s the World Air Fiddle Championships which takes place on the 22nd-26th October on the indoor streets of Quayside and Johnston Court in Sligo’s Centre. Described as a traditional take on Air Guitar, it gives contestants the chance to do their best air ‘diddle-aye’ for the assembled. The current champions are The Fiddle Sisters – Cathy Brennan and Cathy Ann Brennan. They did a Chaplin-esque take on air fiddling last year.

The organisers will also be broadcasting some of the festival’s top trad sessions over the net in webcasts, allowing you to request a tune from wherever you are. More info at the website.