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Newcastle West Music Trail will hit the right notes for the Limerick town this April 22



Newcastle West Music Trail will take place on Saturday 22nd April across 8 venues.

The inaugural ‘Newcastle West Music Trail’, will take place on Saturday 22nd April, with 10 acts performing across 8 venues

Newcastle West Music Trail
The festival will see 10 performances across 8 venues in Newcastle West

The first-ever ‘Newcastle West Music Trail’, will take place on Saturday 22nd April, and see 10 acts perform throughout the day, in 8 of the town’s most loved, but not always typical, music venues.

The exciting Trail is the first of its kind anywhere in the area, and will see a mix of original artists and covers performers showcase an eclectic range of styles including folk, flamenco, Cuban, blues, rock and classical with the first act performing at 3.15 pm, with 30-minute gigs in each venue, 8 gigs in total.

The Trail will kick off with attendees convening at the Newcastlewest Library, with Emmet Scanlan, Roisin O’Connor and Rob Toomey entertaining festival goers. From there, they will be led to the next venue, with music for the walk, to Sonas Healthfoods where Abe Soare, rising Limerick songwriter, will take over. Other venues taking part include The Red Door Gallery, Mamma Mia Pizzeria, Cronin’s Bar, The G Boutique, and The Central Bar.




The Trail will culminate at Cleary’s Bar at 8.30pm where renowned music of local rock act, The Driven will be performed by The Driven singer Brendan Markham & band at a very special gig in an outdoor marquee.

Organiser and musician, Emmet Scanlan, explained the idea behind the festival, “The quality of music we have in the town alone is phenomenal – captivating original artists, gifted instrumentalists, classically trained tenors…the list goes on. And there is such a love and appreciation of music by people in town, I thought they would really embrace the concept of a Music Trail, and they have. The uptake of tickets has been fantastic, so much so that we only have a limited amount left.”

Tickets are 25 Euro and are available to purchase on the eventbrite website, search Newcastle West Music Trail Festival. Ticket holders will also be treated to treats, snacks, drinks and surprises in each of the venues on the day. A full itinerary for the day, including all performers can be found on ‘Newcastle West Music Trail Festival FB Page’.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.