Skip to main content

Fête de la musique
Varo, Clare Sands, The Mary Wallopers

  • Wednesday 21 June
  • From 6pm to 10pm
  • Admission (in the courtyard)

Light refreshments on sale by The Pub Green Goose and the drinks Appie.

Chaque année, la Fête de la Musique du CCI rassemble dans la cour plusieurs milliers de personnes dans une atmosphère des plus chaleureuses et festives. Une fois n’est pas coutume, le CCI accueillera en 2023 trois artistes et groupes, traduisant à nouveau toute la richesse de la jeune scène musicale irlandaise. Cette édition mettra un accent particulier sur la musique folk traditionnelle : Varo, Clare Sands et The Mary Wallopers réimaginent chacun à sa manière les mélodies de leurs aînés en y ajoutant des sonorités et influences contemporaines. Oscillant entre force et sensibilité, fougue et audace, ceux-ci nous offriront à coup sûr une nouvelle soirée inoubliable… Un rendez-vous à ne surtout pas manquer !


With Lucie Azconaga (vocals, fiddle, harmonium, ukulele), Consuelo Nerea Breschi (vocals, fiddle, bodhrán)

French and Italian musicians Lucie Azconaga and Consuelo Nerea Breschi share a love of Irish music and have played together since 2015, as the indie folk duo Varo. Both are singers and fiddlers, and they infuse traditional melodies with delicate baroque, medieval and folk touches. Since their first album, released in 2020, they have continued to revisit the Irish repertoire by rearranging songs collected from archives, during sessions or from other singers and musicians. They regularly collaborate with major artists on the independent folk scene, including John Francis Flynn, Landless, Anna Mieke and Lankum. To kick off this year's Fête de la Musique, the duo brings us their elegant vocal harmonies, subtle strings and the bewitching sound of the harmonium.

Clare Sands

This talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (violin, guitar, percussion, electronics) has established herself on the folk scene in only a few years. Born in Galway into a musical family, Clare Sands grew up in Cork and now lives in Belfast. Fuelled by her travels and her many musical collaborations (Hothouse Flowers, Steve Cooney, Susan O'Neill, Kíla...), this flamboyant artist celebrates Ireland and explores all the inventiveness of traditional music. Her songs, in Irish or English, evoke themes both personal and universal - resilience, solidarity, friendship - and pay a heartfelt tribute to women. Her self-titled debut album, released in 2022 to critical and peer acclaim, earned her a nomination at the recent RTE Folk Awards. Clare's performance is sure to be hypnotic, adventurous, and spirited.

The Mary Wallopers

The enfant terribles of Irish folk and worthy heirs to the Pogues, Dubliners and Clancy Brothers, Mary Wallopers are causing a sensation with a euphoric cocktail of Irish folk infused with festive punk. Back in 2020, when the world was in a state of confinement, brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy and their friend Sean McKenna played mini-concerts from their improvised pub-studio in Dundalk, covering old traditional ballads and quickly attracting tens of thousands of spectators. Building on this success, the trio sold out Vicar Street even before releasing their debut recording in autumn 2022, which was named 'Album of the Year' at the RTE Choice Music Prize and described as 'mind-boggling' by Libération. The end of this Fête de la Musique evening promises to be a memorable one… it's when they play live that the seven members of the band unleash an energy that's as raw as it is epic. With the irreverent Mary Wallopers, get ready for some joyous, galvanising chaos!