The ninth annual Gospel Rising Music Festival – Ireland’s biggest gospel music and choral festival – returns to Galway City for the second time from the 18th – 20th May 2018 with choirs from all over Ireland and beyond performing in venues throughout the city.

Leading Irish and international choral experts will facilitate workshops in gospel music, teaching every aspect of this style of music from the performance, to band music and of course singing! These workshops are open to anyone, whether you’re already in a choir or just partial to a song in the shower. Workshops are tailored for every skill and confidence level, so everyone will feel part of the sessions and comfortable to sing along.

Some of the best gospel choirs in Ireland will be performing throughout the weekend so everyone gets the chance to see and hear some of the 130 gospel choirs from around Ireland, and enjoy their take on the vast styles within the genre of gospel music.

On the Friday night, the 18th May, Gospel Rising’s main festival concert featuring five gospel choirs from around Ireland will return to the Black Box Theatre, which sold out very early last year.

Also taking part in the concert is the Knocknacarra National School Gospel Choir, who have formed out of Gospel Rising’s schools outreach program which has been running in local schools for the past few months. This is a key component of the festival every year, where even the wee ones get the chance to learn some great gospel tunes, and then get up on the big stage to proudly sing their hearts out.


On Saturday 19th May, you’ll have the chance to catch more of the attending gospel choirs, who will be performing at St Nicholas’ Church at a Lunchtime Concert from 1.30pm – 3.00pm. Grab a quick lunch at the nearby food market just off Shop St and then head inside to munch down some great gospel music!

If you haven’t had enough live music at this stage, come along to Monroe’s on the Saturday night at 8pm! Honouring the great influence Elvis Presley has had on popularising gospel classics(How Great Thou Art and Swing Down Sweet Chariot) the Gospel Rising Music Festival presents Kevin Doyle is not Elvis & The Way it Was Orchestra featuring some gospel music friends for a night of great live music.

Galway Cathedral welcomes the “Festival Choir” to 12:30 mass on Sunday 20th where 300 voices will enrich the celebration with gospel music. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in.

One of the most popular elements of the festival are the workshop options over the whole weekend. Some are large group workshops for everyone to mix and learn something new together. There are also numerous options of master class style sessions in gospel band, soloist technique, rhythm skills, African styles, Elvis’s gospel style, a technical look at singing, contemporary styles and new song ideas, and of course, yoga workshops, using chants, gongs & singing bowls to relax you during this busy schedule.

Workshop spaces are limited and advance booking is advisable.

All tickets both for workshops and gigs are available through the festival website.