What's On

Friday 9 September to Saturday 1 October, 10am to 5pm, free of charge

Green: 40 Shades of Clare – An Exhibition by Will Gilchrist & Mike Lewisohn

Opens Culture Night Friday 16 September at 6.30pm.

Mike Lewisohn is an artist living and working in Co. Clare who for many years has painted and documented its natural surfaces. For his current exhibition Mike has produced a series of paintings portraying Co. Clare’s coastlines; coast, loughs and river. Ultimately his work is a celebration of the natural beauty of Co. Clare.

Taking Hibernia as a seasonal and suitably verdant line, this exhibition from Will Gilchrist uses natural material that makes a relative sense but remains identifiable in manner. Will is a Scottish fine artist based in County Clare who has exhibited extensively in Ireland and the UK.

View a photo album of the works in this exhibition here.

Thursday 6 October,

Wood.Stone.Spider

in Association with Rough Magic

“Some stones have the ghosts of old animals in them. People are the same. We are full of fossils.”

In our first collaboration with Rough Magic, glór is delighted to welcome one of Ireland’s leading companies for a rehearsed reading of Wood.Stone.Spider., Fergal McElherron’s poetic exploration of the Irish psyche.

This ‘in development’ presentation of Fergal McElherron’s new play, set in County Clare, tells a dark, funny, folkloric tale of two sisters bringing up a child in a peripheral rural community.  Starring Ennis’s own Simone Kirby and Penny Layden, it will be directed by Lynne Parker.  The in progress reading will also take place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre on Friday 7th October as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in Development.

Please note this event is a private event due to its nature as a work in development.

Friday 7 October, 10am & 12pm, €6

Cinder and the Ellas presented by Fidget Feet

Suitable for ages 8+

Cinderella takes flight in this classic fairy tale, full of amazing aerial circus acts from the company that brought you 'Catch Me‘ and 'Elves and the Shoemaker'.
Come and share in Cinderella’s journey and watch the thrilling and heart felt story being re-told using aerial hoops, cyr wheel, aerial triple trapeze, a specially designed set full of projections and an original music score.

A pint sized Cirque Du Soleil, Fidget Feet is an internationally renowned company.  This show is full of Fidget Feet’s humour, and  is a stunning mix of aerial feats mixed with dance, theatre, comedy and video art.

This show is funded by the Arts Council, in association with the Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Limerick and glór, Ennis.

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Friday 7 – Monday 31 October, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, free of charge

Iria: An Exhibition of Illustrations by Jole Bortoli

Iria is an exhibition of illustrations based on the book of the same name by Jole Bortoli.  It’s not so much a book to read, as a voyage of discovery undertaken between pairs of elements: word and image; dream and actuality; science and art; East and West; male and female; fire and water; Ireland and Italy; myth and history.  It’s a magical mystical story told through both pictures and words.

Jole Bortoli is an artist, writer and teacher and has a long-time association with both The Ark, the cultural centre for children, and The Sanctuary, the holistic centre in the heart of Dublin, exploring the world around us through art.  She is a key facilitator of in service training to teachers within The Ark’s ongoing CPD programme for teachers.

Saturday 8 October, 8pm, €20

MÓRglór Award Night 2016 (SOLD OUT)

a concert celebrating Frank Custy

The prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is sponsored by glór and developed in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins who is an adviser to glór and coordinated the original concert in 2013.
 



glór’s annual award to celebrate outstanding contribution to traditional music has this year been awarded to Frank Custy.

Born in Dysart in the Ruane parish of Co. Clare, as a teacher, Frank inspired many people to take up music, and Toonagh National School became renowned for its promotion of traditional Irish music and singing. Sean Conway and Mary Custy are just two of those who learned their craft at the school while Sharon and Gary Shannon also learned their trades during the classes organised outside school hours.

In honour of his invaluable contribution to the traditional arts and in particular to thank Frank for promoting the music of this county to a wide audience, glór has assembled a wonderful line up of musicians to entertain and honour Frank on Saturday 8 October.  The concert will feature many major names in the world of traditional Irish Music including The Custy Family; The Shannon Family; P.J. King; Siobhan Peoples; Yvonne Casey; Eoin O’Neill; Tara Breen; Michelle & Lorraine O’Brien; Brendan Mulkere; Claire Egan and many more, in a concert that promised to be a memorable evening

Early booking advised.

MÓRglór 2016 is kindly supported by IMRO.


More information on MÓRglór can be found here.

Thursday 13 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Dublin Burning

Brendan Begley: accordion & vocals and Mike Hanrahan: guitar & vocals

Brendan Begley and Mike Hanrahan have created a show which tells a story of Ireland's 1916 rising through songs, music, poetry and stories of the era spanning 1890 to 1916.

We find songs so familiar to generations of Irish people and shine an extra light in their significance. Songs such as 'Oro se de Bheatha Abhaile', 'The Tri coloured Ribbon', 'A Nation Once Again', 'James Connolly' and 'A Soldiers Song' which would eventually be translated to irish and become our National Anthem.

Come and celebrate this extremely important period of our history.

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This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).  Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out:

Friday 14 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Overshadowed

presented by Sunday’s Child Theatre

This moving and insightful piece by award winning company Sunday's Child aims to provoke compassion and debate around the subject of eating disorders.

Imogene used to be sparkly vivacious, and outgoing. She used to fancy lads, have curves and love chips. Recently however she has become withdrawn, gaunt, obsessed with exercise. The reason? Caol, her new “best friend”, who’s cast a dark shadow over Imogene's life.

“a dark, compassionate sometimes funny exploration of eating disorders.”  Irish Times.  ****

Starring Clare’s own Eva O’Connor who is quickly making a name for herself as one of Ireland’s outstanding theatre Makers.

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Saturday 15 October, 2.30pm, €6

Song of The Sea

This superb Irish animation from the director of 2009’s The Secret of Kells is a treat; an enchanting and very moving “family film”.

Once again, the story is rooted in Irish folklore, with selkies, giants and faeries slipping in and out of a tale of a vanished mother, a grieving father, and two lost but resourceful children trying to make their way home.

Saturday 15 October, 8pm, €28

Tommy Tiernan - Under The Influence (SOLD OUT)

As if receiving instructions from a strange and distant star, Tommy Tiernan takes to the stage refusing to take anything seriously.

The political and the personal are all up for grabs as the only goal of the evening is laughter. Let our struggles be mocked and our cares abandoned. Allow yourself be guided by a language loving and theatrical performer with a half thought out plan, no professional qualifications and a mouth with a mind of its own. Can you trust him? To be silly, yes. To behave, no. Like a bus conductor standing in front of an orchestra with a spoon in one hand and air horn in the other what could possibly go wrong?

Thursday 20 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Socks in The Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan comprises Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the accomplished Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle & banjo.

This Co. Clare trio blend Irish traditional melodies with their own personal flair which has gained them critical acclaim and accolades including 'New Band of the Year' by the Irish Music Association.

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Friday 21 October, 8pm, €10/€6 conc,/€30 family of 4

On a Clare Day

IFI presents Local Films for Local People

This programme of films made in and about Clare has a distinct Clare musical accent.

'The Memory of a People' a French TV film from 1972, provides a broad sweep of the Irish musical landscape before focusing on the Clare landscape and the musical talent of Patrick McCarthy, Willie Clancy and Mrs. O Tuama; 'My Irish Diary' (1996) a film about a young Danish boy at school for a year in Ballyvaughan; and 'Amharc Éireann' newsreel stories of Ras Tailteann, a novel road safety campaign and a Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis 1959.

The highlight of the programme will be the presentation of a series of short, silent films made in Clare and accompanied by Ennis-based Eoghan Neff on fiddle.

Saturday 22 October, 8pm, €22.50

Luka Bloom

with support from Clare Sands and Fiddle Case

With a poet’s heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists, having produced 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do, and the 2012/13 Heartman Tour proves he is still making provocative, poetic music that delves deep into the intricacies of the human soul and pulls out the nuggets and puts them in a song.

With a fiddle in one hand and a guitar in the other, Cork based Clare Sands is a singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. She performs in a variety of genres, her own material being a mixture of Blues & Folk.
'Sands has veered into jazz and blues and shows a heavy appreciation for Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan in her songwriting and approach to vocal performance. Her style is free and natural as she blazes her own path. She has no time for drama' Musician.ie

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Tuesday 25 October, 10am & 11.45am, €6

Graffiti Classics

suitable for ages 5+

16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim; to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old.

Grafitti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show.

Children attending both Monster Music Improv & Graffiti Classics can avail of a special combined ticket price of €10.

Wednesday 26 October, 10.30am, €6

Monster Music Improv for ages 5+

presented by The Ark Improvised Music Company

Join acclaimed vocalist and improviser Lauren Kinsella, outstanding guitarist and technology-whizz Shane Latimer and inventive cartoonist Patrick Sanders for a music performance with a difference.

The musicians will instantly create funky jazzy melodies on-the-spot, while Patrick draws cool cartoons of the music that are projected live! Expect lots of spontaneous music fun, some well-known tunes, fantastic cartoons and strange spooky sounds thrown in for good measure.

Children attending both Monster Music Improv & Graffiti Classics can avail of a special combined ticket price of €10.

Thursday 27 October, 10am (ages 5-8) & 12pm (ages 9+),

Niall De Búrca Reading for Children’s Book Festival 2016

presented by Clare County Library

Niall de Búrca is one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers. He has featured in theatre, radio and at many Festivals.

Bookings directly with Clare County Library on 065 68 216 16.

Thursday 27 October, 8pm, €25

Ralph McTell

One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, is celebrating 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.

Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 1993, Nanci Griffith recorded ‘From Clare to Here’ on her Grammy Award winning album and in 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 November, €40 for 2 days

Brick Flicks Halloween Stop Motion Workshops

10.30am – 1pm (ages 8-10)
2pm – 4.30pm (ages 11+)

In this special Halloween themed workshop from Brick Flicks, you will learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day!

As always the workshops are focused on a combination of simple demonstration with plenty of hands on learning. Movies will be shared through Dropbox and YouTube!

Materials are supplied though participants are encouraged to bring along their own favourite Lego characters and a few zombies.

Friday 4 to Saturday 26 November, 10am to 5pm , free of charge

Beyond the Blue Horizon

An exhibition by Tom Prendergast & Richard Sharp

Tom Prendergast is presenting both paintings and paper cut outs, on this his second exhibition in glór. There are still lives, landscapes and portraits. In other words, the classics, to be enjoyed by all.

Richard Sharp paints, with acrylic and oil gloss paints, the trees and animals of the family farm, below the Corkscrew Hill, Ballyvaughan and the seascapes around Quilty, West Clare. Recent work can be large or small, on canvas or board and lino prints.

Friday 4 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Michael Harding

Talking to Strangers

Michael Harding is one of Ireland's most distinctive writers and storytellers and his recent memoirs 'Staring at Lakes' and 'Hanging with the Elephant' have touched a chord with audiences throughout the country.

Now he returns to glór with his latest book, 'Talking to Strangers' and to ruminate on his life over the past 18 months, playing the Bull McCabe on stage in Dublin, struggling with self-doubt, faith, and psychotherapy, and the chaos of building an extension to his home near Lough Allen.

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Saturday 5 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

If Only

presented by The Wild Swan Theatre Company

"This moving tribute to the show band era shares lost dreams and regrets  yet within the drama there is nostalgia and laughter.  You will laugh, cry, dance and sing and come away feeling a need to follow your dreams....no matter how crazy."

Comments from the audience:
"This play should be prescribed by a Doctor...a pure tonic!"
"From start to finish, the best night of theatre I've ever had!"

Tuesday 8 November, 11.00am,

Ger Carey Live

Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students.

By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others.

To book contact Ger Carey on 083 119 0024 and 059 914 1333.

 

Thursday 10 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Doug Allan - In The Company of Giants

Adventures, encounters and insights from the award winning cameraman whose TV credits include the epic wildlife series: Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Ocean Giants, Frozen Planet, Operation Iceberg and Wild Cameramen at Work.  

Sir David Attenborough said recently “For me, wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug. There’s just no one else who knows these frozen worlds as he does”.

Join Doug for an unforgettable evening as he takes you up close and personal with the animals that live in the wildest places on earth.

See amazing film footage on the big screen and listen to Doug’s experiences of working with Sir David Attenborough, Charlie Bird, Gordon Ramsay, Ewan McGregor and others. Ask Doug questions about his wildlife experiences and chat to him about his extreme adventures.

This is a family show and illustrated presentation that includes film clips and slides from his experiences as a wildlife cameraman with Q+As after each half.

Friday 11 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Sonamus

in association with Tradfest Ennis

Sonamus‘ 2016 National Tour follows the release of their acclaimed debut album ‘Music of Ireland’, provides audiences an opportunity to hear music that was enjoyed by all strata of Irish society from the 17th century to the present day and reflects Ireland's extraordinarily broad musical heritage.

The concert will feature compositions by Cormac Breatnach, Roger Doyle and Donal Lunny, Traditional music, 17th century Baroque music from France and Ireland, Irish harp tunes and Romantic arrangements of Irish traditional music.

Cormac Breatnach: Susato Whistles
Rachel Factor: Harpsichord
Eamon Sweeney: Early & Classical Guitars
Annette Cleary: Cello


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Wednesday 16 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Have a Heart

Seamus Moran’s dynamic and visually captivating one-man play will keep you guessing and fully engaged throughout.

A man who’s recently had a heart transplant thinks his new heart is talking to him. Is he insane? Suffering side-effects from the medication? Or is it possible? Could this really be happening? When his new heart persuades him to embark on a major quest, his life is turned inside out; his world turned upside down. His beliefs, assumptions and view of himself are questioned, tested and challenged.

Moran is best known for playing beleaguered café owner Mike Gleeson in RTÉ’s Fair City.

“Wonderful… Impressive... an intriguing work…. a comic dramatisation of organ memory with a distinct thriller vibe…”

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Friday 18 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Ennis Gospel Choir

Ten Year Throwback

Celebrating ten years, this quirky, creative, fun choir promise an uplifting night filled with the songs, singers and musicians that inspired their journey so far. The ultimate feel good night. See you there!

Thursday 24 November, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

An Evening of Christie Hennessy Music

presented by Rise Productions

One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing.

Featuring all his best loved hits – 'Messenger Boy', 'Jealous Heart', 'Don’t Forget Your Shovel', 'If You Were To Fall', 'All The Lies That You Told Me', and the iconic 'Roll Back The Clouds' – come and experience the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy for one more night of his magical music."

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This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).  Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out:

Friday 25 November, 8pm, €28

How’s Tings?

The brand new show from Pat Shortt

Fresh from the success of his award-winning show, Selfie (“Dangerously funny.” - onstageblog.com, New York) Pat Shortt returns with a brand new show called How’s Tings?

In a night of music and mayhem, Ireland’s most popular comedian explores all sorts of tings. Big tings and little tings. Personal tings and tings that are not so personal. Important international tings and tings that only affect the parish. In Shortt, it’s a funny show about tings.

Early booking advised.

Friday 25 November, 8.30pm in the glór studio, €10

Emer O’Flaherty

An evening of mellow musical musings with Emer O’Flaherty and guests.

Saturday 26 November, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ etc. return to glór this November.
   
The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of The Fureys.

Inevitably changes have occurred over 38 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996, however George and Eddie have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have just released a new CD ‘The Times They Are a Changing’

The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he met and shared accommodation in Edinburgh with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.

Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.

www.thefureys.com

Thursday 1 December, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Christmas by the Hearth with Sean Keane and Friends

Following last year’s sell out shows, Sean Keane invites you to join him for another festive treat of music and song by the hearth. Sean will be joined by Pat Coyne Fergus Feely, Stephen Doherty and David Doocey.

Sean will be singing some songs from his new album (which will be in shops for Christmas), as well as some classics from his well-known repertoire.

Wednesday 7 December, 8pm, €25

A Night With the Stars Christmas Show

Join 5 of Irelands top Country Stars - Declan Nerney, Paddy O’Brien, TR Dallas, Michael Collins and Patrick O’Sullivan - who each will showcase their biggest hit songs in the company of a full live band.

If it’s Country Music you like with a sprinkle of festive magic, this if the show for you!

Friday 9 December, 8pm, €25

Little Green Cars

Little Green Cars were still in their teens when they were spotted and signed to Glassnote and recorded their widely-acclaimed 2013 debut Absolute Zero with producer Markus Dravs. That album changed their lives, taking the five former school friends on tour everywhere from Europe and Australia to Russia and the States, which they criss-crossed six times in three years.

Now all in their early 20s, Little Green Cars are both a different band and the same five friends who met every Sunday aged 15 in singer Stevie Appleby’s garden shed to start writing songs. Those changes, their shared experiences and individual ups and downs are candidly documented in Ephemera, a gorgeous, grown-up album about, well, growing up.

Two deaths, relationship break-ups and their over two years’ worth of touring are among the key events that inform Ephemera’s richly-textured, harmony-soaked rock songs. While the impact of those events will change over time, the intense emotions they evoked live on in the music.

All the time the band were on tour, they were writing new songs, some of which they honed live. All the time they were changing, as were family and friends back home, whose lives they could sometimes no longer relate to. Stevie and Faye O’Rourke – the band’s principal songwriters and interchanging lead vocalists – watched their love lives fall apart. All five questioned who they used to be and who they had become, not least guitarist Adam O’Regan, whose father passed away.

“It’s a transitional album,” says Stevie. “Lyrically, it’s all about change – the end of some eras, new beginnings, learning from the past and looking to the future. Ephemera means things that are important to you, but only for a short time. That could apply to music or relationships or even a particular day.

All five members of the band – completed by Donagh Seaver O’Leary on bass and Dylan Lynch on drums - contribute to the music and harmonise. Having written on the road, the quintet returned to Dublin in 2014 to make demos. By the end of the year, they were ready to record their first batch of songs. Keen to co-produce, they sought a trusted collaborator. Enter Rob Kirwan, at whose treasure trove Dublin studio the band experimented with sounds, adding electronics, mastering reverb, bringing in a cellist and learning to play the toy-like Omnichord.

A dozen exquisitely-crafted, exceptionally-sung, sumptuously-produced songs shimmer with the myriad of emotions the band has been through - restlessness, regret, love, heartbreak, hope and acceptance among them.

The tracklisting for Ephemera runs as follows: The Song They Play Every Night; You vs Me; Easier Day; The Garden of Death; Brother; Clare De Lune; Ok Ok Ok; The Party; I Don’t Even Know Who; Good Women Do; Winds Of Peace; The Factory.

Friday 16 December, 7.30pm, €22/€20 conc./€12.50 Child (16yr or under)/€55 family (2 Adults & 2 children)

The Nutcracker

presented by Ballet Ireland

This timeless classic,  with beautiful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, takes audiences on a wondrous adventure of full of quintessential Christmas magic.

It’s Christmas Eve. A marvellous party is taking place where the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer brings gifts for all the children. When midnight strikes, very strange things start to happen … The Christmas tree grows to incredible heights and Clara’s magical Christmas gift, her Nutcracker, leads them into a fairy-tale world.  With her heroic Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and they journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets together.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic of Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, with the whole family. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!

Saturday 17 December, 8.30pm, €18/€16 conc.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley

The pair recently performed together as part of Ó Raghallaigh's residency in the stunning Kevin Barry room at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. They share a common interest in the traditional music of both Kerry and Clare, and they both have an approach to music that revels in repetition and a deep meditative engagement with each tune.

Caoimhín's distinctive sound can be traced back to an early interest in both the sound of the flatpitch uilleann pipes and a love for the traditional music of Kerry and Clare. Twelve albums to date: solo, duos, trios, and with bands This Is How We Fly and The Gloaming. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center.

Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He is founder of Airt and award winning Tunes in the Church concert series in Galway and Dublin. In 2014, he received the Seán Ó Riada Award for concertina playing. To date, he has featured on three acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty ('Na Fir Bolg'), the second ('Tunes in the Church'), featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo), and third, Ré, featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Peter O'Toole.

Throughout the concert, the pair play a number of very unusual instruments that extend the musical and sonic range available to them: bass, baritone and piccolo concertinas combining with a 10-string hardanger d'Amore fiddle and Dali-esque 5-string viola.

Friday 13 January, 8pm, €30

Charlie Landsborough

This remarkable singer/songwriter has played all over the world, becoming one of the all-time biggest selling artists in Irish Music history, performing at Nashville’s Grand Ole Oprey to a full house, which was unprecedented for a UK artist.

Charlie’s reputation as a top class entertainer continues to grow and he has won about every possible award in County music including, the Best Male Vocalist at the British Country Music Association Awards three years in a row and most of his 25 albums achieved the No1 spot and is well on his way to selling 2,000.000 units. This has resulted in him being inducted into The British Country Music Hall Of Fame.  He regular tours Australia, Ireland and the British Isles playing to sell out audiences, plus many of his album releases of his self-penned compositions and covers have made the British Pop Charts. Charlie’s song writing blends easy on the ear, folk, country, ballads and blues with a strong and often personal lyric content, mixed with his wit and repartee, this has led to a winning formula which has made an impact on so many professionals and fans alike.

His successful songs have led to his work being covered by several artists including Jack Jones, Pat Boone, Foster and Allen, George Hamilton IV and Daniel O’Donnell.

'Charlie’s like good wine, he matures quietly over a long period of time, when the cork was popped it was well worth the wait.' – Gerry Anderson

Saturday 14 January, 8pm, €23

Neil Delamere:Learning to Handstand

Following his sold out show last year, the master of mirth is back with his own unique brand of his irreverent humour.

2016 was another busy year for the perennially popular star of the Blame Game, which celebrates its 10th birthday on TV this year. With that, a science comedy series for RTÉ2 and his radio show on Today FM under his belt, now he is back to where it all started, talking to strangers in rooms for money.

"Simply put, Delamere is a master" The Scotsman

Saturday 21 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

Tommy turns each song into his own with his own unique and powerful style touching emotions in you that only music can reach. Tommy is famous for his own arrangement of “Danny Boy”, “Isle of Inisfree” and “Hard Times” all songs that you know and love but you have never heard them until you hear Tommy Fleming’s versions. He also covers songs from “You Raise Me Up” to “Bridge over Troubled Waters”, “From a Distance” and “Something Inside So Strong” along with many more contemporary numbers.

Early booking advised.

www.tommyfleming.com

Friday 10 February, 8pm, €40

Christy Moore

The iconic voice of Christy Moore makes a welcome return to the glór stage.  Moore has been singing, writing and collecting songs for most of his life and is now regarded as one of Ireland’s most important and influential artists with a career spanning over 50 amazing years.

Early booking advised.

Sunday 12 February, 8pm, €30

Keith Barry - HypnoMagick

'Keith Barry - Hypnomagick' will be Keith's craziest, most magical and hypnotic show to date.  Prepare to have your mind blown with original, never seen before feats of mind-reading and magic, coupled with hilarious hypnotic demonstrations that will leave your sides aching with laughter.  The show will involve demonstrations of mass hypnosis and mass mind-reading, at times involving the whole audience - no one is safe!  During the second half Keith will invite over 100 people on stage where he will hypnotise them to do mental and outlandish feats they would never ordinarily do.  He will openly invite the skeptics on stage to participate and imagine the shock on their faces when he makes the whole audience disappear right in front of their very eyes.  The only question is - will you be brave enough to join Keith on stage or will you try to stay safe in the comfort of your seat?

Tickets go on sale 10am Monday 12th September 2016.

Early booking advised.

Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday 27 April, 8pm, €27.50/€25.50 conc.

The King Is Back

Internationally renowned as one of the Best Elvis Tributes in the world, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma to Ennis and will show why he is regarded as the best in the business.

Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the "Taking care of Elvis" band. Audiences quickly realized that this was someone with a special talent.

He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists.  In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. In February 2013 Ben headlined on the David Letterman show and has toured the globe with his band.