What's On

Exhibition: Friday 22 June - Saturday 1 September, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge
Launch: Friday 29 June,
Guided Tour: Saturday 14 July, 11.30am, free of charge
Dementia Friendly Tour: Thursday 12th July, 11.30am, free of charge

Common Languages

A Craft and Design Exhibition featuring Hanna Van Aelst, Jackie Maurer and Lesley Stothers

This summer, glór will present an exhibition featuring three craftspeople at the top of their game: contemporary willow artist and basket maker Hanna Van Aelst; ceramicist Jackie Maurer and textile artist Lesley Stothers.

Common Languages will celebrate the best in design and innovation and presents the work of three exceptional craftspeople, each of whom are passionate about the idea of making, their sense of place and the sharing of skills. This exhibition will showcase work that is produced using very traditional craft skills and will celebrate the values of crafts practice in the 21st century by bringing together work that expresses imaginative contemporary ideas through an understanding of materials, skills and traditions.

A Guided Tour led by the artists followed by demonstrations will take place on Saturday 14 July at 11.30am. Free of charge and all welcome.

A Dementia Friendly tour will take place on Thursday 12th July at 11.30am. For more information, please click here.

A Basket Making Workshop and guided tour with Hanna Van Aelst will take place on Saturday 11 August at 11.30am.  For more information please click here.

Saturday 21 July, 8pm, €20

Ceol na mBan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

Ceol na mBan (Music of the Women) will be a very special concert featuring all women performers who have achieved great success as musicians and singers.  A number of well-known and internationally recognised Clare performers will be joined by musicians from other counties.

Performing on the night will be

  • Tara Breen - Fiddle
  • Niamh Ní Charra - Concertina, Fiddle
  • Máire Ní Ghráda - Uilleann Pipes
  • Bríd O’Donoghue Flute - Whistle
  • Eimear Arkins  Fiddle -  Singer
  • Joan Hanrahan - Fiddle
  • Bríd O’Gorman - Flute
  • Michelle Mulcahy - Concertina, Fiddle, Harp
  • Louise Mulcahy - Flute, Uilleann Pipes
  • Mary McNamara - Concertina
  • Sorcha Costello - Fiddle
  • Sinéad Mulqueen - Concertina
  • Jennifer Markham - Fiddle
  • Edel Vaughan - Singer
  • Lorraine Kelly - Harp
Sunday 22 July, 8pm, €27.50

Kilfenora Ceili Band - Sold Out

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan

The most famous céilí band in the world, The Kilfenora, will make one of its few appearances in Clare at glór during Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan.

After more than one hundred years in the business, the world-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band is seen by many aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band. Their core repertoire of dance music, punctuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the beginning of the twentieth century.

They will be joined as usual by a number of well-known guests.

Monday 23 – Friday 27 July, 10am to 2pm, FULL

Designer Minds

for ages 7- 13

You will not find a Summer camp experience like Designer Minds anywhere else in the country! We are not just a science camp, a technology camp, an engineering camp, an art camp or a LEGO® camp! We are everything combined, offering your children a true taste of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths.

We know that there are many young boys AND GIRLS out there who have the potential to be great scientists, engineers, programmers and designers. These are the children who love to create, design and draw, the kids who are nuts about technology, the ones who love learning about nature and how the world works, the eager chemists who are mad about doing science experiments and those who love building with LEGO!

At a Designer Minds camp, kids get the opportunity to explore many of the following topics:

  • Make robots, rockets and roller coasters.
  • Enjoy architecture, art and animation.
  • Have fun with microscopes, Minecraft and music technology.
  • Create circuits, skyscrapers and slime.
  • Learn about coding, chemistry and computers.
  • Explore electronics, engineering and energy.
  • We’ll throw in loads of LEGO and lots of laughter to make Designer Minds an unforgettable experience for your child this Summer.

Topics vary depending on location and we rotate them each Summer so that children have a different experience every time!

We use a variety of cutting-edge equipment, scientist and engineer developed activity plans and Garda-vetted leaders. We are focused on fun, hands-on learning ensuring that your child will be inspired to develop a long-lasting love of the STEAM topics!

If you have a budding scientist, designer, techie or engineer then book early to avoid disappointment. Our exclusive camps have a maximum capacity of just 32 children, so places are strictly limited. Sibling discounts available.

Information & booking on https://designerminds.ie/camps

Monday 23 - Friday 27 July, 11am - 1pm (Ages 12+),
Monday 23 - Friday 27 July, 2pm - 4pm (Ages 6-11), €95/€85 for 2 or more children from same family

Ballet Ireland’s Annual Summer School

Let’s Make a Ballet!

Calling all budding performers!

Ballet Ireland’s popular summer school returns to theatres around the country in 2018. This much-loved programme gives participants a chance to experience all that goes into making a ballet and a peek into the life of a professional dancer. Working alongside Ballet Ireland’s professional dancers, participants will be completely involved in creating their own ballet based on a familiar story that is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

The week-long programme involves daily class and numerous workshops exploring all the component parts that make ballet; choreography, music, mime, drama and making props and costumes. It is a truly unforgettable experience for all involved.

"When I went to sleep I dreamt I was back on stage. I loved it. When can I do it again?" – 2017 Summer School Participant

The programme is suitable for boys and girls ages 6+ with or without dance training.
 

Friday 27 July in Dánlann an Chláir, 8pm, €15/€10 Students/OAPs

Meitheal Showcase Concert 2018

On Friday July 27th, the curtain will come down on Meitheal 2018 (one of Ireland's premier residential trad music summer schools)  with the Meitheal Showcase concert in Dánlann an Chláir at Coláiste Muire, Ennis.  The event features the Meitheal students and several stars of the trad music world. Winifred Horan of Solas will be a marvellous treat and will share the stage with Damien Mullane (ex De Dannan), Kevin Crawford (Lunasa) and many more.

Solo artists include:

  • Lottie Cullen, pipes
  • Joseph McNulty, fiddle
  • Winifrid Horan, fiddle
  • Liz Kane, fiddle
  • Damien Mullane, button accordion
  • Shane Mulchrone, banjo
  • Theresa O Grady, banjo
  • Lisa Cann,y  banjo
  • Cormac de Barra, harp
  • Kevin Crawford, flute
  • Louise Mulcahy, pipes/flute
  • Padraic O' Reilly, Orchestra conductor
  • Eimear Howley, fiddle
  • Liam O' Brien, concertina
  • Sinead Mulqueen, concertina
  • Josephine Marsh, button accordion

The finale of the event will feature Meitheal Trad Orchestra whose membership is drawn from the four corners of Ireland and beyond.  They will perform a new trad suite by Padraic O' Reilly from Rath, Corofin.  Some of the awards won during the week will be announced on the night.

Info: www.tradweek.com or 0876704465.

Saturday 28 July, 8pm, €16/€14 conc

Edges of Light

Colin Dunne, Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power (Ireland/Scotland)

  • Colin Dunne, dance
  • Tola Custy, fiddle
  • Maeve Gilchrist, harp
  • David Power, uilleann pipes, whistles

Edges of Light is a collaboration between Irish dance legend Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist, and uilleann piper David Power.
Combining the play of dance with an adventurous musical spirit, the quartet conjure up a beautiful soundscape, weaving simple and complex textures of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. If you missed this exquisite performance in 2016, early booking advised. This ensemble was originally invited by Music Network to perform together for a specially curated tour of Ireland in September 2016.

Post-show discussion with members of the company
 

Thursday 2 August at Sacred Heart Church, Scariff, Co.Clare, 8pm, €20

An Evening with Louise Morrissey at the Scariff Harbour Festival

Please note that the venue for this event is Sacred Heart Church, Scariff, Co. Clare

A unique opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s best-loved exponents of Country and Irish music. Hailing from Bansha in Co. Tipperary, Louise Morrissey started out her long and illustrious career with her brothers in the popular Morrisseys Folk Group before going on to gain a loyal following throughout a successful solo career comprising several recordings and regular performances throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

Thursday 9 August at the Marquee Feakle, 7.30pm, €20

Cafe Style Concert

Feakle Festival of Traditional Irish Music

The concert features:

Out the Gap dynamic group of young musicians featuring Colm Slattery, Gearoid McNamara, Amy McNamara, Pamela Queally and Kevin Carey.

Sean Tyrell - Traditional Singer and Musician. Sean is a well-known figure in contemporary folk music circles. Galway native Sean has carefully honed his craft in song and strings. He weaves intricate tales that have garnered international critical acclaim, both for his solo albums and numerous collaborations.

Chris Droney, Áine McGrath and Francis Droney
Chris Droney is one of the most respected concertina players in Ireland. The legendary musician from Bellharbour was born in 1924. His father, James and Grandfather Michael (1829-1927) also played concertina and Chris learnt by ear from the age of eight.
He went on to play in several bands and to win ten All-Irelands titles.
Chris will be joined by his son Francis and Aine McGrath. Francis is continuing the family tradition on concertina and he is regarded as fine exponent of the concertina playing of Co. Clare. Aine McGrath is a talented distinguished fiddle player and will be joining the Droney Duo for an exciting musical performance.

The Boruma Trio
The Boruma Trio is a musical collaboration that unites the two stylistically contrasting musical traditions of East Clare and North Tipperary. It features fiddler Eileen O' Brien from North Tipperary, accordion player Andrew MacNamara from East Clare and the piano and tin whistle skills of Dr. Geraldine Cotter from Ennis. The Boruma Trio represent the very best of East Clare and North Tipperary music combined.

Friday 10 August at St. Mary's Church, Feakle, 7.30pm, €30

Music Recital

Feakle Festival of Traditional Irish Music 2018

Featuring:

Joe Fitzgerald, Seamus Begley and friends.
The festival is delighted to welcome back local man Joe Fitzgerald, now living in Melbourne to perform at the Feakle Festival. Expect lively music and nostalgic songs from this great musician. Joe will be joined by singer and musician Seamus Begley. Although both men have their own distinctive styles they seamlessly blend to deliver a unique musical performance. The men will be joined by their friends on the night.

Heidi Talbot, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich John McCusker and Paul Meehan
Vocalists Heidi Talbot and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, aided and abetted by award winning multi-instrumentalist John McCusker and guitarist Paul Meehan. Heidi Talbot has garnered rave reviews for her live performances with Cherish the Ladies and as featured soloist with Idlewild, King Creosote and Eddi Reader among others, and the pairing of her expressive vocals with the extraordinary voice of trad maestro Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich is a match made in heaven.

Rejoice in the energetic polkas and slides of West Kerry and waltzes, marches and reels from Scotland, as four folk musicians at the top of their game put on an exciting performance.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Martin’s soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis for over twenty years. Dennis has created a guitar style with a very precise use of rhythm and subtle use of harmonic colourings that amplifies the mood and power of the melodies in new and innovative ways.

Saturday 11 August in glór studio, 10am - 5pm, €165 per person

Furniture Techniques Masterclass (SOLD OUT)

presented by Kyle Lane

In this full day workshop, you will learn:

  • How to source, prepare and prime.
  • How to paint and what paint to use.
  • Techniques such as applying wallpaper, transferring font, geometric designs, gold leaf, distressing, white washing and much much more.

Everything is supplied & you will receive a small piece of furniture to work on (small table / locker), along with a detailed booklet with all the instructions you learned throughout the day. Lunch is also provided.

All queries and booking directly with the workshop provider at www.kylelane.ie

Saturday 11 August in glór Red Room, 11.30am - 1.30pm, €10

Basket Making Workshop and Guided Tour of Common Languages

with Willow Artist & Basket Maker Hanna Van Aelst

Hanna Van Aelst is a Willow and Basket Artist who makes contemporary vessels and organic shapes from willow using traditional basket making techniques. Beginning with a guided tour of her work in Common Languages Craft & Design Exhibition in glór’s gallery, this half day weaving workshop will cover basket weaving techniques and materials and each participant will weave a Catalan Platter to take home.

Suitable for adults and children 10+
No experience necessary.

Saturday 11 August at the Community Hall, Feakle, 7.30pm, €20

Gala Concert

Feakle Festival of Traditional Irish Music

Featuring

Irene and Ashline Cunningham Sean-Nós dancers; two talented sisters and members of the renowned Sean-Nós Dancing family from Connemara.

Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain
Dublin born Mick O'Brien plays uilleann pipes, whistle and flute. He performs regularly as a solo artist, and his playing can be heard on numerous recordings with artists such as The Dubliners, Frankie Gavin and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Mick has toured extensively and given master classes throughout Europe and North America.
Aoife has won prizes for both Irish traditional and classical music. She performs regularly with the Goodman Trio, Crash Ensemble, Neil O Loghlin's Cuar, Caerus Ensemble, The Irish Memory Orchestra and has a duo with Spanish pianist Álvaro Baltanás.
The melodic playing of Emer Mayock has placed her at the forefront of traditional Irish music. A native of Ross, a small village in County Mayo, she began playing the tin whistle at the age of five. By her teens, she had mastered the instrument, as well as the timber flute.
The trio recorded Tunes from The Goodman Manuscripts and the album was awarded the coveted Gradam Ceoil from the TG4.

Con Fada Ó Drisceoil is a songwriter and accordion player from Cork. He has written comic songs on a wide range of subjects. In 2006 he published The Spoons Murder and Other Mysteries, a book and CD of his songs. He was awarded Gradam Ceoil TG4 for his songs. His new songbook/CD is called Hunting the Hair and Other Pursuits, and tells of savage cats, anti-baldness quests, hypochondria, drunken deer and many similarly heroic topics.

Breaking Trad. A dynamic Irish band featuring Donal Murphy (accordion) Niall Murphy (Fiddle) and Mike Galvin (Guitar). Their music has been described as 'Dazzling', 'unorthodox and unique', and 'high octane'. This powerhouse band, “Breaking Trad”, are reviving trad with a fresh and modern twist.

Lynda Cullen and Fintan Lucy. Lynda’s captivating performances have won her a loyal and growing fan base throughout the country. Expect a mix of original material and renditions of her favourite folk songs. Fintan is a well-respected guitarist and songwriter. He was a member of many folk/trad bands, and the acoustic rock harmony band The Phintones. As well as gigging around Ireland, he has performed in New York, England, Wales, Spain and Switzerland. His songs have been recorded by many singers and one is featured in full in the soon to be released US movie Blind Pass.

Tony Linnane and Danny O’Mahony
Tony's reputation as a master musician began when, at the age of three, he was already playing traditional music. Tony is a legendary and talented fiddle player from Co. Clare and he has featured with many classic traditional music recordings. Tony is joined by Danny O’Mahony, a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. He grew up playing music with the older generation of musicians in his locality. Danny’s is considered to be one of the finest accordion players with a musical style that is expressive and deeply personal, and reflects his affinity with the music of past masters.

The concert is presented by Con Fada Ó Drisceoil.

Sunday 12 August, 12.30pm & 3pm, €8

The Speks

for ages 2 and up

“The Speks...they're really great!” Derek Mooney, RTE Radio 1

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses!

The Speks have won a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids” and they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances. This will be a great, fun event for kids aged 2 to 92!

“If your little ones love fantastic, magical songs...then The Speks are the boys for you!” Tom Dunne, Newstalk

Duration: 50 minutes

Monday 13 – Friday 17 August, 10am to 2pm, FULL
Monday 20 – Friday 24 August, 10am to 2pm,

Designer Minds

for ages 7- 13

You will not find a Summer camp experience like Designer Minds anywhere else in the country! We are not just a science camp, a technology camp, an engineering camp, an art camp or a LEGO® camp! We are everything combined, offering your children a true taste of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths.

We know that there are many young boys AND GIRLS out there who have the potential to be great scientists, engineers, programmers and designers. These are the children who love to create, design and draw, the kids who are nuts about technology, the ones who love learning about nature and how the world works, the eager chemists who are mad about doing science experiments and those who love building with LEGO!

At a Designer Minds camp, kids get the opportunity to explore many of the following topics:

  • Make robots, rockets and roller coasters.
  • Enjoy architecture, art and animation.
  • Have fun with microscopes, Minecraft and music technology.
  • Create circuits, skyscrapers and slime.
  • Learn about coding, chemistry and computers.
  • Explore electronics, engineering and energy.
  • We’ll throw in loads of LEGO and lots of laughter to make Designer Minds an unforgettable experience for your child this Summer.

Topics vary depending on location and we rotate them each Summer so that children have a different experience every time!

We use a variety of cutting-edge equipment, scientist and engineer developed activity plans and Garda-vetted leaders. We are focused on fun, hands-on learning ensuring that your child will be inspired to develop a long-lasting love of the STEAM topics!

If you have a budding scientist, designer, techie or engineer then book early to avoid disappointment. Our exclusive camps have a maximum capacity of just 32 children, so places are strictly limited. Sibling discounts available.

Information & booking on https://designerminds.ie/camps

Friday 31 August, 8pm, €15/€12 conc/€48 family of 4/€60 family of 5

Written In The Stars

presented by BreakThrough Dance Company

BreakThrough Dance Company break the boundaries this year as they bring you their very first professional company show!!

'Written In The Stars' is an amalgamation of dance, song and performance art performed by the senior members, past pupils and teachers of BreakThrough Dance Company.

From Monday 03 & Wednesday 05 September, 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie - Autumn 2018

Take time to tune in to your body, your breath, your self with yoga.   Find comfort and ease in the body through movement and developing awareness.  Let go of unnecessary tensions, allowing well-being to arise naturally, and bring this into your everyday life.

Suitable for beginners and people with experience of yoga.  Susie is fully qualified to teach in the Satyananda tradition of yoga (recognised by the Yoga Federation of Ireland and the British Wheel of Yoga).

Practical information:

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing in layers. Shoes are not worn;
  • Bring a blanket with you for keeping cosy during the relaxation.  Mats are provided;
  • Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach;
  • If you have any health problems it is advisable to check with your doctor whether s/he considers yoga to be appropriate for you.


For more information or to book, please contact Susie McNaughton 086 7354461.  If a session is missed, it can be made up at other yoga classes during the week, or on other days over a maximum of 8 weeks.

Monday 3 September, 4.30pm - 5.30pm, €8 per class / €50 for 7 week term

Yoga For Teens

People who do yoga often find it’s more than just a great form of exercise it can also improve our whole outlook. This class will hopefully guide teens through the best poses and practices to build the strength, confidence and peace of mind they need to navigate through secondary school and beyond!  The Gift of Yoga is here for them!

Health Benefits:

  •  Strengthens, tones and builds muscle
  •  Increases flexibility and corrects posture
  •  Sharpens concentration and improves positive motivation
  •  Reduce exam and life stresses
  •  Weight management
  •  Renews and invigorates complexion
  •  Creates balance and grace


For further information or to book, call workshop facilitator Una on 087 2388463.

Term starting Friday 7 September, 3pm - 5pm,

Mindfulness Through Art Workshops - Autumn 2018

Change Your Thoughts... Change Your Life...

Are you looking to change your life for the better?
Always wanted to learn how to set and achieve ultimate goals in your life?
Would you like to discover your own true reflection and creative force?

Then this truly transformational and creative workshop is for you.

You and your life are composed of your thoughts and a wise person controls their thoughts.  Be that wise person. Let me show you how to learn to control your thoughts to control the power within you; this will be your path to true happiness. 
This six-week programme is designed to help you to connect with your subconscious mind. The programme will get rid of negative and unwanted thoughts which in reality are stopping you from reaching your ultimate goals and living your life to its full potential.
Dive into your subconscious to discover your power within and creative force, using effective mindfulness, visualisation, and art techniques.

You will walk away with:

  • A better understanding of your subconscious mind;
  • An awakening creativity and knowledge of how to use it for self-reflection;
  • Knowledge and skills on how to set and achieve worthy goals in your life;
  • An action plan.


Anyone can participate in the workshops; no artistic skills required. All the art materials are provided for you with coffee and tea available during the workshops.

Early booking is advisable as places are limited.
For more information or to book your place, please, contact Tatjana Simakova by phone 0852819849 or email yourmindtherapy@gmail.com
You can find us on Facebook at Mind Your Mind Through Art.

Exhibition: Friday 7 September – Saturday 27 October, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge
Launch: Friday 21 September as part of Culture Night,

Adam Pomeroy: Nocturne

presented by glór

glór presents an exhibition of new work by Adam Pomeroy.

Adam is a one of Ireland’s leading contemporary figurative artists and his work has been shown widely in Ireland and the UK. Paintings from his biblical series can be seen in Galway and Ennis cathedrals, and have also been shown in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The work in Nocturne is concerned with minimalist realism, paring down representation to the essential without sacrificing the integrity of the subject. Nocturne is as much about what is not painted as what is.

A stillness pervades his work…He casts a melancholy spell, but the work is far from gloomy. In his concentrated attentiveness there is also a delight in sheer vitality.’ Aidan Dunne, Irish Times

Saturday 8 September, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Classes start on Saturday 15 September,

French For Fun For Kids and Teenagers - Autumn 2018 term

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

An opportunity for children to learn French through games, songs, rhymes, stories, role-plays and fun! Age appropriate classes for primary and secondary school children from age 5 upwards.

Classes start on Saturday 15 September.

Please pre-book with Rhona Gomès at 086-8262500 as spaces are limited.
For more information about La Jolie Ronde please visit www.lajolieronde.ie

From Saturday 15 September, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children (Autumn 2018 term)

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

These childrens art classes will take place in the glór foyer with experienced teacher Helen Lowe.

All material is included in the class. The series of classes will touch on still life, portrait, landscape, abstract and animals. For this series of classes we will use oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic on different media. The aim is that after 5 classes the children will feel comfortable with using different media and supports. Class size is limited so please book in advance.

Cost per student €110
(€100 for 2nd child / €80 for 3rd child from same family)

Booking directly with Helen on 086 736 3320.
More information at www.facebook.com/quinart.class

Saturdays from 15 September - 15 December, 2pm - 4pm, €110/€100 per term

Clare Youth Theatre

Clare Youth Theatre are back for another term of fun filled imaginative activities in which teenagers learn theatre skills including acting, lighting and stage design, script writing, movement and set design.

An initiative of Clare Arts Office. Open to young people of secondary school age.

Saturday 15 September, 8pm, €16/€14 conc

What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?

One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a cassette tape recorder, he recorded hours of absurdist stories and musings on life.

Now, Paddy’s granddaughter examines the fragile personas we present to the world, who we might be behind them and who we could be instead in a show about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity that serves as both a tribute and a warning.

Supported by the Arts Council

"...a striking piece of theatrical work." - Reviews Hub
A charming meditation on inheritance” – Peter Crawley, Irish Times
"...a compelling, bravura performance."- Galway Advertiser
"... beautifully realised..." - Reviews Hub
"...This is a play about family, but also about individuality. It makes for a great story." - Reviews Hub
… extremely charming, well-executed, and leaves one feeling there is slightly more good in the world than beforehand.” – Reviews Hub
...stellar performance...” – Meg.ie

Tuesday 18 September, 8pm, €16/€14 conc

Máirtín O’Connor, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Séamie O’Dowd

presented by Music Network

Music Network is delighted to bring together the unique voice of Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill in concert with phenomenal accordionist, Máirtín O'Connor and gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Séamie O’Dowd. The adventurous musical spirit that has seen O'Connor and O’Dowd dazzle and intrigue audiences through their past musical collaborations will explore new avenues as they enjoy the freedom of the instrumental duo format while also combining their creative talents to create a gorgeous soundscape to enhance the traditional songs for which Ní Dhomhnaill is renowned. An opportunity to hear material old and new, performed by a sublime trio, that will range from exquisite to high-spirited and will undoubtedly be inspirational!
 

  • Máirtín O’Connor, Accordion
  • Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Voice
  • Séamie O'Dowd, Guitar/Fiddle/Voice


One of the most versatile Irish button accordion players” – Folkworld [on O’Connor]
Dark and deep, sonorous and controlled” – The Irish Times [on Ní Dhomhnaill]
Musical legend” – The independent [on O’Dowd]

Friday 21 September, 6.15pm in the Studio, free of charge

Poets Ancient and Modern

presented by The Clare Poetry Collective

Duration: 60 mins

Clare has produced many celebrated poets over the years and The Clare Poetry Collective members will each introduce a Clare poet of the past, (Mairéad Ní Ghráda, Joseph Meany, Thomas Dermody, Eithne Strong, Brian Merriman, Peter Kay, Brendan O’Beirne), talk about their work, read one or more of their poems, and then read some of their own work.

An informing and entertaining gathering of powerful poetry, well read.

Friday 21 September, 7.30pm in the glór foyer, Free of charge but ticketed. Please pre-book

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

as part of Culture Night 2018

Practically all hailing from Limerick - with a dash of Galway and Australia - The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra's music is a blend of warm vocal harmonies, classy instrumentation and ear-catching melodies that is desperately hard to categorise yet strangely easy to love.

The five-piece BPLO have toured Ireland extensively with their theatrical show as well as with the music of Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and David Bowie in Irish language performances.

Saturday 22 September, 8pm, €16/€14 Conc.

Cracks

presented by Quintessence Theatre Company

A powerful piece of devised theatre from An Tain Arts Centre’s Company-In-Residence exploring the issue of mental illness in Ireland.

I’m falling between the cracks in myself, and I don’t know how to crawl back out…

Quintessence Theatre use their innovative physical ensemble story-telling techniques mingled with multi-media platforms of film and music to poignantly explore the profound struggle individuals with mental illness face on a daily basis in Ireland today.

In this darkly comical and deeply moving new play an unsuccessful suicide attempt leaves young Leanne Dowd estranged and attempting to pick up the pieces of a life still shattered by mental illness. Devised by the company and directed by Anna Simpson, a Creative Associate of the Pleasance and Practitioner with the Globe, London, this brand new work seeks to expose the lived experience of battling a severe mental illness in an inefficient and unsympathetic system through the eyes of one young woman.

Tuesday 25 September, 8pm, €7

The Florida Project

Dir: Sean Baker 2017
USA 115 mins
Cert: 15A English

Six-year-old Moonie, (Brooklynn Prince) lives with her mother Halley, (Bria Vinaite) in a Florida motel. Along with her friends, Moonie spends the summer exploring the urban wilderness and getting into every sort of mischief. Halley, meanwhile, desperately tries to make ends meet. Kind but stern manager Bobby, (Willem Dafoe) tries to keep his patience as rent goes unpaid and the hyperactive kids run wild.

Friday 28 September, 8pm, €25

Oh What A Night: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

presented by Zac Global Promotions

Following a sold-out run at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin, this fast-paced, energetic production paying tribute to the legendary music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returns for a nationwide tour. Putting their charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Sherry’, and ‘Oh What A Night’ the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why The Four Seasons sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
 
With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation, and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why Frankie’s Guys are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.

Saturday 29 September in the STUDIO, 8.30pm, €17/€15 conc.

Colin Murphy

The Bald Ambition Tour 2018

25 years ago a young man had a dream and that dream was to perform. As an actor success came quickly with the National Youth Theatre and early TV appearances in Yorkshire Television’s Heartbeat and Drop The Dead Donkey for Channel 4. His starring role in Our Friends In The North led to him becoming a household name. Daniel Craig* has achieved everything he set out to do and has reached the very pinnacle of the entertainment industry.

25 years ago another young man had a dream. And hope. And hair. He is still hanging on to all three… just about.

Best known for his TV appearances on the award winning Blame Game, Murphy and O’Kane Do Le Football, The Panel, and The Blizzard of Odd, Colin has performed his stand-up all over the world from Montreal to Melbourne, Beijing to Ballybofey.

*Daniel Craig will not be appearing in this show.

Thursday 4th October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Frank Pig Says Hello

Co-Motion Media presents FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO by Pat McCabe.
Directed by Joe O'Byrne.  Performed by Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy with Set Design by Robert Ballagh and lighting Design by Conleth White

Twenty-five years after its first groundbreaking tour, Pat McCabe's FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO returns this Autumn to twenty theatres across Ireland, in a new production that brilliantly captures the legendary original.

Desperately funny and yet deeply tragic, FRANK PIG SAYS HELLO is one of the great classics of modern Irish theatre. It tells the story of Francie Brady growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s and his descent towards a brutal act that shocks his community. Described as “one of the saddest and funniest tales I have seen”The Irish Times; “a masterpiece” The Evening Herald and “an extraordinary piece of theatre” The Sunday Independent, the original production coincided with McCabe's Booker-winning novel of the same story entitled “The Butcher Boy”. The play distils Francie's infamous narrative into a riveting evening of pure, concentrated theatre.

Featuring mesmerising performances by two actors, Darragh Byrne and John Ruddy, Frank Pig is regarded as one of the most vivid, hilarious and heartbreaking evocations ever seen on a stage of an Irish childhood and adolescence gone wrong. From the opening live trumpet notes over an image of a happy, comical boy acting the piglet, to the breathtaking depiction of a dark deed, this is theatre at its most entertaining and gripping best.

Friday 12 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Cherish the Ladies

Heart of the Home

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 17 outstanding albums including their latest release, “Heart of the Home” being launched in Ireland in the autumn.

Under the the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group Cherish the Ladies create a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensemble’s ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining package. 

For more than 30 years, the Ladies have performed thousands of concerts and have collaborated with such notable musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O'Connell as well as being the featured soloist with over 300 performances with symphony orchestras. The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and the Washington Post praises their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and not to mention having a street named after them in the Bronx, Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies!  Join them in concert as they launch their latest album with special guest vocalists Don Stiffe, Kate Purcell, Bruce Foley along with bodhrán ace Donnchadh Gough and spectacular dancers!

Saturday 13 October, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Saturday 13 October, 8pm, €22.50/€20 conc.

Donna Taggart

Autumn Concert Tour 2018

Following her astonishing International success with ‘Jealous of the Angels’ which has now achieved Multi-Platinum status with well in excess of 100 Million streams Donna Taggart is delighted to announce an Autumn 2018 Concert Tour in Ireland.

Just back from the USA after touring with legendary singer/songwriter Phil Coulter Donna’s distinctive emotional singing style has drawn comparisons with the likes of Eva Cassidy, Mary Black and Alison Krauss. Although Donna has only recently gained international recognition she is making up for lost time.  Her debut Irish and UK Tour in 2017 enthralled audiences and has established her as one of Ireland’s top Live Female performers.

Friday 19 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc

The Nualas: Glam Slam!

Bam! Pow! Biff! Shazam! 

They are back in the ring for a glittering bout of knock-out, body-slamming comedy gold. They dance like a butterfly and sing like a bee. They'll have you flat out on the mat with laughter. They will literally punch you right in the kisser with their gloves of gags and gaiety. Who? The Nualas. What? Their new show, Glam-Slam. Where? At a reputable entertainment out-let near you.
Don't miss this slug-fest of musical genius from Ireland's first ladies of comedy.

'I laughed until I cried.'
'I laughed until my face hurt.'
'I have never laughed so much, an absolutely brilliant show.'

Real quotes from real people who actually saw the show.

Non-stop belly laughs’ Guide2Dublin
Inventive and wonderfully entertaining’ The Evening Herald
The Nualas have put comedy and music in a blender and come up with a world class soufflé.’ Sunday Times.

Sunday 21 October, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

Deeply rooted in the history of the African-American slave trade, black gospel music can be traced back to the 1700s when African slaves brought their unique African musical heritage to America and combined it with their new faith - Christianity. Out of the hardship and the trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it. Blues, Soul, and Rock-and-Roll...they all have origins in black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today.

Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, Pharrell Williams and most recently with JamieXX, Raury, KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra and Lang Lang, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Sia, Yolanda Adams, The 1975, Ibeyi, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Sledge and most recently at the 2018 Grammy Award Show with Sam Smith. They have performed for three Presidents (President Obama, President Carter and President Nelson Mandela), two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI), Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN General Assembly. They have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftains, Andre Rieu, The Night of the Proms, and Trace Adkins among many others.

Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is infectiously enthusiastic; a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration! The Choir's rich harmonies & dynamic sound are "UNFETTERED & JOYOUS". Their harmonious songs of love and hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away!

Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, and even dance on stage to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance! 

Monday 22 October, 7pm, €8 adult/€6 child/€25 family of 4
Tuesday 23 October, 10am & 12pm, €5/teachers free

How to Catch a Star

presented by Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Téatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.  This adaptation combines puppetry with a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire.  Directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn, Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.
“How to Catch a Star” is published by HarperCollins Children’s Publishers.

Nonverbal show
For audiences aged 4+
Approx. 45 minutes

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Tráth dá raibh, bhí buachaill ann a bhí i gcónaí ag féachaint suas. Ba é rún a chroí réalt a bheith mar chara aige. Seo scéal a eachtra.


Tá ríméad ar Branar Téatar do Pháistí How to Catch a Star, bunaithe ar an leabhar clúiteach leis an údar Éireannach Oliver Jeffers, a chur i láthair os comhair an domhain.
San athchóiriú seo, stiúrtha ag Marc Mac Lochlainn, measctar an phuipéadóireacht le ceol nuachumtha draíochtúil ó Cholm Mac Con Iomaire. Cruthaítear seó le stíl scéalaíochta inaitheanta Branar, a mheabhraíonn dúinn uilig dul sa tóir ar ár mbrionglóidí.

Seó neamhbhriathartha.
Do lucht féachana 4 bliana d’aois agus níos sine.
Fad: Timpeall 45 nóiméad

Saturday 27 October, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

presented by Rough Magic

By James Joyce
Adapted for the stage by Arthur Riordan

Rough Magic Arthur Riordan’s vibrant stage adaptation of James Joyce's seminal novel, brought to life by a dynamic new creative ensemble of actors and designers under Ronan Phelan’s direction.

The spiritual rebellion of Stephen Dedalus and his restless search for self-expression will be brought to life in a thrilling theatrical odyssey. Written during the political and artistic explosion of the early twentieth century, this is Joyce’s manifesto; the dazzling debut of Ireland’s epic re-inventor and architect of the English language.

Directed by Ronan Phelan
Set and Costume Design – Katie Davenport
Lighting Design – Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Design and Composition – Denis Clohessy

Rough Magic is supported by the Arts Council

Thursday 1 November, 8pm, €25

Michael English

with very special guest Louise Morrissey

Following the huge success of Michael’s previous Concert Tours, he brings his show to glór on Thursday November 1st with his very special guest Louise Morrissey.

Michael’s popularity has skyrocketed since going on the road with his band 4 years ago packing out venues all over Ireland & the UK for both concerts & dances. Michael & his talented band are renowned for their energetic performances & with Michael's musical talents he plays both his famous 'red piano' & accordion at his shows. He is dedicated to giving his followers an unforgettable show each time they see him. And with accolades like 'Best Country Dance Band' at The Irish Country Music Awards & 'Vocalist of the Year' at The Sunday World country Music Awards under his belt there is no stopping the Kildare man!

Saturday 3 November, 8pm, €35

Paul Brady in Concert

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues, traditional Irish and classic pop styles into his songwriting.
 
His live performances include songs from his extensive catalogue of 40 years, and he invites you into his world of songs and music in a way that will surprise in its intimacy, sense of fun and raw power.

Friday 9 November, 8pm, €30/€27 conc

Phil Coulter

Gold & Silver Days

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate.

Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties.  Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!

His new show, Gold & Silver Days, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity.  As he says himself, “It will be a different and interesting collection – some of the big hits alongside some that I thought should have been hits!  Some songs that meant a lot to my bank manager as well as some that simply meant a lot to me”.

An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every lover of good music.

Saturday 10 November, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Friday 16 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Matchmaker

presented by Michael Scott Productions

John B. Keane’s beloved hit comedy follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all parts of the country.  At the centre of this celebrated production is John B Keane’s marvellous and mischievous wit coupled by his unparalleled way with words.

John B. Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Saturday 17 November, 8pm, €22/€20

MÓRglór Award Night 2018

a concert celebrating Chris Droney

glór is delighted to announce that this year’s annual MÓRglór Award 2018 has been awarded to legendary concertina player, Chris Droney.

An inspiration to many musicians, both in Clare, nationally and internationally, and an outstanding ambassador for the traditional arts in Clare, Bellharbour born Chris Droney has been the recipient of many notable awards including the TG4 Gradam Saoil award for lifetime achievement; a CCÉ Bardic Award, a Teastas award, and in 2012 the prestigious Clare Person of the Year Award.

Chris was born in 1924 and has been playing music for almost eighty six years. He became Senior All-Ireland Concertina Champion nine times in the 1950s and 1960s and has played with several well-known céilí bands.

On Saturday 17 November, the people of Clare will come together to acknowledge a depth of gratitude to Chris for his enormous contribution to Traditional Irish Music with a concert in glór featuring Chris’ friends and family, and some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county.

MÓRglór is an acknowledgement and celebration by glór of the wealth of professional & semi-professional artists, alongside the talented individuals, groups and communities within the county, all of whom provide a vital stimulus for the growth and development of Clare’s unique culture.

This prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is curated by glór in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins as producer of the event, and who coordinated the original concert in 2013. An anonymous panel of traditional arts practitioners and experts, assembled by glór, invites an Awardee, fitting with the objectives and spirit of MÓRglór. The previous MÓRglór recipients were Corofin Traditional Music Festival (2014), Eoin O'Neill (2015), Frank Custy (2016) and Geraldine Cotter (2017).

Early booking advised.

Saturday 17 November in the Studio, 8.30pm, €12

Stephen James Smith featuring Enda Reilly

Performance poetry and live music

Acclaimed Writer, Poet and Performer Stephen James Smith proudly announces the forthcoming release of his debut book of poetry entitled ‘Fear Not’.
To launch it, he takes to the road for a 29 date live ‘My Ireland’ tour with special guest Enda Reilly.  He comes to glór on Saturday 17 November for an intimate performance in our studio.

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.  Stephen has performed at Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall and Vicar Street, as well as London Palladium, Glastonbury, and other events dotted across the globe.

Stephen has recently been  announced as Artist in Residence with Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Arts Office, where he will develop the first ever Laois Spoken Word Project for young people in the county. He has been translated into Irish, Spanish, Slovenian, Polish, Dutch and Italian.  Stephen’s debut collection of Poetry, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in Autumn 2018.

Enda Reilly is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Dublin - working in Irish as well as English.  He counts John Spillane, Kíla, Liam Ó Maonlaí, John Prine and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra among his collaborators.  Expect a truly special mix of spoken word and live music from himself and Stephen James Smith at glór.

Wednesday 21 November, 8pm, €20

Festive Food Demonstrations & Fashion

Enjoy an evening of Festive Food and Fashion hosted by Ciana Campbell with demonstrations by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and fashion on show by Annette’s Boutique. Kevin Dundon will demonstrate a range of dishes that will inspire you to get your Christmas apron on and cook up a storm! All proceeds go to the Ray of Sunshine Foundation, a Clare based charity that brings brings volunteers to Kenya to carry out building projects.

The Ray of Sunshine is a Co. Clare based registered charity that brings volunteers to Kenya to carry out building projects. In 2016 we built a Rescue Home for Girls used in the sex trafficking industry in Mombasa and in 2018 we built a similar home for boys. Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon travelled with us on our 2018 project and is a great supporter of our charity.

www.rayofshine.ie

Thursday 22 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

presented in association with Ennis Book Club Festival

Join best-selling writer and raconteur Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion, and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating” The Irish Times

a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.” Books.ie

Wednesday 28 November, 7.30pm, Pay what you feel on the night (bring cash!)

PlatForms

PlatForms is a recent glór initiative to support artists in creating new work – whilst providing insight for audiences into the development process and the choices that artists make. The event will be ‘scratch’ in style, with a selection of artists across art-forms sharing brief excerpts from their work-in-progress, with opportunities for audience responses and feedback. Three to four artists/groups of artists will present short excerpts of their work – followed by brief moderated discussions with the audience about what they have seen.

If you are interested in applying to take part in PlatForms, please click here for more information.

The audience are requested to reserve tickets in advance and then pay what they feel on the night (in cash!).

Please book your ticket in advance with glór box office.

Saturday 8 December, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm, €24/€20 concession/€14 child/Family of 4 €68

The Nutcracker

presented by Ballet Ireland

Ballet Ireland is delighted to tour The Nutcracker, one of the world’s favourite ballets, to audiences nationwide this season.

This Irish production of the festive classic, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, appeals to audiences of all ages, with its fairy tale magic, Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, beautiful costumes, and a tale of wondrous adventure - combining to form one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic with the whole family. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!

"Luscious, luxurious and a sheer delight, The Nutcracker is a perfect Christmas treat" theartsview.com

Saturday 15 December, 8pm, €25

Foil Arms & Hog: Craicling

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been rescheduled from the advertised date of Saturday 8 September.

Former children and regular eaters, Foil Arms & Hog are back with the Irish premiere of their new show Craicling. The show has yet to be reviewed but when it is, it will be “utterly spellbinding” and “a triumph.”

Best known for their YouTube videos, (50 million online hits), their live show is what they’re most proud of. They’ve sold-out every year in glór since 2017, a run that must surely end, but hopefully not this year.

Quite simply, a sensation.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Saturday 19 January 2019, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

Voice of Hope II Tour

The Voice of Hope II tour will be a special collection of spiritual inspirational music together with Tommy’s usual songs. 

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'  and many more. While Tommy’s music may be difficult to classify, fans use such words as “deeply emotional, romantic and sincere” to describe the feelings it evokes. One reviewer described his music as falling into a genre of Symphonic Pop that still awaits a name.  He also toured & worked with the great Elaine Paige, Kenny Rogers, & Vince Gill in recent years.

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with each song more haunting than the next.  Don’t miss this special night of music.

Saturday 26 January, 8pm, €30

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’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’ and more, have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years.

The band, formed in 1978, are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.

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

Friday 8 February 2019, 8pm , €25/€22.50 Conc.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Johnny Cash Roadshow is not another tribute band - it is a full production and finest celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. JCR are now recognised and loved as a band in their own right, unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash.  This is the UK and Europe’s most recognised celebration, with respected singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creating with astounding accuracy and truly capturing the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Amanda Stone as ‘June Carter’ and the ‘Roadshow Horns’.

All aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.  The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 including all the greatest hits,  along with songs from the latest five decades of the man in black’s career. All this accompanied by emotive and evocative screen images.‘

'Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was
Caitlin Crowell  - Granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash