What's On

Friday 3 March - Saturday 1 April , 10am to 5pm, free of charge

CRUX: A Dialogue in Metal

Gunvor Anhøj, Michael Calnan, Moss Gaynor, John Hogan, Jane Murtagh.

The essence of these five artists’ work concerns the movement of metal and the story it evokes.  CRUX will illustrate the diversity of metal and will showcase its myriad possibilities - from the delicate tracery of Jane Murtagh’s work, to the solid architectural forms of Moss Gaynor, to the subtle lines and sensual curves of Michael Calnan’s, John Hogan and Gunver Anhøj ‘s work.

The artists’ ideas and stories are inspired and visualised through a combination of interests in the natural world and the world of architecture and industrial design. From large scale welded metal constructions to delicate, highly finished objects - the works portray the material and the makers behind it, and this unique exhibition will reveal their stories through the dynamism of metal using a combination of contemporary practices and ancient techniques.

A Guided Tour of the Exhibition and Artists’ Talk, facilitated by John Tynan of The Crafts Council of Ireland will take place on Saturday 4 March at 11.45am.
Free of charge and all welcome.

Tuesday 28 March, 8pm, €7

My Name is Emily

in partnership with Access Cinema

Dir: Simon Fitzmaurice  |  Ireland  |  2015  |  100 mins |  Cert: CLUB

The debut feature from Irish writer director Simon Fitzmaurice is a spirited coming of age story that traces the journey of a strongwilled young woman as she weathers loss, upheaval, and rebirth.



This will be preceded by a screening of Oonagh Kearney's short film Oiche Nollaig na mBan, which is inspired by Seán Ó Ríordáin’s well known poem and aims to capture the powerful energy of the work in a highly visual treatment. Working with a schoolgirl choir and inter-generational cast of female performers, the film pays tribute to Ó’Riórdáin’s language and radical vision of Women’s Christmas night.

Thursday 30 March, 8pm, €16/€15 conc./€8 18s & under

Lïnger

Performed by Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell

Powerful and tender, two dancers at opposite ends of their dancing career share a poignant duet through contemporary Irish dance. Lïnger, performed by ex-Riverdance principal Breandán de Gallaí and Nick O’Connell, is an immersive theatrical experience about sexuality, ageing and identity, told through a rich tapestry of photography, film, music, and movement.

This critically acclaimed work is a ground-breaking theatrical experience which invites you to reflect on the passage of time, and who we are at various stages of our lives.

Throughout this biographical work are moments of liminality – “being neither here nor there” (Heaney 1996): that deliberate restraint; permanently on the cusp; as we indulgently linger in its vastness. Lïnger is a test of endurance as desire soars but climax is avoided.
Ériu’s work is a 21st century reimagining of Irish dance, exploring the poetic potential of the genre and examining topics rarely dealt with through traditional dance.

Show is 60 minutes in duration and there will be a post-show discussion with members of the Company.

Age 10+

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To kick off our wonderful spring/summer season, we’re offering early bird booking on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th March, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Thursday 30 March, 8.30pm in the glór Studio, €15/€13 Conc.,

Kieran Quinn & Seamie O’Dowd

Sligo-based Seamie O’Dowd, (guitar, fiddle, vocals), and Kieran Quinn, (piano), have been carefully crafting their own sound for over two years now. Perhaps best described as trad fusion, it also incorporates elements of jazz, blues and folk music.

Two skilled musicians in their own right, neither of whom are in any way daunted by crossing musical genres with a moment’s notice, they have combined to produce a powerful and exciting musical force.

This night celebrates the launch of their debut album, full of new and original songs and tunes.

Friday 31 March, Free of charge

National Workplace Wellbeing Day

Ireland’s third National Workplace Wellbeing Day will take place on March 31st 2017. Large and small companies across the country are encouraged to participate in the event, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better nutrition and physical activity.

We are delighted to announce that glór will play its part by hosting a free programme of events for workers.

  • 8am - 8.45am: Breathing and Mindful ‘Chair’ Yoga to Start Your Day with Antoinette Butler Mulcaire (Gentle exercises, come dressed for work!)
     
  • 11am – 12pm: Nutrition and Productivity - The importance of eating the right foods presentation by Dietitian Dr. Anne Griffin
     
  • 1pm (sharp): Walk a Mile at Lunchtime - Start and finish at glór


* While all events are free of charge, places are limited for the prework Chair Yoga class and the presentation by Dr Anne Griffin - please register for a place on 065 6843103

Friday 31 March, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Foil Arms and Hog

Foil Arms and Hog are Ireland's top comedy sketch group.

Called ‘Pure Brilliant’ by Tommy Tiernan, the group have over four million hits on YouTube and have sold out five shows at Dublin's Vicar street. With regular sketches on RTE, viral comedy hits like 'How to Speak Dublin' and over 70,000 online followers, Foil Arms and Hog have established themselves amongst the new breed of Irish comedy stars.

***** Irish Times
***** Examiner
***** Entertainment.ie

Saturday 1 April, 8pm, €28/€26 conc./€14 under 18s

The Three Tenors

Ireland’s Greatest Voices featuring Limerick’s Derek Moloney & Star Violinist

Ireland’s Hottest trio – RTÉ award-winners Derek Moloney, Dominic McGorian, and Shane Morgan, promise a magical night to remember as they perform magical, uplifting songs made famous by world superstars including Sinatra, The Dubliners and Pavarotti.  You’ll also love their new arrangements of hits such as 'Over the Rainbow' and 'I don’t wanna talk about it'.

This year the trio was selected by Irish Government to headline 1916 Centenary State Reception in Dublin Castle, Easter Sunday March 2016 for 3000 special invited guests from around the world.
Their noted friendliness & connection with their audience makes this event a special night-out.


‘’FABULOUS, high-calibre, contemporary style -the entire audience was moved by their soulful performance’’
Sunday Independent

‘’I would recommend this wonderful concert to anyone–the most delicious box of chocolates your ears could ever have.  Knockout vocal performance’’
New York Times                

www.threetenorsireland.com              

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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.                            

Sunday 2 April, 7pm, €10/€5 Conc.

Ballet Shoes

presented bye Clare Youth Theatre

The story of three young orphans, their struggles and their vows.

Adapted by the talented cast of Clare Youth Theatre, from the classic book by Noel Streatfeild and directed by members of the Youth Theatre.

CYT specialises in ensemble playing and physical performances that reflect and engage with their communities and their aspirations. Artistic Directors of Clare Youth Theatre are Eleanor Feely and Clare Townsend.

Thursday 6 April, 8pm, €24/€22 conc.

Mick Flannery (solo)

“In the end of the day and the heel of the hunt, you’re left with the songs. Everything else comes and goes – the shows and the tours and the applause and the acclaim, which goes with them, the prattle and the palaver which accompany an album release. Everything else fades out of view. Everything else doesn’t matter in the long run. But the songs remain. The songs you write on your own stick around. They’re going to be here for many years to come so they deserve to be treated with due care and utmost respect in the creation process”.
Mick Flannery - 2016

Mick Flannery realised this a long time ago. He also realised that songwriting was the best part of this strange job of being a jobbing-gigging-talking-singing musician.

Mick Flannery is a singing and songwriting force to be reckoned with
Siobhán Long, Irish Times

Mick is a songwriter of the first order … His voice is pained, gravelly, and powerful. Recorded or live, it carries through and stops you in your tracks.”
Urban Folk, New York

This former stonemason from Cork is a cracking songwriter with a voice that can stop you in your tracks
Tom Gatti | The Times UK

Friday 7 – Saturday 29 April, 10am - 5pm, Free of charge

The Fertile Rock by Noreen Ramsay

The Fertile Rock is a mixed media exhibition of ceramic and glass exploring aspects of the Burren landscape and the nature of its limestone rock.

Using porcelain, fired and enamelled glass and light in a variety of combinations, Ramsay conveys the paradoxical life giving nature of limestone rock. The finished works hang or stand quietly, drawing the viewer into a serene, spiritual world, each holding its own story relating to stone, trees, gateways, the passage of time, the passage of life. Using the fragility and transparency of her materials she creates contemplative work that quietly draws the viewer into a reflective space. 

Noreen Ramsay, a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design in 2001, is a ceramic and glass artist living and working in Co. Clare. Working from her own studio she exhibits regularly both locally and nationally.

Friday 7 April, Friday 5 May & Friday 2 June, 11am, free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Áine Phillips

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists' Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare in the form of regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings and debates.

Áine Phillips is a visual artist based in Ennis and is Head of Sculpture at Burren College of Art. She has exhibited and performed her work widely in Ireland and internationally.

Join us for tea/coffee in the Spás at glór at 11am on Friday 7 April, Friday 5 May & Friday 2 June followed by our meeting at 11.30am

Friday 7 April: Conor McGrady
Conor McGrady is an artist and Dean of Academic Affairs at Burren College of Art. He has exhibited internationally, with one-person exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Zagreb. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (Qalandiya International Biennial), D-0 Ark Underground Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo-Konjic, and IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice. Editor of Radical History Review’s Curated Spaces, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011), State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012), Manchevski Monograph (Ars Lamina, Macedonia, 2015) and The Design of Frontier Spaces (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015).

For his presentation A view from the Enclosure, he will discuss his recent drawings and works on paper that examine the relationship between ideology and social control.

Friday 5 May:  Mary Nunan

Friday 2 June: TBC

Friday 7 April, 3.30pm - 5pm, €12 (includes all materials)

The Clever Chicken

Easter Art Class for 5-12 year olds

In this Easter themed workshop with Helen Lowe, each child gets to design and build their own clever chicken and nest.

The children get to bring home their new pal (which they must feed every day with chocolate bars...only kidding) which turns into a great hiding place for all the chocolate eggs!!!!

Advance booking required

Friday 7 April, Food 6.30pm / Film 8pm, €22 film & food

Bollywood Film & Food Night: Jab Tak Hai Jaan

In partnership with Seema Daly

Back by popular demand!  Immerse yourself in the great taste of India right on your own door step as glór serves up a glorious evening of all things Indian.

The evening kicks off with a great Indian inspired menu served to your table, followed by a screening of a Bollywood classic. Welcome to dress in Indian attire!


    
After finding and losing his true love in London, Samar Anand defies death by becoming a bomb disposal expert for the Indian Army. Returning to London after 10 years, he suffers amnesia after an accident. Will he be reunited with his love?

A young immigrant falls in love with a NRI who wanted to marry any British person, not a typical Indian. But she falls in love with that young musician, but this love story ends with a breakup. Then that man, fed up with life with vast emotion joins Indian army bomb squad, where he flirts with death everyday. A young discovery channel journalist approaches his team to cover bomb squad story but falls in love with him.

Dir: Yash Chopra  |  India  |  2012  |  176mins  |  CLUB
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 April, 7.30pm, €15/€12/€50 family of 4

Dance Fusion 2017- Evolution

presented by BreakThrough Dance Company

BreakThrough Dance Company present their annual dance show - 'Dance Fusion 2017- Evolution'.

Sit back and enjoy an evening of dance, drama and song suitable for the whole family to enjoy!

Saturday 8 April, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Youth Trad Singing Circle

presented by Clare Arts Office as part of their Traditional Singers in Residence programme

The aim of the circle is to provide a social outlet for young people in the county who have are interested in traditional singing. It gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded young people, to share songs and ideas in a fun environment.

The sessions will be led by Elle Marie O'Dwyer and John Flanagan.  Elle, from Cork, has just completed her MA in the Irish World Music Academy. John, originally from Corofin, is now based in Galway and has years of experience in traditional singing.  No experience is necessary and all are welcome to join in. 

The circle meets every second Saturday in glór, Ennis from 2pm – 4pm.  Further singing circles will take place in 2017 on dates to be announced.

Further details are available from 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie

Tuesday 11 April, 8pm, €7

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Dir: Taika Waititi  |  New Zealand  |  2016  |  163 mins  |  Cert: 16

 A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic, the New Zealand-based comedy-drama is an off-kilter charmer.

Wednesday 12 April, 1.30pm, €8/€30 Family 4

Shark in the Park

presented by No Nonsense Room

Based on the Books by Nick Sharratt

For ages 2 – 7 │Duration 60 Mins

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!?

Featuring all three of the Shark in the Park Series: Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day – this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope, (and his telescope!) on three exciting adventures.

Thursday 13 April, 7.30pm, €25/€23 conc.

The Cavern Beatles

On February 9th 1961, The Beatles made the first of their 292 appearances at the now legendary Cavern Club in Mathew Street, Liverpool.  The show is a Magical History Tour through the works of the greatest pop music phenomenon. Replicating, in both sight and sound, the excitement and energy of Beatlemania, the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper, and the creative masterpieces of The White Album and Abbey Road.

Four costume changes and lighting scenes compliment the changes in musical complexity as the show develops to it’s climax.The band is one of only a handful worldwide, which executes their entire show completely live with just the four musicians. There are absolutely no backing tracks or tapes used in the performance.

With their widespread appeal being more apparent than ever in the varying age groups that continue to follow the band, The Cavern Beatles are widely regarded as being as close to the real thing as they are ever likely to get.

"The likenesses are striking - but the sound, the sound.... this could, indeed be the Beatles."
IRISH TIMES

Saturday 15 April, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Jack L: Magic Days

The great Jack L returns to glór with his new show, Magic Days.

Lukeman has had a whirlwind 2016, which included performing on the Jools Holland Show to a packed Royal Albert Hall, and trips to The Hollywood Fringe Festival, where he picked up numerous awards. A true entertainer, Jack L moves between genres effortlessly in a spectacular performance.

Thursday 20 April, 8pm, €20

Deirdre O’Kane: 1Dee

Irish comedy’s prodigal daughter has made a long-awaited return to her stand up roots, delighting audiences across the country with a sell-out new show, 1 Dee. Warmth and charm envelop the killer wit of this Drogheda native.

O'Kane dazzles from start to finish.’  The List

Friday 21 – Saturday 22 April, 10am – 6pm , €12/€8 Conc./Two Day Ticket €18/€12*

The National Dance Championships

Showcasing many of the most talented dancers from around the country, make sure you get along to glór for two days of exciting and inspirational performances.

On Friday dancers will compete for national titles in tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance, and on Saturday dancers will compete in a number of ballet categories.
Don’t miss it!

*Two Day Ticket €18/€12 available to book on the phone or in person. Not available online.

Monday 24 April, 7pm, €10/€6 child/€28 family of 4
Tuesday 25 April, 10.45am, €6

The Wolf and Peter

presented by CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Suitable for ages 6+

Prokofiev's Peter And The Wolf is one of the most well known pieces of music ever written.

In this energetic new work, David Bolger has taken this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration, and here… the story is told through the eyes of a Wolf! Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production will take children and their families on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best.


★★★★★ “reassuringly traditional and startlingly modern…The Wolf and Peter is funny, imaginative, and, finally, very moving.” – The Irish Times

Tuesday 25 April, 8pm, €7

I, Daniel Blake

Dir: Ken Loach  |  UK/France/Belgium  |  2016  |  100 mins  |  CERT: 15A

Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 for this timely drama about an out-of-work Newcastle carpenter’s battle to survive after being denied his government health benefits.

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.

Friday 28 April, 7.30pm, €10

Beyond Gardening – Film Screening & Expert Talks

presented by Clare Garden Festival Fringe in association with glór

The highlight event of the new Clare Garden Festival Fringe combines the award-winning garden film Dare to be Wild with expert talks, featuring Mary Reynolds discussing our relationship with the Earth, as explored in her book The Garden Awakening, and plantsman Ciaran Burke exploring the humorous side of gardening.

Dare to be Wild tells the true story of Mary Reynolds, a modern-day heroine, and environmentalist Christy Collard, who dare to express their passion for the wild at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Saturday 29 April, 8pm, €32

Mary Black

Mary Black is delighted to be back touring in Ireland in 2017.

This tour is all the more special since she completed her final (Last Call) tour abroad, which brought her to The USA, Japan, Belgium, Holland, Germany, the UK, with the final leg in Australia in March 2016.  With so many platinum albums to her name there will be no shortage of great songs and some surprises too.  Mary has chosen some of her favourite venues for this tour and is bringing her world famous band of musicians: Bill Shanley (guitar), Pat Crowley (piano and accordion) , Nick Scott (double bass) and Richie Buckley (saxaphone)’

…a versatile vocalist who brings energizing qualities of pop and jazz to her foundation in traditional music.”—Los Angeles Times

…one of the best interpretative singers around.”—San Francisco Chronicle

…simply spellbinding.”—Boston Globe

Wednesday 3 – Saturday 27 May, 10am - 5pm, Free of charge

Embrace Exhibition

The annual Embrace exhibition highlights the artistic achievements of people with disabilities participating in the Embrace programme run by the Arts Office of Clare County Council.

Over 30 groups in 2017 are working with professional artists across numerous artforms which include film, painting, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. Be prepared to be amazed and astounded by the dazzling display on show in the gallery space, an explosion of colour and creativity.

Wednesday 3 May, 10.45am, €6
Wednesday 3 May, 7.30pm, €18/€16 con/€9 Under 18s

I, Malvolio

Age 11+ │ Duration 70 mins

Multi-award-winning playwright and performer Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night in this, his brilliant, hilarious one-man show.

In a charged, unsettling rant, Malvolio – a man ‘notoriously wronged’ – draws us into the madness of Shakespeare's play and forces us to confront our own cruelty.  I, Malvolio is Twelfth Night told from the loser’s perspective. It’s a show for anyone who has ever been told off, called a name, or fallen in love with the wrong person.

…a downright joyous celebration of theatre.’ The Guardian * * * * *

glór Theatre Club Performance

Post-show discussion Tim Crouch

Buy tickets online for the evening show below.
Tickets for the morning show can be purchased from our box office and online here.

Thursday 4 May, 8pm, €12.50/ €10 Conc/€40 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Vardens’ Ennis Guitar School Annual Concert

Vardens’ Ennis Guitar School is proud to present their annual concert, showcasing their students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing. In styles such as pop, rock, blues, and many more, this is sure to be an entertaining evening that you won’t want to miss.

Friday 5 May, 7pm, €12/€10 Conc.

Creaking

Presented by Bealtaine in association with glór

Co-created by Oonagh Murphy & Noelle Brown

Rita is tired of her humdrum existence. Her adult children are getting on her nerves and she misses her best pal Mary. It’s time to spice up her life!

Creaking is based on the lives of real-life Irish people in later years. It explores the everyday challenges and pressures facing us as we age, and how we attempt to defy stereotypes. Presented as a staged reading this moving and funny drama documentary will have a new cast of volunteers each night. It is written by  Noelle Brown and directed by Oonagh Murphy.

Post-show discussion with the writer, director and members of the cast.

Duration 60 mins
 

Friday 5 May, 8pm, €28

How’s Tings?

The brand new show from Pat Shortt

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

Saturday 6 May, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Nualas - All Spanxed Up!

The sequins are out, the hurty shoes are on, the hair is coiffed to within an inch of its life, and the liposuction didn't work, but who cares!  They've got spanx! Welcome to an evening of scintillating new songs, spleen-rupturingly hilarious new chat, and a stunningly bendy repertoire of new moves, despite the fact that they've lost all feeling from the waist down (the spanx).

This fabulous new extravaganza from The Nualas will leave your ankles swollen with laughter, your ear drums throbbing in sheer musical ecstasy and your eyeballs bulging out of their sockets in disbelief as The Nualas knock it out of the entertainment park yet again (in spanx). See you there.

'You'd be an eejit to miss it!' *Some eejit who missed it the last time*

'Stomach-achingly brilliant!' *A fella who had some out-of-date chicken before he came to the show*

'Dammit! The Nualas can sing and make your face ache from laughing.' *Time Out, London*

Tuesday 9 May, 1pm, Free of Charge

Embrace Showcase

Over 30 groups in 2017 are working with professional artists across numerous artforms and this annual event enables those who are doing performance based work to tread the boards in glór.

Always a great show, the event features music, dancing, drama and possibly a surprise or two. A great way to spend a lunchtime

Tuesday 9 May, 8pm, €7

The Queen of Katwe

Dir: Mira Nair  |  USA  |  2016  |  124 mins  |  Cert: PG

The Queen of Katwe is the vibrant true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

She is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. 

Bring your chessboard for a game beforehand.

Wednesday 10 May, 4.10pm – 5.40pm, €7

Darol Anger Workshop

Presented by Music Network & Music Generation Clare

Darol Anger's Fiddle-ology Workshop is for intermediate to advanced bowed string players of any age. Intermediate to advanced players might derive the most benefit, but mature beginners are respected and will find much useful information.  All participants are expected to play a bit (though not by themselves!), and tape recorders are welcome.

Using call and response, direct example and printed handouts, Darol will help string players to explore the principles of Contemporary American fiddling, including bowing and phrasing techniques, and backup playing. and provide musical tools for improvising in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Pan-grass, Jazz, Blues, and Rock.  Depending on participants’ questions, Darol can discuss and address specific musical challenges and problems pertaining to string playing in an ensemble, as a backup instrument, or in a live environment.
The workshop might include, if requested, a step-by-step method of playing the rhythm “chop” on fiddle, using the self-invented techniques he used with Turtle Island String Quartet, David Grisman, Republic Of Strings, and other groups, and participants will probably learn an easy tune by ear.

This workshop may also include ways to approach unfamiliar and difficult keys, and methods for improving intonation. It may include discussion of blues changes and an expanded concept of the blues scale, the basis of modern roots and pop music...all with his characteristic quirky humour and good fellowship.

Wednesday 10 May, 4.30pm – 5.30pm, €7

Emy Phelps Workshop

Presented by Music Network & Music Generation Clare

Emy Phelps leads a discussion and demonstration of song-writing strategies and ideas. Special attention will be paid to musical structure: how melody, harmony, arrangement and groove can support and amplify the story of the song. Questions and song contributions from the participants will be invited & investigated.

Wednesday 10 May, 8pm, €18/€16 conc./€9 Under 18s

Darol Anger and Republic of Strings (U.S.A.)

presented by Music Network

  • Darol Anger, 5 string fiddle
  • Tristan Clarridge, cello, fiddle
  • Emy Phelps, guitar, voice
  • John Mailander, octave mandolin, fiddle

With his unique genre-bending blend of bluegrass, jazz, folk and classical styles, Grammy-nominated fiddler Darol Anger is a master of the unexpected, darting from Swedish polkas to Brazilian choro before segueing seamlessly into a soul classic – all delivered with the rollicking abandon of a hootenanny.  Anger developed his signature sound working alongside great improvisers such as Stéphane Grappelli, Martin Hayes, Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck, and over the past 40 years has produced an arrayof critically-acclaimed albums, including 17 with the legendary Turtle Island String Quartet alone.

For this journey into uncharted musical waters, he is aided and abetted by a trio of nimble-fingered pioneers. Long-time collaborator and 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion Tristan Clarridge is co-founder of the chamber-grass group The Bee Eaters. Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist John Mailander has performed with such renowned artists as the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten and Steve Martin, while the riveting vocal sound of Emy Phelps has graced the albums of a long line of folk stalwarts including Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega and Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble.

Darol Anger is to fiddle what Béla Fleck is to banjo” –  Minneapolis Star Tribune
A cutting edge string quartet… wildly virtuosic” – Los Angeles Times
On the front edge of progressive acoustic music” – Fiddler Magazine [on Darol Anger]
Ground-breaking” –  San Francisco Chronicle [on Republic of Strings]

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To kick off our wonderful spring/summer season, we’re offering early bird booking on selected events - this is one of those!

If you book that event on or before close of business on Sunday 12th March, get a 10% discount on your ticket…but don't forget that Early Bird tickets are limited to the first 50 tickets for each of these events, so when they’re gone, they’re gone.
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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.

Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm , €22/€20 conc./€12.50 Child/€55 Family of 4

Giselle

presented by Ballet Ireland

Love. Betrayal. Redemption.

Giselle is a haunting story of love and betrayal. Our modern re-telling of this romantic classic is a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love. Betrayed by Albrecht, Giselle dies of a broken heart but her spirit returns to protect and forgive her now repenting lover from death at the hands of the vengeful Wilis.

Choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela, former Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer, this production of love that transcends death, will capture the hearts and minds of audiences today.

Ballet Ireland tours throughout Ireland following its hugely successful production of The Nutcracker (2016).

Friday 12 May, 7.30pm, €10

Music Generation Clare Showcase

An uplifting multi-genre musical outing featuring young participants of Music Generation Clare programmes and partnerships from across County Clare.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education in their locality.

Saturday 13 May, 7.30pm, €14.50/€13 conc./€13 groups of 6 or more

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.

Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.  Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel through an exhilarating collection of the latest films from the most talented adventure film makers of today.

An exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways!

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Age Guidance: 12A

Photo credit: Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

Tuesday 16 May, 7pm, €12/€10 Child/ €35 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Shoot for the Stars

presented by Broadway Dance Recital

This show brings together our three dance schools from Doolin, Miltown Malbay & Kinvara, Co. Galway and will showcase all styles of dance, from jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre and contemporary.

Thursday 18 - Friday 19 May, 7.30pm, €12/€10 Conc.

The Little Mermaid

presented by The Dinan School of Ballet

This gorgeous production has something for all the family.

Beautifully produced and choreographed, it showcases the school’s multi-talented dancers and performers. With diverse musical and dance styles, creative choreography and
striking costumes, this charming show will bring you on a dramatic and enchanting journey.

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 May, 7.30pm, €14/€12 Conc.

Working with The Wiz

presented by Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts

The much-loved Wizard of Oz, which won the hearts of millions, both young and old, throughout the world, now comes to Ennis with the record-breaking, updated version of The Wiz.

The Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts is putting its magical touch to this all-time favourite and guarantees a great night’s entertainment for children of all ages. With many wonderful excerpts from other hit shows also featured, this is a great opportunity to bring the kids along to experience the magic of real live theatre.

Tuesday May 23, 2pm, Free of Charge

Afternoon Tea Dance

presented by Clare Arts Office & glór

Clare Arts Office teams up with glór for an afternoon of singing and nostalgia as we mark the Bealtaine Festival - Ireland’s national celebration of creativity as we age.

Admission free and all are welcome, with light refreshments provided after the event.

Tuesday 23 May, 8pm, €7

Life Feels Good - Chce sie zyc

Presented in partnership with PolskaEire Festival

Dir: Maciej Pieprzyca  |  Poland  |  2013  |  112 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Set in 80’s and 90’s Poland and based on a true story, Mateusz, who has severe cerebral palsy, has been misdiagnosed as having an intellectual disability and struggles to communicate, until a caring nurse helps to reveal his witty and intelligent personality beneath. 

Multi-prize winner at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Wednesday 24 May, 7.30pm, €13/€8 Child/€40 Family of 5/€36 Family 4

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance

Sparks present a fun and entertaining night for all the family, young and old.

See performers from as young as 3 years all the way up to adult champions. Don't miss it!

Thursday 25 May, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc.

The Songs Our Fathers Loved - Rebirth of a Nation

presented by Shaskeen and The Wingers

Shaskeen and The Wingers invite you to participate in a nostalgic homage to the early recording pioneers of Irish music and song.

There have been many landmark radio programmes over the decades but one, which provides the inspiration for this performance was the Walton’s programme presided over by Leo Maguire. The programme featured artists from Walton’s own label, Glenside Records, and included Joe Lynch, Charlie Magee, Mary McConigle and Delia Murphy together with many others.

Leo Maguire’s persistent message to the listeners was: “A weekly reminder of the grace and the beauty that lies in our heritage of Irish song, the songs our Fathers loved”.

Friday 26 May, 8pm , €10/€5 Undere 18's

Aos Óg Concert

presented by Fleadh Nua

The future of our traditional music, singing and dance is always in the hands of the “Aos Óg”, the young generation. The Aos Óg Concert has always been a key event in the Fleadh Nua, which takes place in Ennis each year.

This year, the concert will feature some of the best young traditional musicians, singers and dancers from Co. Clare and beyond.
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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.

 

Saturday 27 May, 8pm, €20

Bofin to Burren

presented by Fleadh Nua

Bofin to Burren is a coming together  of some of Ireland’s best known traditional musicians. Fronted by Inisbofin’s Dessie O’Halloran, of Sharon Shannon fame, it also includes Céilí House’s Kieran Hanrahan on banjo and ‘At the Racket’s’ Seamus O’Donnell on saxophone, flute and vocals.

Returning to glór after their riveting opening concert for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016, Bofin to Burren will be joined by some very special guests, including the great West Kerry musician and singer, Séamus Begley and fiddle player Oisín MacDiarmada.

Sunday 28 May, 8pm, €15

Ceol an Chroí / Music of the Heart

presented by Fleadh Nua

This concert will draw together five of the greatest performers of traditional music to perform in the intimate atmosphere of glór.

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly have established enviable, international reputations and their playing together, on CD and in live performances displays great virtuosity and interpretation of a vibrant musical tradition.

Singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will be joined by celebrated fiddle player Dónal O’Connor and the song writer and musician, Gerry O’Beirne.

Wednesday 31 May, 7.30pm, €18/€16/€9 for unders 18s

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

presented by Verdant & Pemberley Productions

Ages 8+│Duration 80 Mins

Following the worldwide success of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, Simon Reade adapts and directs this stage version of Morpurgo’s award winning book Private Peaceful.

Private Peaceful is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in World War 1. The story charts the life of a young soldier, Tommo Peaceful, a private who faces the firing squad for cowardice. As he sits in his cell awaiting sunrise, Tommo, thinks back to some of his fondest memories and reflects on the events that made him the person he is today.

Adapted and directed by Simon Reade
Starring Shane O'Regan

Friday 2 June, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc./ €9 under 18s

I Hear You and Rejoice by Mikel Murfi

presented by Loco and Reckless Productions

Ages 12+ Duration 85 mins

Following the sell-out success of The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show.

Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. I Hear You and Rejoice is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage.

This show is the second collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, and Mikel Murfi. Created for the Bealtaine Festival - Celebrating Creativity as We Age.

glór Theatre Club Performance
Post-show discussion with Mikel Murfi

Tuesday 6 June, 8pm, €7

The Young Offenders

Dir: Peter Foott  |  Ireland  |  2016  |  84 mins  |  Cert: 15A

Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same, and even have the same bum-fluff moustaches.

Wednesday 21 June, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

The Billy Joel Songbook performed by Elio Pace and his band

Following on from his highly-acclaimed reunion concerts in the USA with Billy Joel’s original touring band, Elio Pace delivers this sensational tour celebrating the phenomenal music of Billy Joel. Featuring the massive hits, Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are and My Life as well as fan favourites such as Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Goodnight Saigon and Piano Man.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook in this electrifying concert performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his magnificent 6-piece band.



"Elio rocks!" Brian May

"Elio is tremendous... I'm a big fan. Music made the old fashioned way... played" Huey Lewis

"Elio Pace is fierce! An accomplished musician and performer, his talent can be equalled only by his infectious enthusiasm" Lulu

"Elio is a fantastic musician and a great artist in his own right, and I really look forward to working with him again in the future” Chris De Burgh

Monday 10 - Friday 14 July, 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm,

Designer Minds Science, Design & Technology Summer Camp

Does your child love experimenting and asking questions about the world around them?
Would you like your child to learn how to be creative with technology, rather than simply watching YouTube and playing video games?
Do you want to encourage your daughter to develop confidence and skills in the topics that will shape her future: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths (STEAM)?

If so, then you need to register your child for the Designer Minds STEAM Summer camp, coming this July to glór!  For girls and boys, who love to design, build and experiment.

Each day, primary children, from age 7 to 13, explore new topics and get hands on with projects, challenges and experiments which are designed to educate, entertain and inspire. Your kids will use a variety of equipment so that they never get bored:

  • computers
  • Lego
  • tablets
  • science materials
  • engineering toys
  • art supplies and more

Fully-qualified, garda-vetted teachers will ensure that your children are entertained and educated in a safe environment, surrounded by their like-minded peers!

"My daughter really enjoyed her week at camp.  She loves the creative side of the camp especially making t-shirts and little robots. She found the atmosphere very welcoming and inclusive. Most of all, she had fun."
Carmel, Fermoy

"My son loves Science and is so curious! Designer Minds enabled him to investigate, discover, explore and learn - through guided instruction in a happy, safe environment. He loved the many aspects covered in this course as well as the chances he got to learn from others, as well as imparting his own knowledge. I was delighted that this week long camp proved to be engaging, fun and packed with science, technology etc. I would definitely recommend this camp to others."
Aisling, Killarney

"My 12 year old has outgrown lots of regular camps so this was the result of a search for something different.  It worked, he loved it!"
Edel, Shannon

Early booking is advisable as places are strictly limited.  To find out more about our STEAM Summer camps, or to book, visit www.designerminds.ie/camps or call 087 631 0411.

Wednesday 16 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €25

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Expect an exciting and energetic performance from one of the world’s most renowned trad bands –The Kilfenora Céilí Band.



This expertly produced show of high-spirited traditional music, energetic & athletic dancing choreographed by Michael Donnellan, melodious song with Edel Vaughan and witty storey-telling together with special guests, will get your hearts racing and your feet tapping in a way you never expected!

This traditional super group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that’s not only engaging and uplifting but utterly enjoyable.

Fantastic, feel-good, happy, lively music” Sharon Shannon

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 12pm, €8

The Speks (for ages 2+)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

“The Speks...they're really great!” Derek Mooney, RTÉ 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

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €27.50

Sharon Shannon and her Sacred Earth Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Sharon Shannon is delighted to be invited to perform at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, particularly as it is being held in Ennis, Co. Clare the county where she was born and grew up.

Sharon is also very pleased to be bringing her Sacred Earth Band, performing material from new album also called Sacred Earth as well as music taken from her back catalogue.

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 September 2017, 8pm, €30

John Bishop - Winging it Around Ireland (SOLD OUT)

Age guideline 16+

Please Note That Both Nights Are Now Sold Out

Winging It will see John back on stage for his fifth UK & Ireland tour, performing in his own inimitable style.  His last tour ‘Supersonic’ was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim.  ‘Rollercoaster’ in 2012 was another sell out, and followed the successes of his ‘Sunshine’ tour in 2011 and the ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’ show in 2010, for which he was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award.

John Bishop has had an incredible career.  Within three years of his first ever comedy gig, John was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.

He has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including ‘John Bishop’s Australia’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Britain’ (BBC1), ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking’ (Sky1), ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1), ‘The John Bishop Christmas Show’ (BBC1) and ‘John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure’ (ITV1).

Recently John turned his hand to something completely different – interviewing.  A new series called ‘John Bishop: In Conversation With…’ sees him chatting, one on one, with some of the UK’s biggest names from the world of entertainment, sport and music to discover the people behind the public persona, in 10 intimate and revealing one hour interviews on the W Channel.

John has recently made a return to acting – he is currently filming a new ITV drama, Fearless. Written by Homeland writer Patrick Harbinson and produced by Mammoth Screen (credits include Poldark and Victoria), the six part series will TX next year.

‘Unimprovable…comedy superstar’
‘King of the one-hundred-liner’
‘Home is not only where Bishop’s heart clearly and endearingly is – it’s where his art is, too’
★★★★★
Daily Telegraph

‘His Supersonic show easily confirms that John Bishop has finally taken on the mantle of Britain’s top comic’
★★★★
Daily Mirror

★★★★
The Times

★★★★
Heat Magazine

Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm, €25

Johnny Cash Roadshow

The only show to be endorsed by the Cash family, and fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, recreates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring ‘June Carter’ along with 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 and all the stops in between. All the greatest hits are included, along with unmissable songs from every one of the five decade’s that the Man in Black’s career spanned. All this accompanied by evocative screen images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.

Clive’s resemblance is uncanny’ Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash

Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was’
‘absolutely authentic to the point where it felt as if it wasn't a tribute

Caitlin Crowell, granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash and Mrs. June Carter Cash