What's On

Friday 13 October 2017 – Saturday 13 January 2018, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Halcyon Days

glór is delighted to present a mixed media exhibition featuring the work of both established and emerging artists.

glór launched its open call exhibition asking artists nationally to respond to the theme of Halcyon Days. Work selected includes print, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and textiles as well as painting and showcases the diverse range of work being made both locally and  nationally. The Halcyon is a bird of Greek legend and the name is now commonly given to the European Kingfisher. The ancients believed that the bird made a floating nest in the Aegean Sea and had the power to calm the waves. Our current use of ‘halcyon days’ tends to be nostalgic and recalling of the seemingly endless sunny days of youth.

The exhibition also showcases the exceptional standard of visual arts in Co. Clare and features a significant cohort of Clare based artists.

View the exhibition catalogue here.

Ceramic work is presented by Helen Griffin, Niamh Harte and Jane Seymour; textile artists include Joke Buursma and Nicola Henley, and beautiful fine art prints come from Ria Czerniak-LeBov; Norah Brennan; Debbie Godsell; Maeve Coulter; Johnny Horne and Louise Leonard. The work of two photographers features – that of Hennessey Award nominee Gerry Blake and Mark Baker with his Portraits of Hebron.

Sara Dowling has produced a fascinating video and performance piece, whilst Maree Hensey and Catriona Moloney have created work that is both poignant and magical, and laden with nostalgia.

Painters featured include Nathalie El Baba, Vivienne Bogan, Imelda Bradly, Tom Climent, Wil Gilchrist, Kevin Lowery, Jill Miller, Adam Pomeroy and David Smith. Each painter has responded to the theme differently and has created captivating and inspirational work for glór’s gallery spaces.

Saturday 21 October, 8pm, €20

John Burke in Conversation

The first Clare man to summit the world’s tallest mountain will join award winning journalist and broadcaster John Cooke in glór to chat about his 2017 Everest ascent and raising awareness for the charity he and his wife founded.

Everest mountaineer and hotelier John Burke took on the challenge, partly to fulfil a personal dream, but also to raise awareness and funds for the charity Elevate, which promotes wellbeing among young people. John travelled to Nepal as part of a group of six from Co. Clare on April 4th last. The team took 9 days to reach Everest Base Camp before John set off on the next phase of the ascent.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Elevate.

Sunday 22 October (semi-final), 8pm, €15/€10 Under 16s
Sunday 29 October (semi-final), 8pm, €15/€10 Under 16s
Sunday 5 November (semi-final), 8pm, €15/€10 Under 16s
Sunday 12 November (final), 8pm, €20/€60 family of 4

Clare’s Got Talent 2017

Clare’s Got Talent is back in October and November 2017!

Clare FM is delighted to present a chance for one lucky act to win €3,000 sponsored by DNG O’Sullivan Hurley.

Performances will feature local acts singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, magicians, street performers and much more with solo performers and groups vying for the support in the audience vote and the seal of approval from the panel of expert Judges.
Stay tuned to Clare FM for full information on entry deadlines, auditions and live shows.

Monday 23 October, 4.30pm - 530pm, €8 per class (introductory price for autumn 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.

Tuesday 24 October, 7pm, €10 Adults/€8 Child/€30 Family 4

Alice in Wonderland

presented by Blue Raincoat Theatre

Suitable for Ages 7+
Duration 70 mins

The classic literary tale enthrals and engages children and adults alike as they follow Alice down a rabbit hole and into a world full of fantastical people, and strange and unpredictable events.  Originally adapted for the stage by Jocelyn Clarke, this acclaimed production was restaged by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company last year as part of the company’s 25 year celebrations.

Fast-paced and physical, this retelling of Alice in Wonderland is not to be missed.

Saturday 28 October, 12pm & 2pm, €8 Adults/€6 Children/Family of 4 €25

Strange Feathers

presented by Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, Riverbank Arts Centre and the Bird and Bat (Iceland)

Suitable for 18 months - 7 years, children with special needs and their parents/guardians.
Duration 60 mins

Join two birds hatching into the world, on a journey of discovery, as they hear the sounds of nature, see colours for the first time and learn how to fly. Mixing exciting aerial circus, dance, live music, soft colourful lighting, and soothing sensory sounds, these friendly birds and their feathers will enthrall the whole family! Strange Feathers is an engaging and humorous interactive, non-verbal show, specifically designed and created for young children.

Tuesday 31 October, 8pm, €7

Donnie Darko

Dir: Richard Kelly |  2001  USA | 113 mins | Cert: 15

One night after a near fatal incident, troubled teen Donnie Darko, (Jake Gyllenhaal) encounters a spooky rabbit-like figure warning him that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. As Donnie loses his grip on reality, he believes he has the power to overcome the forecast tragic future.

Re-released in cinemas to celebrate its 15th anniversary, Kelly’s highly original and mind-bending classic deserves to be rediscovered on the big screen.

Wednesday 1 November, 8pm, €30

Lisa Hannigan

Hannigan first came to light as an angel-voiced, somewhat mysterious figure singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. They played together for seven years, but it wasn't until the release of her solo debut Sea Sew in 2008 that the full spectrum of her abilities became apparent. A joyous kaleidoscope of love songs, laments, sea shanties and glockenspiels, with a cover hand-stitched by Lisa herself, the self-released album was a runaway success, nominated for a Choice award in Ireland and a Mercury Music Prize in the UK. The ecstatic reception gave her the confidence to explore deeper, darker emotions. Since arriving on the scene with the release of Sea Sew, Lisa Hannigan has gone from strength to strength touring the world, delivering mesmerising and captivating performances.

In between touring, there was an acting debut in the Oscar-nominated animation Song of the Sea, soundtrack work on Fargo and the Oscar-winning score for Gravity. Recently released At Swim was also shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Choice Music Prize, earning Hannigan her third nomination in a row. 

Thursday 2 November, 8pm, €25

Conal Gallen: How’s Your Father?

How's Your Father? is a non-stop, laugh a minute riot of craic, confusion and constant laughter!  It's the hilarious brand new comedy play from the cream of Irish comedy - father and son team, Conal and Rory Gallen, who have written probably their funniest comedy play to date!

A B&B! A Landlady! A Priest! A Jockey! A Mystery! Bridie Murphy opens Bridie's Boutique B&B, much to her husband Willie's bewilderment!

"This is a B&B which has to be seen to be believed!! - Tripadvisor"

With their young, confused neighbour, Dick, having some family problems, Bridie steps in to help! There's only one thing for it! Bring in the Priest! Which only serves to make things even more confusing!!

Its a side-splitting tale of love, deceit, mystery, bad food and a bit of "How's Your Father" thrown in for good measure!

Age recommendation: 16+

Friday 3 November, 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 followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

On Friday 3 November we welcome Little John Nee.

Little John Nee is a writer and performer based in Co. Galway in the west of Ireland. A prolific creator of work for theatre he was elected to Aosdána in 2016. His style of theatrical storytelling with music has won him international recognition; “Rural Electric” was described by the guardian as a “masterpiece of storytelling”; his play “Sparkplug” won an Irish Times Theatre Award for his sound design the radio version won a Special Mention Prize at the Prix Italia 2013. In 2016 he published a book of Haiku “The Apocalypse came on a Friday” and previously his “A Donegal Trilogy” was published by An Grianan Theatre. He has released an album of songs from his theatre shows recorded with The Caledonia Highly strung Orchestra.
Little John will discuss his extensive body of work and his unique creative process.

Friday 3 November, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

Ladies in the Blues

Ladies in the Blues - music theatre show, premiered to sold out audiences in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow in July 2016 to critical acclaim. 

On Valentine’s day 1920, Mamie Smith stepped up to the microphone in The Okeh Company in New York and shouted out “That Thing Called Love”, making the first recording by a black female vocalist. Since then artists like Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Billie Holiday, amongst others have helped transform the Blues from a folk art to a global music form.
Ladies in the Blues pays homage to these women and that tradition, from the earliest days to the present. The show features Flo McSweeney of Moving Hearts fame; guitar-playing Clara Rose, Ireland’s songstress of rockin’ blues; Wicklow singer, Emma Nicolai and Dun Laoghaire Queen of Vaudeville, Jhil Quinn on washboard and vocals and also features Ireland's top blues' sidemen including the legendary, Ed Deane on guitar and James Delaney on keys performing songs written and recorded by women in the history of the blues. 

Saturday 4 November & Saturday 2 December, 11am - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us every first Saturday of the month between 11am and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 4 November, 8pm, €20/€17 Conc.

Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends

  • Chris Meehan (piano/vocals)
  • Percy Robinson (Pedal Steel)
  • Bobby Kelly (acoustic guitar/ vocals)
  • Brian Harris (electric guitar)
  • Francie Lenehan (electric guitar/vocals)
  • Eamon Murray(harmonica/sax/vocals)
  • Davie Byrne (Bass)
  • Mick O'Connor(drums)
  • Matt Cranitch (fiddle)
  • Ana Leddy, Ide Leddy, Mary Roche (vocals)

Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends are a 10-piece country band who were founded in 1982, making their debut that year at the Ballisodare Folk Festival. Later that year the band performed a series of memorable concerts at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin with special guest Mary Black (singing Country) performing with the band. Having vanished from the scene for over a decade, the band made a welcome return in 2009 with the release of their CD "Dancing in the Kitchen" produced by Nashville producer Jim Rooney who along with Nancy Griffith, won a Grammy for her best selling album, "Other Voices, Other Rooms". Reviewed in The Ticket (Irish Times) the band's album was described as "an Irish album which, with some flourish, nails the essence of Americana".

With a line-up that reads like Irish music’s hall of fame and embraces many forms of music, including Cajun, Western Swing and a large helping of rock n’ roll Chris Meehan and his crew skilfully negotiate country waltzes, western swing, cajun craic, jump blues, jazz and Americana standards coloured by a dizzying array of sharp solos.

"Chris Meehan's characteristic exuberance is detectable right through this colourful collection of Country Music. There is a great natural feel to the songs and the recording carries the stamp of Jim Rooney's fresh, no nonsense production. Performed with affection and altogether charming, listening to it is a pleasurable journey" - Donal Lunny, (Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts).

Tuesday 7 November, 11am - 12.40pm, €10 (Teachers Free)

Ger Carey Live

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

Booking directly on 059-9141333

Thursday 9 November, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

Living a Wild Life with Colin Stafford-Johnson

Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman and presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson for an evening of hair raising stories from 30 years filming in some of the wildest places left on earth.

How can viewing a pen and ink sketch of a tropical bird at the age of six change your life? How do you become a wildlife cameraman? How do you end up naming the world's most famous tiger?  What are the challenges filming the wild, the weird and the wonderful?

Filming and presenting the 'Secret Life of the Shannon', 'Wild Ireland' and 'Living the Wildlife' has lead to adventures in every corner of Ireland.   Hear about Colin's most special wildlife encounters close to home and learn how to witness them for yourself in what promises to be a spell binding evening.

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 November, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

The Successful TD by John B. Keane

presented by Michael Scott Productions

One of your own – a vote for Tull is a vote for yourself! 
The Successful TD follows the Trials, Tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dail in the "October Elections”

Written by John B Keane in 1967 he displays his edge for humor and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.
Tull has roped in the help of his faithful Daughter Kate while his wife nurses her various ailments in bed or Lisdoonvarna ,  but his arch enemy Flannery the local school teacher plans to scupper the election for Tull…

“Any man with a vote is a man to be respected. I’ll play with them, lie to them, sing dumb about them while I have a chance of a vote. That’s my livelihood. Don’t give me no more stink about the truth. Christ told the truth and they crucified Him…”

Based on The Letters of A Successful TD and An Irish Minister of State by John B Keane.
Adapted for the stage by Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy and Michael Scott
Starring Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy
Directed by Michael Scott

Tuesday 14 November, 8.00pm, €7

Whitney: Can I Be Me?

Dir: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal  |  105 mins |  Cert: 15A

This unauthorised documentary explores Whitney Houston’s complicated relationship with Bobby Brown, her feelings for and exploitation of her daughter, and even the former gospel singer’s relationship with God. Houston’s family and some associates are presented as complicit in her downfall and the documentary relies heavily on previously unseen footage from Whitney’s giant, global 1999 tour, My Love Is Your Love, during which Whitney, dressed in Dolce & Gabbana, began to slowly, publicly crack.

Thursday 16 November, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

BOOM?

By Isobel Mahon

Directed by Caroline FitzGerald | Age Recommendation 16+ | Duration 105 mins

Selma Mae (Isobel Mahon) seems to have the perfect life, beautiful home, children, architect husband, but when Carmel (Maria McDermottroe), her social climbing mother arrives to help her to organise a party to launch her new state-of–the–art extension, it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems.  As the motley collection of guests arrive, glamorous neighbour Chloe (Claudia Carroll), tough-talking sister Maeve (Clelia Murphy), and the eccentric Bernie (Rose Henderson) disaster ensues and the perfect façade, not to mention the extension itself, begins to crumble…

BOOM? is a comedy set at the height of the mythical economic boom, the people who live the fantasy and those who fall through the cracks, hopefully into something more real and more sustaining.
This is a play for anyone who ever had a bad hair day, may never own a helicopter and knows the difference between an abstract sculpture and a bicycle helmet.

Friday 17 November, 8.00pm, €20/€18 Conc./€9 BYOK

Notify and The Mark Lettieri Trio

Ireland's Notify meets America's Mark Lettieri Trio for an exceptional music collaboration.
At the crossroads of traditional Irish music, jazz and ambient electronica, Notify breathes new life into Irish music with a musical tapestry that ranges from soft melodies to crashing crescendos.

The Mark Lettieri Trio is an instrumental jazz-rock fusion ensemble led by Snarky Puppy member and three-time Grammy award-winning guitarist and composer, Mark Lettieri. 

‘Ambient melodies, traditional compositions and groovy beats with layers of electronic sounds. This is Pádraig and Co at their experimental best.’  Trad Connect on Notify.

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BYOK - Bring Your Own Kids!

We appreciate that it can be an expensive night out when you have to pay for a sitter as well as everything else. This is one of the shows that are suitable for well-behaved children to attend, for a parents-child date night, for which you can avail of half-price tickets for under 18's! (Limited capacity).

Sunday 19 November, 8pm, €22/€20/€10 BYOK

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle and his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius, John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in his own locality, in Feakle County Clare where the music which he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, the renowned founder/ leader of the long-lived Tulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas.

Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. He studied at the city’s prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Cahill’s spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. In addition to his work with Martin, Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers and Kevin Burke, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a sought after producer for musical artists whom he records in his own Chicago studio and is also an accomplished photographer.

“In the decades to come, we’ll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix or John Coltrane.”
— The Irish Times

“Hayes has a sublime lyrical and melodic sensibility that transforms all that jiggety-jig scraping into heartbreaking musical washes of the deepest melancholy and moments of sheer, sparkling exuberance.”
— Sydney Morning Herald
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BYOK - Bring Your Own Kids!

We appreciate that it can be an expensive night out when you have to pay for a sitter as well as everything else. This is one of the shows that are suitable for well-behaved children to attend, for a parents-child date night, for which you can avail of half-price tickets for under 18's! (Limited capacity).

Wednesday 22 November, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

The Good Father by Christian O’Reilly

presented by Rise Productions

Age Recommendation 15+ |  Duration 120 mins

New Year’s Eve. Two very different strangers meet, each looking to shake off disappointments of the past. But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads this unlikely couple to an unplanned pregnancy. Can they make their newfound family work?

Winner of the Stewart Parker Award, this heartfelt drama charts their journey of love, loss, and redemption. After international successes Fight Night and The Games People Play, Rise Productions return to glór with this touching story celebrating the triumph of hope.

Post show discussion with members of the company

Friday 24 November, 8pm, €22.50/ €20 conc.

Celebrating Christie Hennessy - The Platinum Collection

performed by Aonghus McAnally

Renowned entertainer recreates the iconic sound of his close friend in a touching tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest singer-songwriters

After a sell-out tour last Autumn RTÉ personality, Aonghus McAnally, takes his “Celebrating Christie Hennessy – The Platinum Collection” show on a nationwide tour.
One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007, aged just 62. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Featuring all his best loved hits – Messenger Boy, Jealous Heart, Don’t Forget Your Shovel, If You Were To Fall, All The Lies That You Told Me, and the iconic Roll Back The Clouds – this magical evening showcases the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy with 22 of his greatest songs.

Inhabiting the role of Christie is particularly poignant for Aonghus as the two were such close friends. Speaking about the show, Aonghus said, “It’s a genuine privilege to share Christie’s incredible music with audiences around the country, and an honour to be part of keeping his spirit alive. Music fans want one more Christie gig, and to be able to recreate that magic for them is one of the most special feelings I’ve ever had on stage.

Tuesday 28 November, 8pm, €7

Their Finest

Dir: Lone Scherfig | 2017 | UK, Sweden | 117 mins | Cert: 12

During the war young Welsh copywriter Catrin relocates to London to be with her artist husband. After applying for what she believes to be a secretarial job, Catrin finds herself as a script editor at the Ministry of Information, where she is thrown into providing a ‘woman’s touch’ for the making of a morale-boosting propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.

Their Finest is a delightful and spirited comedy drama, which explores the changing roles of women during the war.

Friday 1 December, 11am, free of chrage

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 followed by our meeting at 11.30am.

On Friday 1 December we welcome Frank Golden.

Frank Golden is a Clare-based poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He has published five books of poems, the most recent of which was gotta get a message to you (Salmon Publications 2017) “This is a poet to get excited about. Risk-taking…rhapsodic…elevated.” Afric McGlinchy/Southword. His novel, The Two Women of Aganatz (Wolfhound Press), was described by Carol Coulter in The Irish Times as “uncomfortable, but compellingly and poetically described by a powerful imagination”. 2015 saw his return to the novel with The Night Game (Salmon Publications) “A challenging, transgressive, and gripping read.” Declan Burke/The Irish Examiner. He has received bursaries and awards from the Irish Film Board and the Arts Council of Ireland. Frank Golden is Head of Creative Writing at the Burren College of Art. Frank will discuss his creative methods and his cross disciplinary practice which extends into visual art alongside writing and film making.

Friday 1 December, 8.00pm, €25

Christmas by the Hearth with Sean Keane

Sean is playing to packed theatres across the country since the release of his 10th solo album and his appearance on the Late Late Show reacquainted many fans with his very distinctive voice and empathised with his story of loss when he sang One More Hour, the duet with Aine Morgan. Sean will be joined onstage by Pat Coyne,  Fergus Feely, Stephen Doherty and David Doocey for a night of song and stories with a definite Christmas flavour.

Saturday 2 December, 8.00pm, €18/€16 Conc.

Mary & Me

presented by Pat Talbot Productions in association with Wild Productions

Written and performed by Irene Kelleher
Directed by Belinda Wild 

Duration: 70 minutes

After 5 Star reviews at the Brighton Festival, and an invitation to appear at PERCEPTIONS, the new festival of women’s writing in London, MARY AND ME now embarks on its first Irish tour.

Ireland 1986
A teenage girl begins a series of conversations with a statue of the Virgin Mary in a grotto.
Inspired by a true story, MARY AND ME is a compellingly original and often humorous imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding and meaning at a time of turmoil in her life.   

Post show discussion with Irene Kelleher

‘Not only is Irene Kelleher a brilliant performer, she is also an exceptionally gifted writer’
***** Broadway Baby

‘A superbly crafted piece’
***** Brighton Argus

Wednesday 6 December , 8.00pm, €25

A Night with the Stars

Join 5 of Ireland's top country acts for a fantastic  Night With The Stars Christmas special featuring Brendan shine, Declan Nerney, Ray Lynam, Mick Flavin and Michael Collins who will each showcase their biggest hits along with some festive magic in the company of the fabulous Keltic Storm band. A country music show not to be missed!

Friday 8 December , 8.00pm, €25/€22 Conc.

A Celtic Christmas

presented by Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra

Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra is a formidable collective of musicians' (The Irish Times) who have thrilled audiences from Clare to Korea with their innovative blend of traditional and classical music.
In 2015 they debuted Celtic Christmas to over 1000 people at Moscow Christmas Festival. Now they bring the show to glór with an expanded chamber orchestra and choir led by Niamh Varian-Barry (Solas).
Highlights include Flynn's trad re-imagining of Ravel's Bolero (dedicated to Clare legend Tony MacMahon), alongside traditional Celtic Christmas music and Flynn's much loved Clare Concerto.

'Astonishing music.....simply unforgettable' ~ Irish Examiner

Saturday 9 December, Face Painting 4 – 5.15pm / Film at 5.30pm, €8 for adults/€6 for children

Frozen Sing Along

With Face-Painting, Fancy Dress and Special Guest Appearances

Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | 2013 | 107 mins | Cert: G

Join us this December for a fun filled sing-along with everyone’s favourite princesses.

Walt Disney presents Frozen, a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everestlike conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Frozen Fancy Dress for the little ones is encouraged, and we look forward to seeing lots of Annas, Elsas, Kristoffs and even Olafs turning up!

Limited capacity for face painting so come early!

Tuesday 12 December, 8pm, €7

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Dir: Hannes Holm |  2016 | Sweden, Norway |  116 mins | Cert: 15A

Based on a novel and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars, this Swedish comedy-drama tells the story of Ove - a widower struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. However, everything changes as he encounters the young family who move in next door. Rolf Lassgård excels as Ove in this true crowd-pleaser. 

‘A strong contender for feel-good film of the year.’ Empire Magazine

A screening of the short film Second to None will precede A Man Called Ove. Winner of the 2016 International Federation of Film Societies Don Quijote prize at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh and written and directed by IFTA nominee Vincent Gallagher, Second to None is a richly detailed stop-motion animation about the world’s second oldest man.

Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman, the older by a mere minute, becomes the world’s oldest man, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to be first place.

Wednesday 13 December, 7pm, €12/€10 Conc.

DanceMasters Showcase 2017

DanceMasters School of Dance - now in its 27th year of operation in Co. Clare - showcases its annual end of year performance. Children from classes across the county will enjoy performing in the professional setting of glór.

Children from ages 4 - 13 will perform in a special one night, energetic, varied and fun performance for friends and family.
 

Friday 15 December, 7.30pm, €22/€20 conc./€13.50 children under 18/€60 family of 4

Romeo & Juliet

presented by Ballet Ireland

Based on Shakespeare's tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls hopelessly in love, but their families are bitter enemies.  In order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything.

In Ballet Ireland's production, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school. It becomes a play within a play.

The Chaplain at a school divided by gangs and violence brings a fight to a close. He together with their form teacher attempts to show the futility of such behaviour by introducing the pupils to the play of Romeo & Juliet, with the feuding Montague and Capulet families. Each is assigned a character and the action ensues.

The result is a ballet with a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, comedy and high tragedy.

“…Runacre-Temple taps into a zeitgeist so many other ballet companies desperately want to access right now, making relevant what is often seen as an elitist art form while still honouring its roots.” “Runacre-Temple gets it” 
THE IRISH TIMES


Romeo & Juliet promises to delight and will always appeal to a wide-ranging audience regardless of age or background. However, our recommended age for this performance is for children aged 8 and above.

Saturday 16 December, 8pm, €30/€28 conc./€99 for 2 adults & 2 children

Vladimir’s Viennese Christmas

  • Vladimir Jablokov
  • Claudia Boyle (soprano)
  • Sean Costello (tenor)
  • The Jablokov family
  • Vladimir's Musicians


Join violin sensation Vladimir as he brings a seasonal glow to some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era, together with a festive selection box of Christmas crackers to get you in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year. Hear evergreen favourites like The Skaters Waltz, The Christmas Waltz, The Carol Of The Bells and the timeless O Holy Night performed in wonderful new arrangements.

Joining Vladimir on stage will be special guest star soprano Claudia Boyle and guest star tenor Sean Costello, as well as many members of the multi-talented Jablokov family, with accompaniment of Vladimir's musicians. An unforgettable concert of majestic music from the Strauss family, Franz Lehar and a couple of surprises too.

Sunday 17 December, 7pm, €15

Clare Youth Trad Orchestra

Following its highly acclaimed debut at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August, the Clare Youth Trad Orchestra makes its first appearance in glór. The 100-strong collective from across the county will perform original arrangements of some trad favourites, under the direction of founder Padraic O'Reilly.

The orchestra will be joined by some surprise special guests from the trad world for this unique performance.

Monday 18 December, 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!

Tuesday 19 December, 7.30pm, €10

Rice College Christmas Concert

The talented students of Rice College will grace glór’s stage again this year with an entertaining mix of music, song, dance and drama. This annual extravaganza promises to be a special and festive display of the wonderful and colourful artistic life of the students of Rice
College.

A heart warming night is promised which will send you home smiling and in awe of these multi talented young people! Bígí linn!

Friday 22* - Saturday 23 December & Wednesday 27 - Sunday 31 December, 2.30pm, €15/€50 Family of 4

Cinderella

presented by Pantaloons

Pantaloons are back this year for their 15th production "Cinderella"

Take a beautiful girl, two nasty, bullying ugly sisters, a quirky fairy godmother, the love of a handsome prince and a single glass slipper and you have the recipe for a great night of panto!

A beautiful young girl covered in cinder dreams of finding happiness and her one true love. Her evil stepmother, however, has other plans and hides her away in the kitchen, doing all the work. Then, one enchanted night, fate intervenes courtesy of a few trusted friends and a little hint of magic. Is Cinderella destined to live in the shadow of her horrible stepsisters Tia and Maria or will she find her prince charming and change her life forever?

Pantaloons are joined once again by the wonderful dancers from Sparks Hip Hop dance school.

Expect lots of hisses and boos, laughter, singing and dancing!

*On Friday 22nd December we present a relaxed performance of Sleeping Beauty, which is aimed at people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including (but not limited to) people on the autism spectrum, people with sensory and communication impairments, and people with intellectual disabilities.

The audience is welcome to move around and make noise during the show. The performance will be slightly adapted to make a more comfortable environment; the lights in the theatre remain on low throughout the show, loud noises are softened and you’ll be free to leave and re-enter at any point if you need to.

 

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 January, 8pm, €25

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

Expect an exciting and energetic performance from one of the world’s most renowned trad bands.

With high-spirited traditional music, energetic dancing and melodious song with Edel Vaughan, 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
 

Thursday 11 January, 8pm, €30

Mike Denver and Band with Guests Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

One of Ireland's most popular "Country' singers Mike Denver has once again had a recent sell-out nationwide Tour with full houses' at concert venues North and South.

The 'Galway Boy' is getting more popular as each year passes. Mike has already built up a huge following on the Irish Circuit and has achieved 14 hit Albums and 10 best-selling DVD's. A new DVD has just been released and is now on sale at all his shows.  Mike's show is an excellent mix of Mike Denver hits, country classics and middle of the road hits. With his excellent Band and a super stage show this promises to be another terrific concert.

Saturday 13 January, 8pm, €23

Neil Delamere: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Pensioner

One day Neil’s dad asked him to help deliver the Meals on Wheels. He agreed. Little did they know that their lives would never be the same again.  Except for the bits of their lives that didn’t change.

Join Neil Delamere in glór for another fantastic night of comedy.  Early booking advised.

One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine’ ***** The Herald

Saturday 20 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

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

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with one song more haunting than the other. He has a universal appeal to all ages and backgrounds with a fan base that is growing stronger worldwide year by year.

Eric Clapton - “His version of Danny Boy is the best I have ever heard bar none.”

Sunday 4 February, 8pm, €30/€27.50 Conc.

Reeling In the Showband Years

The Ronan Collins Showband Show 'Reeling In the Showband Years' has been a smash hit for the past 8 years, and we are delighted to say it returns once again to Ennis.

RTÉ’s Ronan Collins is Host and Compère. 

Red Hurley - A living Legend of showbiz for the past 40 years.
His great big soaring voice has captivated audiences since he hit the stage With The Nevada Showband. Still a major force in Irish showbiz. Hear ‘Love is all’ and many more of his greatest hits.

Gina from The Champions - Quite simply the biggest female vocalist of the Showband era. She was loved, North, South, East and West.
Her smash hit songs will all be included. We are simply responding to the numerous requests for Gina’s return!

Ronan Collins sings his renowned tributes to The Great Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock and more!

Dave Lawlor - The surprise hit of last year, he brought the house down with his amazing voice! One of Ireland’s greatest vocalists, “Showband Nostalgia” was a smash hit for him and brought the man from Tullamore to national attention.

Keith and Lorraine McDonald - This great Brother and Sister combination from one of the oldest musical families in Ireland. Their Father, Frankie was trumpet player with Joe Dolan for many years. Lorraine is one of the brightest talents to emerge from the late Showband era and Keith is a star in his own right!

Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg - sing all their great hits. ‘If Ma Could See Me Now’, ‘It’s Nice to be in Love Again’, ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ and many more.

The Conquerors Showband - One of the greatest Showbands of them all and still packing them in everywhere they go. The Galway boys sang ‘Baby Blue’ and many more hits.

And much more to be announced!!!

The show’s exciting finale is an ALL Cast Salute to the Showband Era.
All of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years!  Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period.
It will send you home with great memories of wonderful and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music!

Sunday 11 February, 8pm, €30

Keith Barry’s Magic Madhouse

Internationally acclaimed mentalist/hypnotist Keith Barry is bringing his brand new live show Keith Barry’s Magic Madhouse around Ireland.

Magic Madhouse sees Keith returning to his magic roots to bring the audience on a rollercoaster ride of laughter and madness and promises a death defying finale to leave audiences breathless.   Keith will once again blow your mind!  Definitely not to be missed.

Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult

Thursday 15 February, 8pm, €21

Eddi Reader

glór is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed Scottish songstress Eddi Reader back to Clare.  With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Eddi’s beautifully raw vocals continue to captivate and inspire audiences from her own native Scotland to the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Europe and she is considered to be ‘one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures.’ The Scotsman.

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February, 8pm, €25

Foil Arms and Hog

OinK

Former children and regular eaters Foil Arms & Hog are back with their new show. OinK is a fast paced sketch show featuring a collection of songs for the elderly, a baggage handler’s interpretive dance and a shop that naively only sells balaclavas. Best known for their YouTube videos (50 million online hits), their live show is what they’re most proud of.

Quite simply, a sensation” – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
An effervescent hour of fast-paced gags, fizzing with energy, invention and great lines” – Chortle
Very funny” – Rowan Atkinson

Early booking strongly advised

Friday 23 February, 8pm, €22

Jason Byrne – The Man With Three Brains

‘The Man With Three Brains’ is a brand new show from the highly acclaimed and extremely funny, Jason Byrne.

Jason has three brains which kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit. This show will peel back the madness inside Jason Byrne’s head to reveal all three brains working individually. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.

It’s been a busy few years for Byrne.  In addition to his extensive touring worldwide, his Radio 2 show was awarded the UK radio industry’s prestigious Sony Radio Gold Award.  As well as fronting a brand new studio based comedy chat show Jason Byrne's Snaptastic Show for TV3, he is co-host of Sky’s hugely popular new entertainment programme Wild Things on Sky1.  Also seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC1), The Royal Variety Show (ITV1), The John Bishop Show (BBC1), and Father Figure (BBC1) of which he is creator and star.

'Unmissable' Evening Standard
'Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle' Edinburgh Evening News
'Byrne is consistently brilliant' Metro
'The outright king of live comedy' Times

Age guideline: 16+

Saturday 24 February, 8pm, €18/€15 conc

Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo are a three-piece from County Wicklow, Ireland comprising Karen Cowley (vocals, keyboards, bass synth),Caoimhe Barry (vocals, drums) and Saoirse Duane (vocals, guitar).

Friends and bandmates since school days, Wyvern Lingo share a gift for close harmony, keen songcraft and effervescent live performance. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from pop, rock and R’n’B, their voices interweave to create a fresh, forward-looking sound.  A self-released EP caught the ear of Irish label Rubyworks, and the band toured with Hozier in the UK and at home; Karen and Caoimhe both putting in a double shift  by singing backing vocals for their Wicklow friend. Karen also duets with Hozier on the haunting ‘In A Week’ on his multi-platinum debut album.


Wyvern Lingo’s debut release for Rubyworks is a four-track EP called ‘Letter To Willow’. Three of the tracks were recorded in Cologne, Germany with Sierra-Leonean / German artist-producer Patrice Bart-Williams, best known in Europe for his work with Selah Sue, Cody ChestnuTT and Keziah Jones. These tracks were mixed in Paris by Philippe Weiss (Dragonette, George Clinton, K’naan). Additional recording for the title track took place in Dublin with Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey) at the controls.