What's On

Friday 24 June - Saturday 30 July, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, free of charge

Waterbased and Other Stories

Waterbased and other stories is a themed exhibition of prints by Graphic Studio members and visiting artists, that depict water as a central element in their composition. This is our first collaboration with the Gallery and with it being summer, when better to celebrate water and its life giving properties?

Featuring works by Donald Teskey, Elke  Thonnes, Gwen O’Dowd, Mary Lohan, Seán McSweeney, Keith Wilson, Felim Egan, Louise Leonard, Tim Goulding, Noelle O’Keeffe, Daniel Lipstein, Michael Cullen, Susan Early, Pamela Leonard, Mary Grey, Martin Gale and more.

This show is not be missed and all works are for sale – so drop in for a look! We’re opening it on 24th June as part of glor’s summer party which will include a screening of Some Like It Hot and John Blek and The Rats in concert.

Saturday 25 June, 8pm, €20

Rebel Rebel - The David Bowie Experience

Rebel Rebel are a 6 piece David Bowie tribute faithfully recreating the most popular songs from Bowie’s extensive back catalogue.  The band themselves are fans and have a deep respect for the man and his music.

The set for this costumed show is built on Bowie’s most loved and enduring songs and the band have worked hard at re- creating the sound and look of a David Bowie concert covering Bowie’s hits from 1969 right up to present day.  Lead singer Peter Quinn has always had his voice compared to Bowie’s. “I released an album of original material in 1999 and it was instantly compared to Bowie. It was something I had been told from the time I cut my first demo tape, so when I was looking for a new project a Bowie tribute was the obvious direction.”

The band are made up of some of the finest session musicians in the country, the members having previously played with an array of Ireland’s top artists including; Sinead O’Connor, Clannad, Gavin Friday, and Jack L.

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Tuesday 28 June, 8pm, €25

Brendan Shine

Brendan Shine returns to glór with a show of all his favourite and best known songs. 

Brendan has released over 50 albums and has had 45 hit single in a glittering career that has taken him from his Co Westmeath home to every major concert hall the world over.  His hit singles include: O’Brien Has No Place To Go, Where The Three Counties Meet, Abbeyshrule, All My Roads Lead Back To You, How Much Time and, of course, Do You Want Your Oul Lobby Washed Down which Brendan famously performed for Pope John Paul II on his visit to Ireland.

Even after all of these years Brendan shows no signs of slowing down and will release a new Best Of CD to coincide with his 50th Anniversary Tour of Ireland and the UK.

Raviolo Verde will be serving pre-show suppers in the glór foyer from 6pm.  Book ahead and for €16.50 choose from 2 courses from their menu plus tea/coffee. Check out their menu here.

Wednesday 29 June - Saturday 2 July,

Merriman Summer School 2016

Gallant Allies in Europe

The theme of the 2016 Merriman Summer School, which is being held earlier this year, is ‘Gallant Allies in Europe’.
Lectures, talks, discussions will centre on Ireland’s relations with the British Empire and continental Europe in 1916 and with the United Kingdom and the European Union 100 years after the Easter Rising.

The 2016 Merriman Summer School takes place just as the implications of the result of the United Kingdom’s in/out referendum on European Union membership are becoming apparent.

This Summer School is being organised in partnership with the European Parliament’s Irish Office and is also part of County Clare’s Community Initiative contribution to the Centenary Programme in commemoration of the Easter Rising, Éire 1916-2016, along with the national Irish language strand, ‘An Teanga Bheo’.

Full details of the programme are available on merriman.ie.

DAILY & FULL SCHOOL TICKETS

WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE

  • Welcome and registration, 7pm
  • Opening of the School: Liam Ó Dochartaigh, Cathaoirleach, Cumann Merriman. 
    Introductory Remarks: Bríd Quinn / Lecture: Our Gallant allies in Europe: a Marriage of Convenience? Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, 8pm

THURSDAY 30 JUNE

  • Alliances with Europe: History Ireland Hedge School with Hiram Morgan, Sylvie Kleinman, Angus Mitchell & Mike Cronin with Tommy Graham, 10am – 12pm, €15 Book here
  • Cúirt An Mheán Lae: Biddy Jenkinson. Á cur i lathair ag Máire Ní Neachtain, 12.15pm, €5 Book here
  • Panel: ‘Exaltation among the nations’: Our women & men in Europe – former MEPs.
    Nuala Ahern, Sean Ó Neachtain, Emer Costello / Cathaoirleach: Jillian van Turnhout, 3pm, FOC
  • Panel: ‘To find the answering voices that they seek’: Ireland (North & South), Britain and Europe – in the  aftermath of the UK referendum / Professor. Mary C. Murphy, Steve Aiken MLA, Brian Hayes MEP, Cathaoirleach:  Pat Cox, 8pm, FOC

FRIDAY 1 JULY

  • Painéal: ‘Cad é sin don té sin?’: Éire, an Bhreatain agus an Eoraip.
    Liadh Ní Riada TPE, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Harry Mc Gee, An tOllamh Mike Cronin / Cathaoirleach: Liam Ó Dochartaigh, 10am – 12pm, FOC
  • Cúirt an Mheán Lae: Brian Lynch. Á cur i láthair ag Máire Ní Neachtain, 12.15pm, €5 Book here
  • Panel: ‘For years untold her youth will shine’: Generation Maastricht: the youth perspective Le cinntiú: David Garrahy with Valery Molay and Cárthach Ó Faolain, former MEP Pat Cox, 3pm, FOC
  • ‘Cradling dreams’ – Cultural Perspectives.  Marina Carr and Mick O’Dea / Introduced by Doireann Ní Bhriain, 8pm, €15 Book here

SATURDAY 2 JULY

  • Seimineár: ‘An Scríbhneoir i dTíortha Stráinséara’ Liam Mac Cóil.
    Cathaoirleach: Deirdre Nic Mhathúna, 10am, €10 Book here
  • Seminar: Gallant Allies and Exiled Children: International aspects of the 1916 Rising
    Ruán O’Donnell / Cathaoirleach: le cinntiú, 11am, €10 Book here
  • Cúirt an Mheán Lae: Gabriel Rosenstock. Á chur I láthair ag Máire Ní Neachtain, 12.15pm, €5 Book here
  • Panel: As others see us: ‘Move lips, move minds and make new meanings flare’
    Joachim Fischer, Francis Jacobs , Professor Eddie Moxon-Browne / Cathaoirleach: le cinntiú, 3pm, €15 Book here
  • ‘The confluence of dreams’: Looking to the Future
    Pat Cox, President European Parliament 2002-2004 / Closing of the School: Liam Ó Dochartaigh, 8pm, FOC
Wednesday 6 July, 12pm - 1.30pm,
Thursday 7 July, 3.30pm - 5pm, €10

Contemporary Dance Workshop with SAPP from Budapest

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Suitable for Ages 13+

Street Art Project Performances is a young Hungarian contemporary dance start-up, performing theatrical dance pieces. These workshops will be an introduction to dance performance and how it can be integrated in public spaces. With classical ballet and contemporary dance skills you will learn how to bring art to people's everyday life.

Thursday 7 July, 11am - 12.30pm, €10

Drawing Workshops with Aidan Courtney

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Suitable for ages 5+

Aidan Courtney delivers a bee themed illustration workshop where children will learn how to draw the Queen Bee, her workers, a bee keeper and many other fun bee related things. This will all be step by step drawing for kids. Parents  are welcome to accompany their children if they wish.

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 conc./€30 Family of 4

WiLd! by Evan Placey

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Ennis Street Arts Festival in association with glór
Presented by tutti frutti

WiLd! tells the story of 10-year-old Billy, who has been diagnosed with the condition ADHD and brilliantly captures Billy's world from his funny, quirky distracted view of the world.
Billy lives with his Mum while his Dad and elder brother no longer live at home. Billy decides to look after the bee hive that belonged to his Dad, trying to stop the bees from swarming and hoping his Dad will recognise that he has done a good thing - perhaps this might persuade Dad to return?

Suitable for Ages 8+│Duration 60 Mins

Friday 8 July, 8pm, €20

Maria Doyle Kennedy

as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

Maria is an Irish singer, actor and filmmaker. She has sung live with Snow Patrol and has spent more than two decades performing all over the world before audiences at Glastonbury, Oxygen and the Cambridge Folk Festival, and in small, intimate theatres.  She honed her craft as a performer with Hothouse Flowers and The Black Velvet Band before performing in the movie The Commitments and by then,
Maria’s reputation was strong enough to earn her a place singing on the album The Lady Sings The Blues alongside Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Tina Turner and Annie Lennox.

One of the finest voices Ireland has ever produced – Hot Press Magazine

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July, 11am - 3.30pm, €25

Introduction to Clare Youth Theatre - Devising, Acting, Music Movement and Fun

at the Clare Museum as part of Ennis Street Arts Festival 2016

For ages 12 to 18.
Open to any young person in (or entering into) secondary school in September 2016.

If you are interested in all aspects of acting this is the course for you.  We will explore how we use our bodies, voice and imaginations to bring a character to life.

There will be lots of theatre games, improvisation and creating your own character techniques as we become acquainted with the actors’ world.

The workshops will be facilitated by Clare Youth Theatre Leaders Clare Townsend and Eleanor Feeley.

  • No experience is necessary.
  • Bring plenty of drinks!
  • Bring snacks and/or packed lunch
  • Wear comfortable clothes / shoes
  • Places are limited. Early booking advised

*Please note that the participants are unsupervised at lunchtime

Monday 11 - Friday 15 July, 10am - 2pm, €90

Actors + Reactors Speech & Drama Summer Camp

Suitable for Ages 4 – 11

Engage your child's imagination this summer with an action packed week of creative drama, arts & crafts, puppetry, mime, music, dance, library visits and lots of fun!

Book directly with Aoibhín Garrihy on 086 0645454 or info@actorsandreactors.com

Monday 11 - Friday 15 July, 11am - 1pm (Ages 12+),
Monday 11 - Friday 15 July, 2pm - 4pm (Ages 6-11), €95/€85 for 2 or more children from same family

Ballet Ireland’s Annual Summer School

Let’s Make a Ballet

Calling all budding performers!  Ballet Ireland’s popular summer school returns to theatres around the country in 2016. This much-loved programme gives participants a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peek into the life of a professional dancer.

Participants will have an unforgettable time creating a ballet with professional dancers from Ballet Ireland based on a familiar story. This week long programme starts with class on stage with the dancers, followed by workshops in creating the choreography in addition to making props and costumes.  The young performers play an important role in the creation of their own full length ballet which is performed on stage at the end of the week for family and friends to come and enjoy.

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

‘When I went to sleep I dreamt I was back on stage. I loved it. When can I do it again?’
2015 Summer School Participant

Please note: Seniors are required all day on Thursday and Friday. Juniors attend both morning and afternoon session on Friday ahead of the performance at 4pm.

Monday 18 - Friday 22 July, 10am - 1pm daily, €75/€140 for 2 siblings

Imagine This! Drama Programme

Suitable for ages 6 to 9

‘Imagine This!’ Drama Programme is a week-long summer programme offering a variety of drama experiences in a fun and participative environment.  Facilitated by Majella Perry, (BA Theatre, Utrecht) ’Imagine This!’ aims to nurture and encourage young people’s creativity and artistic expression.  Majella works collaboratively with children, to explore the magic of imagination and to expand their creative potential.

Programme:
• Improvisation, devising drama scenes and storylines;
• Role-play & creating characters;
• Drama exercises & drama games, sensory work;
• Mime, movement, rhythm & percussion;
• Showcase of work on the final day


What can drama Offer?
• Development of imagination & creative awareness
• Increase in communication skills & self confidence
• Outlet for self expression & individuality
• Improve acting/performance skills and ability
• Opportunity to work creatively in groups

Tuesday 19 - Thursday 21 July, 1pm - 5pm daily, €75

The 12 Hour Play Project!

for ages 10-13 years

The 12 hour Play Project offers an opportunity to young people to write, cast, rehearse and perform in just 12 hours!  The process will be fun, participative and exciting as young people are facilitated to experience the full spectrum of roles in creating a theatre performance in (speeded up) version!

Objective:  To explore the entire process of creating a performance – from concept to completion, in a fast paced, condensed experience with lots of ways to be involved.  No performance experience necessary.  Simply a willingness to jump in!

Facilitated by Majella Perry & Clare Townsend

Monday 25 to Friday 29 July,

Colmac Robotics present Learn Robotics

9.30am - 12.30pm│ 6 to 9 year olds │€85
1.30pm - 5.30pm  │ 9 to 12 year olds from │€100

Colmac Robotics returns to glór in summer 2016! These Lego robotics summer camps are an ideal way to introduce children to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Children are encouraged to learn these skills by designing robots to complete a variety of tasks during the week.

Book online at www.robotics.ie

Thursday 28 July, 8pm, €25

Tommy Fleming at Sacred Heart Church, Scariff

as part of The Scariff Harbour Festival

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

Early booking advised.

www.tommyfleming.com

Saturday 30 July, 6pm, €10 adult/€5 child

Foundation Ministries

Foundation Ministries present an extravaganza of Afro-Irish Gospel Music. Foundation Ministries is a multicultural Pentecostal Church and we believe music is a powerful tool for integration. The concert is aimed at bringing people of all faith together to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ which is the bedrock of our Christian faith. Be there to accomplish this goal for Jesus.

Thursday 4 August, 7.30pm, €12/€10 conc.
Friday 5 August, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, €12/€10conc./Matinee €10

Hairspray

presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

Clare Youth Musical Society is excited to return to glór’s stage this August for three performances of Hairspray Junior. Featuring songs such as Good Morning Baltimore and You Can't Stop the Beat this energetic group will prove to you all that they really are 'The Nicest Kids in Town!'

Friday 5 - Tuesday 30 August, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, free of charge

Where my Heart Lies: An exhibition of Clare Music by Christy Mc Namara

Where my Heart Lies is an exhibition which celebrates and honours the rich legacy of music and music making in Co. Clare, in those who carried it and passed it on. Where My Heart Lies is concerned with place and music, inseparable from each other, and always interdependent.

Christy’s work has been widely exhibited and can be found in many collections, both public and private. The images selected here are drawn from a larger body of work made by Christy McNamara over the last 30 years, including some work from his book The Living Note, a collaboration with writer and RTÉ radio producer Peter Woods.

Monday 8 - Friday 12 August, 10am - 3pm, €90/€160 for 2 Siblings/€220 for 3 Siblings

Starcamp

Suitable for ages 4 – 12

Since 2007, Starcamp Summer camps have been offering children an absolutely outstanding week that will make a difference to their lives. Starcamp’s core ethos is building children's self-esteem & confidence and Starcamp’s summer camp children have appeared on numerous shows such as Elev8, Sattitude, The Den, Ireland AM, The Late Late Toy Show, have met with Jedward and Westlife, have sang with Hometown, Ryan Tubridy, Bosco, Zig and Zag and Dustin, and have released singles into the charts!

Book online at www.starcamp.ie

Sunday 14 August, 8pm, €15

Boffin to Burren

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Boffin to Burren are a host of great musicians including Inis Boffin’s Dessie O’Halloran, (vocals, fiddle) and Johnnie O’Halloran, (melodeon); Kieran Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing and RTÉ fame (banjo); triple All-Ireland concertina champion and dancer, Caitlín Nic Gabhann; Padraic and Damien O’Reilly on piano and accordion respectively; De Dannan’s Ronan O’Flaherty, (fiddle); and Sligo’s Seamus O’Donnell, (flute, sax), taking time out from touring with At The Racket. Guests on the night are the inimitable Seamus Begley, (accordion and vocals), Oisin MacDiarmada, (fiddle) and Samantha Harvey, (dancing).

A great night's singing, dancing, music and most of all laughter is guaranteed!

Monday 15 to Saturday 20 August, 1pm, €7

Fidil Beo Lunchtime Series

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Monday 15
Joan Hanrahan with Brid O'Gorman, (flute) & Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki)

Tuesday 16
Michael Queally with Noel O'Donoghue, (flute) & Padraic O'Reilly, (piano)

Wednesday 17
James Cullinan & Tony Linnane with Carol Cullinan, (piano)

Thursday 18
Vincent Griffin with Tim Collins, (concertina) & Padraic O'Reilly (piano)

Friday 19
Siobhan Peoples with Murt Ryan, (accordion) & Brian Mooney (bouzouki/banjo)

Saturday 20
Seamus Connolly with Martin Connolly, (accordion), Geraldine Cotter, (piano) & Damien Connolly, (accordion and fiddle)

Monday 15 August in the glór studio, 6pm, €8

Where My Heart Lies

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

This concert will launch the album of the same title by Crusheen’s Christy McNamara - musician, photographer and raconteur. It will also feature performances from guest musicians Eoin O’Neill, (bouzouki) and Yvonne Casey, (fiddle), plus some surprise guests.

Monday 15 August, 8pm, €18

Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, the Tulla Ceili Band and Guests

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

A celebration of the music of East Clare, featuring Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, along with the Tulla Ceili Band, who recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. Brother and sister duet Andrew and Mary MacNamara will be joined by Mary's children, Sorcha and Padraig Costello, on fiddle and piano respectively.
Also onstage will be the young and exciting Tulla-based group, Out the Gap, featuring Tipp man Colm Slattery on accordion, Amy McNamara on fiddle, Chicago's  Kevin Carey on flute and percussion, Pamela Queally on fiddle, and Gearoid McNamara on concertina and piano.

Tuesday 16 August, 8pm, €15

Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn are three living legends of Irish music. Friends for decades, they have rarely performed together in concert, due to their hugely busy solo touring schedules. However, when they do get together, the results are breath-taking. A rare chance to see three of the greats perform on one stage.

They will be supported on the night by Gatehouse, (John Wynne, John McEvoy, Rachel Garvey and Jacinta McEvoy).

Wednesday 17 August, 8pm, €15

Far from Home

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

A global celebration of Clare's Musical Diaspora, featuring Prof. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Dr. Tim Collins and the Clare Tracin' Ensemble, as well as a cast of guest Clare performers from Europe, North America and Australia.

Thursday 18 August, 8pm, €15

A Terrible Beauty

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

An original show by Ray Conway incorporating the songs and music of 1916, featuring Sean O Se, Tadhg Maher, Edel Vaughan, Denis Liddy, Elvie Miller, Marian Curtin, Francis Cunningham and Eimear Coughlan.

Saturday 20 August, 8pm, €15

The Flanagan’s: 100 years on

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Tribute to the music of the great brothers featuring Mick Moloney and friends, The Brock McGuire Band, At the Racket, Lisa Canny, George McAdam, David Hegarty and Cathal Corbett.

Saturday 20 August, 3.30pm, €10

The Hounds of Ulster

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

The Hounds of Ulster are a flute music group based in Whiteabbey, County Antrim, playing a mixture of traditional Irish, Scottish and Ulster-Scots tunes on both the wooden and Bb flutes.

The Hounds of Ulster seek to open traditional music from the United Kingdom and Ireland to all people. Participation is open to all musicians of any background.

The ethos of inclusive participation is maintained unanimously across the group’s membership, with the standard line “music unites”.
The music performed by The Hounds of Ulster is never aimed for one particular group of people, but for all persons to enjoy regardless of national, religious, social, class or ethnic identity.

Sunday 21 August, 2pm, €8

The Speks

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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!

Sunday 21 August, 9.30pm till late, €25

Kíla & Mànran with Special Guest Support (stand up gig)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Kíla are bringing their hip-shaking, smile-making, funky, groovy brand of trad to glór for this Fleadh Cheoil 2016. Kíla’s music is a celebration of their energy, creativity and wild exuberance, and this year they will be celebrating the continued success of their recent album Suas Síos, the remarkable film Song of the Sea, (for which they co-wrote the score) and the most recent news that the music they wrote for the documentary about the Shannon received an Emmy nomination.

Mànran are one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe despite having only been in existence a few short months. With music ranging from the explosive to the poignant and, at all times, an intense connection with their audience, Mànran thrive on live performances.

For ages 18+
Please note that this is a stand up gig.

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Classes start on Saturday 3 September,

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

An opportunity for 4-12 year olds to learn French through games, songs, rhymes, stories, role-plays and fun!

Classes start on Saturday 3rd September.

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

From Monday 5 & Wednesday 7 September, 10.05am - 11.35am,

Mindful Yoga with Susie - Autumn 2016

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

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

Practical information:

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


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

From Thursday 8 & Saturday 10 September, 11.30am, €55 per child per term

Gymboree

for 6 months - 4 year olds

Expect musical fun and games incorporating all types of music, over 20 different Styles RnB, African, Latin, Classical, Abba, Elvis and lots more fun mixed with giggles!

Advance booking is required as capacity is strictly limited. 

For bookings and all enquiries, please contact Oonagh Minogue on 086 354 0253.
www.playandmusic.ie  /  www.facebook.com/gymboreeclare

Friday 9 September, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Eleanor McEvoy

Best known for her songs Sophie, Harbour, The Secret of  Living  and of course Only A Woman’s Heart, Eleanor’s will be presenting her new show “Naked… Live”

“..once Eleanor McEvoy launched into her fiery set, accompanied by nothing more than her guitar, fiddle and glass-shattering vocal cords, we knew we were in for a fearsome night of music…A lone performer plying a singular trade with considerable élan.” -  Siobhain Long, Irish Times

"Her voice is clear and potently charged, one hundred percent believable; when her songs are bitter the acid burns your eyes, when they are sad you can taste the tears.”- Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

"McEvoy’s voice has a depth of expression born from living the songs rather than just singing them. It’s a genuine privilege to be on the outside looking in.” - Jackie Hayden, Hot Press

Wexford Opera Fringe Festival 17th October 2015: “It was yet one more triumphant outing for a musical wizard and a woman of immense talent.” Wexford Echo

From Wednesday 14 September, 1pm - 3pm,

Full Fathom Theatre

Acting Training and Theatremaking for Adults with and Without Special Needs.

Book directly with Marie McNamara on 087 6391409.

Friday 16 September, 8pm, €10/€30 family of 4

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

presented by Music Network

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


Music Network is thrilled to present a new collaboration between the prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power. This newly-commissioned work, is a sparkling kaleidoscope of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day. ‘Edges of Light' draws from a unique and little known Irish idiosyncrasy: the rising of the sun at Dunsink Observatory occurs 25 minutes and 21 seconds later than at Greenwich, meaning that 8 pm Dublin Mean Time occurs at 8.25 pm GMT! Step in time anyone?

Best known for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Colin Dunne has toured with musical groups The Chieftains and De Dannan and performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Three award-winning musicians from Ireland and Scotland complete the ensemble: Clare fiddler Tola Custy, one of the founding members of ground-breaking band Guidewires, acclaimed harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power, a former member of Liam Clancy’s Fairweather Band and regular collaborator with Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition Project.

“a fantastically articulate mover… you can’t take your eyes off him.”  The Daily Telegraph on Colin Dunne
“A phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity.”  Dirty Linen on Maeve Gilchrist
“A languid, loose-limbed creature that creates the finest of shapes around his chosen tunes.”  The Irish Times on Tola Custy
"The sheer breadth of expression captured by Waterford piper David Power in his latest collection will be enough to stop many listeners in their tracks.”  The Irish Times

Saturday 8 October, 8pm, €20

MÓRglór Award Night 2016

a concert celebrating Frank Custy

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

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

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

On Saturday 8 October, the people of Clare will express their thanks to Frank, in the most appropriate manner - with a concert featuring some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county.

Early booking advised.


More information on MÓRglór can be found here.

Saturday 22 October, 8pm, €22.50

Luka Bloom

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

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

If Only

presented by The Wild Swan Theatre Company

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

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

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

Doug Allan - In The Company of Giants

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

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

Join Doug for an unforgettable evening as he takes you up close and personal with the animals that live in the wildest places on earth.  See amazing film footage on the big screen and listen to Doug’s experiences of working with Sir David Attenborough, Charlie Bird, Gordon Ramsay, Ewan McGregor and others. Ask Doug questions about his wildlife experiences and chat to him about his extreme adventures.

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

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

The Fureys

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

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

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

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

www.thefureys.com

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

The Nutcracker

presented by Ballet Ireland

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

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

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

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

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley

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

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

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

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

Saturday 21 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

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

Early booking advised.

www.tommyfleming.com

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.