What's On

Friday 1 – Saturday 30 April, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, free of charge

They Glide Like Birds Single And In Groups Over The Roads

An Exhibition of Photography by Martina Cleary

In 1954 the renowned American photographer, Dorothea Lange visited Co. Clare, creating an extensive archive of images which remains relatively unknown within her overall production. Taking this work as a point of departure, this project explores how memory becomes interleaved, re-inhabited or reinvented in the moment of reflexive encounter with the photographic image. The exhibition includes several original images by Lange, and responses to these within the contemporary context, created through collaborative work within the community from which they first emerged.

Martina Cleary is a multi-media artist based in Co. Clare.

Saturday 30 April, 7.30pm, €10

Actors + Reactors Showcase

An evening of dramatic extracts, poetry, mime, drama and recitals presented by talented young people from 4 to 15 years and introduced and stage managed by senior Actors and Reactors students.

Actors and Reactors, Ennis – a drama school established by Aoibhín and Doireann Garrihy – will showcase a term’s work in aid of The Clare Crusaders Children Clinic, a self funded clinic providing free therapy and specialist treatment to over 350 children with special needs in County Clare.

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.

Saturday 9, 16, 23 & 30 April, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, free of charge

The Saturday Sessions

led by Eoin O’Neill with Bríd O’Gorman

Join MÓRglór 2015 winner Eoin O’Neill with Bríd O’Gorman and friends for a Saturday afternoon session in glór’s café. 

Drop in to our open trad seisiún, led by Eoin and Brid. Young people who can play a tune on the fiddle, bodhrán, harp, concertina, or any instrument at all, (even non-traditional instruments) are welcome to come along and discover what it is like to play in a real session with other musicians. Families are invited to come, watch and enjoy!

Children aged 7 to 12, and young people 13+, are particularly welcome.

Saturday 30 April at St. Mary’s Church Feakle, 7pm, €20

Tulla Céilí Band 70th Anniversary Celebration Gala Concert

an event to mark Clare as a County of Culture in 2016

Featuring:

  • The Boruma Trio
  • Mary MacNamara, Sorcha Costelloe and Padraig Costelloe
  • Emer & Ger Coughlan
  • The Young Tulla Band
  • Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
  • The Tulla Céilí Band


The concert will conclude with a RTÉ Céilí House live broadcast with Kieran Hanrahan commencing at 9.00pm.

Monday 2 May, 1pm & 5pm, €12/€10 conc./€40 family of 4

Eclipse Stage School

Shannon based Eclipse Stage School present their annual Showcase for 2016.  With over 150 children performing ranging in ages from 5 – 16 years this promises to be another great showcase of talent from Shannon and the surrounding areas.

Wednesday 4 to Monday 9 May, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, free of charge

Sinead Dinneen exhibition and screening of the film Painting Back, VOID Engage Project

in association with The Care Seminar

Sinead Dinneen, is a highly regarded visual artist and visual art lecturer in education. She has a particular interest in arts and health practice relating to her personal experience of Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. She has presented her work nationally including with OvaCare, National Centre for Arts and Health in Tallaght Hospital, University of Limerick SIBEAL Feminist and Gender Conference, and was co-organizer and artist-in-residence of Limerick’s first Death Cafe.

VOID Engage presents Painting Back, a 6 week painting programme which brought award-winning artist Ann Quinn directly into contact with 3 different groups in the North West. This short film, by Mara Cavalli, documents this project funded by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland that took place in 2015 in nursing homes and day care centres in Derry. Void is a contemporary art space with up to 5 exhibitions per year showing the work of established international and Irish artists. A key element to the gallery is the VOID Engage programme, which places participation, engagement and learning at the heart of VOID, making contemporary visual art accessible to visitors of all ages. Funded by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, Turkington Funds, The Painting Back project used highly trained facilitators to deliver & film carefully designed visual art-workshops & reminiscence sessions with local residents in a care home / day care setting culminating in an exhibition at Void Gallery and accompanying short film.

Funded by VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016 and supported by Age and Opportunity.

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Scheduled screenings from Thursday 5 in Theatre 2 at glór, free of charge

First Citizens Speak! by Deirdre O’Mahony

in association with Age and Opportunity/Bealtaine 2016

This is a film of 25 minutes long. At the core of this project is the idea of one generation sharing their experience, knowledge and accumulated wisdom with present and future generations, an idea that is deeply relevant today.

Artist Deirdre O’Mahony has been commissioned by BEALTAINE and VOLTage to develop FIRST CITIZENS SPEAK!, a project responding to Bealtaine’s citizenship theme for 2016 ‘First citizens of Ireland’. The project explores the memories and thoughts of older members of the community in North Clare – aiming to investigate the values and behaviours they hold dear and that are, and were, particularly important in allowing them to attain a level of contentedness and connectedness that many of us lack.

The project involves the artist working with GP Dr Fergus Glynn (whose catchment area is in North Clare) as interlocutor, anthropologist Anne Byrne and local members of the North Clare communities as interviewers and mediators.

Screenings will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday May 9th, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Wednesday May 11th, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Friday May 13th, 6pm to 9.30pm
  • Monday May 16th, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Wednesday May 18th, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Monday May 23rd, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Wednesday May 25th, 10.30am to 12pm


Deirdre O’Mahony is an artist, academic and occasional writer. She received a BA in Fine Art from St Martin’s School of Art London, an MA at the Crawford College of Art Cork and a PhD from the University of Brighton titled New Ecologies between Rural Life and Visual Culture in the West of Ireland: History, Context, Position, and Art Practice. O’Mahony has received numerous awards, both national and international. She is a full time lecturer at the Centre for Creative Arts, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Funded by Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 and VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016.

Opening Thursday 5th May 6pm by Catherine Marshall art writer, curator, formerly head of collections at IMMA.

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Thursday 5 May, 2-5pm, Free of charge

The Care Seminar

an event focusing on creativity and the arts in health, care and wellbeing

Contributing artists, facilitators and theatre practitioners will discuss how they have brought their artistic practice and experience to care/health communities and will look at the importance creativity can play in health and wellbeing both on a personal and a community level.

Participants include:

  • Sally Murphy Painting Back, VOID Engage Project, Derry;
  • Visual Artist Sinead Dinneen from the Kicking the Bucket project;
  • Theatre Artist Eleanor Feeley (St Josephs Hospital, Ennis);
  • Visual Artist Sarah Fuller (Other Possibilities, St Brendans Nursing Home, Loughrea);
  • Theatre Practitioner and therapist Marie McNamara;

and

  • WillFredd Theatre, who will be performing their show CARE at 8pm.

'Art does not confine itself to reason and experiment. It deals also in emotion and feeling, contradiction and paradox, our multiple senses and embodied knowledge. Its resources include comedy and ritual, metaphor, imagery and symbol, sound and movement, time, space and the body. Among its strengths are the capacity to communicate things we sense inarticulately, know without knowing and are afraid to say or think.'
Both Sides of the Coin: The Distinctive Value of Art in Health Care, François Matarasso.

Funded by VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016 and supported by Age and Opportunity.

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Thursday 5 May, 11am - 12.30pm, €12

Kite Making with Helen Lowe

for ages 5-12

On Thursday May 5th Clare will celebrate the first ever Japanese children's day event.  We will be making the huge carp shaped windsocks (koinobori) that will express our hope that our children will grow up strong and healthy. There will be lots of streamers, paint and lots of glue to make this a fun filled event.

For bookings or more information contact Helen directly on 086 736 3320.

Thursday 5 May, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc/€15 students

Care presented by WilFredd Theatre in association with The Everyman, Cork

and in association with Cahercalla Hospice, Ennis

On hilltops around Ireland, staff are working around the clock. They make tea. They paint nails. They refill syringe drivers. Some pray. Some don’t. Everyone they care for is dying.

WillFredd Theatre’s Care gives audiences an insight into the day-to-day world of hospice staff.  In 2013 WillFredd Theatre developed the theatre show CARE with various Irish Hospice Staff. The production was created in response to interactions they personally had with Hospices in Ireland. CARE explores different aspects of the day-to-day life of Hospice Staff, presented through the form of live music, verbatim text and dance. CARE is a show about the people who add life to days, if not days to life.

As part of the Bealtaine Festival, WillFredd are visiting local Hospices to interact with their staff and to present low-tech segments of CARE to the staff and hear their thoughts, feedback and questions about what we do and how we make work.  WillFredd will be visting the following: St. Francis Hospice (Dublin), Marymount Hospice (Cork), Cahercalla Hospice (Ennis) and Galway Hospice (Galway).

Through ethical encounters between artists and communities of place, space and interest, WillFredd Theatre develop work which responds to and represents elements of these communities.

Funded by Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 and VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016.

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Friday 6 May, 11.00am - 12.30pm, Free of charge

The First Friday Series: Catherine Marshall - Rural Art Projects; The tail that wags the dog

In association with The Artist's Resource Room and with the support of Clare Arts Office

The Artist’s Resource Room is an artist-led community group. It is run on a voluntary basis. The aim of the Room is to provide a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. To date, this has come about through regular meetings, presentations, artist film screenings, performances, and debates. The audience has been primarily made up of artists currently working in, or from Co. Clare.

glór collaborates with the Artist’s Resource Room, and supported by the Clare Arts Office,  presents the First Fridays, a series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and  artists

On Friday 6 May we welcome Catherine Marshall, an art historian, curator and critical writer, who will look at the challenges she saw as Head of Collections in IMMA and at the projects that have emanated from so called marginalised communities, the importance of the Iniscealtra Festival in the development of the IMMA National Programme, Ex-P0, The Kathleen Lynn Project in Mayo and other key projects.

She was adviser to the Arts Council’s Touring Experiment and she was appointed as first head of collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1995. She curated many exhibitions of Irish art including Views from an Island, an exhibition of Irish Art from the IMMA Collection for the Irish Chinese Cultural Festivals in Beijing and Shanghai, and Comharsana Béal Dorais for the National Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, along with community based exhibitions such as Somebodies at IMMA.  She is a board member for Age and Opportunity and was formerly on the board of the Douglas Hyde. She has published widely on Irish art.

VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016 as part of the First Friday Series in association with The Artist’s Resource Room and supported by Clare Arts Office.

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Friday 6 May, 2pm - 4pm, free of charge

Seminar: Working Lives

Working Lives is a panel discussion which explores the challenges and rewards for artists working crossgenerationally, collaboratively and across disciplines. The discussion takes place in the context of Bealtaine’s Iconic Citizen’s Project and the specially commissioned FIRST CITIZEN’S SPEAK!, by artist Deirdre O’Mahony working with older members of the community in North Clare. Also addressing the political, social, cultural and economic implications for older creative lives in a rural context, the panel includes Maria Kerin and Anna Furse, Professor of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths.

This event has been developed with VOLTage and CREATE.
Funded by CREATE, Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 and supported by VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016.

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Friday 6 May, 2.30pm, €8 (includes tea/coffee & biscuits)
Friday 6 May, 8pm, €15/€10 conc.

Old Flames

Old Flames blends the stories of writer Brian Leyden with music by the multi-instrumentalist Shamie O’Dowd in a warm-hearted look at romance and courtship, house-dances, dowries and matchmaking, schoolday love notes, radio memories, bereavement and retirement. Old Flames will light up fond memories for many of you and maybe even rekindle a romantic fire or two.

Brian Leyden is an Irish writer, playwright, screenwriter and documentary maker. His books include the bestselling memoir, The Home Place (2002), Death and Plenty (1996), and the short story collection, Departures (1992). He won the RTÉ Radio 1 Francis MacManus Short Story Award in 1988 and has written extensively for RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany. His radio documentary work includes No Meadows in Manhattan, Even the Walls Were Sweatin’, and An Irish Station Mass. He received an Arts Council Literary Bursary in 2014. His most recent work is Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories (2015).

Commissioned by Sligo County Council Arts Service and the Hawk’s Well Theatre for BEALTAINE Sligo 2015.

Funded by Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 and VOLTage/ Clare County of Culture 2106.

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Saturday 7 May, 4pm, €7

A Walk In the Woods

Film Screening as part of access>CINEMA’s May Film Tour

Director: Ken Kwapis / USA / 2015 / 104 minutes / Cert 15A
Cast : Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson

After two decades of living in the UK, renowned travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to America with his English wife Cathy (Emma Thompson). In an attempt to find a way to reconnect with his homeland, he impulsively decides to hike the Appalachian Trail, a trek of over 2,000 miles stretching from Maine to Georgia. With Cathy protesting against the idea of Bill doing the trip solo, an out-of-the-blue call from old friend Katz (Nick Nolte), offering to accompany him, seems like the perfect solution. But as their journey unfolds, this odd couple realise that they may have underestimated the scale of the adventure they have undertaken.

Based on Bill Bryson’s best-selling 1998 memoir, A Walk in the Woods is a gentle comedy that combines breathtaking scenery with the charming chemistry of its two veteran stars, who are clearly enjoying themselves.

Funded by VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016 and supported by Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016.

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Saturday 7 May, 8pm, €25/€23 Conc/€15 Senior Citizens

One Night in Vienna

presented by Vladimir Jablokov

Join Vladimir as he plays some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era of The Strauss Family. Expect to hear The Blue Danube, The Voices of Spring, the Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, the Radetzky March, the Merry Widow Waltz, Beer Barrel Polka and many more favourites you know and love.  In addition, the concert also features solo spots from a special guest Soprano, and Tenor Sean Costello.

Funded by Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 and VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016.

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Classes start on Saturday 7 May for 6 weeks,

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 7th May for 6 weeks.

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

Saturday 7 May, 2.30pm - 4.30pm, free of charge

Saturday Session with Eoin O’Neill and special guest musicians

Award winning trad musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene. Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. His passion for his craft has led him to preserve music that was in danger of being lost forever, and is now being enjoyed and re-invented by a new generation of musicians. He is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county, and is chiefly responsible for encouraging the playing of young and old alike.

In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare.

Funded by Age and Opportunity BEALTAINE 2016 and VOLTage/Clare County of Culture 2016.

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Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 May, 7.30pm, €13/€11 Conc

Working with Guys & Dolls

presented by Ennis Academy for the Performing Arts

Guys and Dolls is a fun-loving show, packed with wonderful music, lavish dance routines and lots of laughs.  Students have had a lot of fun with this show, and you will find yourself laughing throughout. The show will also include wonderful excerpts from the much-loved Annie and Grease, while the youngest students will charm with their usual special magic.

Why not bring the kids along to experience the magic of real live theatre and a great night’s entertainment for all the family.

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.

Thursday 12 May – Tuesday 7 June, 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, free of charge

Embrace

The annual Embrace exhibition returns with a wide range of colourful work produced as part of the Clare Arts Office programme for art & people with disabilities. In addition to paintings the show will feature creations in a variety of media including felt, mosaic, photography, ceramics & papier-maché sculpture.

Now in its 14th year, the Embrace Programme has helped many hundreds of Clare based people of all abilities to experience different art forms and express themselves creatively. This annual exhibition offers each participant an opportunity to showcase the very best examples of their creativity.

Friday 13 May, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc

Le Vent du Nord

presented by Music Network

  • Nicolas Boulerice, vocals, hurdy-gurdy, piano accordion
  • Olivier Demers, vocals, fiddle, guitar
  • Simon Beaudry, vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki
  • Réjean Brunet, vocals, button accordion


A driving force on the world’s folk music scene, Québecois folk dynamos Le Vent du Nord capture the revelry of a Saturday night kitchen party with their boundless enthusiasm and playful showmanship. Add to the mix impeccable musicianship, stunning vocal arrangements and breakneck tunes, it’s no wonder this amazingly versatile band gets heads bobbing and feet tapping from the first few notes.

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.

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.

Saturday 14 May, 12pm & 2pm, €10/€8 Child/€30 Family

The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio

presented by Lyngo Theatre

One of the best loved classics for children comes to life, literally.

Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course the world-famous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old, magic books while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie. Who nose? He might even find his father and become a real boy.

Come and join him on his incredible journey, you'll have a whale of a time!

Duration 60 Mins│Ages 5+

Saturday 14 May, 7.30pm, €10

Gospel Rising Music Festival Gala Concert

As part of the Gospel Rising Music Festival in Ennis, on the weekend of 13th-15th May 2016, glór will host the Saturday night Gala Concert.

Many different gospel choirs from around Ireland will fill the stage to perform their favourite gospel songs for their peers and the people of Clare. This concert presents a chance to hear many different styles of gospel choir music, and unique versions of songs that can only be heard together at the Gospel Rising Music Festival.

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 18 & Thursday 19 May, 7.30pm, €12/€10 Conc

Over the Rainbow

presented by Dinan School of Ballet

Come along and see the wonderful dancers from the Dinan School of Ballet perform their own unique version of the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz. With a brilliant mix of dance and drama, this show has something for all the family. You'll love the creative choreography, colourful costumes and quirky characters.

Put on your red shoes, click your heels and join us!

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.

Sunday 22 May, 8pm, €30/€27 conc./€100 family of 4

La bohème by Puccini

presented by Opera Theatre Company

A chance encounter in a freezing attic results in a red-hot affair between penniless poet Rodolfo and innocent seamstress Mimi. But will their love be strong enough to survive against the odds? La bohème follows a group of friends as they struggle as artists in 1930’s Paris.  Puccini’s timeless classic promises a breathtaking experience for newcomers and opera fans alike, with ravishing music and thrilling arias and ensembles.

Ben Barnes directs a sterling cast of Irish and international singers, including rising star soprano Máire Flavin (Mimi), Argentinian tenor Pablo Bemsch (Rodolfo), Sinead Campbell-Wallace (Musetta), Charles Rice (Marcello), Padraic Rowan (Colline) and Rory Musgrave (Schaunard), together with a professional chorus of twelve and a thirteen member chamber orchestra conducted by Andrew Greenwood. Design is by Joe Vanek.  La bohème will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.

La bohème celebrates Opera Theatre Company’s 30th year touring opera throughout Ireland.

Tuesday 24 May, 7.30pm, €11.50/€7 Child/€38 Family of 5/€32 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!

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 25 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.

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.

Friday 27 May, 8pm, €10

Aos Óg Concert

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.

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.

Saturday 28th May, 2pm, €8

The Speks

Fleadh Nua 2016

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

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

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

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

Saturday 28 May, 8pm, €15

1916 - A Terrible Beauty

To mark the centenary of the Easter 1916 rising, Fleadh Nua will stage a unique show.

Tracing the roots of the rising and the events of that fateful week, A Terrible Beauty will draw on the music and song of the time along with eyewitness and newspaper accounts to recall perhaps the most defining event of 20th century Irish history. The performance will feature renowned traditional singer Sean Ó Sé with musical direction by Denis Liddy and narration by broadcasters Ciana Campbell and Pat Costello.

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.

Sunday 29 May, 8pm, €20

Danú in Concert

Hailing from counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Donegal, Danú is one of the Ireland’s leading traditional Irish ensembles. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland and abroad are high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire.

For over 20 years, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals, (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums.

Saturday 4 June, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Spike Milligan’s Puckoon

presented by Big Telly Theatre Company

It’s back by popular demand!  The show’s sell-out 2009 and remounted 2011 tour had audiences all across Ireland screaming with laughter at its Goonish blend of theatrical anarchy, musical wit, and impossible plot.

Ireland 1922, and the Ulster Boundary Commission has drawn the new border straight through the small town of Puckoon.  With the church separated from its own graveyard and drink now thirty percent cheaper in one corner of the pub, life in the newly divided village will never be the same again.  Based on the book by Spike Milligan, this comic masterpiece is an irreverent and hilarious story which takes the mick, celebrates the absurd, and paints a picture of a simple life that borders on the ridiculous.

Friday 10 - Sunday 12 June,

Killaloe Chamber Music Festival

in Killaloe, Co. Clare

Killaloe Chamber Music Festival is back with three music filled days over the weekend of the 10th, 11th and 12th June 2016.

Music is a form of expression. Be it a simple tune, a basic rhythm or an elaborate phrase, music is the language of choice for the composer as well as the performing musician. And as with spoken language our expression through music has changed dramatically over the centuries. 

The 4th Killaloe Chamber Music Festival wants to highlight this transformation of musical style by taking you, the audience, on a journey through time. Beginning in the Baroque period of the mid 17th century we will revisit the Classical greats Mozart and Beethoven, eventually arriving at the Romantic age. The language of today will feature in each of our 6 concerts with music from the US, Japan and Estonia, works by Irish composer Ian Wilson as well as Hollywood giant Ennio Morricone. We will experience the ever changing musical textures from the sounds of the harpsichord, recorder and gut strings through to the accordion and marimba. On Sunday a lecture by musicologist Michael Murphy provides an easy to understand guide to style in music while talented local children will play their hearts out.


For full information, directions & venues, please visit www.killaloemusicfestival.com

PROGRAMME

Friday 10th of June, 8pm @ St. Flannan's Cathedral:
"Baroque"
Antonio Vivaldi La Follia RV 63
(Liv Heym baroque vln, Laoise O'Birne rec, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc, David Adams harps)

Ian Wilson "Bewitched"
(Deirdre Moynihan sop, Kenneth Rice, Diane Daly vlns, Joachim vla, Malachy Robinson dblbass)

Georg Frierich Telemann  Trio Sonata TWV 42:a4 in a minor
(Liv Heym baroque vln, Laoise O'Brien rec, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc, David Adams harps)

Joahnn Jakob Froberger   Toccata D minor FbWV 102
(David Adams  organ)

Johann Jakob Froberger   Lamentation faite sur la mort très douloureuse de Sa Mafesté Impériale, Ferdinand le troisième, An. 1657
(David Adams  harpsichord)

Antonio Vivaldi Cantata RV 680
(Deirdre Moynihan sop, Liv Heym baroque vln, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc, David Adams harps)

Book your ticket online here.
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Saturday 11th of June, 11am @ Woodbrother's Café:
Emerging Artists Platform


Alex Petcu Colan. Percussion
Maeve O'Hara. Percussion

works by J.S. Bach, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Claude Debussy, MAtthias Schmitt, David Friedman and more.

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Saturday 11th of June, 8pm @ St. Flannan's Cathedral:
"Classical"

Franz Schubert  String Trio D 471
Diane Daly vln, Cian O'Duill vla, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc

Ryohei Hirose  Meditation
(Laoise O'Brien recorder)

Wolfgang A. Mozart  Eine kleine Nachtmusik KV 525
(Liv Heym, Diane Daly vlns, Joachim Roewer vla, Aoife Nic Athlaoich vc, M.Robinson dbass)

Ludwig van Beethoven  Piano Trio op.97. "Archduke"
(Katherine Hunka vln, Marie Bitlloch vc, Finghin Collins pno)

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Saturday 11th of June, 10.30pm @ St. Flannan's Cathedral:
Far Flung


Katherine Hunka vln, Malachy Robinson dblbass, Dermot Dunne acc

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Sunday 12th of June, 8pm @ St. Flannan's Cathedral:
"Romantic"


Sergei Rachmaninoff.  2 pieces for cello and piano op.2
(Marie Bitlloch vc, Finghin Collins pno)

Frederic Chopin.  3 Mazurkas op.63
(Finghin Collins. pno)

Robert Schumann.  Waldszenen op.82
(Finghin Collins. pno)

Lepo Sumera.  Quasi Improvisata
(Marie Bitlloch vc, Dermot Dunne acc)

Max Bruch.  Octet for strings
(Katherine Hunka, Liv Heym, Diane Daly, Kenneth Rice vlns, Joachim Roewer, Cian O'Duill vlas, Marie Bittloch vc, Malachy Robinson dbLbass)

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Ticket information:

  • 8pm Concert: €25
  • 11am Coffee concert: €10
  • 10.30pm Candlelight concert: €10
  • Festival ticket: €75 (from box office or online here)
  • School children & students: €5 (only available on the door)

Please note that glór will sell tickets until 3pm on Friday 10th June.  All tickets may be collected & purchased on the door of the event thereafter.

Thursday 16 June, 8pm, €20

Carlene Carter

Carlene Carter returns to glór for one night following her memorable concert here in 2010.

The daughter of June Carter Cash and her first husband Carl Smith – Johnny was her stepdad – Carlene nas never shied away from being the heiress to the legacy of country music’s foremost family. “I always include at least one Carter Family song, or one written in the Carter Family spirit,” says Carlene, citing as a pertinent example “Spider Lace,” which appeared on her deeply personal last album, Stronger (2008).

She had her biggest hits in the ‘90s, with “Every Little Thing” and “I Fell In Love” both reaching No. 3. The latter was the title track of an album that also included “Me And The Wildwood Rose,” a song that she wrote about being a Carter girl, which she most fittingly revives on Carter Girl, her latest album.
 

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.

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.

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

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.

Friday 16 December, 7.30pm, €20/€18 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 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