What's On

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 October,

Irish Association of Barbershop Singers

25th Annual Convention

This year, IABS celebrates a very special anniversary: its 25th Annual Convention. We extend a warm welcome to all to Ennis, Co Clare, the heart of the Banner County!  This year's event builds on the huge success of the 2013 Convention, when more than 700 singers descended on Waterford for a weekend of superb competition, singing and craic.   IABS welcome visiting choruses and quartets and their followers from around Europe, the US and around Ireland.

A limited number of tickets are available to purchase for the following events.  Please click on the event itself to be brought to the online booking link:
Friday 03/10
2pm:      National Male & Female Quartets 
8pm:      Irish Barbershop Celebrate 25 Years

Sat 04/10
10am:   Open Mixed & International Quartet Comp
5pm:     National & International Chorus Competitions
8pm:     Irish Barbershop Gala Concert

For more information, please visit www.iabsconvention.com.

Saturday 11 October, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

The Fureys

The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys “Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

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

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

A Fureys concert is always a night to remember.

Wednesday 15 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Elio Pace performs The Billy Joel Songbook

The best tribute to the legendary Billy Joel in the world, Elio Pace has even played dates in the USA with Billy joel's original band.  Playing all the Billy Joel hits including Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are, My Life, Piano Man, Tell Her About It, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me, New York State of Mind, Uptown Girl, She's Always A Woman and The Longest Time.

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

Thursday 16 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Dervish Celebrate 25 Years

It all started 25 years ago when a group of musicians came together to record an album of local music which was released as The Boys of Sligo. Now, 25 years later fans of traditional super-group Dervish continue to be enthralled by the band as they tour globally.

Dervish, whose members include Cathy Jordan, Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Brian McDonagh, Tom Morrow and Michael Holmes, have performed in every corner of the globe, whether before heads of state or to an audience of 240,000 people in Rio de Janeiro at the World's biggest Festival, Rock In Rio. They have shared the stage with world stars and have chronicled their musical journey in 12 CDs and 2 DVDs. Over the years they have received many awards, but their proudest moment has to be when Sligo City Council bestowed upon them the Freedom of the City of Sligo for their contribution to the region's vibrant artistic culture. Their innovative approach to Irish traditional music, while remaining respectful and loyal to the tradition, has won them critical acclaim internationally as well as many industry awards.

Friday 17 October, 8pm, €22.50/€20 conc.

Mick Flannery & Band

The Cork singer songwriter makes a much anticipated return to glór.  Flannery’s songs usher us into a world which is by times emotional, romantic, dark, insightful and hopeful.

Evening Train, White Lies and especially 2012’s best-selling and critically acclaimed number one album Red to Blue had their advocates and champions. They were significant staging posts along the road for the songwriter from Blarney, signs that he was finding a unique voice and vision, signs that he was finding his feet as he was finding an audience.

We can now consider the apprenticeship to be over. His new album By the Rule is the work of a confident, assured songwriter, someone who knows how to turn a list of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs into graceful, minor-key pen-pictures and poetry which will resonate with the listener.

Saturday 18 October, 7.45pm, €25 premier pew/€20 regular seat/€60 family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children)

Dave Flynn & the Clare Memory Orchestra

at St. Flannan's Cathedral Killaloe

Dave Flynn and the Clare Memory Orchestra with Artist in Association Martin Hayes perform new Brian Ború themed work and The Clare Concerto.

Both compositions are written for the orchestra by founder, Dave Flynn and have been kindly commissioned by Clare Arts Office. The World Premiere of "Mná Brian Ború", with lyrics by Pádraic Ó’Beirn and Irish translations by Billy Mag Fhloinn, is an alternative, original take on Ireland’s legendary High King as told through the voices of the most important women in his life. "The Clare Concerto" was first performed in glór Ennis last November and is a piece reflecting the places and musicians of Clare.

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Wednesday 22 October, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Robert Mizzell

with his band The Country Kings

Country superstar, Robert Mizzell, embarks on a concert tour of Ireland with his band The Country Kings and special guests, to be announced.

Robert has made his home in Ireland for almost 3 decades. He served his apprenticeship in country music since he first arrived here and is now one of the top Country artists in Ireland and his popularity is fast spreading with extensive airplay in Europe and such distant territories as Australia.   As anyone who ever attended a Robert Mizzell show will testify, Robert and band put on a show filled with energy and colour - up and at ‘em songs, love songs and songs about heartbreak. The full gambit of human emotion is here.

A night of country music at it’s very best - not to be missed!

Friday 24 October, 8pm, €25

Nathan Carter

A fully seated concert performance

Nathan spent his childhood years in Liverpool, England, and grew up in a family with strong Irish roots, his folks originating from Newry in County Down. It seems like Nathan was just born to perform, because even at the tender age of four, he began to learn to play the accordion, and in a few short years he had become a head chorister in the Liverpool boys choir, touring the world, and he has even sang for the Pope in Rome.

Trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoils became a regular feature of young Nathan's life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing , and in accordion, all at just 12 years of age. Nathan soon became a member of the Liverpool Ceili band, playing piano accordion and piano,and in no time at all Nathan had began playing solo gigs around Liverpool and London and playing occasional shows in Ireland.

Nathan is now just over three years on the road with his band, and has recorded five albums and a two DVDs. `Wagon Wheel`, the single taken from the album of the same name has become a huge hit for Nathan, with over a million hits on YouTube and the wheels continue to roll for this special song, which can now be heard in clubs, discos, and dancehalls alike and on all major National Irish radio stations.

Saturday 1 November, 8pm, €20

Muiris Ó Rócháin & glór Award

Celebrating outstanding contribution to traditional Music & Art in County Clare

Following on from the wonderful Muiris Ó Rócháin Tribute event in 2013 glór is delighted to announce the first annual awards event celebrating the extraordinary talent of music and art in County Clare.  This 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.

This award for Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare will be presented to the recipients during a star-studded concert. It is an acknowledgement of the wealth of professional & semi-professional artists, alongside the talented individuals, groups and communities within the county, all of whom provide a vital stimulus for the growth and development of this unique culture.

In 2014 we are delighted to announce Corofin Traditional Festival as the recipients, who will be recognised at this concert in their honour.

Each year a new artistic piece will be commissioned by a Clare based artist to commemorate the annual award and presented at the concert. This is in keeping with glór’s promotion and support of the wider arts in Clare. The artist will draw inspiration from the Clare landscape. (With thanks to Clare County Council, in 2014 we are delighted to support Jane Murtagh, artist)

Wednesday 5 November, 8pm, €25

Johnny McEvoy

This nostalgic evening of song and story features all of Johnny's many hit songs, songs that are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented in Johnny’s inimitable style.

As a hobby, Johnny started singing with Mike Crotty and the pair called themselves The Ramblers Two. As was popular at the time, Johnny was singing a mixture of Irish ballads and American folk.  He decided to record Mursheen Durkin and the rest, as they say, is history.

The record went straight to the top of the Irish charts and made Johnny an overnight sensation. Armed with an acoustic guitar, harmonica and boyish good looks, Johnny took the country by storm. Early in 1967, he released his follow up single, Boston Burglar to even greater chart success. Johnny was now firmly established as one of the country's top folk acts. He toured America and played in Carnegie Hall, one of the highlights of his career to this day.

Friday 7 November, 7.30pm, Free of charge but booking essential

Launch of Music Generation Clare

Music Generation Clare will launch with a mixed-genre music performance of stories and facets of life unique to County Clare.  Come and find out what we have in store for you over the coming years.



Music Generation is Ireland’s new National Music Education Programme, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Wednesday 12 November, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

Having performed for Nelson Mandela at the Yankee Stadium, for the Pope in Central Park, with the Chieftains on their US tour and on U2's “Rattle and Hum” album, film and tour, the Harlem Gospel Choir will, once again, return to Ireland for an extensive tour.

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir was formed in 1988 and made its highly successful debut at New York's Cotton Club the same year. The Choir draws its core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture. Founder member, Allen Bailey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He was promotional director for major recording artists including Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, and Isaac Hayes. He was chairman for the Martin Luther King Holiday campaign and it was through this work that the Harlem Gospel Choir was born.

Their songs of inspiration touch the depths of the soul and raise spirits to angelic heights. The Choir devotes his time to spreading the joy of faith throughout the world. This is not to be missed and promises to sell out quickly.

Saturday 15 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Jack L

Songs of the Season – Northern Lights

Jack will sing songs which take him back to winters of long ago and songs which conjure up the atmosphere of winters and Christmases of his childhood!

He will also be dipping in to his own repertoire will be giving a potted history of his stunning career to date and will be performing songs from his recent hit shows The 27Club and The Great Wall of China tour and some brand new material from his upcoming album thrown in!

Friday 21 November, 8pm, €22/€18 conc.

Damien Dempsey Solo

with support by Seán McGowan

Born on Dublin’s Northside in 1975, Damien Dempsey is the quintessential Irish singer songwriter. Damien's fanatical audience identify with a singer who has emerged from the working-class streets of Dublin's Northside with his powerful self-belief intact, and a storyteller's eye for detail in the writing and delivery of his songs.  His concerts can be almost spiritual occasions – with fans singing along to every word. Described by The Times as ‘the Bob Marley of Ireland’ and by the Irish Examiner as ‘one of the most important and evocative singers of all time.’

Damien has released 5 original studio albums since his debut in 1997 which established him as an exciting new talent and attracted the attention of Sinéad O’Connor and the Hot House Flowers, among others. He has toured the world, playing his own headline shows and supporting legends such as Bob Dylan, Morrissey, Sinead O'Connor, The Pogues and Willie Nelson, and even U2 at their 2009 Croke Park show in Dublin on the first night of their 360 tour.

Support on the night will be from Seán McGowan. Still just 20, Seán started gigging in late 2010, with Dean Paul accompanying him on acoustic guitar.  Within a year of his first performance he had won a national competition to support Shed Seven at the O2 Academy Bournemouth, was awarded Unsigned Artist of The Week by Absolute Radio and supported acts such as The Delays, and The Men They Couldn't Hang.  2012 saw Seán play his first festivals, making his début at Blissfields in July before playing up and down the UK all summer, highlights included opening the Strummer of Love Festival and playing to a huge crowd at Bestival. 
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Saturday 22 November, 7pm, €70

glór @ Dromoland

with The Jerry Fish Electric Side Show

As part of its annual commitment to supporting glór and the arts in Clare, Dromoland Castle will co-host another wonderful evening of fine dining and entertainment in their 5-star Brian Ború banqueting hall this November.  Commencing at 7pm with prosecco reception in the Kincora Gallery (kindly sponsored by The Old Ground Hotel & The Temple Gate Hotel), an exquisite four course dinner will be followed by music and dancing ‘til late with The Jerry Fish Electric Side Show, famed as the highlight of Electric Picnic Festival 2013.

This event merges the unmatched service and dining style of Dromoland Castle with glór’s unparalleled talent for providing top class entertainment and promises to be a very memorable occasion! Tickets cost €70 each and may be booked individually or as a table of 10. 

Dromoland Castle is also offering a special B&B rate of € 150 per room to glór customers for this night only (booking for accommodation directly with Dromoland).

Sunday 23 November, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

Phil Coulter

The Songs I Know So Well

Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artistes of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the Boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter. He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.

He has written at least four titles that can be added to the list of Great Irish Songs  - the anthems ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ and ‘Ireland’s Call’ and the haunting ‘Scorn Not His Simplicity’ and ‘Steal Away’.

Phil will be joined by his special guest Geraldine Branagan for an unforgettable evening of music & song.

Tuesday 25 November , 8pm, €30/€27 conc./Pre-Theatre 2 course Evening Meal & Ticket Deal €42 (food by Nolan & Lambe @ glór)

L’elisir D’amore / The Elixir of Love

A co-production between NI OPERA and OPERA THEATRE COMPANY

"A real tour de force" – Irish Times

Famous for its spellbinding music and sublime arias, this popular romantic comedy, sung in English, has it all, from unrequited love, to devious deception and thwarted passion.  Innovative director Oliver Mears (NI Opera) updates the action, transferring it to a university campus.

The production features a wonderful cast of British and Irish singers led by Anna Patalong, John Molloy and Anthony Flaum. Fergus Sheil conducts.  The company is touring with a 12-member professional chorus.

To view the pre-theatre meal for this event, please click here.

Please note that the pre-theatre deal is not available to book online.

Friday 12 December, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

ABBA Forever

It’s always party time when ABBA is about, but when it’s the Christmas Show, then that’s a real excuse for a party!

Also, it’s exactly 40 years since ABBA burst on to the world stage with their Eurovision win with “Waterloo” This happy sing-a-long tribute, celebrates with a loud and proud fanfare!
It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas season and it is one of our most requested shows, from audiences for a repeat date!

Saturday 13 December, 8pm, €25/€22.50 conc.

Red Hurley & His Musicians

O Holy Night

O Holy Night is a magical evening of Seasonal, Christmas and Spiritual favourites starring Irelands Greatest Ever Voice, Red Hurley, with his musicians.  Red Hurley needs no introduction to Irish audiences. A star for over 40 years with 8 No. 1 singles to his name, Red has toured and entertained audiences all over the world. 

For this special Christmas show Red & His Musicians will perform their interpretation of such seasonal classic as Silent Night, Away In A Manger, White Christmas, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, O Holy Night, Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, When A Child Is Born and many others. Red will also sing a selection of his favourite Spiritual Hits such as Something Inside So Strong, How Great Thou Art, The Living Years and many more.

O Holy Night starring Red Hurley is the perfect way to start off a musical festive season!

Thursday 18 December, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Liam Lawton

Bethlehem Sky ~ Christmas Tour 2014

Irish Composer and performer Liam Lawton brings his haunting Bethlehem Sky - Christmas Tour on the road.  All will have an opportunity to hear someof the beautiful old favorite Christmas Carols and some new original Christmas songs written by Liam. This is a time to step into the magic of Christmas and renew the heart while listening and joining in the well loved Christmas Carols and songs. Liam will be joined by special guest artists, his musicians, and local Choirs.

Thursday 15 January, 8pm, €27.50/€25 conc.

Reeling In The Showband Years

Featuring:

  • RTÉ’s Ronan Collins as host and compère, singing his renowned tributes to The Great Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock and more!
  • Roly Daniels - a living Legend of showbiz for the past 40 years. Roly is one of the most successful artists in his adopted home of Ireland. The recipient of many lifetime achievement awards, Daniels has recorded such hits as "Hello Darling", the "Fighting Side of Me", "Sunny Tennessee", "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Mr. Jones". Initially performing with the Memphis Showband, he later played with the Nevada Showband for many years and then went out on his own and became a huge solo star!
  • Eileen Reid - Quite simply the biggest female vocalist of the Showband era, her smash hit songs “Are You Teasing Me” and “I Gave My Wedding Dress Away” remain the most requested songs of the period and The Cadets Showband were one of the biggest of all, for many years. She comes out of retirement to join the show for the very first time. A real treat for Showband fans everywhere.
  • Paddy Cole - Back in the show this year by overwhelming popular request. Was with the Capitol Showband and The Big Eight, but went on to become a household name in his own right. Multi instrumentalist and entertainer supreme!
  • Lorraine McDonald - one of the brightest talents to emerge from the latter days of the Showband Boom. Ex The Showband Show. A multi talented musician and vocalist and daughter of Joe Dolan trumpet player, Frankie McDonald.
  • 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.
  • Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg -  Eurovision stars who performed for Ireland in 1975 and 1977. 20 hit records throughout their career, including “Looking Through The Eyes Of A Beautiful Girl” If Ma Could See Me Now” It’s Nice To Be In Love Again” “That’s What Friends Are For” etc.  The very first showband singers to write and record all of their own material.

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.

Saturday 24 January 2015, 8pm, €30/€27.50

Tommy Fleming

Tommy Fleming is now recognised throughout his homeland of Ireland and across the world as one of the finest singers of his generation. Appealing to all ages, musical tastes and cultures, audiences have now recognised Tommy Fleming as a truly unique talent. 

But the fact remains that Tommy Fleming is his own man, delivering song after song – each more haunting than the next. Be it a cover version or his own original material, Tommy Fleming’s velvet-toned voice makes each one his own.

Tommy Fleming’s star is on the rise and with each concert he plays, he is rewarded with a new group of lifelong fans. It’s not difficult to see why that fan-base has now become a global phenomenon.

www.tommyfleming.com