What's On

Friday 25 April, 8pm, €15

Lumiere

Supported by Sabrina Dinan

Lumiere’s debut album brought together two distinct voices cut from the same geographic cloth. One is Éilís Kennedy, whose sound has ready access to the soul without need for scaffolding or spotlights.The other half of the musical whole is Pauline Scanlon, an award-winning singer from the same Kerry town of Dingle. With Lumiere, the song and its delivery are the primary focus, technical concerns gives way to feeling as song and singer effortlessly merge.

Support on the night is from Ennis born singer- songwriter Sabrina Dinan. She has shared the stage with Luka Bloom, Damien Dempsey, Jacob Dylan and Brendan Benson to name but a few.  She was invited to tour with Luka Bloom in Australia, Holland, Belgium, Germany and the U.S. and has appeared on a tribute album to the late John Martyn alongside artists such as David Gray, Beck and Paulo Nutini. On this album she covers his song "Certain Surprise."

Monday 28 April, 12.15pm, €6

Ten14

brought to you by The Ark with the support of an Arts Council Touring Award

Join Moya Brennan, the voice of Clannad, and celebrated harper Cormac De Barra on a magical musical journey for everyone aged 4 to 104.

Bringing together traditional Irish music and original music by Moya and Cormac, this gorgeous musical performance for families is inspired by the legend of Brian Boru’s harp and celebrates 1,000 years since the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.
 

Thursday 1 May, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Voice Squad

The Voice Squad are an acapella traditional close-harmony male vocal trio made up of tenors Fran McPhail and Phil Callery and baritone Gerry Cullen.  Popular in the 70s and 80s, they’ve recorded with The Chieftains, Sinead O’Connor and Elvis Costello and have toured Europe, The UK and The USA.

The have regrouped after a 10 year break and performed two hugely successful sell-out concerts in Dublin and Belfast.  Their much anticipated new album “Concerning of 3 Young Men” was released in March 2014 and is their first recording since “Hollywood” in 2005.

Sunday 4 May, 8.30pm, €10 from organisers or on the door

Marta Kubik’s Cycle Uganda for World Vision Ireland Fundraiser

A night of music and fun for a great cause featuring Los Paddys de las Pampas, Paper Chainz - Winner of Clare Youth Music Awards, and Tommy Nelson.

In November 2014, Marta plans to travel to Uganda and face the following challenge:

  • Nov 15th Lake Mburo to Kashare; 81km, 9 hrs cycling,
  • Nov 16th Kashare to Bugongi 66km, 8 hrs cycling,
  • Nov 17th Bugongi to Rwabukoba; 42km, 7 hrs cycling,
  • Nov 18th Rwabukoba to Ishare, 63km, 8 hrs cycling,
  • Nov 19th Ishasha to Buhoma 63m, 7 hrs rafting.


For more information on the cause Marta is undertaking, please click here.

Tickets are €10 and are available in advance from Fiesta House, O'Connell Street and Suas Café Ennis and also on the door on the night.

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 May 2014, 8pm, €40

Christy Moore

with Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Séamie O'Dowd & Jimmy Higgins

Christy Moore, named as Ireland's greatest living musician in RTÉ's People of the Year Awards, returns to the glór stage for what promises to be a night to remember with some guest in tow.

Early booking for this event is strongly advised.

Wednesday 14 May, 2pm, Free of charge

Just a Song At Twilight

presented by Clare Arts Office

Fil Campbell presents an affectionate tribute to the Irish folk songs that generations of Irish grew up with – songs that were recorded by women like Delia Murphy, Bridie Gallagher and Mary O’Hara whose lives Fil documented in her RTÉ documentary series Songbirds.

The songs from her most recent CD, A Place Of My Own as well as from her earlier recordings – Songbirds and Farewell To Cold Winter - are guaranteed to have you singing along in chorus on songs like the Old Maid in the Garrett and The Spinning Wheel, Love’s Old Sweet Song, Let Him Go Let Him Tarry and many more old favourites.

Fil is joined by Tom McFarland on vocals and percussion.

Saturday 17 May, 7.30pm, €24 Adults/ €21 Conc./€18 Child/Group (9+) €18 each/€70 Family 4

Iconic Live: The Ultimate Show

Quite simply a stunningly beautiful blend of music, vocals and dance. A thought provoking and inspired mix of old and new genres and styles, with unique arrangements, brought to life by an amazing cast of 17.

The Show is split into two quite unique halves. The first half bringing you some famous, and some not so well known songs from musicals.

The second will bring you a quite remarkable and diverse variety of entertainment. Be prepared to see some quite unique interpretations and arrangements for songs you might be familiar with.

Saturday 24 May, 8pm, €15

Fleadh Nua 40th Anniversary Concert

This concert will celebrate 40 years of Fleadh Nua in Ennis.  Over this time, many great performers have entertained audiences in Ennis and this year we will be joined in our celebrations by Mick Moloney, Seamus Connolly, Jimmy Crowley and Stokers Lodge, Bobby Gardiner, Chris Droney, Nora Butler and many others.

Saturday 24 May, 1.00pm, €5

The Speks

Songs and Music for kids and kids at heart

We are The Speks and we sing nursery rhymes and kids' songs set to Irish music because we love Irish music!

We live on an island in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Co. Clare, Ireland. It's called Glasses Island because everybody wears glasses here. Our names are Quince, Naymon, Tommo, Pete, Ed and Rafferty and we love to sing, dance and play Irish music for kids. In fact, we're just like big kids ourselves. We never really grew up...we just grew older.

Sing along and sing aloud!

www.thespeks.com

Sunday 25 May, 8pm, €20

Kilfenora Ceili Band in Concert

as part of Fleadh Nua 2014

102 years in the business, the Kilfenora has gone from strength to strength since their centenary! From village parties in the early 1900s right down to their current international profile in the new millennium, each new generation slots seamlessly into the groove of their forebears.

The group can follow its roots back into the late 1800s. At the time, music was an important feature of life in rural Ireland. Kilfenora boasted a fine brass band, which gradually evolved into a dance band. Its story is the story of Irish music itself. From village parties in the early 1900s to bigger dances in the '30s, broadcasts in the '40s, commercial recordings in the '50s, foreign tours in the '60s right down to their current international profile they have set the bar for other ensembles.

For more information on Fleadh Nua events 2014 please click here.

Friday 6 June, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Declan O’Rourke

He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever [...] Listen to Galileo, which is possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.” 
Paul Weller, Mojo Magazine (Apr 2012)

Declan O’Rourke has been busy since the long-awaited release of his third studio album, the curiously titled Mag Pai Zai, in April 2011.  With multi-platinum sales under his belt from his first two albums, Since Kyabram (2004) and Big Bad Beautiful World (2007), Declan took time out to reflect and start afresh. 

Declan's songs have been recorded by many artists including Josh Groban, Eddi Reader, The Celtic Tenors, Paul Byrom, and performed by Paul Weller, Camille O’Sullivan and Maura O’Connell amongst others.  He has toured extensively in Europe opening for the likes of Paul Weller, Snow Patrol, Teddy Thompson, The Cardigans, Paulo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy, Divine Comedy and Paul Brady.

In June 2012, Declan was invited to perform at the Electric Burma gala concert, celebrating Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, alongside Bono, Bob Geldof, Damian Rice, Vanessa Redgrave, and many others.  2014 will see Declan return to the studio for the recording of his highly-anticipated side project of original songs on the Irish Great Famine.

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

The Billy Joel Songbook

performed by Elio Pace

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.

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.

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.