What's On

Friday 11 September, 8pm, €15

Kathleen MacInnes, Dermot Byrne, Brian Finnegan and Mike Vass

presented by Music Network

If you haven’t caught award-winning singer Kathleen MacInnes live before, you’re in for a real treat. On stage the Hebridean songbird is a natural, sharing a joke one minute then breaking hearts the next with a soulful, earthy voice that lingers with the listener long after the last note has been sung. A regular performer at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival, in 2010 her singing reached audiences worldwide after being featured in Ridley Scott’s film Robin Hood.
 

Click here to listen to Kathleen MacInnes singing.
 

Her musical co-conspirators combine creativity and virtuosity in equal measure. Best known for his work with Altan, legendary box player Dermot Byrne has collaborated with everyone from The Chieftains and Sharon Shannon to The Stunning and Stephane Grappelli. Founder member of ground-breaking acts Flook and Kan, flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan has also performed with such stellar artists as Cara Dillon, Kate Rusby and Russian group Aquarium, while Scottish guitar and fiddle maestro Mike Vass, a recipient of the prestigious ‘Composer of the Year’ at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, has toured extensively with leading Scots song band Malinky.

Friday 18 September, 8pm, Free of charge

The Vanbrugh Quartet

as part of Culture Night 2015

Gregory Ellis - violin, Keith Pascoe - violin, Simon Aspell - viola, Christopher Marwood - cello

Culture Night in Clare sees Ireland's leading classical ensemble, The Vanbrugh Quartet launch HARVEST, their 2015 autumn tour.

Ireland’s longest established string quartet, the Vanbrugh Quartet was founded in 1985. It is one of Europe's most successful quartets, internationally recognised for its beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation within an unusually wide and varied range of repertoire. In 1986 it became RTÉ’s resident string quartet and won the London International String Quartet Competition in 1988. Familiar visitors to all the main UK festivals, the Vanbrugh Quartet also broadcasts frequently for BBC Radio 3 and performs regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall and South Bank. The Quartet enjoys a thriving international career, performing at top venues throughout Europe and the USA, as well as boasting an impressive catalogue of exemplary recordings.

Brilliant and eloquent.” - International Record Review
First-class playing.” - BBC Music Magazine

The glór concert will be a very special one, featuring works by some household names alongside the work of the ever humorous Peter Schickele, and more importantly Clare's own Dave Flynn whose work, Cranning featured in the Quartet's recent project Crossings, which was toured across Cork and Kerry in May of this year.  Also included in the programme for Culture Night in glor is:

  • Mozart 387 1st movement
  • Kraggerud: Preghiera
  • Cranning from 2nd movement
  • Tchaikovsky Andante Funebre
  • Schickele Barn Dance

As part of Culture Night 2015, this event is free of charge, though advance booking is required.

Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in parternship with Clare County Council
An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta a dhéanann comhordú ar an Oíche Chultúir, i gcomhpháirt le Comhairle Contae an Chláir.

Saturday 19 September, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Cherish The Ladies

and special guest (TBC)

For this special evening join the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Cherish The Ladies, led by the irrepressible and award winning flute and whistle player, Joanie Madden for a spectacular night of entertainment of Irish traditional music, song and dance.

The past years have seen the group touring all over North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand performing in the finest concert halls and international festivals.  During their travels, they have attained numerous awards and achievements including: Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC, Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards, Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper, chosen the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Group of the Year at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and voted Top North American Celtic Act by NPR Radio.

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Thursday 1 October in glór studio, 8.30pm, €15

Kieran Quinn: 32 Pianos

Kieran Quinn is a pianist/composer from Co. Sligo. To mark the release of his second album – The Next One - he is bringing his music to a piano in each of the 32 counties of Ireland.

Expect contemporary piano-based songs and tunes, ranging in style from New Orleans swing to west of Ireland traditional and everything in between, played with a range of special guest musicians. 

www.kieranquinn.ie

 

Friday 2 October, 8pm, €20/€16 conc.

Moondance: The Van Morrison Project

presented by IMRAM

From the pulsing rhythm and blues of ‘Gloria’ to the sweet, breezy folk rock of ‘Tupelo Honey’ to the ecstatic gospel of ‘Full Force Gale’, Van Morrison’s music is marked by its emotional drive. Over five decades, he has created a musical vision as much steeped in the poetry of John Donne, Yeats, Rimbaud and Kerouac as it is in blues, jazz and soul. At the heart of it all is a unique Blakean sense of wonder.

Moondance features exquisite Irish language versions of Morrison’s songs, translated by poets Cathal Póirtéir and Gabriel Rosenstock. They will be performed by Liam Ó Maonlaí, Hilary Bow, and The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra. Margaret Lonergan has created stunning screen projections of the lyrics.

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Wednesday 7 October, 8pm, €27.50/€25 conc.

Albert Hammond

One of the all time greatest song writers, Albert Hammond has accumulated no less than 360 million records sold worldwide! At glór, he will be joined on stage by his own band to present a stunning 2 and a half hour journey through 5 decades of our lives.

Hear the songs, the stories behind them and the artists Albert has worked with: Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and many, many more.  An evening of hits including ‘It Never Rains in Southern California’- ‘The Free Electric Band’ - ‘The Air That I Breathe’ - ‘Down By The River’- ‘One Moment In Time’ - ‘I'm A Train’ – ‘To all the girls I’ve loved before’ – ‘When I need You’ – and others too numerous to mention.

He is responsible for making our own Joe Dolan an international star! He penned  ‘Make me an Island’, ‘Good Lookin’ Woman’ and ‘Teresa’ for Joe.  “I loved Joe” He said. “After I wrote those songs for him, I moved to California. Joe was looking for more material to record. But nobody told me. That was a big regret of mine. Joe was an amazing talent and a wonderful person”

Albert has been writing hit songs for over fifty years. There has not been a single decade in which he has not written multiple hits songs since he scored his first hit with “Little Arrows” at the age of 24. That song was a Number One in the Irish Charts for The Dixies Showband and the Spanish version went on to top the charts in many Latin American Countries.  His songs have been responsible for over 50 chart-topping hits.  He has been inducted into The Songwriters “Hall of Fame” and has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

The man is simply a living legend. Don’t miss him in concert!

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Saturday 10 October, 8pm, €20

MÓRglór Award Night 2015

a concert celebrating Eoin O'Neill

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 Eoin O’Neill. Eoin is a musical giant in Co. Clare and is known throughout the country for his stylish and sensitive playing. In a concert to express thanks to Eoin and to celebrate his achievements, glór has lined up some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county, including Quentin Cooper, Luka Bloom, Kevin Crawford, Yvonne Casey, Kevin Griffin and many more for a cracker of a concert!

Early booking advised.


More information on MÓRglór can be found here.

Friday 16 October, 8pm, €28

John Sheahan, Damien Dempsey & Declan O’Rourke

The New Triangle

In 2013, during a speech launching a documentary about his life and work 'A Portrait Of A Dubliner' John Sheahan remarked that "after 50 years I have decided it’s time to put a lid on the 'The Dubliners', but I think you'll all agree that with Damien and Declan, the future is in good hands."

Little did they all know, that just over a year later, the three would be planning to embark on a journey as a group in their own right. They bring together the living pedigree and last surviving original member of Ireland's greatest folk group, with two of Ireland's finest contemporary voices and songwriting forces. The repertoire draws on a wealth of new material by all three, along with some of the greatest Irish songs that ironically influenced the two youngest from an early age.

The trio recently closed Dublin’s newest and biggest Irish music festival, 'TradFest' in January of this year.  In the lead up to the event, when asked what the group’s name would be, John Sheahan let it slip that they were affectionately calling themselves 'The New Triangle'.
A new legend is born!
 

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Saturday 17 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

My World is My Song with Regina Nathan

Regina Nathan Soprano sings My World is My Song in a concert featuring an eclectic mix of music, from classical arias and songs to more popular music such as that of Janis Ian, Leonard Cohen, Edith Piaf and others.

This is an exciting new show, directed by Robert Chevara, presented in an intimate, unique and powerful way.

Regina Nathan is a well-known Irish soprano who has worked with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and has sung major soprano roles nationally and internationally.
 

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Thursday 22 October, 8pm, €19.50

The Legends of American Country Show

The Legends of American Country Show is set to become Irelands No.1 Country Music Tribute in 2015, featuring the music of 8 of the biggest names on the American scene including Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash. The show will include 4 well known vocalists in Evan O Donnell, Joe Moore, Rod and Tracey Mc Auley, who between them have a wealth of experience and glittering careers than span over 30 years. Each singer will perform a string of hits from the featured artist complete with authentic costume change and in the company of a live 6 piece band that will include some of Ireland's top musicians. To add the finishing touches to what will be a great show there will be a specially designed stage set to create the atmosphere and give the audience that real American Experience.

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Friday 30 October, 8pm, €25/€22.50 conc.

Bell X1

Following their Ed Sheeran, Croke Park support in July, glór are delighted to welcome BellX1 back for a very special acoustic gig.

Paul, Dave & Dom have been busy in the studio recording their 7th album. This will be the follow up to 2013’s much acclaimed ‘Chop Chop,’ which was their third Number 1, and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice prize.  Much of this tour finds them returning to some of Ireland’s most cherished music venues plus they have added a few new special stops. The acoustic shows will feature new songs along with favourites from their much-loved catalogue.

Bell X1 embarked on their first acoustic tour in 2008 and over the last seven years through these stripped back performances; they’ve shown off a different, more intimate side. Previous acoustic tours have sold out well in advance so please act quickly if you would like tickets.

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Tuesday 10 November, 8pm, €23/€21 conc.

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

The Johnny Cash Roadshow is the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family, and takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 and to all the stops in between. All the greatest hits are included and the vocals are accompanied by evocative screen images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.

Fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, the show re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Jill Schoonjans as June Carter, Amanda Stone and Louise Masters as the Carter Sisters along with the ‘JC Horns’ all aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.

Featuring respected singer/songwriter Clive John, this is simply the best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world.

‘What an amazing show, you could have sworn that Johnny Cash was there with you’ ***** (The Ironworks, Inverness)

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Saturday 14 November, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

Phil Coulter: The 50th Anniversary Concert

For this special concert to celebrate his 50th Anniversary in the music business, Phil Coulter will perform new arrangements of all his well-known songs and will be joined by his guest vocalist, and wife, Geraldine Branagan.

Phil 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 and has written at least four titles that can be added to the list of great Irish Songs.

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Wednesday 18 November, 7.30pm, €8

Pavee Ceoil

presented by Clare Traveller Focus

This evening of entertainment is a return of the annual Traveller Focus Event which celebrates the contribution the Traveller Community to Co. Clare.  Following on from a successful show last year the theme of the event is a celebration and appreciation of Clare Traveller musical talent with support from Traveller and non-Traveller musicians from Clare and beyond our county border. A parallel theme is also to highlight the importance of maintaining good mental health and how music is a salve for one's positive mental health as well as a resilience tool for people experiencing mental health issues.

The line-up includes a selection of original compositions by the young people of the Songstories song writing programme, Ennis singer Mary Frances Joyce, Jack Delaney performing traditional Cant songs, uilleann pipe and tin whistle player Michael Benn, Stephen Pecker Dunne, and our headline act, country music singer, John Hogan.

On the evening there will be representatives from Mental Health organisations, community programmes and support agencies for audience members to meet and talk to about the services that are available in Co. Clare to enable us all to have positive mental heath.

This event is an initiative of the Clare Traveller strategy inter-agency group. It is led by Ennis CDP Primary Health Care Programme for Travellers in Clare and is supported by the HSE, the Department of Justice and Equality, Clare County Council and Music Generation Clare. (Music Generation is Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.)

Thursday 19 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Two Brothers – Vladimir & Anton Jablokov

Traditional Russian tunes, popular classical pieces, themes from movies and musicals, as well as singalong favourites.

Following their hugely successful debut Irish tour Violin maestro Vladimir is once again delighted to share the stage with his equally gifted younger brother Anton. Two Brothers celebrates popular classical music by the great composers - where Vladimir and Anton highlight pieces from their Russian heritage - mixed with well-known favourites from the stage and screen.

During the last ten years, Vladimir Jablokov has established himself as one of the brightest young stars on the Irish classical scene, with concerts and recordings that show his love of both Viennese music and contemporary pop / crossover.

Now the talented maestro joins forces with his brother Anton, himself a dazzling violinist with a flair for daring improvisation, which showcases their almost telepathic skills and intuition as sibling musicians. Sons of a gifted Russian violinist and conductor the brothers have been playing together for almost twenty years. Pushing each other on to greater heights of artistic expression, joyful harmony and thrilling clashes, this is sibling rivalry soundtracked like you have never heard it before.

Completing the gifted trio for these concerts will be pianist Adam Kuruc, Vladimir’s longtime arranger and co-producer. Hear pieces such as, ‘If I were a Rich Man’, ‘Sunrise Sunset’, ‘Dark Is The Night’, ‘Kalinka’ and ‘Those Were The Days’ as well as well known themes from Dr Zhivago, The Godfather, Scent of a Woman and other cinema favourites.

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

www.vladviolin.com

Friday 20 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Dermot Byrne, Trevor Hutchinson & Steve Cooney

Dermot Byrne, one of Ireland’s finest traditional accordion players, performs a concert to mark the twentieth anniversary of his solo album.

For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group, along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli, bringing the joy of traditional Irish music to audiences all over the world.  For this special concert, Dermot will be joined by Australian Steve Cooney on guitar and Tyrone man Trevor Hutchinson on bass, both of whom have impeccable traditional music credentials.

Australian-born guitarist, bassist, producer and didgeridoo player Steve Cooney is one of the most dynamic modern performers in traditional music.  He has played with Stockton`s Wing, Sharon Shannon, Seamus Begley and  Sinead O'Connor along with many other groups over the years.

Bassist Trevor Hutchinson started his musical career in the late 70s playing electric bass with the innovative Belfast band, Katmandu.  In 1986 he joined The Waterboys and toured with them until 1991.  After switching to double bass he hooked up with Sharon Shannon to launch her solo career.  In 1997 along with Donogh Hennessy and Sean Smyth he founded the traditional group Lunasa.  He has performed and recorded with many artists over the years including; The Waterboys, Eric Bibb, Liz Carroll, Luka Bloom, Karen Casey, Solas, and De Danann.

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Friday 27 November, 8pm, €30

Paddy starring Tommy Fleming

presented by Brain Child Productions

International multi-award winning singer Tommy Fleming takes to the stage for his first major acting role in a brand new original drama/musical entitled 'Paddy'.

This must-see show, co-written by Tommy Fleming alongside singer/songwriter Gerry Carney and Tommy Marren (writer of the hugely successful 'Its the Real McCoy), tells the story of Patrick Murphy who emigrates to England to start a new life on the building sites of London.  With a gripping storyline that is set in both Ireland and England over a 25-year period, alongside 13 original songs, 'Paddy' promises to be a unique night of stunning drama and spectacular music.
 

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Monday 30 November, 10 & 11.45am, €8 (teachers free of charge)

Cuckoo Connolly’s Curious Clock Shop

A Play for Children by Padraic McIntyre

Cuckoo Connolly owns the Curious Little Clock-Shop at the bottom of Main Street.  He has the very important task of keeping the Christmas Clock going, a job he has been given by Santa Clause himself. When the Christmas Stealer breaks in and puts three locks on the clock, Christmas is not going to happen. Cuckoo enlists the help of Willie the Wizard to try and get back the three keys. With Willie’s help he goes on three amazing adventures which bring him to Winnie the Witch’s House, Conor the Crazy Clown’s Circus and Padraic the Pirate’s Island.

Can he get the keys back? Can he open the locks in time? And can he save Christmas?

A Play for National School children of all ages.

Duration 50 minutes.

Thursday 14 January, 8pm, €27.50/€25 conc.

Reeling In The Showband Years

With Ronan Collins, Brendan Bowyer, Gina (From The Champions), Shaun O'Dowd (Ding A Ling), Keith & Lorraine McDonald, The Conquerors Showband….and more!

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

Saturday 23 January 2016, 8pm, €30/€27.50 conc.

Tommy Fleming

The West’s Awake

A Tommy Fleming concert is a unique and emotional musical experience suitable for all ages. His performance is always delivered with electric emotion and surrounded by his world class band. Tommy’s concert is the one concert this year you should not miss.

The West’s Awake album brings Tommy back to his roots musically as he has included songs like ‘Sonny’, ‘The West’s Awake’ and ‘John O Dreams’, but his concerts will also include his biggest hits from ‘Danny Boy’ to ‘Bright Blue Rose’ and of course ‘Hard Times’.  Tommy’s versions are unique and individual to him and until you hear him sing these songs you cannot experience the musical emotion that only his music can reach.  Tommy’s unique talent has brought him worldwide recognition and he is now critically acclaimed to be one of the worlds’ finest singers of his generation.

Eric Clapton - “His version of Danny Boy is the best I have ever heard bar none.”
Alex Ferguson - “If Tommy could play football like he sings I would sign him.”

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a pre-show supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.  Walk ups also welcome.

www.tommyfleming.com


 

Saturday 20 February, 8pm, €20

Eddi Reader

With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. Having first hit the limelight in the 1980’s with the group Fairground Attraction (who enjoyed huge chart success with their debut No.1 single Perfect and album First of a Million Kisses), Eddi went on to collaborate on many celebrated projects throughout the years, famously harmonizing with Annie Lennox while touring with the Eurythmics and paying her punk dues with a successful stint in the group Gang of Four. However it has been Eddi’s subsequent solo albums that have cemented her image as a powerful figure in British music.

2014 saw Eddi widely celebrating the release of her eighth and deeply personal, yet universal sounding solo album, Vagabond (Feb 2014). Produced by Eddi herself, it was recorded in her hometown of Glasgow with a cast of well-chosen musicians and long-term musical collaborators. Akin to an autobiographical work, Vagabond is a reflective and whimsical journey through family and inspired musical and poetic heroes that reconfirms Eddi’s intuitive ability to transform any song or genre into her own. She has also released an EP entitled Back the Dogs (Oct 2014) which includes her tantalizing versions of both the 1950’s Ray Evans and Jay Livingston song, Mona Lisa and the 1960s classic, Moon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer.

“Back The Dogs is as powerful a collection of songs as you'll find in one place. When the songs aren't speaking to the soul, their speaking to the heart... there is a real class to this release, it helps you understand why music is called an art.” Fatea Records

With an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts, 3 BRIT awards, a #1 single and 8 critically acclaimed solo albums, what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance and ability not only to move the listener, but to connect her experience to that of her audience. With beautifully raw vocals and an unparalleled romanticism, Eddi continues to captivate and inspire audiences from her own native Scotland to the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Europe and is considered to be “one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures” The Scotsman.

Eddi will be performing with John Douglas and Boo Hewerdine on guitars, Alan Kelly on piano accordion and Kevin McGuire on double bass.

www.eddireader.com