What's On

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

Waterbased and Other Stories

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

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

This show is not be missed and all works are for sale – so drop in for a look!

Monday 25 to Friday 29 July,

Colmac Robotics present Learn Robotics

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

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

Book online at www.robotics.ie

Thursday 28 July, 8pm, €25

Tommy Fleming at Sacred Heart Church, Scariff

as part of The Scariff Harbour Festival

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

Early booking advised.

www.tommyfleming.com

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

Foundation Ministries

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

Thursday 4 August, 7.30pm, €20
Friday 5 August, 7.30pm, €30
Saturday 6 August, 7.30pm, €20

Feakle Festival 2016

29th International Festival of Traditional Irish Music

Ticket sales via glór for Feakle Festival finish at 1pm Friday 5th August.

Remaining tickets are available at the door of the venue or from the Festival Office on 061 924 917.

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Thursday 4th of August at 7.30 pm  |  Café Style Concert  |  Venue: The Marquee Feakle  |  €20.00

The festival is delighted to present a wonderful night’s music and song.

Wine and local artisan food will be served on the night.

The concert features:

An exciting collaboration of talented young musicians from East Clare featuring Sorcha Costelloe, Aisling Hunt, Eimear Donnellan and Padraig Costelloe
Helen Hayes and Katie Greene
Shannon Quinn – talented Canadian folk singer and musician
Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington. The duo are celebrating the relaunch of the highly commended recording “The New Road”
The Tulla Céilí Band – celebrating their 70th Anniversary.

MC: Paula Carroll

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Friday 5th of August at 7.30pm  |  Music Recital |  Venue: St. Mary's Church Feakle  |  €30.00

Ré The Band featuring some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Maitiú Ó Casaide, winner of TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship, Eithne Ní Chatháin, a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, Peter O Toole founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, and Liam Ó Maonlaí, the Hothouse Flowers front-man and the musical director and inspiration for RIAN, which has been presented around the world.

Sibéal Ní Chasaide hails from the Gaeltacht in Ráth Chairn, Co. Meath. The acclaimed young vocalist captured the hearts of the nation with her hugely moving vocal performance of Mise Éire, a new arrangement of Patrick Pearse’s 1912 poem set to music to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

The recital will conclude with the anticipated annual performance by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill.

Presented by Leon Agnew

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Saturday 6th of August at 7.30pm  |  Saturday Night Gala Concert |  Venue: Community Centre Feakle  |  €20.00

Out the Gap- an exciting young musical ensemble featuring Kevin Carey, Amy McNamara, Gearoid McNamara, Pamela Queally and Colm Slattery

Seán Garvey - Seán is from Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, and has long been considered as one of Ireland's finest traditional singers, singing in both Irish and English.  He is also a highly accomplished player of guitar, flute and tenor-banjo.

Danny O’Mahony and Bríd Harper: Danny is a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. He grew up playing music with the older generation of musicians in his locality. Danny’s is considered to be one of the finest accordion players with a musical style that is expressive and deeply personal, and reflects his affinity with the music of past masters. Bríd is an Irish traditional fiddle player from Castlefinn, Co. Donegal and now living near Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Encouraged by her parents she grew up learning and playing Irish traditional music with her sisters in the Finn Valley area. She won numerous under-age All Ireland titles and other prestigious fiddle awards including the Senior All Ireland, Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Fiddler of Dooney.

Cormac Lally – Cormac is the current Munster Slam Poetry Champion and one of Ireland’s top Spoken word artists

The Brian Corry Band; featuring Brian Corry whistle, Rory Costelloe Double Bass, Mark Nagle guitar, Josh O’Loughlin Banjo and Niall Preston percussion.

Séamus Begley and Joe Fitzgerald. Accordion player and singer Séamus Begley is a popular Irish traditional musician and singer, coming as he does from one of the most musically acclaimed Irish families. Seamus will be joined by renowned accordion player Joe Fitzgerald and some members of the Begley family. Joe is originally from East Clare but now living in Melbourne. Gladly for us, Joe has remained in East Clare for an extended stay and his performances are never to be missed.

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

Hairspray

presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 5 August, 9pm, €20

Finbar Furey

at St. Senan's Church Kilkee

Finbar Furey tours extensively bringing his rare talents to a world wide stage and treats audiences to evenings of pure Irish magic, great music, good humour and the charm and sparkling wit associated with one of Ireland’s greatest raconteurs.  Now he brings a live show to Kilkee Church playing for one night only.

Finbar Furey comes from a unique pedigree – an All Ireland Uileann Pipe champion and whistle player, singer/songwriter as well as playing a five string banjo and guitar.  Finbar has been round the block many times with brother Eddie, recording for Transatlantic records in the 1960s and achieving fame as lead singer/frontman with The Furey Brothers & Davey Arthur.

Now he works solo balancing his folk roots with songs such as “Now and Forever” and “New York Girls” which was his handlebar moustache swinging contribution to Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.

Please feel free to bring your own cushion for personal comfort!

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

Starcamp

Suitable for ages 4 – 12

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

Book online at www.starcamp.ie

Sunday 14 August, 8pm, €15

Boffin to Burren

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

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

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

Fidil Beo Lunchtime Series

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where My Heart Lies

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

Monday 15 August, 8pm, €18

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

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

SOLD OUT

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

Tuesday 16 August, 6pm at Dánlann an Chláir, €10

1916 – Visionaries and their Words

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

From the pens of Pearse, Connolly, and Plunkett, the songs of 1916 - Visionaries and their Words echo these inspiring leaders' deep interest in traditional culture and art.

Lorcán Mac Mathúna reveals the musical influence that touched on the lives of the most inspiring Irish people of the 20th century, and on the centenary of their 'Great Rebellion' uncovers the sean-nós of Pearse, the perfect metre of Plunkett, and the balladry of Connolly.

Tuesday 16 August, 8pm, €15

Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill and Arty McGlynn

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

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

Wed August 17th - Sports Hall, Rice College, Ennis, 11.00 am, € 5

Plumbers Guide to World Music - Age 10 - 14 yrs

with Gordan Douglas

Participants will experience hands-on music making through singing and the use of novel, specially constructed instruments already made from plumbers’ pipes and other DIY materials!

Wednesday 17 August, 7pm at Dánlann an Chláir, free of charge

Ann Droney Kirrane CD launch

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

This concert will launch Ann Droney Kirrane’s second solo cd, “Behind Yon Mountain”.

Ann will be joined on the night by many musicians including Garry O’Briain, guitar/piano, Ronan Greene on fiddle, Dermot Byrne on accordion, Seamie O’Dowd, guitar/mandolin, Eamonn Cotter on flute, all of whom were involved in the recording, with special guests Chris Droney, Francis Droney and Aine McGrath.

Ann Kirrane comes from a long musical tradition. Her father, Chris Droney, is one of the most respected concertina players in Ireland. Ann herself learned concertina from her father Chris and grandfather Jim and won the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil three times, but her soaring, lilting voice is now her primary instrument.

Her new album, “Behind Yon Mountain” is a collection of 15 songs straight out of the tradition. Ann’s refined style of singing coupled with the mastery of Garry O’Briain’s orchestrations, give the album a unique and thrilling edge.

With the creative arrangements and strong singing, Ann has produced an album that will stand the test of time.

Wednesday 17 August, 8pm, €15

Far from Home

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

Thursday 18 August, 8pm, €15

A Terrible Beauty

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

Thursday 18 August, 8pm at The Shannon Aerodome, €15

Beoga / Cruinniú

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

A massive Dome will be constructed in the centre of Ennis which can accommodate 2,000 people. This will be setting for three electric concerts and the Senior Ceili Band Competition. The first concert will feature Beoga & Cruinniú.

Beoga, gaelic for ‘lively’, is based in County Antrim, in the north of Ireland. The bedrock of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition. However, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. From bluesy riffs to Astor Piazzola-style jazz, to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, their music always returns to a wonderfully bouncy Irish sound. The result is traditional, with a huge sense of fun and adventure and it all works - wonderfully well. The Wall Street Journal describes them as “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.” Irish Music Magazine writes, “Beoga are at the forefront of the new Irish wave.”

“...the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century”  WALL STREET JOURNAL

Cruinniú was formed in 2005 to travel to the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, in France. The name Cruinniú means Gathering and that’s essentially what the band is, a gathering of friends from different parts of Ireland. Following the overwhelming positive reaction received in Lorient, the decision to stay performing together was made.

Cruinniú are: Caitlin Nic Gabhann on concertina, Damien O’Reilly on accordion, Aine Bird on fiddle, Anne Marie Grogan on flute, Jack Talty on piano, Siobhán O’Donnell on vocals, bodhrán and guitar and Ryan Graham on guitar.

Friday 19 August, 8pm at The Shannon Aerodome, €20

The Kilfenora Céilí Band with special guest Seán Keane

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Kilfenora Céilí Band, Singers and dancers to wow audiences with high-spirited choreographed show

One of the oldest céilí bands in the world, the Kilfenora Céilí Band from Co. Clare will be joined by singer Edel Vaughan, former Riverdance lead Michael Donnellan , Deirdra Kiely, Laura Minogue, and Michael Gardiner plus the Energetic Clare Set Dancers to perform an exciting and energetic show to wow Irish and International audiences. This expertly choreographed show of high-spirited traditional music features energetic and athletic dancing, melodious song and witty story-telling from guest artists that is not only engaging and uplifting but utterly enjoyable.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s most renowned traditional bands, the Kilfenora Céilí Band are constantly finding new ways to bring their age old traditions to new audiences with tours to Glastonbury (headline concerts on their acoustic stage) and concerts in New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center as well as tours around Ireland and Europe.

    “Fantastic, feel-good, happy, lively music”     Sharon Shannon

Seán Keane from County Galway is described as the 'greatest musical find of the 90s' by The London Independent. Traditional Irish, folk and even country and blues songs all lend themselves to his unique style and unforgettable voice. Growing up in a family of singers and musicians, Seán learned the sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts. Singing was his life, even in early childhood; by the time Seán reached his teens, he had collected thirteen All-Ireland medals in Fleadh Ceoil competitions. He was by then an accomplished whistle and flute player as well and had taken up the uilleann pipes and bodhrán.

When he joined his first group, 'Shegui', he had already served a long apprenticeship; after travelling throughout Europe with the band, he left to join 'Reel Union', a group which also featured sister Dolores and accordion player Máirtín O`Connor. Later, he was part of 'Arcady', with such well known names as Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh, Sharon Shannon and Frances Black. After a short flirtation with the theatre when he played in the Druid production of the `Midnight Court` and the Abbey Theatre's 'Sheep's Milk on the Boil', Seán embarked on his solo career in 1993. 'All Heart , No Roses' received rave reviews and was chosen as 'Debut Folk Album of the Year' by Q Magazine.

In the years following, success continued with Meteor Award nominations, 'Best Male Folk Performer' from Irish Music Magazine (three times) ,a similar award from the London 'Irish World', as well as numerous Irish accolades. 'A Portrait', a collection of Seán`s songs, is a multi-platinum Irish seller. All of his solo albums are platinum sellers and remain in constant demand.

Six solo albums later, Seán Keane continues to delight audiences all over the world with his live performances and recorded work. He tours regularly with his band in Ireland, Austria, Germany, the US and Canada as well as appearing at major festivals world-wide.

Friday 19 August, 9pm at Dánlann an Chláir, €10

Sliabh Luachra Music

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Featuring Niamh Ní Charra and guests, Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch, Raymond O’Sullivan, Timmy Connors and guests from Scully’s Pub.

A multiple award-winner on both fiddle and concertina, Niamh Ní Charra is hugely influenced by Sliabh Luachra musicians. She has performed and recorded with The Chieftains and with Carlos Núnez, entertained presidents and royalty and has co-ordinated concerts hosted by the Irish Embassy.

The button accordion and Jackie Daly are synonymous in the world of Irish traditional music and Matt Cranitch is renowned as a fiddle player and teacher at home in Ireland and abroad. Their CD ‘Rolling On’ reflect their mastery of the rich musical tradition of Sliabh Luachra in the South West of Ireland.

Saturday 20 August, 3.30pm, €10

The Hounds of Ulster

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

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

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

Saturday 20 August, 8pm, €15

The Flanagan’s: 100 years on

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

Saturday 20 August, 8pm at The Shannon Aerodome, €20

Stockton’s Wing & Maura O’Connell

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Whatever label one attaches to Ennis-native Maura O'Connell, there are precious few singers with the natural ability to delve so deeply into a vast array of musical material, inhabiting each note and every space between each note with such conviction that both performer and listener are left unquestionably moved and unexpectedly exposed. She will be joined onstage by Arty McGlynn on guitar, Nollaig Casey on fiddle and Katie Boyle on piano.

The music of Stockton's Wing has evolved into an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music and song, performed with power and precision by some of the finest musicians in Ireland. Back in 1977, in Ennis, Co. Clare, the five member group including all-Ireland champions, Paul Roche, Maurice Lennon, Kieran Hanrahan and Tommy Hayes with Tony Callinan won the traditional section of a Guinness sponsored talent competition in Limerick. As a result of this competition they secured a recording contract with Tara Records and released their debut album, Stockton's Wing.

Sunday 21 August, 2pm, €8

The Speks

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

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

Sunday 21 August, 7pm at The Shannon Aerodome, €15

Senior Céilí Band Competition

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

All roads lead to the Dome for a fantastic night of ceol and competition.

There is nothing quite like the Senior Ceili Bands as they battle for All Ireland glory. From the days when The Tulla and The Kilfenora used to wage musical war against each other, this competition never fails to weave a spell over Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

The Dome promises to be a spectacular setting for this spine tingling event.

Sunday 21 August, 9.30pm till late, €20

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

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

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

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

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

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Monday 22 August, 8pm at The Shannon Aerodome, €15

Cherish the Ladies

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Final Fleadh fling with Cherish the Ladies and special guests - it’ll rock the Dome!

Special guests include:
DON STIFFE, NOEL HILL AND TONY LINNANE, MARY BERGIN, NOLLAIG CASEY, LIZ & YVONNE KANE, DONNCHADH GOUGH, MAURA O'CONNELL.

"It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do", says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 16 outstanding albums including "An Irish Homecoming", a live recording of their Emmy winning Public Television Special that aired across America and Ireland.

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining package.

They are in constant demand worldwide as their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow. Their name may come from a traditional Irish jig but after thirty years, they’ve proven that the jig is still not up as these ladies blaze forward into another decade of music making!

Classes start on Saturday 3 September,

French For Fun For Kids

presented by La Jolie Ronde tutor Rhona Gomès

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

Classes start on Saturday 3rd September.

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

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

Mindful Yoga with Susie - Autumn 2016

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

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

Practical information:

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


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

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

Gymboree

for 6 months - 4 year olds

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

Advance booking is required as capacity is strictly limited. 

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

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

Eleanor McEvoy

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

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

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

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

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

From Saturday 10 September, 10.30am - 11.30am,

Art Classes for Children

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old

These childrens art classes will take place in the glór foyer with experienced teacher Helen Lowe.

All material is included in the class. The series of classes will touch on still life, portrait, landscape, abstract and animals. For this series of classes we will use oil pastels, watercolors and acrylic on different media. The aim is that after 5 classes the children will feel comfortable with using different media and supports. Class size is limited so please book in advance.

Cost per student €110
(€100 for 2nd child / €80 for 3rd child from same family)

Booking directly with Helen on 086 736 3320.
More information at www.facebook.com/quinart.class

From Wednesday 14 September, 1pm - 3pm,

Full Fathom Theatre

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

Book directly with Marie McNamara on 087 6391409.

Friday 16 September, 8.30pm, €10/€30 family of 4

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

presented by Music Network

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


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

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

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

Wednesday 21 September, 10.30am - 1pm, €55 (includes all materials to use & take home with you)

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

with Eithna Joyce

We are delighted to be able to offer this new workshop on Modern Calligraphy for Beginners.

A fresh and contemporary approach to the age old skill of beautiful writing, this revived and reimagined style of calligraphy is already proving popular with typelovers and wedding parties across the US and UK. During this workshop you will be introduced to the joys of writing with dip nib and ink by learning the basic techniques, letter forms and how to compose words and phrases.

The workshop fee includes a kit of all you need for the class and to continue practicing at home.

Saturday 8 October, 8pm, €20

MÓRglór Award Night 2016

a concert celebrating Frank Custy

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

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

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

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

Early booking advised.


More information on MÓRglór can be found here.

Saturday 22 October, 8pm, €22.50

Luka Bloom

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

Thursday 27th October, 8.00pm, € 25

Ralph McTell

One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, is celebrating 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.
Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 1993, Nanci Griffith recorded ‘From Clare to Here’ on her Grammy Award winning album and in 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

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

If Only

presented by The Wild Swan Theatre Company

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

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

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

Doug Allan - In The Company of Giants

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

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

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

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

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

The Fureys

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

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

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

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

www.thefureys.com

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

The Nutcracker

presented by Ballet Ireland

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

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

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

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

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley

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

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

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

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

Saturday 21 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

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

Early booking advised.

www.tommyfleming.com

Thursday 27 April, 8pm, €27.50/€25.50 conc.

The King Is Back

Internationally renowned as one of the Best Elvis Tributes in the world, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma to Ennis and will show why he is regarded as the best in the business.

Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the "Taking care of Elvis" band. Audiences quickly realized that this was someone with a special talent.

He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists.  In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. In February 2013 Ben headlined on the David Letterman show and has toured the globe with his band.