What's On

Saturday 8 September, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Tuesday 18 September, 8pm, €16/€14 conc

Máirtín O’Connor, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Séamie O’Dowd

presented by Music Network

Music Network is delighted to bring together the unique voice of Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill in concert with phenomenal accordionist, Máirtín O'Connor and gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Séamie O’Dowd. The adventurous musical spirit that has seen O'Connor and O’Dowd dazzle and intrigue audiences through their past musical collaborations will explore new avenues as they enjoy the freedom of the instrumental duo format while also combining their creative talents to create a gorgeous soundscape to enhance the traditional songs for which Ní Dhomhnaill is renowned. An opportunity to hear material old and new, performed by a sublime trio, that will range from exquisite to high-spirited and will undoubtedly be inspirational!
 

  • Máirtín O’Connor, Accordion
  • Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Voice
  • Séamie O'Dowd, Guitar/Fiddle/Voice


One of the most versatile Irish button accordion players” – Folkworld [on O’Connor]
Dark and deep, sonorous and controlled” – The Irish Times [on Ní Dhomhnaill]
Musical legend” – The independent [on O’Dowd]

Friday 21 September, 7.30pm in the glór foyer, Free of charge but ticketed. Please pre-book

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

as part of Culture Night 2018

Practically all hailing from Limerick - with a dash of Galway and Australia - The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra's music is a blend of warm vocal harmonies, classy instrumentation and ear-catching melodies that is desperately hard to categorise yet strangely easy to love.

The five-piece BPLO have toured Ireland extensively with their theatrical show as well as with the music of Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and David Bowie in Irish language performances.

Friday 28 September, 8pm, €25

Oh What A Night: A Celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

presented by Zac Global Promotions

Following a sold-out run at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin, this fast-paced, energetic production paying tribute to the legendary music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returns for a nationwide tour. Putting their charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Sherry’, and ‘Oh What A Night’ the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why The Four Seasons sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
 
With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation, and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why Frankie’s Guys are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.

Saturday 29 September, 8pm, €20

Jake Carter

Pop sensation and winner of Dancing With The Stars 2018, Jake Carter, has taken the Irish pop music scene by storm since his launch on Irish national television back in 2017.  Now he is thrilled to be announcing a brand new tour this Autumn!  Jake has quickly developed a name for himself as the next big thing on the Irish pop music scene and has wowed audiences across the country with his energetic live performances. To date Jake has released five singles and an EP titled ‘Three Things’, all of which have received rave reviews from his fan base and from radio.

In RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars 2018, Jake quickly established himself as the one to watch in the competition scoring top marks most weeks and regularly taking top place on the leader board. So it was no surpise when Jake and Karen landed themselves a place in the grand final and ultimately went on to take the title of king and queen of the dance floor 2018.

Following his success on Dancing With The Stars, Jake released two new singles to radio titled ‘The Little Things You Do’ and most recently ‘Take Me Dancing’ which featured pop diva Una Healy of the multiplatinum-selling girl group The Saturdays.

Jake recently completed a hugely successful debut Irish tour.  Due to phenomenal demand he is delighted to announce his brand new tour this Autumn which will see him and his band perform across the country in Omagh, Letterkenny, Ennis, Thurles, Claremorris and Dublin.  “I am over the moon to be going back on the road with my band! We had so much fun on the last tour.  There were pockets of the country that we missed and we really want to bring our show to those places!

Friday 12 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

Cherish the Ladies

Heart of the Home

“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 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 17 outstanding albums including their latest release, “Heart of the Home” being launched in Ireland in the autumn.

Under the the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group Cherish the Ladies create 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 ensemble’s ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining package. 

For more than 30 years, the Ladies have performed thousands of concerts and have collaborated with such notable musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O'Connell as well as being the featured soloist with over 300 performances with symphony orchestras. The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and the Washington Post praises their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and not to mention having a street named after them in the Bronx! 

Join Joanie Madden, Mary Coogan, Mirella Murray and Kathleen Boyle in concert as they launch their latest album - with special guest vocalists Don Stiffe, Kate Purcell, Bruce Foley, along with instrumentalists Donnchadh Gough and Nollaig Casey and spectacular dancers David Geaney and Nathan Pilatzke!

Saturday 13 October, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Saturday 13 October, 8pm, €22.50/€20 conc.

Donna Taggart

Autumn Concert Tour 2018

Following her astonishing International success with ‘Jealous of the Angels’ which has now achieved Multi-Platinum status with well in excess of 100 Million streams Donna Taggart is delighted to announce an Autumn 2018 Concert Tour in Ireland.

Just back from the USA after touring with legendary singer/songwriter Phil Coulter Donna’s distinctive emotional singing style has drawn comparisons with the likes of Eva Cassidy, Mary Black and Alison Krauss. Although Donna has only recently gained international recognition she is making up for lost time.  Her debut Irish and UK Tour in 2017 enthralled audiences and has established her as one of Ireland’s top Live Female performers.

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

Night Music

presented by Irish Chamber Orchestra

Katherine Hunka - Director
Michael Buckley - Flute

  • Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music), KV 525
  • Ronan Guilfoyle  Pipe Dreams Concerto for Jazz Flute
  • Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70


Mozart’s joyful serenade, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is one of his most beautiful and best-loved works, full of memorable melodies.  Tchaikovsky’s jewel, his Souvenir de Florence was his final piece of chamber music – this tribute to the city of Florence is a wonderful celebration, full of lyricism and ecstatic vigour.  Originally scored for sextet, the ICO performs the Souvenir as a string orchestra, which adds to the richness inherent in the music, and amplifies Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous, full, lush sound world.  In between, renowned Jazz flute virtuoso Michael Buckley performs Pipe Dreams, an effervescent concerto for Jazz flute and orchestra by Ronan Guilfoyle.  A playful dialogue between Michael and orchestra demonstrates the flute’s agility – join us and experience a new and vibrant collaboration!

The concert full of splendid music under leader Katherine Hunka, benefited from an eclectic approach….overall a stimulating and thought-provoking concert
The Sunday Business Post

Sunday 21 October, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

Deeply rooted in the history of the African-American slave trade, black gospel music can be traced back to the 1700s when African slaves brought their unique African musical heritage to America and combined it with their new faith - Christianity. Out of the hardship and the trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it. Blues, Soul, and Rock-and-Roll...they all have origins in black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today.

Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, Pharrell Williams and most recently with JamieXX, Raury, KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra and Lang Lang, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Sia, Yolanda Adams, The 1975, Ibeyi, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Sledge and most recently at the 2018 Grammy Award Show with Sam Smith. They have performed for three Presidents (President Obama, President Carter and President Nelson Mandela), two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI), Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN General Assembly. They have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftains, Andre Rieu, The Night of the Proms, and Trace Adkins among many others.

Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is infectiously enthusiastic; a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration! The Choir's rich harmonies & dynamic sound are "UNFETTERED & JOYOUS". Their harmonious songs of love and hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away!

Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, and even dance on stage to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance! 

Sunday 28th October, 8pm, €20

The Don Baker and Rob Strong Band

Brothers in Arms Tour

Pat Egan Management is proud to announce a major Irish Tour featuring Don Baker and Rob Strong commencing at The Olympia Theatre on 6th of October.  Don and Rob are celebrating 50 years on the road and are currently recording a new album, a feast of Blues and Soul, entitled “Brothers In Arms” to accompany the tour.

Don is a prolific singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Sinead O’Connor, Declan O’Rourke, Finbar Furey, Liam Ó’Maonlaí while Bono has described him as “the best harmonica player in the world”. Don has also released a total of 15 albums during his career.  As an actor Don is best known for his roles in ‘In the Name of the Father’ alongside Daniel Day Lewis and as gangster Thomas Flynn in ‘Fair City’. He has published several books on how to play the harmonica which have been translated into many different languages.

Derry-born Rob Strong, performing on lead vocals and bass guitar, is another of Ireland’s living legends. Rob has been performing for five decades with a unique and sensational voice that saw him pull in huge crowds with one of the top showbands in the 60s, The Plattermen, and with his own band The Rockets in the 70s. Rob was even once offered the opportunity to join the world famous rockers Deep Purple. He also performs with his son Andrew Strong, lead singer of “The Commitments”.  They tour in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

The Don Baker and Rob Strong Band features one of Italy’s best keyboard players, Salvatore Urbano from Naples. Sal’ has recorded with Damien Dempsey, Brian Kennedy, Sinead O’ Connor and Eleanor McEvoy and is widely regarded as amongst the best in the business. He fuses the band’s Blues and Rock genres with creative flair while Hugh O’ Neill, one of Ireland’s finest drummers, keeps up a driving rhythm.  Don, Rob and the boys guarantee a great night of Rock n’ Roll.

Thursday 1 November, 8pm, €25

Michael English

with very special guest Louise Morrissey

Following the huge success of Michael’s previous Concert Tours, he brings his show to glór on Thursday November 1st with his very special guest Louise Morrissey.

Michael’s popularity has skyrocketed since going on the road with his band 4 years ago packing out venues all over Ireland & the UK for both concerts & dances. Michael & his talented band are renowned for their energetic performances & with Michael's musical talents he plays both his famous 'red piano' & accordion at his shows. He is dedicated to giving his followers an unforgettable show each time they see him. And with accolades like 'Best Country Dance Band' at The Irish Country Music Awards & 'Vocalist of the Year' at The Sunday World country Music Awards under his belt there is no stopping the Kildare man!

Saturday 3 November, 8pm, €35

Paul Brady in Concert

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues, traditional Irish and classic pop styles into his songwriting.
 
His live performances include songs from his extensive catalogue of 40 years, and he invites you into his world of songs and music in a way that will surprise in its intimacy, sense of fun and raw power.

Friday 9 November, 8pm, €30/€27 conc

Phil Coulter

Gold & Silver Days

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate.

Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties.  Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!

His new show, Gold & Silver Days, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity.  As he says himself, “It will be a different and interesting collection – some of the big hits alongside some that I thought should have been hits!  Some songs that meant a lot to my bank manager as well as some that simply meant a lot to me”.

An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every lover of good music.

Saturday 10 November, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Saturday 17 November, 8pm, €22/€20

MÓRglór Award Night 2018

a concert celebrating Chris Droney

glór is delighted to announce that this year’s annual MÓRglór Award 2018 has been awarded to legendary concertina player, Chris Droney.

An inspiration to many musicians, both in Clare, nationally and internationally, and an outstanding ambassador for the traditional arts in Clare, Bellharbour born Chris Droney has been the recipient of many notable awards including the TG4 Gradam Saoil award for lifetime achievement; a CCÉ Bardic Award, a Teastas award, and in 2012 the prestigious Clare Person of the Year Award.

Chris was born in 1924 and has been playing music for almost eighty six years. He became Senior All-Ireland Concertina Champion nine times in the 1950s and 1960s and has played with several well-known céilí bands.

On Saturday 17 November, the people of Clare will come together to acknowledge a depth of gratitude to Chris for his enormous contribution to Traditional Irish Music with a concert in glór featuring Chris’ friends and family, and some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county.

MÓRglór is an acknowledgement and celebration by glór 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 Clare’s unique culture.

This prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is curated by glór in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins as producer of the event, and who coordinated the original concert in 2013. An anonymous panel of traditional arts practitioners and experts, assembled by glór, invites an Awardee, fitting with the objectives and spirit of MÓRglór. The previous MÓRglór recipients were Corofin Traditional Music Festival (2014), Eoin O'Neill (2015), Frank Custy (2016) and Geraldine Cotter (2017).

Early booking advised.

Saturday 17 November in the Studio, 8.30pm, €12

Stephen James Smith featuring Enda Reilly

Performance poetry and live music

Acclaimed Writer, Poet and Performer Stephen James Smith proudly announces the forthcoming release of his debut book of poetry entitled ‘Fear Not’.
To launch it, he takes to the road for a 29 date live ‘My Ireland’ tour with special guest Enda Reilly.  He comes to glór on Saturday 17 November for an intimate performance in our studio.

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.  Stephen has performed at Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall and Vicar Street, as well as London Palladium, Glastonbury, and other events dotted across the globe.

Stephen has recently been  announced as Artist in Residence with Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Arts Office, where he will develop the first ever Laois Spoken Word Project for young people in the county. He has been translated into Irish, Spanish, Slovenian, Polish, Dutch and Italian.  Stephen’s debut collection of Poetry, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in Autumn 2018.

Enda Reilly is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Dublin - working in Irish as well as English.  He counts John Spillane, Kíla, Liam Ó Maonlaí, John Prine and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra among his collaborators.  Expect a truly special mix of spoken word and live music from himself and Stephen James Smith at glór.

Friday 30 November, 8pm, €24/€22 conc.

Ladies in the Blues

After sell-out shows at Cork Jazz Festival and standing ovations across the country, Ladies in the Blues takes you on a women’s journey through the blues.

From the gospel roots of the 1920s to vaudeville, jazz and blues rock - immerse yourself in songs by all those great women - Big Mama Thornton, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith and many more. Ladies in the Blues pays homage to these female artists who transformed the blues from local folk music into the art form it is today, bringing black culture into American main stream music.

Monday 3 December, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Clare Christmas Choir with special guests Hothouse Flowers

An evening of songs and stories raising awareness around the homeless crisis afflicting Irish society with special guests Hothouse Flowers.

Featuring:

  • Sarah Ryan
  • Angelina Peach
  • Aimee McInerney
  • Laura Mulcahy
  • Suzanne Murphy
  • Fiddle Case
  • Three Women Sing
  • Katie Theasby
  • Steo Wall
  • Claire Watts
  • Shona Blake
  • The Clare Christmas Choir under the baton of Sarah Ferrigan

All profits from this event will be donated to Molloy’s Butchers and used for the Christmas Dinner for the Homeless in Clare

Saturday 8 December, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 January, 8pm, €27.50

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

and guests

Regarded by aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band, the Kilfenora Céilí band - together with singer Edel Vaughan, dancers Laura Minogue, Deirdra Kiely and world champions Michael and Matthew Gardiner - perform an uplifting, energetic and entertaining show, making this a must-see event this January weekend. Engaging, uplifting and utterly enjoyable, this legendary group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that is expertly choreographed, boasting highly rhythmic traditional tunes, together with beautiful songs and witty repartee.

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

Saturday 19 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

Voice of Hope II Tour

The Voice of Hope II tour will be a special collection of spiritual inspirational music together with Tommy’s usual songs. 

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'  and many more. While Tommy’s music may be difficult to classify, fans use such words as “deeply emotional, romantic and sincere” to describe the feelings it evokes. One reviewer described his music as falling into a genre of Symphonic Pop that still awaits a name.  He also toured & worked with the great Elaine Paige, Kenny Rogers, & Vince Gill in recent years.

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with each song more haunting than the next.  Don’t miss this special night of music.

Saturday 26 January, 8pm, €30

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’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’ and more, have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years.

The band, formed in 1978, 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.

Friday 8 February 2019, 8pm , €25/€22.50 Conc.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Johnny Cash Roadshow is not another tribute band - it is a full production and finest celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. JCR are now recognised and loved as a band in their own right, unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash.  This is the UK and Europe’s most recognised celebration, with respected singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creating with astounding accuracy and truly capturing the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Amanda Stone as ‘June Carter’ and the ‘Roadshow Horns’.

All aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste.  The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 including all the greatest hits,  along with songs from the latest five decades of the man in black’s career. All this accompanied by emotive and evocative screen images.‘

'Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was
Caitlin Crowell  - Granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash