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Saturday 1 November, 8pm, €20

Muiris Ó Rócháin & glór Award

Celebrating outstanding contribution to traditional Music & Art in County Clare

Following on from the wonderful Muiris Ó Rócháin Tribute event in 2013 glór is delighted to announce the first annual awards event celebrating the extraordinary talent of music and art in County Clare.  This prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is sponsored by glór and developed in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins who is an adviser to glór and coordinated the original concert in 2013.

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

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

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

Featuring a stellar line up of musicians:
Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, Corofin Céilí Band, Colm Gannon, Ciarán MacAodhagáin, Jack Talty, Don Stiffe, Alan Byrne, Maurice Egan, Eoin O’Neill, Siobhán Peoples, Murt Ryan, John Kelly, Shane Mulvey, John Moloney, Seanie McGrath, Liam Murphy, Siobhán O Donnell, Derek Hickey, Joe Skelton, Michael Queally, Cyril O’Donoghue, Chris Droney, Michael Kelleher, Mick O’Connor, John Joe Tuttle, JJ Conway, Joe Rynne, Geraldine Cotter, Eamonn Cotter, Denis Liddy, Tim Collins, Boffin to Burren( Dessie O’Halloran, Johnny O’Halloran, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ronan O’Flaherty, Seamus O’Donnell, Padraic and Damien O’Reilly and many more………….

Wednesday 5 November, 8pm, €25

Johnny McEvoy

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

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

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

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

Launch of Music Generation Clare

As of 23/10/14, this event is now sold out.

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

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

Wednesday 12 November, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

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

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

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

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

Jack L

Songs of the Season – Northern Lights

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

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

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

Damien Dempsey Solo

with support by Seán McGowan

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

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

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

Saturday 22 November, 7pm, €70

glór @ Dromoland

with The Jerry Fish Electric Side Show

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

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

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

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

Phil Coulter

The Songs I Know So Well

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

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

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

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

L’elisir d’amore / The Elixir of Love

A co-production between NI OPERA and OPERA THEATRE COMPANY

"A real tour de force" – Irish Times

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

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

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

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

Thursday 4 December, 8pm, €20

Sean Keane

Christmas by the Hearth

Join Sean Keane and friends for a festive treat of music, and song.  Since his return to full time entertainment Sean Keane has been very active around Ireland, Europe and the USA.  In the last few months Sean has been in Concert in Norway, Spain, England and the USA.  His three CD compilation album "Never Alone" continues to be very popular with fans at all venues. His last two singles, Paint me a Picture of Ireland and Don't Teach me How to Cry, continue to get extensive airplay on local radio across the world.

Joining Sean will be Fergus Feely on Mandocello, Pat Coyne on Guitar and Stephen Doherty on Piano, flute and Accordion.  Sean, as well as singing his many hits will will play tin whistle, low whistle, flute and harmonica.

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

ABBA Forever

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

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

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

Red Hurley & His Musicians

O Holy Night

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

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

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

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

Liam Lawton

Bethlehem Sky ~ Christmas Tour 2014

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

Friday 19 December, 8pm, €21

Little Green Cars

In an acoustic seated show

An incredible two-year album cycle has seen Ireland’s acclaimed harmony-rock band Little Green Cars release their #1 debut album Absolute Zero on Glassnote Records (Mumford & Sons, Phoenix) and perform a completely sold out run of Irish dates including two nights at Vicar Street. The band released three singles, The John Wayne, Harper Lee & My Love Took  Me Down to the River to Silence Me to great acclaim and heavy radio coverage in Ireland. They were invited to perform at key American festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza as well trips to Australia and tours of UK, mainland Europe and North America and a guest spot on the Jimmy Fallon Show. They were voted Irish Act of the Year 2013 in the Irish Times and short-listed for the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year award.

In July this year the band headlined their biggest concert to date at the beautiful outdoor setting of the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin.

Early booking advised.

Saturday 3 January, 8pm, €20

Kilfenora Céilí Band

A brand new album is on the way from the Kilfenora.  After an obvious musical gear-change arising from the appointment of Kevin Crawford as producer of Chapter 8, their eagerly-awaited ninth collection, is about to hit the shelves.

As expected, given the Lunasa connection, this iconic century-old band has evolved towards a more contemporary sound. Artistic tension between the rich dance music heritage and their big new soundscape has added spice to their large-scale theatre shows complete with slick dancers Michael Donnellan and Kickin Crew and talented Don Stiffe on vocals.

As always, performance is woven mainly from the threads of raw local dance melodies native to their stomping ground in the barren (yet rich) Burren hills of North Clare.  However, the inclusion of viola, cello, bass and Don Stiffe’s new licence to roam further afield for songs promises many novel possibilities and exciting times ahead for this most dynamic trad supergroup.

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

Reeling In The Showband Years


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

The show’s exciting finale is an ALL Cast Salute to the Showband Era - all of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years!  Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period.

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

Tommy Fleming

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.”


Saturday 31 January, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

The Fureys

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

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

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

A Fureys concert is always a night to remember.

Friday 6 February, 8pm, €25

Mike Denver and Guests Concert Tour

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

Mike has already built up a huge following in his relatively short time on the Irish Circuit and has achieved 14 hit albums and 10 best selling DVDs.  His show is an excellent mix of Mike Denver Hits, Country Classics and middle of the road Hits.  With his excellent Band and a super stage show  this promises to be the Concert of the Year.

Special Guests include legendary Country singers Philomena Begley, Ray Lynam, John Hogan and former Eurovision Star Marc Roberts with some John Denver Hits.

Friday 13 March, 8pm, €25/€22 conc.

Kieran Goss

Long hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend – live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines. It has been 10 years since Kieran Goss last toured in Ireland but a quick look at his website will explain why: almost 200 shows a year, every year, touring in six different countries.

This is a rare chance to see Kieran performing live. Don’t miss it!

'The sense of fun is tremendous, the playing first rate and the songs are sheer quality. The encores were genuine, but only because the man is too.' The Irish Times

'Kieran Goss is one of the most gifted performers around today. He has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a very special way. This guy is the real deal, and that's what makes him the star he is.' Don Williams

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