What's On

Monday 28 July - Saturday 2 August,

Summer Music on the Shannon

Winner of the prestigious 2002 AIB Better Ireland Award, this will be the 14th annual SMS season of fully staged operas composed specifically for young people, including sets, costumes and orchestra.

Free lunchtime recitals
Mon 28 July - Fri 1st Aug 12.30pm (1hr approx.)
Listen to world-class musicians and gifted students while enjoying a 'classic' lunchtime in the relaxing surroundings of glór lobby and cafe.

SMS 2014 Family Prom Concert
Sat 2 Aug 3pm
Tickets €8/€5 conc.
Book here.

SMS 2014 Opera Theatre
Sat 2 Aug 7pm
Tickets €10/€8 conc./€5 Children under 16
Book here.

Classes & registration details from www.summermusicontheshannon.org

Thursday 7 August, 7.30pm, €15
Friday 8 August, 7.30pm, €30
Saturday 9 August, 7.30pm, €20

Feakle Festival 2014

27th International Festival of Traditional Irish Music

Thursday 7th of August at 7.30 pm  |  Cafe Style Concert  |  Venue: The Marquee  |  €15.00  BOOK NOW

The following musicians will perform on the night:

  • Boruma Trio featuring Eileen O’Brien, Geraldine Cotter and Andrew Mac Namara. The trio will launch their much anticipated CD at the Festival.
  • The Burns Sisters - Annie and Marie are steeped in the Folk/Americana/Roots music scene. They will be joined by local talented singer/songwriter Kate Purcell.
  • Norwegian Folk Group, Katie Greene & Helen Hayes, The Lena Ullman Band,John Canny, Mark Donnellan and Brian Donnellan & Michael Landers

Wine and local artisan food will be served on the night


Friday 8th of August at 7.30 pm  |  Music Recital  |  Venue: St Mary’s Church  |  €30.00  BOOK NOW


  • ICE, the Irish Concertina Ensemble - , this performance is a new departure in Irish music. ICE is a bringing together of five master concertina players featuring Tim Collins, Pádraig Rynne, Mícheál O’Raghallaigh, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Edel Fox. ICE creates a new sonic template for Irish traditional music on the Anglo concertina. ICE pioneers an exciting and innovative performance where the concertina’s melodic, percussive, rhythmic and harmonic boundaries are explored and redefined.
  • Lumiere - Éilís Kennedy & Pauline Scanlon are accompanied by Donagh Hennessy. With Lumiere, the song and its delivery are the primary focus, technical concerns give way to feeling as song and singer effortlessly merge. As a duo, Lumiere takes something that is sacred and age old and re-imagines it simply and beautifully, reclaiming beauty, truth and trust, for the modern age.
  • The recital will conclude with the anticipated annual performance from Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.


Saturday 9th of August at 7.30pm  |  Gala Concert presented by Paula Carroll  |  Venue: Community Hall  |  €20.00   BOOK NOW

  • Martin Connolly, Eileen O’Brien & Geraldine Cotter - This performance coincides with the relaunch of Martin’s album - The Fort of Kincora.
  • Donal Murphy Band - A founder member of 'Four men and a Dog' and 'Sliabh Notes', two of the most respected Trad Bands on the Irish Music circuit. Donal’s accordion playing is steeped in the music of Sliabh Luachra, an area well renowned for vibrant dance music. Donal will be joined by Aine McGeeney & Mike Galvin.
  • Sean Tyrell is recognised as one of the finest singers in Ireland. He is well known for the artistry with which he fuses poetry and music.
  • Gerard Devane – renowned Sean-nós dancer from Barna Co. Galway
  • The London Lasses with Elma McElligot (flute & sax player), Brona McVittie (vocalist & harpist), Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Maureen Linane (accordion) and Pete Quinn (piano, keyboard)
Friday 12 September, 8pm, €12.50/€10 conc.


Guitarchestra is a Youth based guitar orchestra that take popular themes from a variety of sources and combine them with a variety of musical influences.


  • Game Of Thrones
  • Back to the Future
  • Star Wars
  • Indiana Jones
  • Batman
  • and more.

This fantastic bunch of young musicians will be bringing you the most memorable themes from TV, Movies and Video Games. It promises to be a very fun night!

Thursday 25 September, 8pm, €25/€23 conc.

The Ronan Collins Showband Hits Live!

featuring Joe Dolans Classic Hits

With sales of over 50,000 copies The Ronan Collins Showband Hits album has been the biggest selling Irish compilation album of the last few years.

Ronan Collins is now the greatest live performer of Irish Showband Hits. Few singers have the ability and range to cover the Classic Hits of Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock & Brendan Bowyer but Ronan makes them sound realistic and fresh.

Backed by The Sugarcubes Showband with Karen Black it’s a magical look back to the golden era of the Irish Showband phenomenon.

Saturday 27 September, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

A Celtic Awakening to Affinití

The West Awake

“Listening to Affinití for the first time is like climbing Killiny Hill and looking south toward Bray Head for the first time. They are the essence of Irish art, a classical and celtic crossover full of soul, sass and sophistication as well as exquisite technique” – The Boston Globe (2014)

Celebrate our rich Irish heritage through music with award-winning harp, violin & soprano trio, Affinití, the 2014 recipients of the Irish Spirit Award for excellence in performance and composition. Be transported with timeless favourites such as The Last Rose of Summer and Marble Halls, as well as the recently commissioned Shannon Suite which was recorded in the Irish Chamber Orchestra studio at the University of Limerick and celebrates the rich history of the West of Ireland. The Suite features settings of poetry by Máirtín Ó Direáin and James Joyce, along with musical references to John F. Kennedy’s speech at Shannon during his visit there in 1963. The Suite takes the format of Suantraí (lullaby – the west is asleep) , Goltraí (lament – the west laments the loss of her young people to emigration) and Geantraí (joyful – the west is awake again and this is a cause for great joy).

Saturday 11 October, 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.

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

Elio Pace performs The Billy Joel Songbook

The best tribute to the legendary Billy Joel in the world, Elio Pace has even played dates in the USA with Billy joel's original band.  Playing all the Billy Joel hits including Uptown Girl, Just The Way You Are, My Life, Piano Man, Tell Her About It, It's Still Rock & Roll To Me, New York State of Mind, Uptown Girl, She's Always A Woman and The Longest Time.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to experience The Billy Joel Songbook performed by the dynamic singer/songwriter and piano-player, Elio Pace and his magnificent band.

Wednesday 12 November, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

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

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

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

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

Damien Dempsey

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.

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.

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

Tommy Fleming is now recognised throughout his homeland of Ireland and across the world as one of the finest singers of his generation. Appealing to all ages, musical tastes and cultures, audiences have now recognised Tommy Fleming as a truly unique talent. 

But the fact remains that Tommy Fleming is his own man, delivering song after song – each more haunting than the next. Be it a cover version or his own original material, Tommy Fleming’s velvet-toned voice makes each one his own.

Tommy Fleming’s star is on the rise and with each concert he plays, he is rewarded with a new group of lifelong fans. It’s not difficult to see why that fan-base has now become a global phenomenon.