What's On

Thursday 30 April, 8pm, €12.50/€10 child/conc./€40 Family (2 adult + 2 children)

Vardens Ennis Guitar School End of Year Concert

Vardens Ennis Guitar School are proud to present their annual end of year concert, showcasing our students of all ages playing guitar, piano/keyboards and singing. Our students have worked hard all year and now they want to show you what they can do. In styles such as pop, rock, blues, and many more, this is sure to be an entertaining evening that you won’t want to miss. You’ll be singing all the way home!

Friday 8 May, 8pm, €20

Kilfenora Céilí Band

The legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band released their latest album “Now Is The Hour” on 13 March 2015 along with lead single “My Heart’s Tonight In Ireland”. The launch coincides with their pulsating new tour which is set to showcase a musical gear-change with Lunasa’s Kevin Crawford on production duties for the second time with the band.

With tunes forged out of raw native dance riffs from the Burren hills, the century-long odyssey of the Kilfenora is picking up pace. 2015 is set to be an exciting time for the powerful 13-member supergroup and for their audiences!

As expected, this iconic troupe is kicking on with 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 spectacle complete with pile-driving rhythms, slick dancers and the talented Don Stiffe on vocals.

After 105 years in the business the world-renowned Kilfenora Céilí Band are seen by many afficianadoes as the quintessential Irish céilí band. Their core repertoire of dance music, puntuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the beginning of the twentieth century. Despite this link with the past, their recent recordings and concert performances point to a broadening of the perceived boundaries of their genre. Collaborations with a diverse range of song and dance artists, experimentation with repertoire outside of the dance domain and complex harmonic arrangements speak to an ensemble who are pioneering new and exciting performance contexts for the céilí band genre. While acknowledging and incorporating the past, the Kilfenora thrives on creativity and innovation.

The band has travelled extensively, visiting Britain, Northern Ireland, Europe and the U.S. They have performed at Glastonbury twice and in 2009 headlined on the Acoustic Stage. The band has also performed concerts in Milwaukee, Lincoln Centre New York, Ireland’s National Concert Hall and Cork Opera House to name but a few.

The Kilfenora features fiddles, bass, cello, flutes, banjo, concertina and accordion, with what "Folk Roots" magazine called "one of the tightest rhythm sections in the world".

“Fantastic, feel-good, happy, lively music.  Irish music lovers all over the world are going to absolutely cherish this album”.  Sharon Shannon

Early booking strongly advised.

Saturday 9 May, 7.30pm, €10

Gospel Rising Music Festival Gala Concert

As part of the Gospel Rising Music Festival in Ennis, on the weekend of 8th-10th May 2015, glór will host the Saturday night Gala Concert.

Many different gospel choirs from around Ireland will fill the stage to perform their favourite gospel songs in front of their peers and the people of Clare. The night promises to expose you to many gospel songs you already know, and some which you will have never heard before, this is the wonder of the Gospel Rising Music Festival, a chance for everyone to hear what gospel choirs from all over the country are doing. A chance to realise there are many different styles of gospel choir music in Ireland, and unique versions of songs that you will only hear all together in one place, at the Gospel Rising Music Festival.

The Gospel Rising Music Festival is a fun, energetic and inclusive event which calls on all music lovers who are interested in this growing genre of music in Ireland. The festival is on all weekend in Ennis and gives attendees the chance to get that inside look and feel on what happens when you are 'in the choir'.

The festival consists of a series of workshops with big and small groups, these cover choir harmony singing in gospel styles, different solo singing styles and levels, choreography and big group singing. The festival also includes numerous gigs like this one in glór, all of which are included in the Weekend Festival Ticket available on www.gospelrising.com

Friday 22 May, 8pm, €15

Pipers Union in concert, with Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh

as part of Fleadh Nua 2015

Pipers Union, comprising David Power, Ciarán Somers and their old friend Dónal Clancy, is a tight-knit trio, incorporating traditional and contemporary styles to deliver rousing ballads, soft love songs, lively dance tunes and haunting airs.

Award-winning musicians in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are quickly becoming one of the foremost duets in Ireland today. Their music & dance is rooted in the tradition; full of spirit, soul and life. Together on fiddle, concertina and dance, they breathe fire into traditional tunes - not to be missed!

Saturday 23 May, 8pm, €15

Seán Ó Sé and the Turloughmore Céilí Band

as part of Fleadh Nua 2015

Fleadh Nua will honour the legendary singer Seán Ó Sé on this special night. Seán, a native of Bantry, Co. Cork has an instantly recognisable voice and his performance of 'An Poc ar Buille' in the early 1960's established his reputation as a well known singer.
Seán performed with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann until Ó Riada's untimely death in 1971. Over the years he has toured and recorded extensively, including a recording with the Turloughmore Céilí Band.

Sunday 24 May, 8pm, €5

‘Maestro’ - the music of Bobby Casey

as part of Fleadh Nua 2015

In 1969 and 1970, Séamus Mac Mathúna recorded the legendary West Clare fiddle player, Bobby Casey, in London. These invaluable recordings are part of the Comhaltas Archive. A CD of many of these recordings has been produced by the Cois na hAbhna Archive and will be launched at Fleadh Nua, when many musicians, including friends who played with Bobby, will perform and pay tribute to one of Clare's greatest musicians.

Wednesday 27 May, 8pm, €23
2 course supper, 6.30pm, €16.50

Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes

Albert Lee, by common consent one of the world’s finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans. He has worked with some of the world's top artists, from Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton to Eric Clapton. Albert and the band play Country Rock as a broad term. Albert is double Grammy award winning musician, whose talents continue to be in demand.

He is joined by Gerry Hogan, Peter Baron and Dona Oxford. This multi-talented band features some of the top musicians in the UK.  Hogan's Heroes was formed by their namesake Gerry Hogan almost 30 years ago, specifically to back Albert. Their first gig took place in 1987 at Gerry’s annual festival for pedal steel guitar. They have played together on a regular basis since that time, and as a result have become one of the tightest units in music.

Nolan & Lambe @ glór will be open on the evening and you can opt for a 2 course supper before the event for just €16.50.  This may be booked with box office directly on online here.

Sunday 31st May, 7.30pm, €12.50/€10 children

Ceol na nÓg

presented by Bríd O'Donohue's Music School, Miltown Malbay

An evening of Traditional Irish Music, song and dance from the pupils of Ceol na nÓg Music School with performances also from Bríd and her family - Seán (flute), Eibhlís (uilleann pipes), Deirdre (harp), Liam (concertina) and Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle).

Friday 5 June, 8pm, €18

Soweto Spiritual Singers

Soweto Spiritual Singer’s performance style comes from the South African a capella gospel tradition. At the heart of their shows are Zulu songs, full of rhythm, style and spirit.  Fresh sounds, inspirational harmonies and fabulous dance make this an irresistible performance expressing the spirit of Africa. An infectiously feel-good experience for all ages.

With their unique all singing, all dancing performances the choir completely captivate; by the end audiences are left breathless, often deeply moved.Their music is truly inspirational, a shout of joy, a towering onslaught of exuberance with earthy rhythms, rich harmonies to uplift the soul. A truly ultimate spiritual experience. Performed at the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg to the cheers of billion people around the Globe

Wednesday 24 June, 8pm, €25

Brendan Shine

Brendan Shine celebrates his 50th Anniversary with a summer tour of Ireland playing all of his favourite and best known songs. 

Brendan has released over 50 albums and has had 45 hit single in a glittering career that has taken him from his Co Westmeath home to every major concert hall the world over.  His hit singles include: O’Brien Has No Place To Go, Where The Three Counties Meet, Abbeyshrule, All My Roads Lead Back To You, How Much Time and, of course, Do You Want Your Oul Lobby Washed Down which Brendan famously performed for Pope John Paul II on his visit to Ireland.

Even after all of these years Brendan shows no signs of slowing down and will release a new Best Of CD to coincide with his 50th Anniversary Tour of Ireland and the UK.

Wednesday 26 August, 8pm, €45

John Prine

“He’s so good, we’re gonna have to break his fingers” Kris Kristofferson

“Beautiful songs… Nobody but Prine could write like that.” Bob Dylan

Some four decades since his remarkable debut, John Prine has stayed at the top of his game, both as a performer and songwriter. Honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, he’s been elevated from the annals of songwriters into the realm of bonafide American treasures. 

Check out the music of John Prine here.

Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Evidence of this is the long list of songwriters who have recorded gems from his extensive catalog, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, and many others.

Early booking advised.  Tickets go on sale Friday 24th April.

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

Bell X1

Following on from the recent addition to the Ed Sheeran Croke Park line-up this summer, Bell X1, Dave Geraghty, Paul Noonan and Dominic Phillips, are undertaking a very special acoustic tour for October.

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

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

Tickets go on sale Friday April 24th. Early booking advised.