What's On

Wednesday 1 November, 8pm, €30

Lisa Hannigan

Hannigan first came to light as an angel-voiced, somewhat mysterious figure singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. They played together for seven years, but it wasn't until the release of her solo debut Sea Sew in 2008 that the full spectrum of her abilities became apparent. A joyous kaleidoscope of love songs, laments, sea shanties and glockenspiels, with a cover hand-stitched by Lisa herself, the self-released album was a runaway success, nominated for a Choice award in Ireland and a Mercury Music Prize in the UK. The ecstatic reception gave her the confidence to explore deeper, darker emotions. Since arriving on the scene with the release of Sea Sew, Lisa Hannigan has gone from strength to strength touring the world, delivering mesmerising and captivating performances.

In between touring, there was an acting debut in the Oscar-nominated animation Song of the Sea, soundtrack work on Fargo and the Oscar-winning score for Gravity. Recently released At Swim was also shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Choice Music Prize, earning Hannigan her third nomination in a row. 

Friday 3 November, 8pm, €22/€20 Conc.

Ladies in the Blues

Ladies in the Blues - music theatre show, premiered to sold out audiences in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow in July 2016 to critical acclaim. 

On Valentine’s day 1920, Mamie Smith stepped up to the microphone in The Okeh Company in New York and shouted out “That Thing Called Love”, making the first recording by a black female vocalist. Since then artists like Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Billie Holiday, amongst others have helped transform the Blues from a folk art to a global music form.
Ladies in the Blues pays homage to these women and that tradition, from the earliest days to the present. The show features Flo McSweeney of Moving Hearts fame; guitar-playing Clara Rose, Ireland’s songstress of rockin’ blues; Wicklow singer, Emma Nicolai and Dun Laoghaire Queen of Vaudeville, Jhil Quinn on washboard and vocals and also features Ireland's top blues' sidemen including the legendary, Ed Deane on guitar and James Delaney on keys performing songs written and recorded by women in the history of the blues. 

Saturday 4 November, 8pm, €20/€17 Conc.

Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends

  • Chris Meehan (piano/vocals)
  • Percy Robinson (Pedal Steel)
  • Bobby Kelly (acoustic guitar/ vocals)
  • Brian Harris (electric guitar)
  • Francie Lenehan (electric guitar/vocals)
  • Eamon Murray(harmonica/sax/vocals)
  • Davie Byrne (Bass)
  • Mick O'Connor(drums)
  • Matt Cranitch (fiddle)
  • Ana Leddy, Ide Leddy, Mary Roche (vocals)

Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends are a 10-piece country band who were founded in 1982, making their debut that year at the Ballisodare Folk Festival. Later that year the band performed a series of memorable concerts at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin with special guest Mary Black (singing Country) performing with the band. Having vanished from the scene for over a decade, the band made a welcome return in 2009 with the release of their CD "Dancing in the Kitchen" produced by Nashville producer Jim Rooney who along with Nancy Griffith, won a Grammy for her best selling album, "Other Voices, Other Rooms". Reviewed in The Ticket (Irish Times) the band's album was described as "an Irish album which, with some flourish, nails the essence of Americana".

With a line-up that reads like Irish music’s hall of fame and embraces many forms of music, including Cajun, Western Swing and a large helping of rock n’ roll Chris Meehan and his crew skilfully negotiate country waltzes, western swing, cajun craic, jump blues, jazz and Americana standards coloured by a dizzying array of sharp solos.

"Chris Meehan's characteristic exuberance is detectable right through this colourful collection of Country Music. There is a great natural feel to the songs and the recording carries the stamp of Jim Rooney's fresh, no nonsense production. Performed with affection and altogether charming, listening to it is a pleasurable journey" - Donal Lunny, (Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts).

Friday 17 November, 8.00pm, €20/€18 Conc./€9 BYOK

Notify and The Mark Lettieri Trio

Ireland's Notify meets America's Mark Lettieri Trio for an exceptional music collaboration.
At the crossroads of traditional Irish music, jazz and ambient electronica, Notify breathes new life into Irish music with a musical tapestry that ranges from soft melodies to crashing crescendos.

The Mark Lettieri Trio is an instrumental jazz-rock fusion ensemble led by Snarky Puppy member and three-time Grammy award-winning guitarist and composer, Mark Lettieri. 

‘Ambient melodies, traditional compositions and groovy beats with layers of electronic sounds. This is Pádraig and Co at their experimental best.’  Trad Connect on Notify.

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BYOK - Bring Your Own Kids!

We appreciate that it can be an expensive night out when you have to pay for a sitter as well as everything else. This is one of the shows that are suitable for well-behaved children to attend, for a parents-child date night, for which you can avail of half-price tickets for under 18's! (Limited capacity).

Sunday 19 November, 8pm, €22/€20/€10 BYOK

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle and his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius, John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in his own locality, in Feakle County Clare where the music which he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, the renowned founder/ leader of the long-lived Tulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas.

Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. He studied at the city’s prestigious Music College before becoming an active member of the local music scene. Cahill’s spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. In addition to his work with Martin, Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers and Kevin Burke, as well as many Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a sought after producer for musical artists whom he records in his own Chicago studio and is also an accomplished photographer.

“In the decades to come, we’ll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix or John Coltrane.”
— The Irish Times

“Hayes has a sublime lyrical and melodic sensibility that transforms all that jiggety-jig scraping into heartbreaking musical washes of the deepest melancholy and moments of sheer, sparkling exuberance.”
— Sydney Morning Herald
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BYOK - Bring Your Own Kids!

We appreciate that it can be an expensive night out when you have to pay for a sitter as well as everything else. This is one of the shows that are suitable for well-behaved children to attend, for a parents-child date night, for which you can avail of half-price tickets for under 18's! (Limited capacity).

Friday 24 November, 8pm, €22.50/ €20 conc.

Celebrating Christie Hennessy - The Platinum Collection

performed by Aonghus McAnally

Renowned entertainer recreates the iconic sound of his close friend in a touching tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest singer-songwriters

After a sell-out tour last Autumn RTÉ personality, Aonghus McAnally, takes his “Celebrating Christie Hennessy – The Platinum Collection” show on a nationwide tour.
One of Ireland’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Christie Hennessy delighted audiences at home and abroad until his tragic and untimely death in 2007, aged just 62. In this all-new show, celebrated entertainer Aonghus McAnally brings the Hennessy songbook to life with his uncanny recreation of his close friend Christie’s voice and guitar playing. Featuring all his best loved hits – Messenger Boy, Jealous Heart, Don’t Forget Your Shovel, If You Were To Fall, All The Lies That You Told Me, and the iconic Roll Back The Clouds – this magical evening showcases the storytelling brilliance of Christie Hennessy with 22 of his greatest songs.

Inhabiting the role of Christie is particularly poignant for Aonghus as the two were such close friends. Speaking about the show, Aonghus said, “It’s a genuine privilege to share Christie’s incredible music with audiences around the country, and an honour to be part of keeping his spirit alive. Music fans want one more Christie gig, and to be able to recreate that magic for them is one of the most special feelings I’ve ever had on stage.

Friday 1 December, 8.00pm, €25

Christmas by the Hearth with Sean Keane

Sean is playing to packed theatres across the country since the release of his 10th solo album and his appearance on the Late Late Show reacquainted many fans with his very distinctive voice and empathised with his story of loss when he sang One More Hour, the duet with Aine Morgan. Sean will be joined onstage by Pat Coyne,  Fergus Feely, Stephen Doherty and David Doocey for a night of song and stories with a definite Christmas flavour.

Wednesday 6 December , 8.00pm, €25

A Night with the Stars

Join 5 of Ireland's top country acts for a fantastic  Night With The Stars Christmas special featuring Brendan shine, Declan Nerney, Ray Lynam, Mick Flavin and Michael Collins who will each showcase their biggest hits along with some festive magic in the company of the fabulous Keltic Storm band. A country music show not to be missed!

Friday 8 December , 8.00pm, €25/€22 Conc.

A Celtic Christmas

presented by Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra

Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra is a formidable collective of musicians' (The Irish Times) who have thrilled audiences from Clare to Korea with their innovative blend of traditional and classical music.
In 2015 they debuted Celtic Christmas to over 1000 people at Moscow Christmas Festival. Now they bring the show to glór with an expanded chamber orchestra and choir led by Niamh Varian-Barry (Solas).
Highlights include Flynn's trad re-imagining of Ravel's Bolero (dedicated to Clare legend Tony MacMahon), alongside traditional Celtic Christmas music and Flynn's much loved Clare Concerto.

'Astonishing music.....simply unforgettable' ~ Irish Examiner

Saturday 16 December, 8pm, €30/€28 conc./€99 for 2 adults & 2 children

Vladimir’s Viennese Christmas

  • Vladimir Jablokov
  • Claudia Boyle (soprano)
  • Sean Costello (tenor)
  • The Jablokov family
  • Vladimir's Musicians


Join violin sensation Vladimir as he brings a seasonal glow to some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era, together with a festive selection box of Christmas crackers to get you in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year. Hear evergreen favourites like The Skaters Waltz, The Christmas Waltz, The Carol Of The Bells and the timeless O Holy Night performed in wonderful new arrangements.

Joining Vladimir on stage will be special guest star soprano Claudia Boyle and guest star tenor Sean Costello, as well as many members of the multi-talented Jablokov family, with accompaniment of Vladimir's musicians. An unforgettable concert of majestic music from the Strauss family, Franz Lehar and a couple of surprises too.

Sunday 17 December, 7pm, €15

Clare Youth Trad Orchestra

Following its highly acclaimed debut at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August, the Clare Youth Trad Orchestra makes its first appearance in glór. The 100-strong collective from across the county will perform original arrangements of some trad favourites, under the direction of founder Padraic O'Reilly.

The orchestra will be joined by some surprise special guests from the trad world for this unique performance.

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 January, 8pm, €25

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

Expect an exciting and energetic performance from one of the world’s most renowned trad bands.

With high-spirited traditional music, energetic dancing and melodious song with Edel Vaughan, this traditional super group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that’s not only engaging and uplifting but utterly enjoyable.

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

Thursday 11 January, 8pm, €30

Mike Denver and Band with Guests Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam

presented by Tom Kelly Promotions

One of Ireland's most popular "Country' singers Mike Denver has once again had a recent sell-out nationwide Tour with full houses' at concert venues North and South.

The 'Galway Boy' is getting more popular as each year passes. Mike has already built up a huge following on the Irish Circuit and has achieved 14 hit Albums and 10 best-selling DVD's. A new DVD has just been released and is now on sale at all his shows.  Mike's 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 another terrific concert.

Saturday 20 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.

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with one song more haunting than the other. He has a universal appeal to all ages and backgrounds with a fan base that is growing stronger worldwide year by year.

Eric Clapton - “His version of Danny Boy is the best I have ever heard bar none.”

Sunday 4 February, 8pm, €30/€27.50 Conc.

Reeling In the Showband Years

The Ronan Collins Showband Show 'Reeling In the Showband Years' has been a smash hit for the past 8 years, and we are delighted to say it returns once again to Ennis.

RTÉ’s Ronan Collins is Host and Compère. 

Red Hurley - A living Legend of showbiz for the past 40 years.
His great big soaring voice has captivated audiences since he hit the stage With The Nevada Showband. Still a major force in Irish showbiz. Hear ‘Love is all’ and many more of his greatest hits.

Gina from The Champions - Quite simply the biggest female vocalist of the Showband era. She was loved, North, South, East and West.
Her smash hit songs will all be included. We are simply responding to the numerous requests for Gina’s return!

Ronan Collins sings his renowned tributes to The Great Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock and more!

Dave Lawlor - The surprise hit of last year, he brought the house down with his amazing voice! One of Ireland’s greatest vocalists, “Showband Nostalgia” was a smash hit for him and brought the man from Tullamore to national attention.

Keith and Lorraine McDonald - This great Brother and Sister combination from one of the oldest musical families in Ireland. Their Father, Frankie was trumpet player with Joe Dolan for many years. Lorraine is one of the brightest talents to emerge from the late Showband era and Keith is a star in his own right!

Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg - sing all their great hits. ‘If Ma Could See Me Now’, ‘It’s Nice to be in Love Again’, ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ and many more.

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 hits.

And much more to be announced!!!

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.
It will send you home with great memories of wonderful and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music!

Thursday 15 February, 8pm, €21

Eddi Reader

glór is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed Scottish songstress Eddi Reader back to Clare.  With a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Eddi’s beautifully raw vocals continue to captivate and inspire audiences from her own native Scotland to the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Europe and she is considered to be ‘one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures.’ The Scotsman.

Saturday 24 February, 8pm, €18/€15 conc

Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo are a three-piece from County Wicklow, Ireland comprising Karen Cowley (vocals, keyboards, bass synth),Caoimhe Barry (vocals, drums) and Saoirse Duane (vocals, guitar).

Friends and bandmates since school days, Wyvern Lingo share a gift for close harmony, keen songcraft and effervescent live performance. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from pop, rock and R’n’B, their voices interweave to create a fresh, forward-looking sound.  A self-released EP caught the ear of Irish label Rubyworks, and the band toured with Hozier in the UK and at home; Karen and Caoimhe both putting in a double shift  by singing backing vocals for their Wicklow friend. Karen also duets with Hozier on the haunting ‘In A Week’ on his multi-platinum debut album.


Wyvern Lingo’s debut release for Rubyworks is a four-track EP called ‘Letter To Willow’. Three of the tracks were recorded in Cologne, Germany with Sierra-Leonean / German artist-producer Patrice Bart-Williams, best known in Europe for his work with Selah Sue, Cody ChestnuTT and Keziah Jones. These tracks were mixed in Paris by Philippe Weiss (Dragonette, George Clinton, K’naan). Additional recording for the title track took place in Dublin with Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey) at the controls.