What's On

Friday 18 August, 8pm, €20

The Flanagan Brothers Award 2017 - Gerry O’Connor and Special Guests

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

The second annual Flanagan Brothers Award will this year be presented to banjo legend Gerry O'Connor. Gerry will be joined on the night by many of his musical friends and family. Expect a unique night of music from one of the main trend-setters in banjo playing for the past 30 years.

Friday 18 August at Dánlann an Chlair, 9pm, €20

Breaking Trad: Derek Hickey, Liam Flanagan, Ryan O’Donnell and Deirdre Scanlan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017



Breaking Trad is made up of Dónal Murphy (Accordion), from Abbeyfeale,West Limerick, a winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both Button Accordion and Melodeon, Niall Murphy (Fiddle) from Camlough, South Armagh, a winner of multiple awards including All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition, Fiddler Of Dooney and Fiddler of Oriel, and also Mike Galvin (Guitar/Vocals) who has vast experience working in a wide range of musical styles from Rock and Roll to Irish Traditional.

Between them, they have toured extensively around the world, performing at major festivals and music venues and touring with some of the biggest names in several different music genres including Four Men and a Dog, Cara Dillon, De Dannan, Dance star Michael Flatley, Bluegrass guitarist/singer Dan Tyminski (Alison Krauss and Union Station), Country legend Randy Travis and many more.Their music has been described as 'Dazzling', 'unorthodox and unique',
and 'high octane'.

Breaking Trad are reviving Irish music with a fresh and modern twist with powerhouse tunes and exquisite vocals.

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 12pm, €8

The Speks (for ages 2+) (SOLD OUT)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

“The Speks...they're really great!” Derek Mooney, RTÉ Radio 1

The Speks present a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats! Their hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses!

The Speks have won a Parents’ Choice music award in the US where their music has been described as “Riverdance for kids” and they encourage everyone to sing, scream, clap and dance along during their performances. This will be a great, fun event for kids aged 2 to 92!

“If your little ones love fantastic, magical songs...then The Speks are the boys for you!” Tom Dunne, Newstalk

Saturday 19 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Series: Liam O’Brien, Derek Hickey, Claire Egan & Francis Cunningham

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

A series of hour-long lunchtime concerts, showcasing Clare’s finest concertina players. The Saturday concert features Liam O’Brien from Miltown Malbay recipient of the Ceoltóir Óg award for 2017. Liam will be joined by Derek Hickey, Claire Egan and Francis Cunningham

Saturday 19 August, 3pm, €15

The Hounds of Ulster

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

The Hounds of Ulster are a flute music group based in Whiteabbey, County Antrim, playing a mixture of traditional Irish, Scottish and Ulster-Scots tunes on both the wooden and Bb flutes.  This is their second visit to Ennis – back by popular demand!

Saturday 19 August, 8pm, €25

A Raw Bar Affair With Des Dillon & Dancers and Séan Ó Sé

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Vibrant music from the Raw Bar Collective, Des Dillon’s set dancing puppets and the outstanding voice of Séan Ó Sé – expect magic and mayhem in this spectacular night of music, song, dance and fun!

With a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing, the Raw Bar Collective presents a vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish Traditional music. The band members, Conal Ó Gráda, Benny McCarthy, and Dave Sheridan are long recognised as amongst the top instrumentalists in Ireland, Nell Ní Chróinín is commonly acknowledged as the most exciting traditional singing talent of her generation, and Colm Murphy is widely recognised as one of the top Traditional music percussionists of all time.

The Raw Bar will be joined by legendary singer Séan Ó Sé and artist and puppeteer Des Dillon.

Saturday 19 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €27.50

Sharon Shannon and her Sacred Earth Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Sharon Shannon is delighted to be invited to perform at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2017, particularly as it is being held in Ennis, Co. Clare the county where she was born and grew up.

Sharon is also very pleased to be bringing her Sacred Earth Band, performing material from new album also called Sacred Earth as well as music taken from her back catalogue.

Saturday 19th August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 10pm, €20


as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Beoga returns to Ennis – and we welcome them back with open arms. Beoga is gaelic for ‘lively’ and it promises to be a great night.

Please note that this is a standing event for ages 18+.

Sunday 20 August, 10.15am - 3pm, €15

Willie Clancy Music & Heritage

as part of the County of Culture Tour Series 2017

Clare Tourism, Comhaltas and the Clare County Council Arts Office would like to share the diverse culture, heritage and sights of County Clare with visitors to Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2017. The tours will bring you to the four corners of Clare where you will meet the locals, enjoy the scenery and sample the local music.

The week of cultural tours ends with a trip to Atlantic coast and to Milltown Malbay. Meet with a local guide at the 'Music Makers of West Clare' with Oidhreacht an Chlair. The tour visits the grave of legendary musician Willie Clancy and is followed by a music session with local musicians at the Community Centre in the village. Willie Clancy, born in 1918 is one of the county’s best known pipes player and is the inspiration for the annual Willie Clancy Summer School.  Following the music session the tour returns to Ennis town.

The ticket includes coach transfer and entrance into a Riches of Clare Lunchtime Concert at chosen location or a local music session. Participants will also receive a complimentary Visit Clare welcome pack including a Riches of Clare music CD. You will be met at each location by a local guide. All tours will depart at 10:15am from the car park at glór.

Sunday 20 August, Children’s Performance 12pm, €8/€4 Under 18's Leath/Leath ticket
Sunday 20 August, 9pm, €22*


presented by glór

  • The children’s Performance at 12pm is suited to those aged 5+
  • The evening Performance at 9pm will be a standing event with support from Síomha Brock and Band

All hailing from the west coast Moxie are: Cillian Doheny, (tenor banjo/guitar), Jos Kelly, (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche, (button accordion), Ted Kelly, (tenor banjo), and Paddy Hazelton, (percussion).
Moxie’s music has a solid traditional backbone, inspired and shaped by the surrounds of the west of Ireland, but with progressive, world and jazz influences creeping in, Moxie’s music makes for a truly heady and distinctive sound and puts them at the forefront of new acoustic music from Ireland. They also provided the music for the sensational Prodijig, The Revolution which performed a 3 week sell-out run in Cork.

With their unmistakable approach, Moxie is a firm festival favourite in Europe, America, Australia and beyond, and they have built a reputation for their highly charged live performances.

Irresistible, revolutionary energy’   The Irish Times *****

Streetwise, fast moving, clever…full of superb moments’  Irish Examiner **


This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).

Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out.*

*Please note Leath/Leath tickets are only available for the 12pm Moxie Performance

Sunday 20 August at the Fleadh Dome, 7pm, €20

Senior Céilí Band Competition (SOLD OUT)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

One of the hottest tickets at the Fleadh so do book early.

All roads lead to the Dome for a fantastic night of ceol and competition. There is nothing quite like the Senior Ceili Bands as they battle for All Ireland glory. From the days when The Tulla and The Kilfenora used to wage musical war against each other, this competition never fails to weave a spell over Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The Dome promises to be a spectacular setting for this spine tingling event.


Sunday 20th August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 10pm, €15

Seo Linn

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Seo Linn is an energetic and fun young band with powerful originals and a unique take on contemporary songs with a particular passion for Gaeilge.

Not only have they had continuous success with their involvement in Coláiste Lurgan’s famous YouTube videos, with which they have now garnered upwards of 18 million views, but they have also brought their music all over Ireland and across the seas to places including Boston, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and even to Uganda with Gorta Self-Help Africa.

Please note that this is a standing event for ages 18+.

Monday 21st August at the Fleadh Dome, 1pm, €22

Socks in the Frying Pan

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and onstage wit will entertain and delight. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues! The Socks come home but they won’t be putting their feet up!

Monday 21st August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 3pm, €15

Finbarr Dwyer Remembered

As part of the events celebrating the music and legacy of the music icon Finbarr Dwyer this star-studded concert with over 25 accordion performers will celebrate the much-loved legendary traditional Irish accordion player and composer whose reworking of familiar tunes has been a source of fascination for many accordion players.

Monday 21 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €22.50

Fleadh Farewell

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Join us for the final fling as we say Farewell to the Fleadh – you will be in excellent company – Bofin to Burren, Séan Keane, John Carty, Noel Hill & Liam O'Connor, Don Stiffe, Joanie Madden and Kathleen Boyle, Kevin Crawford & Dylan Foley, The Shandrum Céilí Band, Seamus Begley & Oisín MacDiarmada and many, many more.....

Wednesday 13 September, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc./€9 Under 18s

Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson & Mick Daly (Ireland)

presented by Music Network

  • Cathy Jordan - voice/bodhrán/bones
  • Jarlath Henderson - uilleann pipes/whistle/voice
  • Mick Daly - guitar/5-string banjo/voice     

Breath-taking interpretations of traditional songs” – The BBC on Cathy Jordan
A remarkable player of uilleann pipes and whistles… one of the heroes of the new Celtic folk scene” – The Guardian on Jarlath Henderson
Highly talented” – Folkworld on Mick Daly

Prepare to be entranced as three of Ireland’s most inventive singers offer up some stunning new interpretations of well-worn songs, with stirring instrumental playing and more than a little theatrical energy thrown into the mix.
Noted for her earthy yet ethereal vocalisations and deceptively powerful voice, Cathy Jordan’s irrepressible energy and powerful stage presence have captivated audiences worldwide. Lead singer of trad supergroup Dervish, Jordan has performed thousands of concerts in over 40 countries, including gigs at the Great Wall of China and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.

For this unique tour, she is joined by Mick Daly, founder member of the ground-breaking group Four Men and a Dog, and Jarlath Henderson, youngest ever winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Daly is an exceptional singer in addition to being a virtuoso guitarist and 5-string banjo player, while the Tyrone-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Henderson has won widespread acclaim for his playing alongside such luminaries as Lau, Capercaillie, Paddy Keenan, Salsa Celtica, the Peatbog Faeries and Wolfstone.


This event comes under the Music Generation Clare Leath/Leath Go See! Scheme which supports the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events.  Music Generation Clare is working with venues and festivals throughout the County, to provide tickets discounted by 50% to enable young people under the age of 18 to attend live music performances, (bookings must be accompanied by one adult).

Whenever you see this logo, Leath/Leath Go See! tickets are available, so don’t miss out.

Thursday 21 September, 8pm, €20/€18 Conc.


presented by Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland

Co-directed by Jonathan Kelliher and Sue-Ellen Chester MacCarthy

Co-commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Anam, (meaning soul), brings together the skills of four world-class step dancers from the US, Canada and Ireland in an exhilarating fusion of styles.

Authentic and raw, this percussive dance piece explores the similarities and differences between the dancers, each with their own distinct hard shoe style.  Anam celebrates the dance’s essential spirit, yet injects it with fresh energy to create something new.  Featuring dancers Matthew Olwell, Jonathan Kelliher, Nathan Pilatzke and John Fitzgerald. This uplifting production is performed to live music and song composed by acclaimed Irish musician Fergal Ó Murchú, along with musicians Mikey Smith and Joseph McNulty.


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 22 September, 5pm, Free of Charge

Culture Night: Pádraig Rynne, Elaine Hogan & Tara Breen (SOLD OUT)

as part of Culture Night 2017

  • Pádraig Rynne – Concertina
  • Elaine Hogan - Harp
  • Tara Breen - Fiddle

In a Culture Night treat, glór presents a stellar line-up of musicians for an early evening performance. Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today. With a passion for experimenting with diverse genres, Pádraig is recognised for his refreshing explorations into the Irish Tradition and beyond, and he has founded and worked with some of the most exciting ensembles in the music scene today.  Harpist, Elaine Hogan is trained in both the classical and traditional genres, and has toured extensively, playing alongside many extraordinary musicians.  The line-up is completed by Tara Breen, a highly talented multi-instrumentalist who has played with The Chieftains both at home and abroad, and also tours regularly with Galician piper Carlos Núñez.

Please note that while tickets for this event are free, pre-booking is required as capacity is limited.

Tickets booked online will be subject to a €3 booking fee levied by our third party ticketing provider.

This is a Glór Friends event
Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm, €25

Johnny Cash Roadshow

The only show to be endorsed by the Cash family, and fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, recreates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring ‘June Carter’ along with 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 and all the stops in between. All the greatest hits are included, along with unmissable songs from every one of the five decade’s that the Man in Black’s career spanned. All this accompanied by evocative screen images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.

Clive’s resemblance is uncanny’ Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash

Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was’
‘absolutely authentic to the point where it felt as if it wasn't a tribute

Caitlin Crowell, granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash and Mrs. June Carter Cash

Saturday 14 October, 8pm, €22

MÓRglór Award Night 2017

a concert celebrating Geraldine Cotter

The 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.

glór’s annual award to celebrate outstanding contribution to traditional music has this year been awarded to Geraldine Cotter.

From Ennis, County Clare, Dr. Geraldine Cotter is a well-known tin whistle and piano player, teacher and researcher. Currently lecturing in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, she also taught for over ten years at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She taught music at secondary level for twenty-five years and teaches and performs regularly at summer schools internationally.

Geraldine comes from a family of musicians, including her brother Eamonn, well known flute player and manufacturer. Her mother Dympna, originally from Kilmihil, who taught piano in Ennis for over 60 years, was her first piano teacher. Her husband John Boyd and children Meadhbh, Cillian and Oisin are talented musicians. Geraldine has produced in excess of twenty albums as a recording artist, including her debut solo album Piano+. She is an accomplished piano accompanist and tin whistle soloist, and has performed with many extraordinary musicians over the years. She is a member of the Boruma Trio and Shaskeen.

More information on MÓRglór can be found here.

Early booking advised.

Thursday 19 October, 8pm, €20/€18 conc./€9 under 18's

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Bach on the Road

  • Peter Whelan - Director
  • Christian Elliott - Cello
  • Aoife NicAthlaoich - Cello
JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 3, BWV 1048, 10 min.
CPE Bach  Concerto for Cello in A minor with Christian
CPE Bach Bach Sinfonia in B minor WQ 182/5 Hamburg
Vivaldi Concerto for two celli in G minor RV 531
Purcell Midsummer Nights’s Dream
(The Fairy Queen Suite No. 1)

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are among the most perfect examples of the Baroque concerto. Few works match their tireless invention, their colorful instrumentation, or virtuosity.  CPE Bach’s popular Cello Concerto in A is a real gem. It offers cellist Christian Elliott plenty of clever challenges in the fast movements, while providing a slow movement of astonishing expressive intensity that transcends time, place, and stylistic formality. Pulsing rhythms and a wealth of dynamic contrasts grab and sustain the listener’s interest throughout. His Symphony in B minor is extremely Mozartian in style, full of unexpected harmonic turns.  Vivaldi’s sole Concerto for 2 celli is a stand- alone work performed by ICO cellists Christian Elliott and Aoife NicAthlaoich. Its electrifying opening leaves one in no doubt of its highly charged emotional content. The slow movement breathes an almost autobiographical sadness, while its frenetic finale will have you on the edge of your seat.   From the soaring pomp of Bach to the rhythmic elegance of the orchestral suite from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, the sound of the Baroque court provides a rich drawing board for this concert.

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.

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.

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.”