What's On

Sunday 9 July at La Vita Hair & Beauty Salon, 71, O’Connell Street, Ennis, 3pm & 4.30pm, €15

In Good Hands

presented by glór in association with Ennis Street Arts Festival 2017

Take a seat, would you like a cup of tea, a magazine while you're waiting? Don't worry - you're In Good Hands, a small hair salon on the Ennis Road in Ballybracken where people come for the cut and stay for the chats.

Performed in a working hair-salon, we invite you to join hairdresser Julie and her chatty client Lisa for a 60-minute interactive appointment of original songs and stories celebrating everyday intimacy, loneliness and our human need to connect.

Friday 21 July , 8pm, €35

Paul Brady

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is one of Ireland's most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues traditional Irish & classic pop styles into his songwriting.

His live performances, whether solo or with full band, include songs from his extensive catalog of 40 years. Often classified as a musicians' musician, Paul Brady's songs have been covered by a huge array of major artists. He began to write songs in the early 80s and has since forged a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest singersongwriters, releasing many popular and critically acclaimed records. Songs such as The Island, Crazy Dreams, Nothing But The Same Old Story, Nobody Knows, Follow On, The Long Goodbye, The Homes of Donegal and Paradise Is Here have, over the years, given joy and emotional sustenance to generations of Irish at home and abroad.

Soon after the release of ‘Hard Station’, his first album of his own compositions in 1981, his songwriting began to come to the attention of artists worldwide and his first ‘cover’ came the following year when Carlos Santana recorded ‘Night Hunting Time’. Since then his songs have been sung by many international artists including Tina Turner, Cher, Carole King, Art Garfunkel, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Cliff Richard, Trisha Yearwood and Phil Collins and, closer to home, Ronan Keating, Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, Maura O’Connell, Liam Clancy and Mary Black.

In November 2015 Paul was awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland which was presented by The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Early booking strongly advised.

Thursday 10th August at The Marquee , 7.30pm, €20

Café Style Concert.

part of the Feakle Festival

An intimate café style concert of music and song. Ticket price includes a glass of wine and a sample of  local artisan food.

Featuring: 

Lily O’Connor and Rosa Carroll accompanied by Eoin O'Neill: Lily is a young talented concertina player and harpist from Ballygriffey near Ennis. Rosa is a gifted fiddle player from Feakle. They have been playing music together since the ripe old ages of 10 and 11.  They will be accompanied by Eoin O’Neill a bouzouki player from Clare (though originally from Dublin, he's now fully integrated in the Clare session scene) who won the MÓRglór award in 2015. He is a gifted musician, and great promoter of traditional Irish music.

Out the Gap: an exciting young musical ensemble featuring Kevin Carey, Amy McNamara, Gearoid McNamara, Pamela Queally and Colm Slattery. Coming from Counties Clare and Tipperary and recently repatriated from Chicago, there is a wonderful mix in this group. Combining many different influences and playing traditional Irish music just for the pleasure of it.

Helen Hayes and Katie Greene: Local traditional singer Helen is joined by her daughter Katie. Katie sings from a varied repertoire including traditional and sean-nós as well as putting a unique interpretation to many contemporary songs.

Therese McInerney and Brian Donnellan: Therese is a fiddle player, singer, teacher and composer from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare who will be joined by local talented musician Brian Donnellan on concertina and piano. 

Jack Talty and Cormac Begley: Jack and Cormac carry a wealth of musical heritage from west Clare and west Kerry respectively. The masterful weaving of regional styles inherent in their duet playing, ranging over five octaves, has defined their inimitable and unmistakable duet sound. The combination of baritone and concert pitch concertinas allows a creative and playful freedom to explore a variety of tones and colours.

Danny O’Mahony and Liz Kane: Danny is a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. Danny’s is considered to be one of the finest accordion players with a musical style that is expressive and deeply personal. Liz is a much respected fiddle player from North Connemara. One half of the dynamic duet The Kane Sisters, Liz continues to forge a career as a dynamic musician and music teacher. Liz and Danny are true virtuosos of the tradition with masterful playing of music full of personality, from lively dance tunes to lamenting heartfelt airs.

 

Friday 11th August in St Mary's Church , 7.30pm, €30

Music Recital

part of the Feakle Festival

Featuring: 

Mary MacNamara Sorcha Costello and Geraldine Cotter:
Mary’s style of music is deeply set in the mellow rhythm and swing of east Clare. Her daughter Sorcha Costello has been playing music with Mary since before Sorcha can remember. Sorcha has inherited much of the east Clare style and while, like her mother, she has been acclaimed mostly as a solo musician both combined recently to release a duet album “The Lady’s Cup of Tea” described by Frankie Gavin as “Sincere, hypnotic and an overall delight”.  Mary and Sorcha will be accompanied by Dr. Geraldine Cotter. Geraldine Cotter is a tin whistle and piano player, teacher and researcher, currently lecturing in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Geraldine is in great demand and she has recorded on over 20 albums including her solo album.

Cherish the Ladies with Don Stiffe:
Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion, Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies create a performance that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals and captivating arrangements. The band will be joined by special guest Don Stiffe. Don is one of the most recent singer/songwriters to emerge on the Irish Folk Scene.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill:
Martin’s soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognised the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. He has toured and recorded with guitarist Dennis for over twenty years. Dennis has created a guitar style with a very precise use of rhythm and subtle use of harmonic colourings that amplifies the mood and power of the melodies in new and innovative ways.

Saturday 12th August in the Community Hall , 7.30pm, €20

Gala Concert

part of the Feakle Festival

Gala Concert featuring: 

The Brian Corry Band: Local musician Brian Corry (Whistles/Vocals), who learnt from East Clare legend Mary MacNamara has been playing since the age of five. Brian loves to put feeling and drive into his music which can be heard through his tremendous whistle playing with subtle hints of his jazzy soulful style. 

Laura Griffey, Ada Kenny and Eva Kenny:  talented step dancers from Kilfenora.

Seán Garvey: Seán is from Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, and has long been considered as one of Ireland's finest traditional singers, singing in both Irish and English.  He is also a highly accomplished player of guitar, flute and tenor-banjo.

Ryan Young and Dennis Cahill: Ryan is an emerging young fiddle player from Scotland - one of a 'new wave' of young players bringing fresh and inventive ideas to traditional Scottish music. Ryan's fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas. Ryan will be joined by renowned guitarist Dennis Cahill.

Andrew MacNamara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn: Andrew and Karen first met and played music together at the Feakle Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve played together on and off in Feakle, Galway and London. They have recently been joined by Karen’s husband, Liverpool pianist Pete Quinn, and the trio have played some high-powered sessions as part of the Feakle Festival at Pepper’s Bar each August.

The Raw Bar Collective: The band members are Conal Ó Gráda (flute), Benny McCarthy (accordion) and Dave Sheridan (fiddle), Nell Ní Chróinín (sean nós singer),) and Colm Murphy (bodhrán), With a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing, this ensemble present a vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish Traditional music. 

Sunday 13 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Series: Padraig Rynne, Mairin Fahy, Cillian King and Aoibheann Queally

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

This week long series of one hour lunchtime concerts, showcasing Clare’s finest concertina players, gets off to a fabulous start with the gifted young musician Pádraig Rynne. Joining Padraig will be Mairin Fahy, Cillian King and Aoibheann Queally.

Pádraig Rynne is a name that's been at the forefront of ground breaking projects in Irish and World music over the past decade.
Pádraig's musical vision has lead him to be involved in creating ground breaking projects such as Guidewires,  Dán, Triad – a trio with Breton flautists Sylvain Barou and world renowned musician and producer Dónal Lunny and Atlantic I/O - a collaboration between pop and world music.

Pádraig's band NOTIFY is signed to Ropeadope Records and has had chart success with both the debut 2014 release and their 2016 release In Concept.  The debut album was nominated by The Irish Times as one of the top 5 releases in 2014.
 

Sunday 13 August, 8pm, €22.50

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Don’t miss Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill - the most sought-after duo in Irish music today. They have wowed audiences all over the world for nearly 20 years and this concert will be no exception.

 Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are, without doubt, the most sought-after duo in Irish music today. Founder members of the super-group, The Gloaming, they have recorded a number of award-winning albums together, and have wowed audiences all over the world for nearly 20 years.  Martin and Dennis met in Chicago in the 1980s. They formed the jazz/rock/fusion band, Midnight Court, which allowed them to experiment with a variety of new music styles.

When Martin reclaimed his traditional roots, reinvigorated, and after recording two solo albums, he began a new musical relationship with Cahill, beginning with the lyrical music of East Clare. They played long, sometimes thirty-minute, multi-tune sets in their  concerts, starting from the simplest of melodies, building in intensity, but never abandoning musicality and ideas.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Monday 14 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Series: Hugh Healy, Colm Healy, Padraic O’Reilly & Conor O’Loughlin

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

A series of hour-long lunchtime concerts, showcasing Clare’s finest concertina players. The Monday concert features Hugh Healy from Corofin. He will be joined by his brother Colm on accordion and by Pádraic O’Reilly on piano.

Hugh Healy is a concertina player from Corofin Co. Clare. He has played in Clare with many musicians, among those his brothers Colm on accordion and Eric on fiddle. Hugh recorded his first CD Macalla na  Óige in 2004 with his brother Colm, his second CD, We Were Drinking and Kissing the Ladies, was with Blackie O’Connell in 2010. He has taught at many festivals such as the Willie Clancy, Tubbercurry, Meitheal, Mrs Crotty, Consairtín and Scoil Eigse, to name a few.

Monday 14 August, 3pm, €20

Fleadh studio performances at glór: Sean Keane (SOLD OUT)

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann presents a series of specially curated performances in glór’s intimate Studio space.

On Monday 14th August we welcome Sean Keane with a special performance of his one man show, Granny's Suitcase. Hear him sing the songs collected and saved by his grandmother. This is a show for anyone interested in singing the traditional way - just the human voice. The Studio is an intimate space so tickets will be limited.  Book early to avoid disappointment.
 

Monday 14 August at Dánlann an Chlair, 6pm, €15

In Tune for Life Orchestra

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Inspirational traditional Irish music youth orchestra of over 80 young people from North Tipperary who perform under the guidance of accordion player Ned Kelly. You’ll come away with a zest for life!

Monday 14 August, 8pm, €20

Tribute to the Joe’s

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Featuring Frankie Gavin, Conor Connolly & Padraic O'Reilly, with special guest Joe Burke

Frankie Gavin pays tribute to the accordion players that influenced him greatly in his musical life - Joe Cooley, the recently passed away Joe Derrane, and the living legend Joe Burke, in this unique event specially convened for Fleadh Cheoil 2017.

Tuesday 15 August, 10am - 3pm, €15

East Clare Musical Way

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.

This coach tour of the Tulla & Feakle areas takes you along the East Clare Musical Way. This area is renowned as one of the richest areas of traditional music. The tour passes the homesteads of 22 East Clare musicians, singers and dancers who are responsible for passing on the areas unique style music and tradition. After this scenic trip through lush natural landscape the tour arrives at Cnoc na Gaoithe Cultural Centre where you will be met by members of Tulla Comhaltas. The day trip concludes with a Riches of Clare Music Concert at the Tulla Courthouse, followed by return trip 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.

Tuesday 15 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Series:Tim Collins, Damien O’Reilly, Padraic O’Reilly, Caoifhionn Ni Fhrigil

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

A series of hour-long lunchtime concerts, showcasing Clare’s finest concertina players. The Tuesday concert features Tim Collins, widely acclaimed as one of the great anglo concertina players and tutors of modern times. He will be joined by Damien and Padraic O’Reilly.

Tuesday 15 August, 3pm, €20

Fleadh studio performances at glór: John & Maggie Carty

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann presents a series of specially curated performances in glór’s intimate Studio space.

On Tuesday 15th August we welcome John Carty, one of the finest names in Irish traditional music, who will be joined by his daughter, Maggie, herself an accomplished banjo player and by traditional singer and guitarist Shane McGowan. This father and daughter gig offers the audience an insight into a living and evolving tradition that spans at least four Carty generations.

Tuesday 15th August at Danlann , 6pm, €15

The Boruma Trio

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

The Boruma Trio is a unique and exciting musical ensemble, which successfully unites the two stylistic musical traditions of East County Clare and North County Tipperary. Featuring fiddle player Eileen O' Brien from North Tipperary, accordion player Andrew MacNamara from East Clare and on piano and tin whistle Dr. Geraldine Cotter from Ennis. Special guests Eamon Cotter, Karen Ryan & Pete Quinn

Tuesday 15 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €15

Fleadh Showcase

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

This concert is also supported by Music Generation Clare

The massive dome in the centre of Ennis which can accommodate 2,000 people is back! This will be the setting for a series of concerts and the Senior Céilí Band Competition . The first concert will showcase upcoming Trad talent including the newly formed Clare Youth Trad Orchestra and Dúchas the and place will be hoppin’.

Up to 70 Clare teenage traditional musicians in the first Clare Youth Trad Orchestra will premiere at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 under the baton of Director, Padraic O’Reilly. Young people from across the county were invited to become involved in this innovative project. The orchestra is open to all instruments including unusual instruments like the cello, double bass, brass etc.
The initiative, supported by Clare Arts Office, Music Generation Clare and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, enables young people to be involved in the orchestra free of charge. They will have the honour of being the first group to perform at the Shannon Aerodome at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Dúchas is a group of eight energetic young musicians from Co. Clare. Their passion lies in traditional music and they have been playing together for almost a decade in 'The Burren' Groups and Bands, led by Garry Shannon. Having formed just over a year ago, Dúchas has already won Siansa Gael Linn 2017 and performed at Consairtín, the National Concertina Festival.
All of the group members hold Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann medals, in solo or group competitions, or both. Their dynamic sound stems from their youth, fusing the ideas of pop and modern music with trad.

Tuesday 15 August, 8pm, €20

G’wan the Town!

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

In the last decade, Ennis has quite rightly been described by many as the mecca of traditional music, and the town has always had a strong native population of musicians, going back many generations. G'wan the Town! is a celebration of this with over 40 of the finest Ennis musicians, singers and dancers sharing the same stage, including Kieran and Mike Hanrahan, Paul Roche, Seamus and John McMahon, Dermot Lernihan, Eamon and Geraldine Cotter, Johnny and Conor McCarthy plus a host of others, for what promises to be a wonderful night of music, nostalgia and fun.

Wednesday 16 August, 10am - 3pm, €15

Burren Music and Walk

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 day trip gives offers a taste of North Clare and the famous Buren region of Clare. Arrive in the heart of the Burren National Park for a guided stroll through the karst limestone and unique landscape. Following the walk the trip continues by coach to Corofin Village where visitors can explore The Burren Heritage Centre. A short stroll through the village take you to Teach Cheoil, Corfin for a Riches of Clare Concert before returning to Ennis.

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.

Wednesday 16 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Lunchtime Series: Edel Fox, Neill Byrne & Jack Talty

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

A series of hour-long lunchtime concerts, showcasing Clare’s finest concertina players. The Wednesday concert features Edel Fox, one of the most accomplished Irish musicians of her generation.  She will be joined by Neili Byrne and Jack Talty.

Wednesday 16 August, 3pm, €20

Fleadh studio performances at glór: Don Stiffe & Frank Kilkelly

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann presents a series of specially curated performances in glór’s intimate Studio space.

On Wednesday 16th August we welcome Don Stiffe & Frank Kilkelly. Don is a passionate and talented singer whose impressive performance style has moved audiences all over the world and brought critical acclaim and awards both at home and abroad.  He will be joined by the highly regarded guitarist Frank Kilkelly. The studio is an intimate space with limited seating so book early.
 

Wednesday 16 August at Dánlann an Chlair, 6pm, €15

Liz Kane, Danny O’Mahony and Gatehouse

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

North Connemara meets North Kerry as musicians Liz Kane and Danny O’Mahony join forces. Their masterful playing will delight.  They will be joined by Roscommon based Traditional group, Gatehouse.

Wednesday 16 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €25

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Expect an exciting and energetic performance from one of the world’s most renowned trad bands –The Kilfenora Céilí Band.



This expertly produced show of high-spirited traditional music, energetic & athletic dancing choreographed by Michael Donnellan, melodious song with Edel Vaughan and witty storey-telling together with special guests, will get your hearts racing and your feet tapping in a way you never expected!

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

Wednesday 16 August, 8pm, €20

Téada - with support by fISHERSTREET

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Recent projects include Onóir – a 1916 centenary commemoration with composer Peadar Ó Riada and a Culture Ireland US tour as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

Support will be provided by fISHERSTREET. Originating from the vibrant Co. Clare music scene, fISHERSTREET comprises John McMahon, Seamus McMahon, Dermot Lernihan, Noreen O’Donoghue and Frank Cullen.

Thursday 17 August, 10am - 3pm, €15

Kilfenora Cathedral Concert

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.

This tour begins with a trip to North Clare stooping off at the town of Lisdoonvarna. Originally famous as a Victorian Spa town and more recently as the home of The Matchmaking Festival. The coach is met by a local guide who will take visitors to see the Spa Wells and impart the history of the town and its reputation for tourism, music and natural heritage. From Lisdoonvarna the tour continues to Kilfenora, the home of the renowned Tulla Céilí band.  Here at Kilfenora Cathedral enjoy a Riches of Clare music concert before heading back 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.

Thursday 17 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Lunchtime:Mary MacNamara, Sorcha Costello & Sinead Mulqueen

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Consairtín an Chláir lunchtime series is a showcase of some of the best of Clare's concertina players. 

The Thursday concert features renowned musician and teacher Mary MacNamara from Tulla in East Clare.  Mary will be joined by her daughter Sorcha Costello and by special guest Sinead Mulqueen.

Thursday 17 August, 3pm, €20

Fleadh studio performances at glór: Mike Hanrahan & Sharon Howley

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann presents a series of specially curated performances in glór’s intimate Studio space.

On Thursday 17th August we welcome songwriter Mike Hanrahan who sings his songs with cellist Sharon Howley. The show will feature some of the hits from Stocktons Wing, songs from Mike’s solo recordings and some exciting new collaborations from two very talented and creative artists. The studio is an intimate space with limited seating so book early.

Thursday 17 August at Dánlann an Chlair, 6pm, €15

Meitheal Orchestra and Bygone Lane

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

The Meitheal Orchestra, made up of top-class young trad players share the evening with Bygone Lane, a new band with an exciting sound. See what the future holds for Irish traditional music.

Thursday 17 August, 8pm, €20

Noel Hill, Liam O’Connor & Jack Talty - With support by Moher: Anne Kirrane & Garry O’Briain

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Three of the finest exponents of their instrument come together for a not-to-be-missed performance. Noel Hill is regarded as the primary reason for the renaissance of the concertina in Irish music whilst Dublin fiddler Liam O'Connor has, since his early teens, been marked out as one of a new generation of fiddlers to bring fiddle playing to a new level. Accompanying them will be Jack Talty, one of the most sought after accompanists in traditional music today, and a mighty concertina player to boot.  

Support will be provided by all-Clare band Moher, with songs by the wonderful Ann Kirrane, accompanied by Garry O'Briain.

Thursday 17 August at the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €25

From Clare to Here - Lunása with special guests Ralph McTell, and the Máirtín O’Connor trio

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Lúnasa 20th Anniversary celebration with special guests Ralph McTell, and the Máirtín O'Connor Trio.

Instrumental supergroup Lúnasa brings state-of-the-art infectious Irish music , the Máirtín O'Connor Trio will have your feet lepping while gifted singer-songwriter Ralph McTell will take us on a magical music journey – From Clare to Here comes home!

Friday 18 August, 10am - 3pm, €15

Kilrush Town Heritage & Music

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.

Travel by coach west towards the coast and meet with a local guide at the scenic Kilrush Marina. Kilrush is at the centre of the rich and diverse coastal landscape of the West Clare Peninsula. Follow the town walking trail passing Glynn’s Mill, the Maid of Eireann Statue and the Market House while learning about the musical highlights of the area including the stories of famous musicians Mrs Crotty and Tomas Madigan. The walk ends at Teach Cheoil to enjoy a Riches of Clare concert before departing for the return trip to Ennis.

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.

Friday 18 August, 1pm, €8

Consairtín an Chláir Series: Chris Droney, Francis Droney, Aine Droney & Garry O’Briain

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Consairtín an Chláir lunchtime series is a showcase of some of the best of Clare's concertina players. 

A series of hour-long lunchtime concerts, showcasing Clare’s finest concertina players. And they don’t come any finer than the living legend Chris Droney from Bellharbour.  Chris will be joined in concert by Francis Droney, Áine Droney and Garry O’Brien.

Friday 18 August, 3pm, €20

Fleadh studio performances at glór: Emer O’Flaherty, Paddy Mulcahy and Angelo Heart

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann presents a series of specially curated performances in glór’s intimate Studio space.

On Friday 18th August we welcome 2017 winners of the International Pan Celtic Song Contest, Emer O'Flaherty Paddy Mulcahy and Angelo Heart, who will perform an eclectic mix of bilingual, indie-jazz-trad fusion pieces to make you think.

The Studio is an intimate space with limited seating so book early.

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 the Fleadh Dome, 8pm, €25/€12.50 Under 18's

Legacy

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Commissioned by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, featuring The Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland and some of Ireland's best musicians, singers and dancers, ‘Legacy’ traces the roots of the tradition where generations of Irish men and women nurtured our music and song, language and stories to leave us with the vibrant, living legacy of our Irish traditional arts today.

’Legacy’, featuring the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland and special guests, will take you on a journey through the musical and cultural landscape of Ireland honouring some of the great men and women who have helped shape and define our tradition down through the generations. Inspired by some of the our greatest tunes and songs, Legacy will also feature newly composed music by Tom Doorley and will be scripted and directed by Ray Conway.

The Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland is made up of over sixty of the finest young traditional and classical musicians from 20 different counties in Ireland and from the U.K.  The orchestra was first formed by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in the late 1980s and has always attracted the most gifted young Irish musicians and singers.
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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.

 

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.

Friday 18th August at Treacy’s West County Hotel, 10pm, €25

Stockton’s Wing

as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Always so special to enjoy Stockton’s wing on their home turf. Magic made in Ennis!

Stocktons Wing began their career in Ennis sometime in 1977 with Kieran Hanrahan on banjo , mandolin and harmonica, Paul Roche on Flute and whistle, Maurice Lennon on fiddle, Tommy Hayes on Bodhran, spoons and bones and Tony Callinan on guitar and vocals.

The name Stocktons Wing came from a Bruce Springsteen song, “Backstreets” from the album “Born to Run”: 
Slow dancing on a moonlit street at Stocktons Wing, where desperate lovers park to meet the last of the Duke Street kings.”

The band signed a deal with Tara records after winning the Trad section of a music contest in Limerick. A group called U2 won the rock section.

The Current line-up includes Mike Hanrahan, Paul Roche, Tommy Hayes, Steve Cooney, Tara Breen and Karol Lynch.

This is a seated event for ages 18+.

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

The Speks (for ages 2+)

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

Beoga

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, 10am - 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*

Moxie

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 special guest support


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 **

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

Senior Céilí Band Competition

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.

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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.

Anam

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.

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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 22 September, 5pm, Free of Charge

Culture Night: Pádraig Rynne, Elaine Hogan & Tara Breen

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.

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 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.”