What's On

Exhibition: Friday 7 September – Saturday 27 October, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge
Launch: Friday 21 September as part of Culture Night,

Adam Pomeroy: Nocturne

presented by glór

glór presents an exhibition of new work by Adam Pomeroy.

Adam is a one of Ireland’s leading contemporary figurative artists and his work has been shown widely in Ireland and the UK. Paintings from his biblical series can be seen in Galway and Ennis cathedrals, and have also been shown in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The work in Nocturne is concerned with minimalist realism, paring down representation to the essential without sacrificing the integrity of the subject. Nocturne is as much about what is not painted as what is.

A stillness pervades his work…He casts a melancholy spell, but the work is far from gloomy. In his concentrated attentiveness there is also a delight in sheer vitality.’ Aidan Dunne, Irish Times

A Dementia Friendly Exhibition Tour for People Living with Dementia & their Family, Friends & Carers will take place on Thursday 18th October at 11.30am. Please pre-book with Sinéad Cahill on 065 6845370 or scahill@glor.ie 

Sunday 21 October, 8pm, €30

Harlem Gospel Choir

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America's premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

Deeply rooted in the history of the African-American slave trade, black gospel music can be traced back to the 1700s when African slaves brought their unique African musical heritage to America and combined it with their new faith - Christianity. Out of the hardship and the trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it. Blues, Soul, and Rock-and-Roll...they all have origins in black gospel music. Harlem Gospel Choir presents modern gospel classics as performed in the black churches of Harlem today.

Harlem Gospel Choir have performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, Andre Rieu, Damon Albarn, Pharrell Williams and most recently with JamieXX, Raury, KBS Korean Traditional Music Orchestra and Lang Lang, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Sia, Yolanda Adams, The 1975, Ibeyi, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Sledge and most recently at the 2018 Grammy Award Show with Sam Smith. They have performed for three Presidents (President Obama, President Carter and President Nelson Mandela), two Popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI), Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN General Assembly. They have recorded with Keith Richards, The Chieftains, Andre Rieu, The Night of the Proms, and Trace Adkins among many others.

Harlem Gospel Choir embodies the spirit of American Gospel. Every concert is infectiously enthusiastic; a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration! The Choir's rich harmonies & dynamic sound are "UNFETTERED & JOYOUS". Their harmonious songs of love and hope and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul, lift your spirit, and take your breath away!

Get ready to tap your feet, clap your hands, and even dance on stage to their high-energy, joyous and exuberant performance! 

Monday 22 October, 7pm, €8 adult/€6 child/€25 family of 4
Tuesday 23 October, 10am & 12pm, €5/teachers free

How to Catch a Star

presented by Branar Téatar do Pháistí

Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Téatar do Pháistí are proud to present How to Catch a Star.  This adaptation combines puppetry with a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire.  Directed by Marc Mac Lochlainn, Branar’s signature storytelling creates a show which reminds us all to follow our dreams.
“How to Catch a Star” is published by HarperCollins Children’s Publishers.

This image by Anita Murphy

Nonverbal show
For audiences aged 4+
Approx. 45 minutes

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Tráth dá raibh, bhí buachaill ann a bhí i gcónaí ag féachaint suas. Ba é rún a chroí réalt a bheith mar chara aige. Seo scéal a eachtra.


Tá ríméad ar Branar Téatar do Pháistí How to Catch a Star, bunaithe ar an leabhar clúiteach leis an údar Éireannach Oliver Jeffers, a chur i láthair os comhair an domhain.
San athchóiriú seo, stiúrtha ag Marc Mac Lochlainn, measctar an phuipéadóireacht le ceol nuachumtha draíochtúil ó Cholm Mac Con Iomaire. Cruthaítear seó le stíl scéalaíochta inaitheanta Branar, a mheabhraíonn dúinn uilig dul sa tóir ar ár mbrionglóidí.

Seó neamhbhriathartha.
Do lucht féachana 4 bliana d’aois agus níos sine.
Fad: Timpeall 45 nóiméad

Tuesday 23 October, 8pm, €7

Michael Inside

Dir. Frank Berry  |  2017  |  Ireland, UK
96 mins  |  Cert: TBC Not Subtitled

Frank Berry brings something of a documentarian’s rigour to the tale of Michael, a luckless 18-year-old who is misfortunate to be sent to prison. Vulnerable and alone, Michael is taken under the wing of a score-settling older prisoner. With deep humanity, Berry portrays a penal system that extends beyond the prison walls.

Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm, €10

Rice College Concert

The talented students of Rice College will grace the stage of glór this October with an entertaining mix of music, song, dance and drama. This annual extravaganza promises to be a special display of the wonderful and colourful artistic life of the students of Rice College.

A heart-warming night is promised.

Saturday 27 October, 2pm, free but ticketed

Rehearsed Reading of Buttshaft by Fergal McElherron

presented by Rough Magic

Buttshaft is the story of Fea and Caireen, struggling to raise a son with a cruel, painful lineage in the hinterland of Clare. It is a study of women’s need to love, possess, survive and ultimately to make choices based on instinct.  Featuring Ennis native Simone Kirby and directed by the award-winning Lynne Parker with music and sound design by Carl Kennedy. glór plans to present the full production in May 2019 and this is your chance to get a flavour of the play whilst in development.

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

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

presented by Rough Magic

By James Joyce
Adapted for the stage by Arthur Riordan

Rough Magic Arthur Riordan’s vibrant stage adaptation of James Joyce's seminal novel, brought to life by a dynamic new creative ensemble of actors and designers under Ronan Phelan’s direction.

The spiritual rebellion of Stephen Dedalus and his restless search for self-expression will be brought to life in a thrilling theatrical odyssey. Written during the political and artistic explosion of the early twentieth century, this is Joyce’s manifesto; the dazzling debut of Ireland’s epic re-inventor and architect of the English language.

Directed by Ronan Phelan
Set and Costume Design – Katie Davenport
Lighting Design – Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Design and Composition – Denis Clohessy

Please note:
Duration: 2hrs 30mins (incl. interval).
Suitable for 12yrs+ accompanied by an adult.
Contains scenes of mild sexual content.

Rough Magic is supported by the Arts Council

Sunday 28th October, 8pm, €20

The Don Baker and Rob Strong Band

Brothers in Arms Tour

Pat Egan Management is proud to announce a major Irish Tour featuring Don Baker and Rob Strong commencing at The Olympia Theatre on 6th of October.  Don and Rob are celebrating 50 years on the road and are currently recording a new album, a feast of Blues and Soul, entitled “Brothers In Arms” to accompany the tour.

Don is a prolific singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Sinead O’Connor, Declan O’Rourke, Finbar Furey, Liam Ó’Maonlaí while Bono has described him as “the best harmonica player in the world”. Don has also released a total of 15 albums during his career.  As an actor Don is best known for his roles in ‘In the Name of the Father’ alongside Daniel Day Lewis and as gangster Thomas Flynn in ‘Fair City’. He has published several books on how to play the harmonica which have been translated into many different languages.

Derry-born Rob Strong, performing on lead vocals and bass guitar, is another of Ireland’s living legends. Rob has been performing for five decades with a unique and sensational voice that saw him pull in huge crowds with one of the top showbands in the 60s, The Plattermen, and with his own band The Rockets in the 70s. Rob was even once offered the opportunity to join the world famous rockers Deep Purple. He also performs with his son Andrew Strong, lead singer of “The Commitments”.  They tour in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

The Don Baker and Rob Strong Band features one of Italy’s best keyboard players, Salvatore Urbano from Naples. Sal’ has recorded with Damien Dempsey, Brian Kennedy, Sinead O’ Connor and Eleanor McEvoy and is widely regarded as amongst the best in the business. He fuses the band’s Blues and Rock genres with creative flair while Hugh O’ Neill, one of Ireland’s finest drummers, keeps up a driving rhythm.  Don, Rob and the boys guarantee a great night of Rock n’ Roll.

Thursday 1 November - Saturday 1 December , 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge

Look Beyond

presented by See Change

Look Beyond – a photovoice research exhibition, will visit glór as part of its nationwide tour. The photography exhibition is the work of 16 people with lived experience of mental health difficulties. Look Beyond challenges perceptions of mental health in order to encourage positive conversation.
Look Beyond is the output of a photovoice research project conducted by Dr. Maria Quinlan and Dr. Etáin Quigley. Photovoice is a research and advocacy methodology which uses photography as a way of giving voice to people who often feel unheard and unseen in society.

The exhibition will be launched with a Talk by Ann Marie Flanagan on Thursday 1 November at 12pm. Ann Marie Flanagan is the Mid-West Regional Development Officer for SHINE - an organisation supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health. 

Classes start first week of November,

French Conversation for Adults and Exam preparation for Teenagers

presented by Alliance Française de Limerick

Classes start first week of November.

Maybe you lived in France, or previously taught French, maybe you want to progress in your job, or perhaps it is 'juste pour le plaisir'. You can now practice your french for 90 minutes every Friday (10.30-12pm). We will discuss the news, read and comment on newspaper articles...etc.

We also offer specialised preparation classes Leaving Cert exams on Wednesday (4.20-5.20pm), and  for the Junior Cert (to be decided).

Alliance Française de Limerick is the oldest Alliance Française in Ireland, set up in 1944. It has been promoting the French language and culture on a non- profit making basis in the Limerick region, and is now coming to Ennis!   All of our teachers are native French speakers, qualified and experienced at teaching French as a foreign language. Our small groups have a maximum of 12 students allowing you to feel at ease and benefit from more individual time with the teacher.

Our academic year runs from November to May and has two semesters. For the first semester (14weeks) prices are:
Adults classes (90min): €190
Teens classes (60min): €125

For more information and/or to book contact  Rachel on 061414818 or bonjour@aflimerick.org

Further details on www.aflimerick.org

Thursday 1 November, 8pm, €25

Michael English

with very special guest Louise Morrissey

Following the huge success of Michael’s previous Concert Tours, he brings his show to glór on Thursday November 1st with his very special guest Louise Morrissey.

Michael’s popularity has skyrocketed since going on the road with his band 4 years ago packing out venues all over Ireland & the UK for both concerts & dances. Michael & his talented band are renowned for their energetic performances & with Michael's musical talents he plays both his famous 'red piano' & accordion at his shows. He is dedicated to giving his followers an unforgettable show each time they see him. And with accolades like 'Best Country Dance Band' at The Irish Country Music Awards & 'Vocalist of the Year' at The Sunday World country Music Awards under his belt there is no stopping the Kildare man!

Friday 2 November in the Spás, 1.30pm, free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Deirdre O’Mahony - Anne Mullee

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists’ Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. First Fridays is a monthly series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and artists, this season curated by Deirdre O’Mahony.

Deirdre O’Mahony’s art practice is grounded in collaborative engagements with different rural publics and contexts. In Clare, She developed X-PO, a former rural post-office in Killinaboy as a social and cultural public exchange for different communities.

Anne Mullee is a curator, researcher and art writer based in Co. Clare. She is curator of The Courthouse Gallery and Studios, Ennistymon, whilst also maintaining an independent practice.

Friday 2 November, 8pm , €16/€14 Conc.

Bat The Father Rabbit The Son

Written and performed by Donal O’Kelly

Duration: 80 mins
Ages 12+

Dublin in the 1980s. Rabbit is a self-made haulage magnate. But something’s wrong. He cuts a deal with his underling Keogh to help him find his lost moorings. The quest is hampered by his dead father Bat, Citizen Army volunteer and pawn shop assistant, bubbling up. The struggle between father and son, past and present, imagination and reality, spans Dublin. Their voyage out of Howth and up the River Liffey builds to a climax described by The Guardian as ‘one of the strongest dramatic conclusions I’ve ever seen.’

An explosive exposition of the generation of Irish men that led us to Boom and Bust.

Post-show discussion with Donal O’Kelly.

BAT THE FATHER SHORT TRAILER from Clara Purcell on Vimeo.

Saturday 3 November, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 3 November, 8pm, €35

Paul Brady in Concert

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 and classic pop styles into his songwriting.
 
His live performances include songs from his extensive catalogue of 40 years, and he invites you into his world of songs and music in a way that will surprise in its intimacy, sense of fun and raw power.

Tuesday 6 November, 3pm & 8pm, €7

Western

Dir: Valeska Grisebach  |  2017
Germany, Bulgaria, Austria  |  119 mins
Cert: CLUB  |  Subtitled

A group of German construction workers sent to build a hydroelectric power plant set up camp on the outskirts of a remote Bulgarian village. Tensions within the group start to rise when former legionnaire Meinhard sets himself apart from his colleagues by making a connection with the villagers in this memorable contemporary western.

Thursday 8 November, 11am, €10 (Teachers Free)

Ger Carey Live: A Comic Journey inside the Teenage Mind

Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others.
Please book directly with Ger on 083-1190024 or see www.gercarey.com

Duration 100 mins

Friday 9 November, 6.30pm - 9.00pm, €55 (includes all materials)

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

We are delighted to welcome back this very popular workshop on Modern Calligraphy for Beginners.  A fresh and contemporary approach to the age-old skill of beautiful writing, this revived and reimagined style of calligraphy is already proving popular with type-lovers and wedding parties across the US and UK. During this workshop you will be introduced to the joys of writing with dip nib and ink by learning the basic techniques, letter forms and how to compose words and phrases.  The workshop fee includes a kit of all you need for the class and to continue practicing at home.

Early booking strongly advised.

Fee includes all materials: Starter Calligraphy Kit with pen holder, nib, calligraphy ink, guide sheets, paper, blotting paper.

Friday 9 November, 8pm, €30/€27 conc

Phil Coulter

Gold & Silver Days

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate.

Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties.  Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!

His new show, Gold & Silver Days, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity.  As he says himself, “It will be a different and interesting collection – some of the big hits alongside some that I thought should have been hits!  Some songs that meant a lot to my bank manager as well as some that simply meant a lot to me”.

An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every lover of good music.

Saturday 10 November, 10.30am & 12.30pm, €6

Sing to Me with Kyle Riley

For Ages 6 months - 6 years

Duration: 60 mins

Kyle Riley is back to get you and your little ones moving. Sing to Me features songs, some traditional children’s music and a little something for the adults. It’s an hour of engaging music filled with singing, percussive instruments, floating scarves and bubbles. For your under 7’s, your rock toddlers and the little boppers in between, it’s good fun for the whole family.

Saturday 10 November, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Saturday 10 November, 8.30pm, €30

Tommy Tiernan: Paddy Crazy Horse

SOLD OUT

Back on the road again Tommy Tiernan has a new show. He rants and raves, he dances and acts. He tries to be very silly and very serious at the same time. He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep grá for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. Using high theatricality and lots of dirty words, this is a fast paced and exuberant celebration of everything that’s wild, wrong and wonderful about being alive right here, right now. It is by turns clever and then really stupid. BE THERE !

Tommy writes a weekly newspaper column for the Sunday Independent, appears as Da Gerry in Derry Girls on C4, hosts his own improvised chat show on RTÉ and has performed all over Ireland and the world as a stand up comedian for the past 23 years.

Wednesday 14 November, 7.30pm , free of charge

Soundings with Tola Custy and Natalia Beylis

Join ground-breaking fiddler Tola Custy and sound artist Natalia Beylis as they present a performative installation, based on their experiences of Soundings – a new glór initiative. The performative installation will be the result of the artists sharing ideas, and collaborating on new sounds and experimentation together.

Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm, €12/€10 Conc

La Traviata by Teatro Alla Scala

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Duration: 155 mins (Opera in three acts)
With Surtitles


A collaboration between American filmmaker Sofia Coppola and Italian haute couture king Valentino Garavani comes in the form of a revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera, La Traviata. Telling the story of tempestuous love and heartbreak, the elegant spectacle, captured live in HD from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma makes its way to the big screen at glór.

Friday 16 November in the glór Spás, 1pm, free of charge

Rithimí Nua

presented by glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

Duration: 40 – 50 mins

glór and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance will co-present another series showcasing emerging trad talent with a programme of free lunchtime concerts at glór. Curated by Irish World Academy's Director Sandra Joyce and her staff, these concerts will celebrate innovation and the development of traditional music and dance students in an informal setting.

Friday 16 November, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

The Matchmaker

presented by Michael Scott Productions

John B. Keane’s beloved hit comedy follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all parts of the country.  At the centre of this celebrated production is John B Keane’s marvellous and mischievous wit coupled by his unparalleled way with words.

John B. Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Saturday 17 November, 8pm, €22/€20

MÓRglór Award Concert 2018 - SOLD OUT

a concert celebrating Chris Droney

glór is delighted to announce that this year’s annual MÓRglór Award 2018 has been awarded to legendary concertina player, Chris Droney.

Chris was born in 1924 and has been playing music for almost eighty six years. He became Senior All-Ireland Concertina Champion nine times in the 1950s and 1960s and has played with several well-known céilí bands.

On Saturday 17 November, the people of Clare will come together to celebrate Chris Droney for his enormous contribution to Traditional Irish Music with a concert in glór featuring Chris’ friends and family, and some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers including The Kilfenora Céilí Band; Ann Kirrane; Garry O Briain; Francis Droney; Áine McGrath; Edel Vaughan; Vincent Griffin and many more.

MÓRglór is an acknowledgement and celebration by glór of the wealth of professional & semi-professional artists, alongside the talented individuals, groups and communities within the county, all of whom provide a vital stimulus for the growth and development of Clare’s unique culture.

This prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is curated by glór in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins as producer of the event, and who coordinated the original concert in 2013. An anonymous panel of traditional arts practitioners and experts, assembled by glór, invites an Awardee, fitting with the objectives and spirit of MÓRglór. The previous MÓRglór recipients were Corofin Traditional Music Festival (2014), Eoin O'Neill (2015), Frank Custy (2016) and Geraldine Cotter (2017).

Early booking advised.

Saturday 17 November in the Studio, 8.30pm, €12

Stephen James Smith featuring Enda Reilly

Performance poetry and live music

Acclaimed Writer, Poet and Performer Stephen James Smith proudly announces the forthcoming release of his debut book of poetry entitled ‘Fear Not’.
To launch it, he takes to the road for a 29 date live ‘My Ireland’ tour with special guest Enda Reilly.  He comes to glór on Saturday 17 November for an intimate performance in our studio.

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.  Stephen has performed at Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall and Vicar Street, as well as London Palladium, Glastonbury, and other events dotted across the globe.

Stephen has recently been  announced as Artist in Residence with Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Arts Office, where he will develop the first ever Laois Spoken Word Project for young people in the county. He has been translated into Irish, Spanish, Slovenian, Polish, Dutch and Italian.  Stephen’s debut collection of Poetry, Fear Not, is published by Arlen House with a launch due in Autumn 2018.

Enda Reilly is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Dublin - working in Irish as well as English.  He counts John Spillane, Kíla, Liam Ó Maonlaí, John Prine and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra among his collaborators.  Expect a truly special mix of spoken word and live music from himself and Stephen James Smith at glór.

Tuesday 20 November, 8pm, €7

Frantz

glór film season

Dir: Francois Ozon  |  2016  |  France, Germany
113 mins  |  Cert: CLUB  |  Subtitled

Ozon’s enthralling romantic drama, set in post WW1 Germany centres on a grieving woman, Anna, who finds a young Frenchman, Adrien, laying flowers at the grave of her fiancé. Revealing himself to be an old friend of Frantz, Adrien reignites a long departed joy in Anna.

Wednesday 21 November, 8pm, €20

Festive Food Demonstrations & Fashion

Enjoy an evening of Festive Food and Fashion hosted by Ciana Campbell with demonstrations by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and fashion on show by Annette’s Boutique. Kevin Dundon will demonstrate a range of dishes that will inspire you to get your Christmas apron on and cook up a storm! All proceeds go to the Ray of Sunshine Foundation, a Clare based charity that brings brings volunteers to Kenya to carry out building projects.

The Ray of Sunshine is a Co. Clare based registered charity that brings volunteers to Kenya to carry out building projects. In 2016 we built a Rescue Home for Girls used in the sex trafficking industry in Mombasa and in 2018 we built a similar home for boys. Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon travelled with us on our 2018 project and is a great supporter of our charity.

www.rayofsunshine.ie

Thursday 22 November, 8pm, €18/€16 conc.

Michael Harding: On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist

presented in association with Ennis Book Club Festival

Join best-selling writer and raconteur Michael Harding as he reads from his latest memoir, ruminates on the difference between psychotherapy and religion, and relates the story of his pilgrimage to Skellig Michael, in his ongoing search for meaning.

Harding’s latest attempt to find meaning in life is searingly honest, funny and self-deprecating” The Irish Times

a spell-binding and powerful book about the human condition, the narratives we weave around the self, and the ultimate bliss of living in the present moment.” Books.ie

Friday 23 November, 8pm, €20 adult/€12.50 child/Family 4 €50

St. Flannan’s and The Band of the 1st Brigade

St. Flannan’s College Trad club play host to The Band of the 1st Brigade, with proceeds from the event going to the College and to a local charity.  The event will also feature traditional musicians among staff and students. 
In addition to its military commitments, The Band of the 1st Brigade plays a major part in the musical and cultural life of the southern region of the country, regularly appearing at events and gaining an enthusiastic following, both at home and abroad.

Saturday 24 November, 10.30am & 12pm, €6

A Winter Wish at the Quiet Tree

presented by Ceol Connected

Duration: 45 minutes
For ages 3
+

Every winter in Whistleberry Forest, a little robin comes to visit and grants the creatures of the forest their very own wish - they can wish for whatever they want! From dripping icicles to gentle snowfall, the delight of skating on an icy river or flying high on a moonlit night, discover the mysteries of Whistleberry Forest in a mesmerising traditional music performance made for children.

Ceol Connected’s A Winter Wish is a wonderfully interactive sing-along musical adventure.

Saturday 24 November, 8pm, €28

Pat Shortt: Hey!

Pat Shortt returns with his brand new show, Hey! Following his recent sell-out successes, and fresh from starring roles in the hit play A Skull In Connemara and the film The Belly of The Whale, Ireland’s best loved comedian takes to the road with his latest quirky look at Irish life.

Featuring brand new material and sketches, this new show is a rogue’s gallery of odd ball characters, bizarre situations and even a song or two! 
Hey! delivers a peculiar take on modern life that only the unique imagination of Pat Shortt could conjure up.

Wednesday 28 November, 7.30pm, Pay what you feel on the night (bring cash!)

PlatForms

PlatForms is a recent glór initiative to support artists in creating new work – whilst providing insight for audiences into the development process and the choices that artists make. The event will be ‘scratch’ in style, with a selection of artists across art-forms sharing brief excerpts from their work-in-progress, with opportunities for audience responses and feedback. Three to four artists/groups of artists will present short excerpts of their work – followed by brief moderated discussions with the audience about what they have seen.

If you are interested in applying to take part in PlatForms, please click here for more information.

The audience are requested to reserve tickets in advance and then pay what they feel on the night (in cash!).

Please book your ticket in advance with glór box office.

Friday 30 November, 8pm, €24/€22 conc.

Ladies in the Blues

After sell-out shows at Cork Jazz Festival and standing ovations across the country, Ladies in the Blues takes you on a women’s journey through the blues.

From the gospel roots of the 1920s to vaudeville, jazz and blues rock - immerse yourself in songs by all those great women - Big Mama Thornton, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith and many more. Ladies in the Blues pays homage to these female artists who transformed the blues from local folk music into the art form it is today, bringing black culture into American main stream music.

Friday 30 November, 8.30pm, €12

Gearóid Farrelly

Gearóid Farrelly brings his brand of chatty stand-up comedy to glór, addressing everything from Trump to decluttering and explaining why you shouldn’t toilet train a cat!  Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world, supporting the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah Millican in the UK.
To be an audience member in Farrelly’s crowd is a joy. Each joke landed perfectly…. impeccable comic timing…’***** Broadway Baby

Saturday 1 December, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 1 December, 8pm, €22.50/€20

Hermitage Green

Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Hermitage Green have made a large impact in a short period of time. After having released their first full length album via SONY Ireland and watching it climb the charts with tracks like Quicksand, Not Your Lover, and Save Your Soul, the band has been touring internationally to sold out rooms across Ireland, the UK, Middle East, Australia and the US.

Now the band is back after having spent months in world renowned Rockfield Studios in Wales where their new recordings share company with the likes of Queen, Robert Plant and many others. With Grammy winning producer Matt Lawrence (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons) at the helm of this record, the band has created an EP entitled Gold & Rust consisting of 6 progressive sonic masterpieces. 2018 will see the band continuing to tour the globe.

“Gold & Rust - the title was inspired by a lyric that Darragh Griffin wrote in the song 'Bring It On Down'. I suppose as an album title it represents the many contrasts of being in a band in 2017. The ups and downs, highs and lows, whatever you want to call it... From playing the mainstage at Electric Picnic, to getting laughed out the door of a bank when looking for a mortgage. From walking out of a sold out Olympia Theatre in Dublin, to playing to 7 people in a town somewhere in the U.S. From telling your bandmates you love them and would do anything for them, to trying to kill your bandmates because they piss you off sometimes. 'Gold & Rust' is the dichotomy between the struggle and the absolute privilege of doing what you love for a living.” - Dan Murphy of Hermitage Green

Sunday 2 December, 3pm, €9

The Silver Branch

After two hugely successful screenings already this year, the demand to see the award-winning film 'The Silver Branch' continues.  It depicts the life and insights of the inimitable philosopher, poet, and fifth-generation farmer, Patrick McCormack, owner of ‘Fr Ted’s House’ in Kilnaboy in the beautiful, austere Burren.  Through Patrick’s eyes and pastoral verse, this beautifully shot film immerses us in the exquisite textures of the natural world in Clare, bringing us a rare glimpse of a disappearing way of life.  A must-see for anyone who lives in this county.  A must-see for anyone interested in an engagement with our environment and the natural world.

Dir: Katrina Costello
2016  |  Ireland  |  75 mins
 

Monday 3 December, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Clare Christmas Choir with special guests Hothouse Flowers

An evening of songs and stories raising awareness around the homeless crisis afflicting Irish society with special guests Hothouse Flowers.

Featuring:

  • Sarah Ryan
  • Angelina Peach
  • Aimee McInerney
  • Laura Mulcahy
  • Suzanne Murphy
  • Fiddle Case
  • Three Women Sing
  • Katie Theasby
  • Steo Wall
  • Claire Watts
  • Shona Blake
  • The Clare Christmas Choir under the baton of Sarah Ferrigan

All profits from this event will be donated to Molloy’s Butchers and used for the Christmas Dinner for the Homeless in Clare

Tuesday 4 December, 3pm & 8pm, €7

Lucky

glór film season

Dir: John Carroll Lynch  |  2017  |  USA
88 mins  |  Cert: CLUB  |  No Subtitles

This award-winning first feature from actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch, (Fargo, Zodiac), allows Harry Dean Stanton to shine as 90-year-old Lucky, an atheist seeking the meaning of his life. Stanton's final on-screen performance is funny, touching and beguiling, and all the more poignant in the knowledge that he passed away just days before the film’s US cinema release.

Wednesday 5 December, 8pm, €25

A Night With The Stars Christmas Special

Back by popular demand 'A Night With The Stars Christmas Special' returns with 5 of Irelands top Country attractions all on one super show which features Declan Nerney, Patrick Feeney, Ray Lynam, John Hogan and the energetic Michael Collins, who each will showcase toe tapping classics with a festive sprinkle all in the company of Irelands top band Keltic Storm. This is a rare chance to see so many great acts on one stage!

Early booking advisable.

Thursday 6 December, 8pm, €30

Seán Keane: Christmas by the Hearth

Seán Keane returns to glór with his Christmas by the Hearth show, where he will perform songs from his new album, Gratitude, recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Seán continues to find new songs to go along with classics like Isle of Hope Isle of Tears, Home away from Home, and many more favourites.

This show will start the Christmas season in style with Seán adding to the festive mood with his versions of Oh Holy Night and Silent Night.

Friday 7 December – Saturday 19 January, 10am - 5pm daily, free of charge
Launch Friday 14 December,

Mick O’Dea Selects…

presented by glór

Mick O’Dea Selects… is one of the most significant exhibitions of contemporary Irish art in recent years, and will open in glór this December. The exhibition is a return of the hugely successful glór Selects… series, which sees a renowned Irish artist curate an exhibition of artists whose work has influenced or inspired their own work.

For the 2018 Selects…exhibition, Ennis local and President of the RHA, Mick O’Dea has pulled together an extraordinary line-up of artists from the senior council of the RHA. Artists whose work will be on show in this landmark exhibition include Una Sealy, James Hanley, Blaise Smith, Colin Martin, Donald Teskey, Abigail O’Brien, Eithne Jordan, Carey Clarke, Geraldine O’Neill, Eilis O’ Connell, and of course work from Mick himself.

With a diverse mix of work including landscape, streetscape, portraiture, sculpture and still life, Mick O’Dea Selects… promises to be a unique and exciting exhibition of Irish Art, reflecting the vitality of contemporary art in Ireland, and is a must see exhibition.

A Dementia Friendly Exhibition Tour for People Living with Dementia & their Family, Friends & Carers will take place on Thursday 10th January at 11.30am. Please pre-book with Sinéad Cahill on 065 6845370 or scahill@glor.ie

Friday 7 December in the Spás, 1.30pm, free of charge

The First Friday Series curated by Deirdre O’Mahony - Matt Packer

in association with Clare Arts Office and The Artists' Resource Room

The Artists’ Resource Room is a visual artist-led community group providing a space for artistic dialogue in Co. Clare. First Fridays is a monthly series of talks and interactions with some of Ireland’s leading visual arts practitioners, both curators and artists, this season curated by Deirdre O’Mahony.

Deirdre O’Mahony’s art practice is grounded in collaborative engagements with different rural publics and contexts. In Clare, She developed X-PO, a former rural post-office in Killinaboy as a social and cultural public exchange for different communities.

Matt Packer is the Director of EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art and has curated numerous exhibitions in Ireland and internationally.

Saturday 8 December, 2pm - 4pm in the glór foyer, free of charge

Family Trad Session Series with Eoin O’Neill and Friends

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by special guests from the Clare music scene for these monthly family trad sessions.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up!

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December, 7:30pm, €15/€12 Conc.
Sunday 9 December, 2.30pm, €10

Elf Jr. the Musical

presented by Clare Youth Musical Society

Clare Youth Musical Society will fill you with Christmas cheer with Elf Jr the Musical!

Aela Daly takes on the title role of Buddy the Elf, made famous by Will Ferrell. The show follows Buddy’s journey from the North Pole all the way to New York to find his Dad, with a few adventures along the way!

Featuring catchy songs such as Happy All the Time, Sparklejollytwinklejingley, Never Fall in Love with an Elf, this Christmas show is perfect for all of the family!

Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm, €24/€20 concession/€14 child/Family of 4 €68

The Nutcracker

presented by Ballet Ireland

Ballet Ireland is delighted to tour The Nutcracker, one of the world’s favourite ballets, to audiences nationwide this season.

This Irish production of the festive classic, performed by an international cast of world-class dancers, appeals to audiences of all ages, with its fairy tale magic, Tchaikovsky’s beloved & sumptuous score, beautiful costumes, and a tale of wondrous adventure - combining to form one of the most delectable Christmas confections imaginable.

This holiday season, experience the beauty and magic with the whole family. After all, Christmas only begins once you’ve seen Ballet Ireland’s The Nutcracker!

"Luscious, luxurious and a sheer delight, The Nutcracker is a perfect Christmas treat" theartsview.com

Friday 14 December , 8pm, €32/€30 Conc./€30 Conc./€99 Family 4

Vladimir’s Viennese Christmas: 10th Anniversary Gala

With Vladimir's family, The Jablokovs, tenor Sean Costello, guest star soprano and Vladimir's musicians

Join violin sensation Vladimir as he adds a festive glow to some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era, together with a flurry of seasonal evergreens to get you set for the most wonderful time of the year.  These 10th anniversary concerts will feature Vladimir’s most memorable performances of the past decade, along with many new surprises. Vladimir will be joined by his parents, sister and brothers. The Jablokov's will be joined on stage by their hand picked musicians, tenor Sean Costello and more.

Vladimir grew up on in Bratislava, Slovakia in the family of musicians where both parents and 6 siblings played music together from a young age. 5 out of the 6 children decided to make music their professional career. 14 years ago Vladimir moved to Ireland. Starting with busking on Grafton street, he quickly moved on to performing concerts. Missing the family and their performances together he decided, in 2008, to re-unite them for his Viennese Christmas concert. Since then, the Jablokov’s meet every December in Ireland for the family gathering and have to date, performed for over 40,000 people here.

This year will be even more special as they open their family photo album and share memories of playing and celebrating together.  With music from the Strauss Family, Franz Lehar and Christmas songs and carols you know and love, this is the perfect start to the holiday celebrations.

Saturday 15 December, 8pm, €25

Foil Arms & Hog: Craicling

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been rescheduled from the advertised date of Saturday 8 September.

Former children and regular eaters, Foil Arms & Hog are back with the Irish premiere of their new show Craicling. The show has yet to be reviewed but when it is, it will be “utterly spellbinding” and “a triumph.”

Best known for their YouTube videos, (50 million online hits), their live show is what they’re most proud of. They’ve sold-out every year in glór since 2017, a run that must surely end, but hopefully not this year.

Quite simply, a sensation.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Sunday 16 December, 3pm & 7.30pm , €15/ €9 Child/ €45 Family 4/€50 Family 5

Sparks Hip Hop School of Dance Christmas Show

Sparks are delighted to present their Christmas dance extravaganza for all ages...hip hop and commercial dance crews breaking it up on stage for a vibrant, feel good show suitable for all the family. With dancers from as young as 3 and all the way up to adults, this performance promises to be a super Christmas treat!

Saturday 22, Sunday 23 Dec & Thursday 27 – Monday 31 December, 2.30pm, €15/€50 Family 4

Hansel and Gretel

presented by Pantaloons

Hansel and Gretel live with their father and stepmother in the village of Munchin Koffdropp. Their story involves various characters including a wicked witch, (but not too wicked!), a Forest Fairy and The Dame/Miss Daisy Demeanour, (Woo Hoo!!!). The tale comes to a nail-biting climax in a Gingerbread House, when Hansel and Gretel narrowly avoid being eaten, and the witch gets her just desserts!

Full of fun, lots of hisses and boos, lots of laughter, this is family entertainment at its best.  Oh, yes it is!

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Panto, and Pantaloons - now in their 16th year, have firmly established themselves as a wonderful family tradition in Clare.

Friday 4 January, 8pm, €32

Keith Barry

Keith Barry returns to glór with much anticipated brand new show 'Deception'.

Keith Barry is the world’s leading TV hypnotist, mentalist and brain hacker.  The internationally acclaimed Mind Magician is bringing 'Deception', his biggest and most spectacular production yet, on tour across Ireland this December 2018 to March 2019. Mind Control, Brainwashing, Subliminal messaging, Cults and every form of deception imaginable will be explored in this brand new show where Keith Barry will blur the line between reality and deception. If you want to laugh until your face hurts and be deceived badly then 'Deception' is for you.

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 January, 8pm, €27.50

The Kilfenora Céilí Band

and guests

Regarded by aficionados as the quintessential Irish céilí band, the Kilfenora Céilí band - together with singer Edel Vaughan, dancers Laura Minogue, Deirdra Kiely and world champions Michael and Matthew Gardiner - perform an uplifting, energetic and entertaining show, making this a must-see event this January weekend. Engaging, uplifting and utterly enjoyable, this legendary group take their rich musical heritage into the future with a show that is expertly choreographed, boasting highly rhythmic traditional tunes, together with beautiful songs and witty repartee.

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

Saturday 12 January, 11am, €7
Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12 ,

Documentary Day: Walk with Me

as part of Documentary Day at glór

glór is delighted to present a day devoted to the best Irish and international documentaries. Dive right in and immerse yourself in three gorgeous films, or choose from our film package: Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12

Dir:  Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis  |  2017  |  UK
94  mins  |  Subtitled

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk with Me is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years and with unprecedented access, this visceral film is a meditation on a community who have given up all their possessions for a monastic life in rural France.

Saturday 12 January, 12pm - 2pm, free of charge

Public Spinning

presented by the Mid-West Spinners and Textiles Group

We are a group of people who like to work with fibres and textiles.  We spin, weave, dye, knit, crotchet, felt and sew.

Anyone who likes to craft, regardless of experience is welcome to join us between 12pm and 2pm in the Spás at glór.

We would see these Saturdays as an opportunity to meet, chat and share skills and ideas.

Saturday 12 January, 1pm, €7
Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12 ,

Documentary Day: The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid

as part of Documentary Day at glór

glór is delighted to present a day devoted to the best Irish and international documentaries. Dive right in and immerse yourself in three gorgeous films, or choose from our film package: Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12

Dir:  Feargal Ward  |  2017  |  Ireland
76  mins  |  Not Subtitled

Thomas is a 55 year old Irish farmer who lives and works the farm of his ancestors. His next door neighbour is the world’s largest manufacturer of microchips and more land is required for expansion.

What begins as a story of one man’s struggle to hold on to his way of life and land, transforms into a universal exploration of a battle between principle and power.

Saturday 12 January, 3pm, €9/€7.50 conc.
Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12 ,

Documentary Day: Katie

as part of Documentary Day at glór

glór is delighted to present a day devoted to the best Irish and international documentaries. Dive right in and immerse yourself in three gorgeous films, or choose from our film package: Book all 3 Films for €18 or any 2 Films for €12

Dir:  Ross Whitaker  |  2018  |  Ireland
85 mins  |  Not Subtitled

Katie Taylor has won six amateur European championships, five world amateur championships and is an Olympic Gold Medal winner.  She turned professional after a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This film unravels the deeply personal reasons behind the career low and shows the champion’s grit and determination to start over as a professional.

Post-show discussion with Ross Whitaker

Saturday 12 January, 8pm, €23

Neil Delamere: Controlled Substance

Fresh from a sell-out tour, the star of BBC's The Blame Game and Soft Border Patrol, Neil Delamere, returns to glór with a brand new show. This time he thinks he has that whole "illusion of control" idea sussed.

Then again he would think that, wouldn't he?

'You'll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe.' ***** Scotsman
'One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine.' ***** Herald

Saturday 12 January in the glór Studio, 8.30pm, €14/€12 Conc.

The Whistleblower Out of Time Tour 2019

  • Cormac Breatnach: Whistles and voice
  • Daire Bracken: Fiddle and loops
  • Martin Tourish: Accordion
  • Luis Poveda: Images

This riveting one-hour show will weave distinct strands: film, dialogue, live music and images to allow the audience to experience a four-year artistic response by Cormac Breatnach arising out of a single traumatic event which affected him from the age of 13 into his adulthood. Breatnach’s brother - Osgur was one of three men wrongfully arrested, tortured and forced to incriminate himself for a crime he did not commit. The Sallins Mail Train Robbery Case in 1978 was the longest running trial in the history of the State.

 

Sunday 13 January, 8pm, €15

Clare Youth Trad Orchestra

Returning for the first time since their sell-out performance at the 2018 Munster Fleadh, the 90-strong collective from across the county will put their unique stamp on some trad favourites. This performance will be marked by new collaborations with some of trad music's leading touring musicians - watch this space!

All proceeds of this show will go to CMRF Crumlin and other leading charities.

Tuesday 15th January, 10.30am, Students €10 (teachers free of charge)

Caith Amach É

glór presents High Rock Productions Caith Amach É - a smash hit comedy based on the Leaving Cert Irish Oral Picture sequences. It’s a fast-paced, physical, comic sketch show covering each of the 20 picture sequences for the 2019 Leaving Cert.  High Rock productions Caith Amach é has been touring schools since 2011.  It has been seen by over 45,000 students in 26 counties. It has been acclaimed by students and teachers everywhere for the inspiring students to enjoy learning Irish. It’s is suitable for students of all levels of Irish.

Cuireann glór an seó Caith amach é de chuid High Rock Productions i láthair.  Seó grinn den cheád scoth bunaithe ar an sraith pictiúr don Ardteistiméireacht.
Clúdáitear gach sraith don Bhéaltriail 2019 i seó bríomhar barúil agus spreagúil, lán le stíleanna eagsúla drámaíochta: Ceol, púipéid, idirghníomhíocht agus aisteoireacht fhisiciúil. Tá cuairt á thabhairt ag High Rock Productions ar scoileanna le seacht mbliana anuas, ó bunaíodh an Seó i 2011 tá Caith amach é feicthe ag breis is 45,000 dalta, i 26 contae ar fud na tíre. Tá clú agus cáil ar an seó agus tá an-tóir  ag múinteoirí agus daltaí air, mar bhealach spraoíúil chun daltaí a spreagadh i dtreo na Gaeilge.

“Bhí an seó ar fheabhas ar fad. Mholfainn d’achan múinteoir Gaeilge sa tír triail a bhaint as, i bhfocal amháin iontach.
Caitríonna McElwaine, Coláiste Cholmchille, Ballyshannon

“Ní fhéadfainn and seó seo a mholadh go leor”
Darren Breathnach, Coláiste Pobail,  Castleknock.

Friday 18 January, 5pm , €9/€7 Child

Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev

presented by The Far Flung Trio

Duration: 45 mins
Suitable for all ages 


Peter and the Wolf is full of enchanting melodies and rich textures, topped off with Prokofiev’s colourful orchestration. This much loved gem is a universally familiar tale, suitable for children but also a sophisticated piece of music that will appeal to any age. The tale of Peter will be narrated by the Trio while playing.

Including an educational introduction to the music and the instruments, (violin, accordion and double-bass), and a post-show Q&A.

Friday 18 January, 8pm, €18/€16 Conc.

The Far Flung Trio

  • Katherine Hunka: Violin
  • Dermot Dunne: Accordion
  • Malachy Robinson: Double Bass

The Far Flung Trio performs an irresistible musical programme that is virtuosic, eccentric and charming in their signature style. The programme includes the seductive melodies of Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s mischievous Barber of Seville overture, jazzy tunes by Gershwin and an original work by Irish jazz giant Ronan Guilfoyle with lots more, all tailored by the Trio and delivered with panache and delight.

Saturday 19 January, 8pm, €30

Tommy Fleming

Voice of Hope II Tour

The Voice of Hope II tour will be a special collection of spiritual inspirational music together with Tommy’s usual songs. 

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'  and many more. While Tommy’s music may be difficult to classify, fans use such words as “deeply emotional, romantic and sincere” to describe the feelings it evokes. One reviewer described his music as falling into a genre of Symphonic Pop that still awaits a name.  He also toured & worked with the great Elaine Paige, Kenny Rogers, & Vince Gill in recent years.

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with each song more haunting than the next.  Don’t miss this special night of music.

Friday 25 January, 8pm, €30/€27 Conc.

Reeling in the Showband Years

Reeling in the Showband Years returns to glór for its record breaking 10th anniversary tour.

The show is a salute to the showband era and will bring you back to this magical musical period.  With an all-star cast including Red Hurley; Linda Martin; Gina from The Champions; host and compere Ronan Collins singing his renowned tributes to the great Joe Dolan as well as Eurovision hits; Keith and Lorraine McDonald; Dave Lawlor; Tommy & Jimmy Swarbrigg and The Conquerors Showband, this show is a musical treat with all the great songs of the showband era.

Saturday 26 January, 8pm, €30

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’ and more, have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years.

The band, formed in 1978, are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.

Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.

Friday 1 February, 8pm, €25

Sharon Shannon

Sharon Shannon, the button accordion player from Ruan, Co Clare, has recorded and toured with the Who's Who of the Irish and Global Music Industry; including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine ,Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan .  Her 12 studio recorded albums to date have all been very different and groundbreaking mixing traditional Irish with reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, rap, dance, African,French Canadian.

In March 2017, Sharon released her 10th studio album Sacred Earth. A ground breaking album once again from Sharon. Produced by Justin Adams,this album mixes Irish music with African and blues and features celebrated African Musicians Abass Dodoo and Seikou Keita as well as special guests including Finbar Furey and Alyra Rose.

It's not often Sharon does a big concert in her native Clare; so expect an extra special night in glór.

Saturday, 2 February 2019, 8pm, €30

Derek Ryan in Concert

Derek Ryan continues to maintain his position at the top table of Irish Country Music’s elite with his brand of original material and country classics. His album, ‘The Fire’ spawned the hits ‘Heaven Tonight’, ‘Homeland’ and “Down On Your Uppers.’ These will be featured during this concert tour along with many of his classics like ‘Hold On To Your Hat’, ‘God’s Plan’ and ‘Life Is A River’.  The Carlow man is a multi-award winner for performance and song-writing.  His most recent include the Sunday World accolade for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ in 2018.

The highlight of the show is the moment when the band step away and Derek is left alone with his guitar on stage. Derek relishes this chance for his audience to really get to know him and his music.

Friday 8 February 2019, 8pm , €25/€22.50 Conc.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Johnny Cash Roadshow is not another tribute band - it is a full production and finest celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. JCR are now recognised and loved as a band in their own right, unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash.  This is the UK and Europe’s most recognised celebration, with respected singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creating with astounding accuracy and truly capturing the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring Amanda Stone as ‘June Carter’ and 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 including all the greatest hits,  along with songs from the latest five decades of the man in black’s career. All this accompanied by emotive and evocative screen images.‘

'Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was
Caitlin Crowell  - Granddaughter of Mr. Johnny Cash

Friday, 15th February, 8pm, €28

Bell X1: Acoustic-ish with Dowry Strings

Bell X1 return to Ennis  with a Special Concert at glór.
The band will be joined by Dowry Strings (Éna Brennan) who will provide string accompaniment. These concerts mark the end of a year of celebrations which saw the band perform five sell-out concerts at Vicar Street in Dublin earlier this year.
The concert in glór will feature a selection of songs from Bell X1’s vastly eclectic catalogue. (Try indie, hard rock, post-punk, acoustic, lo-fi, folk-rock, ballad, pop, synth-pop, new wave and electronica!)

“The Bandiversary shows this year have been a real trip, and have re-kindled our love  for songs we haven't properly gotten inside in a long time. And we worked with Éna on a show with strings for the charity Aware earlier in the year, and thought how great it would be to go deeper into the catalogue with the three of us and a quartet” says Paul Noonan.

Since the release of their acclaimed 7th studio album 'Arms', the group have spent time touring in America, Australia & Europe.  They’ve also released new material with their various side projects.  Paul has been working on his first solo LP with producer Thomas Bartlett of The Gloaming, and Dave Geraghty has been touring and releasing new material with Join Me In the Pines.

Saturday 16th February, 8.30pm, €25

Des Bishop - Take The Points

How hard can it be for a man to say “Point taken.”?!  Des Bishop’s new show tries to digest the incredible changes we have seen in society in the last year and a half. Me Too, Consent, Trump, The 8th... 

Everyone welcome; snowflakes, the easily offended, those who complain about people being offended, PC and non PC people, religious people and atheists. We all have points to take! 

Saturday 23 February 2019, 8pm, €20/€18 conc.

On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry

presented by Fishamble

‘Now we’ve lived together in contentment, more or less, for nigh on twenty year.  Like turtle doves. – In prison, I mean, for fuck’s sake, the chances of that.’

Following the critically-acclaimed world premiere production as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017, Olivier Award-winning Fishamble, and current Laureate of Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry, reunite for the revival tour of On Blueberry Hill to New York and on national tour in Ireland in 2019.  Fishamble are delighted to bring together Niall Buggy and David Ganly once again, in this production which critics called ‘superb’ (Irish Times), ‘phenomenal’ (Sunday Independent), and ‘outstanding’ (RTÉ Arena).  In Sebastian Barry’s unique style, On Blueberry Hill features best of friends and worst of enemies Christy and PJ, played by Niall Buggy and David Ganly. This new play is bursting with humanity, as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival and, ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.

Written by Sebastian Barry
Directed by Jim Culleton
Dramaturgy Gavin Kostick

Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.

Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 March,

Sweet about Me

by Jacinta Sheerin

Sweet about Me by Jacinta Sheerin
Wed 6 – Thurs 7 Mar

Sweet About Me, written and performed by glór’s Associate Artist Jacinta Sheerin, is a one woman show about addiction. Set in a treatment centre and based on the lives of five characters, Sweet About Me explores alcohol, heroin and cocaine addiction through the eyes of the central character - 18 year old Bernadette Fagan who has an eating disorder, a controlling mother and a body image to die for.  But food issues seem so trivial in comparison to the people with real problems like shooting heroin? Or does it?  Sweet About Me looks at how society views and ranks addiction. It aims to dispel myths and open our hearts to the toughest characters that we might judge in an every-day encounter.

Jacinta Sheerin is a playwright, actor and dramatherapist from Dublin, living in Ennistymon, Co. Clare. Jacinta has recently become one of glór’s three Associate Artists, and we are delighted to premiere her new work in 2019.

 

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th March, 8pm, €22/€20 conc.

Three Hail Marys

a play by Tommy Marren, presented by Crokey Hill Players

After spending over 10 years together in the same nursing home it’s time for Mary O’Toole, Mary O’Neill and Mary O’ Brien to bid farewell to one another.  It might be their last day in each other’s company but they decide to celebrate it in style!  From nostalgia to comedy and even a few sing-songs, it’s going to be one hell of a hooley!!!  This rip-roaring Irish comedy is written by Tommy Marren – writer of ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ and ‘Nobody’s Talking to Me’ – and is a must-see. You might not be on your knees praying but with these Three Hail Marys you’ll definitely be on your knees laughing!

Saturday 16th March, 2019, 8pm, €22

Jason Byrne – You Can Come In, But Don’t Start Anything.

A brand new show from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy’ The Times.
The star of ‘Irelands Got Talent’, Jason Byrne is one the most exciting live comedy performers in the world. What he achieves on a stage cannot be adequately described by audience members, critics or fellow comics. Thus his legendary shows become a secret shared experience among his audience. Every night stars are born, friendships are formed, mascara is ruined and pants are binned. Don’t miss the chance to become part of this unique comedy experience but don’t forget to bring spare pants.
This Show is for Over 15’s.

Saturday 23rd March, 20.30, €12

Chris Kent - Looking Up

Cork comedian Chris Kent returns with his 6th solo show Looking Up.

Chris has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay-at-home dad and trying to grow a beard. He has also removed the word “mate” from his vocabulary as it takes too much effort to say in an Irish accent. 

T.V. appearances include the RTÉ 2 panel show Next Year’s News, The Craig Doyle Show and Conor's Dad in the hit series The Young Offenders. In the UK, he has appeared on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central for Comedy Central.  On radio he has been a regular panelist for the RTE Radio 1 show The Second Republic and a guest panelist on BBC’s The Blame Game.  In 2010 he was the recipient of the Comedy Smack Down Award at the Galway Comedy festival, and winner of the Bulmer’s Nuttin’ But Funny Comedy Award 2009. Following on from being listed as “One to Watch” in The Dublin magazine’s “Red Hot and Rising” for 2012, Chris Kent was voted as one of the Top Five Irish Comedians by Hot Press Magazine in 2013.

'Compelling storyteller, truly surprising, beautifully delivered' The Scotsman

'Carefree comedic bulls-eye' Dubliner Magazine