The Weekend in Mayo

A round-up of some of what’s happening around the county this weekend including Russian opera, alien abductions, music circles, a year in the life of a willow tree and onstage comedy.

Let us know about your weekend events. Information to [email protected].

Bluegrass, Gypsy Rebel Rabble McGing’s Pub, Westport, 10 pm, Friday (tonight )

Dublin-based bluegrass folk band Gypsy Rebel Rabble will perform live in McGing’s Pub, Westport, tonight. This six-member group, with a strong reputation for their energetic shows, have toured Ireland, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic and played at music festivals around the country, including the Electric Picnic.

The gig starts at 10 pm and admission is free.

Music circle, Reawaken the Musician Within You

Museum of Country Life, Turlough, 3 to 5 pm, Friday (today )

Get in tune with the musician within you at this is free drop-in activity at the Museum of Country Life, Turlough. This music circle workshop is for adults to practice, share and play tunes and songs.

No booking is required.

Live Opera from the Met, Prince Igor

Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, 5 pm, Saturday (tomorrow )

The Met is coming to Castlebar as part of Classical Arts Ireland live events programme.

The great Russian opera Prince Igor by Borodin will be screened live from the stage of the Met in New York at 5 pm.

This is a sweeping Russian epic and is being performed in the Met for the first time in 100 years. Directed by Dmitri Tcherniakiov, it has received rave reviews from the US and international press on its opening night.

Comedy, (The Future Adventures of ) Sparkplug Callaghan Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, 8 pm, Friday (tonight )

Sparkplug Callaghan is a fusion of theatre, music and comedy. It follows the fortunes of Sparkplug Callaghan, played by Little John Nee, a blues artist whose girlfriend was abducted by aliens. He lives in a barn next to a disused petrol station in Donegal and life is pretty much all doom and gloom until he beholds a vision which might just be his ship coming in.

Sparkplug Callaghan won the Irish Times Award for Best Sound Design at the Dublin Fringe Festival, 2012.

Theatre, The Admiral, His Life, His Legacy

Brown Memorial Hall, Foxford, 7.30 pm, Sunday

This musical drama charts the life and times of Foxford’s Admiral William Brown through song and dance and will be presented in the Brown Memorial Hall, Foxford, on Sunday.

Doors open at 7.30 pm and tickets are available on the door.

Funds raised go to Western Care, Foxford.

Visual art, Interland - An exhibition

Museum of Country Life, Turlough, ongoing

This recently launched exhibition is an intercultural project by Mayo County Council’s Arts Office, Mayo Artsquad and Mayo Intercultural Action. It is on display on Level B of the museum galleries. It is a culmination of work over the closing months of 2013 by 12 women who have connections with the direct provision accommodation centre in Ballyhaunis.

Country music, Stuart Moyles

Westport Country Lodge, Aughagower, 10 pm, Friday (tonight )

Up and coming country music singer Stuart Moyles from Crossmolina is playing tonight in Westport Country Lodge.

Moyles has become a regular on the country scene and this weekend’s concert is in aid of Paddy and Noreen Tunney’s Strictly Come Dancing fundraising campaign.

Doors open at 10 pm. Admission is €10.

Photography, Onetree365 - An exhibition

Charlestown Arts Centre, continues until March 9

A photographic exhibition depicting a life in the year of a willow tree, which stands at Egool, outside Ballaghaderreen, opened last night at the Charlestown Arts Centre.

This unusual exhibition by horticulturist Ciaran Burke of the Garden School is a photography project to capture 365 images - one for each day of the year - of the humble willow across all seasons.

The exhibition is to mark National Tree Week from March 2 to 8.

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