What's on in Mayo?

Entertainment Briefs

There is always something great to see or listen to happening around the county, we round up some of the great events coming to Mayo in the next few weeks.

Nuala Clarke exhibition in Claremorris

Ou-Topos is the new exhibition by artist Nuala Clarke which will open in the Claremorris Gallery, Mount Street, Claremorris, tomorrow evening, Saturday, at 7.30pm. The exhibition will run until Saturday, April 28. The gallery is open from 1pm to 6pm from Wednesday to Saturday or by appointment by calling (087 ) 7912337.

Last chance to see exhibitions in Custom House

This weekend is the last time to catch two exhibitions currently running in the Custom House Studios in Westport. SubText by Joanna Hopkins and Mass Paths by Catriona Dunnett will conclude this Sunday, April 15. SubText is a multimedia exhibition featuring video and installation. The work explores the themes of consent, harassment, and the digital surveillance society, and the inherent, negative attitude towards women in society. Mass Paths is a series of handcrafted photographs, landscapes of the Irish countryside embedded with absence. They portray the traces of paths walked by Catholics to reach illegal Mass during penal times. For more information email: [email protected] or call (098 ) 28735.

March Away My Brothers in Ballina

March Away My Brothers is a one-man show taken from the book of the same name by Brendan MacQuaile; it follows the journey of a young lad, Lawrence Kelly, from Bridgefort Street in Dublin’s Liberties to the Christmas Truce in 1914, somewhere near the Messines Ridge in Flanders where many Irish fought and died during the course of this terrible conflagration. March Away My Brothers takes its title from a poem written in 1922 by George Chester Duggan, ‘The Watchers on Gallipoli’. Chester wrote the poem in memory of his two brothers George and Jack who were both killed on the same day in August 1915 near Suvla Bay on the Turkish peninsula. Part of the reason for writing, both the book and the show, was to understand the role that music had to play in the lives of the troops. March Away My Brothers takes to the stage in the Ballina Arts Centre on Friday, April 20 at 8pm, tickets cost €10. For more information log on to www.ballinaartscentre.com

Don Baker and Rob Strong in Westport tonight

Two of Ireland’s best known rock/blues musicians, Don Baker and Rob Strong, will take to the stage in Westport Town Hall tonight, Friday, at 8pm as part of their nationwide tour promoting their collaboration album for 2018. Don Baker is known as a prolific singer/songwriter/musician for over 50 years and has had two number one singles "Winner in You" and "Inner City". Rob Strong still has that unique and sensational voice that saw him pull in huge crowds with one of the top showbands in the sixties, The Plattermen, and his own band The Rockets in the 1970s. Tickets are available on www.westporttheatre.com or by calling (098 ) 28459.

Marie Wood exhibition in Westport

Following a very successful show last year, Marie Wood is hosting her fourth solo exhibition at the Clew Bay Hotel Gallery where she is displaying a new body of work, created over the last 12 months. More than 25 artworks offer a glimpse into the diverse inspirations that encompass her vision. Mixed media paintings and collage that have been inspired by the awesome beauty of Clew Bay and its fast shifting weather. Currachs and yawls, sunrises and sunsets that seem to set the bay on fire; land, sea and skyscapes reflecting the essence of Clew Bay. The exhibition is a distillation of the magic of this area, revealing a sense of the extraordinary that is Mayo; light, energy and passion are a constant presence throughout. For more information log on to www.mariewood.com

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