Something for everyone this September at the Linenhall

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Irish language drama in the the Linenhall

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The West’s awake in Ballina Arts Centre

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

The West Awake tour promises to rouse the weariest souls as four of Irish trad’s finest contemporary musicians delve into the rhythms and melodies of their native counties. The group Cora and Breda Smyth (fiddle, whistles), Pauline Scanlon (vocals) and Donogh Hennessy (guitar), can be heard can be heard at Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina on Wednesday September 17 at 8pm. Tickets are €12 /€10 and are available on Tel. 096 73593. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost music ensembles at affordable prices in venues around Ireland and are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ Lyric fm.

Hailing from Straide, Co. Mayo, sisters Cora and Breda Smyth have never been afraid to blend old and new, as witnessed in their self-titled debut album and Cora’s marvellously eclectic, Are We There Yet? Both have toured the world with Michael Flatley’s shows Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames, but it was back in Galway City that the sisters met Donogh Hennessy and Pauline Scanlon, both from Dingle, Co. Kerry. For all four this tour marks a return to their musical roots. Donogh Hennessy, one of the founder members of Irish super group Lúnasa, is a much sought after guitarist on the contemporary trad scene, having played with the likes of John Spillane, Gerry O’ Connor, Sharon Shannon and Geraldine MacGowan. Meteor Ireland Music Award nominee Pauline Scanlon’s highly acclaimed debut album, Red Colour Sun, also displayed a healthy disregard for musical boundaries, but it’s her voice that lingers in the mind – described by The Irish Times as, “a superb mix of china cup fragility and steely resilience.” The Irish Examiner said of the Smyth sisters: “Traditional music played with breathtaking precision.” Information / booking: Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett Street, Ballina (096) 73593 or [email protected]

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Selma Makela exhibition at Ballina Arts Centre

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Throughout the month of September Ballina Arts Centre will host New Work, an exhibition of paintings by Galway-based artist Selma Makela. In her work, Makela explores the boundless location of memory and experience. Often using weather phenomena, she describes an area that resists easy definition. The work created inhabits a place of silent ambiguity which prioritises an area beyond that of constructive reason. The paintings in the Ballina exhibition are a collection of distilled fragments which create endless suggested narratives and possibilities, both real and boundless.

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Bonnie Tyler announces concert in the Royal Theatre

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

One of the most distinctive voices in the world of music is coming to the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday December 21. Gaynor Hopkins was born in South Wales where her father worked in a coal mine and her mother shared her love for music with her family of four girls and two boys. Having tried out the stage name of Sherene Davies in the early stages of her career, the talented youngster eventually decided to call herself Bonnie Tyler.

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The Blizzards return to Royal Theatre

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

The Blizzards return this September with the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album, A Public Display of Affection. The Domino Effect will be released this September and the Mullingar five piece will be touring the country showcasing new songs from the album,

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Brendan Grace at the Diamond Coast Hotel

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

The greatest family comedian of our generation proudly presents 38 years in the comedy business and most of this time at the very top of his profession. Brendan's latest show features some brand new material and some old favourites'from his vast repertoire over the last 38 years. His sense of timing and ability to read an audience is without equal. A brilliant character actor, his “Bottler” character is legendary and is now featured at every performance. Apart from his obvious star quality in all aspects of his performance Brendan's drawing power is enormous and the “House Full” sign is the norm rather than the exception at his concerts.

Nowadays Brendan spends a considerable amount of time in Florida where he resides with his family. Despite this he still plays the Irish theatre circuit and major hotel venues and in fact still considers Ireland his first love. The genial Dubliner has a very special bond with Irish audiences and is much loved by young and old not least because he gives very generously of his time after each concert. The 'meet and greet' is now very much part and parcel of each show and Brendan's very down-to-earth approach is much appreciated by all. In more recent times Brendan has managed to attract a younger audience mainly because the content of his show is very 'Family' and also because of his hilarious appearance in Father Ted when he played the part of a drinking. smoking, troublemaker extraordinaire Father Fintan Stack. As always and especially nowadays it is advisable to secure your Brendan Grace ticket when he appears in your area. You can catch his new show with special guest Bernadette Ruddy at the Diamond Coast Hotel on Wednesday next August 13. Tickets available from hotel reception Tel 096 26000 and Hotshot Ballina, tel 096 21637

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Emotional anniversary for Margo, the ‘Queen of Country and Irish’ in Castlebar

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Exactly 40 years after the release of the record that launched her career, Margo O’Donnell will perform at the Royal Theatre Pavilion on Saturday, August 16. Margo’s first 45 rpm single Bonny Irish Boy/Dear God shot to the top of the Irish country scene in 1968. However, this hugely successful release was also tinged with huge sadness for the 17-year-old. As Margo herself explains “The week of its release my dad passed away suddenly on August 16 and so my life would never be the same again, you see for me my dad hung the moon.”

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Lost Country exhibItion in the Custom House Studio

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Lost Country is an exhibition exploring place, memory and the links between past and present by artist Feargal O’Malley. It focuses on construction of landscapes from childhood memories of time spent in Westport, and the day-to-day life of the artist growing up and as an adult in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Certain memories come to mind even though we are located in completely differnt environments. Each piece reflects how stimulus from the artist's life in Craigavon can prompt memories of his childhood holidays in the west of Ireland and inform a visual portrayal of these memories. The resulting imagery can be somewhat idealistic, - given the dramatic changing landscape in both areas - a result of the recent housing boom. Feargal O’Malley is an artist based in Co Armagh. His exhibition runs until August 24 in the Custom House Studios Gallery which is located at the Quay in Westport and is open every day. You can call 098 28735 for more information.

Monoprint workshop

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Jennifer Phelan exhibition at the Ballina Arts Centre

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Ballina Arts Centre’s visual art exhibition programme for 2008 returns to more contemporary territory this month – following the exhibition of works by French post-impressionist Camille Lambert in July – with Constructed Drawing, an installation by young Irish artist Jennifer Phelan.

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Final performance of The Banshee of Crokey Hill

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

This Friday night the town hall theatre in Claremorris hosts one of the most successful plays to hit the stage in Mayo over the past decade as The Banshee of Crokey Hill – written and produced by Midwest Radio presenter Tommy Marren – has its final public performance after a 13-month tour that has seen the production play in Ireland, England and the United States.

Over 25 packed-out shows have taken place since the play was first staged in Castlebar last July as part of Midwest Radio’s charity challenge and demand for further performances meant that the show has been constantly on the road since. To date the play has raised over €75,000 for various charities in Connacht and further afield and as the “banshee” prepares to wind-down Tommy Marren has been reflecting on what has been a huge success. “I never thought that we’d have been on the road so long with this but to be honest it was a joy to play to so many wonderful audiences and the positive reaction we got made it all worthwhile. We kept together a cast of 20 for over 13 months and there wasn’t a cross word between us.” As well as playing in Mayo and Sligo the show also toured Irish theatres in Manchester and Birmingham but it was the trip to Chicago that holds the fondest memories for the local radio broadcaster.

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George Jones is coming to town; lock up your lawnmowers!

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Country and Western superstar George Jones is coming to town; Castlebar town that is. George will be playing in the Royal Theatre Pavilion on Friday August 8 and Saturday August 9. Country legends are born, not made, and few people can claim the title like George Jones. The prolific singer has had 167 songs break the Billboard country charts, comfortably more than any other artist, and he has released a remarkable 450 albums.

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Foxford festival gearing up for launch

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

The day is almost upon us, and the excitement surrounding the inaugural Foxford Festival is at fever pitch. Families in the Foxford and District, area are delighted to hear that Upper Main Street in the town will be full of fun food, and festivities on Saturday August 16 from 5pm to 9 pm. The evening will include live music on the street, comprising of traditional, folk rock, and blues. Among the groups featured are John McHugh and friends, Celtica, and Dave Howley and guests, featuring Pa Roche, Mick Smyth, Suzzette Ruane, John Langan, and many more. Another feature of the evening will be the children’s entertainment, consisting of bouncy castles, face painting, balloon show, slides, etc and a monster barbecue, and the entire event is absolutely free.

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