RoolaBoola: A big thank you

So, another brilliant RoolaBoola done and dusted! And as that very dust settles and life at the Linenhall Arts Centre returns to business as usual and what we somewhat ironically refer to as “normality”, we’d just like to offer a big vote of thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers for their support: our sponsors: Mayo Leisure Point, Castlebar Credit Union, Lough Lannagh Village, McDonald’s Castlebar, TJ Gaughan Construction Company Ltd, Elephant Bean Bags, Baxter Healthcare; our funders The Arts Council, Mayo County Council, Castlebar Town Council, Fáilte Ireland, Ireland’s West; The assistance of An Garda Síochana, Civil Defence, HSE Rural Training Centre Castlebar, Bata Fada, Mayo Artsquad, the Tweed Centre Castlebar, Fahey’s Hardware, Woodies DIY, TF Royal Theatre and Event Centre, St Patrick’s Boys’ School, Bettina Peterseil and drummers, our Transition Year volunteers, Access>CINEMA, Children’s Books Ireland, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Association for Performing Arts, all those who donated books to the Stories Room, all the volunteers for Lough Lannagh Lights, and all who made this another brilliant RoolaBoola experience! And, last but not least, to everyone both young and old who came along and supported all the events so enthusiastically. Thank you all!

Faulkner and Daly: top trad at the Linenhall

Two of the great stalwarts of traditional music for over 30 years, John Faulkner and Jackie Daly combine their prodigious talents for an exciting musical evening at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Tuesday November 4 at 8pm. Accordionist Jackie Daly is best known for his work with De Danann, Buttons and Bows and Patrick Street, while multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, fiddle ) and singer/songwriter John Faulkner is well known for his collaborations with Dolores Keane and the Reel Union. An unmissable gig in prospect and a rare treat for all Irish and folk music-lovers. John Faulkner and Jackie Daly perform at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Tuesday November 4 at 8pm.

Preston Reed ready to rip it up again

He’s back! One of the world’s most amazing contemporary guitarists Preston Reed makes a highly anticipated return visit to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday November 12 at 8pm.

Acknowledged by an ever-growing string of superlatives from critics, musicians and fans alike, guitarist extraordinaire Preston Reed has single-handedily reinvented acoustic guitar playing. Drawing on blues, rock, funk and jazz influences among others, Preston Reed’s vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectations of a guitarist. And critics just keep piling on the superlatives! The phrase “has to be seen to be believed” has never been more true! Don’t miss one of the most dazzling displays of musicianship you will ever see! Preston Reed performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Wednesday November 12 at 8pm. Booking advised.

Irish tenor talent at the Linenhall

Ireland’s very own and hugely successful Three Tenors make a welcome return to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday November 13 at 8pm. The Three Tenors have been hailed as “Ireland’s greatest voices”. The winning trio of magnificent mature singers are: John Scott (a regular soloist at the National Concert Hall, and one of the most powerful singers in Ireland ); David Martin (Ireland’s “Golden Voice”, who has performed at major venues in Ireland and abroad ) and Declan Kelly (who has performed and toured extensively in the UK and Europe ). And they have just released their exciting new single “Il Mondo”.

The Three Tenors present a scintillating evening of music interspersed with their own inimitable personalities and humour, with star guests, and some of the world’s most popular songs from Elvis, Sinatra, Bocelli, Pavarotti, Lloyd Webber and more greats. The Three Tenors are guaranteed to delight and thrill. Don’t miss it. The Three Tenors weave their vocal magic at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday November 13 at 8pm.

Don’t be the last to see the shadow puppets

A poetic and magical shadow puppet show for the young and the young at heart is on the cards when Fluid Performance Group presents Amarty’s Journey at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Saturday November 15 at 12pm. A story about displacement, adventure and the hope of new beginnings, Amarty’s Journey is the story of a boy in a boat travelling to an unknown destination. Amarty’s Journey is devised by a Mayo-based group of women of different nationalities, written by Noeline Kavanagh and performed by Castlebar-based Fluid Performance Group directed by Carmel Balfe. The production is supported by Mayo Artsquad, Mayo County Council Arts Office, Mayo Intercultural Action, Department of Justice, and Department of Family Affairs. Fluid Performance Group presents Amarty’s Journey at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Saturday November 15 at 12pm. Booking advised.

You’re invited to the Midnight Court

Melodious, hilarious, boisterous, risqué and irreverent, singer/songwriter Seán Tyrrell brings his legendary musical adaptation of The Midnight Court to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Monday November 17 at 8pm.

A poet dreaming he is being put on trial by the women of Ireland for his sexual inadequacy, The Midnight Court is a potent musical adaptation presenting Brian Merriman’s 18th century classic poem “Cúirt an Mhean Oiche” in a contemporary setting by veteran folk/trad singer/songwriter Seán Tyrrell. The result is a heady mix of Celtic blues comprising a litany of sexual scenarios sung in styles veering from traditional to calypso. Tyrrell’s musical adaptation has achieved something of a legendary status since its sell-out premiere in 1992 at the Galway Arts Festival. This latest incarnation of Tyrrell’s “musical narrative” features the man himself together with fellow musician Johnny Mullins. Brace yourselves for a night of bawdy fun and great music. Seán Tyrrell presents The Midnight Court at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Monday November 17 at 8pm. Booking advised. Tel: 094 902 3733.

Emilie Conway live at the Linenhall

Dazzling young chanteuse and rising star Emilie Conway brings her new show No Regrets to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday November 20 at 8pm. No Regrets is a captivating evening of music which celebrates great female vocalists from across the decades and continents, showcasing the legendary talents of Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, Elis Regina and Edith Piaf.

Over the past five years Emilie Conway’s distinctive voice and inimitable style has earned her much acclaim on the Dublin jazz scene, as well as further afield in Europe and the States. A fine and versatile vocalist of extraordinary sensitivity, Emilie possesses the ability to distill the very essence of song and lyric and express it in a beautifully natural and minimalist way. Emilie is accompanied for this concert by Francesco Turrisi (piano ), Claus Kaarsgaard (bass ) and Conor Murray (drums ). If you saw Emilie Conway on her last visit to the Linenhall, you won’t need convincing. Come and celebrate the wonderful melodic heritage of a host of vocal legends, in the company of a young star in the ascendant.

Emilie Conway presents No Regrets at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Thursday November 20 at 8pm. Booking advised.


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