Out and About in Mayo

Summer solstice charity concert

A very special concert to celebrate the summer solstice will take place in the historic and atmospheric Ballintubber Abbey. ‘Midsummer Melodies’, a performance of light classical music by Mayo Concert Orchestra will take place on Friday, 21 June at 9pm. It promises to be an uplifting experience for the longest day of the year. All proceeds from the concert will go to a little known charity, the William’s Syndrome Association of Ireland. One young man with the condition, Jarlath Tynan from Castlebar, will be the guest conductor for ‘The Radesky March’ that night. Don’t miss a great night!

James Kilbane and John Waters team up for Westport date

A unique event will take place at The Castlecourt Hotel, Westport on Thursday, June 20 at 8pm when country gospel singer James Kilbane and writer John Waters present an audience together for the Year of Faith. As part of their contributions to the Year of Faith, James and John have decided to become partners in a short tour of communities, venues and churches over this the Year of Faith. In these presentations James and John will share their faith and stories through music and spoken word covering some of the most fundamental questions facing faith, Irish culture and those who inhabit it today: like, freedom, reason, hope, certainty and overcoming adversity.

Don’t miss Juliet Turner at Ballina Arts Centre

Ballina Arts Centre presents Juliet Turner on Friday, June 28 at 8pm. This multi-talented singer/songwriter has some hints of the old standbys in her folk-inflected music: Nick Drake, Carole King, even a bit of Kirsty MacColl in her vocals. However, Turner’s blend of melodic and lyrical folk, pop, and electronics also sits nicely next to contemporaries like Beth Orton and Emiliana Torrini. Turner is currently working on a new collection of songs due for release in 2013. Tickets cost €15 or €12 with concessions, for more information call 096 73593.

Get some Atlantic Rhythm this summer

Atlantic Rhythm productions, a Crossmolina based music and dance Production Company, will return with the Enniscoe’s Ceili Cottage evenings this July and August. Atlantic Rhythm will be returning to the courtyard of Enniscoe House, Crossmolina every Wednesday night for July and August commencing on July 3 at 8.30pm. Members of the Crossmolina drama group will be joined by local dancers and musicians to participate in an evening of traditional entertainment. Tickets at €7 for adults and €5 for children are now on sale through www.atlanticrhythm.com or for more information or group bookings call 087 1185559.

Claremorris players preparing for new show

Claremorris Players Performance Society is currently in rehearsals since March to put on a European premiere of Hats the musical. The society started in 2012 with a comedy play called Cupid Wore Skirts by Sam Cree, which went down really well in the town with Friday nights show sold out. The show will run from Friday June 28 to Sunday June 30 in Claremorris Town Hall at 8pm. Tickets cost €15, €10 for OAP/students and €5 for a family a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to a suicide awareness charity. For more information e-mail; [email protected] or call 087 1368145 or you can purchase them from the Vivo petrol station on the Ballindine Road.

Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts live on stage in Castlebar

Top traditional musicians Mick O’Brien, Aoife Ní Bhriain, and Mayo’s own Emer Mayock present a night of Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday June 20 at 8pm.

Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes/flute/whistle ), Emer Mayock (flute/whistle ) and Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle ) recently released a CD entitled Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts, featuring a repertoire drawn from original sources collected by Canon James Goodman in the mid-19th century in his native province of Munster. The manuscripts, which since his death have been held in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, provide unique insights into the evolution of Irish traditional music.

How The Light Gets In

This exciting exhibition currently being shown at Ballina Arts Centre throughout the month of June. Why not enjoy a free family outing courtesy of Ballina Arts Centre which is thought provoking and educational? Visual arts lovers, adults and children will not want to miss this exhibition of work by four artists: Breda Burns, Marie Varley, Samantha Clarke and Tracy Sweeney The works are in print and paint, and these creative images are strong and emotively powerful, yet contain a fragile beauty as well. The artists explore a number of different themes, yet all share an interest in the notion of ‘imperfection’.

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