The weekend in Mayo

The Wild West, German novelists, an Electric Cave, and a country music extravaganza are just some of the entertainment offerings from around the county for this Bank Holiday weekend.

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Party, The Electric Cave 10th anniversary

McGings, Westport, Saturday, 8pm

The Electric Cave, the leading production company behind the world famous Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, will celebrate their 10th anniversary in business with a party in McGing’s Pub, Westport, tomorrow (Saturday ) at 8pm.

The company, founded by Uri Kohen, has grown from producing small tribute nights in Westport to staging gigs on a regular basis for artists from all over the world.

The anniversary celebration party will include music provided by David Hope, A Band Called Wanda, and Billy Clarke, with more artists to be announced. Admission is free and all are welcome. Contact Uri at 087 7570958 or [email protected] for more information.

Exhibition, paintings of Achill Island

Western Light Art Gallery, Keel, Achill, Saturday, 6 pm

A new exhibition of oil paintings, by Alex McKenna, will be opened tomorrow by Dr Giesla Holfter of Limerick University, at Western Light Art Gallery, Sandybanks, Keel, Achill Island.

The opening is at 6pm.

Festival, Heinrich Boll Memorial Weekend

Dugort, Achill Island, Friday to Sunday

A series of talks, seminars, and guided walks are taking place all weekend in Dugort Achill for the 11th annual Heinrich Boll Memorial Weekend.

Leading literary figures will be speaking over the weekend.

For a full programme of events, visit

Family entertainment, Shrek the Show

Royal Theatre Castlebar, Sunday and Monday, 12.30pm and 6.30pm

All Stars Academy of Performing Arts present Shrek the Show in the Royal Theatre Castlebar on May 4 and 5.

The shows are on at 12.30pm and 6.30pm on both days.

This is the academy’s 12th production with student performers rehearsing for the show for the past three months.

Tickets are available from Phil on 087 9888841.

Folk music, The Jeremiahs

Crockets, The Quay, Ballina, Bank Holiday Monday

Dublin folk group The Jeremiahs bring their blend of old and new folk to Crockets on The Quay in Ballina on Bank Holiday Monday night.

The group have been performing recently at folk and fringe festivals around Ireland and internationally and are a nice treat for folk fans in Ballina on the holiday Monday looking for some top live music.

Country music, Lee Matthews and band

McWilliam Park Hotel, Saturday, 9.30pm

It’s country all the way at the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, tomorrow night. In an entertainment double bill, first up on the night is rising star in the Irish and UK country scene Lee Matthews and band.

He is followed by Johnny Brady and band. The Antrim singer/songwriter has performed in every major venue in Ireland and is set to delight at the Claremorris venue, which is fast becoming regarded as the home of country music in Mayo.

Live music, Freddie White

Ballina Arts Centre, Friday

Spanning musical genres and eras, industry veteran Freddie White is onstage in the Ballina Arts Centre tonight at 8pm.

On the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970s, White’s interpretation of songs from the likes of Randy Newman, Tom Waits, John Hiatt and Guy Clark, as well as his own classy compositions, blend to create a unique style and sound.

Call (096 ) 73593 or email [email protected] for more information.

Musical, Oklahoma

Belmullet Arts Centre, Friday

St Brendan’s College transition year students present the gun slinging, wild west, Broadway smash hit Oklahoma tonight at 7.30pm. Tickets for this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic must be booked in advance so contact the college today on (097 ) 81437. Tickets cost €10 or €7 concessions.


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