For a perfect start to the festive season, Mayo Chamber Choir present their annual "Sing Noël" Christmas Concert under their new director Felicity McElroy. Felicity was co-founder of the music department at Coláiste Éanna, Rathfarnham and the director of music at St Philomena’s Church, Palmerstown, Dublin. She has recently been appointed music teacher at Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh. Felicity is very excited about the future of the prestigious Mayo Chamber Choir.
No Crows is a dynamic folk orchestra from the multicultural melting pot of Sligo’s music scene. Formed in 2005, No Crows’ growing output of original material reflects its diverse musical roots, from Irish traditional to Latin rumba, classical, jazz, rock and Balkan music. Audiences have been enthralled with the sheer width of the band’s original repertoire, from delicate Irish airs to Russian Gypsy mayhem, from Catalan Jota to original songs in many styles with lush string arrangements. “Essential listening for trad aficionados” – Hot Press
Internationally celebrated classical pianist Finghín Collins won RTÉ’s Musician of the Future when he was only 17, then went on to take first prize at the Clara Haskill International Piano Competition. Since then he has enjoyed a brilliant career, playing such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has performed with world-famous orchestras from the Royal Philharmonic to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and has released critically acclaimed recordings of works by Schumann, Mozart and Chopin.
Irish/French singer and actress Camille O'Sullivan enjoys a formidable international reputation for her interpretations of the songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie and Radiohead. Chameleon-like on stage, Camille transforms each song into an intense theatrical experience, drawing her audience into a world “illuminated by the dark and the light”. She has sold-out the Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Roundhouse and has appeared on Later with Jools Holland. She has dueted with Tim Robbins, Todd Rundgren and Shane McGowan, and was chosen by Yoko Ono to perform Double Fantasy Live at Meltdown Royal Festival Hall alongside ...
The Core is a resource and creative hub for young musicians aged 12-18. It is run under the auspices of Music Generation Mayo and housed within the Ballina Arts Centre. This inspiring and uplifting documentary, filmed between September 2018 and August 2019, follows young Mayo musicians at various stages of their musical journey, from learning an instrument right through to performing to an audience of thousands. The documentary also highlights how The Core has impacted the local community, inspired a generation of young songwriters and springboarded a countywide music scene. Running time: 45mins
Preab Meadar Saturday 14th September, 8pm After its Sligo premiere, this ground-breaking show of dance-songs had everybody buzzing about the incredibly catchy music (Bernard Clarke described it as “boundary transcending”on Lyric FM) and explosively percussive dance moves. Traditional composers Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken have created a whole new music genre based on the rhythms of bardic poetry and in this performance they have teamed up with sean-nós dancers Liam Scanlonn and Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin, devising new steps suited to the unique rhythms of Preab Meadar. With complex time signatures of 15/8, 24/8, 7/8, and 5/8, see and hear ...
Tonight's the Night - The Ultimate Rod Stewart Tribute Friday 13th September, 8pm Ireland's No.1 Rod Stewart Tribute show ‘Tonight's the Night’ has been selling out theatres and filling ballrooms across Ireland and the UK and is rapidly becoming the most sought after tribute act in either country. With the best, most natural ‘Rod voice’ in the world, great costume changes and songs from every era of Rod Stewart's huge catalogue, front man Lee Hedley with his seven-piece band and backing singers will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along from the first number. Tickets: €20. Early booking advised.
Take Me Home, Colleen (as part of Ballina Street Festival) Brendan Farrell A story of love and loss, hope and resilience... Take Me Home, Colleen is a collection 12 original songs and stories, backed up by a cinematic visual experience, which tell the story of two young lovers and their struggles to survive the so-called Irish ‘Potato Famine’. It is 1845 and the people of Killala in North Mayo are faced with the mot desperate of realities. Sean Óg Gaughan will have to fight to save his family, while Colleen will have to fight to save her dreams. Written, directed ...
Annie Centre Stage Vocal Academy Sunday 30th June, 7pm Centre Stage Vocal Academy presents their Stage School concerts with, on Sunday 30th June, the classic musical Annie, performed by their Senior Stage School. Special guests will include the Centre Stage Academy Choir, and National School and Secondary School singers performing a selection of pop melodies. Tickets: €10 adults & over 12s; €8 children and OAPs. Early booking advised.
The Little Mermaid Centre Stage Vocal Academy Saturday 29th June 7pm Centre Stage Vocal Academy presents their Stage School concerts with – on Saturday 29th June: The Little Mermaid performed by their Junior Stage School. Special guests will include the Centre Stage Academy Choir, and National School and Secondary School singers performing a selection of pop melodies. Tickets: €10 adults & over 12s; €8 children and OAPs. Early booking advised.