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6th Donegal Chamber Music Festival

Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th of October 2019

Venues: Glebe Gallery and House, An Grianan Theatre, Rockhill House, Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny.
Book online here

Saturday 12th October 12.30pm – The Glebe Gallery, Churchill.
Donegal Junior String Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Concert – Festival’s Opening Concert
The Donegal Junior String Orchestra celebrate a decade of music-making at their popular annual family concert in the Glebe Gallery courtyard. Past and present members will play together and also in chamber groups. A special feature is a performance from the newly-formed Donegal Town String Quartet. This concert is part of Wainfest, Donegal’s arts and books festival for children.
Free Admission – No booking required

Sunday 13th October, 5pm – Glebe House, Churchill
“Tangos, Songs and Dances” with the Szabó-Yélamo String Duo
(Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin; Víctor Yélamo, cello)
Donegal-based International String Duo return to the Glebe House for another intimate chamber music recital with a programme of classical pieces, well-known tangos and popular songs.
Admission: €15 (include wine and tapas at the Tea Rooms afterwards)
Booking essential. Tickets in advance only from An Grianán Box Office (074) 912 0777

Tuesday 15th of October, 8pm – An Grianán Theatre
Vivaldi: Griselda, RV 718 – Irish National Opera
The complications of royal marriage. A commoner become Queen. A King obsessed with testing her virtue. The brilliance of Venice’s most famous composer brought to the opera stage.
High jinks in high places in the first Irish production of an opera by Vivaldi (1678 – 1741), one of the world’s favourite composers. Irish National Opera features rising English mezzo-soprano Katie Bray in the title role, and also prize-winning Belfast mezzo Sinead O’Kelly, with music from the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Admission Tickets: €30 /€27

Athraonadh by Aisling Óir Harp Duo (Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh & Lucy Kerr)

Thursday 17th October, 8pm – Rockhill House
Athraonadh by Aisling Óir Harp Duo (Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh & Lucy Kerr)
Athraonadh means the refraction of light or sound that creates a change in a celestial object. The repertoire’s source is Gaelic, re-invigorated by contemporary arrangements and alternative rhythms along with new works by Nodlaig & Lucy. The two classically and traditionally trained harpers are from the Roe Valley area and are the directors of the Ruaidhrí Dall Harp School based in Dungiven Castle.
Admission: €15 (include tea/coffee and tray bakes afterwards)
Booking essential. Tickets in advance only from An Grianán Box Office (074) 912 0777

Sunday 20th October, 2pm – Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny
Donegal Chamber Orchestra at Conwal Church – Festival’s Closing Concert
The Donegal Chamber Orchestra returns to Conwal Church to close this year’s Chamber Music with a Sunday afternoon recital, the latest in the classical concert series ‘Sundays in Conwal’.
The programme will include music by Albinoni, Elgar, Kreisler and the world premiere of ‘Plan of a Piece’ for flute, strings and speaker, based on a text by Jane Austen, specially composed for the occasion by Derek Ball. The Orchestra will be joined on the stage by actress Maura Logue reading Jane Austen’s text. This concert is part of the 4th Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival.
Admission: €10/€5. Tickets will be available at the door from 1.30pm

The 6th Donegal Chamber Music Festival is presented by the Donegal Chamber Music Society and Donegal Music Education Partnership, in association with An Grianan Theatre, The Glebe Gallery and House, Rockhill House and Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter.

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Music for Shaking the Tale

Live music is a big feature of our open air production of The Winter’s Tale.

Here’s a little snippet of the band in rehearsals, playing an original composition by Guy Le Jeune.

To book tickets or to find out more about the show visit this link.

Performance dates:

Fri 19 & Sat 20 July at 6pm
Ballymacool Park, Letterkenny

Tues 23 and Wed 24 July at 12.30pm
Greencastle/Magilligan

Production partners and funders: Shaking the Tale is produced by An Grianán Theatre and Parrabbola as part of Shaking the Walls. Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programmed of the European Union. Additional support comes from Donegal County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

Shaking the Tale is part of Shaking the Walls, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project is led by Gdański Teatr Szekspirowski (Poland), the other partners are Parrabbola (UK), Cooltour Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Ratatam (Iceland). As well as Creative Europe, our co-funders for Shaking the Tale include the Donegal County Council, Arts Council of Ireland and the Earagail Arts Festival.

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First Trad Week show sells out

Letterkenny Trad Week 2019

THIS year’s fourth Letterkenny Trad Week (January 19-27), brought to you in association with the Regional Cultural Centre, is quickly gaining momentum with the first show selling out.

Such was the demand for the show Zoe Conway + John McIntyre and Seamus McGuire + John Lee with support from Coirm that the show sold out very soon after the holidays.

There was particular local interest in this show thanks to the group Coirm which is made up by talented young musicians from the Ceol na Coille Traditional School of Music. If you missed out on this show, fear not, as Coirm will be performing a second time during Trad Week when they open for legendary Donegal trad group Altan at An Grianán Theatre on Sunday, January, 27. Tickets for this show are also selling fast, so book soon!

In the meantime, there is a host of other great shows, also selling well, taking place at the Regional Cultural Centre during the fourth annual Trad Week. One of Trad Week’s hottest tips is the opening show of Music Network Presents – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane & Anna Massie on Saturday, January 19.

While these artists may not be household names…yet, they are some of the brightest stars on their selected instruments and vocal genres who have performed with some of the biggest names in music and this is a chance to see them all together on one stage.

Music Network Presents – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane & Anna Massie - Trad Week 2019.

The show features the ethereal voice of award-winning Scottish songstress Siobhan Miller (vocals) and the honeyed tones of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals/flute), recent winner of RTÉ Folk Awards ‘Best Traditional Folk Track of the Year’. Winner of the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, Miller was recently lauded as “the finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song”, while highly-acclaimed singer and flautist Nic Amhlaoibh is best known for her performances as a solo artist and with Irish super group Danú, and her work as a TV presenter.

Gifted accordionist Damien Mullane (accordion/melodeon) brings his unique creative talents to the collaboration. Winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon, Mullane has played with stars from a wide range of genres including Ronnie Wood, James Taylor and Sting. Completing the line-up, fleet-fingered guitarist and banjo player Anna Massie (guitar/banjo/mandolin) is renowned for her work with Blazin’ Fiddles and such luminaries as Bella Hardy, Julie Fowlis, Kate Rusby, Capercaillie and Eddi Reader.

THE PRIDE OF MANCHESTER

ON Thursday, January 24, also in the Regional Cultural Centre, is another chance to see two artists who between them they have been members of Toss the Feathers, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Flook and Lunasa and have performed with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, Sharon Shannon and Kate Rusby to name just a few.

Letterkenny Trad Week – Mike McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly

Dezi ‘Fiddle on Fire’ Donnelly is a Manchester-based fiddle player and one of the founder members of the legendary Celtic Rock Band ‘Toss the Feathers’ often seen collaborating with the likes of Sharon Shannon and BBC instrumentalist of the Year, Mike McGoldrick.

Michael McGoldrick has been a member of several influential bands. In 1994 he was awarded the BBC Young Tradition Award, and in 2001 he was given the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

All concerts begin at 8pm. For bookings or further information go to www.angrianan.com or call An Grianán Theatre Box Office on Tel +353 (0) 7491 20777.

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Coirm busy in rehearsals for Altan gig

A GROUP of young Irish traditional musicians is busy rehearsing for its fourth commission by an internationally-acclaimed musician and composer.

COIRM

Coirm is a group which was was set up by Letterkenny-based Ceol na Coille School of Irish Traditional Music as a platform for young musicians to perform nationally and internationally.

To-date some of its members have performed throughout Ireland, UK, Europe and also the USA with sister school, North Dallas and Austin school of Traditional Music.

The group has commissioned renowned musicians to write new music, raising the funding for the projects themselves, with additional support by Donegal County Council’s Arts Office.

Dr Seamus McGuire, Zoe Conway and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh were the first artists to be commissioned and the fourth in as many years has been composed by Martin Tourish.

A current member of Altan, the Ballybofey native is a renowned musician in his own right and rehearsals are now underway with the group.

Paul Harrigan of Ceol na Coille, and director of Coirm, said there is great excitement surrounding the new commission being composed by a local musician held in such high regard in national and international music circles.

“We began the process a few years ago with our first commission from Seamus McGuire who is an internationally known musician living in Donegal.

“This was a great first project for the then newly-formed group and we were absolutely delighted that Seamus came on board in writing a piece of music for the group and was so encouraging for the young musicians and so generous with his time.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for these fine young musicians to travel, experience the performance and social side of our traditional arts and build knowledge and friendships that will other qualities through performance and sharing experiences.”

Past pupils and performers of Ceol na Coille and Coirm have continued to study music in Maynooth, University of Cork, Galway, University of Limerick at the World Center of Irish Traditional Music & Dance and University of Ulster.

Many of these have reached high achievements at London College of Music and SCT Examinations and at All Ireland Chomhaltas Fleadh competitions.

The new commission will be performed by Coirm officially during Letterkenny Trad Week where the group will be supporting Altan on the closing night at An Grianán Theatre, Sunday, January 27.

The group will also be performing Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh’s Failte an Earraigh, Coirm’s commission from 2017 that evening, as well as supporting Dr Seamus McGuire, John Lee and Zoe Conway with John McIntyre earlier in the week on Tuesday, January 22, which is now sold out, during the week-long festivities.

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2019

Letterkenny Trad Week brings top talent to town

Letterkenny Trad Week 2019, the week-long festival presented by the Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre takes place from 19th to 27th January.

The festival features a great mixture of new talent on the rise, stalwarts of Irish and other Celtic traditional music, as well as a Grammy-nominated bluegrass band from the United States.Kicking off the week on Saturday, January 19 will be an exciting collaboration presented by Music Network – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane & Anna Massie in the RCC.
The ethereal voice of award-winning Scottish songstress Siobhan Miller (vocals) and the honeyed tones of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals/flute), recent winner of RTÉ Folk Awards ‘Best Traditional Folk Track of the Year’ will be complemented by gifted accordionist Damien Mullane (accordion/melodeon and fleet-fingered guitarist and banjo player Anna Massie (guitar/banjo/mandolin).
On Tuesday, January 22 the RCC will host a double delight of duos in husband and wife Zoë Conway and John McIntyre, as well as Seamus McGuire and John Lee. This gig is now Sold Out !
There is huge excitement around the artist taking to the stage in the RCC on Wednesday, 23rd. A former electrician who decided to become a musician after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell has been described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.
The high calibre of music continues on Thursday, 24th when Mike McGoldrick (flute) and Dezi Donnelly (fiddle) perform together in the RCC. Between them they have been members of Toss the Feathers, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Flook and Lunasa and have performed with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, Sharon Shannon and Kate Rusby to name just a few.
On Friday night, 25th the RCC is delighted to welcome back Special Consensus who have appeared in Letterkenny on a number of occasions and are sure to attract a great crowd. Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear in this now pleasantly fractionating genre.
The vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass.
Bringing the 2019 Letterkenny Trad Week to a close, our partners An Grianán Theatre will host world famous group Altan on Sunday, January 27.
Founded by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and her late husband Frankie Kennedy, the group has been bringing Irish traditional music and song to fans around the world for over three decades.
In May, 2018 Donegal County Council honoured the group with a civic reception at the County House in Lifford, celebrating the group’s achievements bringing Donegal music to the worldwide masses over the years.
All concerts begin at 8pm. For ticket bookings or further information go to www.regionalculturalcentre.com or call An Grianán Theatre Box Office on Tel +353 (0) 7491 20777.

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Carols at Glenveagh now open for booking.

Glenveagh National Park dusted with snow. Source: http://www.glenveaghnationalpark.ieThe North West Opera return to Glenveagh Castle for their annual evening of Christmas carols on Fri 1 and Sat 2 December.

They will perform traditional Christmas carols sung in 4 part harmony by the chorus of North West Opera led by professional soprano Ann Jennings.

Features beloved works such a O Holy Night and Silent Night and many other favourites.

Narrated by Highland Radio’s Donal Kavanagh.

Tickets are €19.50 which includes refreshments (mince pies, gingerbread & non-alcoholic mulled wine) or if you wish to skip the goodies you can see the concert only for €17.

The performance begins at 8.30pm and the bus over to the castle from the visitors centre runs every 15 mins from 7.30pm.

Tickets are available exclusively at An Grianán Theatre’s box office on 0749120777 or online here. If you book over the phone or online please note that you do not have to call to the theatre to collect your tickets in advance as we will send them to the venue on the night.

Limited availability – early booking strongly advised.

See the North West Opera’s Facebook page for latest updates.

 

 

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4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival at Glenveagh

Tickets are now available from our box office for the 4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival.

Presented by Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership.

Thur 12 Oct at 8pm: Szabó-Yélamo String Duo, Glebe Gallery

Fri 13 Oct at 8pm: Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Glenveagh Castle

Sat 14 Oct at 12:30pm: Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra, Glebe Gallery

Sun 15 Oct at 6.30pm: Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Glenveagh Castle

Donegal Chamber Orchestra in concert

Venue: Glenveagh Castle

Dates: 
Friday 13th October, 8pm (Bus leaving car park at 7.30pm)
Sunday 15th October, 6.30pm (Bus leaving car park at 6.00pm)

Tickets: €15 Book online

Tea, Coffee and tray bakes afterwards at Glenveagh Tea Rooms.

Programme
Vivaldi – Concerto for strings in D Major, RV 121
Telemann – Overture-Suite “Burlesque de Quixotte,” TWV 55:G10
Handel – Concerto Grosso in a minor, Op 6 No 4
Delius – Two Aquarelles for string orchestra
Elaine Agnew (b.1967) – Take Off! (2010)
Toselli – Serenata ‘Rimpianto’ Op.6 No.1
Glazunov – Theme and Variations for Strings, Op.97
Bizet/Osborne – Suite from Carmen

The DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, one of the Donegal Music Education Partnership’s performing groups, features classical string players from across county Donegal and is dedicated to helping students and amateur musicians achieve the highest level of excellence in performance. The Donegal Chamber Orchestra gives regular performances throughout the county during the year and previous seasons have included trips to Spain and Italy. Since its establishment the orchestra worked with guest artists, soloists and conductors.

The Orchestra was founded in 2006 by Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin resource tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo (Artistic Director of the ensemble).

Szabó-Yélamo String Duo

Venue: The Glebe Gallery, Churchill

Date: Thursday 12th October, 8pm

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Tickets: €16 Book online

Booking essential. An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777

Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin  / Víctor Yélamo, cello
A chamber music recital in the Glebe House to celebrate the Spanish National Day.
The programme will include works from the classical repertory, a piece by this year Festival’s featured composer Elaine Agnew and a selection of Spanish Classics, Latin American songs and well known popular tangos to commemorative the Hispanic Day Fiesta.
Wine and Tapas to follow!

The Szabó-Yélamo String Duo was founded in 2006 when its members were completing a Master in Classical String Performance at the University of Limerick. The wife and husband duo is comprised of the Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin Resource Tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and the Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo (Artistic Director of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra).
 
Both are professional musicians and regularly perform with the Spanish String Orchestra Concerto Málaga and the Donegal Camerata String Quintet. Orsolya and Víctor are are extensively involved in music education across the Northwest of Ireland, they are members of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA). The Duo presented a Series of Concerts at the Regional Cultural Centre in 2010 and offers a variety of performances and workshops for students in Donegal.


They play instruments by Hungarian maker Pétéri Károly and bows by Paolo Pamiro.
 

FAMILY CONCERT at Glebe Gallery Courtyard 
featuring the Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra – WAINFEST 2017

Venue: The Glebe Gallery, Churchill

Date: Saturday 14th October, 12:30pm – FREE ADMISSION

Treat yourself and your little ones to a free family concert led by the Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra as part of the 4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival. Classical works, new music by the Festival’s composer Elaine Agnew and music from Disney movies performed by the talented youth of Donegal Music Education Partnership, will delight and stimulate the senses. No booking is necessary.

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How to book

Book online here, by phone on 0749120777 or call in and buy tickets in person at our box office. Opening hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm Mon to Fri, 10am to 5.30pm Sat, closed Sundays & bank holidays. If you book online or by phone you do not need to collect your tickets in advance as we will send them out to the venues on the day.

 

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

The 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 with concerts here at An Grianán and in the Regional Cultural Centre.

The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians including: Billy Bragg and Martin & Eliza Carthy from England, Julie Fowlis and Kris Drever from Scotland, Na Mooneys, Lynched and No Crows from Ireland and Joe Henry and Special Consensus from America.

All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777, or online at www.angrianan.com  Tickets for RCC concerts are priced €12 / €10 concessions, Martin & Eliza Carthy is €20 and Billy Bragg & Joe Henry is €25.

Regional Cultural Centre Concerts

Letterkenny Trad Week kicks off with three concerts at RCC Letterkenny. There’s a blistering double-bill with classic US Grammy nominated Bluegrass band Special Consensus and the first Letterkenny visit by Sligo’s dynamic folk orchestra No Crows on Friday January 20th. Leading Scottish outfit Lau’s frontman Kris Drever teams up with the exquisite Hebridean singer Julie Fowlis and two of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Padraig Rynne (concertina) as part of a Music Network organised Irish Tour on Sunday 22nd. There is another incredible double-bill on Friday 27th with leading Donegal traditional music family group Na Mooneys, featuring sisters Mairéad and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, their brother Gearóid and his son Ciarán, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning Rheingans Sisters from Sheffield.

An Grianán Theatre Concerts

The final two Letterkenny Trad Week concerts take place in the wonderful surroundings of An Grianán Theatre. The ‘A Family Affair, Gala Concert’ on Saturday January 28th features an amazing line-up of Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, Rheingans Sisters and young local musicians Coirm. Martin Carthy ‘the greatest English folk song performer of them all’ (Q Magazine) and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza, will be joined by brothers Lynched ‘the most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years’ (The Guardian), 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners (Best Original Track) and Folk Award Nominees (Best Newcomer), the Rheingans Sisters and Coirm, the wonderful young ensemble from Letterkenny’s Ceol na Coille traditional music school.

The final concert on Monday 30th features Billy Bragg & Joe Henry. In March this year Bragg and Henry, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train looking to reconnect with music inspired by the railroad. On this ‘Shine A Light’ tour, they’ll be playing songs from that journey, along with favourites from their own considerable back catalogues.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

Fri 20 January at 8pm
Special Consensus and No Crows
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sun 22 January at 8pm
Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Padraig Rynne
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Fri 27 January at 8pm
Na Mooneys / The Rheingans
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sat 28 January at 8pm
A Family Affair Gala Concert featuring Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, The Rheingans Sisters and Coirm
An Grianán Theatre
€20 Book now!

Mon 30 January at 8pm
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
An Grianán Theatre
€25 Book now!

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th.

The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians including: Billy Bragg and Martin & Eliza Carthy from England, Julie Fowlis and Kris Drever from Scotland, Na Mooneys, Lynched and No Crows from Ireland and Joe Henry and Special Consensus from America.

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th.  The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians. at the launch are Seated Sean Hannigan,  Martin McGinley and Patrica McBride. Back from left are Paul Harrigan, John Gildea, Chris O'Grady,  Jeremy Howard, Paul Browne, Aisling Grier, Daithi Ramsay, Tom Banford, raolach O Fiónain, Anne Marie Conlon and Edel Corcoran.  Photo Clive Wasson

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th. The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians. at the launch are Seated Sean Hannigan, Martin McGinley and Patrica McBride. Back from left are Paul Harrigan, John Gildea, Chris O’Grady, Jeremy Howard, Paul Browne, Aisling Grier, Daithi Ramsay, Tom Banford, raolach O Fiónain, Anne Marie Conlon and Edel Corcoran. Photo Clive Wasson

All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777, or online at www.angrianan.com  Tickets for RCC concerts are priced €12 / €10 concessions, Martin & Eliza Carthy is €20 and Billy Bragg & Joe Henry is €25.

Trad Week not only sorts out any January blues you might have but with a special Pre-Christmas Early Bird Offer, of all 5 concerts for €60 only, it also provides a great option for Christmas presents (offer ends December 23rd). Letterkenny Trad Week is organized by Donegal County Council Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre, in association with Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Music Education Partnership, Music Network and media partner Donegal News.

Regional Cultural Centre Concerts

Letterkenny Trad Week kicks off with three concerts at RCC Letterkenny. There’s a blistering double-bill with classic US Grammy nominated Bluegrass band Special Consensus and the first Letterkenny visit by Sligo’s dynamic folk orchestra No Crows on Friday January 20th. Leading Scottish outfit Lau’s frontman Kris Drever teams up with the exquisite Hebridean singer Julie Fowlis and two of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Padraig Rynne (concertina) as part of a Music Network organised Irish Tour on Sunday 22nd. There is another incredible double-bill on Friday 27th with leading Donegal traditional music family group Na Mooneys, featuring sisters Mairéad and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, their brother Gearóid and his son Ciarán, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning Rheingans Sisters from Sheffield.

An Grianán Theatre Concerts

The final two Letterkenny Trad Week concerts take place in the wonderful surroundings of An Grianán Theatre. The ‘A Family Affair, Gala Concert’ on Saturday January 28th features an amazing line-up of Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, Rheingans Sisters and young local musicians Coirm. Martin Carthy ‘the greatest English folk song performer of them all’ (Q Magazine) and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza, will be joined by brothers Lynched ‘the most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years’ (The Guardian), 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners (Best Original Track) and Folk Award Nominees (Best Newcomer), the Rheingans Sisters and Coirm, the wonderful young ensemble from Letterkenny’s Ceol na Coille traditional music school.
The final concert on Monday 30th features Billy Bragg & Joe Henry. In March this year Bragg and Henry, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train looking to reconnect with music inspired by the railroad. On this ‘Shine A Light’ tour, they’ll be playing songs from that journey, along with favourites from their own considerable back catalogues.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

Fri 20 January at 8pm
Special Consensus and No Crows
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sun 22 January at 8pm
Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Padraig Rynne
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Fri 27 January at 8pm
Na Mooneys / The Rheingans
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sat 28 January at 8pm
A Family Affair Gala Concert featuring Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, The Rheingans Sisters and Coirm
An Grianán Theatre
€20 Book now!

Mon 30 January at 8pm
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
An Grianán Theatre
€25 Book now!

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Opera professionals arrive in Donegal for Strauss’s sparkling operetta

This week the North West Opera present Johann Strauss’s sparkling operetta Die Fledermaus. Like the champagne that flows through it, Die Fledermaus bubbles with uplifting music and comical moments from curtain up. 

The colourful romp follows 24 hours in the lives of a group of Viennese bourgeoisie where disguises, hoaxes and flirtation fuelled by copious amounts of champagne culminate in hilarious results – all set to Johann Strauss’s stirring and sumptuous orchestral score.

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An international cast of opera professionals has been arriving in Donegal over the last week, including German conductor Anton Zapf and his orchestral musicians, South African Tenor Arthur Swan, Dutch Bass-Baritone Frits Kamp and Northern Irish Bass David Robertson. They join the NWO’s resident sopranos Ann Jennings, Diana McLaughlin, Deborah Cunningham and Baritone Paul Martin.

Die Fledermaus soloists rehearsing with orchestra

North West Opera also have their strongest chorus to date, with 47 talented singers drawn from Donegal and Derry/Londonderry.

For more information about the musicians, cast and the final preparations for this fabulous show see Facebook North West Opera Ireland.

Die Fledermaus is on this Friday and Saturday 4 and 5 November at 8pm. Book now!

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