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An Opera For Your Inner Child and Your Grown-up Self

Irish National Opera, Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre present Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

Irish National Opera, Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre present their national tour of Engelbert Humperdinck’s greatest hit, his heart-warming fairytale opera HANSEL AND GRETEL this spring.

After its opening run at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Saturday 8 – Saturday 15 February, 2020, Hansel and Gretel will be performed at An Grianán for one night only on Saturday 7 March – book now.

“Humperdinck’s music conjures just the right type of magic to ensnare us all in his world.” – Muireann Ahern, co-director

“A great starting point for anybody new to opera” – Fergus Sheil, INO Artistic Director

Irish National Opera, Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre are collaborating for the first time on an exciting new production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s masterpiece, the compelling three-act opera Hansel and Gretel, reimagined in a mysterious modern setting. One of the greatest operas about children, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is sweet and beguiling, combining childlike simplicity with heart-aching beauty. Don’t be fooled. This is a story of greed, mouth-wateringly sugar-coated.

This provocative production will be performed in English, with English surtitles, by an Irish cast of six singers and three actors, with an ensemble of seven musicians on stage

After six nights at the Abbey Theatre, this new production of the world’s favourite fairytale opera goes on a nationwide tour to nine theatres around the country.

HANSEL AND GRETEL
Hansel and Gretel, with a libretto by the composer’s sister Adelheid Wette based on the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale, was an immediate, whirlwind success at its premiere in Weimar in December 1893. A year later it had been produced in 50 theatres in Germany alone, and it quickly made its way to Dublin, where it was produced in August 1895. It’s one of the small number of operas that has an enduring appeal for children as well as adults and INO’s new production will be sung in David Pountney’s English translation.

THEATRE LOVETT
Theatre Lovett has been described by The Irish Times “one of the most imaginative and indispensable companies at work today”. Muireann Ahern, who co-directs the opera with Louis Lovett, says “We are thrilled to be sinking our teeth into Humperdinck’s delicious opera. Our penchant is for stage work that appeals to both adult and child. We are looking forward to working with Irish National Opera for the first time, and bringing our cross-generational approach to this operatic party. We will have a fresh slant on the situation of the poverty-stricken family whose children stray into a beguiling culinary underworld.”

THE ABBEY THEATRE
Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, Directors of the Abbey Theatre add “Collaboration is a key pillar of our programming – joining forces with talented artists and companies on projects that, we feel, say something about the world we live in and hold a mirror up to Irish society. We are proud to partner with Theatre Lovett and Irish National Opera to bring a fresh, new production of this beloved fairytale and fantastic opera to audiences both here at the Abbey in Dublin and across the country.”

IRISH NATIONAL OPERA
INO Artistic Director Fergus Sheil says, “I really love the work of Theatre Lovett. Both Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett have a cheekiness and irreverence that guarantees fun, but they also have a serious understanding of how to make their work really connect with audiences. And I have always had a soft spot for Engelbert Humperdinck’s best-known opera, which was praised by some of the great figures of his time, including Richard Strauss, who conducted the first performance, and Gustav Mahler, who conducted it the following year. Hansel and Gretel seemed to me like a perfect vehicle for Muireann and Louis to begin their first operatic exploration.

“We are excited to bring an INO production to the stage of our national theatre for the first time, and with the nationwide tour, the production will have the longest run of any Irish National Opera production to date.”

IRISH CAST
Mezzo-soprano Raphaela Mangan, who sings Hansel, says, “A children’s story told through opera, what’s not to love?” And she describes the role of Hansel as “one of my favourite roles to sing.” Soprano Amy Ní Fhearraigh, the production’s Gretel, says “It’s the perfect opera for audiences young and old with its combination of lush but approachable and playful music. And of course, it’s a fairytale story that everyone knows and loves.”

The all-Irish cast also includes Miriam Murphy, who makes her INO stage debut as Mother. Ben McAteer, whose INO debut as the Count in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro was described by Opera Journal as “perfectly measured for technique and character,” sings Father. Cork soprano Emma Nash, praised by the Sunday Independent for her “powerfully soaring Amore” in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for INO, sings the Dew Fairy and Sandman. Carrickfergus mezzo-soprano Carolyn Dobbin makes her INO debut as the Witch.

Performance date: Sat 7 March at 8pm. Tickets are €30/€27 with special discounts for families and under 18s. Find out more here.

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2020 – Side-splitting and heartwarming play for Trad Week

‘Trad’ by Mark Doherty for Letterkenny stage

AN Grianán Theatre hosts a side-splitting, heartwarming play as part of the sixth annual Letterkenny Trad Week line-up, 19th to 26th January 2020.

Following their highly-acclaimed 2018 tour, and their extended sold-out run at The Abbey Theatre, Livin’ Dred Theatre present the award-winning ‘Trad’ by Mark Doherty, an hilarious, absurd and poignant tale of a 100-year-old Irishman and his father on Thursday, 23rd January.

Actor and playwright Mark Doherty said he’d love to say that he intended to write Trad, that he conceived the idea, committed it to the page, and sat back and watched as it came to fruition as he had hoped and foreseen.

“I always imagined that this is how it works. And maybe it is, for great playwrights. My journey was a little different,” he told RTÉ Culture earlier this year.

“Trad began its life as a short radio piece- a two-hander, and little more than an extended sketch. It featured two ancient, bickering characters, father and son, bound together, mutually dependent, full of love and resentment equally, in an undefined time and place (anyone ever come across a fella called Beckett?). Anyhow, it went out on RTÉ radio, and that was that.

“But I soon realised there was more to be done with it. The manuscript lived in a bottom drawer for months, but I could hear the characters screaming at me still. I would go to bed at night and re-run bits of scenes in my head. Or wake up to find the father and son had infiltrated my dreams.

“I could hear them with great clarity. So out came the script again.

“Without meaning to sound silly, this is a beautiful and privileged position to be in: the feeling that the characters are leading the writing process. On the rare days when this happens, it really is a thrill to go to work.

“Around this time, Rough Magic and the Dublin Fringe Festival came up with an initiative for new playwrights, called Seeds. In this environment, with lots of help and encouragement, my little play developed further. A year and a million rewrites later and I felt Trad, as a full-length stage piece, was ready to show to somebody.”

Featuring Clare Barrett, Gus McDonagh and Seamus O’Rourke, live original music by Jim Doherty, and directed by award-winning actor Aaron Monaghan, ‘Trad’ at An Grianán on Thursday, 23rd January is not to be missed.

Further festival highlights include Sharon Shannon, The Lisa O’Neill Trio, Clann Mhic Ruairí, Paul Harrigan, Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Lemoncello and The Straddy Session.

Letterkenny Trad Week, 19th to 26th January 2020, is brought to you by the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, with the kind support of Donegal County Council, The Donegal News (Media Partner), Music Network, Arts Council of Ireland and Earagail Arts Festival.

Tickets are available from regionalculturalcentre.com, angrianan.com, Tel 07491 20777, on in person from An Grianán Theatre’s Box Office, Port Road, Letterkenny.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

Lisa O’Neill Trio & Lemoncello
Sunday, 19th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty
Monday, 20th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Clann Mhic Ruairi & Guests
Tuesday, 21st January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Laoise Kelly + Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn & The Straddy Session
Wednesday, 22nd January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Trad
Thursday, 23rd January, 8pm
An Grianan Theatre – €18/€16
Book now!

Xylouris White & Navá
Friday, 24th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Paul Harrigan, Tim Edey & Friends
Album Launch
Saturday 25th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Sharon Shannon
Sunday 26th January, 8pm
An Grianán Theatre – €25
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Letterkenny Trad Week 2020 – Sharon Shannon takes you back to 1989

Music spanning three decades from legendary musician

AN Grianán Theatre is delighted to welcome one of the biggest names in Irish trad to cross over into popular music for the upcoming sixth annual Letterkenny Trad Week (19th to 26th January).

Sharon Shannon

Legendary button accordion player Sharon Shannon will be closing the 2020 festival at the Letterkenny theatre on Sunday, 26th January.

In June 1989 Sharon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to the world famous Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys.

In the 30 years that have elapsed since then, Sharon has recorded ten studio albums; five live albums, release four four ‘Best of’ compilations and three live concert DVDs. Sharon has received many awards, including being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

She has collaborated, recorded and toured with everyone from Willy Nelson, Bono, Johnny Depp, Shane McGowan, John Prine to Nigel Kennedy and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Sharon has also had many hit records including The Galway Girl with Steve Earle, It’s Christmas Time Again with Wallis Bird and Go Tell the Devil with Imelda May.

In the mid-1980s, Shannon studied the accordion with Karen Tweed and the fiddle with Frank Custy, and performed with the band Arcady, of which she was a founding member.

In May 1989, Sharon began work on her first album at Winkles Hotel Kinvara with producer John Dunford. This recording session lasted three days and featured guest appearances by some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Donal Lunny, Gerry O’Berne, Mary Shannon, Eoin O’Neill, The Waterboys/ Mike Scott and U2’s Adam Clayton. Last month, the musician released 16 tracks recorded at this time that have never been released on an album aptly called The Winkles Tapes.

Sharon’s Letterkenny Trad Week performance at An Grianán Theatre, for which she will be accompanied by Alan Connor on keys/guitar, will showcase music from her back catalogue beginning in 1989 right through to the present day.
Alan is a multi instrumentalist who has served as right hand man to International Artists Sharon Shannon & Jack L over the past ten years.

He has toured extensively all over the world including the USA, Australia, Asia, Canada and all over Europe.
Alan has also played with artists such as Imelda May, Shane McGowan, Something Happens, Mary Black, Steve Earle, Mary Coughlan, Frances Black, Finbar Furey and many more.

Further festival highlights in January include Lisa O’Neill, Clann Mhic Ruairí, Paul Harrigan, Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Donegal/Carlow duo Lemoncello and Donegal-based group The Straddy Sessions.

Letterkenny Trad Week, 19th to 26th January 2020, is brought to you by the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, with the kind support of Donegal County Council, The Donegal News (Media Partner), Music Network, Arts Council of Ireland and Earagail Arts Festival.

Tickets are available from regionalculturalcentre.com, angrianan.com, Tel 07491 20777, on in person from An Grianán Theatre’s Box Office, Port Road, Letterkenny.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

Lisa O’Neill Trio & Lemoncello
Sunday, 19th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty
Monday, 20th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Clann Mhic Ruairi & Guests
Tuesday, 21st January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Laoise Kelly + Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn & The Straddy Session
Wednesday, 22nd January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Trad
Thursday, 23rd January, 8pm
An Grianan Theatre – €18/€16
Book now!

Xylouris White & Navá
Friday, 24th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Paul Harrigan, Tim Edey & Friends
Album Launch
Saturday 25th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Sharon Shannon
Sunday 26th January, 8pm
An Grianán Theatre – €25
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Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

LETTERKENNY Trad Week has just unveiled its full line-up for January 2020 featuring a host of homegrown and international talent.

Now going into its sixth year, the annual event continues to go from strength to strength attracting a high calibre of musicianship.

Hosted by the Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre, the event aims to promote Irish traditional music, as well as giving you a flavour of traditions from around the world.

This year’s line-up includes Sharon Shannon, Lisa O’Neill, Clann Mhic Ruairí, Paul Harrigan & Tim Edey, Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Lemoncello, The Straddy Sessions, Xylouris White, Navá and more.

Kicking off this week-long celebration of Irish and world music will be renowned Cavan singer/songwriter Lisa O’Neill on Sunday, 19th January, in the RCC. Support on the night will come from Donegal/Carlow duo Lemoncello, Laura Quirke and Claire Kinsella, who are making their first appearance in Claire’s native Letterkenny.

Letterkenny Trad Week will come to a close with a big concert at An Grianán with legendary button accordion player Sharon Shannon on Sunday, 26h January.

In addition to hosting Sharon Shannon, who will be accompanied accompanied by Alan Connor on keys/guitar, An Grianán is also hosting a fantastic play during Trad Week.

Following their highly-acclaimed 2018 tour, and their extended sold-out run at The Abbey Theatre, Livin’ Dred Theatre present the award-winning ‘Trad’ by Mark Doherty at An Grianán Theatre, an hilarious, absurd and poignant tale of a 100-year-old Irishman… and his father! Together they set out to discover the son they never knew he had.

Jeremy Howard, General Manager at the RCC, said: “Letterkenny Trad Week has not only hosted some of the biggest names in Irish traditional and international folk music, it has also brought together musicians for collaborations and introduced new acts.

“This year is no different as we look forward to welcoming Music Network’s quartet of Galician and Irish artists, Anxo Lorenzo gaita/whistles), Jim Murray (guitar), Dónal O’Connor (fiddle) and Jack Talty (concertina) and hosting the first-ever performance of the Strady Session.

“The new Donegal-based ensemble includes singer/guitarist Michael Gallanagh from Inishowen, fiddle player Barry McLaughlin from Tyrone, Monaghan concertina player Róna Dinkin, flute player John Lee from Leitrim and fiddle player Séamus McGuire from Sligo.”

An Grianán’s Director, Patricia McBride said: “I am really delighted that An Grianán is again hosting Trad Week in association with RCC in 2020. It’s a great start to the year’s programme.

“We have a superb line-up of artists and events throughout the week, an absolute feast for music fans in the north-west.”

Letterkenny Trad Week, 19th to 26th January 2020, is brought to you by the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, with the kind support of Donegal County Council, The Donegal News (Media Partner), Music Network, Arts Council of Ireland and Earagail Arts Festival.

Tickets are available from regionalculturalcentre.com, angrianan.com, Tel 07491 20777, on in person from An Grianán Theatre’s Box Office, Port Road, Letterkenny.

Lisa O’Neill Trio & Lemoncello
Sunday, 19th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty
Monday, 20th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Clann Mhic Ruairi & Guests
Tuesday, 21st January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Laoise Kelly + Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn & The Straddy Session
Wednesday, 22nd January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Trad
Thursday, 23rd January, 8pm
An Grianan Theatre – €18/€16
Book now!

Xylouris White & Navá
Friday, 24th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Paul Harrigan, Tim Edey & Friends
Album Launch
Saturday 25th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Sharon Shannon
Sunday 26th January, 8pm
An Grianán Theatre – €25
Book now!

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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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