In Their Thousands have been added to the Duke Special show in An Grianan Theatre on Saturday 8th December as Special Guests. This mouth watering double bill comes in a great year for the local band who have gained much plaudits and followers with their new EP Cellars. To book call An Grianan Box Office on 074 912 0777 or go online at angrianan.com
An Evening with Arty McGlynn featuring Nollaig Casey and Arty’s Blues and Jazz super group. Arty McGlynn is an Irish guitarist born in Omagh, County Tyrone.
In addition to his solo work, he has collaborated with different notable groups such as Patrick Street, Planxty, Four Men and a Dog, De Dannan and the Van Morrison Band.
Nollaig Casey is an Irish fiddle player, and has an international reputation as one of Ireland’s finest fiddle players. By the time she was eleven years old she could play violin, piano, tin whistle and uilleann pipes.
Tickets €12 / €10 on sale from An Grianan Theatre Box Office, 074 912 0777 and from angrianan.com
Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney
An Grianán Theatre Productions presents Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, directed by veteran multi-award winning actor Sean McCormack, with a cast of Jean Curran, Kieran Kelly and Donal Kavanagh.
Brian Friel’s “Molly Sweeney” won the 1996 New York Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play. The 1993 play revolves around a courageous blind Irishwoman Molly Sweeney; Frank, her charmingly enthusiastic husband; and Mr. Rice, the alcoholic eye surgeon who partially restores her sight. In separate speeches, each recalls his or her version of the events leading to Molly’s miraculous cure and the shattering aftermath. This great play is on at An Grianan on the 22nd & 23rd November.
Selena Mowat Exhibition
There’s an exhibition of great paintings in An Grianan Theatre at the moment, ranging from abstract to the Magnificent Seven to many of Letterkenny’s most recognisable characters.
From the co-creator of local art magazine ZWEEF and member of local artist collective Avant Garda comes an exclusive solo show by Letterkenny based artist Selena Mowat in An Grianan Theatre, pop in and have a look.
Selena studied painting at Dundee University in Scotland where she also taught Drawing and Painting for six years before re-locating to Donegal.
She will also be representing Ireland next year on a residency to France as part of the Culture Ireland programme alongside fellow Avant Garda artists Paul Rooney, Adrian Kelly, Damien McGinley, Joan Murray and John Canning.
It’s ben four long years since Damien Dempsey last played the Balor Arts Centre. They are delighted to welcome him back as part of a tour of Ireland and the UK promoting his new album Almighty Love.
Ever since the release of his debut single Dublin Town in 1997 Damien Dempsey has been a force on the Irish music scene. His passion, emotion and distinctive Dublin accented singing voice have marked him out as a peer of and successor to the likes of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly and Shane McGowan. His live gigs are remarkable – containing a passion and intensity that really needs to be experienced to be appreciated.
His mixture of Irish folk with contemporary lyrics and social commentary have won admiration from and invitations to perform with Bob Dylan and Morrisey among others. To book call 074 913 1840 or go online at balorartscentre.com
The Ballad of Dixie Walsh!
Pat Shortt’s new one-man comedy show, at An Grianan Theatre on 17th November, charts the life of Dixie Walsh (Jumbo Breakfast Roll, Where Did My Money Go). The show is a tribute night to Dixie where all his peers and friends (the audience) come to celebrate his career.
Pat Shortt’s quirky interpretation of rural Irish characters brings to life Dixie’s mother, his teacher and other locals who queue up to recall their draft memories of Dixie and his music. I Am The Band is a hilarious look at life on the back roads between Ireland’s dance halls, and a tribute to one of this country’s true music legends- Dixie Walsh..
Panto at the Balor
The Butt Drama Circle annual Christmas panto marks the beginning of the Christmas season, and this year starts on 30th November.
This year join Robinson Crusoe (Margaret Cunnane) as he races the wicked pirates (Gordon Lucas and Eddie Flanagan) in a frantic search for buried treasure. Along the way there’s Mermaids, Cannibals, Robinsons brother Silly Billy (JC Bonar) and comedy duo Port and Starboard (Paddy McMenamin and Mary Laverty).
There’s great songs courtesy of King and Queen Neptune (Brian Duffy and Mary Sweeney) while the kids will just love the adorable dog. Directed by Kathleen McGowan, a cast of seventy locals combine their talents to bring you a show full of laughter and romance, dazzling dancing and sinking ships.
The Butt Drama Circle has a reputation as the best showcase of local talent in the North West and this community production guarantees great entertainment for all the family.
Red Riding Hood
C21 again provide the schools Christmas panto at An Grianan as they were so well received last year. This year it’s Red Riding Hood!
And it’s on from 17th to the 22nd December. This famous cautionary story of an ordinary little girl’s battle with a big bad Wolf is sure to captivate young audiences. It is suspenseful, colourful, dramatic and entertaining with a mixture of well-known and original songs. Music by Mark Dougherty (who has just finished working on George Best - Dancing Shoes) and an all-star cast, this production promises to be c21’s best yet!