A weekly look at the local entertainment scene
The exhibition is part of a series of events to celebrate the contribution of Letterkenny Town CouncilAn open submission exhibition takes place from March 25th to April 17th at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny featuring artists from the Letterkenny Town Council area. That is: artists who are born and reared in, living in or working in the Letterkenny Town Council area. The exhibition is part of a series of events to celebrate the contribution of Letterkenny Town Council, which has played a major role in the development and support of the cultural and social infrastructure in the town. The RCC has supported many local artists to date but there are many more who have not had the opportunity to exhibit in the main gallery and the exhibition will introduce new artists and new audiences to the Centre.
Peter Mulvey at the Balor
With a career spanning 20 years and 15 albums Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the Us singer-songwriters to tour these shores. With a voice that feels like old leather and a guitar that sounds like it’s on steroids he exudes talent. His sound combines Tom Waits with Duke Ellington, Willie Nelson with Thelonius Monk, addressing each tune with a true artists touch. His mirthful, gravelly baritone is front and centre, each song a master class in restraint, phrasing and commitment. Twenty-odd years on the road has generated a vast, varied catalogue combined with a deep well of classic and obscure covers. Night after night, the process of divining the heart of a song has shaped him as a artist. He plays the Balor on the 22nd March.
A Cajun Hooley!
Some real feel good music. The Louisiana kings of Cajun The Revelers were formed when founding members of two of the mightiest forces in American roots music, The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, came together. They happily look back to better times, recapturing some of the feel-good essence of the past. It’s nostalgic, gutsy and pulsating. When the band released the debut album it won them widespread acclaim and invitations to appear at major festivals all across the globe. If that all sounds like it’s time to party, you’ve got that right! They are on at the baler Arts Centre on Tuesday March 25th. To book call 07491 31840.
Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines. He plays An Grianán Theatre this Saturday 22 March. The County Down native who now calls West Sligo home has not actually toured Ireland for seven years more often touring Europe, Canada, America or New Zealand, performing in front of an army of appreciative fans whom he has courted over a career spanning more than a quarter of a century. It may be quite some time before you experience him again given how busy he is. You can see him this Saturday 22nd March at An Grianán Theatre. Book on 074 91 20777 or angrianan.com
The Bridge Below The Town
To a backdrop which includes songs by Bridie Gallagher this new Pat McCabe play takes turns being like Father Ted, Twin Peaks and the Singing Detective but what is reality and what is not? There’s some great characters and just when your head is completely confused all is revealed in this often surreal take on small town Ireland in the 1950s. An enjoyable watch that’ll have you thinking about it for some time to come. It’s on at An Grianan Theatre this Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th March.
The Audition Grand Final!
This Sunday sees the Grand Finale of Highland Radio & Full Tilt Studio’s The Audition which comes to a conclusion after four hotly contested live heats. The finalists are Amy Gardiner, The Shevlin Twins, Lauryn Mulholland, The Elliot Duo, Laura McNutt, Helena Sherry, Maria McCormack, Apollo 6, Lia-Della Friel and Dervla Martin. The lucky winner will receive a €5,000 package consisting of €3,000 Cash and an audio visual package from Full Tilt Studios worth €2000 to produce a CD or Video! The show starts at 8pm. These shows have been great so far and it’s a great night’s entertainment.
The Abbey Theatre
Having enjoyed huge international success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning three major awards, the Abbey Theatre brings an important new play, Quietly, to Letterkenny on Fri 28 and Sat 29 March. Belfast is a place where things need to be said. Jimmy and Ian are meeting tonight for the first time. They share a violent past. They need to talk. A powerful story of truth and forgiveness from Belfast writer Owen McCafferty. Directed by Jimmy Fay (The Seafarer), Quietly stars Robert Zawadzki, Patrick O’Kane and Declan Conlon. Owen McCafferty is one of Ireland’s most successful playwrights. Over the last 20 years many of his plays have been performed throughout Europe and have won various awards. For more info call the box office on 074 912 0777.
There’s a new cabaret night in Letterkenny with the first night of The Revelry coming up on Friday, March 28th in the Greenroom at Voodoo. Former Crash Cabaret MC and performer Maximum Homosapien along with Taryn Gleeson and Michael Leddy hold the reins of this new adventure. Hopefully I’ll have more information on it next week.