Musical month of May at An Grianán

Musical month of May at An Grianán
There are some great music acts coming up at An Grianán Theatre this month, including Eagles tribute act Talon on Saturday, May 10.

There are some great music acts coming up at An Grianán Theatre this month, including Eagles tribute act Talon on Saturday, May 10.

Now in their seventeenth year together, Talon have been recognised by the Agents Association of Great Britain at the National Tribute Awards as the official number one Eagles tribute show. In 2014 their latest production will feature all the classic Eagles hits from the timeless back catalogue, including Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, Take It Easy, Desperado, Take It To The Limit, Life In The Fast Lane, The Last Resort and many more. The show features a host of world-class musicians and the immensely powerful four-part vocal harmony and exact musical production on which Talon have built their reputation.

On Tuesday May 6, Charley and Hattie Webb, better known at the Webb Sisters, make their debut An Grianán performance. Personally chosen by Leonard Cohen to join his live band on his first tour in fifteen years, they have played 247 shows with him around the world between 2008 and 2010. Two DVD and audio albums have been released documenting the musical performances of the tour, ‘Live in London’ and ‘Songs from the Road’. On the DVD ‘Live In London’, Charley and Hattie are featured on the song ‘If It Be Your Will’. Born into a family of musicians in Kent, England, Charley and Hattie are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters of originality and intelligence. They will be supported by singer/songwriter Sam Semple, best known for his collaborations with Tom Baxter on hit songs Better and Miracle.

Hailed as ‘one of Ireland’s truly great singers’ (The Guardian), Cara Dillon is known for her captivating vocals and her fresh interpretations of traditional Irish folk songs. She’ll be performing with her band on Sunday, May 25. Born in Dungiven in 1975, Cara was brought up in a musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native Co. Derry. Having won the All Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged only 14 she went on to sing with Oige, De Dannann and then Equation. It was in this band that she met her husband and musical collaborator, Sam Lakeman. She’ll be performing songs from her new album A Thousand Hearts, as well as songs from her extensive back catalogue. J

oining her as support are Winter Mountain. Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, Winter Mountain are Joseph Francis and Martin Smyth. They blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song. The duo share song-writing duties, their individual styles, like their voices juxtaposing yet beautifully complementing the other.

Great songs, a unique voice and a personable stage presence have made Declan O’Rourke one of Ireland’s most sought after live performers and he’s back in An Grianán over the June bank holiday on Sat 31 May. He is best know for penning the song Galileo, which Paul Weller singled out as the only song from the past 20 years that he wished he had written. Many artists have covered ‘Galileo ‘ including Josh Groban for his fifth studio album, Illuminations. It has also been recorded by Scottish folk star Eddi Reader, and Jacqui Dankworth, daughter of Jazz legends Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth, recorded the song for her second album, Back to You. Support act is Letterkenny singer Karen Kelly, singled out by the Irish Times Jim Carroll as one to watch out for.

To book or for further information call An Grianán Theatre’s box office on 0749120777 or see www.angrianan.com

COMEDY

There’s a stellar line up for the comedy in the Greenroom in Letterkenny this coming Thursday night. Previewing her new Edinburgh Fringe Show is Eleanor Tiernan (RTE’s Irish Pictorial Weekly, The Liffey Laughs and BBC’s One Night Stand.). I’ve seen Eleanor doing support for Tommy Tiernan and she’s very good. There’s also Adam Cullen: Composer, writer, stand-up comedian, singer and videographer, the winner of the 2011 Paddy Laughs Championship, and a finalist in several other competitions including the Ards Comedy Competition 2012, Tedfest 2014, and Forbidden Fruit 2014. His standup was featured on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena, The Rowan Hand Show, and Good Morning Newry and Mourne. I saw local comedian Pauric Gallagher last week and I was shocked at how good he’s got. There’s also Therese Coyne and Kevin Goldsmith and if that wasn’t enough there’s resident compere Barry Mack, all this for only 5 euro this Thursday May 8th at 9pm.