Arts Column with Conor Malone 19.06.14

Arts Column with Conor Malone 19.06.14
This Week’s Highlights include Cello Meeting Ireland, Midsummer Solstice Masquerade Disco, Lee Evan and Songs from the Grand Ole Opry. As detailed below, the 5th Cello Meeting Ireland takes place from this Thursday to Sunday 19th to 22nd June. There are two concerts as part of the event – at 1.15pm on Saturday 21st in The Baor, Ballybofey and at 3pm on Sunday 22nd at Conwal Church, Letterkenny.

This Week’s Highlights include Cello Meeting Ireland, Midsummer Solstice Masquerade Disco, Lee Evan and Songs from the Grand Ole Opry.

As detailed below, the 5th Cello Meeting Ireland takes place from this Thursday to Sunday 19th to 22nd June. There are two concerts as part of the event – at 1.15pm on Saturday 21st in The Baor, Ballybofey and at 3pm on Sunday 22nd at Conwal Church, Letterkenny.

Also on June 21st, there’s a midsummer solstice masquerade disco in The Balor. That kicks off at 10pm and proceeds go to the Irish Heart Foundation.

Comedian Lee Evans is at The Millennium Forum, Derry on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th. Then hypnotist Adrian Night takes up a four night residence at The Forum – Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th.

Also on Wednesday 25th is Songs From The Grand Ole Opry – a night of classic country standards sung by well known local singers such as Martin Orr, Trevor Loughrey and Hugh McLean.

For A Good Cause

Two of our events at The Balor this week will be in aid of very worthy causes. This Saturday June 21st, we’re hosting a Midsummer Masquerade Disco with music from DJ Shaun T Friel and all types of masquerade and fancy dress are welcome (but not compulsory). It starts at 10pm, it’s €10 in and proceeds go to the Irish Heart Foundation.

The following Wednesday, the promoters behind Songs From The Grand Ole Opry have very kindly agreed to donate half of the door proceeds to the family of Oisin Merrit. Oisin is the popular local lad currently hospitalised after an accident in Santa Ponsa. Songs From The Grand Ole Opry will feature popular local singers including Martin Orr, Trevor Loughrey and Hugh McLean paying tribute to country greats like Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and Charlie Pride performing classics made famous at the Mecca of country music, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

Songs From The Grand ole Opry takes place next Wednesday June 25th at 8.30pm. Tickets are €15 available from The Balor Box Office on 074 913 1840 or online at www.balorartscentre.com

Comedy Forum

One of the biggest names in British comedy – actually make that World comedy – Lee Evans comes to the Millennium Forum in Derry for two nights next week.

Now the Forum is one of the biggest venues in the area but it’s actually a bit on the small side for the likes of Lee Evans who once set a world record for a solo act performing to the biggest comedy audience – a massive 10,108 people at The Manchester Arena. He’s one of the biggest draws in comedy today. His Roadrunner tour grossed over £12 million. And here’s me thinking that Conal Gallen was doing well!

Lee will be at The Millennium trying out new material for his forthcoming arena tour so don’t be surprised if you see him with notes in hand during the course of an evening. Any comedians like to try out new material in smaller clubs. I suppose it shows the scale that Lee normally works on that he considers a 1,000 seater auditorium as a nice intimate place to take his jokes for a test drive.

Lee Evans – Work In Progress is at The Millennium Forum Derry next Monday and Tuesday 23rd and 24th June at 8.00pm nightly. Tickets are £28 available from The Forum on 048 71 264455.

The following night (Wednesday 24th) is the opening night of a 4 night run featuring comedian hypnotist Adrian Knight. Tickets for this one range from £10 to £14, contact the box office on the above number for bookings and further information.

Cello! Nice To Meet You.

The 5th Cello Meeting Ireland takes place from today, Thursday 19th June to Sunday 22nd in the Finn Valley Centre for Education, Stranorlar (or the old tech as it’s more commonly referred to locally).There are masterclasses in cello and chamber music given by internationally renowned cellist and teacher Mihai Dancila. Participation is by application only though, so don’t just go turning up on spec.

There are two concerts taking place as part of the event to which you most definitely can, and should, turn up on spec or maybe even go wild and buy a ticket in advance. There’s a lunchtime concert at 1.15pm on Saturday 21st at The Balor Arts Centre. The performance will feature participants of the Cello Master Classes in solo and cello ensemble playing, plus a variety of chamber music ensembles. The Donegal Junior String Orchestra will also be playing as part of the event which will include music by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and many more. This concert will have a 45 minute duration, a perfect lunchtime treat. Teas, coffees and refreshments will be available at the venue. You’re more than welcome to bring your own lunch.

Then there’s a closing concert on Sunday 22nd at 3pm at Conwal Church in Letterkenny featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra and course participants.

The Girls Are Coming Back

Brand new comedy Ladies Night enjoyed a very successful run here in The Balor a couple of weeks ago. Three nights, three packed houses, loads of laughs and great reaction from the audience. All the more pleasing as every aspect of the play, from the writing of it all the way to the finished product, was a local effort.

Such has been the reaction to it that we’re bringing it back – by popular demand as the saying goes - for another three night run at the end of July. It’s a hilarious 
rip roaring comedy. Linda decides to organise a lingerie party in an attempt to lift her spirits and revive her flagging love life. As wine flow, tongues loosen and inhibitions are discarded, the girls decide to give dowdy Emma a makeover in order to regain the affections of her philandering husband, with risqué and chaotic results.

Ladies Night returns to The Balor, Ballybofey from Thursday, July 24th to Saturday, July 7th. Tickets are great value at €10. Phone 074 913 1840 to book or log on to www.balorartscentre.com