The Arts Column

Conor Malone lists events well worth considering

The Arts Column

Eddie Kerr comedy Packie’s Wake, fresh from a successful run in Derry’s Millennium Forum, continues tonight (Friday 21st_ and on Saturday night at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny tonight. Aussie Bryson and Fergus Cleary among others perform at An Evening Of Song & Stories at The Playhouse in Derry tonight (Friday 21st). Veteran showband The Indians play The Alley in Strabane and You’ve Got A Friend celebrates the music of James Taylor and Carole King at The Millennium Forum.

Also on Friday is the opening of Local Legends – an art exhibition featuring images inspired by Irish Mythology burned onto wood by artists Nathan Keys and Jeni Kennedy. That’s at The Balor, Ballybofey at 7pm.

On Saturday afternoon at The Balor at 3pm there is a free screening of seminal documentary The Battle Of The Somme in conjunction with the Donegal County Museum. On Saturday evening singer Chris Kavanagh performs his Spirit Of Irish Folk show at The Alley in Strabane and Peter Corry’s Masters Of The Musicals is at The Millennium Forum in Derry.

Finally, The Butt Drama Circle begin a three night run (Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27thOctober) of the John B Keane classic Many Young Men Of Twenty at The Balor, Ballybofey.

Damien Dempsey

Mea Culpa - I have to apologise for spreading misinformation in last weeks column where I announced upcoming Damien Dempsey gigs in Ballybofey (November 19th) and Letterkenny.

I was working off an informal unconfirmed schedule and there’s been a bit of scheduling chopping and changing since. In fairness trying to organise a fourteen or fifteen date tour is a bit of a logistical handlin’.

As luck would have it, the tour was officially announced last Thursday and made a liar out of me.

Damien (pictured) is still playing The Balor on Saturday November 19th but the Letterkenny gig on the 20th isn’t happening. There are two other local gigs on the tour – in The Playhouse in Derry on Saturday November 12th and in McGrory’s in Culdaff on Friday November 18th so between those three dates the North West should be well covered.