The Arts Column 15.12.16

Lots of festive fun on offer in Donegal this week

There's no shortage of pre-Christmas entertainment, from pantos and school concerts to big names like The High Kings, Lisa Hannigan and Phil Coulter, to the launch of a new book by Little John Nee

Conor Malone

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Lots of festive fun on offer in Donegal this week

The High Kings

This Weeks Highlight's include Christmas shows continuing at The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny and The Millennium Forum in Derry.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is at The Abbey Centre tonight (Thursday 15th) at 8pm and on Saturday 17th at 3pm and 8pm.

Peter Pan is at An Grianan until Saturday December 17th while The Forum's Christmas panto, Cinderella, runs until New Year's Eve.

Also tonight is the second and final night of Back To The ‘80s,  Finn Valley College's Christmas show at The Balor Ballybofey.

Folk balladeers The High Kings are at An Grianan, Letterkenny on Friday 16th and Made In Liverpool celebrates the music of The Beatles at The Millennium Forum, Derry on Saturday.

Sunday sees one of the biggest names in Irish music as Phil Coulter plays An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny.

Saint Mary's National School, Stranorlar perform Superstar at The Balor, Ballybofey from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st of December at 8pm nightly. Also on Monday, musical clerics The Priests play The Millennium Forum, Derry.

Tuesday December 20th sees the launch of Little John Nee's new book of haikus entitled The Apocalypse Came On A Friday at An Grianan and Lisa Hannigan plays An Grianan on Wednesday 21st.

Week of Big Names At An Grianan

The big guns are at in force at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny this week with three A-list musical acts lined up. First up are The High Kings who play tomorrow night (Friday December 16th). They’re followed by Phil Coulter on Sunday 18th and Lisa Hannigan pays a visit on Wednesday 21st.

The High Kings are Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy Martin Furey and Darren Holden. Renowned vocalists and musicians, the quartet have become one of the most talked about Irish ballad groups to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem in the ‘60s, completing sell out tours in Ireland and the US.

Collectively the lads play thirteen different instruments during their performance and they’re also especially noted for their close vocal harmonies.

With a motto of folk ‘n’ roll, it should be a lively night indeed. The High Kings are at An Grianan, Letterkenny tomorrow night Friday December 16th at 8pm. Tickets are e30.

Another huge name from the Irish folk scene comes to An Grianan on Sunday when Phil Coulter takes to the stage to perform new arrangements of all his favourite classic songs from The Town I Loved So Well to Steal Away. He’ll also have a selection of seasonal songs up his sleeve along with special guest Geraldine Branagan.

Tickets for this one are €25 but I’m told it’s sold out. It’s always worth giving the theatre a call in case of any returns or cancellations.

Finally, ending a huge week for music at An Grianan is Lisa Hannigan. It’s hard to believe that it’s 8 years since Lisa released her debut solo album Sea Sew. A huge success, it went double platinum and was nominated for the uber prestigious Mercury Music Prize in the UK. Success, both critical and commercial, continued with her second album Passenger going straight in at no.1 in the album charts and her 3rd album At Swim was released earlier this year.

Lisa was at The Balor as recently as last June for a gig that ranked right up there with one of her best yet so I can guarantee that An Grianan audiences are in for a treat next Wednesday.

Lisa Hannigan plays An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny next Wednesday December 21st at 8pm. Tickets are €25. Tickets for all the gigs mentioned are available from An Grianan on 0749120777 or online at www.angrianan.com

Goats Don't Shave

The Goats aim to finish the year on a high with two gigs at the end of the month – in The Limelight, Glenties on Thursday December 29th and in Simpsons Carndonagh on Friday 30th. Tickets for the Carndonagh gig are on sale at Simpsons – 074 93 74 499 while tickets for The Limelight can be bought in about 20 different locations in shops around Glenties and South West Donegal.

The Goats momentum continues into 2017 with an appearance in The Button Factory in Dublin as part of Temple Bar Trad Fest, so if you have any Donegal ex-pats living in Dublin, you know what to buy them for Christmas.