Donegal's Arts & Parts December 19th, 2016

Daithi Ramsay

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Daithi Ramsay

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Donegal's Arts & Parts December 19th, 2016

In Their Thousands

Lisa Hannigan this Wednesday
When Strabane’s man about music Mickey Ferry says that Lisa Hannigan’s gig in Derry last week was the best he’s seen all year people should sit up and take notice. Mickey is an obsessive live gig goer, radio dj and club dj and has impeccable taste! You can see what the fuss is all about this Wednesday 21st December in An Grianan Theatre.
Lisa is promoting her new album At Swim and will be supported by American Heather Woods Broderick, who apart from her own solo material has been part of Efterklang, Horse Feathers and Loch Lomond, and been a member of the backing bands of Laura Gibson and Sharon Van Etten.
There are still a few tickets left, so give yourself that pre-Christmas treat you deserve. Booking on 074 91 20777 or angrianan.com.

Peter Pan
An Grianán Theatre’s youthful production of Peter Pan impressed this week. It’s a bit of an undertaking to gather 27 non professionals aged from 7 to 25 together and make it into a professional show but under the watchful eyes of Nora Kavanagh, Louise Conaghan and Trudy Ní Dhomhnaill, they managed just that! Congratulations to all involved.

In Their Thousands
In Their Thousands are two brothers, a cousin and an old friend from each of the three peninsulas on the rugged north coast of our fair county, who are all singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. If you follow the local music scene at all they’ll need no introduction. They do an amazing homecoming gig each year in An Grianan Theatre on December 27th and this year is no exception. Apparently they have a superb and exciting support act lined up too but they are keeping us all in suspense on who that is!

Christmas Nights Out Round Up
I myself will be the DJ in The Central Bar’s new venue No. 58 on the Main st in Letterkenny on St Stephen’s Day, while PK and Marty will have their Annual Punk, Ska, New Wave and Mod Night in Rouge the night after.
Also on St Stephen’s Night, there’s a big alternative gathering at the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey with Makings, Susie Blue, DJ Bombscare, Ali Doherty & Grinder.
On the 27th there’s a reprise of Karen Kelly, Shauna McDaid, Gareth Toye, David Toye, John Ruddy, Mike Warren and Simon McCafferty’s Halloween Fright Night gig in The Cottage Bar from 10pm.
Another night that’s become a festival tradition is DJ Holmes Price (Declan McGlynn) and DJ Dano and friends in Rouge on the 28th December. This year they are promising a Bowie and Prince special.

Letterkenny Trad Week
Letterkenny Trad Week 2017 has just been launched it’s got a cracking line up of artists coming to town this year, including the just announced The TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh.
The event has gone from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival, which takes place from 20th-30th January, has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians including: Billy Bragg and Martin & Eliza Carthy from England, Julie Fowlis and Kris Drever from Scotland, Na Mooneys, Lynched and No Crows from Ireland and Joe Henry and Special Consensus from America. Check it all out at angrianan.com