Arts & Parts November 14th, 2016

From established performers to young artists

Damien Dempsey coming to Donegal this month

Daithi Ramsay


Daithi Ramsay


From established performers to young artists

Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny in The Matchmaker

Luck Just Kissed You Hello, whichpremiered at Galway International Arts Festival in 2015, comes to An Grianán Theatre on Friday November 18th and Saturday 19th.

It is a beautiful, relentless and fiercely funny play that The Guardian newspaper called “a blistering exploration of masculinity”, and The Irish Independent said was “provocative, funny, and intensely moving”.

This is one for those who like their drama a little out of the ordinary, dealing with what is the current hot topic of gender identification, and what does it mean to be a man in today’s Ireland. 

In another production coming to An Grianán this month, well-known Irish actors Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny star in The Matchmaker, an adaptation of John B Keane’s novella, Letters of a County Matchmaker, on Saturday, November 26th. This Keane work follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn.


Music at the RCC

Switzerland’s jazz piano trio Vein perform in concert with New York saxophonist Greg Osby on Thursday November 17th in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.

On the following night Friday, November 18th, the acclaimed French guitarist Pierre Bensusan is in concert. He is described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”.

If you fancy either of those, you can book on 074 91 20777 and online at 


Damien Dempsey at the Balor Arts Centre

Damien Dempsey returns to The Balor on Saturday 19th November as part of a tour marking the release of No Force On Earth, an album of both original songs and covers commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising.

Tickets for the Balor are available on 074 91 61840 and

Damien will also be playing McGrory’s of Culdaff the night before, on Friday, 18th November. 


Bread and Roses Theatre Company

The Donegal theatre company Bread and Roses, who brought us Dario Fo's Can’t Pay?, Won’t Pay! last year, are premiering their new project, Waving, Not Drowning, The Mental Health Road Show, at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny on Wednesday, November 23rd.

A montage of short plays, sketches and songs, the new project aims to challenge stigmas and stereotypes and ensure that the voices of those who experience mental health problems, and those who care for them, are heard.

Bread and Roses are taking bookings now for a cross-border tour of the show in spring of 2017.

The roadshow is suitable for campaigns, community centres, colleges, trade unions and workplaces, festivals and fundraisers as well as theatres and art centres.

To book for An Grianán, call 074 91 20777. To contact Bread and Roses about the roadshow, call 087 9959345.


Shindig 2016 

The last Shindig of 2016 takes place on Friday, 25th November, in Voodoo Vintage, Letterkenny.  

Every Shindig showcases a line-up of emerging and established musical artists from across Ireland and beyond: The shows feature eclectic and eccentric performance acts, good vibes and a DJ set from Shindig's resident party enabler, Dano.

Like the Shindig Nights Facebook group to keep up with line-up announcements and fresh Shindig-related content.

This is their last Shindig of 2016, as they take a break for December. The fun starts around 10pm.