Beara Arts Festival - An Evening of Electronic Music
Date & Time: Sunday 5th August at 9pm, Free Admission
Come join the festivities as we celebrate the wealth of local literary, musical and artistic talent on the Beara peninsula. The program this year will feature a wide variety of talks, readings, workshops, performances, and exhibitions.
Sarah Walker Gallery will host electronic musicians Bill Karnation, Ian Geraghty, and Douglas Henderson for a night you won't want to miss!
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THE 4 Of US
Date & Time: Saturday 14th July, Doors open at 8pm. Tickets € 16
THE 4 OF US are one of the biggest bands to ever come out of Northern Ireland, and hail from Newry, Co. Down. They were voted one of the Top10 Best Irish Bands Of All Time, along with the likes of U2 and Thin Lizzy, in a recent TV3 series. This multi-award-winning band have seven lauded albums under their belt and a back catalogue of memorable songs that have featured on American, British and Irish TV and film soundtracks. To this day, their smash hit Mary, remains one of the most played tracks on Irish radio. Founding members and brothers, Brendan and Declan Murphy have been captivating audiences with their superb acoustic performances.
"Intricate arrangements, skilful lyric writing, and as we have come to expect from The 4 Of Us, the songs are imbued with considerable melodic flair. Excellent." – Colm O’Hare, Hot Press
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Date & Time: Saturday 30th June, Doors open at 8pm. Tickets € 16
“His recital was as refreshing an evenings music as I had in months, he brings freshness and immediacy to what he plays”
— The Irish Times
Pat Coldrick's session work and classical appearances have earned him a reputation of being one of the finest and most versatile guitarists in Ireland. His music defies genre and appeals to a wide cross section of music lovers.
Once Pat begins to play people are immediately captivated by his dedication, passion and skill. His interpretation and delivery of each piece combined with his superb artistry as a performer results in his unique ability to make his audience laugh and equally move them to tears.
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Date & Time: Saturday 16th June, Doors open at 8pm. Tickets € 16
GREENSHINE is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear.
“This is a gorgeous album ~ the Sound of a Family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song. Shine on Greenshine.” – Christy Moore
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Paul Tiernan & Maurice Seezer
Date & Time: Sat May 19th Doors open 8pm
Review by Bobby Green:
Do you want to know a secret?
One of Irelands biggest secrets has just landed on my desk for a review. The golden voice of the Cork native Paul Tiernan is just about to release his 7th album and is touring around Ireland to promote it.
When the album arrived, I thought I’d stick it on, continue with what I was doing and write up a review at the weekend when I have a bit more time. But 4 plays later and work is put on hold until the weekend so I can enjoy this glorious spring weather while drifting away to places only the classics could bring me before. Paul Tiernan’s direction on this album is away from the lovelorn and into the vaudeville resulting in a transformation Kevin McCloud would be proud of.
Paul describes the new direction he has taken “I wanted to take a new path away from the acoustic guitar, singer-songwriter world I have inhabited and find somewhere more fantastical, less confessional. I could record intimate, dreamy albums forever but to stray from the easy path and enter new terrain is an exciting, fantastic challenge.
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Date and Time: Friday May 4th Doors open 8pm
Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of the most talented, charismatic and soulful performers of Irish traditional music today. But his musical prowess goes beyond his own cultural roots as he blends an eclectic mix of folk, blues, gospel, soul, rock, and more with his amazing vocals and an array of instrumental mastery from piano to flute, harmonica to bodhran.
Since first bursting onto the scene in the 1980's with his band Hothouse Flowers, Liam has captured the attention of audiences, critics and musicians alike. According to "Rolling Stone Magazine" Bono noted the ensemble were the "best unsigned band on the planet." It is no wonder that Liam remains a "musician's musician" and no surprise he has performed alongside the best of them. As a solo performer as well as frontman of Hothouse Flowers, Liam continues to wow audiences worldwide reinventing himself with each performance.
Date and Time: Saturday 21st April 8pm
KEVIN MCALEER- GURU
Ireland's biggest Lama Kevin McAleer continues his series of worldwide apparitions in 2018, with mindfulness, bananarama yoga, avocado dream therapy, vegan dentistry, moon walking with wolves, coffee visualization, and ego massage. McAleer achieved full spiritual enlightenment after meditating for forty years under the legendary Deepjoy Chakra in Palookaville. His Mindless Nationalism Institute™, founded in Belfast in 1972, has gone viral in the 21st century. Guru McAleer will be signing copies of his very latest awareness bestseller, The Idiot's Guide to Self Love, which has been translated into more than 94,000 languages worldwide and beyond.
An evening of divine light entertainment not to be missed.
Doors open at 8pm. The show will start at 8:30pm sharp.
Tickets €16 and all the proceeds from the door and raffle will be divided equally between St. Josephs Hospital & Focus Ireland, two very worthy charities.
'The Lowest Pair' Friday 30th March
Date and Time Friday 30th March 8pm Adm €12
Kendl Winter, born in Arkansas, formed 'The Lowest Pair' in 2013 with Palmer T. Lee which was the start of their incredible musical journey together.
Since then, the duo have toured extensively. Kendl Winter brings to The Lowest Pair her wonderfully weaving poetry of song, old and new with her beautiful atmospheric vocals.
Palmer T. Lee hails from Minneapolis and was nineteen years old when he inherited a couple of banjos and discovered he could reassemble them into his dream instrument.
Palmer’s songs are distilled into the warm sweet sounds of his percussive wordplay and the melodic interludes of his own unique style played on a pieced together banjo.
Respected writer Mike Morrison described them as “a huge breath of fresh air” at the American Roots UK website while the hugely-influential Lonesome Highway (Ireland) called them a
“musical marriage made in heaven”. Their talent, creative impulses and charm has resulted in a uniquely original sound that is 'The Lowest Pair'.
The Slocan Ramblers
Date: Saturday 28th of October. Doors open 8pm. Adm €15
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
Jim and Sam
Date: Saturday September 23rd, doors 8pm. Tickets €15.
Beginning in November 2016 Jim and Sam the Los Angeles based duo embarked on their biggest project to date "The Anywhere Everyday Tour". Over the past year they have performed live everday - "Yes, every day. Yes, for a year. Yes, no days off!".
This has not been an average tour. Jim and Sam have played everything from traditional music venues to comedy shows, nonprofits, TV shows, private parties, schools, Alamos, factories, under the stars, across the blue ocean and anywhere in between. "Their live performances are an enthralling and captivating experience, driven by their catchy folk tunes and beautiful vocal harmonies." - Cambridge Audio
In 2015, Jim and Sam released their EP, "This Is What's Left." Recorded in Denmark, the EP was featured on Spotify's Pulse of Americana Playlist receiving close to half a million spins and has been heard on BBC, KCRW, KCSN, WXPN and KGSR.
Clip from their single "Where Are You Now" filmed during The Anywhere Everyday Tour in Iceland.
Terry Woods & Pete Cummins
Date: Friday September 15th, doors 8pm. Tickets €15
Two legendary figures from the Irish music scene join forces in a new venture.
Terry Woods is an Irish folk musician, noted for playing the mandolin and cittern, but also plays acoustic and electric guitar, mandola, five-string banjo and concertina. He is also a singer and songwriter.
In 1986 Terry was recruited by The Pogues and had a hugely successful international career with them, recording five albums together.
Pete Cummins is a singer/songwriter who started out in beat groups playing rock music. In 1971 Pete teamed with folk singer Donovan, later on he played with Freddie White in The Fake, in 1985 he formed the Fleadh Cowboys with Johnny Moynihan and Frankie Lane. They produced two albums High Ace to Heaven and Time of your Life,
The band toured with The Pogues, and supported Bob Dylan, U2, and Emmylou Harris. Pete has played with The Chieftains, Nanci Griffith, and recorded with Townes Van Zandt.
The Driftwood Manor
Date: Sat 26th of August. Doors open at 8pm. Adm €12
Formed in 2007, The Driftwood Manor have crafted their own brand of warm and earthy music which weaves strands of apocalyptic appalachia, psychedelic folk and Irish trad into a rich sonic tapestry.
A project of the singer-songwriter Eddie Keenan, The Driftwood Manor "have established a reputation for creating some of the most exciting and innovative music on the contemporary Irish folk scene" - Rock'n'Reel Magazine May 2017 on their newest album 'For The Moon'.
The band is led by Eddie Keenan on vocals, Neil Fitzgibbon on fiddle, Fergie Milton, Lee Roche and Ruby McEntegart.
'I Hear You and Rejoice' new play by Mikel Murfi
Date: Saturday 19th of August. Doors open 8pm. Adm €15
Following the sellout success of The Man In The Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returns to The High Tide Club on Sat 19th Augwith a new one man show ~ 'I Hear You and Rejoice'.
Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. Written and performed by Mikel Murfi I Hear You and Rejoice is a tender and joy filled account of a most unlikely marriage. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival - Celebrating Creativity As We Age.
David Harmax 'On the Edge of Darkness' as part of the Beara Arts Festival
Date: Saturday 5th of August. Doors open 8pm. Adm. €15
David's background is in classical music, but he has recently moved on to composing for film. Having graduated with an MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College and Dublin Institute of Technology, based in the iconic Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin.
David is passionate about composing music for film and quickly captures the essence of every scene; the characters, the motivation, the emotion, the pace and the world in which it all unfolds.
He combines art and music as he draws inspiration both from the visuals put before him and from the written word, always excited to uncover the inner layers of the narrative. David has scored both feature and short films, and conducted and recorded many live scores for ensembles ranging from the small and intimate to the large and powerful.
Harmax's 'At the Edge of Darkness' is a new composition for piano, strings and electronics specially commissioned by Beara Arts Festival. The 30-minute piece is inspired by the various shipwrecks that lie on the seabed around the coast of Beara.
For more information on the Beara Arts Festival visit http://www.bearaartsfestival.com/ for the fulll line up of events.
Cormac O'Caoimh & Martin Leahy
Date: Friday 4th of August. Doors open 8pm. Adm €12.
As part of the Beara Arts Festical Cormac O'Caoimhe will be joined on stage by the mullti-talented musician Martin Leahy at the High Tide Club.
O Caoimh’s intimate vocals and exquisite guitar playing has attracted the attention of musicians and music lovers alike.
“Each song superglues to the memory” **** Mojo
“A tour de force” – Americana UK
“Effortlessly charming” – Songwriter Magazine
Sam Evans and Friends - Verdisa
Date: Saturday 29th of July. Doors open 8pm. Adm €15
Sam Evans and Friends provide a live experience that will captivate your very soul. With an eclectic blend of rock, funk, reggae, blues and beyond, you will be taken on a musical journey from the highest mountains, to the deepest oceans, to the core of your inner being and the edge of the universe itself. The band tunes to 432Hz, which is an alternative frequency that appears throughout nature, meaning it resonates with the entire world we live in and our very bodies. Listening to music at this frequency will help you let your inhibitions go, open up to your surroundings and live as part of a greater consciousness. This band is all about living in the moment and playing on the edge.
ETHIOPIAN COFFEE & CRAFT EVENING FUNDRAISER
Date: Thursday 27th of July 3 - 10 pm. Entrance Free.
Ethiopian coffee and crafts evening in support of development works in Ethiopia. We will be serving Ethiopian Coffee, spiced tea, and munchies. On sale will be handmade Ethiopian, Kenyan and Ugandan products, including jewelry, clothes, soft-furnishings, bags, baskets, scarves, Ethiopian coffee, nuts and spices.
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The 4 Of Us
Date: Saturday 15th of July. Doors open 8pm. Adm €15
The Four Of Us has been one of Ireland's favorite rock-pop groups since its formation in Newry in 1988. The early lineup of the group included the three Murphy brothers - Brendan [Vocals & Guitar], Declan [Guitar & Bass Guitar], Paul [Piano & Keyboards]. The brothers had spent their Summers busking in the south of France. The final member of that original lineup was drummer Peter McKinney who had previously played with Katmandu and The Fountainhead. Since then the band has gone through several lineup changes with Brendan and Declan being the only surviving elements.
The band launched its recording career with the single 'I Just Can't Get Enough'. However, it was with the release of their third single, 'Mary' that The Four Of Us really announced its arrival on the scene. The single reached the Irish Top 10 and has remained a national favourite ever since. The band's debut album, 'Songs For The Tempted' topped the chart upon its release and was later named 'Album Of The Year'.
Botanical Art Workshop
Date: June 24th 10am to 4pm . Fee €40 (includes art materials)
Introduction to Botanical Art Workshop with Ida Mitrani.
The workshop is designed as an introduction to botanical illustration using graphite pencils and watercolour paint, the participant will learn how to measure and portray plants. The session will cover drawing, shading and some watercolour techniques. There will also be an emphasis on colour theory, colour mixing and preparing colour charts.
Participants are required to bring a plant of their choice and/or a couple of leaves.
All levels welcome, with limited spaces available.
50% deposit required to secure place.
Poetry Anthology Launch
Date: June 3rd 5pm-7pm
Hungry Hill writing society hosts poetry launch evening in the gallery.
Launch of Poets Meet Politics Anthology with readings by winning and short-listed poets.
Date: Saturday 3rd of June. Doors open 8pm. Adm €15
Luka Bloom one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists. Having produced 20 albums since the 1970s, Luka continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do.
Luka Bloom has the power to bring audiences to a hush as his poetic lyrics bounce over melodies in a beautiful, captivating way. The same artist can rouse the spirit of the audience to the ceiling when he changes the tempo.
Date: Saturday 20th of May. Doors open 8pm. Adm €12
Sillk is Orla Travers, Julian Halpin and Chris Schmidt-Martin. They come from quite diverse creative backgrounds, including short fiction and theatre, folk, classical and electronic music.
The coming together of eclectic musical backgrounds coupled with Orla's songwriting makes Sillk's style hard to define. The songs they create have stories that are innocent and dark, sweet and caustic, playful and threatening.
Two Time Polka
Date: Saturday 6th May. Doors open 8pm. Admission €15.
From Pana to Louisiana/Cajum 6-piece
Two Time Polka formed in Cork in 1994 and have developed a distinctive sound that has its roots in Cajun, Zydeco, and Bluegrass music. They have built up an enviable reputation for turning out excellent live shows, including numerous performances at Irish festivals such as The Kilkenny Country Roots, The Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, The Cork Jazz Festival, The Galway Arts Festival, The Waterford Spraoi, The Cork Folk Festival to name but a few. The band has also done several European tours and has played at the legendary Glastonbury Festival and more recently Italy’s Premier International Folk Festival ‘Folkest’.
Bean - Seven Piece Band
Date: Friday 21st of April. Doors open 8pm. Admission €12
'Bean' - Is a seven piece band featuring a wide variety of Musicians with multi instrumental talents alongside wonderful harmonies with a sound reminiscent of the 60's/70's Motown/Soul era. The band released their debut album of the same name in January of 2017 and to date has packed out venues across the country. Join Bean Dolan (vocals & guitar), Irene Dunne (vocals & percussion), Brian Casey (vocals and keys), Alan Brooks (vocals & bass), Darragh Coakley (vocals and drums), Isaac Tabor (pedal steel and electric guitar) & André van Hoff (Tenor sax) for a very special night of high energy music and songs at The High Tide Club.
Luka Bloom- Refuge - Album Launch
Date: Saturday December 9th Doors Open 8pm POSTPONED TIL FURTHER NOTICE
'Refuge' is the newest album from Luka Bloom, marking his 40th year as one of Ireland's best known and most respected contemporary folk artists, having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do.
'Refuge' in his own words:
"Sometimes records are planned for months or even years.
Sometimes records sneak up on you.
During Autumn\Winter 2016 the world seemed to become a loud, brutal place. People hurting from war, homelessness, climate change. People respond in different ways.
I sought refuge in songs. I wrote some, I learned some and I visited some old ones.
After a few months of quiet work, I felt the need to put these songs out into the world.
At first I heard choirs and strings and trumpets.
In the end I decided to keep it raw, and simple.
And here it is – REFUGE. 11 songs, recorded in the amazing studio that is Lettercollum Recording Studio, with John Fitzgerald and mastered by my old friend Brian Masterson"
The cover painting is called ‘At One’ – by Tim Goulding, an Irish artist from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. The original painting 'At One' can be viewed at the gig. The cover is designed by Steve Averill. Admission €15.
Anelys Wolf - Artist's Talk- Chiloé Island to Irlanda
Date: Friday November 24th 4pm
Anelys will show images of previous work aswell as talking about her exhbition which will be on show in the gallery.
See all about her and her work in Upcoming Exhibitions.
Christmas Shopping Day
Date & Time: Sat Dec 10th 11 to 6pm
Christmas treats and deals
As well as the current winter exhibition , there is lots more to see on the mezzanine upstairs in the gallery. Straight from the National Craft Fair is the work of Roger Bennett woodturner and Chloe Dowds ceramics. There's a new batch of the very populare Kenyan bead jewelry. There are deals to be had on purchases of the Sarah Walker Gallery Diary 2017.
Date: Sat November 26th 8pm
During his early 20s, Kevin McAleer spent some time walking the earth. He lived for a spell in Barcelona, not long after General Francisco Franco died.
His abiding memory of post-dictatorship Spain was the talk about inflation. “Everybody was complaining about the prices going up. A bottle of wine cost 6p instead of 4p!” he remembers joyfully.
Shortly after returning to Ireland, he got hit with the comedy bug. It was around 1980. His start on stage came at the old comedy club on Harcourt Street in Dublin (where the pay scales were on a par with Franco’s Spain). The comedy club was a basement room in the old Holyrood Hotel; it doesn’t exist anymore. He says he was petrified getting up on stage for the first time.
“It was terrifying, even with three or four pints to soften the trauma,” he says. “The first night I got up on stage, I didn’t even have material. I felt it was enough of a traumatic experience to stand up on stage without having to worry about what you were going to say when you got there. The challenge was to get up out of your chair and stand on stage and hold the microphone. I thought that was enough to be going on with...."
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Date: Sat Oct 15th 8pm
Joe Rooney is an actor and comedian with over twenty years experience in both fields. As an actor he has had major roles in Father Ted (Channel 4), 5 series of Killinascully (RTE), Roy (BBC), RiRa (TG4) and Spookey Stakeout (RTE). He has appeared in many short films including Flying Saucers, Rock n’ Roll (with Ardal O’ Hanlon) and Lean On Me currently showing on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights. He also appeared in the stage version of The Shawshank Redemption at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which garnered a 5 star review from The Sunday Times and had a sold out run in the Gaiety theatre in Dublin.
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Wild Atlantic Words Poetry Festival
Date: Sat Oct 1st 6pm
Readings and awards from the Wild Atlantic Words Poetry Competition 2016 and launch of the anthology