The Kenmare Chamber Choir Recital
Date & Time: Sunday 19th May. Start time: 7:30 pm. Free Admission
The Kenmare Chamber Choir are holding their annual springtime concert in Castletownbere in the Sarah Walker Gallery this May. This is the first time the recital has been held in the town. The evening will include instrumental music such as guitar, lute, and viola de gamba. There will also be readings as well as the choir's own performed pieces. Free admission on the door. All are welcome to come and enjoy the music!
Dr. Strangely Strange
Date & Time: Saturday 4th May. Doors open at 8pm.
Tickets € 15
On their return from a mini tour in Dublin & London, Psychedelic folkies Dr. Strangely Strange will perform at The High Tide Club on Sat 4th May. This concert marks the 50th anniversary of their first album 'Kip Of The Serenes' which we will hear tracks from on the night. The band have also been working alongside Adrian Whittaker on a book about their glory years, 1967 - 1972, 'Fitting Pieces To The Jigsaw' which was published in mid March to outstanding praise & reviews.
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Sample Studios Short Film Night at the Gallery
Date and Time: Friday November 30th 8.30pm
Sample-Studios is a not-for-profit centre for contemporary arts in Cork City which provides affordable workspaces for professional artists. All of the film makers are present or past members.
Running time approximately 1 hour.
The Estuary (Carl Dixon and Colm Walsh)
In 2006 drift net and draft net fishing ended on the lower River Shannon, bringing centuries of tradition to an end. Fishermen and boat builders reflect on their life on the water, fishing as their fathers and grandfathers had fished before them.
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PAULA BILÁ (Formerly GOMEZ)
Date & Time: Friday 7th September, Doors open at 8pm. Tickets € 16
Paula Bilá is a singer-songwriter originally from Spain but based in West Cork for the last four years. Paula's sound is influenced by blues, folk and rock and her compositions have been noted as highly original, with a strong melodic sensibility. Her sound combined with her wide vocal range and powerful delivery is attracting attention from worldwide audiences. "The heart turning voice of Paula Gomez soars like a young Joan Baez" – Kathy Sheridan, The Irish Times
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Date & Time: Saturday 1st September, Doors open at 8pm. Tickets € 16
"The very embodiment of the folk singer, Luka Bloom has that deep sense of social justice with an uncanny ability to distil contemporary life into the pithiest and most alluring combinations of lyrics and melody lines. Last year’s album, Refuge, put a finger on the fractured nature of so much of what’s happening in our world today, from homelessness to war to climate change.
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AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS
Date & Time: Friday 24th August, Doors open at 8pm. Tickets € 13
Lyrically driven, the songs of Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk.
“In between the country-pop music of today and the gritty sound of yesterday you find The Honeycutters with a country-Americana sound that catches the ears of both the young and old. Musically, they make a traditional, honky-tonk-flavored sound bursting with driving rhythmic ambition, enchanting melodies and deeply poetic lyrics.” – Alan Cackett
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CAOIMHIN O' RAGHALLAIGH
Date & Time: Friday 17th August, Doors open at 8pm. Tickets € 16
Caoimhín makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d'amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O'Brien and Brendan Begley, and as a member of The Gloaming and This is How we Fly.
He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center. Although, he admits: "some of my favourite performances have been much more intimate and ephemeral events, special one-off things invented by friends."
He has made twelve recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate.
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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.''
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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. Tickets €16. Performance 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’.