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Max T. Barnes – Benefit Concert in Aid of Western Care Association

Max T. Barnes

“Stories Behind The Hit Songs”

in association with Western Care

Saturday, May 2nd 2020

Doors: 7.00pm | Show: 8.00pm

 

 

Nashville singer/songwriter Max T. Barnes has written the hits you’ve loved for years.  He and his father, Max D. Barnes, have sold 70 million records, scoring thirty three #1’s for names like Cash, Haggard, Jones, and Nelson.

Songs like “Love, Me”, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “Look At Us” by Vince Gill and “You’re Goin’ out the Same Way You Came In” by Big Tom.

Max T. and his Nashville band share the songs and stories sure to make you laugh and cry.

 

 

Absolute 80s

Absolute 80s

Performed by the Mayo Concert Orchestra

Afterparty with DJ Ed Smith (Today FM)

Friday 06 March 2020

8.00pm till late

Full Bar

 

On Friday 6th March 2020, Mayo Concert Orchestra will take to our stage once again, this time it’s an all 80s music event. The 30-piece Live Orchestra will play, under the baton of Kathy Fahey, a 90 minute selection of great 1980s hits – Dexys Midnight Runners, A-ha, Blondie, Queen, Boy George, Simple Minds and many more.

Vocalists for the night are Cathal McHale, Elaine McEvilly, Emma Jane McHale, Mark Norton and Peter Fahey.

Dancing is optional, but lots of tiered seating for people who would like to sit back and enjoy the show.

AND ….if that’s not enough… Ed Smith of Today FM will continue the party wearing his DJ hat, playing even more 80s music so the performers can join in the fun with the audience.

This will be the first ever Live Orchestra 80s Disco Show – don’t miss it!

 

 

 

Claremorris Drama & Fringe Festival 2020 12th – 21st March

Claremorris Drama & Fringe Festival 2020

12th – 21st March

 

Thursday 12th March

“Sive”  By J.B. Keane

 Clann Machua Drama Group (Confined)

The story is centered on a young eighteen year old girl called Sive who is illegitimate. She lives with her uncle Mike, his wife Mena and Nanna who is Mike’s mother. A local matchmaker Thomasheen Sean Rua decides that Sive should marry an old man called Sean Dota. Sean is rich but old and haggard. Thamasheen convinces Mike and Mena to organize the marriage of Sive to Sean Dota. They will receive a sum of two hundred pounds as soon as she marries him

 

Friday 13th March

“Skirmishes” by Catherine Hayes

Corofin Dramatic Society  (Open)

Skirmishes is a one act play set in the bedroom of a senile, incontinent, near-comatose old woman who lies hours from death. She is looked after by her two grown-up daughters; the eldest, Jean, has stayed at home throughout her mother’s illness, bearing the brunt of all the work, whilst her sister, Rita, who left home years ago, returns only now in the last few days of their mother’s life. The play centres around the antagonism and resentment and not least of all the love, which has been part of their lives over the years.

 

 

Saturday 14th March

”Alone it Stands” by John Breen

 Insight Theatre Group (Open)

Alone It Stands tells the tale of Munster Rugby Team’s legendary victory over New Zealand’s mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, Limerick in 1978. In the play six actors play 62 roles including the Munster team, the Kiwis, the two coaches, the ref, the crowd, the press, a pregnant woman, several children and a dog.

 

 

Sunday 15th March

The Outgoing Tide” by Bruce Graham

Sliabh Aughty Drama Group (Confined)

In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding—before the tide goes out.

 

Monday 16th March

The Cripple of Inishmann” by  Martin McDonagh

Glenamaddy Players (Confined)

Set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland, circa 1934, the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew’s arrival in neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. “Cripple” Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone’s surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance.

 

 

Tuesday 17th March

The Communication Cord” by Brian Friel

Phoenix Players (Confined)

Set in a restored thatched cottage close to the sea in the remote townland of Ballybeg, County Donegal, The Communication Cord is a farce which is preoccupied with language and its powerful effects

Wednesday 18th March

Steel Magnolias   by Robert Harling

Butt Drama Circle (Open)

A beauty parlour somewhere in Louisiana and six Southern ladies face life’s toughest challenges – the gamut of friendship, marriage, birth and death. Can the lighthearted normality of daily trivia steer them away from these heart-wrenching realities to help them cope in the face of tragedy?

 

 

Thursday 19th March

Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl

Dalkey Players (Open)

Eurydice is a 2003 play by Sarah Ruhl which retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. The story focuses on Eurydice’s choice to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in the underworld with her father (a character created by Ruhl). Ruhl made several changes to the original myth’s story-line. The most noticeable of these changes was that in the myth Orpheus succumbs to his desires and looks back at Eurydice, while in Ruhl’s version Eurydice calls out to Orpheus (causing him to look back) perhaps in part because of her fear of reentering the world of the living and perhaps as a result of her desire to remain in the land of the dead with her father.

 

Friday 20th March

The Good Father”  By Christian O’Reilly

Bunclody / Kilmyshall (Opem)

A love story of how two people starting at the end try to reach a new beginning. Tim and Jane are from different sides of the class divide, but after a random meeting at a New Year’s Eve party leads to an unexpected pregnancy, they attempt to form a relationship against all the odds.

 

 

Saturday 21st March

Chapatti” by Christian O’Reilly

Palace Players (Open)

Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan and his dog Chapatti cross paths with the amiable Betty and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship.

 

 

10 & 5 night Tickets on sale now

Christy Moore – Magic Nights

 

Christy Moore – Magic Nights

Friday May 15th 2020

Doors: 7.00pm | Show: 8.00pm

No Interval

 

Christy Moore is Ireland’s premier singer-songwriter of folk music. The former lead-vocalist and chief songwriter of Planxty and Moving Hearts, Moore helped to bring the musical traditions of Ireland up to modern standards and has been a major inspiration to many other artists.

He was inspired as a teenager by American Rock & Roll, moving to Britain in the 60s to busk on the streets, while extending his repertoire. When he returned to Ireland later in the decade, Moore released his debut album, “Paddy On The Road”.

Moore assembled a band that evolved into Planxty, bringing together diverse and skilled musicians Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn and Andy Irvine. It later evolved into Moving Hearts;

Christy’s most recent album “Magic Nights” was released in November 2019, and marks 50 years since his debut album release

“Every gig develops its own atmosphere, every audience being a unique gathering of listeners.

It’s 50 years this year since I released my first album.

I have deep gratitude for the mystery of it all. At work I’m surrounded by a great team of comrades. Their talents and vital contributions keep the show on the road.

Each night at 8.05 we stand side stage, breathe in the air of expectancy, the intoxicating waft of perfume and after shave. The crew complete their final checks, the lights go down and out we go once more to face the Music.  Thank You for listening, One and All.”

Looking forward to seeing you all in Claremorris in May 15th.”

Christy.

 

 

Dublin City Ramblers

 

Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

Dublin City Ramblers

Saturday, 28th December

Doors: 7.00pm | Show: 8.00pm

Full Bar

 

The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide with their unique blend of Ballads, Folk, Humour, Wit and foot-tapping Irish music. Their impressive career has spanned more than 50 years, with over 30 Albums,, Top Ten hits, several Awards for Best Ballad/Folk Group and to top it all off, 8 Gold Albums. It is certainly no wonder that they are classed as Ireland’s No One Group!

They have performed at most Major Festivals worldwide, including headlining The Milwaukee Irish Festival, The Cleveland Irish Festival, Hollywood, FL, Festival, Miami Fest, Fort Lauderdale Festival and most USA & Canadian Festivals.

Their music has taken them all over Europe to rapturous receptions. They have performed in every major venue in Ireland and abroad, including Dublin’s National Stadium, National Concert Hall, Cork’s Opera House, England’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Don’t miss your chance to see them this Christmas when they play Claremorris Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, December 28th.

 

Seven Letter – A play by Rian Flatley

Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

Seven Letters

A play by Rian Flatley

Friday, 27th March 2020

Doors: 7.00pm | Show: 8.00pm

Full Bar

 

Seven Letters provides a platform for seldom heard voices; three lives are unfurled before us through a carefully constructed recipe of dialogue, monologue, and song. Stories are told, secrets revealed, and friendships forged in this poignant and often humorous play. Three very different women whose paths would otherwise never have crossed are thrown together through societal circumstance. Sensitive subject matter is handled with delicacy and care, but also brutal honesty.  A fierce hunger rages within these women, a need to be heard, to be remembered, to be loved, and to be alive. The emotional balance is finely poised, bringing us between laughter and a raw truth that evokes sadness and empathy.

Songs that reflect the plot are interwoven throughout the drama, a series of strong ballads that provide an echo of youth and hope for the future. Seven Letters is constantly asking us to pause a moment and think about the path ahead of us. This play is a tribute to everyday women who go through life with memories weighing on their hearts. These are women who suffer from love, abandonment, hope, heartbreaks. No matter what troubles fell at their feet they kept their heads up and moved on, often with wit and laughter.  Seven Letters reminds us that our youth goes by all too quickly as our passing seems to drag on for far too long.

The professional all-female cast portray an age range from 25 to 80 plus. The females in the room, whom society at large has deemed ‘invisible’, are now seen and have a voice. Their sheer determination and mission is to make you listen and relate to their stories, and ultimately respect and regard them for their age rather than punish them for it. As a society we now know that we are an ageing one, and the emotional wealth of the community can only benefit by embracing all ages, with all that they have to offer, especially fuelled by the knowledge that many of us will reach a life that has only a few years ahead but so many behind.

 

Shaskeen with special guest Katie Theasby

Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

Shaskeen

with special guest Katie Theasby

Saturday, 29th February 2020

Doors: 7.00pm | Show: 8.00pm

Full Bar

 

Fifty years of gigging, recording, supporting other acts and widely travelled, Shaskeen has survived the disco, the night club and the singing pub, because of authenticity, quality and consistency. In their hands the music is allowed to breath, the pure drop always respected with beguiling innovation.

In performance, the band employ a participatory style, finding easy rapport with their audiences, set lists full to the brim with engaging material, not just tunes but songs, poetry, recitation, storytelling, moments of wicked humour and repartee full of pure craic.

Solo tunes and duets pop up, original compositions are nurtured, sean-nós sits comfortably beside old timey American, yet keeping that Shaskeen essence, a level of fine artistry that has been of huge cultural significance in Ireland and abroad for the past fifty years.

Founder member Tom Cussen says he is ‘very proud of the name, the reputation of the band and the unique Shaskeen slant we have on playing traditional Irish music.’

Their most recent album Walking Up Town has been highly acclaimed, with ‘fun and mischief in the making’ says Cussen. Respected broadcaster and journalist Tom Gilmore said the album was a ‘very fine production with the Shaskeen in fine fettle.’

‘The Shaskeen céili band originated long before the infusion of grand theatrics, choreography, technology and mythological motif…Shaskeen define rhythmic playing, there are no gimmicks, it’s all about the tunes, the songs, the stories, Shaskeen are the real thing, as Irish as it gets, the pure drop.’ (Irish Music Magazine, March 2019).

As 2020 approaches, a new album in the works, tour dates being worked out ahead of their Golden Jubilee year, Shaskeen has cause to celebrate: the great span and diversity of their music, their dedication to the craft, the cultural prestige of the music, the success of their albums and the friendship and support of friends and fans in Ireland and all over the world.

 

A self-taught singer and flute/whistle player, Katie started her performing career in London, where she played with Ron Kavana’s band Alias for a couple of years around pubs, clubs and festivals, including an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival at the age of 14.

Kilfenora became Katie’s permanent home in 1995 and she has been playing in sessions and festivals around County Clare and further afield since then.

Katie has performed with artists such as Finbar Furey, Paddy Keenan, Stocktons Wing, and Kinky Friedman among others.
She released a video of the song “I Remember You Singing This Song, Ma” in 2017, which received great praise. The song was written by Finbar Furey who suggested that she should record it.
She performed at the Doolin Folk Festival the following year, with Mike Hanrahan and Ger O’Donnell accompanying her.

 

 

 

 

Danny O’Brien Comedy – Live

Claremorris Town Hall Studio Theatre Presents:

Danny O’Brien 

Reformer

Friday, 28th February

Doors: 7.00pm    Show: 8.00pm

Danny has been performing stand-up comedy for over a decade, headlining regularly at top comedy clubs and festivals to worldwide audiences! Following his hugely successful performance in Claremorris Town Hall Theatre supporting Today FM’s ‘Dermot & Dave’ on their live tour- O’ Brien returns to Claremorris with his own high energy joke packed solo show!

Following in the footsteps of Tommy Tiernan, Dara Ó Briain and Dylan Moran– Danny was handpicked in 2016 to perform as part of the iconic ‘Best of The Edinburgh Fest’ Show across Australia touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He was asked back in 2018 and again in 2019, making him the only Irish comic to do the tour a record three times. He is also a regular on Irish Television and Radio. Last year he was asked to open for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.

Click here to see the Reformer promo video.

Limited capacity, book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

 

 

                    “Uproariously funny” The Sunday Independent ★★★★★

“He opened for me at the 3Arena and he f*cking murdered it!”- Bill Burr

                “A perfect mix of brains, banter and brilliance”-Great Scott ★★★★★

 

Robert Mizzell’s Nashville Song Book Concert Tour

 

Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

Robert Mizzell’s Nashville Song Book Concert Tour

Friday, 3rd April 2020

Doors: 7.00pm    Show: 8.00pm

Full Bar

 

Robert Mizzell has made Ireland his home for over 20 years. He served his apprenticeship in Country Music since he first arrived here. The father and husband is now one of the top Country Music Artists in Ireland, enjoying huge success all around the country. He has released 13 solo studio albums and 2 full length DVDs to date and is constantly touring Ireland and the UK with his band.

Robert’s Nashville Song Book Concert Tour is a musical & visual walk through County Music History spanning 50 years, featuring all your favourite songs in one extravaganza.

On the night Robert will be joined by his father Richard, The Country Kings, Matt Leavy & Noreen Rabette.

Tickets are on sale now for this unique concert, a fantastic night out for any Country Music Fan.

 

 

 

Springsteen: A Tribute To The Boss Sat 28th March 2020

Claremorris Town Hall Theatre Presents:

SPRINGSTEEN: A Tribute To The Boss

Saturday 28th March 2020

We are delighted to announce the return of “Springsteen: A Tribute To The Boss”.  They rocked the Theatre earlier this year and will rock it again on Saturday, March 28th 2020.

Described by BBC One as ‘…One of the world’s best tribute acts,’ and by MTV as ‘…truly one of the best tribute bands we’ve ever seen,’ this five-piece from London, have been reproducing not only the technical musicianship of Bruce’s E Street Band, but also the heartfelt performances made legendary by ‘The Boss’ himself.

Put the date in your diary and prepare yourself to be treated to a night of Bruce’s greatest hits.

Doors:7.00pm, Show: 8.00pm.
Full Bar