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The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

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The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre Group Of Events …

GIGS IN THE GARDEN

Friday 11th August - STOCKTON'S WING + ULAID & DUKE SPECIAL
+ VIPER CENTRAL ~ Gigs In The Garden

Ulaid Duke Special 300w

**Please note; this is an outdoor event, standing room only with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited; please book early to avoid disappointment.**
After a very successful run of gigs at The Temple Bar TradFest 2016 and a headline show at the Fleadh in Ennis, STOCKTON’S WING, one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, will celebrate their extraordinary 40-year career as they know best – onstage at a series of summer shows! Featuring regular members - Mike Hanrahan (vocals & guitar), Paul Roche (flute & tin whistle), Steve Cooney (guitar, bass & didgeridoo) and Tommy Hayes (percussion, bodhran, spoons) – the band will be completed by two young Clare musicians Tara Breen (fiddle) and Karol Lynch (banjo/mandolin). Fans will be treated to a back catalogue of hits including much loved classic ‘Beautiful Affair’ - voted one of the Top 75 songs in the history of RTE radio and chosen by Today FM listeners as number 7 in their Top 20 poll of Irish songs.

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    When contemporary songwriting and traditional music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the collaboration between folk supergroup, Ulaid (John McSherry, Dónal O’Connor and Seán Óg Graham) and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Duke Special.

    The project draws on Duke Special's songwriting skills, from pre-rock'n'roll to modern acoustic pop. He injects drama and theatricality, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid the melodic architecture. Ulaid's mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and performance lend a peculiarly folk-but-modern, urban-but-pastoral air to the whole. For a collaboration that may have seemed unlikely in theory, proves itself thoroughly in practice; when heard, it somehow seems inevitable.

    John McSherry (uilleann pipes) and Dónal O’Connor (fiddle) are the creative force behind the highly innovative traditional band At First Light. They have toured the world extensively and produced some of the most influential albums in Irish music today. Seán Óg Graham (guitar) is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest accompanists and he tours and records with the successful and dynamic group Beoga. All three are currently living in County Antrim in the North East of Ireland, and having spent many late nights in each other’s company on the Belfast session scene, it was inevitable that they would come together to record at some stage.

    A piano-based singer-songwriter and purveyor what he calls "hobo chic", Duke Special has become a keystone in the arts culture of Belfast and beyond since his album Adventures in Gramophone blazed a critically acclaimed and commercially successful trail that he has pursued with vigour and invention ever since. Musically curious, experimental and restless, his output has covered diverse inspirational sources from vaudeville to orchestral art music, classic American singer-songwriters to local legends (Ruby Murray, for example), and taking in dramatic composition and collaboration with Clannad along the way.

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    Viper Central can rip it up bluegrass style with sweet n' crunchy harmonies and tight melodic breaks that'll make your heart soar, your feet shuffle and your blood curdle! Canadian roots and the traditions of American Bluegrass, Métis, Country, Rockabilly and Old-time have influenced their ever evolving style. The songs reflect Canadian landscape and experiences and the result is entirely natural, effortless and delightfully original.

    Please note; this is an outdoor event, standing room only with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited; please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Doors Open: 7:00pm
    Commences At: 7:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €25
    At the door: €28

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/GigsintheGarden/
    Website 2: http://www.ulaidmusic.com
    Website 3: http://www.dukespecial.com
    Website 4: http://www.vipercentral.ca

     

Doors Open: 7pm Commences At: 7.30pm Admission: In advance: €25 At the door: €28

Saturday 12th August - Donovan + The Whileaways ~ Gigs In The Garden

Donovan 300wDonovan Leitch is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists working today. At his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 it was stated, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the Pysychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman”. This masterwork album he created late 1965 at 19 years of age; influencing (his friends) The Beatles on their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and leading the way for many other artists.

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  • It is now history that Donovan became the tutor of The Beatles on the famous trip to India, where he taught John, Paul and George the finger style guitar and many of his unique chord patterns that would create many of the best songs and styles of The White Album. Most notable Dear Prudence, Julia (which John asked Donovan to help him write), Blackbird, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and many others on The White Album. Donovan encouraged and nurtured George Harrisons songwriting. George in The Beatles Anthology said, “Donovan is all over The White Album”.

    As highly influential and successful as Sunshine Superman album was, Donovan had already scored 4 Top Twenty singles, EP’s and two albums in his so-called “Folk Period” of early 1965. Donovan received the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his very first song Catch The Wind at 18 years young.

    Donovan in his songs of innocence, has been compared to Blake, his metaphysical songs to Donne and Herbert, his Celtic songs to Yeats, his children’s songs to Stevenson, his Nonesense songs to Carroll and Lear, his Yoga songs to the Vedic Hymns, his Jazz Classical compositions to Ellington and Lewis, his poetic public appeal to Auden. He also is attributed with writing the first ‘Green Songs’ highlighting the threat to the Ecosystem of our Planet Earth.

    It is clear there is no such composer or artist like Donovan.

    VIP MEET & GREET PACKAGES AVAILABLE!
    Please email [email protected] for details.

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    Three powerful forces in Irish roots music in their own right; Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. All three write and sing, drawing on their own experience, and the result is captivating. 
    The band came to know each other’s singing over a number of years, playing in sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Their recent highly acclaimed album Saltwater Kisses received four stars in The Irish Times and RTE Radio 1 Album of the week. 
    Prepare to be spellbound.

    Please note; this is an outdoor event, standing room only with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited; please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Doors Open: 7:00pm
    Commences At: 7:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €27.50
    At the door: €30

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/GigsintheGarden/
    Website 2: https://donovan.ie
    Website 3: https://www.thewhileawaysmusic.com

Doors Open: 7pm Commences At: 7.30pm Admission: In advance: 27.50 At the door: €30

Sunday 13th August - Family BBQ With Live Country Music ~ Gigs In The Garden

Summer Sessions Seamus Ennis Arts CentreCelebrate Summer at our Country themed family BBQ in The Piper’s Garden.
Live music from 2:30pm features a lively set of country classics. There might even be some dancing!
Please note; this is an outdoor event with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
*Charge applies for BBQ food.
Doors Open: 1.30pm Commences At: 2pm Admission: At the door: FREE*

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