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The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

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The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

Naul,
Co. Dublin.
Ireland.

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web: www.seamusenniscentre.com

 

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The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

Tim Eady at the Séamus Ennis Centre

Tim Eady and Brendan Power

Brendan Power

Chris and Maire

The Parlour Sessions


What’s on at The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre …

Monday 22nd January - Exhibition by Sarah Gallagher ~ Exhibition

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Sarah lives in Howth, Co Dublin, where she works from her home studio. Her work explores colour in nature, its mood and lines. She uses oils to create flow and texture and enjoys shifting the eye across the canvas with highlights of colours creating balance; stimulated by the beauty of atmospheric skies, cloud formations, dunes, shorelines, breaking waves, landscape and seascape infused with natural light.
Sarah’s current work explores her surroundings, whether in her locality, or further afield. “As an Artist I hope to capture the energy, vibrancy and joy of the natural habitat. I very much appreciate the appeal of where I live and it inspires me every single day.”

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  • "Sarah is one of those exceptional artists who brings a personal poetic vision to her considerable artistic skills. Her landscapes and seascape paintings are imbued with a strong sense of rhythm and flow of nature, delivered with a fresh intuitive assurance. Sarah finds her subject matter close to home in Howth (Dublin, Ireland). Trees bent in the wind, a cloud filled sky, moving water cliff face and rocky shore. Her paintings have an atmospheric quality energised by broad brushstrokes and strongly textured knife marks. Sparks of unexpected colour dance on the surface of the canvas and delight the eye.  Sarah 's paintings are above all a true expression of her reflective and creative spirit- full of colour, passion, life and heart." - Brenda Malley.   

    Sarah Gallagher’s exhibition is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm and will run until the end of January 2018.

    Admission is FREE.

    All welcome.

    Doors Open: 3:00pm
    Commences At: 3:00pm

    Admission:
    At the door: FREE

Doors Open: 3pm Commences At: 3pm Admission: At the door: FREE

Thursday 25th January - The Drummer & The Keeper ~ Cinema

Slow Session Seamus Ennis Centre

You find true friendship in the craziest of places!
Gabriel is a chaotic young rock drummer desperate to hide his recent bipolar diagnosis from his increasingly exasperated bandmates. When forced to bond with Christopher, an institutionalised 17-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome, it results in a very unlikely friendship.

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  • "Anyone who contends that the one thing there's just too little of in cinemas is feelgood movies will find that singer-songwriter-turned-writer-director Nick Kelly's debut feature delivers warm and fuzzies aplenty. That said, it doesn't pull any punches in its treatment of mental health issues and life on the outside looking in." - RTE.ie

    Winner - Best Feature Film at the Irish Film Festival Awards, London

    Winner - Best Irish First Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh

    Director: Nick Kelly
    Duration: 92 mins
    Language: English
    Cert: PG

    SEAC Friends/Members - FREE, advance booking essential

    Concessions and guests of SEAC Friends/Members - €4 in advance, €6 at the door

    Non-Members - €5 in advance, €7 at the door

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €7 / €6
    At the door: €5 / €4

    Website: http://accesscinema.ie

     

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €7 / €6 At the door: €5 / €4

Saturday 27th January - Steph Cameron ~ Music

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Released in 2017, Daybreak Over Jackson Street is the keenly-anticipated second album from Steph Cameron. The Saskatoon-based roots singer/songwriter arrived on the scene like a bracing gust of fresh musical air with her 2014 debut record Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady receiving unanimously enthusiastic reviews. "This is a monumental, brilliant album… heralds the crowning of a bright new talent," declared Pop Matters in calling it the #1 Canadian album of 2014.

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  • No Depression termed it "a stunning debut," while Exclaim! noted that "Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady delights from start to finish. Steph Cameron is the real deal." The record also made the coveted Longlist for the prestigious Polaris Prize in 2015.

    Cameron's evocative voice and perceptive lyrics continue to captivate, as does her evolving yet still fluent acoustic guitar work.

    Prior to her debut album, Cameron's performing background was primarily in busking. She acknowledges that "entertaining is entirely different from singing and songwriting. Being a busker for so many years forced me to learn how to captivate people with my music. Busking was my only form of income for most of my life, so there was a lot riding on a good performance and sound.”

    There is daybreak over Steph Cameron's musical career, and a bright and shining future surely lies ahead.

    Highly recommended!

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €13 / €10
    At the door: €15 / €12

    Website: http://stephcameron.com

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €13 / €10 At the door: €15 / €12

Sunday 28th January - Sunday Singing Session ~ Music, Community

Join us for a regular Sunday Singing Session where it's all about the song. All singers are welcome, especially traditional singers, but we won't turn anyone away! This is an informal session where all participants are encouraged to perform and share songs in a relaxed environment. If you prefer to just listen, come along and enjoy some refreshments from The Cottage Café. The SEAC's Sunday Sessions have established themselves as a great afternoon of music and a platform for local talent. As always, all performers and listeners are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Doors Open: 2pm Commences At: 2pm Admission: At the door: FREE

Sunday 28th January - Slow Session ~ Workshops & Classes, Music

Slow Session Seamus Ennis Centre

Our Slow Sessions are aimed towards (adult) musicians who are learning an instrument and are at a stage where they wish to take part in a relaxed informal Session. These Sessions aim to encourage the participants to learn a repertoire of new tunes while playing with other musicians at slow to moderate tempos. All welcome. Hosted by Paudie O'Connor, a Button Accordion player well grounded in his local Sliabh Luachra tradition as well as being a nationally recognised performer. A list of tunes which are regularly played at the Slow Session is available to download from our website here.

Website: http://bit.ly/SlowSessionTunes

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8pm Admission: In advance: €5 At the door: €5

Monday 29th January - Exhibition by Sarah Gallagher ~ Exhibition

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Sarah lives in Howth, Co Dublin, where she works from her home studio. Her work explores colour in nature, its mood and lines. She uses oils to create flow and texture and enjoys shifting the eye across the canvas with highlights of colours creating balance; stimulated by the beauty of atmospheric skies, cloud formations, dunes, shorelines, breaking waves, landscape and seascape infused with natural light.
Sarah’s current work explores her surroundings, whether in her locality, or further afield. “As an Artist I hope to capture the energy, vibrancy and joy of the natural habitat. I very much appreciate the appeal of where I live and it inspires me every single day.”

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  • "Sarah is one of those exceptional artists who brings a personal poetic vision to her considerable artistic skills. Her landscapes and seascape paintings are imbued with a strong sense of rhythm and flow of nature, delivered with a fresh intuitive assurance. Sarah finds her subject matter close to home in Howth (Dublin, Ireland). Trees bent in the wind, a cloud filled sky, moving water cliff face and rocky shore. Her paintings have an atmospheric quality energised by broad brushstrokes and strongly textured knife marks. Sparks of unexpected colour dance on the surface of the canvas and delight the eye.  Sarah 's paintings are above all a true expression of her reflective and creative spirit- full of colour, passion, life and heart." - Brenda Malley.   

    Sarah Gallagher’s exhibition is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm and will run until the end of January 2018.

    Admission is FREE.

    All welcome.

    Doors Open: 3:00pm
    Commences At: 3:00pm

    Admission:
    At the door: FREE

Doors Open: 3pm Commences At: 3pm Admission: At the door: FREE

Friday 2nd February - Tim Edey ~ Music

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"Tim Edey is brilliant - in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he’s a magician. As a character he’s off the scale." - Colin Irwin, fRoots
“Utterly fantastic. Sheer, wonderful ebullient music” – Mike Harding
“Tim Edey plays a host of different instruments to a standard us mere mortals can only dream of. Listen and weep.” - Jim Byrne, The Living Tradition

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  • Tim Edey (BBC Radio Two's Musician of the year 2012) multi-instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff , Mary Black, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few...

    Tim, now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work, is rated by many to be one of the world's finest ever Melodoen and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today. Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard a fine guitarist and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland where he is based with his family.

    Tim's live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience - chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius.

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €13 / €10
    At the door: €15 / €12

    Website: http://timedey.co.uk

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €13 / 10 At the door: €15 / €12

Saturday 3rd February - Sam Baker ~ Music

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We’re delighted to welcome back Sam Baker as he tours his fifth studio record, Land of Doubt. Produced by Nashville’s Neilson Hubbard, the record offers a change in Baker’s usual instrumentation, as he lays down his acoustic guitar, and plays instead the electric. Yet still he does not depart from the haunting and melodic style that has mesmerized critics and fans of his previous records (mercy, pretty world, cotton, say grace.) 

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  • “I don’t go for the bold or the pathos,” he says. “Those are both beautiful strains of Texas music, but it’s not what I do. I like the sonic that leans to Bach or Miles. There are a lot of long notes on the record. I like starkness; West Texas is stark. The land and sky don’t have accessories; the lines are big. The lines are clear.”

    Baker’s musical storytelling in Land of Doubt gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.
    “We meet at the border,” he sings, “with its beauty and scars.” He accepts fallibility, our constant inflicting of wounds on each other and on ourselves - wounds that never completely heal. And he celebrates the world's capacity for splendor - whether it’s a flock of birds singing at sunrise or a red-faced woman in love.

    Perhaps Baker describes the record best, “I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of sparsity and tension… And beauty…I always come back to beauty on my records. That’s shorthand for something that's bigger than me.”

    Always a sell-out at the SEAC, please book your tickets early in order to avoid disappointment.

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €18 / €14
    At the door: €20 / €16

    Website: http://www.sambakermusic.com

     

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €18 / €14 At the door: €20 / €16

Thursday 8th February - The Party ~ Cinema

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A social gathering to celebrate the promotion of Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) to the role of shadow health secretary quickly descends into farce in Sally Potter's deliciously tart black comedy of manners. As her husband (Timothy Spall) sits catatonic in the living room, a rogues' gallery of guests begin to arrive, including acid-tongued best-friend (Patricia Clarkson) and her life-coach boyfriend (Bruno Ganz), a frenetic, coked-up venture capitalist (Cillian Murphy), and an earnest lesbian couple (Emily Mortimer and Cherry Jones) who are hoping to share some good news with their friends.

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  • The conversation soon becomes awkward and relations turn sour as alcohol-fuelled revelations come thick and fast.

    Presented in gleaming black and white over a brisk running time, The Party keeps the tension high and the one-liners flowing as the ensemble becomes increasingly unhinged. - David O'Mahony, IFI

    "A sharp-edged, claustrophobic parlour piece that puts the boot into middle-class mores... Will they make it to pudding without blood being spilt?” - **** Empire

    Director: Sally Potter
    Duration: 71 mins
    Language: English
    Cert: 15A

    SEAC Friends/Members - FREE, advance booking essential

    Concessions and guests of SEAC Friends/Members - €4 in advance, €6 at the door

    Non-Members - €5 in advance, €7 at the door

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €5 / €4
    At the door: €7 / €5

    Website: http://accesscinema.ie

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €5 / €4 At the door: €7 / €5

Friday 9th February - Join Me In The Pines (aka Dave Geraghty of Bell X1) ~ Music

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Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter David Geraghty has been a driving force behind Bell X1 since the band's inception 20 years ago, through seven studio albums, four of which went straight to No.1, extensive world tours, as well as opening for acts such as U2, Ed Sheeran, Tori Amos & Snow Patrol. Geraghty's solo debut 'Kill Your Darlings' (2007) was received with critical acclaim and was followed up in 2009 with the equally evocative 'The Victory Dance'. David has been short-listed for accolades such as the Irish Meteor Award and the Choice Music Prize.

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  • In recent years he began composing music for Film & TV (productions that starred Aidan Gillan & Tom Vaughan-Lawlor). In 2014 Geraghty released his third solo album 'Inherit'; but this time under the new project title 'Join Me in the Pines’.

    2018 marks a new chapter and a move away from the brooding dark folk of previous work and embracing instead joyous music with flashes of Prince, Bowie, Numan, Nile Rodgers.

    Highly recommended!

    Doors Open: 8:00pm
    Commences At: 8:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €13 / €10
    At the door: €15 / €12

    Website: http://www.joinmeinthepines.com

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8.30pm Admission: In advance: €13 / 10 At the door: €15 / €12

Sunday 11th February - Felt Jewellery Workshop ~ Workshops & Classes

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Join artist Joanna Kidney in exploring the wonderfully versatile medium of wool to make felt jewellery. Using the process of wet felting, we’ll work with a variety of fibres to make felt beads for a necklace and/or bracelet.
All materials will be supplied. Optional to bring along any kinds of beads, sequins, threads and ribbons you might already have to combine into your finished piece.
From 1pm to 4pm.
Suitable for both complete beginners and those with past feltmaking experience.
Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Doors Open: 1pm Commences At: 1pm Admission: In advance: €35

Sunday 18th February - Slow Session ~ Workshops & Classes, Music

Slow Session Seamus Ennis Centre

Our Slow Sessions are aimed towards (adult) musicians who are learning an instrument and are at a stage where they wish to take part in a relaxed informal Session. These Sessions aim to encourage the participants to learn a repertoire of new tunes while playing with other musicians at slow to moderate tempos. All welcome. Hosted by Paudie O'Connor, a Button Accordion player well grounded in his local Sliabh Luachra tradition as well as being a nationally recognised performer. A list of tunes which are regularly played at the Slow Session is available to download from our website here.

Website: http://bit.ly/SlowSessionTunes

Doors Open: 8pm Commences At: 8pm Admission: In advance: €5 At the door: €5

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