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Clifden Arts Festival Highlights 2019

By July 13, 2019No Comments
Clifden Arts Festival Banner - Theatre, Comedy, and Cinema
  • PLAY: Joxer Daly Esq. – 24th September – 6:30 pm – Clifden Town Hall
    • Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic, Juno and The Paycock, takes centre stage in this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton
  • PLAY: BEFORE – 25th September – 7:00 pm – Clifden Town Hall
    • A new play with much music by Pat Kinevane
  • PLAY: The Sphere of Light – Secrets of the Boleyn Women -27th September – 12pm – Station House Theatre
    • A presentation by Ann Henning Jocelyn and actors of her latest novel/stage play The Sphere of Light, exploring a new angle on the tragic fate of the Boleyn family under King Henry VIII of England.
  • FILM: The Man Who Wanted To Fly – 21st September – 9:00 am – Station House Theatre
    • Bobby Coote is determined to take flight. Even if it’s the last thing he does…
  • FILM: Alcock and Brown: The True Story – 24th September – 9:15 am – Station House Theatre
    • a brand new 90 minute documentary on the lives of Alcock and Brown and their completion of the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history.
  • COMEDY: Fred Cooke ‘ Fred Space’ – 26th September – 10 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Fred Cooke is leaving his dancing shoes behind him after Dancing with the Stars and picking up his guitar to come to Clifden with his new show of musical madness
  • MUSIC TO DIE FOR The Funeral Rites of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 29th September – 8:30 pm – St Joseph’s Church
    • Following the last year’s outstanding performances of Karl Jenkins “THE ARMED MAN”, Cantairí Chonamara and Galway Tribal Choir, with soloists Katy Kelly, Rory Musgrave, and the ConTempo String Quartet will perform “MUSIC TO DIE FOR
Clifden Arts Festival Banner - Pop, Trad, and More
  • Bill Whelan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and special guests – 22nd September – 8:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • This unique evening is an opportunity to experience the majestic musical gifts of Bill Whelan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire in an intimate setting.
  • Paul Noonan – 21st September – 9:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Paul Noonan, Multi-instrumentalist and much-loved frontman of Bell X1, is bringing his solo show to Clifden. He will be performing a selection of hits from his band’s catalogue.
  • RTE Concert Orchestra – 27th September – 7:00 pm – West Connemara Leisure Centre
    • Zoë Conway and John McIntyre are ‘simply one of the best folk duos on the planet’. They top the bill in a concert that combines famous traditional and folk tunes with brand new music by masters Bill Whelan and Dónal Lunny.
  • Brendan Shine – 19th September – 9:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Join us in celebrating Brendan’s 53rd year on the road and his return to Clifden. With over 50 albums and 45 hit singles in a glittering career, he is a genuine Irish legend. 
  • Kilfenora Céilí Band – 21st September – 7:00 pm – West Connemara Leisure Centre
    • The Kilfenora Céilí Band is one of the oldest Céilí bands in Ireland. An uplifting, energetic and entertaining show, making this a must-see at this year’s Festival
  • Music Network Presents: Nell NíChróinín, Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, and Josephine Marsh – 23rd September – 10:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Music Network brings together four leading traditional musicians to pool their considerable talents. The results are even greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Green Fields of America – 20th September – 7:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • An evening with The Green Fields of America is an unforgettable experience. They perform a brilliant repertoire of slow airs, jigs, reels, and hornpipes. 
  • Cherish the Ladies – 26th September – 8:00 pm – West Connemara Leisure Centre
  • Sean Keane and Friends – 25th September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • Seán will be accompanied by Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely. Together, they will perform many of Sean’ s classics like Isle of Hope Isle of Tears, Galway to Graceland.
  • Buttons and Bows – 27th September – 10:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • The influential foursome of Jackie Daly, Séamus and Manus McGuire and Garry O’Briain,
  • Concert with Neil Martin, Catherine Ennis, and Paddy Glackin – 25th September – 8:00 pm – St. Joseph’s Church
    • The combination of fiddle, uilleann pipes and organ is an inexplicably beautiful and pleasing sound. Round, warm, haunting and evocative; it mixes its genres effortlessly.
  • The Moorings – 23rd September – 7:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • “The Moorings” are an Irish Traditional, World Music, and Jazz collective, consisting of the top traditional, world music and jazz players in Ireland.
  • Buile Shuibhne with David Power and Eamon Hunt– 28th September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • Music commissioned by David Power and written & arranged by Dana Lyn For String Quartet and Uilleann Pipes; with the support of the Arts Council. Performed by the ConTempo Quartet, Eamon Hunt and David Power.
  • Ultan Conlon with Miceál O Connor and Jon O Connell – 22nd September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • Ultan Conlon has a unique ability to capture the fragility of the human spirit through his lyrics, which have been honed over two decades of writing and performing.


Clifden Arts Festival Banner - Classical Music
  • Graffiti Classics – 24th September – 8:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • Back in Clifden by popular demand; Graffiti Classics are probably the world’s funniest string quartet. Their unique cabaret-style show embraces classical, pop and traditional music, in addition to opera, gypsy tunes, song and dance
  • Shadowplay – 26th September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • Shadowplay – Aisling Agnew (flute) & Dave Flynn (guitar) performing works by Handel, Schubert, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, Fahey and Flynn.
  • Lunchtime Concert with the Piatti Quartet – 27th September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. 
  • Ensemble Revalare – 23rd September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • A Musical Tour of 18th-Century Europe. The concert will include a selection of stunning works for voice, recorder and basso continuo (harpsichord and cello) by eighteenth-century composers from England, Germany and Italy.
  • St Cecilia Singers – 21st September – 4:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • The St Cecilia Singers, founded in 1984 by their conductor, Sandra Ganly, are based in Shankill Co. Dublin. The 25 Strong strong chamber choir sings unaccompanied music from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries at several concerts each year across Ireland. 
  • RTE Contempo – 24th September – 1:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • The RTE Contempo Quartet is currently Irelands National Television & Radio Broadcasters Quartet in Residence and is also the resident quartet on the West Coast of Ireland in the Galway Music Residency
  • James Ruddy – 22nd September – 3:00 pm – Church of Ireland
    • A native of Mannin, James, has completed his grade examinations with The Royal Irish Academy and holds three Gold Medal awards for junior, middle and advanced recital repertoire.
Clifden Arts Festival 2019 - Readings, Literature, and more
  • Tommie Gorman Interviews Seamus Mallon – 28th September – 11:00 am – Station House Theatre
    • Seamus Mallon, Deputy Leader of the SDLP from 1979 to 2001, recounts his happy upbringing in south Armagh as a Catholic in a 90 per cent Protestant village; his turbulent years as a constitutional politician; and his central role in the peace process.
  • Colum McCann – 19th September – 5:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as three critically acclaimed story collections.
  • John Kelly and Gerard Smyth – 28th September – 4:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • John Kelly is one of Ireland’s best-known broadcasters A SONY, EMA & PPI award winner, he has presented some of the best-loved and most critically acclaimed music programmes on the Irish airwaves.
    • Gerard Smyth, poet, critic, and journalist whose poetry has appeared widely in journals in Ireland, Britain, and the United States.
  • Crowded Landscape – 21st September – 11:00 am – Station House Theatre
    • Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will discuss their approach to architecture and their longstanding relationship with the Connemara landscape. They will explain some of the practical and poetical aspects of their architectural projects, and how they work at the intersection of the manmade and natural landscape. 
  • Mike McCormack and Sinead Moriarty – 21st September – 5:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Sinead Moriarty is the author of 14 novels published by Penguin. She also writes a weekly column for the Irish Independent. Sinead also fronts the Easons ‘Sinead & Rick Must Reads’ book club. Mike McCormack is the author of two collections of short stories Getting it in the Head and Forensic Songs. Three novels Crowe’s Requiem, Notes from a Coma and Solar Bones were published in May of 2016.
  • Poetry with Michael Longley and Bernard O’Donaghue – 22nd September – 5:00 pm – Station House Theatre
    • Accompanied by  Brian Holmes on Banjo and Danny Hunter on fiddle
  • David McCullagh – 23rd September – 11:00 am – Station House Theatre
    • David McCullagh is a broadcaster with RTÉ, presenting Prime Time on television and This Week on radio. He is the author of A Makeshift Majority.

And a whole host more! Please check our Social Media pages for updates and further announcements.

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