A feast of musical entertainment is on offer for this year’s Terryglass Arts Festival which runs from Wednesday
15th- Sunday 19th August. Organisers have programmed a diverse line up of performances featuring nationally acclaimed musicians in addition to up and coming performers.
Opening the festival is a recital from the well known French horn and Harp Duo of Mary Curran and Aisling Ennis in Terryglass Hall on Wednesday 15th August at 7pm.
Mary, a founding member of the Whistleblast Quartet and Aisling are both members of the RTE Orchestra and other performing groups and regularly give workshops as part of the National Concert Hall Learn & Explore Team. Terryglass audiences will be entertained by a warm and informal recital of Irish and Classical Music featuring all time favourites such as Carolan’s Welcome, Mozart’s Rondo, The Flintstones and much more!
On Thursday 16th August, Mary and Aisling hold participative workshops in the Festival Tent where they will show families how to involve their children in listening and learning about their instruments, interact with chime bars and percussion and provide an opportunity to strum the Harp and play some Brass!
The music continues with a lunch time musical recital on Thursday from Roisin Heenan and Louise Ryan in Una’s Tearooms, Riverrun Cottages.
Roisin and Louise, County Fleadh Cheoil winners are no strangers to public performance and have played together for many years. The young duo will entertain with a wonderful selection of music featuring songs from the shows performed by Roisin, interspersed with classical and traditional violin, accompanied on piano by Louise Ryan.
Jack L , one of Ireland’s most respected and best loved performers takes to the stage in Terryglass Church for a concert featuring some of his greatest hits including ‘Georgie Boy’ and Rooftop Lullaby’. He has recently released his 6th platinum selling album ‘The Story so far’ and last month performed at New York’s Lincoln Centre with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
On Saturday Night Down at the Quay the Original Guinness Jazzband featuring some of Ireland’s and the UK’s finest musicians will entertain the crowds with memorable jazz tunes and popular all time favourite melodies.
Keeping Sunday afternoon hot whatever the weather will be ‘Hunka Burning Love’ who will perform a free concert in Terryglass Village Green at 2pm. Fresh from recent performances at the Europa League final at the Aviva Stadium, the Electric Picnic, Dolans Warehouse and the Sugar Club, they will delight audiences with their trademark blend of soul, funk, rock, pop and disco.
Later in the afternoon Terryglass Village Green plays host to musical nostalgia with The Swellberries, a Clare based band playing music from the 1920’s to the present day. Songs by Doris Day, Bessie Smith, Judy Garland, Tom Waits and the Andrews Sisters are interspersed with a few of their own.
Festival Chairperson Valerie Cotter said that this years Terryglass Arts Festival programme has “something for everyone from comedy to street theatre, music to visual art.”
“Terryglass Arts Festival is a well loved family festival which has seen its reputation grow with each passing year. We are delighted with the variety of this year’s programme and in particular featuring young local artistes including Roisin Heenan and Louise Ryan.”
Tickets for festival events can be booked online on www.terryglassartsfestival.ie from 16th July or by phone on 087 2181663.
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