Festival Cluain Meala, now in its fourth year, will kick off on Saturday, 25 August with a concert by Liam Ó Maonlaí in the beautiful and historic setting of Old St. Mary’s Church. Liam Ó Maonlaí is best known as a founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and has had a long and successful career spanning over 20 years. His passion for music has seen success in both the rock and traditional forms. As well as being a singer and pianist, Liam also plays the tin whistle, bodhran and the harp.
His debut solo album, Rian, released in 2005 mixed Irish music with music from all over the world. This was followed by To be Touched in 2008. In July of last year he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fiddler’s Green International Festival. He has also recently collaborated with Michael Keegen Dolan, choreographer and director of the Fabulous Beast Dance Company to create a contemporary dance show to the music of Rian.
The Clonmel concert at 6.30pm will be followed by a medieval-style barbecue in the church grounds and a light show on the river Suir at 10pm.
The street theatre group Shellikybookie are co-ordinating what promises to be an amazing free pyrotechnics light show.
Tickets for the concert and barbecue cost €15 and are available from Premier Music, O’Connell Street, Clonmel, tel. 052-6129811.
For more details of the Festival Cluain Meala line-up go to www.facebook.com/FestivalCluainMeala