Carrick-on-Suir’s Brewery Lane Theatre will be buzzing with cultural activity ranging from concerts and a songwriting workshop to lunchtime drama during the Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival in two weeks time.
The five-day festival celebrating the music and lives of the Clancy Brothers folk group will open with a concert of traditional/folk music and song in Brewery Lane on Thursday May 31.
Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald will officially open the festival at the show, which will feature a host of local musicians and singers, some of them members of the Clancy clan.
Performing on the night will be Pat Kelleher and Dan O’Sullivan, who will do a tribute to the Clancy Brothers; Mary Clancy, Colm and Kevin Power, Marietta O’Keeffe and Dave Cooney, Breege Phelan, Maria O’Shea Enright, Pete Smith, Paney Bartley, Sarah and Niamh Power, Maude’s Gone and Ceolta Feasa.
The next big event at the theatre will be a concert by Cork based folk/pop group The Mandolas on Friday night, June 1.
The Mandolas perform original material and combine Irish and English folk traditions with a unique blend of contemporary pop.
The band makes use of a wide range of acoustic instruments as well as incorporating lavish 4-part harmonies into their music.
The renowned traditional musician and songwriter John Spillane will lead a songwriter evening along with local musicians Colm Power, Caroline Ború, Eamon Wall and Pete Smith at the intimate theatre at 8.15pm on Saturday, June 2.
This is sure to be a great night and a showcase of pure song writing talent from both John and the local acts supporting him.
John will also host a song writing workshop at the Theatre that day from 3-5pm. Spaces are limited.
For booking information on the workshop you can contact Pete Smith on (086) 8548381.
Brewery Lane will stage “The King of Spain’s Daughter” for its popular lunchtime theatre show at 1pm on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.
The play written by Waterford born dramatist Teresa Deevy was first produced in 1935 in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and focuses on the daydreams of factory girl Annie Kinsella. Rose Anne Glascott will direct the production.
A light lunch will be provided to people attending the play.
One of the Clancy Festival Art Trail exhibition will also take place at Brewery Lane between May 31 and June 4.
The works of artists Claire O’Regan (MadMadra Creative), Katie Kavanagh (KatieKav Photography), Eileen Mulrooney, Lorna Corrigan, Ann Finnegan, Marie Finnegan, Joe Fogarty will be showcased at the exhibition there will also be a tribute to the late Mick Flavin.
The exhibition will be open between 12 noon and 5pm from Friday to Sunday and from 12 noon to 5pm on the Monday.
Meanwhile, the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre will be filled with the sound of traditional musicians fine tuning their skills on Saturday, June 2
The Centre will host workshops in accordian with Mick McCauley, fiddle with Anthony McCauley/Martin Murray, guitar with Colm O’Caoimh/Donal Clancy, banjo/mandolin with Martin Murray and a singing workshop with Roísín Coady.
Lorcan Reidy will also run an instrument making/repair workshop.
Tickets for all the events at the Clancy Festival are on sale now and can be purchased from The Heritage Centre, Carrick-on-Suir, telephone (051) 640200 and opening times Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm.
People planning to attent Clancy Festival events are advised to purchase tickets as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.
The full festival programme is available on www.clancybrothersfestival.org and on Facebook.