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Switching on of the Christmas Lights – Sat 23rd November

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Join all the Community in Burnaby Park from 4pm on Saturday 24th November.  Greystones 2020 in conjunction with the Greystones Municipal District are delighted to host this fabulous event once…

Gala Fundraising Evening – 9th November, 2019

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With special performance,  Alive Alive O,  from Dry Rain Theatre Company. Digging deep into Dublin’s rich tradition of sharing stories and songs around many a warm fire and a cold…

Oct
22
Tue
2019
Open Trad Night – Danns Bar @ Danns Bar
Oct 22 @ 9:15 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Trad Night - Danns Bar @ Danns Bar

For the past 15 years every Tuesday evening, Danns bar has been the location for great session music.  As the night progresses, different musicians arrive, and the music suddenly takes a left turn, down through the Ring of Kerry, before detouring back up through the Burren before a quick trip over to Nashville.

“We’re open to everyone and anything,” says Hughie Browne, the man with the whip, and the keeper of the flame for all these years. “It’s what makes it interesting not only for those listening but, perhaps more importantly, for us. We’re not here to play the same old songs week after week. We’re out to find something new each week…”

And with so many singers, pipers, banjo players, guitarists, turning up each week, it’s easy to see how a song might never remain the same.

Copyright: Greystones Guide

Oct
24
Thu
2019
NT Live: One man two Guvnors
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm
NT Live: One man two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors

by Richard Bean
based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.

Oct
25
Fri
2019
World Class Musicians – CARA IN CONCERT @ Whale Theatre
Oct 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
World Class Musicians - CARA IN CONCERT @ Whale Theatre

“They sound like a whole festival wrapped up in one band!” Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland (UK)

A multi-national band with Irish, Scottish and German members, CARA tour worldwide with unique interpretations of Celtic music, firmly rooted in the Irish and Scottish tradition, presenting innovative arrangements of traditional material alongside critically acclaimed original compositions.

Fronted by two female lead singers, CARA combine vocals, piano, fiddle, flute, guitar, bodhrán, uilleann pipes and accordion with a dry-witted and charismatic stage presence. They have headlined some of the largest Irish music festivals and brought audiences to their feet across the USA, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. 2018 saw a line-up change with the addition of Bodhrán World-Champion (2010) Aimée Farrell Courtney from Co.Meath, Ireland. The band also celebrated their 15 year anniversary, with the release of a new live album to critical acclaim.

Musician Aimee Farrell Courtney is one of the world’s leading female bodhran players. With a unique musical approach to Ireland’s frame drum, Aimee’s style reflects Irish traditional music of today, enriched by musical and percussive influences of the world.

“Cara affirms its well-deserved reputation as an outstanding concert band, and the collective energy is prodigious.” Boston Irish Reporter (USA)

“Cara sound like Cara – there can’t be a higher recommendation.” Folker! Magazine (Germany)

“German/Scots aggregation Cara work best in the live arena, their amphidexterous [sic] abilities and musical knowhow working to their advantage. The epic ballad Little Musgrave hangs on emotional dexterity while the tune sets blend pastorality and uplift in proportion. Great.” fRoots (UK)

“Cara Live neatly bookends the band’s recent arrivals, developments and musical evolution with grace and style. Well done all.” Living Tradition (UK)

With two Irish Music Awards (Best New Irish Artist 2010, and Top Group 2011), the “Freibur – ger Leiter” 2018 award, five studio and two live albums as well as countless performances under their belts, CARA effortlessly navigate the spaces between trad, singer/songwriter, “nu-folk” and acoustic pop. They sound so blithe and full of verve, hard-core traditional music fans unite with lovers of acoustic music, and in the end they all end up dancing and singing together.

“A world class band in top form.” Irish Music Magazine (Ireland)

 

Big Muddy Band halloween gig in Danns @ Danns Bar
Oct 25 @ 9:30 pm

Free live music in Danns till late

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Steve Cooney & Cormac Breatnach. Support: Martin Dunlea @ The Hot Spot
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm
Steve Cooney & Cormac Breatnach. Support: Martin Dunlea @ The Hot Spot

This is a rare opportunity to see Cormac Breatnach (Whistles) and Steve Cooney (Guitar) perform together despite having collaborated with each other in many musical events over three decades. Special support from Wicklow local & long time fellow-musician, Martin Dunlea.

Throughout his long career, Cormac Juan Breatnach has recorded on more than 30 albums and played with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams, Donal Lunny, Bernard Purdie and Máire Breatnach. In 2018 Cormac collaborated with Daire Bracken and Martin Tourish to record his ‘Whistle Blower’ CD; he performed his compositions live with film and graphics in 2019. Cormac is currently working on bringing his musical/poetry show ‘Loco Por Lorca’ to Irish audiences in October, and to Granada, Spain, in November 2019.

Steve Cooney is best known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish music. He came to Ireland from Australia in 1980 and maintains his connections with the Aboriginal culture there. Creatively involved in more than 240 CDs, he has worked with many iconic international artists. A poet and songwriter, Cooney completed a Ph.D. in 2018 on an intuitive musical notation system that he devised. In 2007, at the Rostrevor Fiddler’s Green Festival, Seamus Heaney wrote: “Master Cooney restores the ancient link between lyre and lyric, between poetry and performance, the rhapsody and rascality”.

Cork-born Guitarist, Martin Dunlea is a self-taught musician who started out in folk rock and blues bands in Ireland, and abroad. Martin went on to play and record with the innovative band ”Soon” and simultaneously developed an interest in traditional Irish music. He is also a composer and has appeared on many notable TV and radio programmes. Martin has performed extensively with Cormac Breatnach; recently recorded with American singer/actress Vanessa Williams and has just written, recorded, mixed and mastered his first solo album “When the Present and the Past Align”. He plays all the instruments with the exception of the Harp on the title track, performed by Sue Daly.

The Water Gypsies Rock ‘n’ Roll Vaudeville Circus
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Water Gypsies Rock 'n' Roll Vaudeville Circus

The Water Gypsies, after a sell out show in Naas, are bringing their Rock ‘n’ Roll Vaudeville Circus to Greystones for one night only with a show that is not to be missed.

You will be entertained with music, burlesque, freak show and circus acts all hosted by our amazing Ringmaster PhilTGorgeous.

This adult’s only show comprising a variety of exceptionally talented performers is guaranteed to entertain you from the moment you arrive.

 

Over 18’s event.

Oct
27
Sun
2019
Bolshoi Ballet LIVE: Raymonda @ Whale Theatre
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm
Bolshoi Ballet LIVE: Raymonda @ Whale Theatre

Music Alexander Glazunov

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich (after Marius Petipa)

Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after Lidia Pashkova) 

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Synopsis 

Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary. When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him… 

 The ballet 

Raymonda is a must-see of the Bolshoi, a work of living dance history. Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina.

The Remedy Club @ The Hot Spot
Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm
The Remedy Club @ The Hot Spot

Adm FREE / Donations welcome (Suggested €5)

The Remedy Club are a husband and wife Americana/Roots duo comprising Kj McEvoy & Aileen Mythen.  They have been described as ‘a classic, rich and wholly authentic country-roots sound with vocals to die for’ (FATEA MAGAZINE, UK) with ‘delicious harmonies and nimble guitar playing’ (MUSIC JOURNALIST JACKIE HAYDEN).  McEvoy has been singled out for praise as a guitar player of
great expressiveness and technical aplomb and Mythen for her stunning vocal performances.
The Remedy Club are an exciting, captivating proposition with their performances veering from intimate and soulful to full on hoedown mode! Do not miss what is promised to be a fantastic evening of Americana & Roots music with a hint of Country and Blues. The Remedy Club will be joined on the night by special guest, local musician, Conor O’ Donnell who will open the evening at 5pm.  Gig 5pm – 7pm. Free admission (but feel free to tip  album will be on sale for €10).

Big Digger Band Halloween Gig @ Beach House
Oct 27 @ 10:00 pm

Live Music till late in the Lounge

Oct
29
Tue
2019
Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) Workshop @ Greystones Studios @ Whale Theatre
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am
Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) Workshop @ Greystones Studios @ Whale Theatre

A special Halloween themed Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) workshop. You will learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day!

As always the workshops are focused on a combination of simple demonstration with plenty of hands on learning. All participants will receive a certificate and a copy of their movie!

All materials and equipment including iPads are supplied though participants are encouraged to bring along their own favourite Lego characters and a few zombies.

Ages 9 yrs +

Booking covers all 4 days and class sizes are small so spaces are strictly limited

Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November

10.00 am – 1 pm each day

€95

 

Open Trad Night – Danns Bar @ Danns Bar
Oct 29 @ 9:15 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Trad Night - Danns Bar @ Danns Bar

For the past 15 years every Tuesday evening, Danns bar has been the location for great session music.  As the night progresses, different musicians arrive, and the music suddenly takes a left turn, down through the Ring of Kerry, before detouring back up through the Burren before a quick trip over to Nashville.

“We’re open to everyone and anything,” says Hughie Browne, the man with the whip, and the keeper of the flame for all these years. “It’s what makes it interesting not only for those listening but, perhaps more importantly, for us. We’re not here to play the same old songs week after week. We’re out to find something new each week…”

And with so many singers, pipers, banjo players, guitarists, turning up each week, it’s easy to see how a song might never remain the same.

Copyright: Greystones Guide

Oct
30
Wed
2019
Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) Workshop @ Greystones Studios @ Whale Theatre
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am
Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) Workshop @ Greystones Studios @ Whale Theatre

A special Halloween themed Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) workshop. You will learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day!

As always the workshops are focused on a combination of simple demonstration with plenty of hands on learning. All participants will receive a certificate and a copy of their movie!

All materials and equipment including iPads are supplied though participants are encouraged to bring along their own favourite Lego characters and a few zombies.

Ages 9 yrs +

Booking covers all 4 days and class sizes are small so spaces are strictly limited

Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November

10.00 am – 1 pm each day

€95

 

Oct
31
Thu
2019
Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) Workshop @ Greystones Studios @ Whale Theatre
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am
Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) Workshop @ Greystones Studios @ Whale Theatre

A special Halloween themed Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) workshop. You will learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day!

As always the workshops are focused on a combination of simple demonstration with plenty of hands on learning. All participants will receive a certificate and a copy of their movie!

All materials and equipment including iPads are supplied though participants are encouraged to bring along their own favourite Lego characters and a few zombies.

Ages 9 yrs +

Booking covers all 4 days and class sizes are small so spaces are strictly limited

Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November

10.00 am – 1 pm each day

€95

 

Dracula LIVE @ Whale Theatre
Oct 31 @ 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm

Satellite Screening.  Cinema Live

With darkly Gothic sets and costumes, Northern Ballet is resurrecting Bram Stoker’s classic horror story for special LIVE screenings in cinemas this Halloween. The haunting tale of passion and immortality is played out through ​a unique blend of sensuous dancing​ and​ gripping theatre​ – ​this is ballet with a dramatic bite​. ​Created by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, with atmospheric ​music ​by Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Michael Daugherty and Sergei Rachmaninov, Dracula is a thrilling adaptation that will leave you thirsty for more.

Whale TheatreThursday 31 October 2019, 19:15(Doors open 18:30)

Full Price€17.50

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Nov
1
Fri
2019
Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) Workshop @ Greystones Studios @ Whale Theatre
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am
Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) Workshop @ Greystones Studios @ Whale Theatre

A special Halloween themed Brick Flicks (Lego Stop Motion) workshop. You will learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day!

As always the workshops are focused on a combination of simple demonstration with plenty of hands on learning. All participants will receive a certificate and a copy of their movie!

All materials and equipment including iPads are supplied though participants are encouraged to bring along their own favourite Lego characters and a few zombies.

Ages 9 yrs +

Booking covers all 4 days and class sizes are small so spaces are strictly limited

Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November

10.00 am – 1 pm each day

€95

 

David O’Doherty: ULTRASOUND @ Whale Theatre
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
David O’Doherty: ULTRASOUND @ Whale Theatre

The hairy Enya is delighted to return to the Whale Theatre with a brand new show made up of talking and songs played on the plastic keyboard he got for his Confirmation.
Once again, he will try to fix everything that is wrong in the world.

SPOILER ALERT: once again he will fail.

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Ajá – A tribute to the music of Steely Dan @ The Hot Spot
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm
Ajá - A tribute to the music of Steely Dan @ The Hot Spot

You got to shake it baby! AJA recreates the sounds of one of rock’s most legendary and enigmatic bands with stunning precision and energy. The joint will be rockin’ to all the Dan classics from Reelin’ in the Years to Hey Nineteen and beyond. This 8-piece ensemble features former members of Pretzel Logic and includes some of Dublin’s finest jazz, rock and session musicians. No static at all!

Their live set opens with the entire classic album Aja, hence the name. Featuring : Gerry Farrelly – Keyboards, Colm Lindsay – Guitar, Tommy Moore – Bass / Vocals, Alan Cunningham – Drums, Johnny Graham – Vocals, Sinead Stone – Vocals, Mark Wilde and Serge Stavilla – Saxophones.

The Horror Writer @ Whale Theatre
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Horror Writer @ Whale Theatre

The Horror Writer is a new play by playwright/novelist Emily Gillmor Murphy and directed by Ciaran Gallagher. It tells the story of Theodore Burn, an ageing best selling writer, who reveals to Dani, a young nurse, his final tale of horror. But unlike his other stories, this gruesome tale of murder and fantasy may just be real.

If you like a ghost story full of intrigue and surprise then The Horror Writer is an evening that will promise a good scare.

Suitable for age 12+.

Emily Gillmor Murphy is an Irish novelist/playwright. Her debut novel You and I was published with Random House in 2012, and in it’s first week reached no.2 in the best sellers chart. In 2014 her second novel One Chance was published. Both books received high critical acclaim and have been published in Ireland, UK and Germany.

Her plays include A Boy called Nedd showcased with Druid Theatre Company, as part of the Galway International Arts Festival 2014 and then produced with Theatre Upstairs, directed by Karl Shiels and nominated for the Stewart Park Trust Award 2015. ALL TALK part of New Theatre Dublin New Writer’s week 2016, directed by Ciaran Gallgher. Monster? produced with Theatre Upstairs 2017, directed by Karl Shiels. Her Fingernails produced with Writer’s Avenue London Theatre Company 2017, directed by Sandra Thompson-Quartey. And then his face became his scar commissioned by EU Collective Plays, produced in Italy for the Quartieri dell’Arte Festival 2018. Emily is an alumni of Irish Theatre Institute’s ‘Six in the Attic’ program.

 

In school Emily struggled with dyslexia, but her love of literature and the arts helped her overcome it.

Nov
5
Tue
2019
Open Trad Night – Danns Bar @ Danns Bar
Nov 5 @ 9:15 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Trad Night - Danns Bar @ Danns Bar

For the past 15 years every Tuesday evening, Danns bar has been the location for great session music.  As the night progresses, different musicians arrive, and the music suddenly takes a left turn, down through the Ring of Kerry, before detouring back up through the Burren before a quick trip over to Nashville.

“We’re open to everyone and anything,” says Hughie Browne, the man with the whip, and the keeper of the flame for all these years. “It’s what makes it interesting not only for those listening but, perhaps more importantly, for us. We’re not here to play the same old songs week after week. We’re out to find something new each week…”

And with so many singers, pipers, banjo players, guitarists, turning up each week, it’s easy to see how a song might never remain the same.

Copyright: Greystones Guide

Nov
6
Wed
2019
The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) COURSE 1 @ Whale Theatre
Nov 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) COURSE 1 @ Whale Theatre

The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) (1 & 2)

Tracing the inspiration and context behind some of Ireland’s most celebrated works of art is at the core of the Visual Story Of Ireland course being run by local art historian Rosemarie Devereux on Wednesday mornings in November/December.

Exploring our national history through our national art – Rosemarie is offering two separate 3 week coursesThe first – held between November 6th and 20th – will be of a more general nature while a more detailed history – held between November 27th and December 11th – will be explored in the second.

The aim of both courses is to thematically explore a selection of the paintings that are held in the national collection of art in order to re-engage, through their visual representations, with Ireland’s most significant political and cultural events; to learn more about the people who governed this contentious land as well as those whose livelihoods were dependent on it; finally to examine the context and conditions under which the producers of these paintings worked i.e Irish artists.

Themes that will be discussed in Course 1 are: Politics – its effect on Irish Art; The Development of Irish Painting; Cultural and Social images of 19th Ireland; Land Issues – environmental, political and conceptual; Irish Women Artists; Great Patrons of Irish Art.

Themes that will be discussed in Course 2 are: Irish Artists Abroad; Foreign Artists painting Irish Subjects; Significant Irish Paintings in the National Collection; ‘How the Other Half Lived’ – pictorial representations of the landed class; Modernism in Ireland; The Yeats family and Art.

Each class runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm with a short coffee break in the middle. Cost for the full three weeks is just €55 or €20 for a single class.

BIO

Rosemarie Devereux is a local art historian, who recently attended UCD from where she completed her Masters in Visual Culture in Ireland 1885 – 1915.   Two of her research articles were published in the Irish Arts Review relating to the work of Jack B. Yeats and his wife Cottie– in Winter 2016 and Spring 2019 respectively. She is currently a volunteer in the National Gallery of Ireland and has recently been accepted onto their Freelance Tour Guide Panel. Since 2017 she has taught a module from the UCD School of Art History degree programme entitled Studies in Irish Painting. Rosemarie has also given several art history talks locally on the development of Irish art. For the past 12 months she has been running a private art history course in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Rosemarie is contactable by emailing loveirishart@gmail.com or calling 0876137578.

Nov
9
Sat
2019
Greystones Cancer Support Gala Charity Night With special performance,  Alive Alive O,  from Dry Rain Theatre Company @ Whale Theatre
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Greystones Cancer Support Gala Charity Night With special performance,  Alive Alive O,  from Dry Rain Theatre Company @ Whale Theatre

Greystones Cancer Support Gala Charity Night Featuring GCS Annual Super Draw.

With special performance,  Alive Alive O,  from Dry Rain Theatre Company.

Digging deep into Dublin’s rich tradition of sharing stories and songs around many a warm fire and a cold pint, Alive Alive O is the latest historical and hysterical offering from the irrepressible and cheekily irreverent Dry Rain Theatre Company.

Celebrating the wit and wonders of those inside the Pale who also managed to be just that little bit beyond the Pale, this grand old Irish tradition is given the kiss of new life by Dry Rain’s reigning queen, Lorraine O’Brien, aided and abetted by her regular comhpháirtithe sa choireacht, Emma O’Brien and Mick Heffernan.

Emma shines as Liberties girl Valerie, off to Galway on her first-ever holiday and soon racked with guilt over her slippery shenanigans with a local fisherman.

You will also meet two old liberty bells who are on an over sixties trip to Glendalough, only to stumble upon Elvis the Pelvis Presley, what’s the ‘King doing in Saint Kevin’s Cell, ?? the Jailhouse Rock!!! All will be revealed.

Amongst all of this there is an inner child roaming around who’s one and only ambition is to be a ‘Shocking Holy Saint’.  As if this was not enough, Mick Heffernan will entertain and delight you with his golden voice and musicianship. The trio who are beloved by Whale audiences are joined by guest artist Phil Keogh who will send you home shaking your hips, clicking your fingers and tapping your toes.

Given Dry Rain Theatre Company’s sterling reputation over the decades, and the acclaimed that greeted such recent hits as To Shorten The Road and The Queen Who Cancelled Christmas, you can be sure that Alive, Alive O will be a night to remember. A night made all the more magical given that it’s a charity gala performance for Greystones Cancer Support.

Maclean Burke, Damien from Fair City, will be fear a ti on the night.

And keep everyone on their toes!! Diddley-aye, potatoes!

 

Van Morrison’s Songbook – Celtic Soul @ Hot Spot
Nov 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Van Morrison's Songbook - Celtic Soul @ Hot Spot

Celtic Soul are a 7-piece band band from Bangor delivering a very fine tribute to Van Morrison with excellent musicianship, authenticity and heart.

Receiving critical acclaim from devout Van fans wherever they perform, you’ll hear the big hits like Jackie Wilson Said, Days Like This, and of course Brown Eyed Girl. You’ll also hear Ballerina, Cyprus Avenue, and In the Garden among many others in a packed show.

Several live ‘unplugged’ performances on Gerry Kelly’s show on BBC Radio Ulster have boosted the band’s following. BBC’s Ralph McLean, a massive Van Morrison fan himself, describes Celtic Soul as ‘a great band’ and ‘a very fine tribute’. With more years than they care to remember playing in blues, folk, trad and jazz bands these musicians have the ingredients to combine and deliver Van’s music in an outstanding show.  Doors open 8pm. Show starts at 9pm sharp.

Nov
10
Sun
2019
Flemish/Irish Trad Folk Session w/guests – Jan Smed @ The Hot Spot
Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm
Flemish/Irish Trad Folk Session w/guests - Jan Smed @ The Hot Spot

An afternoon of Irish & Flemish trad & folk music with special guest performance from Jan Smed

The Jan Smed (‘John Smith’) is a traditional Flemish dance. In 1969 five youngsters from the same parish near Brussels chose Jan Smed as the name of their newly formed band. They were among the very first to revive traditional music in Flanders. Now, fifty years later, and still going strong, they are the only surviving band from the pioneering days.

Jan Smed’s hallmark has always been a repertoire of tunes and songs drawn from the purest sources of tradition: old collections and handwritten tunebooks, and the memory of aged musicians and singers. The line-up includes fiddle, flute, fife, Flemish bagpipe, diatonic accordion, hommel (Flemish dulcimer), double bass and percussion. The band are known for their fresh, energetic and highly danceable tradition-inspired approach.

Ever since their first gigs in Ireland in 1975, at festivals in Cobh and Letterkeny, the Jan Smed band have had a soft spot for the country. A couple of years ago, fiddler and piper Ivo and his wife Chris even became parttime residents of Bray. Ivo now takes every opportunity to jam with his Irish friends in the area. Some of them will be happy to join the band for a mixed Flemish and Irish set.

Fifty years after Jan Smed’s first gig in October 1969, their could be no greater place for one of their golden jubilee concerts than the Hot Spot.

Nov
12
Tue
2019
Open Trad Night – Danns Bar @ Danns Bar
Nov 12 @ 9:15 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Trad Night - Danns Bar @ Danns Bar

For the past 15 years every Tuesday evening, Danns bar has been the location for great session music.  As the night progresses, different musicians arrive, and the music suddenly takes a left turn, down through the Ring of Kerry, before detouring back up through the Burren before a quick trip over to Nashville.

“We’re open to everyone and anything,” says Hughie Browne, the man with the whip, and the keeper of the flame for all these years. “It’s what makes it interesting not only for those listening but, perhaps more importantly, for us. We’re not here to play the same old songs week after week. We’re out to find something new each week…”

And with so many singers, pipers, banjo players, guitarists, turning up each week, it’s easy to see how a song might never remain the same.

Copyright: Greystones Guide

Nov
13
Wed
2019
The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) COURSE 1 @ Whale Theatre
Nov 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) COURSE 1 @ Whale Theatre

The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) (1 & 2)

Tracing the inspiration and context behind some of Ireland’s most celebrated works of art is at the core of the Visual Story Of Ireland course being run by local art historian Rosemarie Devereux on Wednesday mornings in November/December.

Exploring our national history through our national art – Rosemarie is offering two separate 3 week coursesThe first – held between November 6th and 20th – will be of a more general nature while a more detailed history – held between November 27th and December 11th – will be explored in the second.

The aim of both courses is to thematically explore a selection of the paintings that are held in the national collection of art in order to re-engage, through their visual representations, with Ireland’s most significant political and cultural events; to learn more about the people who governed this contentious land as well as those whose livelihoods were dependent on it; finally to examine the context and conditions under which the producers of these paintings worked i.e Irish artists.

Themes that will be discussed in Course 1 are: Politics – its effect on Irish Art; The Development of Irish Painting; Cultural and Social images of 19th Ireland; Land Issues – environmental, political and conceptual; Irish Women Artists; Great Patrons of Irish Art.

Themes that will be discussed in Course 2 are: Irish Artists Abroad; Foreign Artists painting Irish Subjects; Significant Irish Paintings in the National Collection; ‘How the Other Half Lived’ – pictorial representations of the landed class; Modernism in Ireland; The Yeats family and Art.

Each class runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm with a short coffee break in the middle. Cost for the full three weeks is just €55 or €20 for a single class.

BIO

Rosemarie Devereux is a local art historian, who recently attended UCD from where she completed her Masters in Visual Culture in Ireland 1885 – 1915.   Two of her research articles were published in the Irish Arts Review relating to the work of Jack B. Yeats and his wife Cottie– in Winter 2016 and Spring 2019 respectively. She is currently a volunteer in the National Gallery of Ireland and has recently been accepted onto their Freelance Tour Guide Panel. Since 2017 she has taught a module from the UCD School of Art History degree programme entitled Studies in Irish Painting. Rosemarie has also given several art history talks locally on the development of Irish art. For the past 12 months she has been running a private art history course in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Rosemarie is contactable by emailing loveirishart@gmail.com or calling 0876137578.

Nov
15
Fri
2019
‘Schmidt Happens’ by Paul Howard aka Ross O’Carroll Kelly @ Whale Theatre
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
'Schmidt Happens' by Paul Howard aka Ross O'Carroll Kelly @ Whale Theatre

“Schmidt Happens”

Paul Howard is a multi-award-winning journalist, author, playwright, comedian and screenwriter. He is best known in his native Ireland as the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, a fictional rugby jock whose exploits have been the subject of 18 satirical novels that have sold more than one million copies and won three Irish Book Awards.

He is the author of four hugely successful Ross O’Carroll-Kelly plays, which enjoyed long, sell-out runs and remounts in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. He also wrote the book and lyrics for two successful musicals: ‘Anglo: The Musical’, a puppet-based comedy about the collapse of Ireland’s banks, in 2012; and ‘Copper Face Jacks: The Musical’, which enjoyed a sell-out run in the summer of 2018.

The format of the night will include three or four readings of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly adventures, complete with voices, intercut with funny stories and anecdotes gathered from his twenty-one years writing about the character of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly. Not only that he will also happy to take questions from the audience.

Nov
16
Sat
2019
The Ultimate Adele Experience @ Whale Theatre
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Ultimate Adele Experience @ Whale Theatre

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Experience the sound and look of Adele with The Ultimate Adele Experience, a live band playing her full repertoire of songs from hit albums 19, 21 & 25 – including hits “Rolling in the Deep”, “Hello”, “Water Under The Bridge”, “Someone Like You” and many more.

Vocalist Katherine Headon is an uncanny look-a-like and sound-a-like of global superstar Adele, and along with her five-piece live band. Locals will recognise the talented Emily McGuinness from Greystones on backing vocals.

This is sure to be an unforgettable night of entertainment.

Nov
17
Sun
2019
Live Screening: Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire @ Whale Theatre
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Live Screening: Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire @ Whale Theatre

Music Adolphe Adam; Choreography Alexei Ratmansky; Libretto Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier (edited by Marius Petipa)

Cast Ekaterina Krysanova (Medora), Igor Tsvirko (Conrad), Denis Savin (Birbanto), Nelli Kobakhidze (Zulmea), Denis Rodkin (“Grand pas des éventails” Soloist), and the Corps de Ballet

Synopsis

On the bazaar square of Andrinopolis, the Pacha is struck by the beauty of Medora and tries to buy her, but the lovely young woman is not for sale. As the transaction is about to come to a close, Medora is kidnaped by Conrad, a charming corsair who catches her eye…

The ballet 

Bolshoi Prima Ballerina, the “mesmerizing” Ekaterina Krysanova and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko ignite Medora and Conrad’s passion with undeniable intensity. Le Corsaire remains a breathtaking production reworked by Alexei Ratmansky, who has created enough dancing for nearly the entire troupe, along with luxurious cinematic sets and a shipwreck, bringing the magic of this company to life.

 

Nov
19
Tue
2019
Open Trad Night – Danns Bar @ Danns Bar
Nov 19 @ 9:15 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Trad Night - Danns Bar @ Danns Bar

For the past 15 years every Tuesday evening, Danns bar has been the location for great session music.  As the night progresses, different musicians arrive, and the music suddenly takes a left turn, down through the Ring of Kerry, before detouring back up through the Burren before a quick trip over to Nashville.

“We’re open to everyone and anything,” says Hughie Browne, the man with the whip, and the keeper of the flame for all these years. “It’s what makes it interesting not only for those listening but, perhaps more importantly, for us. We’re not here to play the same old songs week after week. We’re out to find something new each week…”

And with so many singers, pipers, banjo players, guitarists, turning up each week, it’s easy to see how a song might never remain the same.

Copyright: Greystones Guide

Nov
20
Wed
2019
The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) COURSE 1 @ Whale Theatre
Nov 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) COURSE 1 @ Whale Theatre

The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940) (1 & 2)

Tracing the inspiration and context behind some of Ireland’s most celebrated works of art is at the core of the Visual Story Of Ireland course being run by local art historian Rosemarie Devereux on Wednesday mornings in November/December.

Exploring our national history through our national art – Rosemarie is offering two separate 3 week coursesThe first – held between November 6th and 20th – will be of a more general nature while a more detailed history – held between November 27th and December 11th – will be explored in the second.

The aim of both courses is to thematically explore a selection of the paintings that are held in the national collection of art in order to re-engage, through their visual representations, with Ireland’s most significant political and cultural events; to learn more about the people who governed this contentious land as well as those whose livelihoods were dependent on it; finally to examine the context and conditions under which the producers of these paintings worked i.e Irish artists.

Themes that will be discussed in Course 1 are: Politics – its effect on Irish Art; The Development of Irish Painting; Cultural and Social images of 19th Ireland; Land Issues – environmental, political and conceptual; Irish Women Artists; Great Patrons of Irish Art.

Themes that will be discussed in Course 2 are: Irish Artists Abroad; Foreign Artists painting Irish Subjects; Significant Irish Paintings in the National Collection; ‘How the Other Half Lived’ – pictorial representations of the landed class; Modernism in Ireland; The Yeats family and Art.

Each class runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm with a short coffee break in the middle. Cost for the full three weeks is just €55 or €20 for a single class.

BIO

Rosemarie Devereux is a local art historian, who recently attended UCD from where she completed her Masters in Visual Culture in Ireland 1885 – 1915.   Two of her research articles were published in the Irish Arts Review relating to the work of Jack B. Yeats and his wife Cottie– in Winter 2016 and Spring 2019 respectively. She is currently a volunteer in the National Gallery of Ireland and has recently been accepted onto their Freelance Tour Guide Panel. Since 2017 she has taught a module from the UCD School of Art History degree programme entitled Studies in Irish Painting. Rosemarie has also given several art history talks locally on the development of Irish art. For the past 12 months she has been running a private art history course in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Rosemarie is contactable by emailing loveirishart@gmail.com or calling 0876137578.