Tuesday 1 December 2015

Don't miss Bronagh Gallagher, Andrew Maxwell and much more

Published 04/06/2013 | 05:24

Bronagh Gallagher, one of Ireland's most talented musicians and extraordinary live performers, described as a deeply soulful artist with a unique gift for singing and storytelling. Bronagh is opening this year's Eigse festival with her legendary band.


Bronagh Gallagher, one of Ireland's most talented musicians and extraordinary live performers, described as a deeply soulful artist with a unique gift for singing and storytelling. Bronagh is opening this year's Eigse festival with her legendary band.

When Gallagher takes to the stage, she pays homage to the 1960s and early 1970s with extraordinary knowledge, her own soulful vocals unveiling influences such as Dusty Springfield, Al Green, The Shangri-Las, Aretha Franklin, Merry Clayton and Emmy Lou Harris. This will be an uplifting, dazzling night in the company of a very funny girl, contextualising each song, or mimicking accents and relaying hilarious exploits each time the band take a breather, and promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Friday, June 7, 8.45pm, €22.00/€20.00.


A fresh, human and hilarious piece, I Heart Alice Heart I explores the monumental journey of a most unlikely couple. Two exceptional, opinionated women were spotted winking at each other in Crumlin Shopping Centre. Now they're in a show, reluctantly. They're here to share with you something they've never dared to before.

Winner of two Dublin Fringe Awards in 2010 including the Fishamble New Writing Award, this stirring piece of documentary theatre is an unflinching and acutely personal love story. It has moved audiences from Iceland, Australia, New York, Tasmania and Scotland and now is making its way Carlow to bring out the heart in you!

George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Saturday June 8, at 8pm, €15.


Singing Nina: the Life and Music of Nina Simone, performed by Karen Underwood.

Singing Nina is a fabulous new show brought to you by the Chicago Jazz Queen, Karen Underwood and her band. Karen brings to you, in narration and song, the engrossing life story of the great legend Nina Simone, from her struggle against racism and exile from her homeland to her flamboyant, troubled relationships and poignant later years.

Nina Simone 'the civil rights singer' is someone a lot of us are familiar with, but the transformation of Eunice Kathleen Waymon, a poor southern daughter, to Nina Simone the acclaimed performer, mother, and lover, many of us are less familiar with. Tuesday, June 11 at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre at 8pm. €22/€18


Sébastien Marq is one of the world's most celebrated recorder players.

He has performed worldwide with various ensembles including William Christie's acclaimed 'Les Arts Florissants'. Sébastien Marq joins forces with Irish musicians Malcolm Proud and Jonathan Byers to perform a series of Baroque sonatas, contemporary Japanese compositions, improvisations on 17th century ground basses.

Sébastien Marq, Malcolm Proud, and Jonathan Byers, Link Gallery, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. Wednesday, June 12 at 7pm. €15.00/€12.00.

JUNE 11 & 12

Les Miserables non-musical version (UK)

An inventive and beautifully acted production from these very fine theatre-makers. Prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean, is released from prison and so begins his bitter struggle to find redemption for the sins of his past and become a force for good.

Always at his heels is his nemesis, the ruthless, puritanical policeman Javert, who has made it his life's work to recapture Valjean and put him back in prison.

Hotbuckle bring their innovative style and unique talent to this remarkable novel, one of the most powerful and celebrated works of European literature. Borris House, Co Carlow, Tuesday, June 11, at 8pm; George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Wednesday, June 12, at 8pm. Tickets €18.


The poet laureate of punk, the self-styled bard of Salford, John Cooper Clarke is a comic wordsmith who will deliver the wittiest show you will hear this year. His piercing, satirical, political and fiercely funny verse expressed in his rapid-fire performance style resonated with the punk movement and youth culture of which he became a figurehead in the late 1970s.

One of Britain's most important poets and performers, in May 2012 he was the subject of the BBC documentary 'Evidently John Cooper Clarke'.

He has made a multitude of recent UK and Irish festival appearances including Glastonbury, Latitude, Electric Picnic and many others. The George Bernard Shaw Theatreon Thursday, June 13. €22/€20 concession at 8pm.


Andrew Maxwell and a life lesson from Gunther Grun. Comedian Andrew Maxwell is an enviably fluent purveyor of shrewd and very funny social commentary, slamming down his theories on the table with a swagger for anyone to question, and is a regular on TV screens

Throughout his career, Andrew has had many sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has also performed at The Amnesty /Channel Four Secret Policeman's Ball Glastonbury, The HBO US Comedy & Arts Festival in Las Vegas and several appearances at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.

Blonde German 'economist' Gunther Grun (aka the overwhelming talent of Barry Murphy of Apres Match) who graced our screens recently in Irish Pictorial Weekly, will explain the differences between the Irish and the German peoples. George Bernard Shaw Theatre on Friday June 14 at 8pm. €22.50.


Out of Time is a solo performance by the internationally celebrated Irish step dancer Colin Dunne. Best known for his performances in Riverdance, Dunne has been on an artistic journey since completing an MA in Contemporary Dance in 2002.

In Out of Time he integrates movement, film, and spoken commentary to choreograph a provocative dialogue between his traditional roots and modernity. Collaborating with sound engineer Fionán de Barra, Dunne's percussive footwork is digitally processed live then looped, remixed and layered to create a hauntingly evocative soundscore. He is joined onstage by projected archival images of dancers from the 1930s onwards – including himself as a 10-year-old boy.

Intimate and playful, the show is both an unsentimental homage to Irish step dance and a bold investigation of Dunne's personal and artistic relationship with the tradition which has shaped his life. The George Bernard Shaw Theatre on Sunday June 16 at 8pm. €22/€20 including Closing Night Party.

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