Wednesday 23 January 2019

Impressive line-up at Boyle Arts Fest

Brendan McGee

The nationally renowned Boyle Arts Festival is currently underway after the official opening by TV personality and author Brent Pope in King House, last Thursday.

On a balmy evening and before an audience of several hundred invited artists and guests, he declared the 29th annual Arts Festival, open.

It will continue until July 28th and there is still time to see some fantastic performers, events and exhibitions over the coming days.

Altan will make a special appearance in the Church of Ireland at 8pm tonight (Tuesday) and BellX1 Guitarist, Dave Geraghty (Join Me In The Pines) will perform in King House later this evening at 10pm.

Ikarumba will play in Clarke's bar on Wednesday at 10pm and one of this year's headliners, soprano Celine Byrne, will perform in the Church of Ireland on Thursday.

On Friday, Kieran Quinn, Seamie O'Dowd and guests will perform in the Church of Ireland, while later that evening, local band The Stringwreckers will play in Daly's Storehouse. Saturday will see performances by violinist Niamh Crowley in the Church of Ireland and BAF 2018 will conclude with a performance by Mundy, supported by The martyrs in The Storehouse.

In Drama, The Beezneez Theatre Company will present 'Callaghan's Place' in St. Joseph's Hall on Wednesday, while Leonie McDonagh will present 'There's All Sorts' in King House on Thursday evening. Sean Leonard's one man play, 'Humanity Dick - A Tale of beasts and Bullets' is in King House on Saturday afternoon.

Look out for exciting lunchtime performances in King House, from harp and guitar duo, Amala today (Tuesday), saxophonist Robert Finegan with pianist Luke Lally Maguire on Wednesday, DIT Junior pianists Jude McCann, Sidi Bao and Gerry Yang on Thursday, soprano Catherine Donnelly on Friday and a very special concert by local singer Bernadine Casserly in the Church of Ireland on Saturday.

In our Spoken Word programme, author John Connell, will read from 'The Cow Book' in Druminilra Farm Kitchen today at 4pm (Tuesday). Oliver Fallon will discuss the year 1918, 100 years on in King House on Wednesday. On Thursday, author Louise G. Cole will launch 'Beyond The Green Bridge' in King House at 4pm and Carole Coleman will be in conversation with Tommie Gorman in King House at 6pm. Author Kevin Barry will read from some of his work in King House on Friday at 6:15pm.

For children, there is a special showing of 'Paddington 2' in the King House auditorium on Saturday at 11am.

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