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Feast of music at the Village Theatre

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Donal Lunny and Mick Hanley - two of the greats of Irish music.

Legendary Scottish singer Barbara Dickson will perform her only west of Ireland concert on her current Irish and UK tour next Monday night, November 14, at The Village Theatre, Carrabane, near Loughrea.

And later in the month, the venue will host two legends of Irish music, Donal Lunny and Mick Hanley.

Barbara Dickson is one of the world’s most enduring and popular artistes. Her single I Know Him So Well, recorded with Elaine Paige and taken from the musical Chess, reached Number One in the UK when it was released in 1985. It went on to become a Top Ten hit around the world and sold more than 900,000 copies. Barbara has also featured in many West End musical performances, including taking the lead role in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.

With 17 platinum and gold albums to her name, she’s Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time.

The music continues on Friday, November 25, with a concert from Donal Lunny and Mick Hanly who are currently on their first Irish tour as a duo.

Donal Lunny has been central to Irish music for more than four decades and has been involved with groundbreaking groups including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and Mozaik, as well as acting as a producer for other musicians and as a film composer.

Limerick born singer-songwriter Mick Hanly, who has played with the likes of Declan Sinnott, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny is best known for his song Past the Point of Rescue. It was an enormous hit for American country singer Hal Ketchum in 1991.

Closer to home, those who have recorded his songs include Christy Moore, Dolores Keane, Sean Keane and Mary Black.

Folk fans are in for a treat on their first tour as a duo.

Tickets for both concerts are available on The Village Theatre’s Facebook page or from 087-6997357.

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Maeve named as Film Fleadh programmer

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Maeve McGrath.

Limerick woman Maeve McGrath has been named as the new Director of Programming for Galway Film Fleadh, taking over from Will Fitzgerald. She will be responsible for curating this year’s festival, which will run from July 11-16.

She previously worked as artistic director of Kerry International Film Festival, producer at Carlow Arts Festival and joint short film programmer at Dublin International Film Festival.

Maeve is involved with  Limerick’s artist-led, community-focused facility, The GAFF where she recently curated a community audio/visual project, Tiny Little Histories, and produced TravFest, a Traveller wellness festival as part of Guth na Mincéirí.

She has a Master’s in Media Studies from Limerick’s Mary I/UL, graduating in 2015 with the thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar.

“The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit, nationally and internationally, and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition,” she stated.

“I forward to being part of the continued growth of the Galway Film Fleadh and supporting the development of emerging and established filmmakers.”

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Mystery of Wolfe Tone’s death

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Leader of the 1798 Rebellion Theobald Wolfe Tone.

Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan will be at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday next, February 2, with The Murder of Wolfe Tone, the incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, leader of the 1798 Rebellion and the man who is regarded as the founding father of Irish republicanism.

In this audio-visual show featuring hundreds of images, shocking new research and a vast array of songs, Paddy works to unravel the secrets and lies around what happened that fateful week in Dublin’s Provost’s Prison in November 1798 when 35-year-old Tone was found dead in his cell.

Tickets for The Murder of Wolfe Tone, which starts at 8pm are €20/18, plus a €1 booking charge. They are available at tht.ie, 091-569777 and at the Town Hall Theatre Box Office.

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Funnyman Neil brings latest show to Athenry

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Neil Delamere

Comedian Neil Delamere will bring his new show, Delamerium, to the Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry on Saturday, February 18.

Audiences can expect hilarious stories, wry observations and quick-witted improvisation as Neil tries to makes sense of the world around him.

Neil is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, well-known to audiences for his regular television appearances on RTÉ and BBC, as well as his hilarious sell-out stand up tours.

His shows have received stellar reviews and resulted in several platinum-selling DVDs, while Neil has also written and presented comedy documentaries including programmes on the Vikings and St Patrick which won IFTA and Celtic Media awards.

He also presented a series on heroes from Ireland’s past, Holding out for a Hero, on RTÉ 2.

He’s a regular on BBC Northern Ireland’s popular panel show, The Blame Game, as well as being a panellist on BBC 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and has featured on BBC 4’s The News Quiz.

According to the Irish Times, ‘no TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere’s wit’, while the Scotsman awarded him five stars during an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, stating: ‘You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe.’

He continues to tour at home and abroad and audiences can catch his latest show, Delamerium, on February 18 in Athenry.

Tickets for Delamerium are available from the hotel or at ticketsolve.ie

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