Tommy Tiernan at Róisín Dubh
The Grand Auld section
Friday August 13-22 Nimmo’s Pier, Galway
There are many hands working live, and the right folks at Róisín Dubh have teamed up with the Galway Comedy Festival and Strange Brew to set up a specially designed outdoor venue on the banks of the Corrib for this series of concerts, performances by circus and works. -in progress with Tommy Tiernan, Jape and Mick Flannery. Shows will be staged in expandable tents to keep you cool and dry, and each concert will have a maximum audience of 200, in groups of four and six, comfortably seated on 40 well-spaced picnic benches.
The fun begins with Mick Flannery, a longtime crowd favorite of Róisín Dubh, who is sure to deliver a performance in the tents (Friday the 13th, 7pm and 9pm).
Next is Dirty Circus, which will present its daring burlesque and cabaret routines (Saturday 14, 9 p.m.), followed by the raucous big band Swing, Jazz and Blues courtesy of John Conneely Inc.
After that, it’s time to clear the way as Tommy Tiernan takes over from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 with his Work-in-Progress, which may well turn out to be even better than the finished thing.
The Chronicles of Oggle
Until August 14, Smock Alley Theater, Dublin 7:30 p.m. (Saturday morning
Tickets: 20 €
Actor Peter Gowen has been seen in Love / Hate, Fair City and The Butcher Boy, but he took on the role of writer for this humorous but punchy piece based on his own childhood in Youghal, Co Cork, and posing serious Questions. on how the church treated people with intellectual disabilities. To the sound, it will make Angela’s ashes look like afternoon tea at the Ritz. The Chronicles of Oggle tells the story of Pakie, an orphan who is not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, but who has a taste for adventure and a talent for storytelling. The only problem is that the stories he tells about the history of his hometown – from Viking plunder to pedophile priests – aren’t exactly what Oggle’s sensitive-eared locals want to hear. The play was originally staged in Cork in 2013, garnering crowds and standing ovations, but a performance at Youghal in 2015 was suddenly canceled following “complaints” from anonymous locals.
Tuesday August 10 DeBarras, Clonakilty, Co Cork, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.,
Tickets: € 25 – € 100.00
This is one of West Cork’s favorite concert halls, and finally, after a year and a half of forced silence, beautiful sounds are emanating again from De Barra’s Folk Club. “DeBarra is like an old mythical creature and she’s been sleeping for a while… now she wakes up, she needs to rub her stomach and scratch her ears regularly,” says venue manager Ray Blackwell. And who better to rub the belly of your soul than Lisa Hannigan, who performs in the intimate outdoor setting of the venue specially configured to comply with Covid guidelines. Hannigan will perform iconic songs from albums such as Sea Sew and At Swim. This is a limited capacity show and tickets will be sold in groups of four or two, with table service only. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your face mask.
The concerts continue on Sunday 15th with singer and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (7:30 p.m. € 20- € 80), who has been so busy collecting big movie and TV roles and acting accolades, we almost had forgot how great she is a singer and performer. too much.
Kaleidoscope presents We Are Family
August 13-15, Russborough House, County Wicklow,
It’s time to pack the whole family (including Grandma) into the SUV and head to the picturesque setting of Russborough House in Co Wicklow for this special family-friendly outdoor festival, featuring performers such as Ryan McMullan, Lyra, JC Stewart, Dublin Gospel Choir, Bobbi Arlo, Cairde and Tracy Clifford. There are six separate concerts to book, at noon and 4 p.m. each day, so pick the one that fits your day perfectly. There will be food, refreshments and plenty of side activities and shows to keep the family entertained, and, in a nod to the old walleyes who had to spend so much time away from their children and grandchildren, the first 100 grandmothers and grandfathers go free.
A Wild Atlantic Way In The Open Air
Thursday August 12, Hunt Museum, Limerick 12 pm-7pm
Tickets: 15 € Children: 5 €
The Hunt Museum is bringing the easels outside this month and encouraging visitors to paint outdoors, with a series of outdoor painting classes and workshops in its beautifully landscaped gardens by the River Shannon. Thursday’s event ties in with the museum’s A Wild Atlantic Way summer exhibit, which features works by 30 artists. Take inspiration from these evocative works and travel the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kinsale with a simple brushstroke, under the direction of local professional artists such as John Shinnors, Roger McCarthy, Henry Morgan and Shane O’Donovan. Don’t worry about the equipment – easels and paintings will be set up, so just bring a snack, lunch and a drink. There will also be free entry to the exhibition.
Ye Vagabonds: all the boats get up
Until September 7, the waterways of Ireland
So you want to play live shows for your fans, but Covid’s restrictions mean your options are limited. What are you doing? Musician brothers Brían and Diarmuid MacGloinn, aka Ye Vagabonds, have found a new way to deliver their music – get on a houseboat and take a slow journey through Irish waterways during the month of August, stopping at various locations to put on a Covid-compliant live broadcast for anyone stopping along the river or canal.
They departed on August 7th, sailing from Vicarstown, Co Laois to Banagher, Co Offaly, and the plan is to play their first show at Banagher on Thursday 12th, at Belmont Hill, Co Offaly on Friday 13th, in Pollagh, Co Offaly on Saturday 14th and Ballycommon Jetty, Tullamore, Co Offaly on Sunday 15th.
Of course, that could all change if the houseboat decides to go slower, or if the guys are sidelined in some reeds or a historic rabbit hole. “A river excursion has been a pipe dream for us for years, but there has never been a more perfect time for it,” says Diarmuid. “On most tours, we see the sites and a corner of each city before we dive back into the monotony of the highways. This time it is also about travel and also time travel. Waterways are the oldest roads and time passes differently when you are on the water.
They will be recounting their journey on their patreon page, so check to see where they stop and match near you. They’ll meet and collaborate with talented friends along the way, including Laura Quirke, Cormac Begley, FeliSpeaks, Manchán Magan and Leo O’Kelly, and filmmaker Myles O’Reilly will travel with the guys to capture the whole trip on celluloid.
Summer Songs: Cathy Davey, The Booka Club and Wyvern Lingo
Saturday August 14, People’s Park, Bray, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It’s a busy day at People’s Park in Bray this Saturday, as the Summer Songs series continues with two concerts in a safe, Covid-compliant outdoor setting. First up, a rare appearance from the wonderful Cathy Davey, who took care of her charities My Lovely Horse Rescue and My Lovely Pig Rescue. She will be joined by the Booka Club. Then, in the early evening, it’s the turn of the local group Wyvern Lingo, whose soul harmonies will certainly plunge you into a twilight trance, and their songs with pop, rock and R&B influences are sure to make you dance in the park.
Kilkenny Arts Festival
Ends Sunday August 15, Kilkenny
The Marble City Festival is entering its second week, with a busy schedule of events, of which we only have a few to list here. Discover The City Is Never Finished (August 13-15, St Francis Abbey @ the Abbey Quarter, from 8:30 p.m., € 15), an installation by visual and sound artist Peter Power, in collaboration with composer Michael Gallen, examining how cities have become monuments of both human power and human madness.
What Is The Word (August 11 and 13 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. / August 14 3 p.m., Watergate Theater € 10) an audio cinematic experience in which some of the main Irish actors present a collection of poems by Samuel Beckett. And innovative musician Martin Hayes will bring together musician friends including Steve Cooney and composer Cormac McCarthy for a weekend of live shows (Saturday 14 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Sunday 15, 8 p.m. Watergate Theater € 25).