FREE WALKING TOURS OF HISTORIC WESTPORT

EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 11.A.M. FOR JULY AND AUGUST
Westport Historical Society/Clew Bay Heitage Centre are running FREE WALKING TOURS OF HISTORIC WESTPORT every Wednesday at 11.a.m. for July and August Starting point: The Clock, top of Bridge Street.

Aprés Match - 20 Years Of The Craic Live

THURSDAY 12TH JULY, 8PM

The woman from Clontarf asks what have Apres Match ever given us? 20 years of great comedy that’s what! Yes Apres Match are 20 this year. And that’s one birthday bash you can not afford to miss! Coming to a venue near you, Apres Match bring their hilarious and cutting edge comedy. They were the first and they are still the best. As Someone once said accept no substitute! Join the boys from the land of Apres, for their all new World Cup special show featuring a vast arsenal of characters, biting satire and general mayhem as seen on TV and stage over a career spanning 20 glorious years. From the world of Sport, politics, media and everything in between, watch the anarchic Apres Match rip the piss and deflate the egos of the great and the good and of the high and very mighty. From Dunphy to Bono, from Ivan Yates to Graham Norton from Joe Duffy to TV3 – no-one escapes their wicked ways and evil eye.
So make a date with destiny baby…
Having the craic with Apres Match… for 20 years…
It’s not a good laugh, it’s a great laugh!

Fresh Evidence - Live

SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH, 8PM

Inspired by the music of Rory Gallagher, Westport band “Fresh Evidence” return to the Town Hall Theatre after a sellout gig in January 2016.

The band started out playing and winning numerous talent shows, they comprise of Paddy Warde on lead vocals and guitar, Luke McKeown on base and Thomas Cannon on drums.

They have been invited to play specially at the Rory Gallagher International Festival over the past two years.

Off Your Trolley

SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER , 8PM

NOTE: Age Recommendation 16+
Award winning Comedian, Conal Gallen is bringing his brand new Comedy Play, “Off Your Trolley”, to theatres across Ireland this Autumn. Father and son team, Conal and Rory Gallen have written their 4th Comedy Play, and it is, without doubt, their funniest comedy play ever!

“Off Your Trolley” is a rip-roaring, laugh a minute tale of life in a hospital ward! It’s packed with craic, confusion and constant laughter!” Where the story leads? Nobody knows! Not even the other actors some nights, as in true Conal Gallen style he likes to throw in some new lines just to keep them on their toes!

So why not Join Bridie, Willie, Dick, Betty and the infamous Father “Big Mad Micky” O’Reilly as they show us hospital life, as it has never been seen before. They’ll have you “in stitches” from start to finish!

You’d have to be completely “off your trolley” to miss this hilarious brand new comedy play from the cream of Irish comedy! It certainly proves that “Laughter is still the best medicine”!

Starring: Conal Gallen, Paddy McMenamin, Jack Quinn
Age Recommendation 16+

Novus - Later

Novus - Later
FRIDAY 6TH JULY , 8PM

TICKETS: €15/12 (available on the door)
Novu​s ‘Later’ night is a new and unique opportunity to experience new and exciting original music from a number of exciting and diverse groups presented in a style similar to the great ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ shows.
Acts appearing on the night will be……

Vera Violent

Vera Violent play compelling original music influenced by all that is good in rock’n’roll since the get-go of rock’n’roll. If you like your music fast and exciting with a personal and political edge, and you want a heady mix of anger and joy, then they’re for you.

See: www.veraviolent.com “…unparalleled musical excitement comes in 3-pieces: Vera Violent” – Tunesmith Monthly

Tommy Hughes/Teresa Burke/Mary Travers The Puddletown Suite

This musical collaboration has been a work in progress over the last decade and has involved a number of people who have contributed to recordings and live performances. Each contributor has their own musical life outside of this collective to which some return periodically in order to liberate the songwriter from the noise in his head. To date this unhurried process has resulted in 2 CDs; Puddletown (2014) and The Girl Who Dives for Pearls in Puddles (2015).

Declan Askin/Brian Lennon/Bartholomew de Boer

Both Declan and Brian are members of the group Coda as well as being successful musicians in their own right – both in the traditional and classical genres. Bart is renowned musician and producer based in the Clew Bay Recording Studio. Together they create multilayered and exciting new songs that can be best described as alternative rock.

Gerard Mc Nally with Donal Hoban & Chris Darby

Westport musician Gerard McNally is a pianist, arranger, music director & second level music teacher & holds a Masters in Musicology from N.U.I. Maynooth. His compositions express elements of classical, pop & jazz styles as well as unorthodox metres, time signatures & formats, yet is very accessible to all tastes. He recently released an album of 12 original compositions entitled ‘Hiatus’. This promises to be a great night for anyone interested in new and original music presented in 4 diverse styles.

Harp Concert

THURSDAY AUGUST 2ND, 3PM

An afternoon of music from harpers Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson – this performance will include a selection of Irish and Scottish tunes, as well as pieces from their ‘Music of Mayo’ programme (presenting tunes associated with the county from the 17th century onwards), performed on harps, concertina, whistle and bouzouki. They will also be joined by the Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble for some selections.

Gráinne Hambly from Mayo Abbey is an internationally recognised exponent of the Irish harp, and is in great demand as a performer and teacher, both in Ireland and abroad. She has attracted glowing praise for her live performances and recorded material, and also plays concertina.

Originally from Glasgow and now living in Mayo, William Jackson was a founding member of Ossian, one of Scotland’s best-loved traditional bands. In addition to being a renowned harper and multi-instrumentalist, he has gained an international reputation as a composer of music combining traditional and classical elements. William is also a trained Music Therapist. As a duo, Gráinne and William have toured extensively in Europe and the USA, and they have released a joint CD.

This performance will include a selection of Irish and Scottish tunes, as well as pieces from their ‘Music of Mayo’ programme (presenting tunes associated with the county from the 17th century onwards), performed on harps, concertina, whistle and bouzouki.

The Liberties presents - All For Me Grog - A Dubliners Tribute



SATURDAY 7TH JULY, 8PM

All For Me Grog, is the show that brings you the songs and story of Irelands most internationally famous folk band of all time-THE DUBLINERS. Presented by The Liberties, who, in replicating the original Dubliners lineup of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaron Burke and John Sheehan, with the exact same instrumentation and sound,bring to the stage a show of uncanny similarity to the most fondly remembered and successful Dubliners lineup. The unique and wonderful voice of Ronnie Drew, is brought to life by Wayne Wilder, who is probably the most authentic Ronnie sound alike in the entire world.

With his red hair and powerful melodic voice, banjo maestro James Gallagher, not only looks like Luke Kelly, but sounds so close to the man, that it has to be a fluke of nature. Bardo, is a man who can produce sweet backing and the jigs and reels on the fiddle,in the style of John Sheahan with aplomb and finesse. While Jeremy Jenkinson plays the whistle with the sweet tone and quirky twirls of Ciaron Burke. The man sitting down, his nimble fingers dancing along his banjos fretboard, is John Hill, in the guise of Barney McKenny.

Seven Drunken Nights, The Irish Rover, Scorn Not His Simplicity, Follow Me Up To Carlow, The Wild Rover, McAlpines Fusileers etc. will have you clapping your hands, stomping your feet and singing along to this uplifting two hour show. All For Me Grog-the Songs and Story of the Dubliners, a show to delight all lovers of rousing song, music and craic.

Phil Coulter - Pure Gold

SATURDAY 21ST JULY , 8PM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!! After a SOLD OUT show in December 2017 we are delighted to welcome back Phil Coulter for another night of PURE GOLD.

“Pure Gold” was how a U.S. Critic recently described a Phil Coulter show. It struck a chord with the man himself. “It seemed to tick a lot of boxes” said Phil, so he hi-jacked the title for his new show and album.

Phil’s long career as a songwriter, producer and recording artiste has been recognised over the years with so many gold discs that the theme is totally appropriate.

Very few in the music business can boast of having chart entries in every decade since the sixties. Even fewer can match the range of Phil’s output – from Eurovision winners to folk classics, from tender ballads to sporting anthems, from Luke Kelly to Elvis Presley!

His new show, Pure Gold, will feature Phil’s personal favourites as he trawls through his 50 years of creativity. As he says himself, “It will be a different and interesting collection – some of the big hits alongside some that I thought should have been hits! Some songs that meant a lot to my bank manager as well as some that simply meant a lot to me”

Pure Gold will tour the country extensively, North and South, throughout November and December. An original retrospective on the work of one of our finest, it’s a show for every lover of good music.

Goats Don't Shave

FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST

Goats Don’t Shave formed in 1990 in Dungloe, County Donegal, are one of Ireland’s greatest Celtic Folk groups. Legendary Donegal group is fronted by singer-songwriter Pat Gallagher. Their biggest hit is the great Irish Rock tune “Las Vegas In The Hills of Donegal”. Their most popular songs have been covered by dozens of other bands and Goats Don’t Shave songs are practically in every jukebox in watering holes all around the world.