Westport Festival of Chamber Music – September
13-15 SEPTEMBER, 2019
Since it first began in September 2013, the annual Westport Festival of Chamber Music has been attracting music lovers and internationally renowned musicians to the west of Ireland. There’s something wonderfully cosy about chamber music. Composed for a small group of instruments that could fit comfortably into a palace chamber or a large room, it has been described as ‘the music of friends. And where better to experience the genre up close and personal than Westport?
The festival’s concerts take place in three stunning, intimate venues – Westport House, Westport Town Hall Theatre and Holy Trinity Church – each perfectly suited to the charm and finesse of chamber music. A great excuse to get into your autumnal glad rags if ever there was one.
Jason Goodman Art Exhibition – September
Date - Saturday, September 7,
2019 - Friday, September 27,
2019 All Day
We are delighted to have artist Jason Goodman exhibiting with us for the month of September. The exhibition will be launched on Saturday, September 7th at 6pm. Jason’s Mother, Mary T. Goodman, was an artist in her own right. She started his career at the age of 1, sending Jason for private art instructions at the Nicolo Cortilia School in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Mr. Cortilia, an “Academy of Rome” graduate, was a well-known portrait artist whose work now hangs in the Smithsonian Museum; Washington D.C. Jason studied anatomical drawing using stick charcoal on newsprint for a period of 3 years. ln 1967, Jason enrolled in a 2 year degree program which introduced him to the famous MARVEL DC comic artist, Howard Percell, creator of Thor’s Hammer’and ‘Silver Surfer’ comic book characters. He also studied under Andrew Palencar, a renown New York media artist, who designed the ‘Ritz’ Cracker Box’. After a stint in the US NAVY, with service on the infamous River Patrol boats in Vietnam, Jason returned home in October 1970 and opened his acclaimed ALCHEMY STUDIO & ART GALLERY in an old Coal Company office building. Alchemy Studio has been continuously operated to this present day. Continuing his studies for the next 12 years, Jason earned a total of 4 college degrees in the field of Art and Art Education. During that same time he developed his signature painting style with acrylic pigments on canvas. ln the mid 1970’s Jason was introduced to an experimental pigment called “iridescent” acrylics. He embraced these novel paints and incorporated them into his very successful technique’and is now one of the world’s leading authorities on their application and use. Since the early days of selling his work, Jason has relied on a Time & Materials’ painting structure. His paintings have sold throughout the world and hang in both public and private collections as a result. He firmly believes his artwork is to be priced reasonably so that a broad range of people can own and appreciate the work in the comfort of their homes, regardless of how many bedrooms they possess. Jason acquired his wealth in both advertising and the building design business, having owned two successful companies in those disciplines. For that reason, his work can be placed within the reach of anyone’s means. At this opportunity, allow us to present a significant collection of Jason’s current work using iridescent acrylic pigments on stretched canvas. Hope you enjoy the effort.
God Has No Country
Date - Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:00 pm
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!! Dublin based Killarney Actor Donal Courtney’s one man show “God has no country” tells the story of the struggles encountered by Kerrryman Monsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty and his colleagues in Rome during the Second World War. The story follows O’Flaherty’s torment as he has to decide to act in defence of those suffering under the tyranny of the Fascists. The play also reflects on his upbringing and education in Killarney and how joining the priesthood protecting him from involvement in The War of Independence. Told with humour and sensitivity, “God has no country” aims to bring the heroic deeds and achievements of this extraordinary man to a wider audience. God has no Country has been staged in a variety of venues across Ireland and is published as a dramatic text for the English Curriculum book Spirals published by EdCo. “Courtney deftly illustrates O’Flaherty’s deep love for Killarney….. in a series of short, spritely-paced scenes, which deliberately nuance the Monsignor’s infamous sharp, confident stride.” – Dr. Fiona Brennan “Courtney brilliantly takes the audience through the Monsignor’s journey” – Kerry’s Eye
Westival-Westport Music and Arts Festival
24-29 OCTOBER, 2019
Westival, a new festival with an old heart.
Westport Arts Festival is delighted to announce Westival, the festival’s new brand and identity. After 18 months of research and careful consideration on how to build on 42 years of success, ‘Westival’ was devised as the next big step forward. Westival, will continue to foster the thriving local arts and music scene of Westport, but also help solidify and promote the west of Ireland as a destination for significant cultural events, that will attract international talent and attention.
Fans of Westport Arts Festival can rest assured that the charm of the events unique to the original festival will still be part of the rebranded offering, they will be complemented by new and innovative experiences.
Westival 2018’s full programme will be released in early September and will showcase a festival filled with local, national and international music, culture and artistic adventures, world premières and free family-friendly performances for all. The ethos of the new festival is to provide entertainment, connection and celebration for the people of Westport and the people who love Westport.
Reginald D Hunter – Facing The Beast
Date - Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:00 pm
Facing the Beast Reginald D Hunter returns to Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated brand new show. After twenty years of gifted storytelling and effortless dark humour, Facing the Beast showcases Reginald at his controversial and hilarious best. Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. He is one of the few performers to have been nominated for the highly coveted main Perrier Award in three consecutive years. His appearances on television have included ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and the hugely popular BBC2 series ‘Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South’ and its equally successful follow up Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The Border, both of which documented the growth of American popular song. “HE HAS THE AUDIENCE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND” ★★★★ – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine Age Recommendation: 16+
Clew Bay Pipe Band – Pipeversity 2019
Date - Friday, November 22, 2019 - Saturday, November 23, 2019 8:00 pm
The Clew Bay Pipe Band Since its arrival on the stage in 2012, The Clew Bay Pipe Band has excited audiences all over Ireland and beyond. This exceptionally talented young group led by renowned musician Des Cafferkey (Pipe Major) and Peter Carney (Pipe Sergeant) firstly attracted the attention of Matt Molloy of The Chieftains. Matt invited the band to perform with The Chieftains in 2013 and since then the band’s rise has been meteoric. Special guests for this years concert include local favourites Dan Delaney, Joanne Keegan, Dramacode, The Cresham Dancers, The Sacred Heart Secondary School Choir, topped off with none other than well-known singer song-writer Mundy. The Birr native is no stranger to the Pipe Band, having played with them at the Westport Festival of Music and Food 2 years in a row, as well as a sell-out Pipe-Versity gig at the Castlecourt Hotel in 2014 and again for the live televised Mayo Day Concert at the Royal Theatre Castlebar in 2015. Mundy, the undisputed internationally-acclaimed artist, best known for hits such as “July” and “Galway Girl” has produced numerous albums and has single-handedly played sell-out concerts in Ireland, the UK, America, Australia and continues to tour. His 6th studio album “Shot in the Dark”, was released in April 2016 with tracks that have only further reinforced the performer as a national and internationally treasured artist.
As last years concerts sold out quickly don’t miss your chance to see what promises to be an electric show – brought to you by an amazing mix of performers under one roof for two nights only – Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November at 8pm.
The Clew Bay Pipe Band reached a huge international audience when it performed the German National Anthem at the European Qualifier in 2013 at The Aviva Stadium to an audience of over 75 million. It was the first time the German National Anthem was performed on the bagpipes and their rendition of the song went viral across Germany the following day. Having appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘Up For The Match’, ‘The Imelda May Show’ , ‘The Gathering’ and numerous times on Irish TV, the band has also performed live with Imelda May, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Jack L and Gene Butler.
Added to their list of achievements, the band have recently recorded with Matt Molloy and Imelda May. In early 2015 ‘Tears of Clew Bay’ by Imelda May and The Clew Bay Pipe Band reached number 4 in the Irish Charts. The band performed with Imelda at her sell out shows in Vicar Street, The Marquee Cork and The 3 Arena along with special guest Jeff Beck.
Voted ‘Best Act’ at the2014 Westport Festival of Music and Food, audiences have raved about their ‘Pipe Versity Show’! A fusion of Piping, Drumming, Rock , Traditional and Choral music awaits those who come to see the band perform. The Bands first CD “Pipeversity” live from Westport Town Hall which was launched last Christmas continues to be a huge success. The band have been invited back to play at Temple Bar Trad Fest at the end of January. As always, these concerts will sell out quickly, so early bookingis advised. Having ‘SOLD OUT‘ their previous 8 concerts in Westport punters are advised to book tickets early. Expect the unexpected when this group takes to the stage!
Danny O’ Brien: Reformer
Date - Friday, January 24, 2020 8:00 pm
Danny O’ Brien: Reformer Whats happens when a touring stand-up comedian can no longer stand up? After a near career-ending knee injury O’ Brien is too young for pilates and too unbalanced for yoga. This award-winning performer brings you his hilarious new hour of stand-up where self-destruction and self-discovery meet! ‘Reformer’ completely sold out its month-long run of shows at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Galway International Arts Festival as well as a European and US tour and now he’s back touring the show nationwide and beyond! Following in the footsteps of Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran, Danny was handpicked this year to perform as part of the iconic ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fest’ show touring Australia, he has also featured on The Comedy Channel and is a regular on Irish TV and Radio. He has supported Today FM’s Dermot & Dave on three live tours and last year was asked to open for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin. Book tickets now to avoid disappointment! “Uproariously funny” The Sunday Independent ★★★★★ “He opened for me at the 3Arena and he f*cking murdered it!”- Bill Burr “A perfect mix of brains, banter and brilliance”- Great Scott ★★★★★ Facebook/dannyobriencomedy Instagram/Twitter @dobcomedy
Colin Stafford Johnson – My Wild Atlantic Journey
DATE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH 2019
Join wildlife filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson on a journey of discovery along the western seaboard of Ireland. Colin has been walking, exploring and filming wildlife along Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast over the last 15 years. He recently presented the BBC series ‘Wild Ireland – Edge of the World’ – that featured some of his highlights. But there are many more! This is Colin’s latest touring show since he last presented “Living the Wildlife” at Westport Theatre in November 2017. Come and hear tales of adventure and misadventure from years spent tracking down some of Ireland’s most elusive creatures – all accompanied by stunning visuals that will make you wish you were there.
STOCKTON’S WING 2019 RETROSPECTIVE
Date - Saturday, September 28, 2019 8:00 pm
Stockton’s Wing embark on a series of shows in 2019 presenting a retrospective of their vast music catalogue spanning 4 decades from the early recordings of Take a Chance to the innovative and critically acclaimed Light in the Western Sky, the excitement of a big band sound on Full flight and Stockton’s Wing Live and the truly engaging and stunning return to basics on The Crooked Rose. During their career they recorded and performed with Ronnie Drew, The Dubliners, Sammy Davis Junior, Maura O Connell, Val Doonican, Sharon Shannon, Moxie, Sean McGuire, Finbar Furey and The Clancy Brothers, played at both Michael Jackson thriller shows in Ireland and appeared in Oscar nominated movie The Field featuring John Hurt and Richard Harris. Retrospective tells their story through music songs and stories. An engaging and insightful night of entertainment bringing you into the heart of the wing. With special guests and regulars, Tara Breen, Karol Lynch, Tommy Hayes, Paul Roche, Mike Hanrahan and Paul McSherry a very special night is of Wing music is guaranteed. Retrospective in brief: The name Stockton’s Wing came from a Bruce Springsteen song, “Backstreets” from the album “Born to Run”. “Slow dancing on a moonlit street at Stockton’s Wing, where desperate lovers park to meet the last of the Duke Street Kings.” They signed their first record deal with Tara after winning the Trad section of a music contest in Limerick. Another young band won the Rock section. They were called U2. Record producer and musicologist PJ Curtis produced ‘Take a Chance’ and the groundbreaking album Light in The Western Sky featuring hit singles Walk Away and the iconic Beautiful Affair. Drummer Fran Breen and Bass guitarist Steve Cooney augmented the line up as they toured extensively throughout Europe, America, Canada and Australia. Down through all the years many of Ireland’s greatest musicians from the fields of Traditional, Rock and pop music have graced the ‘Wing’ stage with their presence and incredible talents. Founding members Kieran Hanrahan, Maurice Lennon and Tony Callinan along with Peter Keenan, Steve Cooney, Fran Breen, Davey McNevin, Anto Drennan, Myles Drennan, Dessie Donnelly, Cillian Doheny from Moxie, John Joe Kelly, Eamon McEllholm, Brian Callinan, Robbie Casserly, bass guitarists John Kearns, John Walsh and Eddie Lee, all contributed to the success and unique sound that is Stockton’s Wing.
David O’Doherty – You Have To Laugh
FIDAY, 4 OCTOBER, 2019 8:00pm
YOU HAVE TO LAUGH
Unhook your mind bras. David O’Doherty is back in Westport with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBC2’s Live at The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Date - Friday, December 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Deck the Hall with Festive Harmony!!! After six SELL OUT concerts in December 2016, 2017 and 2018, Festive Harmony is back in the Town Hall Theatre Westport on Friday 13th & Saturday 14th December. Internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano Anne Marie Gibbons will be joined on the night by Baritone Ronan Egan, Tenor Hugh Francis, Pianist Richard Lewis, The Cresham Academy of Dancing and special guests, to present a varied programme including popular classical and musical theatre favourites, dance, carols and Christmas cheer.
MICK FLANNERY – LIVE IN CONCERT
Date - Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:00 pm
A cliché has it that you have to beware of the quiet ones, because most of the time their voices speak sharper and with more range than the loudmouths. Every cliché, however, has a grain of truth in it, and so it’s fair to say that while County Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery is outwardly reserved, his songs are fluent in expressing layered aspects of the human condition, its flaws, triumphs, and general uncertainty.
An award-winning, double-platinum selling artist, Mick Flannery is on the brink of releasing not only his self-titled sixth album, but also overseeing the worldwide premiere of the stage musical, Evening Train (so named after his 2007 debut album). He began to write songs as a teenager in his home of Blarney, County Cork. As musical influences from albums by the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits seeped into his creative DNA, Mick absorbed, learned and honed the craft that would send him on his way into the world. The path was smoothed somewhat when, at the age of 19, he became the first Irish songwriter to win the Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition. By the time he turned 21, he had signed to a major label and released his debut album.
With his latest release, Mick touches on loose themes of ambition and the search for a meaningful life in the context of a musician’s sometimes feckless and dysfunctional lifestyle. The central character, he reveals, is someone like him, “although this person achieves more notoriety than I have. He is properly famous, and he has to deal with that.” The loose theme is just that, however. “I’m not going to hammer it home. Facets of the theme are on the album, but the storyline itself isn’t an overarching one – each song can stand on its own, and not need to be part of a narrative.”
Songs on the album reference reputation and ego (Wasteland), emotional search and rescue (Come Find Me), socio-cultural intransigence (I’ve Been Right), flawed or unreliable love (How I Miss You, Way Things Go), moral collapse (Light A Fire) and loss of status Star to Star. Whether or not the listener locks onto the themes or topics is irrelevant, says Mick. “There are a few relationship songs on the album that don’t necessarily marry into anything; I see them as a background thing, although with value.”
Threading a line throughout is Mick’s uncanny knack for blending melody with thought-provoking lyrics. Now in his mid-30s, and somewhat reflective of the musician he sings about on his self-titled album, Mick is fully aware of the internal struggles that come with trying to balance ambitions with whatever life throws their way.
“What happens to a person, sometimes, is that they attach self-worth to their career, and once the career fails then self-worth also plummets. The more weight you put into this persona you’re trying to be, you set yourself up for a bigger fall. It’s the danger of having big ambitions that are based on the external rather the internal.”
Mick Flannery has, of course, experienced and processed enough in the past fifteen years to know what his views are. He smiles when he says that for the sake of the songs he ever so slightly embroiders certain facts for creative effect.
“Obviously, I don’t equate to the levels of conflict I’m describing in the songs. I know the spectrum because of how reserved I am, and how – in my years of being in the music industry, and through varying levels of being noticed – it can change your life a bit. You’re not anonymous in certain places, and when that modifies your behaviour things can happen to you that are unknown to the general public. It’s a strange thing, a balancing act. Most of the time, however, I can go out for a quiet night and not be recognised. I wouldn’t want to give up that freedom.”
Such freedom is hard earned and comes at a price, yet Mick wouldn’t dream of giving up songwriting. Why would he when, he says, it’s getting easier. “I mess around with all sorts of ways to write a song – silly songs, impromptu songs, joke songs that I co-write with a buddy of mine in America. We have about 200 of them by this point. I’m a little bit addicted to it, I think; it is certainly my favourite thing, and I’d like to keep doing it. I put a lot of hours into the craft, and it would be a shame to change tack. I like the merging of lyrics and melodies. I have a passion and a facility for it, which I know I’m lucky to have.”
This self-titled release is Mick’s sixth album – that is a sizeable back catalogue, a genuine body of work. For live shows, he says, it’s comforting. “I remember feeling at the beginning of my performing career that I didn’t have an armoury of material. If a gig wasn’t going well, I knew there was no cavalry of songs coming over the hill to rescue it. Different songs call in different moods, and at the start all I had was a handful.”
He has six times that now, with decades ahead for many more, whatever his age. Mick has long since disregarded the view that anyone over the age of 30 has little to write about. “The outside perception is that the people who buy music are young, that the music they buy is what gets played on the radio. There’s such a wealth of experience in older people, however, that’s as valid as anything a young songwriter brings.”
As a mature songwriter, he reasons, he’s trying to hold on to what is essential to him, and resigning himself to the fact that the naïve, passionate 20-something ‘Mick Flannery’ is gone. What comes next, he contends, is much more interesting and experienced. “You have a larger worldview and are more learned, each of which combine to create something new.” At the core of it all is a precise and skilled art form, of which the album is a fine, individualistic example from a songwriter who still aims to knock the competition out of the frame.
“When I mess about with songs, with choruses,” explains Mick, “I try to write the best ones. It’s like a kid kicking around a football on the street – he wants to be Lionel Messi, not a player in a lower division. It’s hard to kill off that level of ambition – I just want to be good at the craft.”
Beware of the quiet ones? You have been duly advised.
Bosco – The Story of Sleeping Beauty
Date - Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:00 pm
Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre presents Bosco’s once upon a time tour: Bosco Magical Garden and Sleeping Beauty Bosco is Bosco, not a boy, not a girl, just a Bosco: a cheeky, lovely, funny, slightly-cracked, irrepressible, eternal five-year-old who lives in a box and who loves nothing more than to just be Bosco and meet all the boys and girls. After starring on Irish TV for three decades, you’ll see why Bosco remains a firm favourite for each new generation. Enjoy the enchanted story of Sleeping Beauty where an evil Fairy-Night filled with jealousy try’s to harm Beauty but luckily she has very good fairy friends. With its brilliant array of Characters, lots of fun and excitement through this completely interactive live experience with the absolute magic of Puppet Theatre.
Cliona Hagan in Concert
FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2019 8:00pm
Irish Country Artist and Dancing with The Stars contestant Cliona Hagan embarks on her headline Irish Concert Tour. Cliona will perform hits from her latest album ‘Secret Love’ including all the fan-favourites: Born to Run, 1-2-3, and McCarthy’s Party.
A classically trained singer with a degree in Music, Cliona Hagan’s many accolades include “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year”.
Westport Walking Tours
Westport Walking Tours operates at 10am and 12noon, Monday to Friday from April to September each year. WestportWalkingTours offers a casual walk around the heart of Westport town for approximately 1 hour, whilst listening to some interesting stories of how the town was shaped. Hear stories ranging from how the Ice Age shaped Clew bay and Irelands holiest mountain Croagh Patrick, right up to today when Westport is consistently being voted Irelands tidiest town and even the best place to live in Ireland. For private group bookings out of season please give Stephen a call or send us a mail via our website. The tour cost €5pp includes a complimentary cup of tea/coffee.
I Hear You and Rejoice
Date - Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:00 pm
Following the sellout success of The Man In The Woman’s Shoes, Mikel Murfi returns with a new one man show. Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, embarks on a journey he had not quite planned and finds that every twist in the road can bring its own surprises. Written and performed by Mikel Murfi I Hear You and Rejoice is a 2nd collaboration between Sligo County Council Arts Service, The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, and Mikel Murfi. It was created for the Bealtaine Festival 2016.
David O’Doherty – ULTRASOUND
DATE: Friday, 4th October, 2019
David O’Doherty ULTRASOUND The hairy Enya is delighted to return to the Town Hall Theatre Westport with a brand new show made up of talking and songs played on the plastic keyboard he got for his Confirmation. Once again, he will try to fix everything that is wrong in the world. SPOILER ALERT: once again he will fail.
Caught in the Act
Date - Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:00 pm
Caught In The Act – Starring Conal Gallen Award winning Comedian, Conal Gallen is bringing his brand new Comedy Play, “Caught In The Act”, to theatres across Ireland this Autumn. Conal and his son Rory Gallen have teamed up once again and come up with a rib splittingly, fast paced outrageous comedy that will have you laughing out loud. “Caught In The Act” is a laugh a minute comedy play “filled to the hoozle” with laughter and craic with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure! In true Conal Gallen fashion there is always a few surprises thrown in – most of the time the cast get the biggest surprise of all! Conal has kept the well loved Bridie, Willie, Dick, Betty and the infamous Father “Big Mad Micky” O’Reilly and added a few new faces with a certain je ne sais quoi! Three actors playing the part of 9 characters, a hilariously funny plot, a night of laughter and craic no to be missed! Starring: Conal Gallen, Paddy McMenamin, Jack Quinn Age Recommendation 16+
Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer
Date - Wednesday, October 30, 2019 8:00 pm
Play On Words Theatre present Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer Written and Performed by Aidan Dooley Tom Crean, the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 – 1916). Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of the Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”. He was subsequently awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery. This multi-award winning show has now played critically acclaimed sell-out performances throughout Ireland, USA, Australia, Europe and the UK. “a remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing.” Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent Dublin “This magnificent revelation of a fascinating character simply compels a standing ovation” Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times Dublin “You will go to then end of the earth to find theatre this rewarding Murray Bramwell, The Australian An unparalleled portrayal Gina Bellafante New York Times AWARDS Fringe First Award Winner Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006 Best Solo Performance Award Winner New York International Fringe Festival 2003 Outstanding Performance Award nomination Elliot Norton Theatre Critics Award Boston 2006 Best Actor nomination Dublin Fringe Festival 2003 Adelaide Fringe Award nomination Best Theatre Work by Established Artiste 2007 www.tomcreanshow.co.uk
The Swing Cats – LIVE in Concert
Date - Saturday, November 2, 2019 8:00 pm
The Story Of Swing… performed by Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats return with their hit show THE STORY OF SWING on Saturday 2nd of November!! A musical timeline of swing classics from the 1920s to the modern day. Featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Bobby Darrin, The Rat Pack, Michael Buble, Paolo Nutini and more… Never before has a show captured the full evolution of swing music like this. From its birth in the 1920s to the big band era of the 30s and 40s. From the golden age of the 50s and 60s with household name’s like Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, Andy Williams to the modern era of Buble and Nutini. Hear such classics as King of the Swingers, Puttin on the Ritz, When The Saints Go Marching In, Mack the Knife, I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Mr Bojangles, New York, New York and many more! The Swing Cats lead by award winning vocalist Luke Thomas have amassed a huge following throughout Ireland and Europe thanks to their distinctive sound and style which is steeped in the golden age of swing music. They have soldout every major venue in the country including Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, Vicar Street and National Concert Hall. They can count Irish President, Micheal D. Higgins as one of their biggest fans and have been requested to perform at his residence 4 times… Most recently Luke and the band have secured 2 TV Specials which aired on Virgin Media Two!!
Neil Delamere – End of Watch
Date - Monday, December 30, 2019 8:00 pm
Fresh from a sell-out tour, star of BBC’s the Blame Game, Fighting Talk and the Newsquiz Neil Delamere for the fifth year running returns to The Town Hall Theatre, Westport with a brand new show. Neil always looks forward to ending the year in Westport as he’s always guaranteed a great audience! Time waits for no man, especially one trying to buy a watch. Things always get complicated. “You’ll be hard pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe. *****” – The Scotsman “One lean, mean, comedy, killing machine. *****.” – The Herald