Clancy Festival – Brewery Lane Events and Festival Workshops
In various venues all over the town there will be concerts, art exhibitions, installations, open air gigs, family fun days, a river festival, theatre and sporting events. Brewery Lane Theatre will be one venue that will be a hive of cultural activity over the weekend. The festival will be launched with an Opening Concert of Music, Song & Stories which will take place on Thursday May 31st at 8.15pm in the theatre. There is an amazing line up of talented artists including: Pat Kelleher & Dan O’ Sullivan (a tribute to The Clancy Brothers), Mary Clancy, Colm & Kevin Power, Marietta O’ Keeffe & Dave Cooney, Breege Phelan, Maria O’ Shea Enright, Pete Smith, Paney Bartley, Sarah & Niamh Power, Maude’s Gone and Ceolta Feasa. The launch will be opened by Mayor Patsy Fitzgerald and is sure to be a commemorative and melodious event.
John Spillane will headline a songwriter evening along with local musicians Colm Power, Caroline Ború, Eamon Wall and Pete Smith at the intimate theatre at 8.15pm on Saturday, June 2nd. This is sure to be a great night and a showcase of pure song writing talent from both John and the local acts supporting him. John will also hold a song writing workshop at the theatre that day from 3-5pm. Spaces are limited. For booking information on the workshop you can contact Pete Smith on 086-8548381. Also taking to the stage at the Brewery are The Mandolas, a 4-piece folk/pop group based in Cork. The band makes use of a wide range of acoustic instruments as well as incorporating lavish 4-part harmonies into their music. The Mandolas perform original material and combine Irish and English folk traditions with a unique blend of contemporary pop. They will take to the Brewery Lane stage in a haze of folk and fun on Friday 1st June.
The much loved Lunchtime Theatre will return again this year for the festival. “The King of Spain’s Daughter” is a play by local Waterford born dramatist Teresa Deevy. The play was first produced in 1935 in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. The play focuses on the daydreams of factory girl Annie Kinsella and is directed by Rose Anne Glascott . The cast will be threading the boards on Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd at 1pm. Tickets will include a light lunch. An Art Trail Exhibition will take place at the theatre on the 31st May-4th June (Fri/Sat/Sun 12-6pm, Mon 12-5pm. The exhibition will be closed Fri/Sat 1-2 for Lunchtime Theatre.) Artists exhibiting at Brewery Lane include Claire O’Regan (MadMadra Creative), Katie Kavanagh (KatieKav Photography), Eileen Mulrooney, Lorna Corrigan, Ann Finnegan, Marie Finnegan, Joe Fogarty and there will also be a tribute to the late Mick Flavin.
A myriad of music related workshops will be held at the Nano Nagle Resource Centre on Saturday 2nd. Workshops include Accordion workshops with Mick McCauley, Fiddle with Anthony McCauley/Martin Murray, Guitar with Colm O’Caoimh/Donal Clancy, Banjo/Mandolin with Martin Murray and a singing workshop with Roísín Coady. Lorcan Reidy will also hold an instrument making/repair workshop.
Tickets for all the events at the Clancy Festival are on sale now and can be bought from The Heritage Centre, Carrick-on-Suir. The number for the Heritage Centre is 051-640200 and opening times are 9.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday. You are advised to snap up your tickets as quick to avoid any disappointment. For full line up of events you can head over to www.clancybrothersfestival.org or find us on Facebook.