What’s on this week in Nenagh Arts Centre

Pat Shortt in ‘I Am the Band’ this Thursday at Nenagh Arts Centre

Comedy legend Pat Shortt is in Nenagh this Thursday the 14th of November with his one-man show ‘I Am The Band’.

The show charts the larger than life character of lounge musician Dixie Walsh (‘Jumbo Breakfast Roll’, ‘Where Did My Money Go’)  in a tribute event where Dixie’s peers and friends (the audience) come to celebrate his career. During the nightDixie reminisces about the path his career has taken and the struggles he has had to endure to get to the top of the charts.

 

As the character Dixie, Pat has had one of the biggest selling Irish number one singles with ‘The Jumbo Breakfast Roll’. Until now the much-loved Dixie Walsh was a character who appeared in two of Pat’s sell out shows – “You Won’t Get Away With That Here” and “The Hall“. Now Dixie takes centre stage to tell his life story and shares his unique style of music with you. Pat Shortt’s quirky interpretation of rural Irish characters brings to life Dixie’s mother, his teacher and other locals who queue up to recall their daft memories of Dixie and his music.

 

Adm. is €28 and tickets can be had online at www.nenagharts.com or from the box office in Banba Square. The show takes place at Nenagh Arts Centre on Thursday, 14th November, at 8 p.m.

 

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan for Nenagh Arts Centre visit this Saturday

On this Saturday night, the16th of November, traditional music legends Frankie Gavin and De Dannan come to Nenagh Arts Centre.

 

This version of the band is regarded as being the finest grouping of De Dannan ever with Frankie Gavin on fiddle.

Singer Michelle Lally follows in the footsteps of the greats who have performed with De Dannan like Mary Black, Maura O Connell and Dolores Keane. Accordionist Barry Brady from Co. Roscommon is a stylized performer who brings a life to the music which lifts the spirit and gels with Frankie’s electrifying fiddling, and between them, they leave no stone unturned when it comes to exciting jigs reels and hornpipes. Double Bass player Paul O’ Drisceoil from Kinvara, who has performed with Riverdance, brings a new dimension to the De Dannan sound. A superb bassist, and a skilled jazz player and backing vocalist, Paul offers another energy source to the band which lends itself to Irish, Jazz and maybe a touch of Bluegrass.

Colm O’Caoimh on guitar from Kilkenny, the youngest member is unique in the sense of his understanding of musical accompaniment, and the ability to play like he does. Colm, like Paul, Barry and Michelle, are at the highest performance level yet seen in Irish music – only what one has grown to expect from Frankie Gavin & De Dannan over the years. Visitors to the Nenagh show are in for a special treat.

 

Tickets are €20 and can be had online at www.nenagharts.com or from the box office in Banba Square. The show takes place at Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday, 16th November, at 9 p.m.

 

Good Vibrations’ to affect Nenagh Arts Centre

The acclaimed Irish film ‘Good Vibrations’ recounting the career of Belfast-based record label owner Terri Hooley, comes to Nenagh Arts Centre on Thursday,  the 21st of November.

 

Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in Belfast during the 1970’s troubles. While his city is destroyed around him and his friends take up arms on each side of the conflict, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe, and calls it ‘Good Vibrations’. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s underground punk scenes. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster – to bring Belfast back to life.

 

The film screens at 8 pm, Thursday 21st November. Admission is €8 and tickets can be had online at www.nenagharts.comor on the door

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