A Feast of Coolmine Talent 2019
Coolmine Community School
Coolmine Community School‘s students are back and promise to entertain you again this season. Prepare to be dazzled by their musical, dance and dramatic abilities. This is the 18th year Coolmine Community School has staged the Feast of Talent show in Draíocht and it promises to be a night not to be missed. Tickets Available from Draíocht’s Box Office (not from the School).
First Fortnight - Arts Bites
European Mental Health Art & Culture Festival 2019
First Fortnight Arts Bites aims to enhance awareness about mental health and how engaging in the arts can help. These workshops are free so everyone can participate and find their inner artist. Facilitated by multilingual and multicultural therapists to reach and engage a diverse group of people, workshops in dance, music and colour will be used to overcome all barriers, including language!
12 NOON – 2PM:
Mindfulness Through Art Workshop – SOLD OUT
Involves guided mindfulness meditation, visualization and creativity exercises designed to be educational, interactive, fun and easy to follow.
3PM – 4PM:
Sound Therapy Workshop – SOLD OUT
Uses vibrational sound and frequency to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and wellbeing for better mental fitness.
4.30PM – 6.30PM:
Tango Therapy Workshop – BOOK HERE
Facilitates self-awareness and awareness of others, teaches patience, active listening, empathy, forgiveness, ability to let go, to live in the here and now, ability to make decisions and live a full life even in situations with high levels of uncertainty.
Free Workshops in Association with Draíocht and Cairde.
Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office tel 01-8852622
For more information about the First Fortnight festival programme, see www.firstfortnight.ie
An Evening With Aonghus McAnally
Following on from his sold out tours celebrating the music of Christie Hennessy in 2016 and 2017, Aonghus McAnally is back with a brand new show. Along with his musical director Ivan McKenna, he is delighted to have the same team back on the road as he shares the songs and stories that have been important in his life and career in entertainment. From his teenage years as lead guitarist in Celtic rock group Mushroom, to his television, radio and live performances as a singer, comedian, musician and broadcaster, audiences are in for an entertaining evening of favourites old and new. All the songs in the show have personal stories attached to them from humorous to poignant; each delivered in his unique style. An entertaining evening not to be missed.
Reeling in the Showband Years - SOLD OUT
It’s Back, it’s Bigger & it’s Better! 10th Anniversary Tour
Its the 10th Anniversary Tour! Go back in time to this magical era and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music! Compere Ronan Collins will sing his renowned tributes to Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, Eurovision hits and more. Joining Ronan is Linda Martin - A Superstar of Showbiz - Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 with 'Why Me' and TV Presenter on multiple shows for RTE. Ireland’s greatest voice, Red Hurley will also be singing all his great hits. Also brother and Sister combo, Keith & Lorraine McDonald, with their fantastic tribute to all things Showband. Also the big sound of The Conquerors Showband and Eurovision stars Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg, as well as surprise hit from last year, Dave Lawlor, to complete this super line up.
The show’s exciting finale is an ALL Cast Salute to the Showband Era. All of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years! Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period. It will send you home with great memories of wonderful and never to be repeated time in Irish popular music
The Fureys - SOLD OUT
Legends of Irish music & song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ and many more, are back in Draiocht this Season. The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys “Green Fields of France”. President Michael D Higgins attended their last concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well-known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly. Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember!
Starring Eddie Furey, George Furey, Pio Ryan, Camillus Hiney and Tony Murray.
The Man in Black Johnny Cash Tribute Show
Tommy Swarbrigg Productions / Featuring Terry Lee Goffee
Direct from the USA, the No. 1 Johnny Cash Tribute right across America 'The Man In Black' returns to Ireland. He was a sensation and a complete sell out when he appeared in Draiocht previously, so we are really excited to have him back. Featuring Terry Lee Goffee and his band, this is one show you won’t want to miss.
He sings like Johnny and he looks like Johnny and he performs just like the great man, with energy, charisma and vitality! Featuring songs from all periods of Johnny's career, Terry regularly performs in Theatres all over the USA to great acclaim. This not to be missed night which celebrates the music and power of The Man in Black, features 34 classic songs from all periods of his career such as ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’, ‘I Walk The Line’, ‘Ring Of Fire’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’.
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"The show is great, my brother would be proud." Tommy Cash.
Isla Grant 2019 Irish Hits Tour
With Special Guests Al Grant, Glen Flynn and Willie Dunne
Highly respected singer and prolific songwriter, Isla Grant makes a welcome return visit to Ireland after an absence of two years with a beautifully constructed show. Isla is now established in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, America and Canada as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality. Over the last few years she has completed hugely successful tours of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK and received five 'Gold Discs' for CD sales. Add this to six 'Platinum Discs' already received in Ireland and you can see why this 'Scottish Lass' is so popular.
Her highly entertaining concert show features all her wonderful hit songs and some new from her latest album. Isla's interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her live shows is a joy to behold. Together with an excellent band which includes Al Grant, Glen Flynn and Willie Dunne the ingredients are there for a concert of the highest quality.
A treat for all Isla Grant fans!
Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell
Some Songs and Stories
Christy Dignam, Aslan’s extraordinary frontman, plus Joe Jewell, Aslan’s lead guitarist and songwriter - childhood pals, lifelong friends and the founding members of Aslan - bring their very special and intimate acoustic show ‘Some Songs and Stories‘ to Draíocht for one more special night, back by popular demand. This show features some new and many of Aslan’s best-known songs plus some classic covers. There is good banter with the audience, as the lads explain the background of some of the songs plus stories of 30 plus years in Aslan.
Early booking advised - ALMOST SOLD OUT.
Legally Blonde The Musical
Front Row Performing Arts School
Based on the hit movie of the same name, Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
‘Omigod you guys’ like seriously have to see this!!
Front Row Performing Arts School Dunboyne teaches singing, dancing and acting in a fun and friendly environment with qualified and dedicated teachers.
The Dubliners Tribute Show
‘All for me Grog’ – The songs and story of the Dubliners
'All For Me Grog' is the Galway based show that has played to full houses and standing ovations on its first Irish and UK tours. The show brings you the songs and story of Irelands most successful folk band, The Dubliners. Presented by The Liberties, who are deeply honoured to become the bearers of the torch which has been borne with such power and dignity over the past decades by The Dubliners. The original line-up of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Burke and John Sheehan is brought to life with the exact same instrumentation, songs and close as you will get vocals, bringing to the stage a show in sound and appearance of uncanny accuracy of the internationally renowned Dubliners.
With his red hair, beard and magnetic charisma, five-string banjo maestro James Gallagher's powerful impressive voice is so reminiscent of Luke Kelly's golden vocal chords, that it has to be a fluke. Guitar picking Dublin man Anthony Rooney sings with gusto and a reality that encompasses the wonderful talent of the great Irish Balladeers and in doing so, he keeps alive a wonderful Dublin tradition. On whistles, guitar, vocals and some amusing chat is deep-voiced Dubliner, Jeremy Jenkinson, bringing to the show the magnificence of the contribution that Ciaran Burke and Ronnie Drew brought to the original Dubliners. From Lissacasey in County Clare, comes John Hill, a young man steeped in traditional music. His consummate skill on the tenor banjo just has to be seen and heard to be believed and appreciated. Bardan Johnston is the 'quiet man' of band, but his fiddle playing is a talking, singing, electrifying experience.
The Black Velvet Band, McAlpines Fusiliers, The Spanish Lady, The Irish Rover, The Auld Triangle, The Parting Glass and of course, the song that made The Dubliners international stars - Seven Drunken Nights - plus all their other hits, will have you clapping your hands, stomping your feet and joining in the chorus of the well known and much-loved songs at this uplifting and exciting two hour show.
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"From the moment they struck up 'Whiskey In The Jar' you knew you were in for a good night and indeed it was." Liam Murphy, The Munster Express
The Bee Gees Story - Nights on Broadway
Back by Popular Demand after their SOLD OUT show in November 2018!
The Bee Gees Story - Nights On Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a fantastic live concert, featuring their incredible songs, from over four decades, from the 60s to the 90s. With musical authenticity and the accurate recreation of the vocal talents and harmonies of the Bee Gees, this show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert. The six-piece live band blend the classic hits, acoustic medleys, songs written for other major artists and dance floor fillers to tell the story of the Bee Gees from start to finish.
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The Legends of American Country Show
The Legends of American Country is now firmly established as Europes No 1 Live Country Music stage show and is enjoying phenomenal success in this the 5th year of full time touring. Each year the content of the show is changed due to the huge list of available Legends and the popularity of Country Music with the current production featuring highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Patsy Cline, Don Williams, Alan Jackson and Kenny Rogers in this must-see Country musical extravaganza. The show features 3 fantastic and respected singers in Rod Mc Auley, Joe Moore and Tracey Mallon who between them have a wealth of experience and glittering career that span over 4 decades and are all accompanied on the show by one of Ireland's supergroups ‘Keltic Storm’, who recreate that original Tennessee sound and coupled with an authentic stage set and state of the art sound and lighting equipment this show is guaranteed to transport you all the way to Nashville and back in one night.
2018 has been a fantastic year to date with over 100,000 people attending live performances in some of the most prestigious theatres including The Eden Court Inverness, The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow and Wexford’s National Opera House to name but a few, to sell-out crowds and rave reviews. One thing is for sure if you like Country music, then this is the only show in town!
It’s a Kinda Magic
Coolmine Musical Society
Coolmine Musical Society invite you to be their guest for a whole new world of entertainment, from Disney melodies to Queen anthems and some surprises along the way. We’ll provide the magic you need for a great night out!
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Grease The Musical
Cecilian Theatre Arts
The renowned Award Winning Cecilian Theatre Arts have entertained audiences for years and have staged many award winning productions at Draíocht, including: ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Wonderful World of Disney’, ‘A Little Princess the Musical’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, 'Meet Me in St Louis’. Their most recent triumphant sell out productions were, ‘Let Me Entertain You' and ‘Applause’.
The Cecilian’s are affiliated to AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) and they have many nominations & awards under their belt.
Cecilian’s return to Draíocht with the No.1 greatest musical! ‘GREASE’, celebrating 40 years of the smash hit movie which taught the world to hand jive. It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including ‘You’re The One That I Want’, ‘Grease Is The Word’, ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’, ‘Sandy’, ‘Greased Lightnin’ and many, many more.
Grease is STILL the word! A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!
Directors/Producers: Jennifer O'Dowd & Rosalind O'Dowd.
Musical Director: Ivan McKenna
Chorus Master: Dave McGauren
Choreographer: Jules McNamara
Beyond The Horizon - Ireland’s New Pink Floyd Tribute Show
Played by Pink Floyd fans for Pink Floyd fans
Beyond The Horizon brings together session musicians and singers from what's best on the current Irish music scene, for this Pink Floyd Tribute Show. Everyone in the band is a life-long Pink Floyd fan and it comes across in their set-lists and stage show.
Combining great musicianship, amazing singers and their own custom light/laser show, Beyond The Horizon promises a top class Irish Pink Floyd experience while making lots of new friends along the way.
The Illegals with Niamh Kavanagh - Eagles and Fleetwood Mac 25 Tour
It’s 25 years since the Eagles came back with the magical Hell Freezes Over world tour and Fleetwood Mac reformed their most successful line-up for President Bill Clinton.
For 2019, The Illegals are putting a new show on the road to celebrate these two ground-shaking music events from the world’s two most iconic rock bands. Led by Niamh Kavanagh, she of the mesmerizing voice and mischievous spirit, The Illegals will take you on a journey for three hours of soulful harmonies, exciting riffs, blistering guitars and unforgettable songs. The best of two legendary bands in one night? It’s almost too good to be true.
Songs like “Last Resort”, “Go Your Own Way”, “Life In The Fast Lane”, “Don’t Stop”, “Love Will Keep Us Alive”, “The Chain” and “Hotel California” – and many others: all in celebration of two of the greatest rock bands of all time who have sat at the top of the billboards for over 40 years. Aside from the headline albums, the show consists of many other Eagles and Fleetwood Mac hits, as well as some of the solo work from individual members and other ‘connected’ artists. The Illegals are a band of experienced musicians performing mostly in theatres and rock venues throughout the country, putting on a formidable show and giving thousands of fans an experience they won’t forget.
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"Niamh is outstanding - The Rolls-Royce of Irish Rock." RTE
"Simply Stunning." BBC
The Classic Beatles - Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Tour
The only Beatles tribute act endorsed by Sir George Martin, and the stars of the multi-award winning ‘Get Back’ show, the Classic Beatles are set to go on the road in 2019 to celebrate the iconic 'Abbey Road' album as it reaches the 50th anniversary of its release. The band will play the album in its entirety, featuring memorable songs including ‘Come Together’, ‘Something’, ‘Golden Slumber’ and ‘Here comes the sun’.
This is a show not to be missed by any Beatles fan, so come together and join us for what promises to be a memorable fab four experience.
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A celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Back by popular demand ... 'Frankie's Guys - A celebration of 'Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' is a fast paced, energetic production with an authentic live concert feel. Putting their own charismatic stamp on timeless classics such as, 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like A Man', ‘Sherry’ & 'Oh What A Night', the boys take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remind you exactly why ‘The Four Seasons’ sold over 100 million records and earned themselves a place in the prestigious 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'. With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation and amazing live vocals, it’s clear to see why ’Frankie's Guys’ are receiving standing ovations up and down the country.
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