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The music of singing group The Drifters lives on, and on Saturday, April 4, the group, headed up by Richie Sampson and voted the No 1 tribute act to the legendary Drifters, will fill the walls of The Village Arts Centre with classics such as ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’, ‘My Girl’ etc.
This fabulous vocal group relives the magic of that splendid era breathing new life into those fabulous songs.
The lineup includes the legendary Richie Sampson who was frontman for the fantastic British band, The Foundations. The vocal group is completed by Paul Anthony, Roy Bailey and Victor Alexander all renowned vocalists in their own right.
Special Guest and opening the show is Internationally recognised performer Desi Egan who has had hit records in Spain, Portugal and Germany and Frankie McDonald who played with the Joe Dolan band for 40 years, is part of the backing band.
‘These guys are truly remarkable ….. simply outstanding’
This Drifters tribute band’s performances have been recognised worldwide and the following are some relevant quotes: ‘Their performance and star quality is the nearest to the real thing that I have seen’ (Alan Warner, chairman of Agency’s Association), ‘These guys are truly remarkable…..simply outstanding’ (Joe Loughnane MBE); ‘National Tribune Awards 2017; ‘the Music lives on’ (Daily Express).
Tickets (€25) are now on sale from the usual Arts Centre outlets: The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451); Cotter’s Bar Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.
Stagemad Theatre Company are thrilled to bring the smash hit ‘Jetty Stars’ by Noel Kelly, to The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Thursday, April 2 at 8pm. The play had its premiere in Waterford and Cork in 2019, to rave reviews and spontaneous standing ovations.
Catch this ‘mesmerizing and memorable performance by Noelle Clarke, before it travels to Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe festivals in May and August.this year.
Set on the wharf and jetties of the city, Stella (A Jetty Star) returns after serving a seventeen prison sentence to re-imagine her life on the thriving city centre docks, where she plied her trade and the events that tore her family asunder.
“This is the most demanding role I have played in my career …”
Actor Noelle Clarke talking about her role of Stella said: “This is the most demanding role I have played in my career, leaving me exhausted and exhilarated after each performance.”
The Irish Times newspaper described Noelle’s performance as mesmerizing and memorable. ‘Jetty Stars’ started out as a radio play on WLRFM receiving an Imro nomination. When James Power of Stagemad read the script for the first time, he was blown away by the gritty and edgy nature of the writing.
Director of the play James, said recently: “The power and nature of the script told me to make it a stage play of which I’m very glad to have done.”
In a night of pure unadulterated drama that will leave you breathless, Noel Kelly goes beneath the obvious to tease out the various emotions. Come along and immerse yourself in a play, that will live long in the memory.
Tickets are €15 and can be booked at The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and MItchelstown (025-24451), at Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or from 087-6492514.
In September 2018 at the Ards International Guitar Festival in Co Down, Brendan and Declan Murphy (The 4 Of Us) were part of the line-up. However, little did they brothers realise that before the night was through, they would be the recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award itself was a very fitting one – in the form of twin guitars, one left-handed, one right handed and Brendan was quick to point out, that awards like this either mean you’re dead or have only a few years left in your career. Well, rest assured, the lads are very much alive.
They played a gig in The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth a few years ago and while there were a few empty seats there on the night, Brendan had the crowd on their feet and what a memorable gig that was.
Now The Four of Us will return to Kilworth for another acoustic gig on Thursday, March 26th and is sure to be another uplifting and memorable performance. Watch this space for the date, which is yet to be confirmed.
Brendan’s trademark banter with the audience gets everyone settle in and we can expect to hear numbers from Sugar Island, an autobiographical album centred on family life and growing up in and around Newry in the 70’s and 80’s.
Sugar Island is one of their best albums to date and ‘Bird’s Eye View’ and ‘Home Town on the Border’ are great numbers giving Declan plenty of opportunity to warm up his percussive and energetic guitar style.
And of course there’s ‘Mary’ which had everyone on their feet and singing along – just expect more of the same when they come to Kilworth on March 26th.
Tickets €20 will be on sale from the usual outlets – The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), from Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or from 087-6492514.
Pat Mulcahy comes to Kilworth on Friday, March 6 with his highly acclaimed tribute to Kris Kristofferson.
Accompanied on guitar/harmonica by Sean O’Connor, this show is the only one of its kind in Britain and Ireland. For fans of country music and the poetic storytelling of Kris Kristofferson, this is a ‘must see’ show.
All Kristofferson’s hits will be performed on the night, ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, ‘Why Me Lord’, ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ and ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’ to name a few.
This show is a real labour of love for singer Pat Mulcahy. It is his hobby and it is his mission to share Kristofferson’s song writing with everyone.
“Every song has a story and there is a poetic nature to it,” he says.
The audience at this Kris Kristofferson Show will be treated to songs recorded and made famous by Pery Como and Frank Sinatra, songs that many don’t realise are Kristofferson songs.
Irish country star Gloria’s chart topping hit from the 1980s ’One Day At A Time’ is in Pat’s set as well – it is a co-write with the master musician who is 83 years old this year and who had a very successful run at The Marquee in Cork last summer.
Tickets €20 now on sale from the usual outlets – The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) and 087-6492514.
On October 12, 1997 John Denver was tragically killed in a plane crash and the world lost one of its greatest singer/songwriters.
John Denver songs such as ‘Annie’s Song’, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’, ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’, ‘Some Days Are Diamonds’, ‘Calypso’, ‘Thank God I’m a Country Boy’ etc., have all become household favourites with young and old.
Marc Roberts performs his critically acclaimed and award winning show ‘A tribute to the music of John Denver’ at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Thursday, February 13. The show is a full multimedia journey through John Denver’s life and music.
The show has been a huge success here in Ireland, selling out theatres, including the National Concert Hall, Dublin on two occasions. It toured in the UK, Germany. Belgium, Australia, Tasmania, Sri Lanka and Denver’s home town of Aspen, Colorado.
Tickets €25 now on sale at The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), in Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) and from 087-6492514.
Brideview Drama in Tallow have put in Trojan work over the past number of months to bring Tom Murphy’s play ‘Bailegangaire’ to life and are now ready to take it to the stage in Tallow Community Centre, opening on Friday, January 31.
The well known group will bring this production to competitions all around the country as part of the 3-Act Amateur Drama Festival Circuit with the hopes of earning a place in the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival for the third year in a row.
‘Bailegangaire’ tells the story of bed-ridden grandmother Mommo and her two granddaughters, who are all trapped by the secrets of their past. Mommo, drifts in an out of lucidity, telling a story she has told to her grandchildren over and over again throughout their lives, but she somehow never manages to reach the end. This never-ending burden of Mommo creates a tension in the household that sets the granddaughters’ lives into a spin which is a mixed up mess of love and hate, guilt and sorrow.
An intriguing tale of how the unspoken past seeps into the future, unless someone is willing to face the truth and finish the story for once and for all.
Helen Aherne, who won the Best Supporting Actress at the All-Ireland final last year for her performance as Madge in ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’, takes on the mammoth role of Mommo while Emma Walsh (Aunt Lizzy in ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’) plays her granddaughter Mary and they are joined by Ruth Hayes from Youghal, who plays Mommo’s second granddaughter, Dolly.
The play opens in Tallow Community Centre on Friday, January 31 at 8pm and will be performed again on Wednesday, February 5. They will then head to Ballymacarbry on Friday Feb 7, Village Arts Centre in Kilworth on Saturday, Feb 8 and Aghada Community Centre on Feb 15 before returning to Tallow for another run.
Tickets will be available on the door for the Tallow performances.
On Tuesday night of this week, ‘Cork’s Favourite Song’ was revealed in the City Library and while John Spillane had no less than 10 songs initially nominated from a total of 84, it was The Frank And Walters’ ‘After All’ that won the day.
There too was the 84 year old singing legend Sean Ó Sé who performed two of the shortlisted songs ‘The Banks of My Own Lovely Lee’ (originally intended for Billa O’Connell who was unable to be present) and Sean’s well known hit, ‘An Poc Ar Buile’.
The good news is that both John and Sean will perform on stage in Kilworth on this Saturday night (February 1st) at The Village Arts Centre at 8pm when some of these great songs will be performed.
On the night, we can expect to be treated to a verse or two of Spillane’s song for Kilworth which he promised to deliver on his next visit – and that’s this Saturday night, so be first to hear it.
Tickets should have been priced at €20 but because of a mix up in printing, they are on sale at €15 each and are available from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), from Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or by calling 087-6492514.
The 2002 bluegrass season kicks off at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Monday, January 20 with a superb double act featuring a top 5-piece band from the United States and a Belgian duo called Table For Two.
Originating in the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run began its journey in February of 2015, at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They set out to create a group that is tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music and offer up a fresh approach to the ‘High Lonesome’ sound.
With over 200 dates a year, their high-energy style of bluegrass has taken them all over world. From Danny Stewarts Alaskan Bluegrass Cruise, Bluegrass On The Beach Lake Havasu, AZ and tours in Ireland (Village Arts Centre among a few other selected Irish venues), England and Scotland just to name a few.
Supporting them from Belgium are a duo called ‘Table for Two’. Promoter John Nyhan promises yet another great mix of music on the night to kick off the new year.
Tickets €20 now on sale at The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), at Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.