The Village Arts Centre

The The Village Arts Centre is a non-profit organisation keeping you up to date with the best of drama, comedy and music in their many guises. As like all such facilities hosting live entertainment, we depend very much on you, the public, to help fill our seats. It is also worth remembering that many of those who take to the stage here, depend on your support for their living.

TBA | The Four Of Us acoustic gig

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 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.

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.

January 20th | Bluegrass & Country Double Bill

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.

December 7th | Marc O’Reilly

Locally, the O’Reilly name is immediately linked with good music so, needless to say, patrons can expect plenty of the good stuff from Marc O’Reilly when he takes to the stage of the Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Saturday, December 7 for what will be his first visit to the area.

Marc O’Reilly is renowned as an explosive live performer with stunning guitar playing, emotive husky vocals and gritty yet heart warming lyrics.

Marc, a native of Lismore, first came to attention back in 2011 following the release of his critically acclaimed debut record ‘My Friend Marx’, and he has since been famed for his electrifying live performances at many major European festivals including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic among others.

Marc’s most recent album, ‘L’tere Politique (LP)’ (meaning ‘political being’) is as it’s title suggests, a political commentary, dealing with the politics of human interactions, from one on one friendships to more broader global themes of capitalism, war and globalisation.

Marc O’Reilly has released 3 previous albums, ‘My Friend Marx’, ‘Human Herdings’ and ‘Morality Mortality’ and has enjoyed some recent international success with his track ‘Bleed’, streamed almost 2 million times on Spotify and featured on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Whatever Happens’. His track ‘Healer’ was also recently used in the US TV series ‘Salvation’.

Tickets (€12.50) from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) or Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-36445) or call 087-6492514.

November 29th | ‘From Under The Bed’

On this Friday night (29th) at 8pm and again on Sunday afternoon, December 1st at 3.30pm, the Palace Players take to the stage with their pre-All Ireland run of their award-winning one-act play ‘From Under The Bed’ by Seamus O’Rourke.

Under the direction of Aisling McGrath, the group qualified for the All-Ireland finals in Rossmore, West Cork on December 6, 7 and 8, the draw for which will take place this Saturday to ascertain on which dates the six open and five confined groups will perform.

Along the festival route, Palace Players have won several awards for direction (Aisling McGrath) and acting (Liam Howard and Danny Buckley) with the back-up stage crew receiving well deserved plaudits.

The Friday and Sunday performances in Kilworth will be preceded by a mulled wine reception (or non alcoholic punch if preferred), sure to make the performance ahead all the more enjoyable.

The group will also perform at The Glen Theatre, Banteer on Thursday next (Dec 5) and would be grateful if readers had friends in that area, to please spread the word.

Tickets €10 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.

November 14th | The Orpheus Trio

Thursday, November 14 will see the final concert in this year’s North Cork Classical Music series, the venue being the Village Arts Centre in Kilworth. 

This follows a number of very successful concerts held earlier during the summer months in the churches of St Colman’s (Farahy), St George’s (Mitchelstown) and St Mary’s (Doneraile).

This concert comes a little later than usual in the season due to a number of reasons outside of the organisers’ control but is well worth waiting for. It will feature The Orpheus Trio who will be remembered for their wonderful programme in St Colman’s in June. The trio is made up of flautist Eilis O’Sullivan, guitarist Jerry Creedon and cellist Joan Scannell.

EILIS O’SULLIVAN

Eilis has performed widely as a soloist with appearances varying from a performance for the Prince of Wales at Hollyrood Palace, Edinburgh to solo appearances at the main concert halls and music club venues throughout Ireland, Britain and Germany. Guest concerto engagements include performances in the United States, Scotland, and Ireland. 

JERRY CREEDON

Jerry is an experienced musician and has performed in Ireland, Germany and Spain, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has appeared with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles and has his own Jazz Ensemble with which he performs at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. He has performed at the National Concert Hall, Universities, and numerous Festivals.

HUGH McCARTHY

Hugh McCarthy is an active performance cellist. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Limerick and a Master of Arts degree in music performance (cello) and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cork School of Music

He is involved in a very wide variety of musical activity in Ireland. Hugh enjoys solo cello performance, but ensemble playing remains his passion.

Note the date – Thursday, Nov 14 at 8pm – The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth. Tickets go on sale next week in The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), in Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) and also from 087-6492514.

November 11th | The Scroggdogs

Keep Monday, November 11 free as on that night The Scroggdogs will set the stage of The Village Arts Centre alight with the very best of Bluegrass and Country music.

The Scroggdogs line-up includes Jeff Scroggins on banjo (twice USA National banjo champion), Scott Gates (mandolin/Vocals), Yousef Tucker (guitar/vocals), Jan Purat (fiddle/vocals) and Zach Sharpe (bass).

This is certainly a night you will not want to miss. You are advised to book in good time.

Tickets €15 are now on sale from usual outlets – The Avondhu offices at Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514 or 087-7921771.

October 18th | ‘Rosie’s Picture’ & ‘From Under The Bed’

Friday and Saturday saw capacity crowds at The Village Arts Centre for the drama double bill – ‘Rosie’s Picture ‘ and ‘From Under The Bed’. This was to be Kevin McCormack’s final throw of the dice with Mike O’Dowd’s play, ‘Rosie’s Picture’ but due to unprecedented demand, Kevin has agreed to stage the play for one more performance along with Palace Player’s ‘From Under The Bed’ on Friday, October 18 at 8pm sharp.

As well as the October 18 performance, Palace Players will run ‘The Bed’ for a further two nights on Sunday 22nd and Tuesday 24 at the Kilworth venue where they will be joined by their old pals from Brideview Drama who stage their festival presentation of ‘Aubade’ by Mark Yeates.

‘ROSIE’S PICTURE’

In ‘Rosie’s Picture’, the play deals with loss, guilt, regret, familial relationships and the chance of a newer, brighter beginning. The play showcases the versatility and acting skills of Kevin McCormack who can change from character to character with perfect ease.

‘FROM UNDER THE BED’

In Seamus O’Rourke’s ‘From Under The Bed’ (set in 1979 in a tiny one-and-a-half storey cottage in County Leitrim). Pat and Eugene McPartland (Danny Buckley and Liam Howard) play two brothers in their late sixties. Any profits from their sixty years toil on their 23 acre farm have been split down the middle and they now have the pension. Despite being brothers, they exist in singular isolation where interaction and conversation is scarce. The play is directed by Aishling McGrath.

‘AUBADE’

Aubade by Dublin writer Mark Yeates is the story of a couple’s fight for the survival of their relationship. How far would you go to hold on? To hurt? To annihilate? This piece interrogates these questions with catastrophic consequences.

This play a snapshot of a marriage in free-fall and engages the audience as a fly on the wall of a world crumbling.

Tickets now on sale at the usual outlets: The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.

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