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.

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.

October 11 & 12 | Tommy Fleming

One of Ireland’s all-time great’s, Tommy Fleming returns to The Village Arts Centre on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th, 2019 – tickets on sale now at usual outlets.

Having announced a second date for Kilworth in last week’s Avondhu, booking is already brisk for Tommy Fleming’s Friday, October 11 concert.

A Tommy Fleming concert is a musical experience not to be missed with one song more haunting than the other. He has a universal appeal to all ages and backgrounds with a fan base that is growing stronger worldwide year by year.

Tommy turns each song into his own with his own unique and powerful style touching emotions in you that only music can reach.

Tommy is famous for his own arrangement of ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Isle of Inisfree’ and ‘Hard Times’, all songs that you know and love but you have never heard them until you hear Tommy Fleming’s versions.

He also covers songs from ‘You Raise Me Up’ to ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’, ‘From a Distance’ and ‘Something Inside So Strong’ along with many more contemporary numbers.

Now booking for Friday, October 11 at The Avondhu Offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.

September 27 | Loudest Whisper

Mark Friday, September 27 in your diary for a great night out with the 6-piece Loudest Whisper band at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth.

The band are celebrating 50 years on the road, and plans are afoot to stage another concert production of their folk opera ‘Children of Lir’ in the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2020/’21. 

Their Children of Lir album has become one of the most sought-after Irish records ever released. 

We can look forward to some great music and perhaps a few stories and memories from Brian and the band at the concert on September 27, charting their journey over the past 50 years. 

Tickets, priced at €15, go on sale from next week at the usual arts centre outlets. You can call 087-6492514 for further details.

August 26 | The Petersens

Last time The Petersens played The Village Arts Centre was their first visit to the area and they went down a treat.

The four sisters in the band – Ellen, Julianne, Katie and Karen were simply brilliant, their vocal harmonies a delight to hear.

The band come all the way from Branson, Missouri where Bluegrass, Gospel and Country music is a daily part of life. The Petersens are making a very welcome return to the Kilworth venue on Monday, August 26.

Each May, for the past number of years, The Petersens have been part of a month long Bluegrass Festival at Silver Dollar City on the outskirts of Branson

The band features Ellen Petersen (banjo/vocals), Julianne Petersen (mandolin/vocals), Katie Petersen (fiddle/vocals), Matt Petersen (guitar/vocals), Karen Petersen (bass/vocals) and Emmett Franz (dobro/vocals).

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

July 19 | Frankie Gavin & Friends

Despite the fact that Frankie Gavin is currently taking a break from live gigging to work on the Grace Kelly Irish Symphonic Suite which he is composing in collaboration with Carl Hession and which will premiere in Monaco on March 17 next year with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, he has nevertheless, taken up an invitation to play a very intimate gig at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Friday, July 19.

A native of Corrandulla, County Galway and from a musical family, Frankie played tin whistle from the age of four and later, progressed to the flute. Few would believe that although he received some formal training in music, his musical ability on the fiddle is mainly self-taught.

In 1974, he founded the group De Dannan with Alec Finn and they enjoyed immense success in the intervening years with some household names fronting the group on vocals, people such as Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell and Eleanor Shanley to name but some.

Frankie Gavin has played and recorded with Andy Irvine, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli and Frankie Goes to Hollywood and in 2010 became reputedly the fastest fiddle-player in the world, with an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

There can be no doubt  that  2018  was a momentous year for Frankie, winning Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 at the Gradam Ceoil Awards was the icing on the cake.

Come and see Frankie Gavin and Friends at The Village Arts Centre on Friday, July 19. Tickets (€20) now on sale from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), at Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-84365) or by calling 087-6492514.

July 15 | Alecia Nugent

Bluegrass returns to The Village Arts Centre on Monday, July 15, this time with Alecia Nugent and her band from Louisiana, USA.

In the five short years since Alecia Nugent’s debut CD, she has gone from being the toast of Hickory Grove, Louisiana to one of the most celebrated Bluegrass & Country singers across America’s heartland.

Alecia was schooled in the sounds of The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and other bluegrass masters. On her own, she developed a taste for country-music greats such as George Jones, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

The band features James Kee from Chattanooga, now  living in Nashville on mandolin and vocals. A great singer and mandolin player, James is best remembered by Kilworth patrons as the lead singer with the Hamilton County Ramblers, who appeared at the Arts Centre a few years ago.

Gina Britt on banjo and vocals is originally from North Carolina, but nowresides in Nashville. She is a highly acclaimed  banjo player, havingplayed with many of the top bands in Bluegrass, including the Grammy nominated all-woman Bluegrass powerhouse ‘Sister Sadie’.

Jed Clarke from Arkansas is a flatpicking guitar fanatic, highly influnced by master flatpicker, Tony Rice.

Beth Lawerence (bass and vocals) from Wisconsin and now residing in Nashville, brings her strong bass playing and excellent harmony to the Alecia Nugent Bluegrass Band.

This date (Monday, July 15) with the Alecia Nugent Bluegrass Band is a must for Bluegrass and Country fans alike.

Tickets €15 from usual outlets or call 087-7921771 or 087-6492514.

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