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.

May 13th | Kristy Cox and her Band

Chart-toppin’ Nashville-based Kristy Cox, Australia’s biggest bluegrass & country music export, is on quite the roll, and she’s rolling right into Kilworth.

Capturing attention with her powerful singing style, youthful energy-infused bluegrass, and song writing acumen, she continues to enjoy radio & television success in both the US and in her native Australia where she’s a multi award-winning Australian Country Music Awards Golden Guitar recipient – most recently she picked up the 2019 Golden Guitar for Bluegrass Album of the Year for early 2018’s Ricochet.

Kristy has appeared at major festivals across Australia, Europe and the US, including an official showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Convention in 2015; she was shortlisted by the IBMA 4 years running for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

For her current & first release after signing with the Virginia-based bluegrass-only Mountain Fever label, early 2018’s Ricochet, Kristy teamed up with renowned songwriter Jerry Salley. 

Proving to be quite the formidable pairing in writing and recording great bluegrass and acoustic country music, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts for Bluegrass Album and was shortlisted for the GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album. 

‘Ricochet’, the first single release and title track off the album, took Kristy to the top of the Bluegrass Today Radio charts for two successive weeks; she hit #1 on the chart again with the subsequent Ricochet single release ‘I Can Almost Smell The Smoke’ while ‘South To North Carolina’, the third & current release off the album, was Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction #1 played record for January 2019.

“Kristy Cox is making a repeat visit to my favourites list. This Australian transplant captured lightning in a bottle when she teamed up with producer and writer Jerry Salley a couple of years ago, and the combination is still magical. On Ricochet, Cox steps it up a notch or two as a vocalist, making her one of the best in the business. Lots of strong songs here, but my favourite is a heart-breaking duet with Brandon Rickman on ‘A Bed This Cold’, which Rickman wrote with Salley.

– David Morris, Bluegrass Today, selecting Ricochet as one of his favourite album releases of 2018

“… one of the best in the business” according to Bluegrass Today, Kristy is excited to be making her very first visit to Ireland with her band, and we’re proud to present her third performance of the 9-gig tour in the intimate setting of The Village Arts Centre in Kilworth. Accompanied by her husband Travis, Australia’s premier honkytonk singer, this is youthful energy-infused bluegrass with maybe a bit of country thrown in for good measure.

Save the date, spread the word & we’ll see you in Kilworth on Monday, May 13.

March 23 | Niwel Tsumbu with Éamonn Cagney

According to Mel Mercier (Director, Irish world Academy of Music and Dance), Niwel Tsumbu and Éamonn Cagney’s duo is one of the most authentic, organic and exciting cross cultural musical encounters to emerge in the Irish music scene.

The duo invite you to share an evening with a difference with them when they come to The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Saturday, March 23 as the celebrate their latest single and video ‘Mwana Moyi’ (‘Child of the Sun’).

Built on 15 years of constant collaboration, Niwel Tsumbu and Éamonn Cagney are known for their incredible musical chemistry and exciting, joyous performances. Besides their duo music, they have worked in traditional Irish, Jazz, world, contemporary, electronic, opera, soundtracks, dance and countless other musical forms.

While watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos some years ago, Niwel was blown away by his quote: “We are made of Star stuff”. It was the most enlightening and poetic quote he had ever heard. It forever changed his perception of life and inspired the lyrics to “Mwana Moyi”, the duo’s latest single and video.
The song, sung in Niwel’s native language of Lingala, talks about how connected we are with one another and with everything around us in a truly cosmic way.

“This duo has a cataclysm of moods and moves to share, unveiling a cavernous stash of redemptive music, and promise of much more to come”  – Irish Times

See it here on Niwel’s Facebook page, where it has racked up more than 21,000 views:

Or here on Youtube for extra HD quality:

Or live footage from 2018:

So, make a date – Saturday, March 23 – 8pm sharp -The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth. Tickets €12.50 from the usual Arts Centre outlets or call 025-32227 or 087-6492514.

March/April 2019 | Variety concert in pipeline for Kilworth

A variety concert is in the throes of being arranged for The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth for late March or early April.

The concert will include a number of local acts, solo performances and a good mixture of  comedy and sheer good talent.

More details will be announced in the coming weeks. Local performers who might like to take part, can contact Liam on 087-6492514 for further details.

February 28th | Jon Kenny in ‘CROWMAN’

Actor and comedian Jon Kenny (pictured right), bring’s Katie Holly’s hit play ‘Crowman’ to The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Thursday night, February 28 at 8pm.

‘Crowman’ is a dark comedy centred around one man, driven to despair by isolation, prompted by the death of a woman with whom he went to school with.

The author of ‘Crowman’ Katie Holly, has many family connections in the Fermoy area – her mother Catherine being one of the well known Bowes family there. This one-man show started life at the Cork Mid-Summer Festival 2018 before moving to a limited number of venues around the country where it was very well received.

Tickets €20 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 after 5pm) and from 087-6492514.

February 16th | Philadelphia, Here I Come

One of Brian Friel’s prized plays ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ (and I can say, this writer’s favourite play), is being staged in The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth by Brideview Drama on this Saturday night (16th) at 8pm sharp.

The play follows a day in the life of Gareth O’Donnell who is heading off to Philadelphia the following morning.  A story of heartbreak, emigration, hopes, dreams, youth and old age, ‘Philadelphia’ is a story relatable to many. 

‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ is set in the 1960s, an era where feelings are kept under lock and key, where communication between father and son is practically non existent. The American Dream swirls in every young person’s head and we see Gar O’Donnell on his last night at home befor he leaves for Philadelphia.

The stellar cast includes Sean Ahern, Kris Cowming, John Stack, Helen Aherne, Gráinne Barry, Liam Roche, Gavin Hallahan, Emma Walsh, Ted O’Brien, Conor Goulding, John Cullinane and Eoghan Hennessy led by the directing duo of Jack Aherne and Tomas Roche.

Following on from last year’s success with ‘Stolen Child’, Brideview Drama will contest 8 competitions around the country throughout the month of March on the festival circuit. 

Please note – starts 8pm sharp, tickets €12.

February 22nd | John Spillane

In October 2017 the acclaimed Irish singer and songwriter John Spillane, celebrated 35 years of an ever-consistent vastly illuminating and exciting career within the world of music.

Having sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland, John has also been awarded with two Meteor Irish Music Awards for ‘Best Act Folk’ and ‘Traditional’ act. His songs have been covered by many Irish folk lumineer’s such as Christy Moore, Sean Keane, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Solas, Mary Black, Méav, Sinéad Lohan and Sharon Shannon.

He also presented four TV series for TG4 ‘Spillane an Fánaí’, series one and two, and ‘Na Bailéid’, series one and two and has published a book of songs and stories entitled ‘Will we be Brilliant or What?’ 

“I got a full-time permanent and pensionable job on my 18th birthday as a bank official in the Bank of Ireland. Two years later I left that job to become a full-time professional musician. My mother nearly killed me,” John says.

“I have played with many bands and musical outfits and served a number of musical apprenticeships. As well as solo work, I have played with groups such as Sabre, The Stargazers and Nomos and with individuals such as Jimmy Crowley, Declan Sinnott and Noel Shine to name but some.”

He has also on occasion played with many outstanding musicians like Jimmy McCarthy, Maaba Maal, Christy Moore, Sinead Lohan, Pauline Scanlon and Mick Flannery.

“I have had a fantastic musical journey. Some of the high points include teaming up with my manager Lorcan Ennis in 2000, signing to EMI Records 1n 2001, and of course the release of my many albums.

John has sung and played music in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Holland, Switzerland, U.S.A., Canada, Bermuda, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Zambia, Senegal, China and Japan.  

However, you don’t have to travel to any of those far away places – you can see John in concert at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Friday, February 22 at 8pm. Tickets €15 now on sale at usual outlets or call 025-32227 or 087-6492514.

February 7th | ‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented Frequency Hopping and Spread Spectrum Technology that make the world of wireless communication tick.

‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’ is a
true story of Hollywood glamour icon and scientific genius. From Austria to
Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in
your pocket, she was there! 

Written and performed by Heather Massie, it has been
described as ‘captivating; by The Huffington Post, ‘fascinating’ by The Belfast
Times and ‘highly entertaining’ by Splash Magazine.

In performing this highly acclaimed piece, Heather
Massie says that in doing so, her mission is to inspire audiences to
find ways each day to make the world a better place, to encourage young women
in endeavours of science and technology and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a
role model for intelligence and ingenuity.

‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’ comes to The
Village Arts Centre on Thursday, February 7.

January 28th | Special Consensus

The ever popular Special Consensus from Illinois USA are making their umpteenth tour of Ireland and yet another visit to Kilworth.

They have filled venues in Ireland for over 20 years. This is a testament to how great this Grammy nominated Bluegrass Band is.

Founded over 40 years ago by the incomparable Greg Cahill on banjo/vocals. The band also includes Rick Faris (guitar/vocals, Dan Embarks, bass/vocals and NickDumas (mandolin/vocals).

Anyone who has seen Special Consensus, knows how fantastic they are. With great vocals and red hot picking, they are one of the best bluegrass bands in the business. 

Come and see them in The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Monday night, January 28.

January 21st | The Petersens

The Petersens Bluegrass Band from Branson, Missouri, USA kick off the 2019 Bluegrass season at The Village Arts Centre,  Kilworth on this coming Monday, January 21.

The show starts at 8pm sharp. Tickets are €15 and are available from the usual outlets.

This time, the Petersens come as a six piece band with five family members and one non-member, Emmett Franz.

Excellent instrumentally, their sibling harmonies make them a stand out as something really special, with great arrangements of classic bluegrass, Gospel and country music.

Every May, Silver Dollar City on the outskirts of Branson, have a month long Bluegrass Festival and The Petersens are noted performers there.

The Petersens feature 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 from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615), call 087-7921771 or 087-6492514.

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