Music

April 4 | The magic of The Drifters

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.

April 2 | ‘Jetty Stars’

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.

March 26 | 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 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.

March 6 | Kris Kristofferson Tribute

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.

February 13 | Marc Roberts’ tribute to John Denver

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.

February 1 | John Spillane with Séan Ó Sé

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.

January 12 | Sean Keane

Watch this space for further details.

Tickets €25 now on sale from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), in Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) and also from 087-6492514.

December 7 | 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 14 | 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.

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