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April 29th | Greg Blake & The Scroggdogs

A night of bluegrass music in Kilworth is always exciting but the next show on Monday, April 29 promises to be really special.

The show will feature the great Greg Blake and the Scroggdogs. Greg will play solo in the first part of the show and will then be joined by Scott Gates for a few duets.

When Greg Blake sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of West Virginia mountain singers, a voice invested with a rich twang and rumbling drawl and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that first inspired the ‘high, lonesome sound.’

While growing up in his Appalachian home, Greg was exposed to a constant menu of all the country greats on the TV and the radio and, as he played with GI Joes, Tonka Trucks and HotWheels, singing along seemed the natural thing to do. Promoter John Nyhan describes Greg Blake as ‘probably the best bluegrass/country singer and guitarist you will ever witness’.

It must be pointed out of course that Greg Blake and Jeff Scroggins are still playing with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado.

The reason for this double act is that Jeff Scroggins is in England the week before teaching banjo at a bluegrass music camp and as Jeff Scroggins and Colorado are touring Europe, they thought it would be a good time to tour Ireland.

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).

You are advised to book in good time. Tickets €20 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.

CANCELLED | April 26 | Dave Lawlor

Linden Productions and The Village Arts Centre regret to announce that Friday night’s show in Kilworth – ‘A Salute to the Crooners’ – has had to be cancelled at short notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

A new date is being sought but it is expected to be in late Autumn. Watch this space for further details.

In ‘A Salute to the Crooners’, Dave Lawlor pays tribute to the songs of some of America’s greatest singers such as Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Matt Monro, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdinck, Perry Como and Dean Martin. 

Dave Lawlor, star of the highly acclaimed ‘Reeling in the Showband Years’ was chosen by Linden Productions to front this visually stunning show. Only an entertainer of Lawlor’s exceptional calibre could pay homage – accurately, respectfully, and with the appropriate humility – to so many musical icons in one show. 

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: 

https://www.facebook.com/212103155519751/videos/vb.212103155519751/783833371977230/?type=2&theater

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.

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.

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