The Village Arts Centre Kilworth

The 4 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 return to Kilworth on Thursday, March 26th for another acoustic gig and is sure to be another uplifting and memorable performance.

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 on Thursday, March 26th.

Tickets €20 are now 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

My Aunt Bee

Seamus O’Rourke’s new play ‘My Aunt Bee’ comes to The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Saturday, July 13, starring the man himself along with Bairbre Ní Chaoimh.

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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