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 CLASSICAL ENSEMBLE -The Cappa Ensemble (Ireland/Poland/UK) Monday 8th November @ 8.00pm

Named after the celebrated 17th-century Italian violin-maker Gioffredo Cappa, this exciting young chamber ensemble has quickly established itself as a quartet of outstanding artistry, touring extensively in Australasia and Japan as well as throughout the UK. Winner of Music Network’s Young Musicwide competition in 2009, the quartet boasts a line-up of top performers in their own right: Michael McHale has established himself as one of the leading Irish pianists of his generation; cellist Brian O’Kane has collaborated with artists such as the Vanbrugh Quartet, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy; violinist Bartosz Woroch has toured with the Bern Symphony Orchestra and the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra; and violist Adam Newman has played with the London Steve Reich Ensemble, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Conchord Ensemble. An exciting night of music in prospect.                          Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)                                                                                                                                                                       "Michael McHale… has an intuitive feel for music, and can cross musical boundaries effortlessly. " - Sunday Business Post                 "Bartosz Woroch… intensely poetic." - New Zealand Herald                                                                                                                          "O’Kane’s tender cello ..." -

 TRADITIONAL MUSIC - Diarmaid & Donncha Moynihan, Thursday 11th November @ 8.00pm

Uilleann piper Diarmaid and guitarist Donncha Moynihan are widely acknowledged as two of Ireland’s finest musicians. They first teamed up in 1996 as Calico, a Traditional band who released two award-winning albums, Celanova Square and Songdogs. The band was one of the most influential ensembles to come out of Ireland, touring widely in Europe and the USA. Their latest album, The Lights of Ranzanico, is a collection of beautiful original tunes fused with Irish and European melodies, and once again demonstrates both creative vision and extraordinary lyrical approach to music, and was RTÉ Lyric FM’s Album of the Month for May. Performing tonight with top drawer guest musicians Christy Leahy (accordion) and Donal Siggins (bouzouki).

“Layer after layer reveal themselves with repeated listening as only the best musical outings do.”  - The Irish Times (****)                    “The Lights of Ranzanico is close to perfection.... an album to be seized upon, greedily devoured or lovingly cherished: a highlight of the year.” - Irish Music Magazine                                                                                                                                                                               Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)

CONTEMPORARY GUITAR - Preston Reed, Thursday 18th November @ 8.00pm

Most great guitarists would be grateful to create a legacy of classic recordings, stand-out performances and blistering technique, but Preston Reed has gone much further by inventing an entirely new way of playing the guitar. Welcome to Preston Reed’s guitar revolution and a 6- and 12-string thrill-ride through the impossible and unforgettable in acoustic guitar music, as with blurred hands he taps, tickles, slaps and soothes his instrument, fusing polyrhythmic percussion with emotive melody to create a compelling sonic landscape. Yet this is not guitar wizardry for its own sake. Blues, rock, funk and jazz meet, embrace, interlock and attack to create a musical brew quite unlike anything you’ve heard before. Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical, Reeds vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist. Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)

“Spectacular… a terrific performer.” - Eamon Sweeney, The Irish Independent“Widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist.” - Total Guitar“In a class of his own.” - Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard                                                                                      “Reed's fiendishly intricate blend of blues, rock, country and metal styles ducks and weaves itself away from measurability.” - The Irish Times “True spellbinding guitar mastery.” - Guitarist Magazine

 POPULAR MUSIC NIGHT - The Reserved Moments, Thursday 25th November @ 8.00pm

Back by popular demand, locally-based group The Reserved Moments makes a welcome return to the Linenhall. It has been a busy year for the band writing new material, playing in venues in the West and South. The music will be a mixture of originals and covers taken from the last number of decades and the theme will be one of zest and love for life with a sprinkle of romance and story telling. 

The Moments’ line-up comprises: David Tuomey (lead vocals), Kelvin Frain (rhythm & lead guitar), Donal Hoban (drums), Siobhan Shiels (vocals), Teresa Burke (guitar/vocals), Mick Buckton (rhythm & lead guitar), and Alan Geraghty (bass). You can see and hear them on You Tube and My Space but for an uplifting musical night come and experience them live at the Linenhall!  Reserve yourself a few special musical moments…NB. The band would invite you to have a complimentary glass of mulled wine before the show from 7.30pm.  Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)

CLASSICAL VOCAL RECITAL, Monday 29th November @ 8.00pm, Cara O’Sullivan.

Prepare for a night to remember as and one of Ireland’s leading sopranos Cara O’Sullivan reveals a more intimate side to her singing with a collection of gorgeous art songs and lieder. Famed for her sparkling voice, opera star Cara has enraptured audiences in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Sydney Opera House, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Opera de Paris and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. For this tour Cara is accompanied by award-winning Irish pianist Ciara Moroney in An enchanting programme of songs by Britten, Schubert, Rodrigo, Debussy, Verdi, Gounod, Donizetti and more. Part of a Music Network tour.

Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)  "O’Sullivan is undoubtedly the Irish superstar of her generation." - The Irish Times


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Traditional Music Concert - December 2nd 2010

The concert will feature Mayo born Emer Mayock (Flute/Fiddle/Pipes)  Donal Siggins (Guitar/Mandola) and special guest.

Emer Mayock is a musician and composer from Co. Mayo. She has played traditional music since childhood on a range of instruments including the Flute, Low Whistles, Fiddle and Uilleann Pipes. She has produced two CDs: ‘Merry Bits of Timber’ in 1996 and ‘Playground’ in 2001- the latter continuing her interest in writing new music and containing mostly her own compositions.

Donal Siggins is a traditional musician and composer from Dublin. He is self-taught on a number of instruments including mandolin family instruments. He has received commissions for composition from the Contemporary Music Centre Dublin and had a 2002 film score recorded by the RTE National Concert Orchestra. In 2009 his score for the film Losing Memories featured in the Galway film fleadh. Concert starts at 8.00.  Tickets Euro 10  Concessions Euro 8

Lismirrane Arts Resource Project,

O’Dwyer Art Centre, Bohola, 094 9384809 or

Music in the Community with John Hoban

Music in the Community continues every Monday evening with John Hoban from 8.00pm to 9.30 pm. A social evening of music and song with audience participation – feel free to bring musical instruments.

All ages and abilities welcome, No Charge. This project is funded by Mayo VEC and Mayo County Arts Office.

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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