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Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593




Jack L

Friday 2nd December, 8pm      

Jack L has performed to sell out crowds inAmerica, a crowd of 40,000 nestled in the palm of his hand atIreland’s Witness Festival, and he is one of only a few distinguished artists to have performed at the Glastonbury Festival for three consecutive days. The remarkable Irish singer, who has drawn comparisons to legendary talents including Frank Sinatra, Jacques Brel, Scott Walker andNickCave, is renowned for his exceptional live performances, has seven acclaimed albums to his credit: the latest, The Story So Far, a collection of his best material to date.

From the magic to the mundane, from the carnal to the cosmic, Jack L’s distinctive songs and electrifying vocal style make this a concert not to be missed. As an acoustic performance in the intimate setting of the theatre, this promises to be a very special night indeed.

Adm: €20. Booking essential.


Rejoice Gospel Choir Christmas Concert

Thursday 15th December, 8pm.

Ballina’s Rejoice Gospel Choir presents its’ annual Christmas Concert. Under new Musical Director Patrick Lacken the concert will feature a wide selection of Christmas classics with a Gospel twist. 

Rejoice Gospel Choir was formed in 1999, inspired by the vision of Joan O’Gorman. As well as performing regularly in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballina, the choir has travelled extensively throughoutIrelandand parts ofEuropeand has appeared on national television.

Adm: €10. Booking essential.




Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733





Thursday 1st December @ 8.00pm

Alexej Gorlatch

Young Ukrainian pianist Alexej Gorlatch is something of a musical phenomenon. Entering the University of Arts in Berlin at the age of 12, within a decade he had a trophy cabinet jam-packed with awards, including First Prize at the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, First Prize at the Dublin International Piano competition and Silver Medal at the Leeds Piano Competition, in a performance described by The Guardian as “immaculate in its poetry and aggression”. Gorlatch has poise, power and passion in equal measure, entrancing audiences from Carnegie Hall to the Salle Cortot inParis with his relaxed stage manner, singing lines and soulful performances. Prepare to be spellbound!

Programme: Beethoven’s Sonata op. 2 no.1 in F minor; Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie op.61; Bill Whelan’s The Currach; Brahms’ 4 Ballades op.10; Chopin’s Mazurkas op.68 no.s 1 & 2, and Scherzo op.31 in B flat minor

Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)



Wednesday 7th December @ 8.00pm

Maria McGarry

Maria McGarry is a pianist who brings a deep insight and sensitive musicianship to the music she performs. The Mayo-born virtuoso pianist has received consistent praise from critics for her intuitive musicianship, depth of interpretation and uniquely personal style. A graduate of the JuilliardSchool’s most prestigious programme, the Artist Diploma in Performance, she has represented Irelandat many international events, performing at the Biennale for Contemporary Artists in Puglia, Italy; the European Music Festival in Warsaw; the EU Cultural Week in New Delhiand at the Palais de Nations, Geneva. Winner of numerous prizes and awards, Maria has performed as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Spain's New Millennium Orquesta, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the London-Irish Camerata and the Dublin Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings are released on Lyric fm’s recent CD Hiccup and CMC’s Contemporary Music from Ireland Volume 9. She has recorded for Polish National Radio, Lyric Fm and has featured on RTÉ's The Late Late Show and, as a fluent Irish speaker, on TG4

Programme: J.S. Bach/F. Busoni: Chaconne (from Partita 11 for Violin solo BWV 1004); F.Chopin: Berceuse Op. 57; Ballade No. 2 Op. 38; L. Van Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A flat major Op.110; C. Franck: Prelude, Choral et Fugue.

A magical evening in prospect.

Performance in receipt of a Music Network Performance and Tour Award.

Adm.: €15 / €12 (concessions)



Wednesday 14th December @ 8.00pm

Eimear Quinn

Eimear Quinn's ethereal voice first enthralled the world as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996 with Brendan Graham's The Voice. Dublin born Eimear joined her first choir at the age of 4 and at 15 she started formal vocal training at the College of Music in Dublin. A former soloist with Celtic chamber choir Anúna, Eurovision success brought Eimear international fame and acclaim. In this intimate a spiritual night, Eimear will bring her own special rendition of Christmas songs and carols to the Linenhall for a memorable musical experience, blending Eimear's beautiful voice with string quartet and guitar. So sit back and let the hustle and bustle fade away. The Christmas season begins right here, let your spirit be moved!
Adm.: €20 / €18 (concessions)





T: 097 81079


Corclough National School Christmas Concert

Corclough National will hold its Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. This year the children are performing ‘Scrouge’. An entertaining evening for all guaranteed!


St Brendan’s Variety Concert The Transition Year Student’s of St. Brendan’s College will hold its annual variety concert here on Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 December 2011 at 8 p.m. All T.Y. students will participate in some shape or form with a variety of talent on display. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. To book tickets, contact St. Brendan’s College on 097 81437.



Charlestown Arts Centre

Barrack St,Charlestown, Mayo

T: 094-9255812 or 086-8202883



John Hoban

As part of their ‘Singer – Songwriter’ Series Charlestown Arts Centre is delighted to welcome John Hoban on Thursday December 1st at 8pm.  A native of Castlebar, John is a composer, singer, musician and author who has played and taught music all his life in the Troubadour tradition.. He is highly regarded nationally and internationally for the unique and deeply personal nature of his music. He has recorded solo song and instrumental CD's as well as performing on many collaborative recordings.


He is also a collector of all types of music, stories and folklore and is reknowned as a gifted teacher who has developed a unique approach to art and music teaching for all ages. His music bridges the worlds of improvisation, experimentation and Tradition.

Tickets €12, concessions €10

Bookings available from 094 9255812, 086 8202883 or from

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


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Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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