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Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593



Dick Gaughan

Friday 26th September, 8pm

Gaughan has one of the finest voices on the planet, capable of capturing the heart with the most traditional of ballads in one moment and stirring the fire of the spirit with his uncompromising commentary on social injustices in the next. And as a guitar player since the age of seven, his mastery of the instrument – acoustic and electric – is astounding.

For more than 35 years, Gaughan has been forging an incredible musical legacy. He has released a series of powerful solo albums and occasional collaborations, such as Parallel Lines with Andy Irvine.  His unwavering belief in the strength of the human spirit to conquer seemingly insurmountable obstacles has influenced his willingness to sing new songs and rework old ones to accentuate an essential optimism and belief in humanity’s ability to stand up and be free.

“A superb musician, one of the finest guitarists in the British Isles (Martin Carthy has called him the best player on the folk scene), and a brilliant all-around entertainer.”
– Boston Globe

Tickets: €15 / €12. Booking Advised


Rian UnPlugged

Featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí Director and Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan

Music Director Liam Ó Maonlaí

Co-produced by Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and Sadler’s Wells, London

Thursday 25th September, 8pm

Fabulous Beast is touring Rian UnPlugged around Ireland creating an exciting opportunity for audiences to see this amazing show. In Rian UnPlugged, eight hugely talented dancers from around the world share the stage with five of Ireland’s top musicians in a joyful pairing of dance and traditional Irish music.

Rian UnPlugged is directed and choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan with musical direction from Liam Ó Maonlaí. It is an expressive cultural hybrid, tapping into Irish traditions with influences from faraway places.

Winner of a 2013 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Outstanding Production, Rian premiered in the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011. It has toured to the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy, USA, Austria, France, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Rian has been seen and loved by more than 40,000 people across the world. This ‘unplugged’ version is performed with a new intimacy, bringing the audience up close to the performance, creating an intimate and magical experience.

Described as “one of the most daring and highly original dance theatre companies in the world,” (Times) Fabulous Beast is an international ensemble based in County Longford, led by artistic director Michael Keegan-Dolan.

Supported by an Arts Council Touring Award.

Tickets: €16 / €14 Booking essential.



Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo.

T: 094 9023733




Thursday 18th September @ 8.00pm

Niall, Cillian & Caoimhín Vallely with Ross Martin

Niall, Cillian and Caoimhín Vallely are members of a Traditional music dynasty from Armagh. They learnt their music at the Armagh Pipers Club from their parents Brian and Eithne, and have gone on to forge professional music careers that have brought them all over the world. Driving forces behind the groups Lúnasa, Buille, Nomos, and North Cregg, individually they have performed and recorded with artists of the calibre of Béla Fleck, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Tim O'Brien, Riverdance, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Natalie Merchant, Paddy Keenan, Martin Hayes, and Dónal Lunny. Cillian also features on the most recent Bruce Springsteen album High Hopes. They will be touring together for the first time this September with legendary Scottish guitarist Ross Martin. A great night of music in prospect.

Adm. €16 / €14 (concessions)



Monday 29th September @ 8.00pm

The Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader

Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed Traditional Irish band the Alan Kelly Gang reunite with Scotland’s mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter John Douglas, performing all new materialas they release their new album The Last Bell. Sheer musical synergy in its most natural form, once a collaboration, now a band, their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound. Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, the Alan Kelly Gang (with Steph Geremia - flute & vocal; Alasdair White  - fiddle; Tony Byrne -guitar & vocal) sits firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scene, with strong dynamics, driving rhythms, buoyant harmonies and passion, taking influences from regions including Ireland, Brittany, Asturias and America and combining these with original compositions that stem from a deep traditional sensitivity. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader brings joyous life to all forms of song. Perhaps best known as former front woman for Fairground Attraction - who’s #1 single Perfect and its album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts, Eddi has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. Together, their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound. Come and hear why.

Adm. €20



Áisleann Bhéal an Mhuirthead, Belmullet, Mayo

T: 097 81079 


Heidi McCaffrey sings the songs and tells the story of  Dolly Parton   FRIDAY 17TH OCTOBER AT 8PM    Tickets €20



Jeannette is performing her own tribute to Piaf in her new show “No Regrets” the music & legacy of Edith Piaf:  With wonderful arrangements and musicians, this promises to be an evening not to be missed, these songs of love, life and loss will tear at the heart strings.

Jeannette Byrne is appearing@ Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet on Fri. 14th November


WhistleBlast Quartet in Belmullet National School, Belmullet, Co Mayo

 The WhistleBlast Quartet returns to the West to continue its exciting classical music interactive programme. Concerts and workshops will entertain and musically inspire young people and their families in Belmullet for three days!

A group of children, from Belmullet National School will compose and learn a unique short piece with WhistleBlast-this gives an opportunity to children with or without musical ability to perform live! -This will be the grand finale in the Free Family Concert in Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet at 6 30pm on Friday 12th September.

This Free Informal Concert features WhistleBlast playing Family Classics from Tchaikovsky to Gymnopedies to James Bond! EVERYBODY is welcome-suitable for adults and children.

 The Quartet’s exciting and diverse programming will appeal to all.

The Quartet prides itself on making live classical music accessible so please come along for some Fun and Great Music!

Ken Edge (Saxophones and Clarinet), Mary Curran (French Horn), Síle Daly (Oboe and Cor Anglais) and Andrew Synnott (Piano)

In 2014, in addition to the Quartet’s schools programmes look out for their Family Concert Series in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and a new WhistleBlast Music Festival starring renowned pianist Finghin Collins in Belmullet during Halloween week where there will be a repeat performance from Belmullet National Schools’ young students…also swimming and floating to live music!


John Hoban Music Circle at O’Dwyer Arts Centre

Between 8pm to 9.30pm on Monday October 7th, John Hoban's Music Circle takes place at the O’Dwyer Arts Centre, to which everyone is welcome to perform music, song, poetry or prose, or just to listen if you wish. There is no cost for John's session but contributions or donations towards the evening are gratefully received.



Cór Mhaigh Eo

Interested in choral singing?

Want to join an award winning choir?

We are looking for all parts but especially Tenors and Basses.

Phone 087 6877489 to arrange audition

Rehearsals are in GMIT Castlebar, Thursday nights 7:45pm-9:45pm.


Moy Singers Choir

Moy Singers Choir resumes practice this Wednesday night in St. Mary's Secondary School, Convent Hill, Ballina Co. Mayo from 8 to10 pm under the Directorship of Catherine Egan.  The choir hosts members from a wide hinterland and as always welcome new members.  Anybody interested should contact our musical Director Catherine on 0862242516


Ev'ry Voice

Based in Ballina, rehearsals Mondays 8 to 10pm in Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina (formerly Downhill Hotel),

This choir is a 4 part community choir, open to men and women who likes to sing and are over 18 years of age. Starting with launch night on Monday evening, 1st September at 8pm.


Vocalessence - Ladies choir, based in Castlebar

Starting Thursday  4th September 8.30pm.  Rehearsals weekly in Castlebar Parish Centre 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm. A knowledge of reading music would be desirable, but not essential. Contact 086 7931112 if interested in becoming a member.


Westport Choral Society

A mixed choir, rehearsals in Hotel Westport Wednesdays at 8pm, looking for new members, resumes Wednesday 3rd September 2014.


Castlebar Gospel Choir

Rehearsals in Castlebar Parish Centre Tuesdays 8pm.  Anyone wishing to join must contact director, Kathy Fahey, 086 7931112


Handel Challenge Choir 2014

Recruiting ladies and men to learn and perform Handel's Messiah.  This is a 12 week programme with performance on Sunday 2nd November with Dublin Oratorio Players orchestra, a 16 strong orchestra comprising Ireland's well known and most talented musicians, direct by Kathy Fahey and guest director John O Keeffe, head of Music NUIM. Rehearsals on Tuesdays at 7pm. Scores and training CDs provided therefore music literacy is not a requirement.  Choir will work to a strict timetable with Director Kathy Fahey and highly acclaimed composer and pianist Adrian Vernon Fish.  The challenge is to perform the oratorio in the 12 weeks and each member is asked to generate sponsorship for this in aid of Mayo Mental Health and Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Choir capacity is 100 members, limited places remaining.  Rehearsals start this Tuesday 2nd September at 7pm.  All enquiries to Ronan Egan, Chairperson, 087 8154009


Gráinne Mhaol Show returns for the 6th Year at Hotel Westport

The highly acclaimed traditional music and dance show The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol at Hotel Westport received a standing ovation following a sold out opening performance of the show last week in Westport. The show, which runs every Wednesday until the end of September received glowing reviews from everyone in attendance with many stating they will be returning with family and friends later in the summer.

Speaking at the launch of the sixth season of the show in Westport, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD said the promotion of traditional music, song and dance was central in developing and increasing tourism figures in County Mayo.

“We often don’t realise the wonderful talents we have on our own doorstep here in County Mayo and it is fantastic to have a world class production to showcase real Ireland to the world,” he said. “This is a wonderful tourism product and I am thrilled to support the Grainne Mhaol show every year. I have seen this show develop over the past five years and it is simply getting better and better every year,” concluded Minister Ring.

The Gráinne Mhaol Show is based on the real-life story of the legendary Irish Pirate and Chieftain, Grace O’ Malley or Gráinne Mhaol and it is a wonderful celebration of Irish music, song and dance. The show features a wealth of talented musicians and dancers from all over the west of Ireland.

Achill native James Kilbane is also back for his sixth season having just returned from a whirlwind USA tour. “The Grainne Mhaol show is just magical. It has passion and power just like Grainne Mhaol herself but there is also tragedy and sorrow in the show. I just hope everyone gets a chance to see it this summer,” commented Kilbane.

The Grainne Mhaol show is full of energy and enthusiasm and guarantees to keep audiences of all ages gripped from start to finish as it blends the old and the new; the contemporary and the ancient, the Sean Nós dancing against modern step dancing.

Tickets for the Gráinne Mhaol show cost €25 and are available from Hotel Westport at (098) 25122 or


The Wild Atlantic Show

Traditional Irish music, song and dance is famous all over the world. Today you can find Irish shows in almost every corner of the globe, but where did it all begin? The Wild Atlantic Show is Mayo's latest traditional Irish Variety show staged in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport every Tuesday night for the months of July and August. Featuring breathtaking Irish & Sean Nós dancing, thrilling Irish music and magnificent songs of Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Show is an exhilarating experience that promises to entertain all. Set in the early nineteen hundreds in rural costal Ireland, you will be brought back to a simpler time when music song and dance were all a part of daily life in the West of Ireland.

Our all star cast features WORLD CHAMPION MUSICIANS & DANCERS as well as a host of internationally renowned performers, all of whom are natives of County Mayo. For the real authentic Irish entertainment experience this summer, make sure it's The Wild Atlantic Show. Check out our facebook page for more details and cast profiles at



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