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An Exploration of the Words and Music of Bob Dylan

 Date: Saturday 3rd February Time: 8.30pm  Admission: €10 

The Courthouse Café’s Bob Dylan Tribute will explore the words and music of this great poet and musician. Regular café musicians will be joined by local performers to guarantee a special night. Line-up of musicians and spoken word artists are: 

Frank Gallagher, Brian Whelan, Deirdre Starr, Rory Adams band, Pat Dixon, Damian Murphy. 

This is a fundraising event for The Courthouse Arts Centre – your support is greatly appreciated.  

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Concert: Carole Nelson Trio (Jazz Season Event)- 4 for 3 OFFER

Date: Saturday 17 February  Time: 8:30pm   Admission: €14/€12
 

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Carole Nelson is one of Ireland’s most regarded jazz pianists and composers. Her trio’s debut CD, One Day in Winter, was inspired by the South County Carlow landscape where she lives. It traces the arc of one winter’s day from before dawn to moonrise over the Blackstairs Mountains. Supported by Cormac O’Brien on bass and Dominic Mullan on drums, Carole’s music is a journey through a human landscape as much as a physical one – meditation, wonder, playfulness, contemplation of ageing and death, human warmth and companionship.

Supported by Jeffers Pianos, in association with Galway Jazz Festival and Music Network

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Concert: KíLA

Date: Saturday 24th February Time: 8.30pm  Admission: €24/€22 

Kíla are no strangers to the heady heights of the music world having produced 10 critically acclaimed studio albums since their first one – the quirky named Handel’s Fantasy set ears twitching some twenty years ago. In 2008 they recorded the song ‘The Ballad of Ronnie Drew’ with U2, The Dubliners, Glen Hansard and a host of other artists. The song spent two weeks on top of the Irish Charts and was later included on a U2.com-only album of collaborations that U2 recorded with other artists – Duals (2012).

 

‘Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kila have tornup the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles, Brilliant!’-Hot Press

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Music Network presents Anna Tsybuleva, piano (Russia)

Date: Saturday 3 March  Time: 8:30pm    Admission: €16/€14 

A born performer, Tsybuleva clearly relishes every second at the keyboard while captivating the audience with her expressive playing and wonderfully enigmatic sense of humour. Since her success in Leeds, Tsybuleva has performed a string of engagements as a soloist with many of Europe’s leading ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra. She has also given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, the Salle Cortot in Paris, and Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

 

 

Programme for the evening:

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) 

Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44
Mazurkas, Op. 59 
Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 No. 1

Siobhán Cleary (b. 1970) 
An Cailleach
New commission by Music Network

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
“The Seasons” Op. 37 bis

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Concert: Snowpoet (Jazz Season Event)- 4 for 3 OFFER

Date: Sunday 11 March Time: 8:30 pm   Admission: €16/€14 
 

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 Thought You Knew is the second album from Snowpoet, the London based band led by writing duo of Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year (2016) Lauren Kinsella and multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson. The band also features Josh Arcoleo on saxophone, Matt Robinson on keys, Nick Costley-White on guitar and Dave Hamblett on drums.  

 

Join them on their PRSF Beyond Boarders 2018 tour with performances in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.  

 

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Concert: Luka Bloom

Date: Friday 16th March  Time: 8.30pm  Admission: €18/€16

Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists, having produced over 20 albums since the 1970s, he continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do. Born into a very musical family, Luka (62) is the youngest of six and grew up in Newbridge, Co Kildare. He was christened Barry Moore, but changed his name for professional reasons. He has recorded 20 albums to date and is now based in Co Clare, A master interpreter, he has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters.  Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets, just searing voice and mastery of his instrument. His most recent album ‘Refuge’ was released in October 2017. 

 

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Concert: Pilgrim St. – Positive Parenting

Date: Friday 13th April   Time: 7.30pm   Admission: €14/€12 Cons.

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No problem!

A concert series for parents. Positive parenting initiative from the Courthouse Arts Centre. Getting you out and about and cutting the cost of entertainment.

Well behaved 8-12 year old’s go FREE.

 

Strongly influenced by Bluegrass, Old Time Country and Folk Music, and fusing this style with traditional folk songs from this side of the Atlantic, Pilgrim St bring a warm and lively atmosphere to venues around the country with their concerts. With a setlist made up of covers and their own original songs they have played some high profile gigs including Electric Picnic and Vicar street ( with Declan O Rourke) plus toured all over the country.

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Concert: John Daly (Jazz Season Event) – 4 for 3 OFFER

Date:  Friday 30 March  Time: 8:30pm  Admission: €14/€12

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In a celebration of the work of Thelonius Monk, John Daly (drums) will be joined by writer and presenter Brian Priestley ( piano) Tom Caraher (saxophone) and Peter Hanagan (bass). 

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Concert: Aoife Doyle (Jazz Season Event) – 4 for 3 OFFER

Date: Saturday 21st April  Time: 8:30pm   Admission: €14/€12

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Aoife Doyle’s unique, expressive voice is equally at home with jazz, folk, country, bluegrass or blues, and her singing can evoke memories of the sophisticated, velvet tones of Ella Fitzgerald, the earthy, sweet lyricism of Patsy Cline or the straight-up country clarity of Alison Krauss. Backed by Johnny Taylor’s subtle piano, Andrew Csibi’s inventive bass and Dominic Mullan’s sensitive percussion, the band has won much deserved critical acclaim. To date The Aoife Doyle Band have released two albums. Their most recent album ‘Clouds’ was supported by Music Network and is a collection of original songs. Both albums have received rave reviews and the band have been gaining a reputation and are now performing to sold out audiences across Ireland.
 
 
  
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 Concert: Jazz Kevin Lawlor (Jazz Season Event)  – 4 for 3 OFFER

Date: Friday 4th May Time: 8.30pm Admission: € 14/€12

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Kevin Lawlor Quartet will be performing music from his early career as well as pieces from Blue Train, Giant Steps, the social comment piece ‘Alabama’ and other great Trane pieces.  

 

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Concert: The Cyclones

Date: Saturday 5rd May Time: 8.30pm  Admission: €14/€12

The legendary Cyclones, featured in the RTÉ 1 documentary 

‘Night of the Cyclones will play before the concert’ (30mins.)

   ”  Night of the Cyclones” come back together again as part of their “Still alive and kickin AND rockin  mini tour.  

This authentic 60’s band, fronted by Tinahely’s adopted music man Brian Whelan, will feature music by the 60’s greats, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee, The Shadows, Beatles, Stones and many more.  

The music and the dancing promise to send you home  ” sweatin“. 

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Music Network Presents Heidi Talbot, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, John McCusker and Paul Meehan (Ireland/Scotland/Northern Ireland)

Date: Friday 11 May Time: 8:30pm   Admission: €16/€14

Rejoice in the energetic polkas and slides of West Kerry and waltzes, marches and reels from Scotland, as four folk musicians at the top of their game come together for the very first time.  Unmissable!

Heidi Talbot, voice/ukulele
Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, voice/accordion
John McCusker, violin/whistles
Paul Meehan, guitar

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Concert: Woodie Pines – Positive Parenting

Date: Friday 18 May Time: 7:30pm   Admission: €14/€12

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A concert series for parents. Positive parenting initiative from the Courthouse Arts Centre. Getting you out and about and cutting the cost of entertainment.

Well behaved 8-12 year olds go FREE.

 

Roots music hotshots Woody Pines have wowed the crowds on both sides of the Atlantic and last time they toured over here, reviewers unanimously declared them to be one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit.  

These Muddy Roots Records stars count BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris as a fan – he invited them to appear on the stage he hosted at the C2C event in London’s 02 arena. 

The trio was one of the headline acts previously flown over to Scotland to take part in Glasgow’s Celtic Connections mid-winter bash, included for their “fiery moonshine spirit that sparkles with feelgood freshness”.  

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Concert: The Don Baker and Rob Strong Band 

Date: Saturday 26 May  Time: 8:30pm  Admission: €20/€18 Conc

HELLRAISERS …. Rob Strong and Don Baker tear it up at Trim Castle at the weekend. Photograph by Enda Casey.

 Two of Ireland’s best ever rock/blues musicians have collaborated to record an album together and tour many of Ireland’s best known venues in 2018.

Don Baker is known as a prolific singer/songwriter/musician for over 50 years and has had two number one singles.    

Rob Strong, from Derry, on bass guitar and lead vocals, is another of Ireland’s Living Legends, who also has been performing for more than five decades! Rob still has that unique and sensational voice that saw him pull in huge crowds with ‘ The Plattermen’ one of the top showbands of the ‘1960s, and his own band The Rockets in the 1970s. 

 

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Concert: Remi Harris Trio (Jazz Season Event)- 4 for 3 OFFER

Gypsy Swing, Jazz and Blues 

Date: Friday 1st June Time: 8:30 pm   Admission: €14/€12 Conc 

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 The Remi Harris Trio take Gypsy Swing characteristics and infuse them with influences from Jazz, Blues, Rock’n’Roll, Funk, World Music and more. They play an eclectic mix of original compositions, jazz standards and new arrangements of music from Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Peter Green and more.

The trio features Remi on a variety of acoustic and electric guitars accompanied by a hot club rhythm section of acoustic guitar and double bass. They have toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and  BBC Radio 3.  

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