Eric Patrick Nolan in Concert

Eric Patrick Nolan in Concert

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal       Saturday 24th August       Tickets: €15.00 On sale soon!!

Eric Patrick Nolan in concert – Listen To The River – Debut Tour & Album

Join one of Irelands finest and upcoming artists for an evening of breathtaking vocals and captivating songs.
Eric will take you on a musical journey of bewitching Irish favourites and uplifting anthems from his newly released album “Listen to the River”.

Eric, a native of Cork has demonstrated a passion and natural ability for music and singing since a young age.

His love of all genres of music led Eric to being successful in winning many competitions displaying his vocal versatility.

From winning Scor for Celtic/folk singing to being awarded the Gold Medal From the Royal Irish academy Of Music for highest marks achieved for classical and Musical theatre singing. In his teens Eric played many leading roles for the Fermoy Choral Society and Cork Opera House receiving praise from the local Cork press who described him as a “Remarkable singer and entertainer”.

Eric was fortunate to have received a full Scholarship to The Guildford School of Acting and Graduated in 2010 with BA honours. Upon Graduating Eric secured a mandate as lead vocalist on the world famous Queen Mary 2 and laterally, Aida cruises, where he fulfilled one of his other passions, that of world travel.

When Eric was not travelling the world as lead vocalist, he spent several Christmas seasons at the biggest Christmas show in Europe “Thursford Christmas Spectacular” in the UK.

Having spent the last decade expanding his vocal repertoire, Eric has turned his attention to focusing all of his energy on his debut album of Celtic and Irish songs which will resonate with his ambitions to become one of the leading voices coming out of Ireland in recent times.

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Blind Poets

Blind Poets

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Saturday 7th September at 8pm      Tickets: €10.00

Cork’s very own Celtic Folk ensemble, Blind Poets, starting their second year together, have just released their EP and are currently finishing their debut album, launch planned for September.

Beautiful song-writing, skillful musicianship and five exceptional voices form the Blind Poets.  They are Niamh Murphy (piano and vocals), Karen O’Doherty (violin and vocals), Katie O’Neill (vocals), Leo Mullane (guitar and vocals) and Tom Jordan (clarinet and vocals).  When combined, they result in gorgeous traditional arrangements, which are rooted in Celtic Folk but unafraid to cross genres without compromising their ethereal tone.  It is no exaggeration to say Blind Poets are doing something wonderful and new in the world of Irish music.  Picture a cross between Fleetwood Mac and The Gloaming.

2018 saw the band impress audiences across the country, including prominent slots at All Together Now, The Cork Fold Festival and Galway’s Fringe.  They have released three singles to date (Arrow Shot, Balulalow and Luna Solera) which have been popular on RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM, Lyric FM and Today FM as well as numerous local stations.

Tickets €10.00 are available online at www.themallartscentre.com or telephone bookings 087 9593276

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Vagabones by Raymond Deane

Vagabones by Raymond Deane

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal      Thursday 12th September      Tickets: €20/€18 concession

An opera by Raymond Deane in association with Crash Ensemble
Based on the play “Trespasses” by Emma Donoghue

Following the outstanding success of The Return of Ulysses at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018, Opera Collective Ireland presents the World Premiere of Raymond Deane’s Vagabones. Based on Emma Donoghue’s stage adaption of her 1996 radio play Trespasses, the opera with a libretto by Renate Debrrun is a fictionalization of the judge’s own account of the case of Florence Newton in Youghal – one of only a handful of witch trials that ever took place in Ireland.  Set in the small Co Cork town over three days in 1661, the opera works as a moving tale of conflicted human emotions and stratagems, while deftly touching on issues of gender, fundamentalism, imperialism and the clash of cultures.

With a stellar cast of Irish talent, directed by Ben Barnes and the musicians of Crash Ensemble, Vagabones will be a culmination of great writing, superb theater and thrilling music.

“Dean’s music was forceful and dynamic … I suspect nothing on Ireland’s opera stage, north of south, this year will equal the remarkable achievement.
The Sunday Business Post on Raymond Deane’s opera “The Alma Fetish” (2013)

The author Emma Donoghue writes:

“In the mid 90s, when I came across the 1661 trial record of Florence Newton, the ‘Witch of Youghal’, what seized me was how rare a situation it illuminated – it’s one of only a tiny handful of Irish witch hunts – and how interesting the details were. The case grew out of Protestant/Catholic and settler/native misunderstandings and tensions that still affect the Northern Irish peace process (as well as the politics of other colonized nations) today. This story of a kiss that makes someone violently ill also asked questions about powerless women, what they might have to resort to for survival, and whether solidarity and tenderness might be possible between them. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was one helpful reference, but also Brian Friel’s Translations.

               The first incarnation of Trespasses was as a radio play for RTE, because my concept was “voices in the dark”:  I wanted to see if I could explore Florence Newton’s persecution not in the dramatic spotlight of the courtroom drama but through three days of her imprisonment, so I gave her a fictional boy cellmate to talk to. I tried to make sense of the experiences that motivated the accuser, Mary Longdon, in terms both of epilepsy and her isolated position as an immigrant servant. When Trespasses moved on stage as a two-act theatre production, the story took on a more complex social quality as well as a vivid physicality. With this adaptation into the chamber opera Vagabones*, I am absolutely delighted that the tangled story of this troubled town is coming to life again in a whole new form.”

*Libretto by Renate Debrun.

Tickets are available to purchase at www.themallartscentre.com or telephone bookings at 0879593276
Early booking is advisable.

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Ruairí de Leastar

Ruairí de Leastar

St Mary’s Collegiate Church,Youghal     Friday 13th September at 8 pm     Tickets: €15/€12 U18

Yew Wood Venues is absolutely thrilled to welcome Ruairí de Leastar to St Mary’s Collegiate Church for his first ever concert in this unique and historic Church and concert venue.

A Clonmel native, Ruairí has been honing his craft and enrapturing countless audiences for the past fifteen years with his elastic, soulful voice. He has been an accomplished songwriter from a young age, Ruairí has fronted multiple successful band and duos. He has also shared the stage with acts such as, Duke Special, Lisa Hannigan and Jerry Fish.

Ruairí is a musician of true passion, with a voice to truly rival the greats.  This is sure to be a spellbinding  gig.

Tickets are available online at www.themallartscentre.com or telephone bookings at 087 9593276

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