Expect magic in the air in Carrick

The Clancy Brothers took the world by storm with their brand of Irish ballads, inspiring generations of folk singers along the way, including John Spillane.

The Clancy Brothers took the world by storm with their brand of Irish ballads, inspiring generations of folk singers along the way, including John Spillane.

‘The Clancy Brothers Festival is a magical little festival. There is music in the air, and storytelling and poetry. Go soak in the great tradition of melody and balladry that is the legacy of the Clancys’, said John Spillane.

Now the next generation of the Clancy family is set to light up the stage of the Strand Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

In tribute to the brothers, their nephew Liam Butler is producing and directing a show alongside Dónal Clancy, son of the late Liam Clancy, and featuring many members of the family, including Roisín Clancy, Ryland Teifi, Kevin Power, Colm Power, and Liam and Dónal themselves. The line-up also includes David Power, Pat Sheridan and Donnchadh Gough.

‘A Tribute to the Clancy Brothers’ is on Friday May 30th, and booking opens May 1st at the Strand Theatre, tel. 051 645050. Tickets €18.

With another full programme, the Brewery Lane Theatre will be a hive of activity and creativity during the festival.

Topping the bill is John Spillane. John’s performances shimmer with magic realism as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour. Returning by popular demand, he will take to the stage on Saturday May 31st and will be supported by Avi McGourty. Tickets €16.

John will also run his inspirational songwriting workshop during the afternoon from 3 – 5pm. Places are limited and are €20.

The Festival’s opening concert, a Variety Show with the best of local talent produced by Walter Dunphy, is on Wednesday May 28th. Tickets €12.

Artist, singer and songwriter Jim McKee will perform on Friday May 30th. Jim has seen recent success with his songs featuring in the new Irish film, ‘Songs for Amy’ and an appearance at ‘Other Voices’ in Dingle. With Pete MacGowan in support, this will be a night of folk and blues inspired original music. Tickets €10.

Sunday June 1st sees the theatre celebrate the first anniversary of the hugely successful Folk Club, featuring musicians, singers and raconteurs in the Tea Room. Tickets €5 on the door.

And the Brewery Lane Theatre will once again showcase the best of Irish drama with a one act play directed by Tom Nealon for the Lunchtime Theatre, Friday to Sunday. Tickets €12 including light lunch.

Booking for the Brewery Lane Theatre opens May 6th at the Heritage Centre, tel. 051 640200. For John Spillane’s songwriting workshop contact Pete on 086 854 8381. For more information go to www.clancybrothersfestival.org.