One of the most celebrated cross-Atlantic adventures was the flight of the Vickers Vimy, a heavy bomber aircraft from the First World War era, from Newfoundland to Clifden, County Galway in 1919. The shorter distance, from Galway to Carlow is now being covered by a band of the same name, who will perform in The GB Shaw Theatre on Friday night as part of The Shaw Sessions.
Vickers Vimy is an emerging collective based around the duo of Ed Drea and Fintan Hanley, with a sound blending banjos, glockenspiel, acoustic and electric guitars. Tickets are €12/€10 and doors open at 8.30pm.
The venue will then host two performances by the Carlow Choral Society on Saturday night, with Christmas carols and seasonal favourites. The concerts will take place at 3.30pm and 8pm, and tickets are €18/€15. Family tickets for two adults and two children are €50.