From panto to adult ballet, and everything in between in Kilkenny this week

A lot of great gigs are due to take place around the county

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FROZEN SOLID

Prince Donald (David Doyle) with supporters during Frozen Solid the panto at the Watergate Theatre PICTURE: PAT MOORE

We’re well into the new year and it’s shaping up to be another fantastic and varied 12 months.

It’s the perfect time to check out something new or dig your heels in for an old reliable with everything from adult ballet classes to open mic events set to roll out across the city and county. A lot of great gigs are due to take place but most of the usuals are still in place and awaiting your eyes and ears.

Like Kilkenny’s annual city-based pantomime. If you missed the run last week you may have an opportunity to get a look-in during the second run which gets under way this Wednesday. Check with the Watergate Theatre to see if there are any tickets left for Frozen Solid, which is billed as ‘the coolest panto in town’. Evening shows continue from 7.30pm each day to Saturday with 2.30pm matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday’s fabulous sessions include Panic Animal who take over Matt the Miller’s after the evening trad session. The 2018 Band of the Year, as declared by the Weddings Online awards, will be followed by DJ with the late bar offering in play also.

Saturday afternoon mixes music with talk for the Kilkenny Suicide Awareness Gathering. St John’s Church hosts the get-together for which there’s a 3pm start. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Teac Tom to help with its work in providing counselling and support to adults, children and groups bereaved by suicide. The award-winning organisation, most recently recipients of a Community and Voluntary accolade, will be represented by Rory Connellan who with Tom Cantwell from

Kilkenny City will lead the occasion with music from Soulful Spirit Choir and local artists. Later in the day, there’s an element of nostalgia for many as The Spirit of Smokie take over Set Theatre. The Langton venue will be alive with the sounds of the original seventies outfit Smokie as well as some new tunes from 8pm.

On the same night, not too far away at the Home Rule Club, Johnny Scully provides more music. For those looking to for social dancing, the Rhu Glenn Hotel has just the thing. Thomas McGuire and Fiona Ennis will entertain at the Slieverue venue from 9pm.

While at Rafter Dempsey’s Music Junkies take over from 10pm. The local set from the Irish covers group, which focuses on tracks from across the decades, comes ahead of a tour of Finland which kicks off in March.

The Pumphouse is a must on Sunday night for The Barflies, a superb bunch of local based musicians who are guaranteed to get you going for the week ahead. It’s back to Matt the Miller’s for Monday night where After Dark hold onto their energetic weekly residency.

Whatever you fancy, get out and enjoy, try a new venue or a night out you’ve not experienced before.