Eurovision special in Freshford and celebrations in city on Kilkenny music trail this week

Get ready for entertainment across the county


What a mix of music to enjoy this week in a variety of guises from a straight-forward pub set to the marking of 25 years of platform providing.

What a mix of music to enjoy this week in a variety of guises from a straight-forward pub set to the marking of 25 years of platform providing.

There’s a wealth of well-known names hitting Freshford on Thursday night alone. The Acorn Club hosts an Eurovision Special at St Lachtain’s Catholic Church. There’s an 8pm start with input from Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington, Charlie McGettigan, Mary Kennedy, Kate Cullen and the Deirdre Maher School of dancing in a Riverdance tribute.

There’s also an eleven-piece orchestra and chorus under the musical directorship of Ollie Hennessy of the Rose of Tralee fame. Tickets cost €25 and are available from O’Shea’s in Freshford and online at Proceeds are in aid of the Odeon Social Enterprise Initiative.

In the city’s Medieval Mile Museum composer Michael Holohan brings attendees on a music theatre journey with real life stories and eyewitness accounts of the First World War and Easter Rising 1916 from 8pm in Gallipoli, the GPO and Flanders.

Friday’s a busy night and from 7pm the Watergate Theatre begins its 25th Anniversary celebrations with a drinks reception at which the Dynamica Quartet will perform. This will be followed by a Gala Concert. MC is RTE’s Mary Kennedy and there's so much talent on offer. Including Stagedoor Academy, Dancewise Academy, Barnstorm, Kilkenny Musical Society, seanchai Jim Maher and a guest appearance by Finbar Wright who performed at the opening event in 1993.

Chamber Choir Ireland’s second in a series of four concerts features the complete Bach motets and related works. It’s at St Canice’s Catholic Church from 7.30pm and is part of the Music in Kilkenny events.

Dowry and Participant have a show at Brewery Corner from 8pm. Dowry is multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and more Éna Brennan who’s based in Dublin. Her co-headlining partners for this local offering comes in the form of Participant, also known as songwriter and producer Stephen Tiernan.

One of Ireland’s most underrated performers Mark Geary is at Ryan’s Bar from 8.30pm with support from Patrick M Barrett. And Moira’s Open Night unfolds at the Home Rule Club.

Saturday’s start is at James Stephens GAA Club for an ‘80s and ‘90s disco at the Larchfield clubrooms from 8pm. Cost is €5 on the door with a raffle and spot prizes on the night which doubles as a juvenile fundraiser.

Sly Green Sky hold a fundraiser for their Deep in the Bones EP at Eddie Murphy’s in Thomastown. Support is from Waterford garage and rock outfit Collides and Kilkenny psychedelic indie band The Wha.
Doors are from 8pm.

Dermot McConnel's at the Rhu Glenn Hotel, Slieverue from 9pm. While The Buddies play the bar at the Home Rule Club.

At the same time Solitaire and guests lead the music at Dicksboro GAA Clubhouse in a fundraiser for Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre.

The Don Baker Band is in town on Sunday night to play the Watergate Theatre from 8pm. So whatever takes your fancy, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy!

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