A huge programme of events has been organised by the Care Arts Office for Culture Night 2018 this Friday. The events numbering over 40 take place throughout the county writes Joe Ó Muircheartaigh, ensuring that there’s something there for everyone.

ENNIS

‘HARVESTING THE WORLD’
@ glór 4.15pm – 5.45pm
A sharing of some harvest songs, dances and rituals from around the world. Clare Immigrant Support Centre and the Inisowiacy Folk Group bring an intercultural element to Culture Night.

ART EXHIBITION BY EASI ARTISTS
@ EASI Studios, Tracklands, Tobartoascáin 5pm – 9.30pm
Exhibition and demonstration of techniques, featuring work by Ann McBride, artist and ceramic designer, Cathal Butler, landscape artist and Dyan Smith, sculptor and community project artist.

GUIDED TOUR OF ENNIS FRIARY
@ Ennis Friary, Abbey St. 6pm – 7pm
An island site, a royal house, a school, a Franciscan church, a burial ground, a courthouse, a Church of Ireland parish church…778 years of history at Ennis Friary, now a heritage site. Come and see the wonderful medieval sculptures by local 15th century masons in local limestone.

‘CHARACTER AND CULTURE’
EXHIBITION
@ Cafe on the Green, Lifford 6pm- 8pm
Art Exhibition by David O’Rourke dealing with themes of Irish identity and culture, from Dysart O’Dea to vulture funds, the economy and state of the health (or lack of it) service, with works in a variety of media.

POETS ANCIENT AND MODERN
@ glór, Causeway Link 6.15pm– 7.15pm
Clare has produced many celebrated poets over the years. The Clare Poetry Collective members will each introduce a Clare poet of the past, talk about their work, read some of their poems and read some of their own work.

THE BOOK THAT MADE ME A READER
@ De Valera Library, Harmony Row 6.30pm – 7.30pm
What makes someone a reader? Some special guests will discuss the books that transformed them. Join us and our guests as they explore the books, stories and experiences that changed them as readers.

‘3D TETRIS’ EXHIBITION
@ Clare Museum Foyer, Arthur’s Row 6.30pm – 8.30pm
An installation of interchangeable cuboids from the students of Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Ciosóg, from the artist teacher partnership with David O’Rourke and Ciara Ni Chuilinn.

OPENING OF NOCTURNE:
AN EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK
BY ADAM POMEROY
@ glór, 6.30pm – 7.15pm
glór presents an exhibition of new work by Adam Pomeroy. Adam is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary figurative artists and his work has been shown widely in Ireland and the UK. Paintings from his biblical series can be seen in Galway and Ennis cathedrals.
VISIT THE COUNTY MUSEUM
@ Arthur’s Row 6.30pm – 8.30pm
A chance to meet and talk to the staff at The Museum and an opportunity to see and handle some items from The Museum storeroom.

ENNIS GOSPEL CHOIR STREET SING
@ Merchants Square, linking Parnell St. and The Market 7pm – 7.45pm
Ennis Gospel Choir sing some of their favourites in an outdoor setting. From Gospel to chart hits, the choir hopes to lift your spirits and brighten your evening.

‘A NIGHT OF READINGS’
@ Rowan Tree Café Bar, Harmony Row 7pm – 9pm
Inis Creative Writers Group members will read a selection of their writings, including fantasy fiction, fiction, poetry, memoire and factual writings, with invited guests from other groups and an open reading session.

CULTURE NIGHT ÉIRE @ THE RB
@ The Record Break Arts/Vinyl Café, Low3r Market St. 7pm – 10pm
Art Exhibition by Jim Orr. Performance by Poet, Stephen Murphy, whose work was described by President, Michael D. Higgins as “A precious contribution to our human condition, and joyful too in it’s possibilities envisaged”. Uilleann Pipes music with Ryan Behnke.

THE BRAD PITT LIGHT ORCHESTRA
@ glór, Ennis
The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra’s music is a blend of warm vocal harmonies, and classy instrumentation that is hard to categorise yet easy to love. The five-piece BPLO have toured Ireland extensively with their theatrical show as well as with the music of Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and David Bowie.

‘SOME ENCHANTED EVENING’
@ St. Columba’s Church, Bindon St. 8.15pm – 9.30pm
A concert of favourite songs from stage and screen with Helen Houlihan (soprano), Owen Gilhooly (tenor), Peter Sebestyen (cello) and Michael Hennessy (piano).

AN INTIMATE EVENING OF MUSIC WITH SUSAN O’NEILL
@ Scéal Eile Books, 16 Lowrr Market St. 8pm – 9pm
Susan O’Neill is a writer and multi-instrumentalist. Her solo act combines a collection of guitars, harmonicas, trumpets and a loop pedal station that are fused with powerhouse vocals. Her performance can only be given it’s true credit when witnessed live.

‘DIFFERENT FOLKS’
@ Lucas’ Bar, 74 Parnell St. 8pm –11pm
Folk music grows naturally all over the world. Come along for a night of folk music from almost everywhere! Hosted by RÓAN, a folk trio, creating story-telling harmonies.

SEISIÚN
@ Cois na hAbhna, 8pm – 9.30pm
A night of music, song and dance in the Teach Ceoil – this evening promises to be a lively one with lots of talented
musicians and singers.

NORTH CLARE

SCHOOL OF ART OPEN EVENING
@ Ennistymon School of Art, Main St., Ennistymon 4pm – 5.30pm
Students will showcase their work, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and other disciplines and will be on hand to discuss their work.

ENNISTYMON ART TRAIL
@ various venues in Ennistymon 4pm – 10pm
The Art Trail comes alive for Culture Night! Stroll from one event to another, an art market on the square, music in the gallery, film screening, art workshops and family-friendly events too.

BOOK LAUNCH & ARTIST’S TALK
@ The Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Ennistymon 5.30pm – 7pm
Liscannor-born artist Marie Connole launches her new art book which explores her research into local folklore. Accompanied by a talk by the artist and screening of the folklore and stories from her ‘Tea Time Tales’ workshop.

MUSIC IN THE GALLERY
@ Foust Gallery, Ennistymon 6pm – 10pm
Music in the Gallery featuring local singers/ songwriters and special guests. Starting with Music for Children, a special set of songs for kids.
INIS DIOMÁIN COMHALTAS OPEN AIR SEISIÚN
@ The Square, Ennistymon 7pm – 8pm
Music, dance, song and storytelling by members of Inis Diomáin Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

‘VOICE TO VIDEO’
@ Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan 8pm – 9.30pm
Voice to Video comprises five short looped videos created by MFA students at the Burren College of Art in response to poems by members of the Clare Poetry Collective. One of the contributing poets, Frank Golden, will introduce the event.
In 2017 five videos were shot by MA PhD fine art students at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan. The five artists involved were responding to five poems by poets of The Clare Poetry Collective, hence ‘From Voice to Video’. The artists had complete creative freedom to interpret and visually companion the recorded poems as they saw fit. This extended to a freedom to manipulate the recording of the poem itself. A large selection of unattributed poems were presented to the artists, the identity of the selected poets only being revealed after the final choices had been made.

REBIRTHING THE WHITETHORN
@ Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan

Rebirthing the Whitethorn is a transnational project by Lena Hughes, Ana Colomer, and Veronica Alvarez that celebrates the traditions associated with the Whitethorn in Spain and in Ireland.
A creative video documentary highlights all the wonderful aspects of the Whitethorn – the stories of lore — association with fairies and its rag tree connotations, its herbal, botanical and gastronomical uses, its place in agriculture plus the amazing biodiversity found within this tree.
The rich, natural and intangible heritage of the Whitethorn in rural Spain and Co. Clare come alive in the video as people recall their memories and associations with it. Both cultures are linked by rendering homage to the tree. This enlightening video brings us back to the heart of the magic of near forgotten traditions.

‘BURREN SUB CULTURE’
@ Doolin Cave, Doolin 8pm – 10pm
Photo exhibition by Joan O’Hanrahan. ‘5 FILMS & A PLAY’ Doolin Cave, Doolin 8pm – 10pm Screening of 5 films set in North Clare. And a play ‘When Punk Rock came to North Clare’.

‘THE SILVER BRANCH’
@ The Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Ennistymon 8pm – 10pm
Five years in the making, this film charts the rural life of The Burren, as this fabled landscape is threatened.

MULKERE, MUSIC AND MUSINGS
@Kilshanny House, Kilshanny 8pm- 11pm
An evening of music, song and storytelling with renowned seanachaí, Dessie Mulkere and singer Martin Forde on the accordion.

‘RICHES OF CLARE’ CONCERT
@ Teach Ceoil, Corofin 9pm – 10.30pm
A night of traditional music with special emphasis on the music of North Clare with Mike Butler, Aidan Mc Mahon, Michael Landers, James Duffy and Elaine Hogan.
SIMON O’REILLY IN CONCERT
@ The Courthouse Gallery & Studios, Ennistymon 10pm – 12am
O’Reilly, guitarist, composer & producer has worked with some of Ireland’s finest musicians including Davey Spillane, Kila and the Monks of Glenstal.

WEST CLARE

THE MODERN BLACKSMITH
@ Kilkee Forge, Kilferagh, Kilkee 5pm – 9pm
Come along to the forge and studios to see modern day blacksmiths at work! On the night the blacksmiths will be forging using traditional equipment and techniques that have been used for centuries and have been passed down through the generations! A great opportunity for the public to see this craft that still exists and to be enlightened as to what the 21st century blacksmith can offer.
Conor Murray is co-owner of Kilkee Forge and is a fifth generation of blacksmith in his family, working from his new studio and forge which is located 200 metres from the forge where his great great grandfather worked. Conor works through the medium of steel and uses various processes to achieve his finished works. His demonstrations, such as forging leaf keyrings, bottle openers, fire tongs, pokers, coat hooks, are traditional forging/blacksmithing and do not involve the use of any machinery.

STORY TELLING
@ Oidhreacht an Chláir, Spanish Point Road, Miltown Malbay 6pm – 7.15pm
Roisin Meaney will tell stories for 3-6 year olds from 6-6.30pm and for 6-10 year olds from 6.45-7.15pm. Roisin is an author who has run story-telling lessons country wide.

OÍCHE CEOIL
@ GAA Community Room, Frure, Lissycasey 6.30pm – 7.30pm
A session of traditional music for all ages.
A VISUAL ART EXHIBITION
BY RITA LINNEY
@ Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
6pm– 8pm

LUKA BLOOM IN CONCERT
@ Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee 8pm
A wonderful opportunity to see Luka Bloom, folk singer and song writer perform. Since making Clare his home, the landscape has inspired many of his songs. He has been described as “the very embodiment of the folk singer”. “Living in Clare has completely surpassed all my expectations. I love it more than I ever could have imagined and it is the first place that I’ve lived in since I was in Kildare that I would call home,” he says.

CEOL SA CHLANN –
MUSIC IN THE FAMILY
@ Oidhreacht an Chláir, Spanish Point Road, Miltown Malbay 8pm – 10.30pm
Guests Josephine Marsh, Mick Kinsella and son Jack will be joined by Seán Garvey and Jane Flynn. They will present a selection of tunes and songs and will weave a narrative on the importance of family in handing down the music through the generations and passing it on.

INIS CATHAIGH SEISIÚN
@ Teach Ceoil, Kilrush 9pm – 11pm
An hour-long stage show of music, song and dance, followed by a session with audience participation.

EAST CLARE

TOUR OF ST. FLANNAN’S
CATHEDRAL
@ Royal Parade, Killaloe 6pm – 9pm
A guided tour of St. Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe including tour of tower and bells.

MOUNTSHANNON COMMUNITY CONCERT
@ Catholic Church, Mountshannon 8pm – 10.pm
An evening of music and poetry, with local artists, children and special guests from further away.

DUOLOGUES#1’ – MATTHEW NOONE & CATHERINE SIKORA
@ Old School House, Killanena
8pm – 9pm
A unique performance by East Clare resident and sarode player, Matthew Noone and renowned improviser and composer, saxophonist Catherine Sikora. A unique performance in a site-specific building in rural East Clare, and drawing upon the success of similar events at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Duologues seeks to create a sonic improvised dialogue between two musicians from very different musical backgrounds in a non-traditional performance venue. The impetus for this event is to bring new contemporary music performances to rural areas and to a much wider audience.
Pre-booking essential – contact matthewmasala@ gmail.com

‘MIDNIGHT RUN’ IN CONCERT
@ Gleeson’s Bar, Sixmilebridge 8pm
Sixmilebridge Folk Club are proud to host a short talk by Bluegrass Promoter, John Nyhan, on the cultural connections between Irish traditional and Bluegrass music, followed by American bluegrass band ‘Midnight Run’ in concert. Pre-booking essential at 086 8464509.

TULLA COMHALTAS CULTURE
CONCERT & SESSION
@ Windswept Inn, Tulla 9.30pm – 12pm
Brendan Bugler and friends will lead a night of trad entertainment at the Tulla venue.

‘IMAGES IN OUR LANDSCAPE’
@ Health and Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House, Newmarket on Fergus 8pm – 9pm
A presentation of prize-winning audio visual sequences depicting some of Clare’s leading heritage sites, landscape and flora.

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