February - May 2020 GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN LEITRIM WWW.THEDOCK.IE
VISUAL ARTS Cillín Tommy Weir 18th January – 14th March
Cillín, Ballydawley, Sligo, 2018, Pigment print on Hahnemuehle Rag, 110 x 81.5cm.
Cillín, an exhibition of new work by photographer Tommy Weir at The Dock, was exhibited in the RHA Gallery in Dublin last autumn and will travel to Uillinn in Skibbereen later this year. From the 7th Century, through the Middle Ages and continuing to the late 20th Century, unbaptised children were rarely buried in consecrated ground. Denied access to the graveyard, they were buried in cillíní instead. These unofficial graveyards form a part of the Irish landscape, numbering several thousand across Ireland. Weir has collaborated with poet, Una Mannion and archaeologist, Dr. Marion Dowd on this body of work, bringing together photography, science and poetry, looking at the Irish relationship to death and ritual over the centuries. Tommy Weir is a photographer based North West of Ireland. Originally from Dublin, Weir has had a career spanning the arts, from visual art through publishing, design, theatre, film and photography.
Wednesday 12th February, 6pm
Readings by Una Mannion Renowned author Una Mannion will join us and read from her work. This reading will also feature selected work from the students in the Writing+Literature degree in IT Sligo and be followed by an author Q&A. Una Mannion has won numerous prizes for her work including the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award and the Doolin, Cúirt, Allingham and Ambit short story prizes. Her poetry and fiction have been published in The Irish Times, The Lonely Crowd, Crannóg and Bare Fiction. She edits The Cormorant and is programme chair of the BA Writing + Literature at IT Sligo. Her debut novel will be published by Faber and Faber in 2021.
Saturday 7th March, 8pm. €15/12
Stone upon bone:
The archaeology and folklore of cillíní (children’s burial grounds) in Ireland. Dr. Marion Dowd and Susan McKeown in conversation. Dr Marion Dowd is an archaeologist and lecturer at IT Sligo. Her research focuses primarily on how people have engaged with caves in Ireland over the past 12,500 years. Her first book, The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland (2015, Oxbow), won the Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2016, and the Tratman Award 2015. Marion has also published on the interplay between folklore and archaeology. Susan McKeown is a Grammy winning vocalist, songwriter, producer and arranger from Dublin. She is also the founder and director of Cuala Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that works with youth and communities in U.S. and Ireland to transform disadvantage into advantage through culture.
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Cillín Exhibition Associated Events
TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway 2020 and The Dock present
Threads Austin Ivers Gallery 2: 28th March – 16th May
Threads, Austin Invers
TULCA, marking its 18th year, has invited three alumni curators – Sarah Searson, Gregory McCartney and Helen Carey – to examine our challenging and irreplaceable world, working with Irish and European artists in Galway and other locations. The Dock will be showing Galway based artist Austin Ivers. Ivers has assembled a new body of work consisting of ‘The World at War’, a new multi screen video work, photography and installed objects along with a programme of screenings, readings and a publication to document these events. In these works and activities, Austin considers the psychic effects and the embodied materials of the Cold War on popular culture. Austin Ivers is an artist working in a variety of media, including, video, photography and installation. Austin has exhibited extensively including several solo shows in Ireland as well as participating in group exhibitions in 126 Galway, RHA Dublin, Belfasts Catalyst as well as in Graz, Kiev, Philadelphia, & Friedrichshafen.
Film Screenings include showing of Threads (Mick Jackson 1984) Quatermass (Piers Haggard 1979). Further details at www.thedock.ie
Saturday 28th March, 8pm Film Screening of Threads In 1984, Threads was aired on the BBC and shocked tens of millions of UK viewers. Four months later it was broadcast in America and became the most watched basic cable program in history. This graphic and haunting docudrama shows the effects of a nuclear attack on the working-class city of Sheffield, England as the fabric of society unravels. Now fully restored from a 2K scan for the first time ever. Director: Mick Jackson. Duration 1h 32mins
Saturday 9th May, 7pm Readings by Ian Maleney, Cathy Sweeney and Pat McCabe in response to Threads Film Screening of The Quatermass Conclusion The Quatermass Conclusion is a separate screenplay by Nigel Kneale for theaters, parallel to the 1979 Quatermass four part mini-series. The story set in the near future involves influences from outer space that are possessing people. Professor Quatermass must save his granddaughter from the clutches of a popular and sinister cult “Planet People” that “performs raptures”. Director: Piers Haggard. Duration 1h 42mins
Saturday 16th May, 8pm Film Screening of Babylon The 1980 cult classic U.K. Babylon was filmed on the streets of Deptford and Brixton, London. The story centres on sound system culture and themes of police racism, violence against blacks, poverty and disillusion with lack of opportunities. Director: Franco Rosso. Duration 1h 35mins
Saturday 28th March, 2pm Exhibition Opening & talk with artists Austin Ivers, Louise Manifold & Jamie Cross
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Threads Exhibition Associated Events
Louise Manifold Gallery 1: 28th March â€“ 16th May
Louise Manifold graduated from Central St Martins College London and the Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland. She has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and internationally. Upcoming projects include AerialSparks in collaboration with the Irish Marine Institute for Galwayâ€™s European Capital of Culture Program 2020.
Free Gallery Tours Here at The Dock we offer free tours of our exhibitions for primary, post-primary classes and additional-needs pupils and their teachers on a year-round basis. Tours offer a great opportunity for pupils and teachers to explore and engage with the arts outside the classroom, offering great food for thought and inspiration for further exploration. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance by contacting Laura Mahon T: 071 9650828 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 9th May, 11am - 4pm. €25 Chop N Gripe workshop with Louise Manifold The workshop is based on the popular Stitch ‘n’ Bitch group, this is a coffee table session designed to engage the participant with the traditions of cut out designs as a form of protest.
Saturday 9th May, 6 - 7pm Performance with Elizabeth Hilliard Elizabeth Hilliard is one of Ireland’s leading exponents of contemporary vocal music. She will perform a live rendition of sonic work developed as part of Louise Manifold’s video work Escape Wheel. Artist Louise Manifold and Elizabeth Hilliard worked together to create sonic work designed as an opera performance for the Jaquet Droz Automata, a set of three doll androids, who have performed to audiences all over Europe for over three hundred years. In the film the androids become the audience: Elizabeth reworks their actions and gestures as a performance for them. Elizabeth will also perform other recent works for voice and electronics by Ian Wilson and Rachael Lavelle.
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Jamie Cross Gallery 3: 28th March – 16th May
Jamie Cross Printscan 1
Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh 29th May - 18th July
Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh Untitled, oil on canvas
Saturday 29th May, 2pm Exhibition Opening & talk with Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Mick Donohoe Mick Donohoe is a music producer and DJ based in Wicklow. A production method he has developed involves travelling to a country or city to search for records in shops, thrift stores and on the streets, in particular the locally produced music and records brought by migrants to the city. On returning to his studio, these records then provide the source material for his sample based productions. He is regarded as the foremost collector of music from the tropics in Ireland and is a working DJ performing every weekend in Ireland, around Europe and beyond. As artist in residence in the Dock he will focus on creating a new collaborative audio/visual installation project based on the commonalities found in different musical cultures. He plans to expand on his existing technique of music production - using unauthorized sampled music from disparate sources, to producing new work with musicians from different ethnic and musical backgrounds, but keeping within the framework of sampling culture.
Siobhán Cleary Born in Dublin in 1970, Siobhán Cleary’s music has been performed and broadcasted throughout the world. Her concert music has been performed and broadcast widely in Europe, Australia and USA and much of her music has being released on CD. Siobhan’s film work embraces many genres from restored art house movies and contemporary docudramas to thriller and sci-fi features. Her opera Vampirella based on Angela Carter’s radio play was premiered in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin in 2017 to much critical acclaim and a sold out house for its four night run. It has since been optioned as a film and will be going into production later this year under the title The Lady of the House of Love.
Stephen Doherty Stephen Doherty hails from Foxford, Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland, he began learning music at the age of 4 and through his teenage years began to accumulate numerous all-Ireland medals on whistle, bodhrán, drums, accordion and is a two time All-Ireland winning Champion on Melodeon and is a senior All-Ireland Champion on the flute. He has toured and recorded extensively in America & Europe with Gráda, Ragús, Slide & Atlantic Steps performing in over 20 countries. In the past few years he has shared the stage with artists like, Lúnasa, Sean Keane, Dolores Keane, We Banjo 3, Dougie MacLean, Michael McGoldrick, Dermot Byrne, Slide, Sharon Shannon and has had recording sessions in Nashville with Alison Brown and Tim O’Brien. For his most recent project - Both Sides of the Lough - he has worked with Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo and The Dock on a shared project to commission and produce an exciting music project across Sligo and Leitrim.
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COMMUNITY Traditional Music Classes with Pádraig Sweeney Wednesday afternoons. 4pm - 5.30pm Pádraig teaches whistle and flute and is a very popular teacher. To book a place please contact Pádraig directly on 0868112871.
Writers Space with Gerry Boland Saturdays, 12 noon - 1.30pm These are informal weekly workshops with author and poet Gerry Boland for those who would like to improve their writing skills. These are popular sessions so please contact Gerry in advance of turning up for your first session, just to check that there are spaces available. You can reach Gerry at: email@example.com or at 087 639 7557. There is a cost of €5 towards room rental costs.
Circle Dancing Monday mornings, 11am - 12.30pm. €12 Derrie teaches circle dances from all over the world as well as her own choreographed dances, to beautiful and inspirational music. The aim always is to experience the joy of dancing with others and to create a sense of well-being and togetherness. No dance experience is needed. The teaching of simple steps and dancing happens in a supportive, fun and relaxed atmosphere. New dancers are always welcome. For details about dancing or to confirm dates contact Derrie on 087 275 2192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nightingals – Ladies Choir Wednesdays, 1pm - 2.30pm. €30 per month A fun-loving group of ladies led by energetic professional Ilse Lubbers. The Nightingals sing a varied repertoire in two- or three-part harmony. Anyone is welcome to join, the only requirement is enthusiasm. Practice is Wednesday mornings in The Dock 1pm to 2.30pm. Contact Ilse Lubbers on 087 1830711.
Sing Together with Sarah Garden Thursdays, 7 - 9pm. 12 yrs+ If you love singing in the shower or the car then this is for you! Join a friendly group of people to learn new songs taught by ear from a variety of genres; jazz, pop, gospel, world and ballads (we do a bit of everything). We do a bit of harmony too. No-one sings alone & no previous experience is necessary. Build confidence, strengthen your voice, help your breathing, meet new people and have FUN. For details: 087 7620523 or email email@example.com
Free Do you have a story to tell, some poetry or short prose written in a notebook that you would like to get some feedback on? Could you offer feedback to other writers? Word Corner Café is an informal monthly get together for sharing stories, poetry and other word-works with other people. If you want feedback you can get some but, if not, people are just happy to hear your work in a friendly constructive atmosphere. If you would like to take part, just come along. Everyone is welcome. Please contact The Dock for details.
University of the Third Age 1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month U3A is a worldwide movement which seeks to encourage older people to take part in educational and cultural activities and help them to teach and learn from each other in a friendly and informal setting. Members are encouraged to see the value and take pleasure in learning for its own sake. The Dock is delighted to host regular meetings of the U3A here and would encourage anyone interested to come and join the group. Contact Linda Morgan 086 407 6312
Adult Yin Yoga with Tara Killeen Wednesday mornings at 11am. Duration 60 mins. €60 for 6 weeks 5th February for 6 weeks 1st April for 6 weeks Yin yoga is the class to choose if you want to calm the mind and stretch the body. It is great for people who want to gain flexibility in a relaxing mindful class. For bookings call Tara directly on 086 1526833.
Toddler yoga Saturday 15th February, 11am - 11.30am. €8 per child Come along with your amazing toddler & let’s have fun with some animal yoga poses, story time & singing! Ages: waking to 4 years. Book through the Dock Box Office.
Adult Yoga/Art workshop Saturday 7th March, 11am - 1pm. €45 Art & Yoga fusion workshop with Tara Killeen & Kate Murtagh Sheridan. A fun, relaxed workshop where you will learn a variety of brain gym excersise, gentle yoga poses, meditation & colour/art, creative play. This workshop includes tea/ coffee and a scrumptious scone from our Jury Room cafe. Book through the Dock Box Office.
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EDUCATION/ WORKSHOPS Exploring the Contemporary Irish Short Story with Gerry Boland Saturday mornings, 10.15 – 11.45am 15th, 22nd, 29th February, 7th, 14th, 21st March €85 (includes a complimentary copy of STINGING FLY STORIES anthology) In his new series of writing workshops, author Gerry Boland turns his attention to the contemporary Irish short story. Each session will include a close reading of a short story by a contemporary specialist in the form. In what way is the modern Irish short story different from its predecessors? What are these gifted writers writing about? These and other aspects of each short story will be analysed and discussed. There will be time for some writing exercises at each session. The workshops are ideal for anyone who has an interest in the short story form, even if they have never written a story themselves.
Baby & Toddlers Mornings Thursdays 20th Feb, 19th March, 9th April & 14th May 11am - 12:30pm. €8 baby & adult A creative space for babies to explore. One of the most popular and thoroughly enjoyable regular events at The Dock is the Baby and Toddler mornings with artist Naomi Draper. Using the exhibition programme as a starting point Naomi designs wonderfully original and immersive activities that keep both toddlers and parents alike enthralled and engaged in creative fun together. Our workshop room is transformed into a place of magic, wonder and laughter. Book in advance as spaces are limited. Each workshop runs for 90 minutes.
A Time to Play, Photography workshop Saturday 29th February, 11am - 12:30pm. €8. Age 8+ Engineers Week is on its way and what better way be part of it than to take technology that we already use every day and find new ways to use it. Inspired by Tommy Weir’s photography exhibition Cillín in The Dock, Anna Leask will show you how to use your photography in a creative way by creating light paintings. These can be incredible fun to make and turn you into the kind of superhero you never knew you were. Anna will show you how to create light painting from a smart devices, as well as DSLR’s.
Saturday 21st March, 11am & 1pm. Age 0-5years €8 per child, €4 per adult Our popular music series, especially for smallies, in association with Hawk’s Well Theatre & Roscommon Arts Centre. Join us for an unforgettable concert featuring traditional Irish music that will delight and enchant babies, parents and grandparents alike. In this rich musical experience, babies will be introduced to a gentle selection of traditional tunes. Fiddle player Mossie Martin and singer/ flute player Noelle Carroll are rooted in the north Connaught music tradition. They have been performing together since 2008 as members of the AllIreland winning Dartry céilí band and are well-known exponents of the classic combination of fiddle and flute, Sligo style. Duration of concert 45 mins
In with the Old, In with the New Workshop Saturday 28th March, 11am - 12:30pm. €8. Age 10+ In this photography workshop with artist Anna Leask we will discover forgotten processes of photography using both analogue and digital photography. Inspired by the exhibition ‘Threads,’ Anna Leask will be showing you how to turn your digital photos into tactile cyanotypes. Cyanotype was the process used to create the very first photography book in the 1800’s. This process has recently become popular again to create monochrome artwork, clothing and designs.
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Ann Quinn Oil Painting Weekend 28th and 29th March 11am – 4 pm both days. €80 Ann Quinn’s oil painting master-classes are hugely popular and suitable for adults of all levels of skill. Through demonstrations, Ann will cover many different painting techniques and ways to use artist mediums - getting outside the traditional method of only painting with a brush. Ann uses her own photographs as preparatory sketches and references, which bring enhanced clarity to what she sees and paints. This weekend focuses on how photography can be used as a source for developing memory and imagination. Participants should bring photographs that are meaningful to them as a starting point to create their own personal painting. For further inquiries, please call the box office.
Bongo Babies Saturday 18th April, 11am & 1pm. Age 0-5years €8 per child, €4 per adult
Our popular music series, especially for smallies, in association with Hawk’s Well Theatre & Roscommon Arts Centre. A collection of drums from around the world will fill The Docks theatre for a rhythmical global journey of music with Peter Crann. Accompanied by groovy funkster Jaimie Carswell on double bass, this “larger than life’ duo play songs from, Africa, Brazil, Cuba, America, France, Spain, Germany, Scotland and Ireland. Infectious beats and rhythms will have your smallies bopping and bouncing so, be sure to bring your dancing shoes (and booties). Duration of concert 45 mins
Saturday 25th April, 11am - 12:30pm. â‚Ź8. Age 8+ Have fun and play with light by experimenting with old technology and take inspiration from the different objects and elements of our exhibition Threads. Laura McMorrow will show you how to make marks on photographic slides and cut out colourful perspex shapes. Learn how to experiment with projectors and lenses to see how the wonderful marks, shapes and how colours appear magically on a bigger scale on the wall.
Chop N Gripe workshop with Louise Manifold Saturday 9th May, 11am - 4pm. â‚Ź25. Details in Visual Arts
National Drawing Day at The Dock 2020 Saturday 23rd May, 11am - 2pm. Free. All ages Drawing stations and events will be set up around The Dock for you to explore varied ways to make and think about drawing, unlocking hidden talents in the process. This day is a free opportunity for families and individuals to draw together for national drawing day. We will have a number of drawing activities for all ages and abilities. National Drawing Day is a nationwide initiative which is coordinated by the National Gallery of Ireland. The Dock and artist David Smith will provide a range of drawing materials, ideas and new techniques for you to DRAW out your creative side. David Smith is an artist based in Sligo. He has exhibited in group and solo shows in Ireland, Europe, The US and Hong Kong. He has lectured at a number of art colleges including recently at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Hong Kong.
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Light Bulb Moments Workshop
PERFORMANCES FEBRUARY Different Rhythm with DJs Mick T-Woc and DJ soFa Friday 7th, 10pm till late. €10 Artist in Residence Mick T-Woc will be joined by Brussels based DJ & producer DJ soFa to take you on a sonic journey through multiple musical genres and non-genres. soFa has been digging tirelessly through a large spectrum of musical genres since the late last century. Without limits in time, genre or space, this rare-record-detective delights the most curious ears. Seducing with flowing eclectic mixes and adapting to people while playing mostly unheard tunes is his leitmotif and speciality. Mick t-woc is regarded as the foremost collector of music from the tropics in Ireland. He founded the widely acclaimed ‘Disco e Cultura’ project, exploring musical connections between Latin America, Brazil, West Africa & the Caribbean, through regular vinyl only parties.
Blue Raincoat Theatre Company present Tintown Saturday 8th, 8pm. €18/16 ‘It’s a wonderful sobering production, terrifically directed’ E O’Kelly, Sunday Independent In the late 1930’s Bernard Carroll, a young Dubliner traumatised by his childhood memories of the War of Independence, joins the IRA. For many revolutionaries, the IRA is their only hope to overthrow the ‘fascist’ Irish government and establish a utopian socialist Republic. But with the outbreak of WW2, the Irish government introduces internment without trial for all suspected IRA members, and Bernard is swept up with hundreds of others and held in a ramshackle internment camp on the plains of the Curragh. The camp is packed with leftwing revolutionaries, civil war veterans, and republicans, all held without trial. There’s one catch – they can leave any time they want, provided they are willing to renounce violence and take an oath of loyalty to the Irish government. They stay.
Tuesday 11th, 11.30am. €5. 90 mins In this charming and frequently hilarious comedy, an awkward Scottish schoolboy is hopelessly in love with the independent female goalie who replaced him on the school soccer team. Luckily, he has a 10-year-old sister to whom he can turn for advice on love! €5 includes tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. Should any member of your party have mobility issues please inform box office when booking.
Music Network presents The Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Thursday 13th, 8pm. €18/16 Alina Bzhezhinska, harp Tony Kofi, saxophones Larry Bartley, double bass Joel Prime, drums / percussion
If you think the harp is for angels then Alina Bzhezhinska and her quartet will set you right. She brings a new perspective to this supposedly dainty instrument, taking the ground-breaking work of Alice Coltrane in the 1960s as a stepping-off point for her own flighty improvisations and sonic adventures. Capable of highoctane lapel-grabbing statements, she can also create extraordinary lyricism and soul within her own compositions and this versatility and curiosity has marked her out as a pioneer in the field of Jazz Harp. Now there’s two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence, but let’s get used to them because this musician is here to stay, constantly challenging the notion of boundaries in music, roughing up the harp with tones and textures that would ruffle many an angel wing.
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Classic Cinema: Gregory’s Girl
Living in a Leitrim Landscape Talk Series: Eamonn P. Kelly Saturday 15th, 8pm. €10/8 Our monthly talks on Living in A Leitrim Landscape curated by Padraig Meehan continue with Eamonn P. Kelly, former Keeper of Irish Antiquities. Folktales collected from Co. Leitrim in the twentieth century, on behalf of the Irish Folklore Commission, preserve elements derived from ancient mythology that arose out of the religious cosmology of early Indo-European society. It is an oral tradition that extends back for over five thousand years, linking Ireland with various cultures that extended as far afield as Northern India, Egypt and Eastern & Northern Europe. In an illustrated talk that will draw on local Co. Leitrim folklore and folk traditions, as well as on archaeology and placename evidence, Eamonn P. Kelly will investigate key elements of the widespread mythology of the Cow Goddess and he will discuss her role and significance in the pantheon of ancient Indo-European deities. The goddess is referred to in early Irish mythology as the goddess Bóand and is preserved in modern folktales under various names such as the Old Cow (Sean Bó); the White Cow (Bó Finne) and Glas Ghaibhleann called Glas Gaibhnann in Scottish tradition. In Welsh tradition she is called FuwchGyfeilioru and she is the powerful goddess Hathor in ancient Egyptian belief.
The Conor Guilfoyle Octet: The Birth of The Cool Friday 21st, 8pm. €16/14 An old-school “little big band” inspired by Miles Davis’s and Gil Evans’s Birth of the Cool ensemble Drummer and educator Conor Guilfoyle has form when it comes to whipping horn sections into shape. His superb Latin jazz bands in the 90s were a proving ground for generations of Dublin musicians, delivering authentic Afro-Cuban grooves and tightly arranged horns to adoring audiences. The Dun Laoghaire percussionist’s latest project is an old-school “little big band” inspired by Miles Davis’s and Gil Evans’s Birth of the Cool ensemble, which wowed audiences at the Bray Jazz Festival last month. The tight-as-a-drum horn section includes saxophonist Peter Dobai and trumpeter Bill Blackmore (see also Tuesday), along with saxophonists Yuzaha O’ Halloran and Kelan Walsh, trombonist Paul Frost, pianist Darragh Hennessy and bassist Barry Rycraft.
Saturday 22nd, 8pm. €20 Join us for a night of superb Irish Traditional music with three of Ireland’s most outstanding musicians. Paddy Keenan is one of Ireland`s finest pipers, best known as a founding member of the Bothy Band, one of Irish music’s most influential bands of the 1970s, with whom he played in venues all over the world. Frankie Gavin is one of Ireland`s greatest ever fiddle players immediately associated with the group De Dannan. Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s most outstanding traditional accordion players. For many years a member of Altan, Dermot performed, recorded and toured extensively with the group along with artists like Donal Lunny, Steve Cooney and Stephane Grapelli.
The Breffni Players present Juno and the Paycock Tuesday 25th - Saturday 29th, 8pm. €16/14 Sean O’ Casey’s masterpiece has been produced throughout the world with much acclaim. The play is a tragic comedy in which O’Casey in his masterful style aligns comedy with tragedy to produce a humourous drama about a Dublin tenement family on the 1920’s. This pro9dcution by The Breffni Players is directed by Angus Dunne with a star studded cast of 16. It’s a show not to be missed so book early!
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Frankie Gavin, Paddy Keenan & Dermot Byrne
Strong Women Science
Thursday 5th. €10 10am (Primary Schools) and 1pm (Secondary Schools) For Engineer’s Week 2020 we welcome a circus science show starring two women scientists turned circus performers! Ever wanted to know how you balance a chair on your chin, if you can juggle liquid, or how circus performers eat fire? Strong Women Aoife and Maria reveal the scientific secrets behind their astounding tricks. In a fun, lively and fast-paced family circus performance, find out how jugglers, acrobats and hula hoop artists use science to create their amazing acts. Strong Women Science doesn’t only illustrate scientific facts. It seeks to promote enquiry, inventiveness and accessibility in science, making it open to all, in particular young women and girls. In addition to demonstrating scientific principles in fun and accessible ways, it looks at the worth of failure and the power of teamwork, both shared by science and circus. Because when science meets circus, anything’s possible. 40-minute performance followed by 20-minute hands-on circus science experiment activities. StrongWomen Science was developed with support from the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish Friday 6th, 8pm. €20 Jerry returns to The Dock to bring you his enchanting “Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish.” Every show a unique live theatrical experience that dissolves all boundaries between performer and audience. Mr. Fish’s genre bending and idiosyncratic style of entertainment has made him a household name within the Irish Music industry. With two Platinum selling solo albums, an MTV award and IRMA Music Award, and a solid reputation as a supreme and spectacular showman. We invite you to join Jerry Fish to ‘Celebrate’ the life of Ireland’s Greatest Showman.
Sunday 8th, 2.30pm. Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day with an afternoon of Music and Storytelling. #eachforequal
Classic Cinema: Housekeeping Tuesday 10th, 11.30am. €5. 1hr 56mins Directed by Bill Forsyth whose work includes Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero. Set in the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s, the film follows two orphaned sisters who live with their eccentric aunt. The period detail perfectly grounds this whimsical film, described by Jonathan Rosenbaum as “a feminist Huckleberry Finn, a film to be savoured rather than gulped.” €5 includes tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. Should any member of your party have mobility issues please inform box office when booking.
Kieran Goss & Annie Kinsella Thursday 12th, 8pm. €22.50 Veteran Irish songwriter Kieran Goss and singer Annie Kinsella released their debut duo album: ‘Oh, the Starlings’ on 1st March 2019. Goss has long been considered one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters. Together with singer and artist Annie Kinsella, who has joined him onstage on his recent tours, they have enchanted audiences with their live performances and won rave reviews. With songs, stories and harmonies that transport the listener to another world, this is music from the heart, for the heart… A show to make you laugh and cry… A show to move you with its honest beauty… A show not to be missed.
‘Crime Spraoi’ with Declan Burke Friday 13th, 8pm. €10 Author Declan Burke’s most recent novel The Lammisters has been described as “a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 and was selected as one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2019. Set in Hollywood, 1923, The Lammisters is a comic novel that will, in the author’s words, likely be declared a wholly original comedy classic by anyone who has yet to read Flann O’Brien, Jane Austen, PG Wodehouse or Laurence Sterne. Declan will join us in The Dock for a special evening that will include a classic film from the era, smooth jazz and a reading from and talk about The Lammisters as comic crime fiction, the influence of the surreal humour of Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett, Laurence Sterne, Jonathan Swift and others, and why he thinks they’re the ideal literary models for the world we’re living in today.
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A Miscellany of Women’s Voices
GAZA A film by Andrew McConnell and Garry Keane Wednesday 18th, 8pm. €10. 97 mins A beautiful portrait of Gazan citizens, leading meaningful lives beyond the rubble of perennial conflict. GAZA brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict This elegantly shot and masterfully crafted portrait of Palestinian life offers a rare chance to be immersed in the heart of Gaza, as we glimpse behind the walls of this misunderstood land to get to know the real people who inhabit it.
The Wonders of The Wake with The Henry Girls Friday 20th, 8pm. €20 The Wonders of the Wake is a unique celebration of one of the oldest rites of humanity, the Irish Wake: in song, music, bardic poetry and story-telling. From the ancient Neolithic graves on Achill Island on the Atlantic seaboard, to the plains of Troy and Homer’s Iliad, to yesterday’s funeral, the Irish Wake still teaches us all how to live, love and die. The Wonders of the Wake in keening, music, song and word celebrates the craic, the joy, the prumsaí, and the haunting lament of a traditional Irish Wake. Artistically, Wonders of the Wake is a collaboration between the world renowned harpist Joleen McLaughlin and her sisters Karen and Lorna McLaughlin of the Henry Girls and the BAFTA winning writer Kevin Toolis. Wonders of the Wake is based on Kevin ‘s bestselling book My Fathers’s Wake: How the Irish Teach us to Live, Love and Die.
The Curious Ensemble presents Maura Laverty – This Was Your Life by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh Thursday 26th, 8pm. €17/15 Maura Laverty, the multi-talented broadcaster, cookery expert, agony aunt and controversial writer, who was a household name in Ireland for three decades, is spirited back from the dead to face a live and online audience on a surreal TV show called This WAS Your LIFE. She will cook recipes from her iconic cookbook, Full And Plenty, and talk about her rollercoaster life. The host will get her to reveal some of her darker secrets and the price she paid for her success.
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Donal O’ Connor & Gerry O’Beirne Wednesday 8th, 8pm. €18/16 Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is an award-winning traditional singer and musician from Corca Dhuibhne, Co.Kerry. A leading exponent of the sean nós style, her repertoire also includes songs from a wide variety of folk and contemporary sources. Donal O’ Connor is fiddle player and a multi-instrumentalist of world renown. He has played and recorded with Liam Ó Maonlaí, Duke Special, Davy Spillane & Moya Brennan to name but a few. Gerry O’Beirne is a self taught master of the six and twelve string, slide guitar and ukulele and other stringed instruments.
Anakronos - The Red Book of Ossory Friday 10th, 8pm. €18/16 Fourteenth century Ireland was a time of invasions, war, lawlessness, famine and plague. In 1317 Richard de Ledrede arrived in Kilkenny as the new Bishop of Ossory and immediately set about challenging the secular authorities and making a name for himself as a zealous moraliser and “scourge of heresy”. Throughout Ledrede’s forty-three years as Bishop of Ossory he continued to court controversy for the sake of ecclesiastical power. He was also the author of some sixty Latin verses which he intended to be sung by the priests and choristers of St. Canice’s Cathedral. These verses, collected in The Red Book of Ossory, were set to popular tunes of the day. Anakronos is a new ensemble devoted to exploring ancient music from a modern perspective, featuring some of Ireland’s foremost exponents of medieval music, contemporary classical, traditional and jazz.
Living in A Leitrim Landscape Finding Fionn Mac Cumhail: The Mythology and Archaeology of the 1931 Sheebeg Excavation Saturday 11th, 8pm. €10/8 Talk series with Donna Gilligan and Ken Williams. Curated by Padraig Meehan. During Christmas week in 1931, a local schoolteacher and a landowner began an amateur excavation of the prehistoric tomb on the hill of Sheebeg in Kiltubrid, South Leitrim. The tomb was locally believed to contain the remains of the legendary figures of Fionn Mac Cumhail and his wife Grainne. This talk explores the story of the amateur excavation and its discoveries, and explores the overlaps in Irish mythology with archaeological monuments and artefacts. Donna Gilligan is a museum archaeologist, material culture historian, and heritage educator who has worked in the Irish museum and heritage sector for the past fourteen years. Ken Williams is a photographer and researcher from Drogheda specialising in the prehistoric art and monuments of Western Europe.
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Leitrim Dance Week Monday 13th - Friday 16th April Leitrim Dance Project promotes engagement with percussive dance and promotes pathways for emerging and/or professional percussive dancers, locally, nationally and internationally.
Junior Development and Adult Dance Development Programmes Monday 13th - Saturday 18th, 10am - 5pm The programme is designed for dancers who want to further their development in percussive dance or have hopes to make dance part of their career. The course combines skills development alongside a programme of talks and workshops with leading dancers and dance organisations and an informal dance club held each evening. Note: Youths must be between 10 - 14 years. Adult Programme - €290 which includes daily lunch at the Dock Monday Thursday and a weekend pass to the Lough Allen Dance Weekend 17 - 19th April. Youth Programme - €70 which includes a weekend pass to the Lough Allen Dance Weekend 17 - 19th April.
Cape Breton comes to Carrick Monday 13th, 8pm. €16/14 A unique night of tunes, dances and stories from Cape Breton with Leitrim Dance Week musicians and dancers in residency Mairi Rankin, Mac Morin & Melody Cameron visiting from Cape Breton Island, Canada.
Music & Dance on Film Tuesday 14th, 8pm. €12/10 John Scott, Edwina Guckian & Myles O’ Reilly of Arbutus Yarns discussing and showing their current works.
Dance Dialects Thursday 16th, 8pm. €18/16 An acoustic Night at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon. featuring performances from Liam Scanlon, Áine McGeeney, Mairi Rankin, Melody Cameron, Mac Morin, World Academy of Music & Dance Students, Áirc Damhsa and Leitrim Dance Week Dancers 2020.
Lough Allen Dance Weekend Friday 17th April - Sunday 19th April €50 The festival continues in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo with dance workshops given by Ireland’s best known dance teachers: Gerard Butler, Martin Hughes, Úna Ní Fhlatharta, Mary McGuiggan, Joe McGuiggan and special guest Melody Cameron. Live music by Stephen Doherty, Cathal Ó Curráin & David Doocey, Mark Burke, Brian Donnellan, Salamanca Céílí Band, Alan Woods, Caoilte Ó Cuanaigh, Ryan Owens, Conor McDonagh plus music & dance sessions, sean stíl dance event, céilí mór and much more.
Tuesday 21st, 11.30am. €5. 1hr 47mins Rebel Without a Cause, released in 1955, tells a classic tale of teenage rebellion and angst. The movie featured James Dean in one of his final roles; he died one month before the release. €5 includes tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. Should any member of your party have mobility issues please inform box office when booking.
The Bridge with Ahmed and Eduardo Saturday 25th, 8pm. €18/16 When Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas first heard the music of fellow countryman Eduardo Martín he felt euphoric. Martín’s style has an expansive sense of freedom that taps into pre Columbus traditions, jazz, flamenco, pop, Afro and traditional Cuban. The guitar is his favored instrument to mirror the melodic and rhythmic intricacies of the Americas’ cultural diversity. The famous composer and guitarist Eduardo Martín joins the renowned young guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas to create this duo that masterfully addresses the diverse tendencies and styles of the Cuban contemporary music scene.
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Classic Cinema: Rebel Without a Cause
MAY Axis Ballymun presents The Windy Lady By Pom Boyd Tuesday 5th, 1pm. €12/10 A lesson in laughter and life The Windy Lady invites you to share the contents of her mind, her shopping bag and her biscuit tin. Original, anarchic and very funny The Windy Lady dances at the crossroads where Stand Up and Theatre meet in this very special show - where you’ll be welcomed into her madcap world of hairnets, turkeys, the healing power of a cuppa and Vladimir Putin. Witty, warm and delightfully irreverent, Pom Boyd’s The Windy Lady is a subversively witty and charming celebration of animals, old-womanhood and ordinary life.
Ceol Connected presents The Far Field
Thursday 7th, 10am and 12noon €6 One Spring day, Lonán the farmer discovers a magical whistle hidden in a hare’s nest. Suspecting that it belongs to the fairy folk who live at the edge of the farm, Lonán decides that the whistle should be returned to its rightful owners. Join Lonán on his quest filled with magical music, puppetry and storytelling. “… so gentle and magical my kids and I were spellbound for the entire show.” Karen Walsh, St. Patrick’s Festival Ceol Connected brings the realm of fairies and folklore to life in this captivating performance led by musicians Thomas Johnston (whistles/vocals) and Cillian Ó’Dálaigh (guitar/vocals) alongside puppeteer Emma Fisher. Supported by the Arts Council.
Classic Cinema: A Streetcar named Desire Tuesday 12th, 11.30am. €5. 120mins Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, this renowned drama follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter), and her husband, Stanley (Marlon Brando), in New Orleans. Blanche’s flirtatious Southern-belle presence causes problems for Stella and Stanley, who already have a volatile relationship, leading to even greater conflict in the Kowalski household. €5 includes tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. Should any member of your party have mobility issues please inform box office when booking.
Thursday 14th, 8pm. €16/14 Christian Sedelmyer, fiddle/vocals Rachel Baiman, fiddle/banjo/vocals Take ten strings, add two seductive voices, one shared sense of social justice and that all tots up to a dynamic duo in the best tradition of Guthrie and Seeger. Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman are artists whose roots are firmly in the old-timey Americana tradition, but whose musical explorations take them fearlessly into the present and beyond, creating songs and sound worlds that are immediate and compelling. These are musicians whose prime inspiration is our world and how we live in it. Their engagement with life, with art, with nature, with global challenges, is delivered with stunning musicianship, wit, humour and warm communication. They are champions of change and though just two in number, their sound and impact is massively amplified by their bright and brilliant use of technology and clever arrangements. These are truly musicians of our time.
Iron Mountain Literature Festival presents Richard Ford in conversation with Vincent Woods Saturday 23rd, 8pm. €15/€12.50 “In America, one cannot – must not – ever discount the lowest sort of political urgings, and must never overlook race prejudice as a motive for most anything.” - Richard Ford, The Guardian, 2016. Continuing in its exploration of place, home and identity and the role of literature in shaping an understanding of history and human experience, the Iron Mountain Literature Festival is delighted to welcome celebrated American author Richard Ford to The Dock. Born and raised in Mississippi, Richard Ford is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction. He now lives in New York and Maine. Ford’s best known titles are The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land, and Let Me Be Frank with You. His latest book of short stories Sorry For Your Trouble reflects his time and experiences in Ireland. Arising from the John McGahern seminar which ran from 2007 for eight years, the Iron Mountain Literature Festival was established in 2016, reframed in a wider context involving writers, artists and thinkers from many perspectives. For 2020, the festival has partnered with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, whose themes of language, landscape and migration align closely with that of the festival. Further details of the 2020 Iron Mountain Literature Festival programme, which will this year be held on Oct 3rd & 4th, will be available at the event.
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Music Network presents 10 String Symphony
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ARTWALL Maria Noonan-McDermott The Memory of Water Reception launch Friday 31st January 6.30pm Exhibition runs until end of March 2020 Irish landscape paintings, the artist explores her affinity for water in sacred surroundings, rivers, loughs and coastlines. The Jousting Surf
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