Category Archives: concerts

Rock’n the Green 2014 Launch

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Last night was the launch of the 2014 Rock’n the Green Festival. I was taking photos at last years festival, it was a brilliant event, you can read about it here.

IMG_3789Last years festival raised a massive €30,135 which was split between Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and North West Hospice Sligo.

10175062_620195811405899_1501190860_nThis years festival proves to be even bigger and better. Above is the poster and there have been even more acts announced. To keep up with all the news check out their Facebook page.

IMG_3947I really enjoyed the launch last night especially the fire juggler, I thought he was brilliant! So well done to all involved and best of luck with the festival.

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The X Factor Live Show Dublin 2014

IMG_3441It was my birthday on Monday and I’d won two tickets for the X Factor Live show at the O2 Dublin from RTE. We were staying in The Gibson Hotel (which I loved and will tell you all about in another post). It turned out the X Factor contestants were also staying at The Gibson so there were a lot of fans waiting outside for most of the day.

IMG_3806We enjoyed the show. Luke was excellent and he was a highlight for us. There was a 25 minute interval which was quite a long time but I suppose the O2 wanted to sell as much of the €5 buckets of candyfloss as they could! Sam Bailey didn’t come out until the second half of the show. They were all great singers and along with the lights and pyrotechnics it was a great show.

IMG_4390All was good until we got back to the hotel. We got to meet Abi and she had her photo taken with Lucy and Jono, the others just walked by and most of them didn’t look at the fans. Although they were surrounded by security. Luke came out of the lift and I asked him if I could take a photo of him with Lucy, he said yes but by the time he got to the area where they were having their aftershow party he was pushed in by the security men and one of them grabbed my arm and told me off! Madness! I tried to explain that Luke had said he would pose for a photo but they weren’t having any of it. I think it was well out-of-order that this person grabbed me and he bruised my arm. There was no need for it whatsoever. It did take the fun out of the night for us.

We’ve often met celebrities in The Gibson but have never had to deal with security like that. There will be other posts about our trip to Dublin later. The rest of my X Factor show photos are here. The rest of my photos from the show are here there aren’t many as we were too far away.

 

If you only see one show this year…..

 

DSCF7388Make it the wonderful Jesus Christ Superstar performed by the Fun Company Sligo. Due to popular demand, following sell out shows in August it returns to the Hawk’s Theatre, Sligo on Tuesday 4th and runs until Saturday 8th.

IMG_3243I can’t wait to go back again and see it. You can book tickets here.

Tenner Tuesday

1517635_10151905855206466_2096300211_n“Tenner Tuesday” – Flash Sale this Tuesday 28th of January for Jesus Christ Superstar!!

There are 100 tickets available for sale on Tuesday 28th only, for €10!

See www.hawkswell.com or phone 071 916 1518

If you haven’t seen this show before I highly recommend it. You can read all about it here.

Divas for DVAS

1470085_774018635958309_666749653_nAt the end of November I went along to Divas for DVAS at The Model, Sligo. It was a brilliant night in aid of the Domestic Advocacy Service, North West. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling very well on the night and my photos reflect this as I’m not happy with them but I want to do a blog post to highlight the wonderful work DVAS do and hopefully raise some awareness.

Karen Spellman was DJ for the evening and she did a brilliant job, if I wasn’t sniffing and coughing I’m sure I’d have been dancing.

1456625_774019339291572_1326365168_nKate Winter was the hostess for the evening and she was brilliant. Very funny and entertaining and she reminds me of a young Kylie Minogue (I’m not jealous at all!!)

The musical line up was brilliant. This year’s divas included Aileen Concannon with Eoin Troy.  Claudia Schwab, who can yodel and play the fiddle at the same time and who has a Fund It campaign for her album running at the moment.

1452476_774018832624956_1527662644_nMargo Barrow (pictured above). YouTube sensations, Sarah Crummy & Deirdre Farrell, Margaret Kilcoyne with Nigel Robinson and Mark Conway.

1477415_774019495958223_782434157_nCathy Jordan was there along with her fabulously talented nieces. There is so much talent in one family. They did a brilliant version of Royals by Lorde accompanied by Cathy playing the bodhrán. Cathy said every pop song should feature a bodhrán…I think she’s right ;)

Sarah Middleton’s Beat It Dance School did a brilliant flashmob in the interval.

All in all it was a brilliant night. Well done to everyone who took part. I hope DVAS got some much-needed funding. I was shocked to hear that people who are in abusive relationships don’t get any help with rent or accommodation if they have their name on a mortgage but have to move out of home due to domestic problems. DVAS now have two safe houses in Sligo which have 100% occupancy most of the time. Well done to them for all their hard work.

Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds – the final arena tour

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Following a triumphant UK and European arena tour in 2012, Live Nation and SJM Concerts, are delighted to announce that one of the most ground-breaking tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds is to return for the sixth and final time in 2014.  It’s a real shame it’s the last tour. I’ve been to see three different tours and loved each one (apart from Marti Pellow’s performance last year, as I thought he was rubbish). I’m not sure what to think about Brian McFadden, after hearing Gary Barlow singing that part on the album it’s a shame it’s not going to be him. Of course there are always people who think the part only belongs to Justin Hayward and after seeing Marti murder it I’m inclined to agree but I’m hoping to go to the Dublin show next year and see what I think.

 

The show will again feature Jeff Wayne returning to the Podium to conduct the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings with the final two musical Guest Artistes to be announced.

Liam Neeson’s 3D holographic performance as The Journalist will also return but with enhanced technology.

 

The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist will be performed by Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan is reprising his hugely popular role as Parson Nathaniel and Carrie Hope Fletcher featuring as Beth, Parson Nathaniel’s Wife, direct from her current and widely acclaimed West End performance in Les Miserables, as Eponine. There are still some cast members to be announced so I’m interested to know who they will be.

Divas 4 DVAS

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The Model presents

Divas 4 DVAS feat guest appearance with Nina Hynes

November 23rd @ 8pm

Tickets €20

For booking and information: 071 – 914 1405 / www.themodel.ie

I’m really looking forward to this event, we are so lucky to have such talented people coming to Sligo to perform and this one is for a wonderful cause so please support, don’t just wait for me to blog about how wonderful it was ;)

This November The Model is delighted to be hosting the now annual ‘Divas for DVAS’, a night celebrating women with all proceeds going towards the safe house project by DVAS. DVAS (Domestic Violence Advocacy Service) is a local service, protecting women affected by domestic violence throughout Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.

The support for this annual event has once again been astounding – both DVAS and The Model would like to sincerely thank all performers for agreeing to play for free in support of the charity.

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Divas for DVAS’ features an all star line up with some of Ireland’s (and predominantly hailing from Sligo) most versatile female talents. Our ‘divas’ this year include Aileen Concannon with Eoin Troy, Claudia Schwab, Margo Barrow, YouTube sensations, Sarah Crummy & Deirdre Farrell, Margaret Kilcoyne with Nigel Robinson of Big Papa Blues Band and Mark Conway of (Now retired) Grizzly Dippers. we’re delighted to welcome back Cathy Jordan who generously supported the event last year. This year Cathy will perform – for the first time – together with niece Síofra Jordan, who has also been taking Sligo’s music scene by storm with Blind Fox and the re-formed Wagamuffins (Ex Ragamuffins). Cork based singer songwriter Foxglove who recently wowed audiences at her performance on the acoustic stage at The Model during Sligo Live will make the journey back to Sligo and we will round off the evening with a guest appearance by Berlin based Irish singer -songwriter Nina Hynes.

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Nina released her debut album, Staros, to huge critical acclaim in 1999 and has since released a further 2 albums and number of EP’s on her own record label Transplant Records. Nina has appeared on Other Voices, No Disco and The View, has toured internationally and has also supported Roxy Music, Stereolab, Damien Rice and The Frames. She most recently took part in a series of Trailblaze events during Dublin Fringe Festival where she performed with a choir of 101 children to incredible effect.

The vibe will be set by the tunes of Indie DJ Karen Spellman and visuals by Nigel Gallagher in The Model Atrium so come early!

Join us for an excellent evening of entertainment in aid of a very worthy charity.

For more information about the excellent and much needed service which DVAS provide, please see www.domesticviolence.ie

Oh what a night!

Kieran QuinnLast night was a fantastic evening of entertainment by the one and only Kieran Quinn (and a grand piano, and good friends). The event at The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo was sold out and I’m not surprised, here in Sligo we have the most talented musicians. It was a musical extravaganza to celebrate the launch of Kieran’s debut album ‘Not Just Black and White’, which will be released on December 5th. In true Late Late Show style there was a copy of his single for everyone in the audience.

Gerry GrennanWe were taken on a musical rollercoaster of everything from jazz, blues, Irish and even a Michael Jackson song made an appearance! Not only did we get a night of great music we also got some laughs, the performers all get on really well and were joking around with each other, they make it all seem so effortless.

Cathy JordanCathy Jordan sang a song she’d written herself for the album, it was very moving.

Dave Flynn and Sinead ConwayDave Flynn and Sinead Conway had the audience on their feet, the photos really don’t do the show justice…but you’ll have to buy the album to see what all the fuss is about.

Seamie O'DowdSeamie O’Dowd is another musician who can turn his hand to anything. I never thought I’d see the day where he’d be singing ‘Don’t stop ’til you get enough’.

Seamie O'Dowd and Georgie GormanGeorgie Gorman is also another fine singer, I’ve never seen him sing before so it was great to do so. As one of my friends said he’s like Meatloaf…only better.

Kieran Quinn and Joe HuntJoe Hunt had the crowd in awe with his voice. I’ve seen him many times before and he is always fantastic.

Junior Davey and friendsWe were entertained for almost three hours and to be honest I could have listened to them all night. Kieran Quinn’s version of Bohemian Rhapsody was just something else. The crowd loved it and there were three or four standing ovations. Well done to all involved and I do hope you come back for another show soon. The rest of my photos are here.

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Kieran Quinn, a Grand Piano and Good Friends at the Hawk’s Well, Sligo

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I’m really looking forward to this event in the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo.  I’ve seen Kieran many times at various events including An Evening with Sgt. Pepper (which we went to see 4 times!) and with Anything Goes.  His good friends are also very talented too.  Below is Kieran Quinn and Joe Hunt performing Strawberry Fields in Chapters.

This December, piano man Kieran Quinn launches his debut album ‘Not Just Black and White’. Ahead of the release, and alongside a stellar collective of local musicians and singers, Kieran will perform tracks from the album in a one-off concert at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Saturday November 16th.

Working with many leading musicians nationally and internationally throughout his career, Kieran Quinn has entertained audiences across the globe from New Orleans to Dubai, across Europe and throughout Ireland.  A renowned teacher and musician himself, Quinn has helped significantly shape the current thriving music scene in Sligo. Known primarily as the pianist with Anything Goes, he was also one of the main creative forces behind the popular musical theatre shows ‘An Evening with Sgt Pepper’ and this year’s ‘Shut Up and Listen’.  Along with a number of very special guests, he is looking forward to showcasing his skills as a soloist, songwriter, collaborator and accompanist, in bringing the audience at the Hawk’s Well through a varied, inventive and entertaining programme of music on November 16th.

Not Just Black and White
Over the past twelve months, Kieran has been focused on the upcoming release of his debut album “Not Just Black and White” and has spent most of autumn in the studio alongside a cohort musicians and producers working on the tracks.  He gathered 20 of his favourite musicians to record this album; Steve Wickham, Cathy Jordan, Seamie O’Dowd, Oddsocks, Sinead Conway, Dave Flynn, Eddie Lee, Ken McDonald, Steve Kohlmann, Aminah Hughes, Felip Carbonell, Anna Houston, Junior Davey, Gerry Grennan, Eoin Troy, Aileen Concannon and Vanessa Byrne are all people Kieran had formed musical relationships with over the past few years while gigging, and the excitement in the studio was palpable as new combinations came together to create exciting and original music. Dave McCune in the Ventry studio in Balbriggan engineered, mixed and helped Kieran produce the album.

Quinners on the field
Coming to music relatively later in life, Kieran spent most of his teens and early twenties travelling the world, studying for a degree in psychology and philosophy in Trinity, and was known to many locally for donning the ‘black and white’ jersey, playing Gaelic football for club and county.  With over 20 championship appearances for Sligo, Kieran played in Croke Park in some of the county’s most famous victories – over Kildare and Tyrone and the draw with eventual All-Ireland champions Armagh in 2002. He also played at midfield for the Connacht championship winning team of 2007. Kieran also helped his club, Coolera-Strandhill to their first Sligo senior title in 98 years in 2005.

Charity contribution
€1 from the sale of each album will go directly to the Northwest Hospice and AWARE. The immense work by both of these charities has directly benefitted people close to Kieran and continues to enhance the lives of many others today. Kieran’s father Dr. Roddy Quinn was also involved in the early days of the Northwest Hospice.

From field to stage, Kieran Quinn brings his debut album to the Hawk’s Well Theatre this November. A gig not to be missed, tickets €17/14 concession are now on sale from the Hawk’s Well box office on 071 9161518 or online at www.hawkswell.com

Lawson at RTE 2FM

RTE GroundsLucy is a big fan of Lawson so when I heard they were going to be on Ruth and Paddy’s Weekenders Show on RTE 2fm I applied for tickets, I wanted to surprise her for her 18th birthday. She was delighted when she found out she was going so yesterday we headed up to Dublin to the RTE studios.

WaitingWe were taken into the studio that the RTE Concert Orchestra use.  We were sitting up at the balcony and it would have been great if the lights were left on but when Lawson arrived they turned them off.  My camera isn’t a fan of low light so the photos are rubbish.

DSCF9586 DSCF9588These two are the best of a very bad bunch, of course if I still had the Canon it would have been a different story ;)  Lawon played two songs live on 2fm and another two songs for the fans. They are brilliant live and even though it was a short set it was well worth going to, we had a great time.  You can listen to the show here, it’s about 32 minutes into it (click on 19th October).

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After the show we got to meet the band.  Our photo was taken but I can’t find them online yet so these are a couple I took with other fans.  Lucy and I had a wander around the Fair City set afterwards which I’ll post as a separate blog.

 

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