7 Things to do this week...

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - WHAT’S ON -

1 JOHN SPIL­LANE: John Spil­lane will per­form at the Hot Spot Mu­sic Club on Fri­day, March 1, at 9 p.m. Tick­ets are €13 to €15 and avail­able at the­hotspot.ie. John Spil­lane is a mu­si­cian, song­writer, per­former, sto­ry­teller, poet, dreamer - a can­vas filled with colour and bril­liance. His mu­sic trans­ports the lis­tener and his live per­for­mance cap­ti­vates the au­di­ence. In a word filled with strife and up­heaval a time-out with John Spil­lane is enough to ease the load a bit on any­one lucky enough to bask in his light. ‘When I started out with rock bands, I sang in an Amer­i­can ac­cent. Then I heard real Amer­i­cans sing the blues and it made me feel like a fraud. Ever since then, the most im­por­tant thing for me is to be true to who I am and where I come from,’ said John. Start­ing out in Cork as part of Jazz vo­cal group - The Stargaz­ers, it was in 1992 when a young tra­di­tional band called No­mos changed Spil­lane’s life. The band was made up of con­certina player, Niall Val­lely, Done­gal fid­dler, Liz Do­herty (re­placed by Cork fid­dle player Vince Milne on the sec­ond al­bum), bodhrán player, Frank Tor­pey, and Gerry McKee on man­do­cello and bazouki.

2 THE SHOW MUST GO ON: The Tramway The­atre in Bless­ing­ton presents fundrais­ing con­cert ‘The Show Must Go On’ on Satur­day, March 2. There is a list of per­form­ers lined up to take the stage, in­clud­ing Jennifer O’Brien, Cara Hen­nessy and Noreen O’Con­nor, Alexan­dra Dou­glas, Bless­ing­ton Youth The­atre, Ruth Shine School of Dance and the Sinead O’Brien Dance School. The spe­cial guest for the night will be for­mer West End star Aileen Dono­hue while Sheila Naughton will act as MC. The show be­gins at 8 p.m. and tick­ets, cost­ing €10, are avail­able from The Of­fice Shop or can be pur­chased from Hen­nessy’s Off Li­cence in Bless­ing­ton.

3 HISTORY LEC­TURE: The first talk in the Round­wood His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s 2019 se­ries takes place on Tues­day, March 5, at 8 p.m. in Round­wood Par­ish Hall. The topic is the 100th an­niver­sary of the First Dáil and will be de­liv­ered by Éa­mon Ó Cuív, TD. in the Round­wood Par­ish Hall and Cen­tre. Éa­mon Ó Cuív has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Gal­way West con­stituency since the 1992 gen­eral elec­tion. He pre­vi­ously served as Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil.

4 FASH­ION SHOW: A fash­ion show in aid of the Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety will take place in the Parkview Ho­tel, New­town­moun­tkennedy on Fri­day, March 1, start­ing at 8 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is €10 and there will be a pros­ecco re­cep­tion for only €3 per glass. Tick­ets can be pur­chased from the post of­fice or Ann Duffy Flow­ers. A great night is promised with all money go­ing to a very wor­thy cause. Theresa Martin will host what should prove to be a very pop­u­lar event.

5 JOHN BANVILLE: Booker prize-win­ning au­thor John Banville will be at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre in Bray for the lat­est in the se­ries of The Writ­ing Life. Mr Banville will be at the venue at 8 p.m. on Fri­day, March 1, to chat to writer Philip St John about his work and life. They will also dis­cuss the arte­facts that have in­spired their writ­ing: books, mu­sic and pho­to­graphs. Banville is a gi­ant of the world of fic­tion and one of the finest prose writ­ers of the last 50 years. Tick­ets for The Writ­ing Life with John Banville are €12 or €10 con­ces­sion and avail­able at mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie.

6 VOTES FOR WOMEN: To co­in­cide with the ar­rival of the ‘Our Wick­low Women’ ex­hi­bi­tion at Ark­low Li­brary, the branch is host­ing a cel­e­bra­tion of the Ir­ish Suf­frage Move­ment on Satur­day, March 2. There will be a chil­dren’s event at 11 a.m. fea­tur­ing a talk on the ba­sic time­line of the suf­fragette move­ment fol­lowed by arts and crafts. At 3 p.m. Sinead Dunne will give a talk to the grown-ups cov­er­ing some of the ma­jor fig­ures in the move­ment and the po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions. Th­ese events are free but places must be booked in ad­vance by con­tact­ing the li­brary or via eventbrite.ie

7 MICHAEL ENGLISH: Pop­u­lar Ir­ish singer Michael English and his band will per­form in con­cert in aid of St Joseph’s and St Mary’s parishes, Balt­in­glass on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 28 at 8 p.m. The fundrais­ing show takes place in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of St Joseph’s Church, Balt­in­glass. English will per­form a num­ber of fans’ favourites in­clud­ing his new sin­gle ‘Mu­sic in my Heart’. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tick­ets are €25 and are on sale and avail­able from the fol­low­ing: Moore’s in Grange­con, Pat­ter­son’s Butch­ers and O’Reilly Stores, Balt­in­glass, The Par­ish Of­fice, Fiona 087 68 64 596, Mick 087 28 75 011, Avril 087 41 19 214 and Ash­ling 085 76 79 973. An evening not to be missed for a great lo­cal cause.

Aileen Dono­hue will per­form at the Tramway The­atre in Bless­ing­ton on Satur­day.

John Spil­lane will per­form at the Hot Spot Mu­sic Club.

John Banville will be at the Mer­maid Cen­tre in Bray.

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