7 Things to do this week...
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.