7 Things to do this week...
1 CONCERT: Singer-songwriter Jack O’Rourke will perform at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely on Saturday, September 28 from 8.30 p.m. After first coming to prominence with his ode to misunderstood youth, ‘Silence’ (which became a torch song for the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum), Jack’s debut album Dreamcatcher reached number five in the Irish album charts and drew huge critical praise. A natural melody writer and lyricist, Jack combines that most difficult and delicate of writing traits – the ability to convey the personal whilst making it universal. A key to his success is having made himself identifiable to music fans of many tastes, yet still keeping enough in the background to make further investigation possible. From winning the Nashville-based International Songwriting Award to playing his Dreamcatcher album live with an orchestra at Cork Opera House, Jack’s fledgling career has seen many high water marks and now he is set to embark on another phase of his journey. Tickets cost €15/13. To book, visit www.courthousearts.ie or call the Box Office on 0402 38529. 2 BRAY LITERARY FESTIVAL: Having officially launched on Culture Night, Bray Literary Festival returns with a jam-packed schedule, cramming an unbelievable 14 events into three days, from Friday, September 27, to Sunday, September 29. Events take place in Bray Town Hall, the Harbour Bar and Mermaid Arts Centre and include a literary lecture, an evening with John Boyne and Jess Kidd, eco-poetry, a discussion with music journalist Allan Jones, the poetry salon, food stories and much more. With the exception of the evening with John Boyne and Jess Kidd (tickets cost €12/10), all day-time tickets cost €5 and can be bought on the door. Day passes can be purchased for €15 while weekend passes are €25. Workshop places must be booked in advance by emailing blfwk[email protected] For the full programme, visit brayliteraryfestival.com 3 TINY DANCER: DJ Donal Dineen will hit the decks in the Mermaid Arts Centre at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, for a special music set just for children. Smaller folk aged from babies up to nine years old can bust a move to dance tunes from every era and corner of the globe. Tickets cost €7 for adults and €5 for children (under-ones go free but anyone dancing needs a ticket) and these are available from the Mermaid. 4 KILA IN CONCERT: Kila will bring their unique mix of trad and world music to the Hot Spot Music Club in Greystones on Saturday, September 28. The band, led by the O Snodaigh brothers – Colm, Rossa and Ronan – are always energetic and inspired and retains its wonderful sense of musical adventure. Tickets cost €18–€22 and are available from the Hot Spot. Limited seating is available but must be booked in advance. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show getting under way at 9 p.m. 5 STAGE DOOR: Musicians Ciaran Olohan and Annaliesa Evans will perform a special show at The Asgard Theatre, Lower Main Street, Arklow on September 27 at 8 p.m. ‘Beyond the Stage Door’ is a unique concert created by the Wicklow singers that will showcase highlights from movies, musicals and theatre. Ciaran has toured internationally with various productions in recent years. Anneliesa has also travelled the world, performing on shows aboard lavish cruise liners. Tickets cost €18 and can be booked online at www.gr8events.ie. 6 BOOK LAUNCH: Award-winning poet Jane Clarke will launch her second poetry collection on Friday, September 27, at 7 p.m. in Bridge Street Books, Wicklow town. ‘When the Tree Falls’ comes four years after the publication of Jane’s highly acclaimed debut ‘The River’, which was the first poetry collection to be shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. Jane lives in Glenmalure and has won a number of awards through the years, including the inaugural Listowel Writer’s Week Poem of the Year Award, voted for by the public, at the Irish Book Awards 2016.
7 ECOTRAIL WICKLOW: Over 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the first ever Ecotrail Wicklow. Starting and finishing at Bray seafront on Saturday, September 28, participants will have the choice of four different trail distances that will take them from the shore of the Irish Sea to the top of the Wicklow Mountains. Wicklow will become the tenth European destination to organise the international trail running race. The four challenging distances (18km, 28km, 45km and 80km) will go through some of Wicklow’s most iconic locations, such as Bray Head, Killruddery, Great Sugarloaf, Powerscourt Waterfall, the Wicklow Way, Lough Tay or the Roundwood Reservoir.
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Kila kick off their winter tour in Greystones – SEE NUMBER 4.
Poet Jane Clarke – SEE NUMBER 6.
Jack O’Rourke – SEE NUMBER 1.