Clancy family to star in Festival’s opening night concert

The Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival will open with a concert featuring the talented sons, daughters and other relatives of the world famous Clancy ballad group.

The Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival will open with a concert featuring the talented sons, daughters and other relatives of the world famous Clancy ballad group.

The Clancy Concert will take place at Brewery Lane Theatre at 8.15pm on Wednesday, May 29. Among the performers will be Finbarr Clancy of The High Kings, Ryland Teifi, Roisin Clancy and Donal Clancy.

This is set to be a wonderfully entertaining evening of music and songs produced by Colm Power, on of the talented next generation of the Clancy family. Tickets for the show cost €15.

Singer/songwriter Charlie McGettigan will also be performing in concert at Brewery Lane during the June Bank Holiday Weekend festival with support from local songwriters Marie Walsh and Pete MacGowan.

Charlie’s songs have been recorded by many of Ireland’s top artists. Having won the Eurovision song contest with Paul Harrington in 1994. Charlie continues to write, record and perform across Ireland and throughout the world. His concert at Brewery Lane will be on Saturday, June 1 at 8.15pm. Tickets will cost €15.

He will also host a songwriting workshop at Brewery Lane the same day as the concert from 4-6pm. Workshop tickets cost €20. For booking and information contact Pete Smith at 086 854 8381.

An Evening with Jimmy Crowley is another key festival event at Brewery Lane and takes place on Friday, May 31 at 8.15pm. Tickets cost €10. Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure on the Irish folk music scene since the 1970s. He has proved to be the most versatile of artists, moving easily between electric and acoustic, folk and reggae, and even swing jazz. ‘The test of any singer is whether or not you listen to him.

A folk music club will also be hosted at the Theatre on Thursday, May 30 at 8.15pm. Tickets cost €5 Local musicians and guests will play an informal session, so bring a song or two, or even a recitation and enjoy the night.

And it will be the venue for a production of WB Yeats “The Pot of Broth” at 1pm on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.

This lunchtime theatre production stars Jim English, Paula O’Dwyer and Walter Dunphy.

Rosanne Glascott will direct. Admission will be €15 and will include a beautiful light lunch. This is always a very enjoyable event and is sure to please everyone, who attends.

Meanwhile, Fr Richard from The Friary, Clonmel, John Denby, Pete Smith, Sinead Fahey, Paul Kirby, Eileen Mulrooney and Noreen Smith are among the art trail artists, who will be exhibiting their work in The Kiln area and The Tearoom at Brewery Lane during the Festival.

Elsewhere in the town, the SuperValu Food Festival takes place on Saturday, June 1 from 2pm to 5pm at the SuperValu store on Greystone Street. A large crowd of food lovers is expected to attend this free family event.

The Festival’s headline artist, Damien Dempsey will perform in concert at The Strand Theatre on Friday. “The Mandolas” will be supporting him on the night.

The Clancy Festival organisers are running competition to win tickets to festival events. Look out for helium balloons in local shops. If you pop a balloon with a ticket, you just text the code to (087) 903 2471 to receive your prize. The number to text can only be found in local newspapers and on Facebook. Edel Norris won the competition’s top prize of a E200 airline voucher last week. She popped an orange balloon in Meany’s shoe shop and claimed the prize.

Tickets for all events are on sale now from The Heritage Centre, Carrick-On-Suir, 051-640200. Please check out to download the Festival brochure or find out more information.