The streets of Carrick-on-Suir will burst into life once again with music and art during the June Bank Holiday weekend for the Clancy Brothers Festival ( May 27th to June 1st).
With a full programme of events for all ages the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art promises to be a year of celebration.
Celebrating the historical heart of the town, ‘The Legacy of the Lanes’ launches during the festival with art installations, live performance and music, and history walks.
Beginning with Hotel Lane, Jones Lane, Oven Lane, Rowes Lane, Comerfords Lane and the Bianconi Arch, this long-term project will revitalise and animate the hidden heritage of Carrick-on-Suir.
‘The Legacy of the Lanes’ will also be a theme for this year’s vibrant Art Trail. An integral part of the festival for eight years, the Art Trail showcases new and established artists from all over the South East in traditional and unusual spaces and runs throughout the festival weekend.
For their 10th anniversary, the Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre will host a day of live entertainment, music and arts for all the family on Sunday. This will be followed by the Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition final in the Nano Nagle Chapel, featuring the three finalists and last year’s winner Lisa Loughrey with her band, The Mariannes.
The Brewery Lane Theatre celebrates sixty years with a wide range of events including a variety concert featuring songs and stories by local talent, The Dunhill Choir, a Clancy Brothers inspired evening of music with Colm Power and friends, and the popular Lunchtime Theatre.
And the Strand Theatre celebrates the Musical Society’s long history of musical success with ‘Hits from the Musicals’, produced by Liam Butler. The Busking Competition brings music to the streets on Saturday, the Live Music Pub Trail has music for all tastes throughout the festival, and the Eoghan Power Memorial Song Competition returns to Figgerty’s on Thursday. Also on Thursday, the Emmy nominated Nebraska Wesleyan University and Symphonic Band and Choirs will play a fundraising concert in St Nicholas Church.
Finally, the riverside will be hopping once again for the River Festival on Bank Holiday Monday. There will be live performances and amusements, crafts and demonstrations for all the family, and a bigger music line up than ever before including Tweed, Newfoundland, The Eskies, The Mariannes and The Cedartowns.
Other highlights to look out for include art, drama and music workshops for children and youth, the annual River Walk to Dove Hill, a movie afternoon in the library, and the Tennis Club Inter-Firm Competition and Barbeque.
For further information about the festival, please go to www.clancybrothersfestival.org, check Facebook, or visit the festival office in the Tudor Artisan Hub, 42 Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir (051 640 921).