A feast of music, theatre and visual arts on the shores of Lough Derg

Celebrating its sixteenth year the Terryglass Arts Festival offers an exciting programme of arts, theatre, music, visual arts and performance for five days from August 13th to 17th.

Celebrating its sixteenth year the Terryglass Arts Festival offers an exciting programme of arts, theatre, music, visual arts and performance for five days from August 13th to 17th.

A true community project the festival is organised by a fifteen-member local voluntary committee who take pride in seeing the population of Terryglass significantly increase in numbers for the duration of the festival.

Announcing this year’s programme Terryglass Arts Festival chairpersonAndrea Egan said she was “justly proud of Terryglass village in hosting such an event. As a small, tightly-knit community we are delighted to be able to offer a programme of this calibre for our 16th festival”.

Headline acts performing during during this year’s festival include singer-songwriter Jimmy MacCarthy who performs his ‘Prophecy/ Conspiracy?’ concert in Terryglass Church on Friday, August 15th at 8pm. One of Ireland’s foremost songwriters MacCarthy has penned most well-known songs in the Irish contemporary repertoire including ‘No Frontiers’, ‘Ride On’, ‘Katie’ and ‘The Contender’. Admission to this special concert is priced at just €25.

Other musical highlights include, 4 In a Bar, Ireland’s leading male-voice harmony group, singing traditional, classical, pop and barbershop music on Wednesday, August 13th at 8.30pm (admission adults €10, children €5).

Jazz singer Ursula Connolly, formerly of the Fallen Angels, will perform a lively set of jazz and swing tunes as part of a new lunch time fringe element to the festival - Mixum Gatherum feature on Saturday, August 16th in Riverrun Cottages at 1pm - admission is priced at €8.

This year’s festival celebrates the visual arts and features Irish-born artists who have achieved international success. Renowned contemporary artist John Gerrard will exhibit ‘Daylight Fan (Orbital Camera) 2009’ a small-scale virtual sculpture. John has exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2009) and most recently at Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul. John’s sister Joy Gerrard will launch the festival on Wednesday, August 13th. A visual artist of critical acclaim Joy will make an actual artwork - ‘Permanent Rainbow’ - on the lake. This will be accompanied by a publication about making the rainbow and the ideas behind the imaginary works.

Also at Terryglass Quay will be a series of rush work sculptures titled ‘Elemental’ from local sculptor Gerardine Wisdom. Winner of the RDS National Craft Competition Gerardine works with rushes from the lake creating floating sculptors on aquatic themes.

An exhibition from Irish-born artist Ruth Castle entitled ‘Lost Pastures: A Series of Paintings and Drawings of Horses’ reflects the determination and struggles of the artist to capture and draw out the spirit of these magnificent animals. Based in the north of England Castle’s current body of work explores the detailed complexity of the art of painting and drawing horses - Terryglass Primary School, August 13th- 17th - admission is free.

Tickets for all events are available to purchase now from The Derg Inn Shop, Terryglass or by phoning 087 218 1663. Visit terryglassartsfestival.ie for tickets and further information.