A feast of musical entertainment is on offer at this year’s Terryglass Arts Festival which runs from Wednesday, August 14th to Sunday, August 18th. Organisers have programmed a diverse line-up of performances featuring nationally-acclaimed musicians in addition to up-and-coming performers.
Kicking off the festival on Wednesday, August 14th is a specially-conceived event showcasing two emerging and exciting young local talents. Terryglass-born singer-songwriter Riona O’Madigain and tenor Conor O’Meara from Portumna blend a fusion of styles touching on all the senses.
It’s music of a different nature on Thursday, August 15th August when the Bee - Loud Glade take to the stage in the Derg Inn. This exciting gig features four amazingly multi-talented actors and musicians who will present a rocking musical cabaret performing famous and contemporary poetry. Roger Gregg and The Bee-Loud Glade are set to rock the house with their spirited punk version of Yeats’s ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, a rollicking reggae version of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from Joyce’s Ulysses and their Goth version of Oscar Wilde’s The Harlot’s House. These, plus poems from some of the most exciting contemporary Irish writers as well as some classic international all-time hits will be performed with gusto to bouncing pop, driving rock, and groovy jazz.
Billed as the headline act of the 15th Terryglass Arts Festival Slovakian-born violinist Vladimir and his band of exemplary classical musicians will perform a unique, fresh hybrid of music called ‘Classical Twist’ on Friday, August 16th. From Bach to Beatles, The Stones to Strauss – Vladimir’s superb virtuoso performances have delighted audiences throughout the country and charmed TV and radio audiences.
The music continues on Sunday, August 18th with six-piece band Ebony performing in the Village Green. With a repertoire spanning Bruno Mars to Joe Dolan, Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble and the Saw Doctors, the final fling of the 15th festival will get off to a rocking start.
Closing the festival will be West Cork-based energetic gypsy blues and alternative folk band. The Calvinists their infectious harmonies and driving rhythms drawing inspiration from the spirit of gypsy musicians and American troubadours will guarantee the 15th festival ends on a high note.
Festival chairperson Valerie Cotter said that this year’s Terryglass Arts Festival programme features a rich diversity of musical entertainment catering for every taste: “Terryglass Arts Festival is a well-loved family festival which has seen its reputation grow over the past fifteen years. We are delighted with the rich variety of musical items on this year’s programme and in particular our young talents Riona O’Madigain and Conor O’Meara”.
Tickets for festival events can be booked online on www.terryglassartsfestival.ie from 16th July or by phone on 087 2181663. For more details check out www.terryglassartsfestival.ie or follow Terryglass Arts Festival on Facebook www.facebook.com/TerryglassArtsFestival.