Festival History 2001
The first Clonmel Junction Festival was opened with a performance of “The Gallant John Joe” by one of the country’s most respected actors Tom Hickey. It ended a week later with an extra performance of “Catalpa” written and performed by Donal O’Kelly. In between the week was packed with theatrical gems and engaging musical moments.
In addition to the two performances of his award winning show “Catalpa” O’Kelly also performed “Bat the Father Rabbit The Son”. Quare Hawkes Theatre’s “Cracked” won accolades for their stunning physical and musical theatre rendering of the plight of the young women in psychiatric institutions and Púca Puppet’s astounded the audience with the simple delicate story of “Mary Mary’s Last Dance”.
The weekly traditional music session in Lonergan’s Bar was ramped up a notch for the Festival with many guest singers and musicians joining the festival atmosphere. Lonergan’s was the venue for further sessions each night during the week with the party moving to Hearns Hotel Ballroom on the Saturday night where the Galway band Bara lead by Clonmel man Niall Ó Floinn kept the enthusiastic crowd dancing until late.
With a variety of workshops happening throughout the week presaging the future activities of the Participation Programme the arts enthusiasts in the town of Clonmel were entertained, engaged and in the end left enthusiastic about the prospect of the Festival becoming an annual event.
Festival History 2002
Building on the tremendous success of the first festival, the second’s year programming expanded to include several new venues, introduced rock music and began to explore the possibility of working with visual artists and community groups to create flags to decorate the town for the period of the festival.
The 2002 Festival also introduced an element of International programming with theatre from France, dance from Holland and a band from the Congo.
Comedian Deirdre O’Kane made the first of several appearances at the Festival with a sell out show in the Parochial Hall Theatre at Old St Mary’s. She also made a memorable unscheduled appearance later in the evening in Lonergan’s Bar at the invitation of Pat Ryan. Conor Lovett captivated the audience with his stage adaptation of Becket’s “Molloy”. However it was the Dutch dance theatre company’s presentation of “Gorilla Goes Beautiful” which was the sensation of the Festival getting 4 curtain calls from a packed house.
The nightly music events continued in Lonergan’s Bar as in the first year and this became the defacto club for festival staff and patrons over the coming years. The annual appearance at the Monday night Rattle the Boards gig of Des Dillon with one or more of his life sized puppets was a big favourite.
The venue for the rock music was Gallery on Gladstone and the line up for 2002 set the bar high for years to come. All the hype before the Festival was about the opening act The Revs, which sold out well in advance as the Dublin band were at that time topping the charts. However it was the Tuesday night performance by an up and coming singer songwriter which lived long in the memory. The artist Damien Rice, who had recently released a solo album, and was collected from the bus station with his guitar and suitcase. His gig with backing vocals from Lisa Hannigan was over two hours long and was packed to the rafters with 200 very lucky punters. The Festival finished with the exotic sound of Congolese legend Mose Fan Fan bringing Soukous guitar grooves, rhythms of Africa and a great night of dancing.
Festival History 2003
Having designed the poster for the Festival in 2002 and performed informally at the Rattle the Boards gig with his dancing ‘ban on tí’ Peggy, local artist Des Dillon took on the challenge of making a full length show for the 2003 Festival. With support from the members of Rattle the Boards and the Festival team Des produced “Teach a Bloc”, a riotous hour and a half of craic, ceol and mesmerising puppetry. The show sold out and went on to tour Ireland for several years afterwards.
The other theatrical talking point in 2003 was the US company Americana Absurdum whose frenetic pace and madcap humour about the lives of the staff (and unlucky patients) of a hospital brought gasps of shock and horror interspersed with fits of laughter.
With Lonergan’s closed for renovations, Gallery on Gladstone hosted most of the music in 2003. There were sell out gigs for David Kitt and The Walls both making their debut appearances in Clonmel and a terrific night with the comic stage show and exceptional musicianship of De Wereldband from Holland. The week finished with another import band, this time from Cape Verde: Teofilo Chantre brought the warm sunny sounds of the African Island to Hearn’s Hotel.
Aside from the main events, a tradition of Café theatre and gigs was building up at the Festival and both Angela’s Restaurant, Niamh’s Café and O’Tuama’s Cafe hosted events during the week.
The creation of banners and flags to decorate the town started in 2002 also continued with an orange hessian 5 metre high Sun Flag made by the Clonmel Women Travellers group with artist Patricia Looby created a magnificent display in the grounds of Old St Mary’s Church.
Festival History 2004
Liam Clancy in the White Memorial Theatre, “Tom Crean Antartic Explorer” in the Parochial Hall, Damien Dempsey and Mundy in Gallery on Gladstone Street, Theatre in O’Tuama’s Café, music in Angela’s Restaurant, and colourful friendship chains of painted canvas hanging throughout town, in 2004 The Clonmel Junction Festival came of age transforming the town centre and packing out most of the shows on offer over the Festival which expanded to nine days taking in two weekends.
The Festival opened with comedian Jon Kenny in the White Memorial Theatre where later in the week the legendary troubadour Liam Clancy made an anticipated stage come back after several years off the public scene. Aidan Dooley’s magnificent portrayal of the Irish antartic explorer Tom Crean made the first of many visits to Clonmel with the show which later sold out several weeks in the Olympia Theatre. The other theatrical highlight was undoubtedly the production of “Romeo and Juliet” in the grounds of Raheen House Hotel.
Aside from the capacity audiences for Mundy and Damien Dempsey there were big crowds in Eldon’s for the two nights of African drumming and dance spectacular with Ivory Coast band Yelemba. Di Grine Kuzine brought the flavours of the Balkans to town playing concerts in Angela’s, Under the Arches, and Gallery on Gladstone. There were also memorable nights with Galway favourites Charis, local singer Mary Nugent and blues band Malpractice.
The Bunting created by the primary school programme consisted of a series of friendship chains, in colourful costumes, cut out of canvas and painted by around 300 children taking part in the programme. The project was based on a study of clothes and traditional costumes from around the world devised by the newly appointed Participation Officer Theresia Guschlbauer.
2004 was the first year that the Festival took over Mick Delahunty Square to create the community park. This event on the Wednesday afternoon established itself as a favourite for families for several years with a mix of interactive arts activities and street entertainment.
That year the Festival also engaged Artist Tony O’Malley to work with CYTE Training Centre on a series of benches that were installed in the streets of Clonmel for the duration of the Festival. Two of these beautiful benches are still to be seen in town with one in the foyer of the Town Hall and the other in the Library.
Festival History 2005
Having grown exponentially in each of the previous four years the Festival began to plateau in 2005. The Participation Programme under Theresia Guschlbauer’s direction had established itself as one of the key distinguishing facets of the Festival as was the use of non performance spaces for theatre and music adding an unexpected and charming quality to the town during the nine days in early July.
2005 was the first time Festival Director David Teevan brought together two international artists to perform together. Having played a beautiful concert in the Main Guard on the Tuesday night, Israeli musician Yair Delal and his two musical accompanists spent the next few days rehearsing with Irish accordionist Mairtín O Connor.. The Saturday evening concert in Old Saint Mary’s Church with the six musicians was a superb event which is still talked about today as one of the all time highlights of the Festival.
The theatre programme included mask theatre from Germany with “Familie Floz”, “Castradiva” an Opera from Wales, the return of Donal O Kelly with “Cambria” and the sell out success of the week “Tick my Box”, a hilarious two performer tale of a night at a speed dating event.
While Yair and Mairtín were winning the hearts of the traditional and world music fans, it was the visit of KT Tunstall that attracted the excitement of contemporary music lovers. Hot on the heels of the success of her single “Black Horse on the Cherry Tree”, KT arrived in town in her big silver tour bus en route to the Oxygen Music Festival and played to a huge crowd in the newly renovated Danno’s Night Club. Earlier in the week Galway favourites The Walls had satisfied the die hard rockers with a high energy two hour set.
Meanwhile the late night sessions in Lonergans continued with the monday night Rattle the Boards gig always packed to the rafters and such local favourites as Mary Nugent and Malpractice being joined by some interesting visiting acts. That year’s Blues legend Jonathan Kalb from New York finished the week with a superb set on the Saturday night joined on stage by Charis member and Junction Festival sound Engineer Luis Asturias playing Bas
Festival History 2006
A fantastic selection of upbeat global music which had the late night revellers dancing right through the week, local girl Gemma Hayes and the quirky Duke Special headlining the Rock and the fabulous NoFit State Circus with their spaceship like big top and their inimitable contemporary circus show “Immortal” were some of the highlight of an action packed Festival in 2006.
The Participation Programme continued with its success in the schools working to the theme of Forest Stories taking inspiration from the children’s book “Into the Forest” transforming the town centre with a display of banners and a second vibrant installation of large scale flags could be seen on the by-pass, an adult community project facilitated by Pauline Flynn.
Liam Clancy returned to Clonmel Junction Festival to perform with American blues legend Odetta. His tales of singing in the folk clubs with Odetta, and such luminaries Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger in Grenwich Village in the 1960’s, set the scene for a mesmerising set by Odetta and a grand finale with both artists singing on stage together. The evening ended with an acapella version of “House of the Rising Sun” sung by Odetta to a spellbound and adoring audience.
To celebrate the growth of the Polish Community in Clonmel, the Festival presented a mini-Polish Festival over the week including a contemporary dance show, True Love, a favourite heavy metal band and a food event at which the local Polish community prepared a selection of traditional foods for guests at Eldon’s who were entertained by the folk band Dikanda.
Dikanda were in town for the week and spent much of it when not performing rehearsing with the Madagascan band Alafia. They performed together at the finale in Raheen house to a rapturous audience. The event ended with an impromptu by Liam O’Maonlaí who had performed the previous night in Lonergan’s Bar.
However the week really belonged to the circus: Not only did the NoFit State show sell out the six performances but the circus troupe entered into the spirit of the Festival participating in the Community Park, performing under the Arches and even having its band The Immortal Orchestra, put on an unscheduled concert in Hearn’s Hotel on the Thursday evening.
Festival History 2007
In 2007 Clonmel Junction Festival took over the old Chadwick’s yard and building, a disused builders’ supplier yard near the centre of town. This was to become the hub of the Festival for the next four years. The buildings and yard offered the Festival so many possibilities to present work of scale, to create new work and to offer the patrons an unusual environment for meeting and spending time during the 10 days.
The buildings and grounds at the Chadwick’s yard also offered the Festival team space to expand the Participation Programme and in particular to begin working with the teenagers in the town who up to that time had not engaged with the Festival. The Space Time Machine project offered 20 teenagers the possibility of working with a small team of artists and technicians to design, build and create their own venue. The resulting sculptural portal and yurt was teeming with teenagers all week, doing various workshops and hosting bands including Royseven whose lead singer Paul Walsh is from the town.
The large shed at the complex was transformed into a 300 seat theatre where Irish aerial theatre company Fidget Feet presented their production of “Remember Her”. The venue later hosted the award winning show “Sclavi Song of an Emigrant” by the Czech company Farm in the Cave, a piece that had audiences divided as some loved it and others hated it. The public’s choice in 2007 was undoubtedly “The Syringa Tree”, a solo show written and performed by Gin Hammond, about an South African family’s journey through the apartheid years.
Deirdre O’Kane returned to Clonmel having performed at the Festival in 2002. This time she was performing in O’Keeffe’s Bar 4 and sold out 3 nights. 2007 was also the first of several years during which a large stage was erected in the beautiful garden of Devane’s Pub in Irishtown with the Comeragh Mountains in the background and the river Suir flowing by. The line up of Mary Black, Jack L, and The Dubliners ensured that there were three sold out shows. Kasai Masai from the Congo and Baka Beyond made up of UK and Baka tribes people from the Cameroon forest kept the World Music fans dancing. However the highlight of the week was an unexpected Saturday night concert from UK singer songwriter Foy Vance who was just finishing an hour and a half set for a small crowd when the venue filled up with the crowds drifting in from other events. Encouraged by the audience he continued and ended over an hour later playing to a packed and wildly enthusiastic audience.
Festival History 2008
Delighted by the scale and possibilities of the Chadwicks building for aerial dance and theatre, Fidget Feet approached the Festival early in the year with a proposal to create a new show for the Festival with Cois Ceim director David Bolger. The company rehearsed for 4 weeks in Clonmel before the Festival presented “RAW”, a show that would go on to great success at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009. Not content to utilise the buildings, the Festival took over the yard, installing the beautiful White Tent of Nicole and Martin from Switzerland and the eco fun fair theatrical experience Sensazione.
Theatre fans’ choice of the festival in 2008 was undoubtedly “Presumption” by the British company Third Angel. For families the visit of Puppet State Theatre with “The Man who Planted Trees” was particularly popular.
The Participation Programme theme for 2008 was the river Suir and artist Fethard Patricia Looby working with twenty classes to create a river of flags. The Community Park event held each year on the Wednesday moved to Suir Island and was devised to offer participants the opportunity to make costumes and then take part in a parade through town. The centre piece of the Community Park was an installation by Dutch street theatre company Warner and Consorten whose work creates a manic offbeat world of invention and lunacy.
Warner and Consorten also performed their show “Bokkensprongen” at the Clonmel Show as part of the Festival’s collaboration with the annual agricultural event. The Dutch company’s unique clowning style included a period of mayhem with 8 performers bouncing around on inflated tractor tyre tubes which created a big stir at the showgrounds but not as much as and company’s impromptu race around the donkey derby track in front of 2000 people. This was by far the most successful of the 9 year collaboration between the Festival and the Show.
The Riverside Stage at Devane’s once again hosted a number of big Irish stars with Paul Brady playing a fabulous opening night concert in appalling weather to a damp but exhilarated crowd. The Devane’s venue also had three nights of World Music double bills exploring European Folk Traditions. A night of Balkan Music, a night of Mediterranean music and a Celtic night brought such renown performers as Lubo Alexander from Romania, Julie Fowlis from Scotland, Danú from Ireland and the highlight of the six bands, a six piece ensemble from Naples playing hypnotic rhythms of the Tarantella.
Local three piece band Maslow were selected to host the African youth band Body Mind and Soul from Malawi. During the week in Clonmel the Clonmel boys rehearsed 3 tunes with the African lads which were performed during the Finale Concert. In August of 2008, Maslow represented the Festival in Malawi performing at the Music Crossroads Interregional Finals.
Festival History 2009
The use of the old Chadwick’s yard and buildings on Queen Street continued in 2009 with the space being used by Cork integrated dance company Croi Glan to develop a new piece of aerial dance in the run up to the Festival. The show was premiered as part of a double bill with London Aerial Dance company Upswing Aerial.
The director of Upswing Vicky Amadume was also involved in a new project called Café Carte Blanche run by the Participation Director Theresia Guschlbauer who took over 5 disused spaces in the town and commissioned 5 artists to create cafe spaces and curate activities for the week of the Festival. The spaces were then open to the public for 9 days during the Festival. In addition to Amadume, there were writer Mia Gallagher, Live Artist Pricilla Robinson, Visual Artists Pat Looby and Austin McQuinn. The Cafés were a terrific success offering and in depth experiences and encounters of professional artists to the visiting public.
There was a very positive response to the theatre programme which included the revival of Eamon Morrissey’s “The Brother” and an Oxford Playhouse production called “One Small Step” about the space race and the first moon landing performed with an inventive flair and some empty yogurt tubs. However it was the South Korean production of “The Angel and the Woodcutter” about the ravages of war that left a deep mark in the memory of the audiences who saw it.
The music programme was as ever diverse, novel and exciting. Fawzy Al-Aiedy introduced the Festival to the music of his native war torn Iraq and Bassekou Kouyate brought the desert grooves of Mali. Galway rock legends The Stunning filled Devane’s for an evening of their greatest hits while O’Keeffe’s Bar 4 hosted Duke Special and Lisa Hannigan both of whom had appeared at the Festival in previous years Duke in 2006 when he released his first CD, and Hannigan back in 2002, then a member of Damien Rice’s band.
Festival History 2010
The Circus Comes to Town was the theme for the tenth anniversary of Junction Festival. Circus acts both big and small, indoor and outdoor descended on the town and a wonderful celebration was had.
There was traditional circus from Ireland’s oldest touring family circus the Fossett’s, a madcap rock n’ roll circus from Canada company Les Parfait Unconnus, and a very poignant theatrical circus show from Tumble Circus whose tale of falling in and out of love while swinging from the trapeze was both humorous and touching.
There was clowning in different guises, slapstick red nose hilarity from Cirque de Legumes and a gastronomical theatrical delicacy from Barcelona called “Copacabana” performed by Ponten Pie. A troupe of Galway fleas were detained an aditional day to put on extra shows of their much in demand Pignut Flea Circus.
Even the musical offerings for 2010 had a connection with the circus with Dutch band Wereldband (formerly De Wereldband) who had performed at the Festival in 2003 returning with their madcap stage show combining clowning with musical virtuosity. Virtuosity and more was also on display when President Obama’s favourite group Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performed in O’Keeffes. The week in O’Keeffes, now the premiere festival music venue, also included sell out shows for Cathy Davey, Republic of loose, Mick Flannery and Junction Festival favourites Kíla.
However it was the 10th Anniversary concert that was the most talked about event of the week. Fergal O’Keeffe put together an all star concert with the help of music promoter Una Molloy which included Lisa Hannigan, Paul Walsh, David Kitt, Cathy Cavey and Jerry Fish performing a series of duets and classic covers with the Gavin Glass Band. Cathy Davey and Lisa Hannigan performing Blue Moon with Lisa playing ukulele was one of the highlights.
Creole fiddler Cedric Watson and the Zambian band Nyali stayed in town for a few days each playing a number of gigs including the finale concert which moved back to Raheen House.
The Cafe Carte Blanche series continued with seven spaces inhabited by the Festival for the duration of the Festival. Chantal McCormick and Lee Claydon from Fidget Feet running an Aerial Dance Café, Rossa O’ Snodaigh from Kíla hosting in Cupan Craic an Irish Language café, local film makers Paul Kelly and Will Nugent setting up the Cine Café where visitors were invited to make a one minute movie. Lynn Mather in Clonmel Futures explored arts and the Environment, Local Heritage Officer Labhaoise McKenna used recycled materials for art making in The Place to Be. Theatre director Shane Dempsey and writer Hannah Burke worked with a group of teenagers on drama games and writing in the Play Room and Chanteuse Caroline Moreau who had appeared at the Festival in 2001 returned with French compatriot Marie-Laure Frochot to run the Café Chantant, a project that was to give birth to the Festival Choir.
Sadly the biggest event of the week planned for over a year with Street Spectacle company LUXe, Fidget Feet and the Junction Festival team to mount a large spectacle with a procession through the town to be called the “Charivari” did not get to be realised in full due to horrendous weather on the Saturday it was scheduled. However true to the dictum that the show must go on, the valiant performers both professional and local volunteers braved an inclement evening to put on an edited version of the planned event which happened in the Showgrounds shopping centre. A crowd of over 500 people cheered and joined in the fun as the riot of colour and creativity danced around the arena while daring aerial dancers floated over head hanging from the crane in a gusty breeze.
Festival History 2011
After a break from the theatre in 2010, the audiences responded enthusiastically to a strong theatre programme in 2011 with UK shows “Bound” performed by Bear Trap winning the inaugural Theatre Award for the wonderful ensemble performance with acapella singing by the six young lads telling the ill-fated story of a fishing boats trip out in stormy weather. Rannell’s“Flip Flop” and The Theatre Projects’ “The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead” were well received as was the ingenious and charismatic Jeff Bunk with his shadow puppet show “Sticks, Stones and Broken Bones”.
The Festival also co produced two shows which premiered in Clonmel. “City of Clowns” by Barabbas was a 50 minute solo show by Raymond Keane which culminating with a walk through the eirily lit Chadwicks backstage which was inhabited by a tribe of lonely clowns all caught in their own ritual. Junction Festival also supported the newly formed Cheerywild Theatre Company to create “Love All”, a comedy about 1880’s Irish Tennis champion Vere St Ledger Gould which had six sell out performances in a specially created theatre space in Russell Court. This show went on to tour the country for 11 weeks and ran for 4 weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012.
The Festival Choir, which emerged from the Chantant Café in 2010 was entrusted to the charismatic baton of Austrian conductor Elizabeth Attl. The hard working group of enthusiastic singers performed a Schubert Mass on the first Sunday of the Festival in St Mary’s in Irishtown and then rehearsed a full repertoire for a concert the following Saturday in Old St Mary’s Church.
Five spaces were used for The Cafés Carte Blanche Programme in 2011, each creating its own special resonance and leaving traces in the community throughout the year. The Story House curated by Fiona Dowling and Nina Tanis produced a group of enthusiastic young story tellers who went on to run workshops throughout the following year for other teenagers in story telling, The Suir River Café which was curated by Lyn Mather who created a flowing stream in her space set side by side with project run by Labhaoise McKenna and the Heritage Office who was looking to gather stories about the river. Some of the stories sourced in the café have been incorporated into the new glass bridge which crosses the river. (link) Jeffrey Gormly’s Dream City was a quiet space for solace and reflection. The strong bond created between Gormly and the teenage trainees and their friends led to the Play and Plan project later that year. The Solar Space run by Clonmel arts collective Art Hive was the busiest space, offering much by way of hands on workshops and talks on subjects as diverse as bee keeping and collage. Of the five spaces, it was Maurice Caplice’s "Sound Lab” that was selected as a prize winner when the awards were distributed. Over the week he had collected sound bites, songs and noises from the visitors and created a delightful, intriguing and insightful soundscape of the week. (link)
Rock fans flocked to see Declan O’Rourke, Royseven, Gemma Hayes and Fight Like Apes. World Music fans were treated to Flamenco from Barcelona (Mary Lambourne), Log Cabin Indie Folk from Michigan (Breathe Owl Breathe), African rhythms from Chad (H’Sao) and the madness of Balkan Cuban fusion from France (La Zikabilo). Indeed La Zikabilo were much in evidence around the town as they enjoyed doing impromptu concerts in pubs and on the street creating a marvellous atmosphere. Worthy winners of the Music Award for 2011, they finished the Festival in Raheen house with an infectious dance jam joined by the members of H’Sao and local guitarist Mark Hickey.
Large vertical banners designed by Miriam Robinson with the help of over 200 children added the necessary festival colour to the occasion and 600 bunting flags in the colour of the rainbow populated Mitchell Street with a joyful display designed by Ashling Egan and 40 local women.
FESTIVAL HISTORY 2012
Clonmel photographer John Kelly was commissioned by the Festival to do a series of portraits which were used in the new look created for the Festival by Emagine Design around the theme of Our Place, Our Town, Our Festival. With the Chadwick’s yard unavailable the Festival shifted its hub to 28 Parnell Street right in the heart of the town. This created a new dynamic which combined with the fresh design reenergised the Festival and attracted increased engagement locally and a grater influx of visitors.
The presence of the beautiful White Tent of Nicole and Martin in Mick Delahunty Square and Cirso Islu’s charming mini big top tucked into a side yard in Parnell Street added to the sense of the Festival’s presence in the town. The daily concert Under the Arches in the arcade of the Main Guard were programmed and run by Clonmel musicians Eoin Hally andr Colin Bolger at which young bands and singers from the town performing original music in addition to the visiting acts. The discovery of the MC and comic talent Dan Kennedy added to the popularity of the daily events.
Full houses for many of the theatre shows including “The Golden Dragon” performed by Actors Theatre Company from London and the returning Mr Bunk with his new show “Swamp Juice” were both highly praised. However it was Irish writer and solo performer Pat Kinevane who left the greatest mark with his performance of “Silent” which was the judges unanimous choice for the 2012 Theatre Award. The small venue shows “The Wheelchair on my Face” and “Racoon” were also well received.
The Café Carte Blanche programme had three space in 2012. Theresia Guschlbauer, the Festival’s Participation Director curated a series of talks in The Common Thread looking at person mythologies, a theme that filtered through the workshop activities that ran during the day. Brigid Teehan and Lyn Mather, founders of the South Tipperary Arts and Health network ran a very busy space looking at the crossover between arts and wellbeing. Theatre makers Maisie Lee and Sarah Jayne Quigley ran daily workshops with visiting performers and a very popular daily critics circle in their Stagedoor Space.
Vivianne from Lisbon introduced Clonmel to the rich melancholic sounds of Fado, Boubacar Traore from Mali demonstrated again why his country is justly recognised as one of the most vital musical nations in the world and visiting French band Oncle Strongle played up a storm both with Clonmel’s Pearly Whites and in collaboration with ten local rock musicians with whom the rehearsed an unforgettable finale. The Festival choir returned again with conductor Elizabeth Attl and grew in numbers and confidence taking on some challenging choral compositions by Austrian contemporary composer Wolfgang Sauseng. The Festival also presented the Irish Chamber Orchestra for the first time, performing a concert which included Pachelbel, Elgar and Tchaikovsky’s virtuosos masterpiece Allegro for Strings.
There were sell out shows for Comedian Stephen K Amos, Royseven and Crow Black Chicken and a wonderful crowd in O Connell Street for the Festival Finale Concert entertained by The Ryan Brothers, The Pearly Whites and Oncle Strongle.
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