Sopra - Eamon O'Malley

Sopra - Eamon O'Malley

  1. Tue 2 July | 12.30PM - 1.30PM | €12 | The Main Guard

Eamon O’Malley will be presenting a program of contemporary piano music featuring music by Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, Nils Frahm & Max Richter.

Eamon graduated in 1998 with a B.Mus from Waterford Institute of Technology and followed that up with a Diploma in Music and Multimedia Technology from Trinity College Dublin. He has recently completed a course in Musical Ensemble direction with Brendan Breslin from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Over the last number of years he has established himself as a performer as both piano soloist and as an accomplished accompanist.

Eamon has spent many successful years as Chorus Master for the productions for the Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society, winning a national award for Best Chorus in 2015, and as Musical Director for the Creative Minds Theatre Group and is continuing to work with both groups in 2019.

In 2014, Eamon expanded his portfolio of roles to become Musical Director of the award-winning Belle Voci Ladies’ Choir. He is also a founder and current Musical Director of the UpRoar Rock Chorus, a contemporary choir that performs modern and alternative rock music.

Nóta Stóta

Nóta Stóta

  1. Sat 6 July | 5PM - 6.15PM (Family Show) | €15 | White Memorial Theatre
  2. Sat 6 July | 8PM - 9.15PM | €15 | White Memorial Theatre

The supernatural world is about 3 feet from this one and in thin places it’s even less.

Step through with Nóta Stóta...puppets, polkas and púca’s . This band plays for the fairies. Am suí leis na sídhe!

The people in Nóta Stóta are Benny McCarthy (accordion/ harmonica), Conal Ó Gráda (flute/ harmonica) and Des Dillon (puppets/ harmonica). They are joined on-stage by a magical menagerie who make this performance an unforgettable experience.

This act grew from previous collaborations between traditional band The Raw Bar Collective, puppeteering group Teac A Blac and the theatre show Mag Mell.

Fred Cooke - Fred Space

Fred Cooke - Fred Space

  1. Thu 4 July | 8.30PM - 10PM | €15 | Bakers Comedy Club, Parnell St.

Fred Cooke is leaving his twinkle toes behind him from Dancing with the Stars and taken to the road for his new comical tour of musical madness Fred Space.

Voted Irish Comedian of the Year 2018 by Tatler Magazine, he has supported Irish comedy legend Tommy Tiernan on his nationwide tour. Cooke’s guitar plucking panache enables him to paint comical situations before delivering unexpected killer-punch lines that leave his audience ‘elevated to hilarity’.

“Fred Cooke is ready to step into the premier league of Irish funnymen.” - HOT PRESS

“Comedy genius; he has so much energy that he could power a small village in the west of Kerry” - THE LAUGHTER

Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery

  1. Sat 6 July | 8.30PM - 10:30PM | €18 | O'Keeffe's Bar 4

Mick Flannery is regarded as one of Ireland's finest singer-songwriters and will play at the Festival the day after the release of his new album.

Mick Flannery is widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Ireland in recent years. 2018 saw Mick Flannery step out of his comfort zone both musically and geographically, touring new cities across UK, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand whilst working with a number of celebrated producers along the way. What has transpired over the last year is one of his strongest bodies of work in his fifteen-year songwriting career.

His new album will be released in Ireland on 5th July 2019 the day before his Junction Festival appearance .

"astute and sophisticated lyrics” RTE

"a song-writing force to be reckoned with" The Times

"..intense and moving" The Guardian

An award-winning, double platinum selling artist, Mick has released five albums to date (including two number ones) and received widespread airplay. He became the first Irish musician ever to win awards at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, aged 19. His critically acclaimed live performances have seen him sell out shows in Ireland’s Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House.

Mick first picked up a guitar at age of 14 under the musical influence of his mother’s family in their old farmhouse in Blarney, Co. Cork where he grew up listening to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jim Croce. Mick wrote songs throughout his teens, while training as a stonemason, which culminated in him signing to a major label at just 21 and releasing his first album “Evening Train”.

Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

  1. Wed 3 July | 8PM | €15 | Main Guard (Upstairs)

Join Andreea Banciu, violist from RTÉ ConTempo Quartet and Aileen Cahill, pianist, for an evening of beautiful music that celebrates the life and music of virtuoso pianist Clara Schumann, for the 200th anniversary of her birth year.

The programme will include works of her own composition, as well as a selection by the two men that she inspired and supported her whole life - Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. With three works for viola and piano (Robert Schumann "Märchenbilder", Clara Schumann "3 Romances" and Brahms E flat major Sonata op 120, no 2) with a work for solo piano by Clara Schumann.

A native of county Sligo, Aileen Cahill is a pianist best known as a repetiteur and chamber musician. In 2007, she completed her Masters in Solo Piano under Dr. John O'Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and in 2011, her Masters in Piano Accompaniment under Catherina Lemoni-O'Doherty at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. At this time, she was also awarded a Fellowship Diploma for vocal and instrumental accompaniment from the London College of Music.

Aileen has won many prizes at Dublin, Sligo and Arklow Feiseanna, as well as at RIAM and DIT festival competitions for solo piano, concerto, vocal duo, instrumental duo, piano duet and organ. She has competed internationally on numerous occasions, most recently in Cantù, Taranto and Val Tidone, Italy. In masterclass, Aileen has studied with esteemed teachers such as Christian Favre, Barry Douglas, and Marie Francoise-Buquet, and in concerto, has been a frequent soloist with ensembles such as Sligo Baroque Orchestra, Budweis Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech) and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.

Andreea Banciu is the violist/founder of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet, Galway Ensemble in Residence. She is a lecturer in viola at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and a Chamber music visiting teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In 2016 she was awarded a degree of Doctor of Music, Honoris Causa, from National University of Ireland, Galway. Andreea has won 14 International Prizes in Chamber Music Competitions (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Graz, Hamburg, Rome). She has performed over 1600 concerts around the world in 40 countries (in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera, Carnegie Hall, Gedai Tokyo, NCH).

Andreea had the honour to perform in front of great personalities (Michael D Higgins, Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Nobel Prize Winners & Hollywood Stars). She took part, as a supporting actress, in the "Trop Tard" film (selected for Cannes Festival) and recorded the music for Steven Spielberg & Tom Hank's "Band of Brothers". Her latest album "New Airs" went straight to no 3 in the iTunes classical charts. Her recordings can be found on the Universal, Sony, Quartz, Deutsche Schallplatten & NMC labels.

Songs And Tall Tales of Jerry Fish

Songs And Tall Tales of Jerry Fish

  1. Wed 3 July | 9PM | €20 | Cider Rooms Cabaret at The Coachman

He’s one of Ireland’s most enigmatic and entertaining performers to the point where the Electric Picnic have for the past six years afforded him his very own stage. In fact in 2018 “The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow” doubled in size and has become one of the main attractions at The Picnic.

An indie legend and ringmaster of exceptional renown, Jerry Fish has evolved into a showman extraordinaire, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences all over with his now legendary live shows, a unique live theatrical experience that dissolves all boundaries between performer and audience.

These days the name Jerry Fish is synonymous with Festivals, Carnival Sideshow, Circus and Theatre.

In 2017 Jerry took his stranger-than-fiction life story to theatre audiences for the first time at the Dublin Fringe festival; “The Songs & Tall Tales of Jerry Fish.”

Jerry is currently touring an intimate piano show, performing his favourite songs, old, new, borrowed and blue, from a career spanning over two decades as well as excerpts from his sell-out fringe theatre show.

A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having anything but a good time, accentuating the positive and bringing smiles to troubled faces with his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache.

Strolling Through Ulysses!

Strolling Through Ulysses!

  1. Mon 1 - Wed 3 July | 7PM - 8.30PM | €15 | Hickey's Bakery, Irishtown

Have you ever read a book that included a toilet visitation, a bar room brawl, an act of seduction, naughty shenanigans on a beach, lewd thoughts, adultery, a drunken orgy, and a detailed description of urinating in a back garden? And all of this happening in just one day! If you haven’t, then you haven’t read James Joyce’s Ulysses!

Strolling Through Ulysses! tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday - June 16th 1904 - the iconic day around which James Joyce’s Ulysses is based.

Strolling Through Ulysses! guides you through the curious events and quirky characters of Ulysses, in a humorous, entertaining and informative manner, with extracts from the novel which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing - the comical, the descriptive and the complex – without compromising the integrity of the great book.

Joyce, speaking about Ulysses, once famously declared, ‘there is not one serious line in it.’ Strolling Through Ulysses! certainly proves that!

Bawdy, irreverent and great fun!

Rattle The Boards 20th Anniversary Concert

Rattle The Boards 20th Anniversary Concert

  1. Mon 1 July | 8PM | €20 | White Memorial Theatre

One of the liveliest traditional acts in Ireland's music scene, Rattle The Boards will celebrate in a jubilant concert featuring Benny McCarthy (Button Accordion), Pat Ryan (Fiddle and Banjo), and John Nugent (Guitar) with special guests.

Playing together since 1992, Rattle The Boards have been praised as one of the liveliest traditional acts in Ireland's music scene. Pat, John and Benny were all members of the Knocknagow Ceili Band who were based in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary. Benny is also leader of the International super group "Danú" and has toured all over the world.

In 1999 Rattle The Boards released their debut album to much acclaim. They have performed concert tours in Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada over the 20 years and in recent years performed on the Mediterranean for Disney cruise lines. In 2002 Rattle The Boards provided the musical inspiration for the hit Irish theatre show called Teac A Bloc by visual artist Des Dillon. Rattle The Boards arranged and performed with Teac A Bloc to sold-out venues throughout Ireland and also performed two sketches from the show on Ireland's premier TV show "The Late Late Show” in December 2003. This is only one of many TV appearances by Rattle The Boards.

In March 2008 Rattle The Boards released their long awaited second album "The Parish Platform" nearly a decade after the debut release.Their sense of fun and lift in the music of Rattle The Boards makes them unique among their contemporaries. As their name suggests this is a group that will have its audience on their feet and rattling the floorboards.

Don Juan

Don Juan

  1. Fri 5 - Sat 6 July | 8PM - 9.40PM | €20 | Cider Rooms Cabaret at The Coachman

Directed by the award-winning Leo Gene Peters and an audacious cast of New Zealand performers, Don Juan brings together brilliant physical comedy, twisted pop songs and explosive wit to create a hilarious and irreverent show.

Leave your inhibitions at the door and join the revelry when Don Juan travels across the sea and berths at Clonmel Junction’s new venue, The Cider Rooms Cabaret. Five performers will entice and delight as they invite the audience into their wild retelling of the story of the original master of seduction: Don Juan.

Directed by the award-winning Leo Gene Peters and an audacious cast of New Zealand performers, Don Juan brings together brilliant physical comedy, twisted pop songs and explosive wit to create a hilarious and irreverent show.

Don Juan is created and performed by a cast who play a revolving repertoire of outrageous characters including their own version of Don Juan. It depicts how, despite our best efforts, we often fail to be the impressive person we wish to be.

By putting the audience in the centre of the action, Don Juan feels more like a party than a play. Bring your partner, message your tinder-date or get your friends together!

“irrepressibly gleeful” – NZ Herald

“Five beautiful actors... cajole, charm, amuse and serenade me into submission” - Theatreview

“controlled anarchy” – Dominion Post

“So f***kin funny I almost died laughing” – Metro

The Fight

The Fight

  1. Mon July 1 - Thu July 4 | 8PM | €15 | Kickham Barracks Gym

Stagecraft Youth Theatre presents The Fight at the Clonmel Junction Arts Festival.

Behind closed doors, away from the rugby pitches and beneath the historic corridors, a new after school activity has started, Fight Club.

The Fight examines the intense and volatile environment of an elite boarding school. With no room for error and a constant expectation for excellence, these students need an outlet.

"Everyone thinks they know who we are. If you want to find out what really matters, Fight!"

Join The Fight, Join the Club, Join Us.

Sliabh Na mBan - An installation by Mollie Anna King for STAC

Sliabh Na mBan - An installation by Mollie Anna King for STAC

  1. Tue July 2 | 10am - 5pm | FREE | South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson St, Clonmel

Sliabh Na mBan [Scorched Grass/Structured Gress/Keep Yourself Nice]

Artist Mollie Anna King engages with the physical and historical elements of Sliabh Na mBan and the surrounding rural area, drawn from folklore and the Cairn located at its peak.

Exploring the use of ritual as a means of embedding the self in a place, the artist engages with the physical and historical elements of Sliabh na mBan and the surrounding rural area, drawn from androcentric folklore and the Cairn located at its peak.

Working through the idea of placemaking and home, in the age of the housing crisis, the rural and female idyll is exposed through the use of ritual and routine actions. This lies between the geographic, the geologic and the architectural. Above ground all is calm but the cairn’s interior is the belly of the beast. Beckett claimed that ‘habit is a great deadener’ and it is through opening up this statement that the artist considers the act of habitually walking paths and tracks, seeing these land markings as vascular and so, life giving.

About the artist

Mollie Anna King studied for her B.A at Crawford College of Art & Design before completing an M.F.A in Sculpture at the Slade School of Art in 2013.

A recipient of the Barto dos Santos Memorial Award, the Land Securities award and studio residency in Bow Arts, London. Solo shows in South Tipperary Arts Centre, The NSF Space, The Black Mariah Gallery and CANAL Gallery in London with Group Shows in AMP Gallery, London, Wandesford Quay Gallery Cork and GL Strand in Copenhagen.

Community and facilitation are part of her practice and Mollie has run episodic residencies from her childhood home in Kilcash, County Tipperary, concluded by local exhibitions. In 2019 she was Artist Resident in LSAD’s Ceramic Department and the Artist Resident in STAC, 2018. King has also worked collaboratively with artists Patrick White, Niamh Riordan, Assemble Architects, guest artist with The Domestic Godless ‘The Food, the Bad and the Ugly’ Tour and has been guest Host for Callan Workhouse Union’s “Bring Your own Chair” Residency.

Our full programme will be announced over the coming weeks