Clonmel Arts Studios at the Artist's Cabin

Clonmel Arts Studios at the Artist's Cabin

  1. 30/06/2019 - 07/07/2019 | 11am-4pm | Free | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

“To have a studio is to have a laboratory. It should be a haven of peace

for creative incubation where one can express inspiration garnered

from life. For me it is a sanctuary where the spirit can breathe

and take new forms and from which, at least temporarily, the

everyday environment is banished." Kate Somerville

The Clonmel Arts Studios Group is a new initiative comprised of local

artists with support from Clonmel Borough District Council, Tipperary

County Council’s Arts Office and South Tipperary Arts Centre. Using vacant

commercial premises, the aim is provide affordable studio space to foster a

collaborative environment for artists working in different disciplines.

The pilot project, beginning July 1st 2019, is at Hughes’ Mills on Suir Island

with Treasa Doocey, Ian Mannion, Kate Somerville and Brigid Teehan having

been selected as the resident artists. It is hoped that the scheme will be

extended in the near future, subject to demand and the agreement of private

property owners in the town.

Clonmel Junction Festival has offered members of Clonmel Arts Studios

Group the opportunity to occupy an Artists’ Cabin, located on the roof of the

Showgrounds Shopping Centre. The solar-heated cabin, manufactured by

Solar Studio of Kilsheelan, will become a temporary studio for the duration

of the Festival to create awareness of this pilot project. The artists have

volunteered their time to welcome the public in to meet them and watch

them at work. A selection of pieces from their various art practices will be

on display.

Due to the late nature of the offering of the Cabin, the artists were limited in

preparation time but they are delighted to have the opportunity to promote

this new initiative.

Public Art Trail

Public Art Trail

  1. Mon 1 - Sun 7 July | FREE | Clonmel (ask in Box Office or go to for map)

A celebration of public art in Clonmel with a map to guide the public to Tesco café (Robert Ballagh’s Tristram Shandy series), LIT campus (John Burke sculpture), Quay (Ron van der Noll/ Bobby Blunt sculpture), murals (James Earley & Anthony Lawless) as well as the installations and murals of Down The Lane.

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon

  1. Thu 4 July | 8PM - 9.30PM | €20 | White Memorial Theatre

If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store.

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will
be performing material from her new album "Wanderer" which is a
collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting
with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara's warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

Celebrating 10 years of Clonmel World Music

Zrazy - Daughters of Dun Iascaigh

Zrazy - Daughters of Dun Iascaigh

  1. Thu 4 July | 6PM - 7.30PM | €12 | Main Guard

Zrazy blissfully combine emotional ‘lived-in vocals’ (Irish Times) with a stunning musicality of Art pop, Celtic soulfulness and jazz-electronica.

Cahir native Maria Walsh on vocals, flute and percussion with Carole Nelson on piano and saxophone will bring you on a journey of ravishingly rich music inspired by the 2018 history book Daughters of Dun Iascaigh in a concert that promises to be unique, eclectic and undeniably Zrazy after all these years.

Dansema - Twinkles

Dansema - Twinkles

  1. Sat 6 - Sun 7 July | 11AM - 11.40AM | €10 (Adult + Child) | Kickham Barracks Gym

An immersive theatrical dance performance themed after the world’s most famous nursery rhyme, created by Dansema Dance Theatre, the acclaimed Lithuanian young children’s theatre company.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky – says the song. What if little star twinkles on the ground or inside of curious babies, discovering world and themselves? The dance performance „Twinkles“ is full of various shining objects which motivate young audiences together with dancers to explore light on stage. So the performance becomes a laboratory for babies to enjoy sources of light and movement.

Supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture LR Ministry of Culture Partners Arts Printing House, ASSITEJ Lithuania. Presented in collaboration with Earagail Arts Festival and Cairde Sligo Arts Festival.

Previous tours: International theater for children festival Kitoks’18 (Vilnius, Lithuania), International circus festival Hoog’18 (Haapsalu, Estonia), Shanghai Children Arts Theater and Inside-Out theater Beijing (China).

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.

Plein Air Painting with STAG

Plein Air Painting with STAG

  1. Wed 3 - Sat 6 July | 11am | FREE | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Experience painting and drawing outdoors with the artists of South Tipperary Arts Group on hand for advice. Open to adults with any level of artistic experience. Materials included. Meet at the Artist Cabin at Showgrounds Shopping Centre

The group, started its life in Sept 1968 when a small number of enthusiastic amateur artists who were attending art courses in the local Central Technical Institute in Clonmel at the time, got together with three of the Art Teachers from that college to form the South Tipperary Art Group (S.T.A.G.), for the artists and art lovers of Clonmel.

Artwork by STAG Adult Art members is on display and for sale in Slievenamon Golf Club, The Outpatient’s Corridor in the Hospital, Befani’s Restaurant, Mr. Bumbles’ Restaurant, in My Cafe Market Place and by contacting the Organisers. STAG’s 50th Anniversary Exhibitions in 2018 took place in Clonmel (Tipperary County Museum/Clonmel Library/South Tipperary Arts Centre), in Carrick on Suir (the Library), in Cahir (The Craft Granary), in Tipperary Town (Excel Gallery), In Fethard (FHC Experience) and Cashel (Library).

Niwel Tsumbu Singing Workshop

Niwel Tsumbu Singing Workshop


Explore your voice in a safe environment with harmonious and joyous songs from Africa with Niwel Tsumbu.

Beautiful songs and music combined with the skill, talent and enthusiasm that Niwel brings means a wonderful time will be on the offer.

Niwel Tsumbu is a Congolese guitarist, composer and singer, he is an engaging and innovative musician and a celebrated performer.

Niwels' elegant and fluent guitar playing weaves the rich tapestry of African rhythms with contemporary harmony to fill the soul.

No singing experience is necessary for this workshop, just the love of singing.

Join us to celebrate of human voice, our expressions and the expression of Africa Congolese music through the healing and uplifting vibration of sound.

This workshop is accessible for everyone and we look forward to sharing this with you.

Down the Lane

Down the Lane

  1. Mon 1 - Sun 7 July | Laneways of Clonmel (ask in Festival Box Office or visit for map)

Down The Lane is a project that places the work of artists and arts practitioners in the heart of Clonmel’s downtown. The laneway in a modern town has a negative connotation (dark, dirty, perhaps dangerous). We invite our artists to shine a light into these spaces in order to reclaim them for the public and to use them as a public gallery for art. Sound installations, projections, murals, sculptural pieces, we will work with the artists to turn the town centre into an art gallery for the week of the Festival.

East Lane Project is a public sculpture/ installation and outdoor gallery concept. To bring the mountain to the lane is a starting point for the project, curated by painter John Kennedy and visual artist Maurice Caplice in collaboration with sculptor and floral artist Ali Dietrich, and photographer and film maker David Buckley. The four artists are collaborating using their different disciplines to create 10 art pieces to add life to a town centre lane that has much untapped potential. This project’s purpose is to plant a seed in the minds of the Clonmel public, as to the imaginable uses of the Town Lanes.

Ghost Anvil xxvii is a sound installation by Danny McCarthy. Having studied at the National College of Art and Design, Danny currently lectures in Sound Art in the School Of Music and Drama, UCC. He has pioneered both performance art and sound art in Ireland and he continues to be a leading exponent exhibiting and performing both in Ireland and abroad.

Danny explains “For a long time, I’ve been interested in acoustic ecology and sounds that are disappearing from our society. The sound of the anvil was once the loudest and most prevalent sound in every town and village in Ireland. This installation will restore the sound to Sherlock’s Lane in Clonmel.”

Dream Lane is a participative art project by Lyn Mather, who has a diverse background in art, architecture, town planning and art therapy. For the past 10 years she has combined her interests in art and the psyche with her love for nature, wildlife and environmental concerns. Her work often takes the form of interactive art installations in unexpected or non-traditional art spaces to enable a different way of perceiving.

She has devised Dream Lane for Clonmel Junction Arts Festival as an ‘opening’ / a ‘portal’ down the lane in everyday life, where the public is invited to bring their dreams and stories. Dream Lane will catch these and make them visible for all to see in a portal of wonder, symbols and meanings of what our unconscious and uncanny coincidences might communicate. Would you be curious to see what a collective of dreams and stories look like when captured down Blue Anchor Lane?

Brendan Galileo For Europe

Brendan Galileo For Europe

  1. Sun 7 July | 7PM - 8PM | €15 | White Memorial Theatre

To challenge the bureaucracy of Irish political life and to save the local school of music from being converted into apartments for racehorses, Brendan Galileo is determined to join the ranks of the European Parliament.

Alas, in the City of Tribes he is a man without a spear, his previous electoral efforts little more than a novelty act. In a last-ditch attempt to dramatically improve his public profile, he must represent his country in the most vicious diplomatic catfight in the continent, the Eurovision Song Contest.

Brendan Galileo for Europe explores an island's relationship with a continent, a community and a contest. A lighthearted look at how to keep your integrity at the world's foremost convention of kitsch.

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!

**** Extremely funny, high energy reworking of Don Juan encourages us all to live and love bigger and better’ - Scotsman

**** ‘Relentless hilarity, fun and frolics with the master of love’ - The List

‘From side-splitting comedy characters to stunning vocal performances Don Juan is the perfect pick-me-up. You’ll come out feeling like a million dollars’ - My Theatre Mates

***** ‘An anarchic explosion of fun, full of wit and passion’ - Fringe Guru

**** ‘Very fast, very “French” and very funny – an absolute riot’ - Musical Theatre Review

**** - Culture Fix / Wee Review / Reviews Hub

Ruairi de Leastar - Festival Finale

Ruairi de Leastar - Festival Finale

  1. Sun 7 July | 9 - 12PM | €10 | Cider Rooms Cabaret at the Coachman

Providing a platform for some of Clonmel’s most exciting emerging and seasoned songwriters, Ruairi de Leastar curates a Clonmel singer-songwriter showcase concert featuring original music by Alan Acheson, Aishlinn Walsh, Kate Twohig, backed by Pale Rivers drummer Alex Ridley and bass player Niall McGuinness followed by a set of original music from the 6 piece Ruairi de Leastar + Band

Fred Cooke - Fred Space

Fred Cooke - Fred Space

  1. Thu 4 July | 8.30PM - 22.00PM | €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

Junction at the Show

Junction at the Show

  1. Sunday 7th July | 11am - 3pm | Powerstown Park

This year, Clonmel Show coincides with Clonmel Junction Arts Festival and we’ve decided to work together to bring a Festival Family Fun Corner to the Clonmel Show. Look out for our performers on the day at this popular local event which celebrates arts and crafts as well as agriculture.

Kids' Corner at Showgrounds

Kids' Corner at Showgrounds

  1. Mon 1 - Sun 7 July | 3PM | FREE | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

A different art style every day in a fun workshop for families in the car park of Showgrounds with those amazing views of the mountains. Meet every day at 3pm at the Artist Cabin.

On Monday through Wednesday, our artist in residence will be the excellent art instructor Julieanna Dargan.

Thursday through Saturday will see the wonderful Mags Rudnicka in attendance to help children discover their own talents.

Landless - Sliabh na mBan

Landless - Sliabh na mBan

  1. Fri 5 July | 8 - 9PM | €12 | The Main Guard

Landless are Ruth Clinton, Meabh Meir, Sinead Lynch and Lily Power. They sing unaccompanied traditional songs from Irish, Scottish, English and American traditions in close four-part harmony.

Their repertoire features songs of love, death and lamentation, as well as work songs, shape-note hymns and more recently-penned folk songs. Landless have performed in a variety of settings, both in Ireland and abroad, and are closely involved with traditional singing sessions in Dublin and Belfast.

Landless released their debut album Bleaching Bones in March last year. Recorded by John ‘Spud’ Murphy (Lankum/Katie Kim) of Guerrilla Studios across a series of reverb-heavy historic churches across Ireland (and the occasional underground tunnel), Bleaching Bones is an immaculately performed and deeply moving record. With only the natural room sound as accompaniment, Landless, with the help of producer/engineer/mixer Murphy, have created a timeless folk classic that will appeal equally to fans of early 4AD records as it will to lovers of folk and traditional music."

The Well Below The Valley

Laptop Ensemble

Laptop Ensemble

  1. Fri July 5 | 6PM - 6.45PM | FREE | The Main Guard

The Clonmel Laptop Ensemble is an innovative performance ensemble interested in the exploration of real-time computational technologies, digital media and sound generation.

An exciting and innovative new digital arts collective that has been assembled specifically for the Clonmel Arts Festival. Their performance on Friday July 5th at the Main Guard promises to be a unique experience - a chamber musical ensemble in which the instruments are laptop computers, the notes aren’t read from a score but generated by computer code and accompanied by an immersive and interactive light show.

Members of the group come from technology, music and digital arts background and bring their diverse talents together to create something unlike any traditional music performance. Clonmel Laptop Ensemble are Aoibhín de Souza, Sarah Loh, Padraig McGrath, Michael Jones, Eamon O’Malley and John O’Dwyer.

LIT Clonmel Short Films

LIT Clonmel Short Films

  1. Tue 2 July (Artist Talk) | 2PM | FREE | Arts Centre Studio
  2. Tue 2 - Sat 6 July | 10AM - 5PM | FREE | Arts Centre Studio

Taking the idea of local mountains as a theme, second year students of the BSc. (Honours) in Digital Animation Production worked in teams to create short films for Clonmel Junction Arts Festival.

Offerings Team Cinnabuds were inspired by the burial mounds on the Knockmealdown mountains and the changeable weather to tell a tale of superstition and habit.

Divided Team Golden Serpent were inspired by the idea of being cut off from the world up on a mountain and their film deals with a mapmaker who decides to explore the world below.

The Lonely Oni Team LONI used the idea of the difference between the mountains and flat ground to base their story on acceptance of difference

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" RTÉ

"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”.

Move in the Park

Move in the Park

  1. Mon 1 - Sun 7 July | 10AM | FREE | Denis Burke Park

Denis Burke Park on the river is at the entrance to Mountain Road and has beautiful views of both the Comeraghs and Slievenamon. The public can start their day with a Yoga or Tai Chi master.

From Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd, Muireann Morris will be instructing 'Rain or Shine Yoga in the Park'. (Bring a mat and a mac, just in case!). Some mats supplied.

On Thursday the 4th, the instructor in attendance will be David Corbett, of the Ireland Tai Chi & Health QiGong Associations, as well as the Chen UK Tai Chi School.

On Friday the 5th, Gus Tolster of Tai Chi Ireland, will instruct a Tai Chi class.

And to finish out the week, Kathleen McGrath will instruct a yoga class on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th.

Niwel Tsumbu / Electric Orfeo

Niwel Tsumbu / Electric Orfeo

  1. Thu 4 July | 9PM - 11PM | €15 | Cider Rooms Cabaret at The Coachman

Niwel Tsumbu’s virtuoso jazz guitar abilities and Éamonn Cagney’s blistering solo djembe draw both on Congolese roots and modern influences. They perform in a double-header with local jazz ensemble Electric Orfeo. Combining Sam Barkers’s post-bop, funk jazz guitar excursions with Stephen McGrath’s fretboard-traversing, effects-driven bass-playing & Gev Barrett’s laidback multilingual grooves.

Built on 15 years of constant collaboration, Niwel Tsumbu and Éamonn Cagney are known for their incredible musical chemistry and exciting, joyous performances. Besides their duo music, they have worked in traditional Irish, Jazz, world, contemporary, electronic, opera, soundtracks, dance and countless other musical forms.

Niwel Tsumbu and Éamonn Cagney have toured their explosive live show nationally and internationally throughout 2018. Audiences have been absolutely enthralled with their performances and music on this latest tour, and their busy concert schedule has brought them to many selected venues and festivals both nationally and internationally.

The duo has been uplifting audiences for over a decade, and they have made many recordings and videos, with continuous appearances on national and international media.

Expect a highly engaging concert, both intimate and elaborate, a musical river whose sources range from classical to Central Africa, with pulsating rhythms, wild guitar solos and so much more.

Electric Orfeo are an amalgam of influences jazz, funk, metal, rock, swing & a thousand other musical tributaries. Combining Sam Barkers's post bop, funk jazz guitar excursions with Stephen McGrath's fretboard traversing effects driven bass playing & Gev Barrett's laid back multilingual grooves.

Electric Orfeo aim to bring you from the centre of jazz to yet unexplored improvisational musical horizons.

On Song (Catharsis & Incarnation) - Rebekah Keogh

On Song (Catharsis & Incarnation) - Rebekah Keogh

  1. Tue 2 July | 9PM | €10 | Coachman Cabaret

Rebekah Keogh (songwriter and vocalist of Kildare Alt-Rock band, She Speaks) will perform a mixture of new and older original songs adapted exclusively for Clonmel Arts Festival, with the collaborative aid of Indie-electro artist George Mercer of My Tribe Your Tribe.

Rebekah’s musical journey kick started in 2009 while recording at Universal Studios under the guidance of Bedlam Management’ Steve Abbott (formerly Jeff Buckley's Manager). Inspired by this she started writing and performing as lead vocalist with her band She Speaks, before releasing a self-titled debut album, which is available on all streaming platforms. ‘She Speaks’ the album, embodies a wide spectrum of sounds, layering emotive vocals, soaring riffs, and a driving rhythm section to create a haunting but epic soundtrack of songs. Rebekah has performed nationwide with She Speaks, various musical theatre, dance projects and more recently as a session vocalist including venues such as the Olympia Theatre, Electric Picnic, Whelans and more.

People and a Frank Stella - Robert Ballagh

People and a Frank Stella - Robert Ballagh

  1. Mon 1 - Sun 7 July | FREE | Showgrounds Shopping Centre
  2. Tue 2 July (Artist Talk) | 4PM | FREE (Ticketed) | The Main Guard

In the early 1970s, artist Robert Ballagh received his first major commission with a series of eighteen panels for the Five Star Shopping Centre in Clonmel. These pieces by a pioneering Irish artist, that observe and chronicle Irish people of the period as they stand and observe in a heightened realistic setting, had a profound effect on a generation of Clonmel people, informing their visual references as well as the sense of place they felt towards their environment. The availability of the work in the mall of a shopping centre made it a startlingly democratic and accessible piece of public art.

(There will be an artist talk on July 2nd at 4pm. Admission is free but will be ticketed. Book your ticket through Eventbrite.)

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 répétiteur 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.

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.

Remember To Breathe

Remember To Breathe

  1. Tue 2 - Wed 3 July | 8PM - 9PM | €12 | White Memorial Theatre

Remember to Breathe is Orla Murphy’s full-length theatrical debut. Shortlisted for the BBC International Playwriting Award and The Fishamble Best New Play Award in Tiger Dublin Fringe. The play won the Lustrum Award at Edinburgh Fringe.

The show is a celebration of the beauty of the Irish countryside that never leaves you once you’ve experienced it, shot through with the dry Tipp wit that Orla grew up listening to. Humorous, moving and truly uplifting piece with Raymond Keane, Liz Fitzgibbon and Festival favourite Julie Sharkey.


‘Orla Murphy and company have produced a stunning, sophisticated, captivating piece of theatre. The play speaks to issues of emigration, father-daughter relationships but above all else, of how to find your feet, to take a breath and keep breathing despite all that pushes against us'.

Panel, Lustrum Award, Edinburgh Festival

The Stage **** ‘Three-hander about learning about life through learning to swim is spellbinding. Spellbinding script… inventive use of space with sculpted sound and lighting that follow the action with split-second timing’.

The Irish Times **** ‘Wonderful performances and the subtle clarity of the writing. A play of hidden depths’.’

The Examiner **** ‘A captivating, intelligent and deeply moving production. Orla Murphy shows she has some serious talent’.

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Sense of Place

Sense of Place

  1. Wed 3 July | 7.30PM | €10 | South Tipperary Arts Centre

An evening of prose & spoken word curated by Eileen Acheson. New and historical pieces by local, national and international writers. Words meander through rivers from Mountains to Clonmel Junction Arts Festival.

Slíabh na mBan [Scorched Grass/Structured Gress/Keep Yourself Nice]

Slíabh na mBan [Scorched Grass/Structured Gress/Keep Yourself Nice]

  1. Tue 2 July | 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.

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.

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 O’Malley will be presenting a program of contemporary piano music featuring music from the following artists:

Philip Glass (b 1937)
Étude No 2
Étude No 6
Étude No 9
Étude No 20

Julia Wolfe (b 1958)

John Adams (b 1947)
China Gates

Missy Mazzoli (b 1980)
Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos (for piano and soundtrack)

Nils Frahm (b 1982)

Martin Kohlstedt

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.

Street Party

Street Party

  1. Mon 1 - Sat 6 July | 12.30 PM | FREE | Mitchell Street

Clonmel Junction Arts Festival hosts a communal lunch space on a festival-bedecked Narrow Street with music, picnic tables and festival fun. Bring your own or visit one of the many cafes or restaurants to get your lunch.

Strolling Through Ulysses! (SOLD OUT)

Strolling Through Ulysses! (SOLD OUT)

  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!

The Art of Collaboration - Mountains of the Mind

The Art of Collaboration - Mountains of the Mind

  1. Sat 6 July | 10AM to 5PM | €30 | The Main Guard

The 'mind has mountains'...

A day of creative activities with a structure inspired by Professor Jim Lucey's book 'In My Room'. The Art of Collaboration perform a wide range of music including; Irish Traditional, Persian Classical, Western Classical and Contemporary music.

The Art of Collaboration perform a wide range of music including; Irish Traditional, Persian Classical, Western Classical and Contemporary music with the world premiere of a new composition by Tipperary born composer Marian Ingoldsby for Piper and Traditional Musician Mick O'Brien and Clarinetist Paul Roe.

TAoC will create an immersive, creative experience for the audience through dialogue, music, story, visuals and spoken-word. In the process they will collaborate with the audience to create new work to be performed in the course of the day. This creative dialogue will take the form of music, spoken and visual inputs from members of the collective that will be interwoven with collaborative working with the audience to develop ideas, to facilitate new work with audience participation. A day of creative activities with a structure inspired by Professor Jim Lucey's book 'In My Room'

TAoC recommends audiences to read Jim's book 'In My Room' if they are interested

Professor Jim Lucey Psychiatrist (TCD and St. Patricks Hospital)

Dr. Cyril Kirwan-Learning & Development Consultant

Dr. Sean Roe-Lecture in Physiology Queens University

Killian O’Brien-Design and Innovation Strategist


Shayan Coohe-Persian Musician/Composition

Shahab Coohe-Persian Musician/Composition

Ultan O’Brien -Fiddle/Viola/Compostion

Mick O’Brien Pipes, Flute and Whistles

Laoise O’Brien Recorders

Dr. Paul Roe - Clarinet and Project Director

For more info and on The Art of Collaboration, please visit their website:

The Fight

The Fight

  1. Mon 1 July - Thu 4 July | 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.

The Hills on Our Doorstep are Green Too

The Hills on Our Doorstep are Green Too

  1. Mon 1 - Sun 7 July | Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Following an Instagram image competition in May and June, the winning pieces, framed by master framer David Kirwan of Artisan Frames, will be on exhibition during the festival in the Showgrounds Shopping Centre.

Entrants are free to express themselves with the mountain theme in mind.

To qualify for the competition, you must:

Follow our Instagram Page: clonmeljunctionfestival

Use the hashtag: #TheHillsOnOurDoorstepAreGreenToo

Best of luck to everyone! #CJAF2019 #LookUp

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

  1. Mon 1 - Fri 5 July | 2PM - 3.30PM | €10 (Children's Ticket, Parents & Guardians Accompany Free) | Raheen House Gardens

In the grounds of Raheen House, an hour-long Land Art trail for families who will encounter a storyteller, a puppeteer, and a musician along the way before making their own take-home piece of art from natural materials.

Guided trail leaves every 30 minutes from 2PM to 3.30PM. Tickets are per child (i.e. three children will require three tickets), with accompanying parents and guardians entering for free.



  1. Mon 1 - Tue 2 July | 6PM - 7.20PM | €10 | Cider Rooms Cabaret at The Coachman

Thirteen characters, six couples, two actors, one pub. TWO by Jim Cartwright shines light on the medley of stories that one Irish pub can hold over the course of one evening.

An over-the-hill rocker and his long-suffering girlfriend; a disgruntled wife with a fondness for rugged men and her exquisitely non-rugged husband; an eccentric, Western-obsessed middle-aged couple; a disastrous blind date. And, constant throughout, the landlord and landlady, trading tips and quips with the punters and each other. Each story told is instantly relatable, touching, and bound to evoke every emotion. Audiences have loved the heart-warming and often hysterical vignettes depicted throughout.

About the Actors/Company

Amy Hill is the founder of Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre Group. She has a first class honours degree in Performing Arts from the D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama, a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies from NUI Maynooth, and a first class honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from C.I.T. She worked as a professional actress for many years, appearing in numerous stage productions and TV/film, most notably RTE’s The Clinic and Michael Lavelle’s critically acclaimed film Out of the Blue. Amy toured with TEAM theatre Co., as well as training with the Corn Exchange Co., and Barnstorm Theatre Co.

James Whelan has been acting in Clonmel and the South Tipperary region since his mid-teens. A member of Mary Cummins’ Gable Youth Theatre in the early 1990s, and later Clonmel Theatre Guild, James has appeared in many stage productions in Clonmel, including the Guild’s 2001 production of Noises Off. In recent years, he has appeared in many other local theatre productions, including One for the Road, A Wake in the West, April in Paris, and Juno and the Paycock.

What Surrounds Us

What Surrounds Us

  1. Tue 2 July (Breakfast Opening) | 8.30AM to 11AM | FREE | Narrow Space Gallery
  2. Tue 2 - Sun 7 July | 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM | FREE | Narrow Space Gallery

An exhibition celebrating landscape, with the work of artists familiar to the art-loving public in Clonmel as well as introducing artists new to here, including Aidan Butler, Mia Carney, Sophie Carpentieri, Veronica Dooley, Ronnie Fitzgerald, Charlotte Kelly, Orlagh Murphy and Conor O’Mahony.

Everybody Dance Now

Everybody Dance Now

  1. Mon 1 - Sun 7 July | 12PM | FREE | The Main Guard

Everybody Dance Now will harness the talents of the many choreographers and dance schools in Clonmel, encouraging participants to experience a different dance form each day. Under the arches of the Main Guard every lunchtime of the festival, a different school or choreographer will be invited to give a short presentation and then lead the public in a workshop. From hip-hop to ballet, from tango to contemporary dance, the public can participate as spectators or as dancers, according to their confidence level.

Mon 1 July - Creative Minds bring you the Dee Dempsey musical theatre workshop
Tue 2 July - Dance Revolution brings the magic of hip-hop to the crowd.
Wed 3 July - Synergy Dance School continues the hip-hop theme with their own unique take.
Thur 4 July - Niall O'Floinn joins up with Tango Clonmel.
Fri 5 July - Enjoy some contemporary ballet with AOK Dance.
Sat 6 July - The Clonmel Salsa Dance Club aims to make you fall in love with salsa!
Sun 7 July - Maura's Set Dancers will have you moving their feet with their set dancing routines!

Art Workshop with Tony Crosse

Art Workshop with Tony Crosse

  1. Mon 1 July | 2PM | €10 | Hotel Minella

Tony Crosse hosts an art workshop open to all levels of experience (Materials will be provided).

The beautiful mountain views from the hotel will serve as inspiration for an afternoon of painting.