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Friday 12th July at 9pm

The Pillar  House gets to host another of Ireland’s music legends that is Don Baker on Friday 12th July at 9pm.  Our intimate venue will provide the perfect stage for this maestro of blues.

Born and bred in Dublin, Don Baker first learnt to play harmonica as a young lad in hospital recovering from a bout of TB. While convalescing, unable to go out like the other boys of his age, he immersed himself in The Blues and most especially Blues Harmonica listening to the recordings Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf.

Fifty years on and Don is still immersed, still listening, still performing to the songs of Blues legends and adding to the Blues canon with songs and compositions of his own as he developed his talent from musician to gifted songwriter in his own right. Indeed his songs have been recorded by scores of other artists including Sinead O’Connor, Charlie McCoy, Finbar Furey, Declan O’Rourke and LiamO’Maonlaoi. He has released fifteen albums and shared stages with Tom Jones, Sinead O’Connor and Van Morrison.

Tickets are €20 now On Sale at www.thepillarhouse.ie/buy-tickets-online

 

Gerry Carthy

Gerry Carthy, Thursday 20th June

We are delighted to announce that Gerry Carthy will perform in The Pillar House on Thursday 20th June as part of his Irish Summer Tour

Now based in Santa Fe with his son Michael, Gerry Carthy was born in Castlebar, County Mayo. While he learned to play whistle in the fife and drum band at his childhoodschool, his father’s fiddle playing also surely had an influence on the young Carthy. When he was eighteen years old, Carthy took the boat to England like so many other young Irishmen who had to emigrate to find work. He worked on construction and in a steel factory during the two years he spent in England. The plight of the exile is a common theme in Irish music.

It was during these years in England that Carthy developed a keen interest in his own traditional music and literature. In 1969, after three months in London he moved to the West Country and lived in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire where, playing whistle and mandolin, he formed a folk music trio and got involved in the local folk clubs which were thriving then, like the coffee houses in America.

But the West of Ireland and its ‘Celtic Twilight’ atmosphere was always calling and before long he moved back to Mayo for a year, now taking up the tenor banjo. The following year, 1973, he enrolled at University College Galway, 50 miles south of his home town. For the next ten years Carthy lived in Galway City and played in traditional Irish sessions around the town. Galway is where he truly learned his trade. In the seventies there was a wealth of music in Galway since there were so many native traditional musicians. His musical mentors and friends in Galway were the unknown characters who were the life and soul of the music scene in the seventies – Peter Galligan, Mickey Finn, Sean Tyrell, Jim Dillon, Jackie Small, Henry Higgins, Noel Sherlock, Seany Francis, Kevin Garvey, Johnny Keaney, Pat Broderick, Donal Staunton, Pat Broderick, Pat Conneely, Charlie Harris, Sean O’Conaire, Tommy Nolan, who was the resident fiddle player at O’Malley’s Bar where the Sunday morning sessions took place, and the older traditional players Eddie Maloney, Jimmy Cummins, Lar Kelly and Vincent Keegan who frequented Mrs. Cullens Bar, the pub for ‘trad’ in those days. During the summer months Carthy and a friend from Castlebar, Brendan Fahy, a singer and guitar player roamed around continental Europe playing on the streets and in the cafes.

In 1981 Carthy spent 10 months in America mainly in New York City where he played at Gurdy’s Folk City on a St. Patrick’s Day gig opening for a band called Touchstone – a band who mixed Irish and American music well. This time too he was with a guitarist/singer, Archie Meaney from Ennis Co. Clare. But before long it was back to Ireland once more. He found himself in Academia again, this time taking a teacher’s diploma at U.C.G. in Galway. Again the road called and an old dream of Carthy’s urged him back to America. That dream was to work his way from New York to San Francisco and see America with ‘Jack Kerouac’ eyes! On the way or rather on the road Gerry was directed through Santa Fe. August 2016 marked 30 years in the Southwest. He makes his living playing Irish Traditional music. He also played the banjo in a traditional Dixieland Jazz Band, The Red Hot Chiles for 10 years. In the early nineties he was selected as an Artist in Residence in New Mexico for Traditional Irish Music. Carthy has also been a long-standing member of the faculty in the Contemporary Music Department at the College of Santa Fe where he taught a Celtic Ensemble class.

Carthy plays the music on a variety of instruments. His repertoire includes the Folk Music of Northern New Mexico and American tunes and ballads. He touches on different strains of Irish music. The traditional dance tunes – jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas and he has a particular fondness for slow airs; the old ballads brought to life first by the Clancy Brothers in Greenwich Village in the sixties; the modern folk influence which started in Ireland with groups like Sweeney’s Men, The Johnstons, Emmet Spiceland and the electric folk band Steeleye Span who were based in England. From the Ceili Bands of the fifties to the polish of today’s greatest exponents of traditional Irish music, The Chieftains, Carthy knows what he is doing. Added to this, his appreciation and sensitive interpretation of the music of the old travelling harpers of Ireland make Carthy’s show an experience not to be missed!

Donal Clancy

Dónal Clancy – Friday 13th July

Dónal Clancy is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists. He is the son of the world renowned singer Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and has since the death of his father focused his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive with his solo performances.

Mad Craic Comedy

Mad  Craic Comedy comes to Ballinasloe – Friday 25th May 9pm

Mad Craic Comedy

Stephen Ryan

Stephen is the winner of the 2016 Forbidden Fruit Comedy Competition, Runner up in the Tedfest Competition, a finalist in the Irish Comedian of the Year Competition and a two time finalist in the prestigious Chortle Student Comedy Competition. This Limerick comedian has performed at numerous festivals throughout Ireland and the UK including Edinburgh, Latitude, Forbidden Fruit, Tedfest, Charlie Chaplin Film Festival amongst others and is a regular on the Irish comedy circuit. He is recognisable from the Mario Rosenstock Show, the Rubberbandits guides, Fair City as well as Lidl and Irish Pharmacy Union ads. ‘This composed Irishman has a charming way with words, elegantly tricksy wordplay liberally peppering his set.’

Sean Gorman
Sean Gorman is a musically comedian from Ballina Co.Mayo but he is original from the kingdom of Gormania which has been lost to time do to the new world order and the illuminati but that is a long story. His comedy career all started in 2010 when he moved to Dublin to start a thrash metal band but somehow got roped into comedy. Now seven years he is living in Galway and playing comedy clubs around Ireland and open mics where sometime he has been taken off stage by dry lads. He has supported many big comedy names such as that funny guy every town has and the king of Saudi Arabia from well…Saudi Arabia . When he is not on stage he does a spot of busking to support his many addiction problems.
John O’Hare
John O’Hare has performed at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Edinburgh Fringe and Cork Comedy Festival. He has supported the likes of Phil Jupitus, Terry Alderton, Dave McSavage, Tom Rhodes and Tom Stade.   He has toured with Al Lubel and has performed throughout Europe with the Good The Bad The Irish Tour. He won Comedian of the Galway Fringe in 2016. Semi Finalist Irish Comedian of the Year 2017 and Show Me The Funny Finalist 2017. Despite being completely and utterly class John remains a humble performer

 

Ross McCarthy

Ross first took up the mic in 2015 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. A regular on the Galway Comedy Scene, Ross has shared the stage with Joe Rooney, Dave McSavage, Pat McDonnell, John Colleary, & Katherine Lynch. Ross has also performed in many prestigious comedy events including Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Galway Fringe Festival, and the finals of both Show Me the Funny, and Forbidden Fruit Comedy Talent Search in 2017.

With a combination of witty observations, sarcastic rants & Irish charm, Ross is fast becoming one of the most exciting prospects in Irish Comedy.

 

Cormac Begley & Rushad Eggleston

Cormac Begley & Rushad Eggleston

Rushad Eggleston is an improvisational cellist, singer, legend, clown, goblin, cello-shredder and acrobat. He is regarded as one of the leading cellists of his generation and is an innovator who has expanded the soundscape and popularity of the cello in recent years. In 2002 his self-titled Compass Records release with Fiddlers 4 was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Cormac Begley is bass, baritone, treble and picollo concertina player from west-Kerry. His recent debut album has recieved widespread acclaim, ammassing 9 five star reviews to date and has been described an ‘earthy delight’ (Irish Times, ★ ★ ★ ★★), ‘Superb’ (Folking, ★ ★ ★ ★★) and ‘Spectacular’ (Irish Echo).

Following a recent sold out show in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Rushad and Cormac embark on a nationwide tour. This is a new and exciting duet not to be missed!

Ticket Price:
15 euros

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Ruby Dukes

Ruby Dukes – Saturday 27th January

We’re delighted to have Ruby Dukes play their first gig in The Pillar House, this coming Saturday night.

Don’t miss it, a great covers band members which include Ballinasloe’s own Ronan O’Healy.

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Sunday 6th August we are delighted to welcome back Matt Keane & Colm Naughton, it will be another night of music, song and craic – don’t miss it.

Séan Keane

Seán Keane

There are a limited number of Tickets still available for SEÁN KEANE on Friday 20th May.   Book on-line at http://thepillarhouse.ie/buy-tickets-online/   or Tel:  090 96 43939

 

Declan & Brendan Murphy - The 4 of Us

The 4 of Us Come to Ballinasloe

The 4 of Us – Tuesday 29th, December at 9pm

‘Never before have I been to a gig where the atmosphere has been so electric …’ THE IRISH NEWS 21/3/14

THE 4 OF US bring their critically acclaimed acoustic show to The Pillar House in Ballinasloe on Tuesday 29th December showcasing songs from their forthcoming new studio album (Feb 2016), as well as songs from their extensive back catalogue.

 

From their first anthem MARY – still a radio favourite, through to the UK-charting SHE HITS ME, to SUNLIGHT – the band has notched up over two decades of radio hits and six top 20 charting albums.

 

Don’t miss this rare chance to catch them live in The Pillar House, an intimate venue where no doubt The 4 of Us will play to a full house in an electrically charged atmosphere.

Tickets €15, are available at www.thepillarhouse.ie (75c booking fee applies) or Tel: 090 96 43939.

Luka Bloom - Up close & personal at The Pillar House on Saturday 17th October

Delighted to Announce Luka Bloom at The Pillar House Folk Club on Saturday 17th October at 9pm.

  Tickets €20 available from The Pillar House, TEL 090 96 3939 / 087 9046140

With a poet’s heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists, having produced 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do.

Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets. Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin.

Luka Bloom has the power to bring audiences to a hush as his poetic lyrics bounce over melodies in a beautiful, captivating way. The same artist can rouse the spirit of the audience to the ceiling when he changes the tempo.

Since the release of one of the all-time Irish classics Riverside recorded in 1990, people from all corners of the globe have embraced the true beauty of this remarkable musician. He has a catalogue of quality recordings that any songwriter would aspire to. With his latest album Head and Heart, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do, making provocative, poetic music that delves deep into the intricacies of the human soul, pulling out the nuggets and putting them in song. Luka Bloom has received phenomenal praise regarding his ability as a performer, which has resulted in sell-out shows worldwide. This is a testament to a real troubadour who has worked and developed over many years into a true master of live performance.

“With each successive album Luka Bloom digs deeper and gazes wider… he is on top form.”   The Irish Times **** ‘Bloom never fails to deliver an entertaining show, and you are hereby advised to catch him at a town near you’. – IRISH VOICE