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Mick Hanly in The Pillar House in April

Mick Hanly – Friday 15th April, Pillar House, Ballinasloe at 9pm

Tickets are now on sale for Mick Hanly playing The Pillar House on Friday 15th April.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this amazing singer, musician and wit up close and personal in the intimate setting of The Pillar House Folk Club.   Mick has a new album out in February and will have a busy promo tour later in the year so we’re lucky to have him in-house for this gig.

Tickets are €20 (plus 75c online) at www.thepillarhouse.ie or Call:  090 96 43939

Declan O’Rourke returns to The Pillar House

declan-orourke

After a fantastic concert last January which received wide acclaim from all patrons, Declan O’Rourke is making a return visit to The Pillar House on Friday 22nd January at 9pm

Declan’s fourth studio album, Gold Bars in the Sun, is available now.   The songs featured on this album represent some of Declan’s finest compositions to date, including ‘Yellow Moon,’ ‘Let’s Make Big Love’ featuring John Prine and the Milk Spots, ‘Woncha,’ and the title track ‘Gold Bars in the Sun.’  Also featuring stunning artwork by renowned Irish artist David Rooney, Gold Bars in the Sun can be purchased now on CD and vinyl.

Tickets for Declan O’Rourke’s Pillar House gig are available now at www.thepillarhouse.ie or Tel: 090 96 43939.   Tickets are €20 (.75c booking charge for on-line bookings)

The 4 of Us Come to Ballinasloe

Declan & Brendan Murphy - The 4 of Us

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.

Pillar House Folk Club Welcomes Jack L

How chuffed we are to welcome Jack L to The Pillar House on Friday 20th November at 9pm

Tickets:  €20   Tel: 090 96 43939 / 087 9046140

A native of Athy Co. Kildare Ireland, Jack Lukeman left school at 15 and after spending a short period in the family business and began playing music full-time at 18 cutting his teeth on the bohemian busking scene around Europe in the early 90s playing across Holland, Belgium and Germany sometimes playing with art rock band Serious Women with David Constantine and Martin Clancy whom he has continued to collaborate over the years His first vocal performance can be heard on Serious Women’s album 38SCR (called after the art-house in which they all lived and where the album was made Lukeman first came to prominence in the summer of 1995 when he and The Black Romantics took up a residency at The Da Club (Dublin Arts Club) in Dublin selling out night after night. The band’s set included interpretations of the famous Belgium Bard Jacques Brel along with several of Jack’s own compositions. The band recorded the album Wax in 1995 before splitting in 1997.

Lukeman established himself as a solo artist and songwriter with his memorable live shows and his breakthrough 1999 Multi-Platinum selling album Metropolis Blue, gaining record deals and touring extensively in the USA and Europe becoming a regular fixture on U.S college radio with the singles Rooftop Lullabye, Georgie Boy and Ode to Ed Wood

John Walshe of Hot Press magazine states “Lukeman’s voice is powerful and fluid. His range too is impressive, from the deep baritone resonance of ‘When The Moon Is High’ to the aching falsetto of the magnificent ‘Rooftop Lullaby’ … this is a timeless collection of fine songs, beautifully delivered, from an artist as unique as Ireland has ever produced”. He released three singles from this album: Georgie Boy, Ode to Ed Wood and Rooftop Lullaby.

Metropolis Blue was followed up with 2001′s critically lauded and groundbreaking album Universe. The album was recorded in L.A, Jamaica and Dublin with Multi-Grammy record producer Greg Wells of Adele and One Republic fame producing the single So Far Gone. It becoming one of the biggest radio hits of the year with the album also producing the singles Don’t Fall in Love and Little Man.

The album was supported in 2002 with a run of special theatre shows with theatre director Raymond Keane from Barabus. It was called The Little Universe and combined black box and light theatre with music and earned five star reviews in The Guardian.

2003 saw Lukeman play a 14-week residency of shows in Spirit in Dublin producing the DVD Chez Jack L.

2005 saw the release of studio album written and produced by Lukeman, Broken Songs, which gave birth to the warmly received radio hit single Open Your Borders, You Can’t Get Bitter, Chocolate Eyes and Authentic Fake. Lukeman followed up the success of Broken Songs in 2006 with a live DVD MOMENTO performing to a packed Olympia Theatre crowd.

In 2008, Lukeman released Burn On, an album of Randy Newman classics receiving a seal of approval by Newman Himself, which boasted a performance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra in NYC’s South Street Seaport.

In 2010 Jack Lukeman broke new ground by collaborating with best selling writer Anna McPartlin on her new book So What if I’m Broken, in which each chapter was inspired by and named after one of Lukeman’s songs. The narrative consisted of the relationship between Jack L fans.

Lukeman was awarded the Edinburgh Spotlight Best Music Awardat the World biggest and oldest festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010 for his show “A Month of Mondays”.

In May 2011 Lukeman joined forces with fellow Irish singer Julie Feeney to present a series of radio shows on Lyric FM called “High Fidelity” tracing the history of recorded song from Edison to the IPOD.

In 2013 Lukeman Released the Great Wall of China EP, a song cycle and travelogue with songs such as The Ghosts of Malta and Nick Drake. Kicking off The Great Wall of China Tour saw him support Jools Holland’s UK tour.

During his musical career Lukeman has worked with Golden Globe nominated composer Brian Byrne, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and producers Greg Wells, Craig Armstrong and Martin Clancy.

Lukeman has also performed over the years supporting or alongside U2, Ronnie Wood, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, John Lee Hooker, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland, and Marianne Faithfull, and has appeared at venues such as Olympia Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London, and The Lincoln Center in NYC.

Luke Bloom at the Pillar House Folk Club

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

 

Larry Reynolds Irish Music Weekend – Sessions At The Pillar House

Session

Live Music & Sport at The Pillar House

Saturday 29th August:   Ireland v Wales in Rugby World Cup Warm-up game shown live on Sky at 2.15pm

Live Music with Ultan Conlon from 10pm

Sunday 30th August:     Kerry v Mayo live at 3.30pm

Irish Music Trad Session with John Wynne & Frank Kelly at 6pm

 

Autumn / Winter Folk Club – Luka Bloom & Jack L

Luka Bloom, Pillar House Folk Club - Friday 16th October.   Live Venue in Ballinasloe

We have two superb gigs lined up for later this year for THE PILLAR HOUSE FOLK CLUB:

Luka Bloom - Saturday 17th October (please note date change)

Jack L            – Friday 20th November

Tickets for both gigs are on sale from Monday 24th August, and are available from The Pillar House, Tel: 090 96 43939 / 087 9046140.  All tickets must be paid for in advance.

 

Kieran Goss Makes Welcome Return to Ballinasloe

Kieran Goss - Pillar House Folk Club, Friday 15th July, 2016 at 9pm

Pillar House Folk Club

Kieran Goss & Annie Kinsella, Friday 14th August 2015

 

I became a fan of Kieran Goss in the very early nineties and saw him in concert in Gullanes Log Cabin where he performed with Frances Black. It is therefore a big thrill to welcome Kieran together with his wife, Annie Kinsella to The Pillar House Folk Club on Friday August 14th. It will be the perfect venue for a performer who enjoys engaging with his audience and who will certainly embrace the “up close and personal” experience from the artists point of view.

Kieran Goss was born and raised in County Down, Northern Ireland. He was just nine years old when he got his first guitar. Growing up in a big family with diverse musical tastes meant that early on he was hearing the music of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones. These varied influences fermented into the brew that gives Kieran his own unique sound.

After graduating from college in Belfast Kieran left home for France and Germany but returned to Ireland in 1989 to record his first album, Brand New Star. It contained the songs Brand New Star and Just Around The Corner, which came to the attention of Mary Black. She recorded both songs for her album, Babes In The Wood.

Larry Reynolds Irish Music Weekend – Moving towards September

Larry Reynolds

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September 2015

 

Just over two months to go to the Larry Reynolds Irish Music Weekend and planning is full-0n and anticipation is building to our 2nd Larry Reynolds Festival.  All aspects of the weekend have now been confirmed and we’re expecting it be bigger and better than last year.

Friday 11th September 2015

GALA CONCERT – BALLINASLOE TOWN HALL at 8pm

CITIZEN KEANE and friends, Matt Cunningham & Family and Larry Reynolds Extended Family

ADM: €18 and tickets are available at The Pillar House, Tel:   087 9046140

 

Saturday 12th September 2015

Irish Music  & Sean Nós Dance Workshops:

Fiddle               -      Jesse Smith

Flute                 -     John Wynne

Accordion        -     Colm Gannon

Concertina      -      Kelly Gannon

Banjo                -     Angelina Carberry

Tin Whistle      -    Mick Crehan

Bodhrán           -     Johnny Ringo McDonagh

Sean Nós Dance -  Sean Seoighe

 

 Traditional Craft Workshops

Blacksmith               -    Mark Wilson                           Tapestry Weaving   -   Frances Crowe

Basket Weaving      -    Sean O’Laoire                        Patchworking            -   Maire Ui Laoire

 

Historical Walking Tour of Ballinasloe at 3pm *

Pre-booking essential, subject to minimum numbers, (no charge)

 

Sunday 13th September

CÉILÍ MÓR    in Gullanes Hotel, 4pm – 7pm*

(please note time change)

with

THE SALAMANCA CÉILÍ BAND

Adm:   €10

 Trad Music & Dance Sessions all Weekend – All Musicians are welcome to join in