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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

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


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

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

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


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)



Adm:   €10

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


Andy Irvine comes to Ballinasloe – Friday 17th July

Andy Irvine has enjoyed a long and successful career as a traditional Irish musician. He has travelled the world as a solo artist and as a member of legendary Irish groups such as Planxty and Patrick Street and more recently Mozaik. Throughout his extensive career he has maintained and developed the qualities in his music, which endear him to his audience and fellow musicians alike. After his introduction to the world of touring with Sweeney’s Men in 1965, he continued to travel the world, leaving the band in 1968 to pursue his wanderlust. He travelled through Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, studying the music traditions and styles of these nations. It was these journeys, which led him to adopt the bouzouki in his performance. This new instrument allowed him to develop his own style while learning that of the Balkan countries he visited.

On his return to Ireland, Andy formed Planxty with fellow musicians Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. Planxty went on to achieve huge success and legendary status, reigniting traditional music as a popular genre. While Planxty took a break in 1967, Andy took the time to record another piece of work with Paul Brady. The two recorded a classic album together, simply entitled “Andy Irvine & Paul Brady”. Planxty regrouped from 1979 – 1983. When the group permanently disbanded, Andy began his solo career. He recorded his first album “Rainy Sundays…. windy dreams” shortly after. His second album was “Parallel Lines” a duo album with the great Scots troubadour, Dick Gaughan.
Taking a break from working solo, Andy formed a band with Donal Lunny and some European friends called Mozaik. They completed one European summer tour before Andy returned to his solo and collaborative work. These collaborations led to the formation of Irelands first traditional “super group” Patrick Street. The group consisted of Kevin Burke (Bothy Band), Jackie Daly (De Dannan) and guitar maestro Arty McGlynn. The group toured from 1987–1990, releasing three albums in the process. They would regroup in 1993 to release a further five albums, although in between Andy recorded two solo albums. One of these albums consisted of entirely Balkan music, which Andy had learned on his earlier travels. In 2002, Andy finally formed his “dream band”, Mozaik, with Donal Lunny, Dutch guitarist Rens van der Zalm, Hungarian bagpiper Nikola Parov and American fiddler Bruce Molsky. The group have completed tours of Australia, Europe and America and have released two highly acclaimed albums
Andy continues to tour the world with Mozaik as well as Patrick Street. He has also completed a brief series of reunion concerts with Planxty and Paul Brady in the last few years. His constant touring is testament to the fact that he is still as passionate about his music as when he began. As a musician and a living icon, Andy Irvine will remain in the Irish music scene for a long time to come.

Mary Coughlan – Tickets Now On Sale

Book now for MARY COUGHLAN, performing at The Pillar House, on Friday 19th June 2015. Tickets are €20 and available from The Pillar House, Call: 090 96 43939 / 087 9046140

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