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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

 

Pole Dancing

Pole Performance

The Pillar House welcomes Pole Performance, Friday 26th April 2019

The west of Ireland’s first all pole dancing show was created in 2016 by Racheal Palmer who set out to give aspiring pole dancers an opportunity to perform in the public eye to develop and grow their stage presence.

Pole Performance was created to show the versatile side to pole dancing portraying an artistic and theatrical performance art inspired by various performing arts such as ballet – contemporary – dance – cirque as well as keeping with the original roots of pole dancing. We welcome all genders of pole dancers – to show the public that pole dancing is much more than the stereotype that people associate pole dance with a mix of genders we are breaking down the barrier and stigma that currently exists around pole dancing.

Our performers are a mix of professional dancers and growing artists who are passionate about pole dancing and bring their own style to the stage. Some have even worked and performed at Electric Picnic! Pole Performance supports the local arts and we invite special guest performers such as musicians and burlesque dancers who are also members of the pole community adding of touch of their creative energy bringing diversity to our audience. Pole Performance was created to bring some fun entertainment for the audience – with a variety of acts from – sport – sexy – sassy – badassy – classy – theatrical and contemporary – group and solo performances.

Grainne Hunt

Gráinne Hunt in The Pillar House

We are delighted to welcome the amazing Gráinne Hunt to The Pillar House on Friday 29th March 2019

Grainne Hunt is a contemporary folk singer and songwriter from Monaghan. With consistently on-point, captivating vocals and well-honed, insightful songs, Grainne has shared stages with Glen Hansard and Mark Geary and has been compared to vocal icons Tracy Chapman and Nathalie Merchant.
Having just returned from Nashville, with a new record, ‘This Secret’, in her pocket, Grainne is working towards it’s release in mid 2019. Recorded with Thomm Jutz (Nanci Griffith, Maura O’Connell) and featuring the skills of Mark Fain (Ry Cooder) on bass and Lynn Williams (John Hiatt) on drums, it is already gaining attention in the US.
Early 2019 will also see the release of an Irish folk album, Songs from Ireland, recorded with award winning guitarist Brendan Walsh. Recorded earlier this year in Soundville Studios Luzern, including songs Buachaill on Eirne and Raglan Road,

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A great night promised for Saturday 16th February. Country Music night with DJ John Finnerty for all you busy Farmers & Farmerettes and friends.

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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Coffee Anyone ?

Lavazza Coffee Loyalty Scheme

Join our Lavazza Coffee Loyalty Scheme, 9 coffees and get the 10th free, applies to coffee bought in-house or for take-away. Why not try a shot of some of our superior “Teissiere” flavoured syrups or coffees made with rice, almond, soya or oat milk.

Dirty Dancing

New Pop-Up Cinema with Live Music

Slua Events, a new cultural organisation in Ballinasloe has been established with the aim of providing alternative social outlets for people in the locality.   To this end Slua Events led by Alice Kavanagh & Mike Casey was launched on 28th December in The Pillar House with the first Pop-Up Cinema night showing Love Actually followed by live music with local singer/songwriter Kevin “Herm” Connolly.

The next event is happening on Friday 12th January in The Pillar House with the screening of “Dirty Dancing” followed by live music to “Pacifica” who we believe will reproduce the soundtrack from the film. A glass of Prosecco is available to all guests and a tailor made Tapas menu is available to enjoy while watching the movie.

This is a great departure for Ballinasloe and hats off to “Slua Events” for filling a niche on the town’s social calendar. Admission is €10 and bookings for tables can be made by calling The Pillar House at 090 96 43939

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Luka Bloom back at the Pillar House

It’s been almost three years since Luka Bloom has graced the stage at The Pillar House and we are delighted to welcome him back on Friday 20th October.

With his new album “Refuge” due for release in October and now available for pre-order on  https://www.lukabloom.com/product/refuge-cd/  it promises to be a great night.

Tickets can be bought on our website for €20 or call 090 96 43939

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE €15, just book up until 10th May (after 10th May – tickets are €20) Book on-line at www.thepillarhouse.ie or call 090 9643939

With a mix of Irish Folk and Americana, Karen, Joleen and Lorna – collectively known as The Henry Girls will be bringing their new album to Ballinasloe on Friday, 19th July.

The soaring title track of The Henry Girls’ new album goes some way to capturing the essence of the Donegal trio. The a capella ‘Far Beyond the Stars’ harmonious and ethereal liltings, lift the listener to a new plane and makes one realise that even without using their multi-instrumental talents, the three McLaughlin sisters have the power to deliver a stunning track with their voices alone.

Elsewhere throughout their latest album, fiddle combines beautifully with harp, double bass with accordion, ukulele with acoustic guitar as Karen, Lorna and Joleen further tap into what has become their own sound, based as it is in roots folk, elements of country, Irish and Americana. The mixture of these ingredients, combined with the sisters’ intuitive understanding of each other’s melodious vocals, has resulted in their finest collection of songs to date in Far Beyond the Stars.

Lyrically, some deeper matters are unearthed in songs such as ‘Ocean of War’, highlighting displacement and an ongoing refugee crisis on Europe’s borders, and the introspective and questioning ‘No More Maybes’. These musical sentiments take their place beside moving ballads such as ‘More Love, More Silence’ and ‘Slow Down’ and the more raucous and upbeat ‘Rebel Girl’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Honey’.

Following their widely lauded previous album, Louder than Words, The Henry Girls set about cementing their reputation internationally with several tours of Europe and the US, while seeing their Irish audience continue to grow steadily. Flawless live shows have yielded a loyal fan base both home and abroad and with Far Beyond the Stars, The Henry Girls have delivered an album of huge musical prowess set to define their unique sound and lift them to the level of their peers and inspirations.

There are poignant words that conclude the penultimate track on the album, ‘Satisfied Mind’, which must apply to a band who have completed an album where nothing was left behind:

“But one thing’s for certain, when it comes to my time.
I will leave this old world, with a satisfied mind.”