Very special shows in a very special place


Posted on: 8th August, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Having organised the Baltimore Fiddle Fair for over 20 years, Declan McCarthy has an invaluable ‘black book’ of contacts in the music business and has arranged for the best of musical and comedic talent to appear at Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre on various dates throughout August. Glebe Gardens’ natural outdoor amphitheatre provides an intimate performance space with superb acoustics and the excellent lineup is already causing huge excitement locally.

The concert series kicks off on Sunday August 3 from 3pm with ‘A Day in the Garden’ featuring performances by The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra and The Saxy Lady Boys followed by a delightful puppet show for young children.

The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra is a nine-piece juggernaut of musical excess, brought together for one purpose – to rock the planet, ukulelestyle! The orchestra has blazed comet-like through the last three years, selling out shows in Cork, Dublin and Galway whilst achieving the goal every Irish parent has for their child; an appearance on The Late Late Show. This is one of their only appearances of 2014 so do not miss it.

Who would have thought that an Irish Disco revival would have spawned from West Cork? The infinitely talented Eve Clague fearlessly leads the Saxy Lady Boys. Her band of merry men will slap you into the good times with tunes from the likes of Kool & The Gang, Chic and James Brown just to name a few.

On Thursday August 7 one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters Jimmy MacCarthy returns to performing with his ‘Prophecy/Conspiracy?’ tour. Having worked with major Irish artists and released four albums of his own, Jimmy’s tour will pay homage to old favourites while introducing more recent work. Jimmy has written most well known songs in the Irish folk and contemporary repertoire. This will be his first West Cork show for many a year and is definitely one not to be missed.

One of Ireland’s best ever bands The Hothouse Flowers make their annual visit to Baltimore on Sunday August 17, for what is always one of the best nights of the year in West Cork. Since they started out on Grafton Street in the mid 80’s, releasing of the most successful Irish debut album of all time in 1988, The Flowers have become one of the countries favourite live acts. Combining traditional Irish music with soul, gospel and rock, they always give 100 per cent and audiences keep coming back for more.

This will be their seventh consecutive summer show in Baltimore…magnificent!

On Tuesday August 19 and Wednesday August 20, Ireland’s comedic superstar Tommy Tiernan comes to Glebe Gardens to film his new DVD “Stray Sod”. This is a man in a field telling stories but it is no ordinary field, these are no ordinary stories and Tommy is no ordinary man!

Closing the series of shows is Frankie Gavin with De Dannan on Friday August 22. Frankie is the most celebrated Irish fiddle player of all time and has performed and recorded with rock legends The Rolling Stones, Jazz Legend Stephane Grappelli and world-renowned violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin amongst many others. For many years traditional super group De Dannan were the forerunners in the

Irish traditional music world. After 33 years, 14 albums and a number of changes in the line up, the group disbanded in 2003. A few years ago Frankie unleashed a new De Dannan, which in his own words “will reflect a De Dannan of the 21st century”. The new line up, led by Frankie on fiddle, flutes and whistles, features Barry Brady on accordion, Colm O’Caoimh on Guitar and Vocals, Paul O’Driscoll on Double bass and vocals, and with Michelle Lally on vocals.

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