DD Culture: What’s on in Donegal this month

first_imgSwiss Jazz, Christmas with Andre, John B Keane, Damien Dempsey and even Oasis are just some of Donegal’s upcoming cultural highlights.American Country and European Jazz The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny has three great international concerts in the coming weeks. The brilliant American Country singer-songwriter Jude Johnstone plays the RCC on Friday November 11th. Writer of the title track to Johnny Cash’s Grammy winning album ‘Unchained’, Jude’s songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Trisha Yearwood and many more. A very different musical experience is promised when Switzerland’s foremost contemporary jazz piano trio Vein perform in concert with New York saxophonist Greg Osby on Thursday November 17th. The final concert this month features the acclaimed French guitarist Pierre Bensusan on Friday November 18th. He is described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”.Major Live Film Events at Century CinemasCentury Cinemas Letterkenny continues its incredible programme of Live Film events with three great shows in November. Donegal audiences can experience the best in ballet and opera from London and even an early Christmas celebration with the ever popular André Rieu. The Royal Ballet present four short ballets – ‘Viscera’, ‘Afternoon of a Faun’, ‘Tchaikovsky pas de deux’ and ‘Carmen’ (Live) on November 12th. The Royal Opera’s lavish production of ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’, Offenbach’s masterpiece, will be screened live on November 15th. Created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger, this production brings alive a 19th-century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace. ‘André Rieu: Christmas with André’ – a festive celebration, featuring a never before seen 90 minute recorded Christmas concert will be screened on November 19th.  It is packed with all the favourites including Hallelujah, Jingle Bells, White Christmas & many more performed by André and his famous Johann Strauss Orchestra along with his sopranos and tenors. Great Drama at An Grianán TheatreAn Grianán Theatre Letterkenny has a wonderful variety of drama in November ranging from a three day festival of amateur theatre, to a star studded production of John B Keane’s ‘The Matchmaker’, to the cutting edge contemporary play ‘Luck Just Kissed You Hello’. An Grianán will host nine of the best amateur theatre companies from north and south of the border in the fourth annual Letterkenny One Act Festival from Thursday November 10th to Saturday 12th. ‘Luck Just Kissed You Hello’ that premiered at Galway International Arts Festival in 2015 will be performed on Friday November 18th and Saturday 19th. It is a beautiful, relentless and fiercely funny play that is described by The Guardian as “a blistering exploration of masculinity” and by The Irish Independent as “provocative, funny, and intensely moving”. Well known Irish actors Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny star in an adaptation of John B Keane’s ‘The Matchmaker’ that follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn on Saturday November 26th.November Music at Balor BallybofeyThe Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey has some fine music this November including the eagerly awaited launch of a new album by Errol Walsh and Ted Ponsonby on Saturday 12th and the return of Damien Dempsey on Saturday 19th.  Two of the islands finest musicians, award winning Northern Ireland singer/songwriter Errol Walsh and Donegal virtuoso Ted Ponsonby launch their debut collaboration at the Balor. ‘Just Sayin’ is a fluid and captivating collection, with Ted’s inimitable skills on dobro and guitar the perfect foil for Errol’s lived-in voice and care-worn tales of life, luck and love. One of Ireland’s preeminent singer-songwriters Damien Dempsey returns to The Balor as part of a tour marking the release of ‘No Force On Earth’ – an album of both original songs and covers commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. Don’t miss this one off opportunity to see Damien in the perfect setting to share his story of this centenary year along with some old favourites.Foyle Film FestivalOver the last 28 years the Foyle Film Festival has become renowned for attracting high profile names such as Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winston, Wimp Wanders, Cilia Murphy, Roddy Doyle, Jimmy McGovern, Sam Shepherd and Danny Boyle, – to name but a few. This year’s Festival opens with the NI Premiere of ‘A United Kingdom’ introduced by actress Jessica Yellow on Wednesday, November 16th and a packed programme of screenings continues, at Brunswick Moviebowl and Nerve Centre Derry, until Sunday 20th. There are two special outreach screenings at RCC Letterkenny, ‘The First Monday in May’ on Wednesday16th, a documentary on ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history and ‘Oasis, Supersonic’ on Saturday 19th, the phenomenal film of one of the world’s greatest ever rock ‘n’ roll bands by the Oscar winning team behind ‘Amy’ and ‘Sienna’.Waving, Not Drowning Donegal’s pioneering theatre company Bread and Roses, who brought us ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ last year, are premiering their new project ‘Waving, Not Drowning, The Mental Health Road Show’ at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny on November 23rd. A montage of short plays, sketches and songs, the project aims to challenge stigmas and stereotypes and ensure that the voices of those who experience mental health problems, and those who care for them, are heard. Bread and Roses are taking bookings now for a cross-border tour in Spring 2017. The Roadshow is suitable for campaigns, community centres, colleges, trade unions and workplaces, festivals and fund-raisers as well as theatres and art centres.DD Culture: What’s on in Donegal this month was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Shaun HanniganShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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