May 6th – Save the date!
Our next Singing Circle is fast approaching and we look forward to welcoming our featured guest, Claire Watts.
Singer, songwriter and musician, Claire also runs her own music school, teaching classical and traditional music on piano, guitar, tin whistle, flute and fiddle. Claire works within the Embrace Arts and Disability programme run by the Clare Arts Office and has recently been successful in being awarded five new residencies in County Clare. She also performs as part of an Irish traditional duo with her husband, Gerry Hegarty, and regularly as part of the trio Three Women Sing with Anne Rynne and Shona Blake.
We hope to see you on Sunday, May 6th, for an 8 p.m. start. All are welcome, and anyone can join in, so bring your songs and your stories!
Photo: Maryann Stephens
Come and join our Singing Circle this Sunday, April 1st
This is the perfect way to spend a relaxing Sunday evening after a walk in the Burren or Lahinch beach while enjoying a glass of wine from our carefully chosen organic wine selection that comes from small family run vineyards in Italy and France or a cappuccino.
As the sunset fades come join us in our cosy, intimate and welcoming village pub.
A singing circle, like a session, is created by whoever arrives, and whether you’re a listener, a story-teller or a singer, you are part of the experience. Singing unaccompanied or self-accompanied, the focus will be on sharing traditional songs we love and on hearing new and local songs.
Nóirín Lynch is our bean an tí and each month she invites along a special guest. This Sunday, Tom Kelly is Noirin’s special guest. Tom is a well respected Clare singer from Tullabrack, near Kilrush. His father, Patrick Kelly, was a renowned fiddle player from Cree. Many will have heard Tom singing at the Chapel Gates Singers Club in Cooraclare, and we are honoured that he is coming to Kilshanny to share his songs with us.
With a nice early start of 8 p.m. what warmer, more gentle way to wrap up your Easter Sunday and glide into Easter Monday!
Next Singing Circle – Sunday Feb 4th
Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh is a singer, songwriter and researcher of Irish traditional song and she will be Nóirín Lynch’s special guest at the Kilshanny Singing Circle on Sunday, February 4th. She is currently completing a PhD on metaphor, symbol and erotic expression in Irish traditional song at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Joyce. Róisín hails from County Meath and since 2011, Róisín has tutored and lectured in traditional song studies, song composition and harmony singing at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. We are very much looking forward to giving Róisín a céad míle fáilte and hearing her beautiful voice. First song will be at 8p.m.
Nollaig na mBan at Kilshanny House
Saturday, January 6th, at 8 p.m.
Singing, sharing, fun, laughter and coffee by the bucket full – such was the beginning of Three Women Sing. Shona Blake, Claire Watts and Anne Rynne were drawn together by a mutual love of original songs about all which makes them women – life, love, children and loss. What better way to celebrate Nollaig na mBan than with these special women whose songs reflect their profound sense of loyalty to family.
A celebration to ring in the New Year
Sunday, December 31st, at 9 p.m.
As a gesture of thanks to our valued customers and friends on New Year’s Eve, we would like to invite you to an evening of music with Gale Force 3, a talented group of musicians from Cratloe, Co. Clare, who were with us in August and helped bring the Fleadh Chéoil na hÉireann to Kilshannhy with much success. The evening will kick off at 9 p.m., when the music and mulled wine will warm your senses. We hope you can join us in a spirit of community and friendship to see in the New Year. With our best wishes, Mary and Aidan
The launch of Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin’s new CD
Saturday, December 9th, at 8 p.m.
Singer Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin hails from a background rich in traditional music and has been singing since childhood. We at Kilshanny House are proud to host the launch of her new CD, Starlight Falling/Coinlíní Ceoil, produced in collaboration with musician Gabriel Donohue. We hope you can join us for this special event, which will be overseen by uilleann pipe player, Eugene Lambe, a talented man himself!
An evening with Liam O’Brien, Hajime and Stephen Heffernan at Kilshanny House
Friday, September 22nd, at 8 p.m.
Award winning local Irish traditional musician Liam O’Brien and Hajime have travelled throughout Europe, Africa and Japan bringing Irish music to an international audience.
Liam (concertina) and Hajime (guitar) will be joined by Stephen Heffernan (piano) at Kilshanny House on Culture Night to share with our community their eclectic mix of local and international music and culture.
Liam is the 2017 recipient of the Gradam Céoil young musician of the year award. Liam teaches concertina to many children living here in North Clare and with a nice early start his students and their families will have the opportunity to come along and see Liam perform.
Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning
Thursday, September 14th, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mary and Aidan will be brewing up freshly ground Bewley’s coffee for Cahercalla Hospice. Hope you can come along and raise a cup while helping to raise funds for this very worthy cause. Every cup counts!
Mary & Aidan raising a cup at Kilshanny House for Cahercalla Hospice
(Photo: Maryann Stephens)
Fleadh Chéoil na hÉireann 2017 at Kilshanny House
Gail Force 3
Saturday, August 12th at 6p.m.
Clare FM in conjunction with Clare Tourism will do a live recording.
Gale Force 3 hail from the Co. Clare village of Cratloe, the trio have made an impression on the local trad. circuit with their driving trad music and upbeat folk songs. Niamh Phelan is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and singer, while Gerry Phelan (Niamh’s dad) drives the music on the banjo. Liam Leahy takes duties on the guitar and vocals with an endless array of ballads and a distinctive voice. There harmonies and vocals are a real treat to the ears.
Heritage Week Events at Kilshanny House
Flora, Fauna & Folklore
Friday August 25th, 11:00 a.m.
Guided Walk & lunch
Local history and habitat weave together on this guided walk in Kilshanny, Re-connect with nature, identify plants and wildlife and afterwards retreat to Kilshanny House for a home made light lunch.
Local history and habitat weave together on this guided walk through the green vales of Kilshanny, covering a brief history of the area including some Holy Wells, an abbey and a cairn. Along the way our guide who lives locally will identify plants and wildlife. Re-connect with nature and then retreat to Kilshanny House for a garden to table light lunch. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking gear and arrive at Kilshanny House at 10.45a.m. to register and meet your guide.
The Brother…a one man play by Flann O’Brien
Friday, Aug 25th at 8 p.m.
The literary excellence of Flann O’Brien author of At Swim Two Birds and also known as Irish Times writer Myles na gCopaleen is presented by award winning Corofin player James Raleigh.This is an unique opportunity to soak in literary wit brought out of the theatre and into the cosy warm atmosphere of Kilshanny House village pub. James Raleigh is known locally for his lead role in The Cripple of Inishmaan and he has been to four All Irelands with the Corofin Players. The relationship with ‘The Brother’ will strike cords for all of us. The pint and the crack are in intrinsic part of this play.
Kilshanny Singing Circle
Sunday, November 5th, at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, November 5th, the Kilshanny Singing Circle will be alive with singers, storytellers, listeners and laughter with bean an tí, Nóirin Lynch, and her lovely guest, Nora Butler. Nora Butler is a Tipperary singer respected internationally for her beautiful songs and singing. She has travelled with Comhaltas around the world, and is well known across Co Clare having often acted as host with Robbie McMahon. Hope you can join us. It’s a nice early start at 8 p.m. and what better way to wrap up your week-end!
December’s Singing Circle
Now that the cold winter nights have closed in upon us, and before the mad rush of Christmas begins, let our next special guest, Ann Kirrane, warm your heart with her beautiful voice, one which is both soulful and spellbinding, and will transport you to an altogether blissful space. Indeed, Clare woman Ann hails from a long musical tradition, with her father, Chris Droney, being one of the most respected concertina players in Ireland. So whether you are a singer, a storyteller or would just prefer to listen quietly, join us on Sunday, December 3rd, at 8 p.m. when our bean an tí, Nóirín Lynch will open the next Kilshanny Singing Circle.