February 21 2020 | Paddy Casey


Due to popular demand, a second date for Paddy Casey at the Asgard Theatre has been added.

We are delighted to welcome Paddy Casey to the intimate surroundings of the Asgard Theatre early in the New Year.  Paddy will perform two concerts, on Friday February 21 and Saturday, February 22 respectively. 

Paddy received his first guitar when just 11 or 12, and learnt his trade by busking and gigging for the next twelve years.  Approached by an A&R scout from Sony Records, Paddy spent some time in Sun Studios in Dublin, recording a number of tracks, leading to the release of his acclaimed debut album, “Amen (So Be It)” in 1999.  He then toured extensively with The Pretenders, R.E.M., Ian Brown, Blondie and Tracy Chapman.

In 2003 Paddy released his second album, which became one of Ireland’s biggest selling album releases, the multi-platinum “Living”.  Paddy’s success saw him touring with U2 and Pearl Jam.

He then travelled to Los Angeles to record with George Drakoulias, working alongside some great musicians like James Gadson and Steve Ferrone.  The recordings were completed upon his return home to Dublin, with producer Pat Donne at the helm and in early 2007 the album “Addicted To Company (Part 1)” was released.

Paddy spent the next couple of years writing and recording at home, aiming to retain a raw and natural feel to the music and in 2012 released his fourth album, “The Secret Life Of”.

In recent years Paddy collaborated with singer Kim Hayden, producing the single “Out Of Control”, and more recently two singles, “Turn This Ship Around” and “Everything Must Change”.  He is currently working on a new album.

Tickets can be purchased via the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie - HERE.

Posted November 15, 2019.


February 22 2020 | Paddy Casey


We are delighted to welcome Paddy Casey to the intimate surroundings of the Asgard Theatre early in the New Year.  Due to very popular demand, Paddy will perform two concerts, on Friday February 21 and Saturday, February 22 respectively.

Paddy received his first guitar when just 11 or 12, and learnt his trade by busking and gigging for the next twelve years.  Approached by an A&R scout from Sony Records, Paddy spent some time in Sun Studios in Dublin, recording a number of tracks, leading to the release of his acclaimed debut album, “Amen (So Be It)” in 1999.  He then toured extensively with The Pretenders, R.E.M., Ian Brown, Blondie and Tracy Chapman.

In 2003 Paddy released his second album, which became one of Ireland’s biggest selling album releases, the multi-platinum “Living”.  Paddy’s success saw him touring with U2 and Pearl Jam.

He then travelled to Los Angeles to record with George Drakoulias, working alongside some great musicians like James Gadson and Steve Ferrone.  The recordings were completed upon his return home to Dublin, with producer Pat Donne at the helm and in early 2007 the album “Addicted To Company (Part 1)” was released.

Paddy spent the next couple of years writing and recording at home, aiming to retain a raw and natural feel to the music and in 2012 released his fourth album, “The Secret Life Of”.

In recent years Paddy collaborated with singer Kim Hayden, producing the single “Out Of Control”, and more recently two singles, “Turn This Ship Around” and “Everything Must Change”.  He is currently working on a new album.

THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT.  A second date has been added, tickets now available for Friday, February 21 2020 via the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie - HERE.

Updated November 14, 2019.


January 25 2020 | David Flynn - An Intimate Evening With The Voice Of Irish Folk


Irish and international singer David Flynn will bring his critically acclaimed concert to the Asgard Theatre in Arklow on Saturday, January 25 next. 

David who hails from Waterford City has toured the globe for over a decade, performing in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, such as The Theatro Verdi, Florence; The Great Hall Of The People in Beijing; and the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, to name but a few.

He has worked closely with some of Ireland’s leading music ambassadors, including Finbar Furey, Dolores Keane and Tommy Fleming.

Described as ‘the Voice of Irish Folk’, David delivers a song with heartfelt emotion and will take you on a musical journey putting his own unique stamp on some of Ireland’s best loved songs like “The Town I Loved So Well” and “Raglan Road”.

David will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Chris O’ Sullivan, and special guests, the renowned Sean Nós dancer, Irene Cunningham, and international Folk Singer, Lisa Murphy. 

This is a night not to be missed and early booking is advisable. 

“Every song is Powerful” - The Munster Express

“David and his Audience become one” - News and Star

“A Magical evening” - News and Star

Tickets can be purchased via the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie - HERE.

Posted November 6, 2019.


February 14 2020 | Brian Kennedy


Brian Kennedy is one of Ireland’s most inspired and revered ambassadors of music. He is not only a prolific songwriter but a master interpreter of lyrics as well, and audiences around the world continue to praise his exceptional vocal talents. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Brian remains one of Ireland’s most popular singing stars.

Brian is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter declaring “music is my lifeblood.”  His constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an ever-growing international fan base, over a phenomenal 30 year career.

His work with Van Morrison has been well documented. The Belfast legend invited Brian to a rehearsal one day that resulted in him being featured as guest lead singer on the now unforgettable ‘Blues & Soul Revue’ tour.   Thanks to Van’s ongoing mentoring and generosity, Brian found himself sharing vocal duties on stages across the globe over a six-year period with Morrison and a breathtaking cast of some of the greatest artists in history: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker to name but a few. Madison Square Garden in New York was a far cry from the Falls Road. His unique Irish voice can be heard harmonizing and answering Van on five of his major hit albums including “A Night In San Francisco” and “Days Like This.”

Brian has done impromptu performances with Stevie Wonder at Ronnie Scotts in London and, incredibly and proudly, he is one of only a few to have also sung with the late legendary Jeff Buckley at Sin-É in New York.

Throughout the relentless touring with Van Morrison, Brian somehow managed to maintain a stream of chart-making albums. ‘A Better Man’ (1996) and ‘Now That I Know What I Want’ (1999), both went platinum at No.1 and earned him the awards of Irish Best Male Artist and Irish Best Male Album, as did the highly acclaimed ‘Homebird’ (2006) and cover album ‘Interpretations’ (2008).

Brian was the first international artist to record the incredibly uplifting anthem ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Secret Garden in 2001. His heart-wrenching LIVE performance of ‘You Raise Me Up’ at the funeral of Irish football legend George Best was released as a single and earned him a spot in the top 5 of the UK charts.

In 2016, Brian began a challenging journey with cancer and he cites singing and performing as the motivation for staying positive. “The gigs make everything worthwhile, the fans' support means the world to me” he said. “If anything, the diagnosis and treatment has given me greater focus and determination to get through it all. Music is the ultimate healer and my voice has never let me down.”

During October 2016, Brian’s iconic album ‘A Better Man’ turned 20 and what better place to celebrate than on stage doing what he loves best. He performed the entire album in Dublin’s prestigious Vicar Street venue on October 13, 2016.

In 2017, following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he released the triple ‘Live at Vicar Street, Dublin’ double CD & bonus DVD before heading to China for a tour with Secret Garden where they had a huge hit with Brian performing ‘You Raise Me Up.’

Tickets can be purchased now - click HERE, to go to the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie


December 8 2019 | A Merry Little Christmas Concert - Chris Currid


“A Merry Little Christmas Concert” featuring Chris Currid, and accompanied by Conor McCarthy, with special guest Aly Coyne.  Also featuring the Currid School of Performing Arts with all of your favourite Christmas hits! Songs from Broadway musicals, your Disney favourites and much more!

Chris Currid trained with Bull Alley in Dublin. Theatre includes: Prince Charming (Cinderella, Helix Theatre), Michael Collins in Michael Collins A Musical Drama (Dun Mhuire theatre, Wexford), Pablo in Sister Act (National Concert Hall), Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Mermaid Arts Centre), Tommy in Tommy (Civic Theatre), Zangara in Assassins (Helix), Laughing Boy in Bugsy Malone (Olympia Theatre). Concerts and other work: ensemble in the Hired Man in Concert (Cadogan Hall, London), lead vocalist in Raglan Road (Disney Orlando), the World of Musicals (German tour), Irish Ferries, and the Rock Tenors (Holland, 2019). TV credits: The Late Late Show, Elev8 (RTE), The Voice of Ireland and Superstar (ITV- top 40). Chris has been nominated for 7 AIMS Awards, 6 for Best Singer and 1 for Supporting Actor, winning the singer award in 2018. Along with his wife, Roisin, Chris opened his own performing arts school (Currid School of Performing Arts) in Courtown, Wexford this year. This is his second concert in the Asgard and he is excited to return and celebrate Christmas with you all!

Originally from Dublin, Aly began her singing training with RTE Cor Na nOg and her acting training with Betty Ann Norton Theatre Agency and IADA at the age of 8. Previous credits include SG Entertainment Vocalist, Camp Fernwood USA Theatre and Dance Co-ordinator, Cadbury Cadvent Vocalist, AIB RDS Convention Dancer, Performance Lounge Agency, 3 Mobile Nationwide Tour Dancer, Carnival Cruise Lines Entertainment, ‘Serena’ in Legally Blonde (The Helix), ‘Lucy’ in Jekyll and Hyde (UCDMS), ‘Meg’ in The Phantom of the Opera (SGPA), and ‘Mary’ in Jesus Christ Superstar (Avonmore MS). Currently a PhD Candidate in UCD School of Law, Aly spends her time juggling studying, performing and gigging. She is excited to perform in the Asgard Theatre for the first time and would like to thank Chris for the invitation.

Tickets can be purchased now - click HERE to go to the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie.

Posted October 23, 2019.


January 24 2020 | Greenshine


Greenshine is a Cork based family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. The band is known for striking family harmonies, excellent musicianship and the quality of their song writing.

Their singles including “The Girl in the Lavender Dress”, “Dandelion Seed” and “The Good is Gone” consistently reach the top spot of the RTE Radio 1 Airplay Chart while their song “Brother” (written with Cormac O’Caoimh) from their latest critically acclaimed album “Family” reached No. 2. “Family” was recently made Album of the Week on BBC Ulster's Late Show, and also on KCLR FM's Ceol Anocht; and the band were also named Euro American Chart's "Ones to watch". They have played live on Today With Miriam O’Callaghan, Today with Seán O’Rourke and RTE's flagship Arts show, Arena. Their music has been used as signature tunes on national radio shows and on ad campaigns for Folláin Preserves. 

Mary's song “Meet Me In The Garden” was featured in Carrie Crowley's film ‘Waterway’.  A feature of Greenshine's set is their warm-hearted banter and song stories. Christy Moore described Greenshine as: "...the sound of a family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song," - a fitting tribute to a family who has made music their life. 

Tickets can be purchased now - click HERE, to go to the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie.

Posted October 23, 2019.


April 24 2020 | Gabby Brady with Special Guests


PLEASE NOTE:  THIS CONCERT HAS NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED TO A NEW DATE

Living in fast moving modern times with instant access to information and facts, Gabby Brady chooses to be well shocked by the truth behind World leaders using Peace and War as tools for power gaining, cheating Bankers, and bad management of our planet.

Live performances of songs like “Perpetual State”, "Lotta Rain”, "Change In The Sky”, "Dakota" and “No Protocol" , alongside the recently released "Hell Is Empty", testify to Gabby's dissention on corruption, both local and global.  Some of the above are on Gabby's debut album, "Talk Horse", recorded with the ubiquitous "Dublin City" in 2016. "Talk Horse" received a very positive review in Hot Press magazine, in August 2017.  Live performances are also imbued with tales, rants, and stories pertain to his songs origins and song crafting. 

Current releases from Gabby, two EP’s, "Change In The Sky" and “Hell Is Empty" are enjoying good sales and airplay at home and abroad.  The latter, "Hell Is Empty", is a lyrically strong and passionate 'anti-war' song, featuring stunning vocals from Leslie Dowdall, of In Tua Nua fame, and now enjoying a highly successful solo singer-songwriter career.  This EP also received an excellent review in Hot Press. 

This show is much anticipated by fans from far and near and with some special guests, including internationally acclaimed Harmonica player and Saxophonist, Eamonn Murray, renowned for work with Clannad.  This show promises to be a cracker. 

Tickets can be purchased now - click HERE, to go to the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie.

 

Updated November 5, 2019.


December 6 2019 | Leslie Dowdall with Mike Hanrahan


Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan are back writing new songs for a series of gigs in 2019, as part of their “Heart of Gold” tour. A visit to the recording studio is planned later this summer. The gigs will feature Leslie on vocals, keyboard and acoustic guitar; with Mike on guitars and vocal. The show includes new songs and some interesting interpretations of works from artists as diverse as Nick Cave, Antony and the Johnsons and Jefferson Airplane, along with a few recognisable hits from In Tua Nua and Stockton's Wing.

Leslie is one of Ireland's leading female vocalists and singer songwriters, first coming to prominence with In Tua Nua, a 7-piece outfit fusing celtic tradition with rock. With Leslie as lead vocalist, In Tua Nua recorded four albums; and over a successful seven-year period they played and toured with bands such as U2, Simple Minds, Bob Dylan, and The Pretenders. Leslie also enjoyed some success as a solo artist in her own right and recorded two albums, "No Guilt No Guile" and "Out There". She was voted Best Female Artist at the Heineken Hot Press Awards in 1997. She has recorded and performed with Paul Brady and collaborated with Ronan Hardiman on many recording projects.

Songwriter and guitarist Mike Hanrahan began his professional career with Maura O’Connell in a duo called Tumbleweed, touring the Irish Folk circuit and appearing at the first Lisdoonvarna Music Festival in Clare. He joined Stockton's Wing in April 1980 and toured extensively throughout the world, writing all songs for Stockton's Wing including those from their ground breaking and critically acclaimed album “Light in the Western Sky” which featured hit songs “Beautiful Affair” and “Walk Away”. “Beautiful Affair” has since been voted into the Top 75 Irish Songs,  in the history of RTE radio and Number 7 in a Today FM 25 year poll. He has produced for Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley along with two solo projects "Someone Like You" and "What You Know".

The Asgard Theatre is delighted to host two of Ireland’s finest performers, to an intimate venue as ours undoubtedly is.

Tickets can be purchased now - click HERE, to go to the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie.

 

Posted August 1, 2019.


November 30 2019 | Aoife Scott


Following her successful summer touring the U.S, Aoife Scott returns home to launch the brand new single from her new album “Homebird”. Produced by 12 time Grammy Award winner, banjo and guitar virtuoso Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Oh Brother Where art thou”), her second album release is much anticipated in the world of folk and roots music. Recorded in Nashville and Dublin, “Homebird” is an impressive collaboration featuring the cream of Irish folk musicians (including the Black Family on backing vocals) and award winning bluegrass musicians (Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan & Ron Block).

It is in many ways a turnaround in her musical legacy. Born into the legendary Black Family, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, and has long enjoyed success as an established artist in her own right. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, her dynamic and profound vocals explore the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced. Aoife has a unique sound; her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music. Recent accolades include being named Best Folk Act at the Irish Post Music Awards (IRE), beating stiff competition in the category with the legendary Christy Moore.

“A fiery passionate young talent springing from a fine musical family.” - Hot Press

“An important instalment in the legacy of traditional Irish music” - Irish Echo

She also claimed the award of Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US) in June 2018. In 2019, her most recent song “The December Letter” won Single of the Year at the ALSR Celtic Music Awards (US) and was the most played Christmas song on RTE Radio 1 for December 2018.

Her career successes have seen Aoife and her cousins, Róisín O & Danny O’Reilly from The Coronas, release their single “Grace” which hit straight into the number 1 slot on iTunes in Ireland. This performance gained half a million views on YouTube with their performance from Kilmainham Gaol as part of Centenary on RTE 1.

Aoife’s single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” also hit the number 1 slot, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot and was named “Song of the Year” at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017.

Aoife releases her first single from the upcoming album this October with an Irish Tour, and full album release of her album “Homebird” is due in January 2020.

“Scott may only just have released her critically acclaimed first album, but her voice has a maturity that is reminiscent of both the English singer, Kate Rusby and Scotland’s own beloved Eddi Reader” – Ticketmaster.co.uk

“This Irish singer stands out for her beautiful crystal clear warm vocals. Stylistically she successfully bridges Irish trad, contemporary singer songwriter and Pop.” - Folk World

“Folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott has an indefinable quality to her luscious voice that simply compels you to listen ... and once you listen to one song the rapture is complete, you’re hooked.” - Folk Word

“Aoife Scott on lead vocals has a hauntingly beautiful voice” -  GlasgowWestEnd.co.uk

The concert commences at 8pm, and tickets priced at €20. 

Tickets can be purchased now - click HERE, to go to the website of our ONLINE BOOKING partner, gr8events.ie

Posted July 24, 2019.


Bookings & Contact


The Asgard Theatre is now open for business!

It is a unique, charming venue with a fabulous sound system.

We are located above Kenny's of the Harbour Bar, Lower Main Street in Arklow.

35 Lower Main Street Y14K7W8

To book the theatre call Colm at 087 2020603 or Yvonne at 086 8674511.

Alternatively, you can email info@arklowtheatre.com

The Asgard Theatre receives very little funding, so relies almost wholly on a core professionalism to nurture, develop and promote as best we can our artistic ambitions.  ( >>> And donations!<<<)

We dare to dream, and firmly believe that we can develop our unique performance space into a venue loved by both performer and  audience alike!

Spread the word, the Asgard is open!

 

 


May 5 2019 | Opening Weekend Concludes


Sunday evening’s concert started once more with our master of ceremonies Mr. Jim Furlong  welcoming all to the theatre, and then inviting James Kearon to once again bring life to the words of Michael Fitzgerald's poem, “Asgard II”.

Cruinniú set the tone for the evening with a gorgeous selection of songs.  Classical guitarist Michael Stedman indulged the audience with sounds more commonly found on the Iberian Peninsula before Sara Clancy hit the heights, accompanied on harp by Hilda Browne.  Avonmore Musical Society took centre stage, with Jennifer Lee’s delicious version of “If I Loved You”, from ‘Carousel’.  Members of the cast from their recent production, “9 to 5 The Musical” then performed a number of songs from the show.  Denis New again opened the second half of the show, followed by Patrick Bracken’s nautical “Somewhere Beyond The Sea”.  Youth very firmly took centre stage with both Caoimhe Ní Chonchúir and Sean Fox performing excellent self-penned numbers with a confidence belying their youthfulness.  Eimear Harper, another immensely talented name for the future, performing alongside her father, Fran, opted also for a song she wrote, and the ringing endorsement all three youngsters received spoke volumes.  Percussionist Tony Byrne showcased his many talents with a display of instruments and sounds.  The Harper Family filled the air with an array of marvellous traditional Irish music, again most of it self-penned, and the evening was rounded off with a superb display from the Breda O’Connor School of Irish Dancing.

AMA chairperson Yvonne Kenny enthused after an immensely successful opening weekend, “we would have loved to have invited more people to the Asgard, such was the interest and the demand for tickets.”  She added, “It has been a wonderful weekend for music in Arklow with the opening of the theatre, even though we only showcased a small percentage of the talent that thrives here in the town.  I cannot thank enough all those people who have supported us this far, particularly those who sent us cards, flowers, and donations.  I also want to thank Declan and Liz from The Harbour Bar, who answered our call and supported us when we first asked the community for a performance space.  As someone once said, ‘if you build it, they will come…’  In the weeks ahead, we hope to show as many people around the theatre, and have already taken some bookings.  They can find us on Facebook or through our website at arklowtheatre.com.”

Check out our gallery page for some images of a very memorable weekend at The Asgard Theatre.

Posted May 7 2019


May 4 2019 | The Asgard's Maiden Voyage!


It was upon the back of a trailer on a then chilly May bank holiday weekend in 2015 that Arklow Music and Arts first emerged, a concert showcasing just some of the talent in the community.  Four years on, countless hours spent fundraising, begging, borrowing, recycling old into renewed, the May bank holiday weekend in 2019 was one of celebration, and a landmark arrival as AMA proudly opened The Asgard Theatre, Arklow’s first black box style performance space above Kenny’s Of The Harbour public house on Arklow’s Lower Main Street.

Due to the unique intimacy of the venue, the opening weekend celebrations were spread over three evenings, with a traditional Irish music evening opening proceedings on Friday evening.  The official opening of The Asgard Theatre was performed on Saturday evening, with the red carpet rolled out and the glitz and glamour of just some of Arklow’s finest talents performing.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Mr. Jim Furlong, then invited Fr. Michael Murtagh to perform a blessing upon the theatre, followed by James Kearon with a powerful rendition of “Asgard II”, a wonderful poem penned by local historian, Michael Fitzgerald, setting a high bar for the rest of the evening.  Stunning performances flowed continuously with an enthusiastic audience loving the new surroundings and a state of the art sound system earning the plaudits and approval of all, as Avril O’Toole, Eoin Hayden, Karla Tracey and Denise Brennan filled the theatre with some beautiful sounds.  The youth of today, our stars of tomorrow, were represented with Bri-Elle Finn and Fionn Vigors showcasing their talents, while the somewhat more experienced duo of John Bonner and Georgie Byrne combined to perform a delightful jazz number.  A moment’s poignancy followed with Ború’s Tommy Breen dedicating his and John Nolan’s stunning delivery of “The Lonesome Boatman” to the late Johnny Byrne, and John Hogan Junior, former colleagues.  Masters of their craft, we were indulged with the talents of Denis New opening the second half of the show with his pipes, and All Ireland champion harmonica player Denis Nolan.  Patricia Graham’s mandolin was beautifully accompanied by John Nolan, whose gift and guile with a guitar is always a wonder to behold.  Niamh O’Connor’s violin took the audience on a nautical route, with a beautiful playing of the theme from “The Onedin Line”.  Kiera Broe was enthralling with a dance improvisation routine, and we were also treated to some gorgeous big sounds from Naoimh Penston, Zena Donnelly, and Leslie Dowdall.  Saturday’s landmark concert concluded with a repertoire of tunes from the Arklow Silver Band, bringing the audience to their feet.

Check out our gallery page for some images of a very memorable weekend at The Asgard Theatre.

 

Posted May 6 2019.