Howie the Rookie at the Asgard


Arklow Music and Arts are delighted to welcome Stagemad Theatre Company to Arklow, for their production of the critically acclaimed "Howie the Rookie".  This story tells the tale of a white-knuckle ride through a nightmare Dublin, where enemies and allies are interchangeable, and arrives in Arklow for one night only, on Friday, August 30. 

Tickets are €15 each and expected to sell quickly. 

Pre-book at 086 8674511 or 087 2020603.  Seating for this performance is unassigned.

 


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!

 

 


Looking Back On A Memorable Weekend


A look back at a memorable evening, at our opening of The Asgard Theatre on Arklow's Lower Main Street.

A huge thank you to all who helped in any way, shape or form, to help us get this far.

Our doors are now open,  and a welcome awaits all who attend the Asgard...

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

Posted May 7 2019


Opening Weekend Concludes With Second Concert


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


The Asgard Sets Sail On 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


All Set For Opening Weekend


Great excitement as four years of hard slog, fundraising, begging, borrowing....and some prayer amidst many a frustration placed our way, it is with the greatest of pleasure that AMA announces that the grand opening of The Asgard Theatre will take place on Saturday, May 4 with an evening of glitz and glamour and entertainment provided by some of Arklow's finest talents.

Our way of saying a big thank you to all who have helped get us this far, we as a group do not forget those who have given their time, and with the opening of the theatre, we feel it is only right that they are the people who first get to perform on our new stage.

In an ideal world, we would be in position to cater for all interested in attending, but as we are a small but uniquely beautiful black box theatre, we have to make best with what we have.

We promise a wonderful weekend of entertainment, laced with a little pride in our wonderful town's musical heritage.

The Asgard Theatre is set to sail!

Posted April 29, 2019


Show The World You're Going To Arklow!


The punchy calling, taken from The Elders' song of the same name, "Going to Arklow" has now been immortalised forevermore with the introduction of that must-have necessity, the fridge magnet.

Where'er you reside, across the globe, you can now traverse the interstate, the highways and byways, or even across mountain peaks, with your bumper declaring  you're "Going to Arklow" (designed by Tom Lovell).

You can also obtain a fabulous photo capture of The Elders, signed by the band themselves (photo credit, Kathy Bottorff Stockbridge, Flashback Photography).

AMA committee member Brian Greenstreet confirmed, "with every $25 donation you will receive a 'Going to Arklow' magnet; and with a $50 donation you will receive a signed poster of The Elders in action."

The Elders in action live!

Donations can be made here - and it goes without saying, all your donations are greatly appreciated!

Thanks to everyone!

 

Posted, February 22 2019


Love Is All Around Us at Bridgewater


Shoppers at Arklow's Bridgewater Shopping Centre were treated to a feast of music and poetry on Saturday last, February 16, as AMA hosted a free concert to celebrate the Valentine's Weekend feeling!

Love was definitely in the air as an array of young starlets, and some not so young, filled the air with sweet sweet music.

All performers were winners in AMA's recent competition over the Christmas holiday period - and great it was to see so many enjoying performing in front of all gathered; some for the very first time.

AMA would like to thank the management of Bridgewater Shopping Centre for allowing us to host such a concert, which lasted all of three hours!

AMA would also like to thank all those who performed on the day - you were wonderful; notably those performing for a first time.

Lastly, AMA would like to thank all of you who offered donations to our donation box, the proceeds of which will go towards our soon to be opened Asgard Theatre.

A gallery of images from the event can be viewed in our Gallery section.

 

Posted February 19 2019


New Asgard Theatre Beginning To Take Shape


Arklow Music and Arts are delighted to announce the (almost!) imminent arrival of our very own Asgard Theatre in the coming weeks.

Five years ago, back in 2014, our chairperson Ms. Yvonne Kenny created a Facebook group, and opened with the following quote:-

"A place to promote all that is happening on the Music and Arts Scene in and around the Arklow area. A co-op for musicians, singers, dancers, artists and photographers to support each other in trying to secure a headquarters for us all.” 

Five years on, though the town does not possess (yet!) the venue we crave and continue to aspire to - Arklow Music and Arts (AMA) are delighted to announce that work is progressing at a very steady pace on what will soon become our own black box theatre. 

In keeping with Arklow's maritime heritage, we could look no further than the Asgard when seeking a name for the venue - it is a comfortable fit.

So, what is black box theatre?

Black box theatre, a relatively recent innovation, is an increasingly popular model for accommodating the arts, with its flexible nature very much one of its charms.  Members of AMA have travelled around Ireland and viewed a number of similar ventures, speaking to those involved and taking guidance on what would best suit our own needs here in Arklow.

We asked the community of Arklow, primarily the business community, seeking potential venues for such usage; resulting in two businesses generously offering their premise.  As a result, we are delighted to be in position to announce the imminent arrival and opening of The Asgard Theatre, located above The Harbour Bar on Lower Main Street.

Asgard Theatre 2 will hopefully commence a little later in 2019, but for now, we need to focus on the former.

As work progresses on the venue, it is more than appropriate to take a time out from the renovations, to acknowledge the depth of financial contribution, moral support and - let's be honest here - love we have received from our many friends, family, over in the United States of America.  We are forever in your debt.  A thank you thrice over cannot suffice!  So, to perhaps get some into the mood, a glance back at a seisiún that took place a couple of years back, in the room that is soon to transform into a black box theatre space....

Going to Arklow?  Coming to Arklow?  And definitely Avoca!

Watch this space!

Posted February 7 2019


AMA Press Release 02-09-18


ARKLOW MUSIC & ARTS SET TO LAUNCH ASGARD

Arklow Music & Arts Group (AMA) is on the crest of a wave at the moment with the announcement of not one but two “Black Box” style theatre venues for the town of Arklow, aptly named as “Asgard Theatre I” and “Asgard Theatre II”, the latter named after the town’s most famous boat. With huge excitement mounting within the group, the creation of new venues will enhance not only Arklow’s artistic landscape but also bring benefit to the local economy.  As a group AMA hopes to aid the town’s upward progression, attracting extra business as a rising tide lifts all.

While AMA has not succeeded in its primary objective, to secure a dedicated theatre and performance arts space, the decision to proceed with “Black Box” initiatives will afford AMA the opportunity to create intimate venues hosting regular events.  AMA also hopes to put Arklow back on the map and restore its reputation as a destination for top class entertainment. Older generations will fondly remember Arklow shining as a beacon of musical light, on the national circuit, with venues like “The Entertainment Centre” and “The Ormonde Hall” attracting top class entertainment and bringing in essential revenue to the local economy.  AMA is already excited to have attracted the interest of an international act, with a view to performing in the new theatre when it opens.

Recently Arklow Music & Arts put the call out to business owners, for anyone with a potential site willing to donate it for free to come forward and get in touch and were delighted to receive two generous offers, each site offering something unique to the experience AMA hopes to provide.

AMA would like to extend gratitude to Declan Kenny from The Harbour Bar, and Noleen Davenport from The Midway, for their generous support and use of their premises for this new venture to help showcase the huge talent and potential in Arklow.

The group is now in a position to move forward and in the months ahead will plan, publish and promote its opening programme of events. 

Making waves on another level is a sponsor who has approached the group with a view to being involved with this wonderful opportunity and venture.

AMA will extend an invitation to our many local performers and groups who are interested in being a part of our grand opening weekend of events, to submit their expression of interest in taking part (date yet to be confirmed) in the weeks ahead.  Please contact any committee member for further details which will appear on AMA’s website – arklowtheatre.com – and on the AMA Facebook page.

Posted September 2 2018


Best Wishes From Hector!


Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the world’s largest annual celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance.

This year's event is taking place in  Drogheda, Co. Louth from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th August.  It will feature workshops for young musicians, competitions, concerts, singing, céilí’s and lots of fun throughout the week.

Our chairperson Yvonne Kenny and PRO Colm Moules had the pleasure of meeting Fleadh host Hector Ó'hEochagáin last evening whilst attending a concert by Ulaid, who were joined on stage by Dukes Special.

Hector was delighted to be pictured with our intrepid duo, and wished AMA all the very best in the near future, as we try to secure a performance arts space in the town.

And, who knows...

Arklow might one day host the Fleadh Cheoil!

 

Posted August 17, 2018.

 


What's Going On In Arklow?


Arklow Music and Arts wants YOU!

If you are involved with anything to do with music and the arts; and have an event upcoming - GET IN TOUCH, and we will list it here.

In a band, playing a few gigs over the week or weekend?  GET IN TOUCH, we'll list it here!

In fact, we want ALL groups who fit comfortable under that umbrella marked "Music AND Arts" to keep in touch and through our website here keep your prospective audience informed.

It's worth noting, not everyone is on Facebook!  We're here!  USE US!

We want our website to become the home of all things musical and artistic in the Arklow area, to highlight what's going on.  Let the people know what you are doing!

Have an event upcoming?  You know now where to advertise it!

GET IN TOUCH! Email colmkavanagh1967@gmail.com or contact Arklow Music and Arts here.

 

Posted August 17, 2018.


Arklow Native Adorns The Cover Of Hot Press!


It’s not every day of the week you get to see the face of an Arklow native looking back at you on the magazine stand! Congrats Róisín Murphy!

"Hot Press" is, of course, available at all good newsagents!  (Shameless plug from the secretary!)

 

Posted August 8, 2018.


AMA Press Release 27-07-18


Arklow Music and Arts (AMA) are delighted to announce its intention to proceed with a Black Box style theatre performance space here in the town.  As the impetus to improve our town gathers pace; a number of groups and bodies in the town are all actively contributing to the growing positivity around Arklow, this is something we would also want to contribute to.  Over the past number of years, since our inception, we have both highlighted the town’s need and demand for a theatrical performance space as well as raise funds to the best of our ability.  We are indebted to the people of the town, the business community, and beyond (most notably some wonderful people residing in the United States of America) for their support.

Some big plans lie in the years ahead for Arklow, and though patience is required, we would like to remind stakeholders that the addition and presence of a fabulous theatre could enhance plans already in place for other projects.  Arklow’s rich musical heritage should never ever be sold short.

In the current climate, economically and socially, it makes sense for AMA to proceed with the creation of a Black Box theatre here in Arklow.  We now invite people or business owners who may have an interest or a suitable venue available, to approach AMA, willing to donate or sponsor the free usage of their premises.

All inquiries please to our secretary Colm Kavanagh, at 087 2020603, or email at colmkavanagh1967@gmail.com

 

Posted July 27, 2018


A Letter From America


For many years now, Kansas city based band The Elders have toured Ireland, and bringing with them an increasing number of US based fans, who get the best of both worlds - being able to tour around Ireland, appreciate the many sights and wonders.....the odd pint or ten of Guinness......and end their evenings enjoying the live experience of The Elders doing what they do best.

If it was a chemical formula.....it'd be up there!

However, far be it from us at AMA (Arklow Music and Arts) to hammer home a point, a belief long held by those of us who have sprung lifelong friendships with some of these US based Elders fans who year in year out return to our shores, and call Arklow their second home.....

These guys see ALL the sights, the obvious callings - y'know......Giants Causeway up North; Cliffs of Moher over west, in Clare, and the obvious beauty of Kerry and elsewhere.

Yet, so often we hear their voice, about Arklow, and its people.

What we reproduce here, is a correspondence received by one such visitor, who availed of Arklow's finest hospitality on the most recent Elders tour of Ireland.

"Hello. We were just on the Elders' tour.  I wanted to thank you for hosting us .  Arklow was the absolute favorite stop of the trip for the majority of us.  We appreciate your hospitality. 

I was also wondering if you had a page or link I could share to help raise awareness and possibly money for your new theater?

I have quite a few contacts that feel strongly about the Arts.

Thank you again." 

 

Posted October 29, 2017.


Remembering Kynoch's - Relive The Concert: NEW DVD!


Relive the memorable "Remembering Kynoch's" concert on DVD, capturing what was an enthralling evening of superb entertainment.

The centenary concert took place in Sts. Mary and Peter's Church on Arklow's Main Street, on the one hundredth anniversary of "the night Arklow shook".   On September 21, 1917 a massive explosion shook Arklow's northern coastline, at the Kynoch Munitions factory.  Twenty seven men lost their lives that evening.  Arklow Music and Arts were honoured to host a concert remembering Kynoch's.

DVD's are available for just €10 each,  on sale at Kavanagh's Wexford Road, Arklow.

 

Posted October 23, 2017.