August 9 2019 | Susan McFadden and Brian McGrane


THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Susan has been a member of the hugely successful group “Celtic Woman” since 2012.  The critically acclaimed Irish Music sensation has toured the globe multiple times over and Susan has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world including Red Rocks (Colorado) and Radio City Music Hall (New York).  As a lead vocalist with the group, Susan has recorded four albums, all of which have debuted at number 1 on the Billboard World Music Chart, including the album “Destiny”, which received a Grammy Nomination.

Having  toured the world extensively over the past five years, Brian has turned to releasing his own music this past twelve months, culminating in the release of "Your Last Day", which  took social media by storm, attracting attention across the globe,  More recently he has released "Still With Me", in June, and is eagerly looking forward to a number of live performances in the months ahead.

The Asgard Theatre is delighted to welcome both to our surroundings, for what promises to be an intimate evening of delightful song.

Tickets can be purchased for this concert at Plain and Pearl on Arklow's Lower Main Street.

 

Posted July 5 2019


July 28 2019 | Big Shot - Songs From The Original Irish Musical


Big Shot The Musical will play five nights Off-Broadway and one night at landmark New York venue Feinstein’s/54 Below next month.  Big Shot is an original award winning Irish Musical written and composed by Lauryn Gaffney. In recent months Lauryn and team have been presented with an opportunity to bring Big Shot to New York, where it will be seen and heard by people who can help bring her closer to her ambition of being the first female Irish composer-lyricist to have their work performed on Broadway.

The performers involved in past productions of Big Shot include bona fide West End performers and highly sought-after stars of the Irish musical theatre scene.  The show has a full Irish band, cast and production team.

Big Shot tells the story of one Jeremy Crocker, a savvy defense lawyer thriving in New York City’s bustling legal profession.  Despite his ambitions, Crocker falls in love with Carrie, a struggling Irish artist who works in Crocker’s go-to café in downtown Manhattan. Although the two become ever more infatuated by each other, this threatens to derail Crocker’s career, with regard to the dubious new defense case he has taken on.  Does Crocker follow his heart or stick with his legal client obligations? The theme of the story is love, justice and living in the moment.

With a blend of energetic and poignant songs and a suitable amount of drama one would expect of a Broadway-style musical, Big Shot is an exposition of original Irish composition and writing that simply cannot be missed.

The Asgard Theatre is delighted to welcome Big Shot Company, the music of Lauryn Gaffney; and featurning Amy Penston, Sorcha Fenlon, Donal Brennan, Seán McMahon and Jade Young, all bringing a piece of Big Shot to Arklow for one night only.

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

Posted July 2 2019.


October 11 2019 | Chris Currid


THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Chris trained with Bull Alley Theatre in Dublin and has played many leading roles with many musical societies and companies across the country.  He has received 7 AIMS nominations, winning Best Male Singer in 2018 when playing Judas in Avonmore Musical Society’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”.  His most recent portrayal of Michael Collins in Oyster Lane Theatre’s production of the same name earned Chris another nomination this year.  He has also toured in Europe with the Rock Tenors.

Chris is a vocal coach and performance art teacher, working nationwide with groups and one-to-one tuition.  Alongside his wife, Roisin, he is set to open the Currid School of Performing Arts in Courtown this coming September.

He is thrilled and excited to be playing his first solo concert in the Asgard Theatre, and will be accompanied on the evening with a special guest appearance from Amy Penston.  Members of the Currid School of Performing Arts will also entertain, accompanied by Conor McCarthy.

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

 

Posted June 24 2019.


August 22 2019 | Mary Coughlan


"A song is not complete unless it has been sung by Mary Coughlan", claimed the music paper, Melody Maker"Mary's live performances have to be seen to be believed", said the NME.  Whereas the London Times opted for an understated "the greatest sexiest redhead since Rita Hayworth".

The Guardian describes Mary as "a jazz and blues singer whose life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives."

Closer to home, the Irish Times emphatically claimed "Ireland has never produced a singer like Mary Coughlan.  Indeed anything like Mary Coughlan.  A stagecraft and vocal sophistication of a veteran singing new songs and blues songs with a voice that tingles the mind with instant recognition of something very special."

Mary has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career, with a legion of devoted fans worldwide.  Her ability to connect so emotionally and empathically with both the song and her audience is testament to her inner strength, and to the power of transformation and redemption.  The stage is her home.  To hear Mary sing is truly to be at the core of the human heart.

Since her first album "Tired and Emotional" rocketed her to overnight fame in 1985, she has recorded 15 further solo albums, most recently the searing song cycle "Scars on the Calendar" with Erik Visser.

Throughout the 90’s, Mary was selling out some of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including the Mean Fiddler, London’s Astoria and the Liverpool Philharmonic.

She has since gone on to tour in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Scandinavia and the U.K.

Her theatrical version of the visceral 2008 album "The House of Ill Repute" was performed to great acclaim in Dublin as part of the MusicTown Festival. Mary has acted in films and has also written a moving, remarkable and candid autobiography called ‘Bloody Mary - My Story’ which is now in its third pressing.

Throughout 30 years of her quite extraordinary life and recording career Mary has drawn heavily from her legendary heroes: the grievous, teary outpourings of Billie Holiday (to whom she devoted a double album of her songs), the husky flirtations of Peggy Lee, Van Morrison’s soulful wails, the defiant chanteusery of Edith Piaf.  All are present and correct in her delivery.

Even so, Mary, with her naked honesty makes every song her own; they belong to her and nobody else.

The Asgard Theatre are delighted to welcome Mary to Arklow in August, when she will perform in the theatre on Thursday, August 22.

The concert commences at 8pm, and tickets priced at €30. 

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

Posted June 19, 2019.


August 17 2019 | Seán Keane


Once described as "the greatest musical find of the '90s" by The London Independent, Seán Keane is a singer and multi-instrumentalist of skill, acclaim and flair.  Seán's voice has untold depth, range and maturity; his skill on the flute, whistles and pipes with which he punctuates songs, make his work unforgettable.

Seán brings his Music Tour to Arklow's Asgard Theatre on Saturday, August 17.  He will be accompanied by Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely; and together they will perform many of Seán's classics like "Isle Of Hope, Isle Of Tears", "Galway To Graceland", "Fields Of Gold".  He will also be singing some of the newer songs from the "Gratitude" album that he recorded in 2018, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

We are thrilled to welcome Seán to the Asgard Theatre. 

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

Posted June 19, 2019.


July 11 2019 | In Conversation With...


In Conversation With... Adele O'Neill and Eleanor O'Reilly

Hosted by Imelda McDonagh

Best selling authors Adele O'Neill and Eleanor O'Reilly join host Imelda McDonagh for an evening in intimate surroundings at the Asgard Theatre in Arklow, to discuss their experiences putting pen to paper.

Tickets are priced at €10.

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

Another option, you may prefer to pay at the door, but this is subject to seating availability.

 

Posted June 18, 2019.


September 13-14 2019 | Glenn and Ronan


Arklow Music and Arts are delighted to welcome Glenn and Ronan to the intimate surrounds of our Asgard Theatre .

The Dublin based duo, Glenn Murphy and Roland Scolard, have recently released their debut album, "Horizon", but are perhaps better known for their appearance on-stage at Dublin's 3Arena in 2018 accompanying Adele after she saw them performing a medley of her tunes on YouTube!  The duo were then invited to perform on the Ellen Degeneres Show!

We are delighted to see them performing in Arklow next September, an unforgettable date of sorts with it being Friday the Thirteenth!  Mark the date in your diary now, September 13 - Glenn & Ronan, at the Asgard!

UPDATE!

Due to demand we have added a second date for Glenn and Ronan, and the duo will now perfom in the Asgard Theatre on Friday (13th) and a second date, Saturday (14th)

Tickets are €25.

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

A taster of the dynamic duo in action - 

 

Updated June 20, 2019


August 30 2019 | Howie the Rookie


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.

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

 


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.