June 13 2020 | Don Baker The Blues Man Tour


Born and bred in Dublin, Don Baker first learnt to play harmonica as a young lad in hospital recovering from a bout of TB. While convalescing, unable to go out like the other boys of his age, he immersed himself in The Blues and most especially The Blues Harmonica listening to the recordings Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.

Fifty years on and Don is still immersed, still listening, still performing to the songs of Blues legends and adding to the Blues canon with songs and compositions of his own as he developed his talent from musician to gifted songwriter in his own right. Indeed his songs have been recorded by scores of other artists including Sinead O'Connor, Charlie McCoy, Finbar Furey, Declan O'Rourke and Liam O'Maonlai He has released ?fteen albums and shared stages with Tom Jones, Sinead O'Connor and Van Morrison.

As an actor Don played opposite three-time Oscar Winner Daniel Day-Lewis in "In the Name of the Father" and in "Mia, Liebe meines Lebens" opposite Claudia Cardinale while on television he portrayed gangster Thomas Flynn in RTE's "Fair City". His songs have been recorded by scores of artists including Sinead O'Connor, Charlie McCoy, Damien Dempsey, Finbar Furey and has toured at home and internationally for 50 years. It is clear to be seen that Don Baker's career in the entertainment industry has been amazing.

But it is while performing on stage, back immersed in The Blues that Bono's favourite harmonica player really comes to life. Don is first and foremost a true entertainer.

 

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

 


May 16 2020 | Padraig Jack with support from Caoimhe Ni Chonchuir


Padraig Jack writes and sings songs on guitar and piano in Gaelic and English. He was born and raised 10 miles off the west coast of Ireland on the Aran islands.

Music and words are in his blood as his dad is bilingual songwriter Barry Ronan and he is the nephew on his mothers side of the Irish poet and Aosdána member Mary O’Malley. His music is influenced by his surroundings as much as it is by James Taylor, Van Morrison, Shane McGowan and The Eagles. Padraig Jack has appeared on RTE 1 Television, TG4, RTE Radio 1, Newstalk as well as many Irish and BBC regional radio stations. His Gaelic language songs are played almost daily on the national Irish language radio station RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Padraig’s live shows are reinforcing his reputation as a singer and songwriter of substance in both English and Irish. Career highlights to date include multiple tours with Sharon Shannon playing venues such as Whelans in Dublin, the Liverpool Philharmonic Theatre, Poole Lighthouse theatre and the famous Cecil Sharp House in London.

Padraig has won second prize at the Pan Celtic National Song contest and his song ‘Minnie’ was shortlisted for the final of the Christie Hennessy song contest. He has also received numerous Gradaim NÓS Award nominations (incl. Song and Artist of the year). Padraig will release his debut album ‘Making Sand’ in the spring of 2020 which was recorded with producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Brian Eno, Damien Dempsey). The lead single ‘Minnie’ was released in October 2019 and his next single ‘Streetbed Ridden’ will be released in March 2020.

Padraig is currently on tour with Sharon Shannon around Ireland and will join Damien Dempsey on tour this April ahead of the release of his debut album ‘Making Sand’.

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

 


Saturday 25th April, 2020 GATEHOUSE LIVE AT THE ASGARD THEATRE


Gatehouse was formed in 2016 and features John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle), Jacinta McEvoy (guitar, concertina) and Rachel Garvey (vocals). The band specialises in playing the music of Roscommon and North Connacht performing songs in Irish and English and feature compositions by local composers such as Josie McDermott, Turlough O´Carolan, Larry Redican and John McEvoy himself

John Wynne and John McEvoy are highly regarded musicians and old friends, who have played together for many years. They delighted audiences at Return to Camden when they last visited us to launch their CD, Pride of the West, in 2007. John Wynne is from Roscommon and has a strong interest in the music of Sligo, Roscommon and Leitrim, whilst John McEvoy, also from a Roscommon family, grew up in Birmingham. His sister is the noted flute player, Catherine McEvoy. He recorded the album Bakerswell with the group of the same name in the late 1980s. His solo CD, Returning, was released in 1998 and he recorded The Kilmore Fancy with Catherine in 2004.

John and John decided in 2016 that they would like to expand and develop the music they play, so invited John McEvoy’s wife, Jacinta, to join them on guitar and concertina, whilst Rachel Garvey, also from Roscommon and a fine singer and All-Ireland winner, came on board as vocalist. The group’s debut CD, Tús Nua, has been extremely well received.

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


May 09 2020 | The 4 Of Us - Acoustic Show


The 4 Of Us have been a steadfast part of Irish music history for over a quarter of a century.

Formed and fronted by Newry-born brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy, they have developed a unique musical identity which has produced original and award-winning recordings, as well as a large and loyal fan base.

The 4 Of Us shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow-up Man Alive made Q magazine’s prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.

The 4 Of Us were recently listed No.7 in TV3’s ‘Top 10 Best Irish Bands Of All Time’, and to date, the Murphy brothers have notched up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including six top 20 Irish charting albums. Their music has also been featured extensively on American, UK, and Irish TV soundtracks.

Sugar Island, the latest album by The 4 Of Us, explores the brothers’ early years growing up in Northern Ireland; musically, it focuses on the trademark interplay of their acoustic guitars.

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

Posted September 17, 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.


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 Yvonne at 086 8674511.

Alternatively, you can email asgardtheatre@gmail.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.