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Ballet Ireland are back with a production of Coppélia

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Comic chaos unfolds in this witty ballet of magic, mayhem & mistaken identity!

 

Franz and his reporter finance Hildy, are curious about the beautiful girl, Coppélia. Hildy begins to suspect things are not all that they seem… She and her friends follow the seemingly perfect starlet, arriving at Dr Coppelius laboratories. Inside, they stumble upon a magical and strange world, uncovering secrets that will change them forever! 

 

Setting the much-loved story at a County Fair, choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple (Carmen, Romeo & Juliet), with writer Stella Feehily, have re-interpreted  this witty and pertinent ballet inspired by the eternal obsession with youthful perfection. With its nod to the movie glamour of yesteryear, its captivating dance and the charming music of Léo Delibes and Tom Lane, Coppélia will enchant and enthral audiences of all ages.

 

Ballet Ireland is delighted to tour this light-hearted ballet following the success of Swan Lake last year.

 

Mon 2nd Nov | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €22 / €18

 

 Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online:www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie 

 

 

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Attention All Choirs!

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Calling all Mayo and Regional Choir Members and Choirs: enhance your singing skills with world renowned singing and presentation coaches - as part of the International Barbershop Convention, Castlebar, 2-4 October 2015. Places limited. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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Paddy, featuring Tommy Fleming - extra date added!

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EXTRA SHOW ADDED DUE TO DEMAND!

Fri 25th Sept | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €30

 

 

International multi-award winning singer Tommy Fleming takes to the stage for his first major acting role in a brand new original drama/musical entitled 'Paddy'.

 

This must-see show, which is co-written by Tommy Fleming alongside singer/songwriter Gerry Carney and Tommy Marren (writer of the hugely successful 'Its the Real McCoy), tells the story of Patrick Murphy who emigrates to England to start a new life on the building sites of London.

 

With a gripping storyline that is set in both Ireland and England over a 25-year period - alongside 13 original songs - 'Paddy' promises to be a unique night of stunning drama and spectacular music.

 

Simply unmissable!

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, Castlebar

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Mayo's Lisa Canny set to perform in the Ruby Room

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Lisa Canny is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from County Mayo. With roots in Irish traditional, folk, pop, and soul music, Lisa’s unique sound has been compared to a wide range of artists from Kate Bush and Sinead O’Connor to Ingrid Michaelson and Hozier. 

 

Lisa is set to release her debut single entitled “Lifeline” on 12th June 2015. She wrote the song with Grammy Award winning songwriting Jodi Marr. Although only new to the singer/songwriter scene Lisa has already grabbed the attention and backing of major players in the industry including Miles Copeland (The Police, Sting), Julian Emery (McFly, Busted), and George Noriega (Shakira, Ricky Martin). The next year looks hugely promising for the small-town girl with the big voice! 

 

With 7 All-Ireland titles to her name on traditional harp and banjo, Lisa toured the US and Canada extensively with Celtic Crossroads as lead singer and musician, appearing on their PBS special DVD in 2014. At home on the road Lisa has also toured France, Germany, Austria, Russia, Italy, the UK & Ireland with groups Fuinnimh, Celtic Spree and Ragus. After graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Irish Music and Dance at University of Limerick in 2010, Lisa went on to achieve a First Class Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at University College Cork.  

 

In September 2012 Lisa went to ASCAP’s songwriting retreat in France. She was invited by Miles Copeland (former manager of The Police) after he saw her perform in L.A. During her time in France Lisa worked with some of the biggest artists, songwriters, and producers in the business including Priscilla Renea Hamilton (Rihanna, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Cheryl Cole), Jodi Marr (Mika, Paloma Faith, Ricky Martin), Hillary Lindsey (Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw), and Claudia Brant (Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé).

 

In August 2014 Lisa signed a publishing deal with London/Nashville company AbFab Music Publishing (ASCAP)/Little Ruth Music (ASCAP).

 

Fri 7th Aug | Doors 8pm. Show 9pm | Ruby Room | Tkts: €13

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

 

 

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Text Message 30th June 2015 - Statement

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We are aware that there was a major issue with our text messaging service provider yesterday evening, Tuesday 30th June. We send copy content to a company based in GMIT Castlebar. The company is called 'Messaging 365', they together with Vodafone send out text messages on our behalf. We tried all evening to contact both companies to establish what happened and to stop multiple texts sending to our customers. We did not hear back from the company until 11.15pm, at which point they confirmed the matter was being investigated and that all activity on our account had been ceased. They apologised profusely for the frustration caused to our customers and assured us the error would not occur again.

 

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In Photos - Tom Jones at The Royal Theatre

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Ger Duffy Photography was on hand to capture some moments of Tom Jones captivating performance at The Royal Theatre in Castlebar last night (21st June). See below for all the photos.

 

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Menopause The Musical - with very specials guests!

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Following previous sell-out Irish tours in 2010 and 2008, Menopause The Musical comes to The Royal Theatre this year for 2 performances only on 24th & 25th October. Tickets are now on sale.

 

Starring X Factor sensation Mary Byrne, Sue Collins (The Nualas), Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh and Linda Nolan (The Nolans) the hilarious Menopause The Musical has entertained and inspired women across the world since 2001. Don’t miss it this No 1 girl’s night out.

 

This hilarious celebration of women and 'The Change', the all-singing, all-dancing comedy brings together four women (at a department stores lingerie sale), who have nothing in common but a black lace bra and hot flushes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex, plastic surgery and more!

 

 

 Sat 24th & Sun 25th Oct | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €30

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

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AIMS Award for Castlebar Musical & Dramatic Society

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On behalf of everyone at The Royal Theatre, TF Royal Hotel and Harlequin Hotel; we would like to extend a massive congratulations to the very talented Donna Ruane, of Castlebar Musical & Dramatic Society (CMDS).

 

Donna won Best Supporting Actress at the AIMS Awards 2015 in Killarney over the weekend, for her role as Aunt Eller in CMDS's production of Oklahoma here in The Royal Theatre last December.

 

This is a major award to win, and fantastic achievement for Donna and all at Castlebar Musical & Dramatic Society - especially in the first year of the society! Watch out for news of this years show coming shortly...

 

 

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Starcamp Summer Camps to take place at The Royal Theatre!

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Since 2007, STARCAMP Summer camps have been offering children an absolutely outstanding NOT-TO-BE-MISSED week that will make a difference to their lives and it is coming to The Royal Theatre and Hotel from the 27-31 July from 9.30am-2.30pm daily.  STARCAMP’s core ethos is building children’s self esteem & confidence. We fully understand and appreciate the difference in each amazing child and we want to bring out the best in each one for who they are. We offer endless enjoyment, encouragement and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. We offer exceptional, new and diverse opportunities to our students each year. STARCAMP summer camp children have appeared on numerous shows such as Elev8, Sattitude, The Den, Ireland AM, The Late Late Toy Show, have met with Jedward and Westlife, have sang with Hometown, Ryan Tubridy, Bosco, Zig and Zag and Dustin and have released singles into the charts!
 
STARCAMP has won numerous awards and successfully secured backing on Dragons’ Den.
 
Open to ALL BOYS & GIRLS AGED 4-13 of all levels and abilities with a New ADVANCED PROGRAM for 9-13 year olds. Whether the shy and less confident type or born for the stage we have something for everyone.
 
Garda Vetted, qualified or trainee teachers, music professionals, choreographers and drama coaches are amongst Starcamp’s talented instructors.
There will be a short Friday Showcase at collection time where all children will get to sing and dance!
 
Book Online at http://www.starcamp.ie and you are automatically in the draw for a wonderful family break.
 
The camp costs;
One child €90
Two siblings €160
Three siblings €220
We are now offering Installment payments to make it easier for you! Call the office on 021 4377900 to discuss options.
 
 
EVERY CHILD RECEIVES A STARCAMP T-SHIRT, A STARCAMP WRISTBAND AND A SPECIAL STAR AWARD!

 

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The Blues Brothers - The Smash Hit Musical is coming!

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Attention! Your attention please!

 

The police, theatres and members of the public are here by warned to be vigilant and on the look out for two men dressed in black hats, black ties and sunglasses - otherwise known as The Blues Brothers.

 

Yes folks...They’re back and on a mission! Direct from a residency in Chicago and a national tour of the USA.

 

Last time round they smashed box office records, crashed, crooned and rocked their way into the lives of anyone with a heartbeat! Featuring original members from the many West End runs the production has endured, this show brings you all those amazing, favourite and classic moments once again. Armed with a new set, new twists, new moves, new songs and freshly laundered suits! This show promises, as always, to deliver!!

 

 

 

The boys are joined on their mission to bring soul and blues back into your heart by the fabulous Bluettes; three sassy ladies with attitude and voices to knock you off your perch and an incredible Blues Brothers Band who are the best of the best. All your favourite songs are here... of course! Everybody, Gimme Some Lovin', Think, Shake a Tailfeather, Sweet Home Chicago, plus loads, loads more.

 

So... dust off your pork pie hats, dig out your shades, put on your dancing shoes and prepare to party like never before because The Blues Brothers are back in town and request your company for a night of only the best songs, music, moves, thrills and spills this side of Chicago.

 

P.S. Just don’t tell the Police, OK?    

 

Bank Hol Mon 26th Oct | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €25

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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An Ellen Kent Production of CARMEN

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An Ellen Kent Production... Carmen.

 

One of the most famous and seductive operas of all time, the irresistibly emotional Carmen guarantees an evening of passion and romance.

 

The story is of the bewitching gypsy girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder - and the score includes one famous melody after another: the Habanera, the Seguidilla, the Flower Song, the Chanson Boheme and perhaps the best-known baritone aria of all, the Toreador's Song.

 

With international soloists, a highly praised chorus and full orchestra. A traditionally staged, dazzling new production set in Seville and reflecting a Goya painting - including a replica of Seville’s main square with fountains, flowers and orange trees.

 

'Impassioned and sultry' The Observe 

'Hot-blooded, a joy' - The Independent

'A Spanish treat for opera lovers' - Bristol Evening Post 

'It is a stunning show, worth five stars all the way through' - Brighton Argus

'Sexy Carmen is a feast for the eyes and ears' - Edinburgh Evening News

'In fact this may have been the best Carmen I’ve ever seen' - Oxford Mail

 

Fri 6th Nov | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €49.25, €47.25, €33.20

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000 

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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Castlebar Gospel Choir sing Disney Classics!

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Castlebar Gospel Choir will perform a selection of Disney Classics in concert at the Royal Theatre this Saturday the 6th of June. Relive the magic of Disney’s classic movies through song for one night only. Featuring songs from Disney movies such as Frozen, Toy Story, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and more!

 

Castlebar Gospel Choir was formed in 1999 and has grown over the years in confidence, size and repertoire. Members are drawn from Castlebar and many of the towns and villages around Mayo. The choir, under the directorship of Kathy Fahey, can be heard at Saturday evening masses at Castlebar Church.

 

Sat 6th June | Doors 6.30pm. Show 7.30pm | Tkts: €15

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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Ivor Novello Award for Albert Hammond's 'Outstanding Song Collection'.

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Albert Hammond has received the Ivor Novello Award 2015 for Outstanding Song Collection. Albert has composed many superb hits including “The Air That I Breathe”, “When I Need You” and “One Moment In Time”. Donovan, who presented the award to Hammond, said: “I don’t know how he did it, but he did it, he’s an enigma.” Albert received a standing ovation from all of the attendees including Elton John, Annie Lennox, Brian May, Black Sabbath, Ed Sheeran and many others

 

One of his most celebrated songs famously asked for “One Moment In Time”, but in fact Albert Hammond has provided dozens of such moments over a career that has produced hits across the last six decades.

 

And what moments they have been. Since writing his first chart smash – Little Arrows, a Number Two for Leapy Lee in 1968 – Hammond has enjoyed success as a recording artist and a producer while, as a songwriter, the hits have just kept coming.

Albert Hammond collects his Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.

And it’s the sheer range of his work that sets Hammond apart. He has scored hits on pop, country, R&B and Latin charts. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elton John to Tina Turner, Julio Iglesias to Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston to The Carpenters. He has co-written with talents as Diane Warren and Hal David, Mike Hazlewood and John Bettis. And his songs have driven worldwide record sales of over 300 million.

 

His work will need no introduction to The Ivor audience, but even a casual music fan would be familiar with this most outstanding of song collections. From his own hits such as “It Never Rains in Southern California” and “The Free Electric Band” to enduring favorites’ such as “The Air That I Breathe” (Number One for The Hollies in 1974) and “When I Need You” (Number One for Leo Sayer in 1977), Hammond pretty much owned the 1970s.

 

But while some songwriters dip in and out of fashion, Hammond’s ageless craft has always managed to move with the times .So he and Warren co-wrote 1987’s rock powerhouse “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now” for Starship, nominated for an Oscar. He and Bettis penned the pop-soul belter and 1988 Olympic theme “One Moment In Time” for Whitney Houston and won an Emmy. And he and David came up with 1984 “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, crossing Latin and Country genre boundaries. In the Nineties, he wrote for Diana Ross¸ in the Noughties he worked with Duffy. One of his finest songs “Don’t Turn Around” was recorded by artists as varied as Tina Turner, Aswad and Ace Of Base..

 

In recent years he has reclaimed such gems for himself, re-recording same of his best known songs for his Legend albums (where he also sang a duet with his son, Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes ) and taking the catalogue back on the road.

 

But really, his is a legacy, that will endure though the ages, not so much moments in time as timeless moments.

 


 

Don’t miss your chance to see the legend Albert Hammond live in concert at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sat 10th October.

 

Sat 10th October | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tickets €25

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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Tommy Fleming stars in 'Paddy - The Musical'

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International multi-award winning singer Tommy Fleming takes to the stage for his first major acting role in a brand new original drama/musical entitled 'Paddy'. 

 

This must-see show, which is co-written by Tommy Fleming alongside singer/songwriter Gerry Carney and Tommy Marren (writer of the hugely successful 'Its the Real McCoy), tells the story of Patrick Murphy who emigrates to England to start a new life on the building sites of London. 

 

With a gripping storyline that is set in both Ireland and England over a 25-year period - alongside 13 original songs - 'Paddy' promises to be a unique night of stunning drama and spectacular music. 

 

Simply unmissable!

 

Thurs 24th Sept | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €30 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, Castlebar.

Tickets Online: Available from Tommy Fleming's website - HERE

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The legendary TOM JONES to perform in Castlebar!

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MCD and The Royal Theatre are thrilled to announce the legendary Tom Jones will play a date at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sun 21st June.

 

 Tom Jones is indeed a living legend. His irresistible show traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge. He has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice. This is a unique opportunity for music fans to experience one of the most iconic voices of all time, perform hits from his vast catalogue, in an intimate theatre setting. Tickets from €59.50 incl b. fee go on-sale this Monday, May 18th at 9am.

 

Tom Jones’ 49-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for nearly five decades, he has garnered—at the age of 74—the best reviews of his career for his two most recent albums Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert. Jones has a fundamental interest in a wide range of music. Although he is well known for hits including It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and If I Only Knew, he is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. He has remained a vital recording artist, with his 1999 album Reload the biggest selling (5m) of his then 35-year career. Tom was a key player in Martin Scorsese’s Red White & Blues series, and in 2004 released an album of roots rock n roll with Jools Holland. In 2008, 24 Hours, was a critical career highlight with many of the self-penned tracks being an insightful and evocative reflection of his spirited and rich life.

 

 

In 2015, Sir Tom continued his role as Coach on BBC’s primetime television show The Voice. Now in its fourth Series, Tom was working alongside Will.i.am, Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson coaching talented hopefuls in their search to become successful musical artists.Currently fresh from performing in Los Angeles at the 25th Anniversary of MusiCares honouring Bob Dylan, and the 57th Annual Grammy’s alongside Jessie J, Tom is ready to hit the road again with his 2015 US and European tour.

 

 “His biggest asset is the voice of thunder, last night it filled the Madrid Sports Palace with power and strength. Jones chose a deep and varied repertoire, in which there was rhythm & blues, gospel, country and rock…the voice ignited the public.”

- Rolling Stone (Madrid)

 

 

Sun 21st June | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €59.50 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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It's Mayo International Choral Festival time again!

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The fourth Mayo International Choral Festival is fast approaching and what a festival it promises to be! 

 

Following on from last year, which saw Mayo come alive with the arrival of 33 national and international choirs, this year’s festival promises to as exciting with more top class choirs and internationally renowned adjudicators. 

 

For those choirs eager to get on the competitive ladder!  

 

The Premier Competition will once again be the highlight of our festival as it will form the backbone to our ‘Gala Choral Concert’. For the past three years audiences have been enthralled by the standard of choral singing on offer. Every winning choir from the festival will compete to take home the ultimate accolade of ‘Choir of the Festival’. The evening will conclude with our wonderfully unique ‘massed choir’ featuring several hundred choral singers from visiting and local choirs joining together en-masse to raise the roof in spirited song!

 

With support from Mayo County Council, Fáilte Ireland and the Royal Theatre.

 

Afterglow with entertainment in the Café Bar at the Theatre.

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin GAA to take on Strictly Come Dancing

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Fri 5th June  |  Doors 7pm. Show 8pm  |  Tkts: €10.

 

Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin GAA Club recently officially launched Strictly Come Dancing 2015 and the organisers and participants are very much looking forward to the upcoming fundraiser, which takes place at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Friday 5th June.

 

Ten couples, all of whom are well known personalities from around the locality have enlisted for this year’s event. They are Barbara Flynn and Liam Foy, Paula Cloherty and Marcus Connaughton, Anthony Dunne and Aine Quigley, James Kelly and Barbara Ronayne, Darren Durkan and Sally Lydon, Pat Lynch and Kelly Dunne, Emily Connor and Kevin Neary, Pat Naughton and Karen Connor, Cathy Geraghty and Shane Flynn and John Cloherty and Maeve Hopkins. Under the guidance of the gifted choreographer Jason Guthrie, our ten couples are getting into the spirit of things and having great fun learning how to ballroom dance.It will surely be a wonderful night out, not to be missed.

 

Be sure to get your tickets in time to avail of the once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the local legends strutting their stuff on the night. Check out our Parke Keelogues Crimlin Strictly Come Dancing Facebook page for all the strictly goss!!!

 

https://www.facebook.com/parkekeeloguescrimlinstrictlycomedancing


Tickets are now on sale from usual outlets or contact club officials -
Marcella Dunne 087 9905362 or Ger Murphy 087 2304158.

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Barbershop Singing Convention, October 2015 officially launched.

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 Barbershop Singing Convention, October 2015 officially launched.
Quartets and choruses to converge on Castlebar from around the globe! 

 

The Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) recently launched their 2015 Convention in fine vocal harmony at an evening of singing and much banter. The event was launched by Maire Hunt, Chairperson of IABS, and Edward Horkan, represented the Mayo International Choral Festival (Chairman), the working team on the ground who will assist with the running of the event. The national award winning female Barbershop quartet - Note-Orious 4 and also the sizzling Sandbars male quartet provided a taste of what's to come in October - and boy were they in top vocal form!

 

Maire Hunt said “We are delighted to be bringing our celebration of Barbershop Singing to Castlebar this year. We have great interest from a lot of overseas groups who want to come to the West of Ireland. Our big announcement is that we can confirm that Storm Front, one of the premier quartets in the USA, will be our guests at the 2015 Convention”. She also thanked the Mayo International Choral Festival for their ongoing help, the Royal Theatre, the TF Royal Hotel and Harlequin Hotel for their assistance with the launch.

 

Edward Horkan, stated that, as Chairperson of Mayo International Choral Festival and on behalf of the committee, he was delighted to welcome Maire Hunt and the Barbershop Singers to the official launch of The IABS Convention and is looking forward to an extremely successful event this October.

 

Pat Jennings who spoke on behalf of the Royal Theatre and Martina Nicholson from The Harlequin Hotel said that the team was eager to show the Barbershop delegates true Mayo hospitality throughout their stay in Castlebar.

 

Michael Baynes, Castlebar tourism and events coordinator, expressed the importance of so many visitors coming to Castlebar over the IABS weekend and what a fantastic opportunity it was for both the Barbershop delegates and the people of Mayo to have such a wonderful convention in the county town. He thanked IABS for deciding to host their convention in Castlebar.

 

Every year the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) hold Quartet and Chorus competitions for National and International Barbershop Singing in different locations around Ireland. While the emphasis is on competitions, it also impacts the streets and nightlife of Castlebar, generating a significant boost to the local economy. Castlebar can expect top quality concerts, and a host of free performances, taking place at key locations across the town on a Barbershop Trail.

 

All events are open to the public and the evening concerts are the highlight of the weekend, when the award winners take to the stage! Barbershop groups from many countries travel each year to enjoy the Irish convention including from the U.S.A., England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Finland and Sweden.

 

The internationally renowned event is being hosted by Mayo International Choral Festival, who contacted IABS in 2013 to consider hosting the event in Castlebar, and subsequently invited the IABS committee to have one of their meetings in Castlebar, where they experienced first hand the hospitality and friendliness of Mayo people, as well as performance and accommodation facilities.

 

The Irish Association of Barbershop Singers was founded in Offaly in 1988 and promotes the tradition of barbershop singing in Ireland. The first Irish Barbershop Convention was held in Birr in 1989. Since then a dedicated and growing number of Barbershop enthusiasts have ensured the growing popularity of this very distinctive four-part harmony a cappella style of singing. There are many studies and theories relating to the history of Barbershop, and many believe that, as the name implies, it started in barbershops in the USA, while people were waiting their turn for a haircut or shave.

 

The barbershop soon became the place to hang out, and the singing continued in the streets after the barbershop closed for the day. By the early 1900s, barbershop had become immensely popular, and no show was complete without a Barbershop Quartet. The influence of barbershop music on other forms of popular music has been profound. Frank Sinatra sang in a barbershop quartet before he became famous as a solo singer. The vocal quartets of bands such as those of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller were also greatly influenced by the barbershop style. Close harmony was the hallmark of many pop groups such as the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons, and is very popular today with many singers and groups.

 

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IrishTV to broadcast Mayo Day LIVE from Castlebar

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Irish TV to broadcast “Mayo Day Live” - A two-hour live show from Mayo's county town, Castlebar.

 

Irish TV will broadcast a live entertainment programme ‘Mayo Day Live’ on Saturday May 2nd from the The Royal Theatre in Castlebar to celebrate the inaugural Mayo Day.

 

‘Mayo Day Live’ a 2 hour live television production produced by Irish TV and broadcast on Sky channel 191, will be a celebration of County Mayo - its heritage, its culture and its people - and will contain a mix of performances, music and chat in a gala-style setting. The event is being organised in association with Mayo County Council as part of the Mayo Day celebrations that are sweeping the County on May 2nd.

 

The show will feature a star-studded line-up of performers including: HomeTown, The Clew Bay Pipe Band, Mundy, Matt Molloy & friends, Lisa Canny and Hurricane Highway. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will deiver a live address from his hometown on the night.

 

TV personality and former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin will host the night. “I’m delighted to be involved in ‘Mayo Day Live’ on Irish TV. Mayo is a unique county, which has made an immense impact both nationally and internationally. It has a lot to be proud of and now it’s time to showcase the beauty, energy and vibrancy of county Mayo to the World. It’s really exciting to have a live broadcast from my home county to celebrate Mayo Day and I’d really encourage people to come along and experience this unique event first hand.” said the Carnacon native.

 

The live broadcast will be shown on the Irish TV channel on Sky 191 between 8pm and 10pm on Saturday May 2nd but Irish TV CEO Pierce O’Reilly is encouraging the Mayo public to come along to the TF Royal Theatre and support the event. “This programme will trace the history and heritage of Mayo and feature performances from some of the county’s greatest artists and entertainers as well as contributions from its most decorated citizens. It is a great opportunity for people to be part of a live TV audience and experience a live TV event here in our own county”.

 

Tickets, €20, are limited - with all proceeds going to local Mayo Charities.

 

The Irish TV channel can be watched on Sky 191, Freesat 400 and all over the world online at www.irishtv.com. Irish viewers can also watch on Eircom’s eVision 191 and all Free to Air boxes.

 

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Sat 2nd May | Doors 7pm. Show 7.45pm.

All seats must be taken by 7.30pm.

Tkts: €20

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

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Happy birthday, Shakespeare! Today is the universally accepted date on which to celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare, who was born in 1564.

 

We are delighted to announce that rehearsals are well underway for the epic production of 'DruidShakespeare' on 17th, 18th and 20th June. 

 

Shakespeare’s tales of ambition, destruction, responsibility and rebellion are performed with an exceptional cast, live music, thrilling dramatic stage combat bloodshed moments and some of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comic scenes, with a rousing parade of characters.

A fascinating  story of families, wars and the making of nations, DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens – the story of three men who would be king. It spans decades, chronicles rebellion and witnesses the rise and fall of great men and those who dare oppose them.

 


DruidShakespeare is a stand-alone experience so audience members do not need any prior knowledge of the plays or the historical background to enjoy it. Adapted by one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, Mark O’Rowe, DruidShakespeare distills the narratives of these four works into a unified dramatic action. Shakespeare’s language has been preserved, as has the chronology of the plays, but O’Rowe’s adaptation removes ancillary characters and streamlines the narrative to harness the drama of these epic works.

Directed by Tony-award winner Garry Hynes, Mark O’Rowe’s new pared down version of Shakespeare’s four history plays, the key foundational narrative of the English monarchy, will be presented b
y a 13-strong stellar cast, including members of the Druid Ensemble, the bedrock of the company.

As Shakespeare was writing Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V, English forces were being sent to Ireland to quell rebellions and these expeditions are referred to throughout the plays.
Richard II’s story is the loss of innocence. A king since he was a child, when he finds his throne under threat he must consider how a king can become a man. Henry IV’s story is the price of arrogance. Having plucked the crown from his cousin’s head, he enrages nobility and jeopardises the loyalty of his supporters until he has only his family to turn to. Henry V’s is a coming-of-age story. He squanders his youth with scoundrels and mistresses, but must face up to his fate as heir in order to win over nobility and unite his country.

Two giants of theatre – Druid and Shakespeare – together for the first time in over a decade, the production is a special celebration of Druid’s 40th year making theatre.
Druid takes four epic works grounded in history and contemporise them with Mark O’Rowe’s incisive adaptation, Conor Linehan’s original music, movement direction from David Bolger, award-winning design from co-director Francis O’Connor and live singing from a 13-strong cast including some of the Druid Ensemble. Cast: Clare Barrett, Derbhle Crotty, Gavin Drea, Bosco Hogan, Garrett Lombard, Karen McCartney, Charlotte McCurry, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea

Suitable for ages 12 years and up.

 

Wed 17th June, 7.30pm – Performance part 1

 

Thurs 18th June, 7.30pm – Performance part 2
(Performance Part 1 and Performance Part 2 are
sold together as one ticket over two evenings.)

 

 Sat 20th June, 2.00pm – Full performance

 

 

Full Price €60 – Concession €52

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, Castlebar, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
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Little Hours announced as Hudson Taylor support

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 LITTLE HOURS have been announced as support to Hudson Taylor on Fri 1st May. Tickets, €22.50, are on sale now.

 

Little Hours (made up of John Doherty & Ryan McCloskey) are on route to taking their Alternative Pop sound to the main stream, with the recent release of their self-titled debut EP "Little Hours". Their EP includes the infectious lead single 'It’s Still Love’.

 

Since their arrival on the Dublin music scene from their hometown, Killybegs, in Donegal they have been growing in stature.

 

 

Anyone lucky enough to catch their performances on this Summer’s festival circuit, including Electric Picnic, (Little Hours were just one of ten artists out of more than 500 entries chosen to play the festival in 2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam competition) will understand why this is a band on the rise and one you need to see before the end of the year.

 

Little Hours have already supported artists such as Gavin James, Tom Baxter, Amber Run and James Bay. The Donegal duo are now preparing for their next headline show in Whelans on Thursday 28th May.

 

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Hermitage Green return to Castlebar!

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Hermitage Green will embark on a Summer Tour across Ireland and the UK. Dates will include Wexford’s Opera House, Dublin’s Whelans, The Garage in London and also see the band play Belfast, Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Castlebar and their hometown Limerick. The summer tour will commence following the release of their highly anticipated single “Jenny”.

 

Following their chart topping debut album ‘Live at Whelans’ and debut EP ‘The Gathering’ Hermitage Green’s tour will feature the brand new single Jenny along with many new tracks penned for their debut studio album. Famed for their energetic live performances, these new songs will continue to win the hearts of music fans across the world.

 

The five-piece Hermitage Green formed in July 2010 in what started out as a spontaneous jam session between friends and soon developed in to a strong acoustic outfit with an original sound for which the band have credited their contrasting musical tastes.

 

Hermitage Green have spent the last couple of years touring relentlessly, winning over legions of fans and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the US. Incendiary live performances and a curious arrangement of instruments help to give Hermitage Green their distinctive live sound.

 

Seeing Hermitage Green live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro melodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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Starcamp Summer Camps

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Since 2007, STARCAMP Summer camps have been offering children an absolutely outstanding NOT-TO-BE-MISSED week that will make a difference to their lives and it is coming to The Royal Theatre and Hotel from the 27-31 July from 9.30am-2.30pm daily.  STARCAMP’s core ethos is building children’s self esteem & confidence.  We fully understand and appreciate the difference in each amazing child and we want to bring out the best in each one for who they are. We offer endless enjoyment, encouragement and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. We offer exceptional, new and diverse opportunities to our students each year. STARCAMP summer camp children have appeared on numerous shows such as Elev8, Sattitude, The Den, Ireland AM, The Late Late Toy Show, have met with Jedward and Westlife, have sang with Hometown, Ryan Tubridy, Bosco, Zig and Zag and Dustin and have released singles into the charts!
 
STARCAMP has won numerous awards and successfully secured backing on Dragons’ Den.
 
Open to ALL BOYS & GIRLS AGED 4-13 of all levels and abilities with a New ADVANCED PROGRAM for 9-13 year olds. Whether the shy and less confident type or born for the stage we have something for everyone.
 
Garda Vetted, qualified or trainee teachers, music professionals, choreographers and drama coaches are amongst Starcamp’s talented instructors.
There will be a short Friday Showcase at collection time where all children will get to sing and dance!
 
Book Online at http://www.starcamp.ie and you are automatically in the draw for a wonderful family break.
 
The camp costs;
One child €90
Two siblings €160
Three siblings €220
We are now offering Installment payments to make it easier for you! Call the office on 021 4377900 to discuss options.
 
 
EVERY CHILD RECEIVES A STARCAMP T-SHIRT, A STARCAMP WRISTBAND AND A SPECIAL STAR AWARD!
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In Photos - HomeTown

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Check out these photos, by Ger Duffy Photography, of HomeTown in concert on Easter Sun 5th April 2015. What a fantastic show!

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Strictly Winners '15, A fantastic night of Big Bands and ballroom dancing

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If you love the sound of Big Bands and ballroom dancing atmosphere, then this is the event for you! Get to the Royal Theatre on Friday 10th April for a music and dance extravaganza. The Big Chris Barber Band and Strictly Winners contestants will grace the biggest suspended dance floor in Connaught for Barbers upcoming European tour.

 

Enjoy the captivating jazz and blues sounds from the amazing 10-piece Big Chris Barber Band, who are including the Royal Theatre, Castlebar as one of only three Irish dates.

 

The evening also features 'Strictly Winners 2015 - which will see many of the strictly and social dancers from around the county dance it out on the dance floor, all for their chosen charity. The Chris Barber Band will play before and after the contest.

 

This unique event is a night for all who love to listen or love to dance - don't miss a fantastic night of Big Band ballroom dancing atmosphere!

 

Inspired by the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Chris formed his first Barber New Orleans Band in 1949 at the age of nineteen. In 1953, along with Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan, he joined forces with Ken Colyer. Then, with the replacement of Colyer by Pat Halcox, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen became Chris Barber's Jazz Band in 1954 and has been one of Europe's most successful traditional jazz bands ever since.

 

 

Over the years, Chris Barber's Jazz Band evolved into the Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band, a richly-textured group, blending brass, reeds, and electric guitar into a unique and unmistakable mix of blues and jazz.

 

More recently Barber has been carrying the torch of trad jazz into a sixth decade of creative professional activity, expanding his group to include 10 players known as The Big Chris Barber Band while consistently delivering music of unpretentious warmth and historic depth.

 

This night will see the Strictly Winners dance contestants battle it out for the Strictly Winners title, raising vital funds for Western Care, St. Anthony's Special School and The Irish Cancer Society. Each of our eight couples; John Conroy & Aoife Hastings, Tom Ralph & Josephine Sheridan, John & Teresa Moran, John Geraghty & Eileen Toner, Tracey Heneghan & Attila Feliki, Mary O' Sullivan & John Power, Ann Kelly & Jim Lawlor and Frances MacNamara & John Paul Reilly will battle it out on the dance floor for a place in the top three. The top three dancers on the night will be judged by a panel of three dance teachers and will be judged solely on their dance ability at that stage and not their fundraising.

 

The Strictly winner will receive €1000 towards their chosen Charity as well as top prizes on the night.

 

 Fri 10th April | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €22.90

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

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HomeTown's dazzling cover of The Calling 'Wherever You Will Go'

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HomeTown have just uploaded a fantastic cover of The Calling's hit song 'Wherever You Will Go'. Magnificent vocals and dazzling harmonies from the boys! You can watch the video below.

 

Catch HomeTown in concert this coming Sun 5th April at The Royal Theatre. Doors 7pm, show 8pm.

Tickets €25. Call 094 9023111 / 0818 300 000 or visit www.royaltheatre.ie / www.ticketmaster.ie

 

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In Photos: Mike Denver 31.03.2015

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Check out these photos, by Ger Duffy Photography, of Mike Denver in concert on Tues 31st March 2015. Mike also filmed his new DVD on the night! 

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A video message from HomeTown

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Hometown, who are due to perform at the Royal Theatre this coming Easter Sun 5th April have a video message for their fans.

 

 

 

 

The HomeTown sextet of Brendan, Cian, Dayl, Dean, Josh and Ryan has already been making waves in Ireland. Their debut single 'Where I Belong' became the fastest-selling single from a debut artist and the quickest selling single from an Irish artist in 2014. The single, penned by Irish chart toppers Kodaline, managed to beat Ed Sheeran and One Direction to the number one spot, a feat that is a source of great pride for the group.

 

Over the past twelve months, they have grown as a group, supporting Shane Filan on his Irish tour and playing to a 14,000 capacity crowd at the annual Childline concert in Dublin’s 3Arena.

 

This will be an extra special show for one certain member of the band, Cian Morrin. Cian is a born and bred Castlebar man, and this will be his first 'hometown' show since joining the band. After being eliminated from the X Factor three years ago, he believed his chance of chart success had passed him by. He was training to be a national schoolteacher but dropped out when he got the call from Louis Walsh. ‘I was on the X Factor in 2012 and I made it to Bootcamp but then got knocked out’, he says. ‘It is a cruel machine and I was 17 and quite naive about the whole thing, but I learned a lot form that experience. I gave everything up when I got into the band. For me my goal is to sell out a tour in Ireland and the UK by next year.’

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WIN: Easter Entertainment EGG-stravaganza Competition!

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We are giving one lucky winner 2 tickets to any Easter show of their choice!

Pick between Dolores & Sean Keane, HomeTown, Smash Hits, We Banjo 3, Strictly Winners '15, Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia or Hudson Taylor.

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In Photos: The Kilfenora Ceili Band 29.03.2015

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Check out these photos, by Ger Duffy Photography, of The Kilfenora Ceili Band in concert on Sun 29th March 2015. What a fantastic night of music!

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Jurassic Adventures postponed until Oct 1st

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JURASSIC ADVENTURES HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 9TH APRIL TO 1ST OCT 

 

Dr. Grant, general manage and creator of the theme park, will not be able to attend its official opening, as he is caught in the middle of a cyclone. Therefore, he gives phone instructions to his daughter Alexandra and his assistant Paris Milton so they, with the help of an intern (Diego Carter), can manage the theme park and put it to work.

This causes comical situations with the interaction of the actors and the children in the audience - such as the presentation of the first Palaeolithic man created from fossilized DNA (Sapi) and how kids take the necessary instructions on how they should behave when they finally see the dinosaurs of the island. Accidents, technical failures, escapes, storms and many special effects will transport audiences to an adventure full of tenderness, with the birth of the first baby dinosaur of the park (Chub) and exciting situations that culminate with two dinosaurs (Dana and Raptor) in an epic fight.

Jurassic Adventures presents a ground-breaking set up which takes the audience to a Jurassic theme park. Using theatrical art technologies such as a 7.1 sound system, a climate system that simulates artificial olfactory environments, state of the art lighting, all in harmony with a stage-styled theme park scenery, the audience is not only transported to the park itself, but also participates in the adventure.

 

The cast unveil the most intriguing secrets of a theme park where everything is possible, from experiencing a cyclone, to interacting with two "real” dinosaurs equipped with a new hydraulic technology which makes realistic body movements and sounds, and which freely roam, throughout the auditorium.

 

Thurs 1st Oct | Doors 1.30pm. Show 2.30pm 
Tkts: €13 (Child), €16 (Adult) €48 (Family)

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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The Matchmaker to return this November!

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One of Ireland's greatest comic talents Jon Kenny comes together with the legendary Irish actor Mary McEvoy in a revival of Michael Scott's iconic production of The Matchmaker. After a hugely successful show last October, The Matchmaker will take to the stage at The Royal Theatre again this coming Sat 28th November.

John B Keane's hilarious hit play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all parts of the country. At the centre of this celebrated production is John B’s marvellous and mischievous wit coupled by his unparalleled way with words.

John B. Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders!

 

Sat 28th Nov | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €20

  

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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CRN World Open Dancing Championships - this June

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Cumann Rince Naisiúnta, a world wide Irish Dancing Organisation, celebrated it's thirtieth anniversary with the launch of the Craobhacha Oscailte na Cruinne (World Open Championships).

 

This year, this spectacular event takes place again in Mayo at The Royal Theatre. Over recent years CRN has expanded across the world to include regions in Australia, China, North America and mainland Europe.

 

CRN will continue it's Open Platform policy at the World Open Irish Dancing Championships. This means that any dancer regarrdless of their school or organization may compete.

 

More details to be announced. For more information on this event please visitwww.crn.ie

 

Fri 26th - Sun 28th June | More info soon

 

 

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Deja Vu announced for Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia

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Deja Vu, the spectacular barbershop quartet from Cork, have been announced for Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia on Sat 11th April.


Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia is an evening of fabulous, authentic glamour; evoking the glamour of the 40’s and 50’s with fun, entertainment and exhibitors on the night.

 

‘The Living Vintage Company’, in association with the Harlequin Hotel, is displaying their private collection of authentic clothes and accessories in a vintage fashion show extravaganza in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar as a fundraiser in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Castlebar Musical Society and the IABS Convention. The evening will also feature exhibitors of vintage photography, artifacts, jewelley, and clothes, and entertainment of the era. From the austerity of the second world war right up to ‘The glorification of the female form’ in the 1950’s these times are brought to life on the catwalk by beautiful models who smile and model in the 1940-50’s style of gentleness and femininity. Whether pencil slim or full and flirty, Living Vintage post-war styles gives ladies back their femininity. Living Vintage evenings are great fun, most enjoyable, lots of “ooh’s and aah’s” and a good few laughs! Young people look to certain periods of history and wish they had experienced it, while others who have lived through it love to remember it. You only need one hat or one suit to set off a trip down memory lane!

 

Owned by sisters Bridget Owens and Marian Keenan, Living Vintage is a not for profit organisation and all monies raised are donated to the designated charities.

 

Living Vintage is delighted to be invited by Mr Pat Jennings, and he very much welcomes this first visit to Castlebar after very successful shows in Ballybofey, Enniskillen and Strabane. Bridget explains: "Living Vintage evenings are great fun with plenty of laughs and many happy nostalgic memories. We are extremely proud of our collection of authentic forties and fifties fashion, including designer and some very rare dresses. All the outfits are accessorised with the appropriate vintage hats, gloves, bags, furs, jewellery and of course, seamed stockings”. Bridget weaves a story through the evening with her sparkling script - a hilarious storyline involving one of the models, Marian, sharing her quest and frustrations in finding a date and/or husband!!  And all happens whilst modelling an amazing range of 1940-1950’s attire!

 

So, ladies and gentlemen, sit back, relax and be transported back to the glamour of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Let our stylists and make-up artists transform your modern visage to an iconic presence of yesteryear, and be entertained by sweet vocal harmonies from a barbershop quarter.

 

Fantastic prizes on the night for the best dressed Man, Woman and Couple, sporting the fashion of the era. Exhibitors of vintage photography, artifacts, jewelley, and clothes.

 

 

Tickets from €20

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Easter at The Royal Theatre

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Dolores & Sean Keane - Sat 4th April

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets €30.

Brother and sister, Dolores and Sean Keane are coming together for an incredibly special concert at The Royal Theatre. Dolores, who was a founding member of De Dannan, is known the world-over for her deep, yet melodic voice. Sean Keane, together with Frances Black and others, was a founder member of the group Arcady. He was voted Performer of the Year by readers of Irish Music Magazine in 97/98 and 98/99

 

HomeTown - Sun 5th April

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets €25.

HomeTown, the new boyband sensation managed by Louis Walsh, play their first ever concert in Castlebar. Brendan, Cian, Dayl, Dean, Josh and Ryan has already been making waves in Ireland. Their debut single 'Where I Belong' became the fastest-selling single from a debut artist and the quickest selling single from an Irish artist in 2014.

 

Smash Hits - Sun 5th April

Show 11pm. Tickets €10.

Smash Hits! are a unique, entertaining tribute to the golden era of early 90s dance, pop and R‘n’B. This Dublin six-piece is comprised of experienced musicians performing the best of classic 90s tracks from acclaimed artists such as Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, House of Pain, Take That, Spice Girls, Haddaway, Prodigy and Snap, amongst others.

 

We Banjo 3 - Mon 6th April

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm. Tickets €17.50.

Award-winning quartet, We Banjo 3, combine Irish music with old-time American and bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

 

Jurassic Adventures - Thurs 9th April

Doors 1.30pm, Show 2.30pm. Tickets €13/€16/€48.

Jurassic Adventures presents a ground-breaking set up which takes the audience to a Jurassic theme park. The cast unveil the most intriguing secrets of a theme park where everything is possible, from experiencing a cyclone, to interacting with two "real” dinosaurs equipped with a new hydraulic technology which makes realistic body movements and sounds, and which freely roam, throughout the auditorium.

 

Strictly Winners '15 - Fri 10th April

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets €22.90

The winners of several different Strictly Come Dancing events compete against each other to see who will be the ultimate Strictly Winner! You also get to warm up on the night to The Big Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band, a richly-textured eight-piece group, blending brass, reeds, and electric guitar into a unique and unmistakable mix of blues and jazz. The band will play before and after the contest!

 

Vintage Glamour & Nostalgia - Sat 11th April

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets from €20

‘The Living Vintage Company’, in association with the Harlequin Hotel, is displaying their private collection of authentic clothes and accessories in a vintage fashion show extravaganza. This will also be a fundraise in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Castlebar Musical Society and the IABS Convention. So sit back, relax and be transported back to the glamour of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

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A video message from Nathan Carter

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Country Music’s brightest star Nathan Carter returns for a massive weekend extravaganza of country music on 8th, 9th & 10th May 2015.

 

The weekend kicks off on Friday 8th May, when Nathan and his band will light up the stage with a very special concert - featuring all the classic hits and songs that have made him a firm favorite with audiences. Special guests on the night will be Louise Morrissey & Brendan Quinn. There will also be dancing after the concert with Matt Leavy.

 

On Saturday 9th May, things continue with our ‘Super Dance’'. Gerry Guthrie & Band kick things off from 9pm - 10.45pm, before the man himself Nathan Carter take to the stage from 11pm - 1pm. There will also be after show dancing with Stuart Moyles.

 

That brings us onto the last day of the weekend, Sunday 10th May. There will be afternoon dancing kicking off at 3pm with Nathan Carter.

 

Accommodation and entertainment packages are available for €199. This includes 2 nights B&B at the on site 4-star Harlequin Hotel, or 3-star TF Royal Hotel, and admission to all entertainment over the weekend. Please The Royal Box Office or TF Royal Hotel on 094 9023111 for more information. Or alternatively call the Harlequin Hotel on 094 9286200.

 

 

 

Tickets for Fri 8th: €27.90
AvailableIn-Person: Royal Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Available By Phone:094 90 23111 or 0818 300 000

Available Online: www.ticketmaster.ie

 

Tickets for Sat 9th: €20
Available on the door.


Tickets for Sun 10th: Under 10's FREE, 10-16yrs €10, Over 16/Adults €15
Available on the door.

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Peter Pan on Ice - Night 1 - In Photos

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Some photos from the first night of Peter Pan on Ice at The Royal Theatre on Mon 16th March.

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Peter Pan on Ice - Behind The Scenes Setup

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The Royal Theatre welcomes Peter Pan On Ice next week - so let's take a look at what work is required to get the stage set up for this amazing show. It involves creating an 8cm-thick ice rink, containing 14 tons of actual frozen water, and bringing a stage set and equipment to the west of Ireland that will just about fit in two 40ft trucks! 

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Hermitage Green to return this summer!

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After a stomping show here in Castlebar last Christmas, Hermitage Green are set to return again this summer. Famed for their energetic live performances, Hermitage Green will return to the Ruby Room on Fri 12th June.

 

Seeing Hermitage Green live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.



Hermitage Green have spent the last couple of years touring relentlessly, winning over legions of fans and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Incendiary live performances and a curious arrangement of instruments help give Hermitage Green their distinctive live sound. Captivating audiences and earning the respect from music pundits, it seems fitting that their debut album should capture the raw power of the band on stage.



The five-piece Hermitage Green formed in July 2010 in what started out as a spontaneous jam session between friends and soon developed in to a strong acoustic outfit, with an original sound for which the band have credited their contrasting musical tastes.



The band released their debut EP, ‘The Gathering’ in September 2012, rocketing straight into number 1 in the iTunes chart. The band followed this success with tours of France, the UK, the Middle East, South Africa and the US. Their sold-out extensive Australian tour featured many highlights, including playing Sydney Harbour on Australia Day.

 

Their Electric Picnic performance, to a delighted 7000 capacity Electric Arena tent, capped a busy summer of festivals.

 

Fri 12th June | Ruby Room | Doors 9pm. Show 10pm | Tkts: €20

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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Peter Pan on Ice show Update

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Please note the performances of Peter Pan on Ice will now not take place on Tues 17th, Wed 18th and Thurs 19th of March. The shows on Mon 16th, Fri 19th, Sat 20th and Sun 21st remain unaffected and will still be taking place.

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Rising star 'Ovie' announced as HomeTown support

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Upcoming talent Ovie Etseyatse (known as 'Ovie') has been announced as support for HomeTown on Sun 5th April. Ovie lists Michael Jackson, Jay Sean, Chris Brown, Usher and Craig David among his influences. See the music video below for Ovie's new single 'Broken Record'.

 

Tickets for HomeTown, with support from Ovie, go on sale this Friday 13th March at 9am from usual outlets. Ticket price: €25.

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New Show: Druid Shakespeare is this June!

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Wed 17th June, 7.30pm – Performance part 1

Thurs 18th June, 7.30pm – Performance part 2
(Performance Part 1 and Performance Part 2 are
sold together as one ticket over two evenings.)

 Sat 20th June, 2.00pm – Full performance

Tickets on sale soon. Full Price €60, Concession €52

 

 

DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens.

 

As Shakespeare was writing Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V English forces were being sent to Ireland to quell rebellions and these expeditions are referred to throughout the plays.

 

Adapted by one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, Mark O’Rowe, DruidShakespeare distils the narratives of these four works into a unified dramatic action. Shakespeare’s language has been preserved as has the chronology of the plays but O’Rowe’s adaptation removes ancillary characters and streamlines the narrative to harness the drama of these epic works.

 

DruidShakespeare will be presented by a 13-strong cast, including members of the Druid Ensemble, the bedrock of the company.

 

Please Note: Performance Part 1 and Performance Part 2 are sold together as one ticket over two evenings. Saturday performance starts at 2pm. Duration of full cycle is 6 hours.

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.   

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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Big News! Hometown announce Castlebar show!

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Sun 5th April | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €25
Tickets on sale Friday 13th March @ 9am.

 

 

What do you do when your record-breaking boy band retires in a blaze of glory after 14 years ruling the Charts? Well if you're Louis Walsh, you start all over again.

 

Westlife and the X Factor judge together accumulated an incredible 14 UK number-one singles, sold over 11 million albums and 6.8 million singles in the UK alone.

 

Now the pop Svengali is at it again - this time with HomeTown, a six piece vocal group made up of singers from the four corners of Ireland.

 

‘I have that same excited feeling that I had when Westlife started,’ he says. ‘These boys have the talent and the drive and the rest will come. I believe in them as a group and I am confident that there is a gap in the market for them. They are six young, talented Irish boys and I think they will have the same sort of career as Westlife and can be the next Take That’.

 

The HomeTown sextet of Brendan, Cian, Dayl, Dean, Josh and Ryan has already been making waves in Ireland. Their debut single 'Where I Belong' became the fastest-selling single from a debut artist and the quickest selling single from an Irish artist in 2014. The single, penned by Irish chart toppers Kodaline, managed to beat Ed Sheeran and One Direction to the number one spot, a feat that is a source of great pride for the group.

 

Over the past twelve months, they have grown as a group, supporting Shane Filan on his Irish tour and playing to a 14,000 capacity crowd at the annual Childline concert in Dublin’s 3Arena.

 

This will be an extra special show for one certain member of the band, Cian Morrin. Cian is a born and bred Castlebar man, and this will be his first 'hometown' show since joining the band. After being eliminated from the X Factor three years ago, he believed his chance of chart success had passed him by. He was training to be a national schoolteacher but dropped out when he got the call from Louis Walsh. ‘I was on the X Factor in 2012 and I made it to Bootcamp but then got knocked out’, he says. ‘It is a cruel machine and I was 17 and quite naive about the whole thing, but I learned a lot form that experience. I gave everything up when I got into the band. For me my goal is to sell out a tour in Ireland and the UK by next year.’

 

The boy’s second single Cry For Help is due for release on March 27 in Ireland and is an upbeat pop anthem with an earworm chorus.

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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National Children's Choir - Thurs 30th April

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Thurs 30th April | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €12

 

The National Children’s Choir is a school-based choral experience for primary school children. Affiliated pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th classes in Irish primary school learn a common repertoire of songs. The repertoire challenges the pupils to perform a broad range of songs from Bach to the Beatles. The choir enables young people to experience the sheer joy and involvement in music and song.

 

The aims of the National Children’s Choir are:

 

·       To foster a love of choral singing among primary school pupils

 

·       To enhance the musical education of those involved

The choir has its roots in European Music Year 1985. Seán Creamer (then a music inspector with the DES) wanted to celebrate this exciting event in a unique way. His idea was that large groups of children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes in primary schools would learn and perform a common repertoire in public. He approached a number of teachers with this vision and they willingly supported him. This was the birth of the National Children’s Choir.

Since 1985 over 90,000 children have enjoyed the experience of singing with the National Children’s Choir at local level. This is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of teachers all over the country.

This year 300 children from Mayo will perform in a Regional Concert in The Royal Theatre, Castlebar.


Participating schools for 2015 are:

 

  • St Patrick’s De La Salle Boy’s N.S. Castlebar
  • Breaffy N.S. Castlebar
  • Brackloon N.S. Westport
  • Carrakennedy N.S. Westport
  • Gaelscoil na Cruaiche, Westport
  • St Patrick’s N.S., Louisburgh

The NCC is much more than large groups of children singing magnificent music to adoring parents, families and friends on local stages and in the National Concert Hall. It is a philosophy, a way of thinking about and celebrating the children’s musicality. As a movement it absorbs their energy and gives it back in multiples.

This year we are honoured and privileged to have local group ‘Coda’ performing at the concert. Recent headliners at the Temple Bar Trad Fest they have very kindly offered to support this initiative. It is rare to find a group of singers and musicians who can combine strong backgrounds in Irish traditional, folk and contemporary popular music with an acapella style developed through classical choral music. Coda offer an exciting new perspective on an eclectic mix of musical styles.

The Regional Concert will take place on April 30th 2015 in The Royal Theatre Castlebar , starting at 7:30pm.

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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New Show: The World of Musicals for 3 nights only

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This April, for 3 nights only, The World of Musicals - a tribute to some of music’s legendary musicals - will arrive at The Royal Theatre to bring you the very best musical numbers from West End and Broadway.

 

In a nutshell, this is a lively, high quality, dynamic, colourful and nostalgic trip down memory lane where some of the best songs from a range of well-known musicals are brought to life.

 

The cast in this high-energy show takes you on a musical coaster ride from the music of The Lion King, to Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera! With songs from Grease and Dirty Dancing and nostalgic classics such as Mamma Mia and Singing In The Rain, you can see why this production has something to offer the whole family, whether young or young at heart! Its non-stop entertainment from start to finish!

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.ticketmaster.ie or www.royaltheatre.ie

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The Ultimate Eagles - In Photos

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Photos of The Ultimate Eagles live in Castlebar on Fri 27th February. All photos by Ger Duffy.

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New Show: 'Overture' - Kids Bubble Show

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Welcome to Maestro Cafaggi’s fragile and fanciful world of soap bubbles where you will meet....the conductor without an orchestra, the musician without an instrument, and the breathless singer. An eccentric conductor takes you into the slippery world of soap bubbles to perform for you a concert where the unexpected is always waiting in ambush; from odd instruments giant bubbles appear, bouncing bubbles, portable bubbles, bunches of bubbles, and where the some people might be invited to enter into a giant bubble!
 
A show of clownery, mime and music. A charming show for audiences of all ages.
 
The show Overture (In Italian “Ouverture des saponettes”) is a theatrical show without words, a visual comedy that draws inspirations from circus and variety. It was created originally for The National Science and Technology Museum in Milan in 2003. Since then the show has been presented annually in theatres and at festivals throughout Italy. The show has also been presented in South Korea at Chuncheon Internetional Mime Festival and at Suwon Hawaseong International Theatre Festival, in Shangai (China), Festival d'Avignon, and TheInternational Puppet Festival of Kilkis (Greece).
 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie


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New Show: Mickey Mouse & Friends

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Look out Kids! Much loved Disney characters appear together live on stage in an unforgettable celebration of the magic that is Disney.

The Mickey Mouse & Friends Tribute brings audiences into the colorful worlds of characters children have loved down through the years, live on stage, right before their eyes in this exciting and fun filled musical production.

Kids will learn that music can be found everywhere as they sing and dance to all their favourite songs. Throughout the show there are interactive moments that children and parents alike can enjoy.

Featuring fantastic costumes, an amazing stage set and colourful lighting, it will be an experience for all the family to remember and cherish 

Tickets: Available on the door.

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New Show: Margo 50th Anniversary Concert

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Sat 8th Aug | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €29.50

 

For 50 years now the name 'Margo' has been synonymous with everything that is positive and enriching in Country and Irish music. Blessed with an instantly recognisable voice, a voice unlike any other in the music business, the Donegal-born singer, despite the ever changing musical trends, has remained a star attraction, muched loved by her fans, not only in Ireland and Britain, but also in the USA, Canada, Australia and other far destinations. It is to her eternal credit, that she still possesses an infectious enthusiasm for performing and recording, in spite of the many setbacks she has suffered, since those very early with The Keynotes.

 

Much of her overwhelming popularity over the years, stems from the fact that Margo has always maintained a close relationship with her fans. One of her greatest attributes as a singer is her special ability to interpret a song and perform it with genuine feeling. Nowhere is that talent more evident than in the "The Emigrant Song" featured on Trip through Ireland album.

 

Through the years Margo's recordings have continued to reflect her love of Country and Irish music, and to her credit she has never strayed from the early influences that shaped her career. Besides recording best-selling albums and singles, Margo's substantial list of achievements have included appearances at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Grand Ole Opry, Wembley festival, Dollywood and all major venues in Australia.

 

Margo recorded an album in Nashville The Highway of my Life, which featured Dolly Parton's family, and Dolly dueted with Margo on two of the tracks.

 

Margo has received numerous national and international awards, and had the honour of presenting her very own shows back in 1772 on R.T.E. television, which were enormously popular.

 

It should never be forgotten that Margo has made an immense contribution to Country and Irish music. A special and unique talent, and a very sincere person. Margo is highly respected throughout the music business and with her many loyal fans.

 

Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie

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Hudson Taylor release music video for 'World Without You'

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Hudson Taylor have just released the music video for their brand new single 'World Without You'.

Here's what the guys had to say:

"So the video for our next single 'World Without You' went live today!!! Children of the 90s, this one's especially dedicated to you! We do hope you like it, we're very proud of it ourselves!"

Hudson Taylor play the Royal Theatre on Fri 1st May. Show & ticket info here: http://bit.ly/hudtaycbar

 

You can watch the music video for 'World Without You' below:

 

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