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Review of David Gray at The Royal Theatre

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For over two decades, Ireland has had a long protracted love affair with David Gray. The Irish public were the first to really embrace his music, and ever since the English singer-songwriter released his earliest material, he has been a regular visitor here. Now nine albums into a career that has seen him go on to become a multi-million selling artist, tonight with band in tow, David Gray was in Castlebar Co. Mayo, on the third date of a short Irish tour that has also taken in shows in Dublin and Killkenny.

The Royal Theatre was filled to capacity as the lights dimmed and a moody rhythmic loop announced David Gray’s arrival on stage. Kicking off with ‘Birds Of The High Arctic’, the ambitious opus was a grand and dramatic opener. Backed by an impressive seven-piece band, and with a striking lighting display that included searching strobes, Gray seated at a piano conducted a carefully choreographed spectacle. Theatrically rising to his feet to gee up the audience during its most intensive passage, the song’s climax was balanced by a minimalist mournful closing section that saw a solo Gray return to the piano, just as when it had begun. It was a spectacular opening, perfectly encapsulating the show as a whole that was to follow.

The first half of the night focused solely on new album ‘Mutineers’. The introspective ‘As The Crow Flies’ featured Gray alternating between guitar and piano, while the foot-stomping ‘Back In The World’ really showed off his band’s abilities as singers, with its multi-part harmonies. The title track meanwhile, pulsed along as music box piano melded to chugging acoustic guitars, showcasing the variety of sounds that Gray’s band is capable of.

A show like this is built to be enjoyed in the seated confines of a theatre, and with each of the newer songs being multi-layered epics with extended running times and passages of light and shade, the theatre setting gave the audience the chance to enjoy every nuance of their performance. With such dense soundscapes, the aural quality of the show was critical, and tonight pleasingly, it was faultless, with instruments cutting through crisply and cleanly while layered vocal harmonies blended in chorus. Gray’s band is filled with consummate musicians, with each playing an important part. Irish guitarist David Kitt, who had earlier opened the night with a brief solo set, added subtle guitar passages, vocals and occasional piano, whilst local girl Niamh Farrell provided exquisite harmonies, as evidenced on ‘Kathleen’. Cello player Caroline Dale meanwhile, added colourful touches, particularly with her beautifully melodic solo during ‘Last Summer’.

David Gray’s on stage persona meanwhile, was a mishmash of different guises. Although for the most part he is essentially piano man, balladeer and troubadour, he burst into life during the more energetic explosions in his show, coming across like a game-show host come evangelical preacher come, well, demented lunatic. First urging the crowd to their feet during ‘Cake And Eat It’, and later during ‘The One I Love’, his shtick was truly engaging, and raised even the most rooted of the well-mannered Castlebar crowd to their feet.

With new album duly promoted, the second half of the show delved into Gray’s extensive back catalogue, and included a host of tracks from ubiquitous turn of the millennium world conquering album ‘White Ladder’. A sublime ‘My Oh My’, dedicated to Manchester United striker Marouane Fellaini, was followed by ‘Eyes Wide Open’, which highlighted just what a powerful voice Gray possesses. With his notes soaring over the widescreen dream state version of the song that the band brought to life, it was a spine-tingling performance.

With band leaving the stage, Gray took the crowd back to how it all began for him, performing an intimate solo set that featured some of his earliest material, including Irish hit single ‘Late Night Radio’. Introducing ‘Shine’, the first song from 1993’s debut album ‘A Century Ends’ meanwhile, he revealed that, “It’s tradition for me to play this song the first time I play in a venue”. In a telling revelation of the dedication and longevity of his Irish fan base, the airing received one of the loudest applauses of the night.

The undeniable highlight of the evening however was an explosive extended take on ‘Please Forgive Me’. The opening track from his most famous album, it was a performance that was simply euphoric. Bursting with energy, the remarkable drum patterns provided by Keith Prior anchored the song as the show improbably turned into a rave, with flashing lights, thumping bass lines and programmed keyboards. With Gray enthusiastically encouraging the voices in the crowd, the song’s “every time I look at you” refrain became a glorious sing along. It was a stunning end to the main set, and clocking in at over seven minutes, was a joyous elongated celebration.


Following that show stopping performance, Gray encored solo playing his best known track ‘Babylon’. Aided by a note-perfect Castlebar audience who lent their voices in support, the contrasting difference between the two unique performances once again served to highlight the opposing extremes in the set. With the night coming to an end, a victorious run through ‘Nemesis’ from 2009’s ‘Draw The Line’ album was perfectly apt, with its “it’s been a long night” lyric perfectly summing up the previous two plus hours. It had indeed been a long night, however, this was happily so, and as the song reached its climactic crescendo, every audience member was out of their seats clapping their hands and stamping their feet in time. It was a rapturous end to an incredible night of music.


Earlier, when he sang “This year’s love had better last”, David Gray could be safe in the knowledge that whatever relationship he was singing about, the one that he has with the Irish is still very much enduring after more than twenty years. Outside the weather may have been more suited to the birds of the high arctic that he sang about in his opening number, but tonight David Gray and band warmed the hearts of the Castlebar crowd, with a superb show. Entertaining and enthralling, tonight in the west of Ireland David Gray proved that he is still a world-class act.

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Castlebar Christmas Market - Sunday 21st December!

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Planet Seanie Media presents the first annual Castlebar Christmas Market coming to the The Royal Theatre on Sunday the 21st of December 2014.

 

As Christmas draws closer, we’re getting you in the mood with a whole range of activities and festive fun. The event features plenty to do and see for all the family. You’ll find Arts & Crafts Stalls, Jewellry, Sweets and Treats, Hot Food, Live Music and more!

 

We’ve even flown in a very special guest for one day only. On the 21st of December, you can see the big man himself before he gets to work. Come along and let the little ones meet Santa in his grotto.

 

Not only is there plenty of opportunities to pick up that last minute Christmas gift, we have tons of giveaways on the day. One lucky attendee will even walk away with a brand new Playstation 4!

 

The event is in aid of the youth of Mayo. All profit earned by Planet Seanie Media will be reintroduced into developing opportunities and hosting further events for Young People in Mayo in 2015.

 

So take a step away from the hustle and bustle of last minute shopping and come and visit the Castlebar Christmas Market on the 21st of December at The Royal Theatre. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information call Sean on 086 1970721.


Sun 21st Dec | Doors 10am - 6pm | Tkts: €3 on the door.

 

 

 

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Some Twitter reaction to David Gray's Castlebar show!

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David Gray and his band gave everyone present at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Mon 8th December a truly magical performance. See some of the reaction from Twitter below:

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The Royal News now available online!

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Our brand new publication, The Royal News, is now available to view online. Many of you will have seen it around shops and business in Mayo over the past week - with many of you receiving it through your door. If you did not receive it - don't worry, you can view it right
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Nathan Carter releases fantastic new Christmas video

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NATHAN CARTER has just release a brand new video for his Christmas single 'Christmas Stuff. 'Christmas Stuff' is the tile track from his brand new Christmas album.

You can catch Nathan at The Royal Theatre on Tues 30th Dec (tickets here). Nathan will also be making a very special in-store appearance at HMV Castlebar, where he will be signing new copies of his album 'Christmas Stuff'.

See his brand new video below:

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The Dirty Circus: All things Burlesque and Cabaret

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The Hottest Party In Town!


On Fri 19th December, Galway's favourite 'The Dirty Circus' will roll into town for a night of all things Burlesque and Cabaret, with devilish tricks to excite you and divine treats to delight. Let our resident diva Ms Kristin Kapelli lead you through our cosy world of naughtiness, decadence and glamour. The lights will be low but spirits high as the cream of the burlesque world is presented for your delectation.

 

Those who have been to the show before will be reacquainted with some very welcome sights and sounds - and introduced to even more. The line-up includes Ms. Bella A GoGo, Ms. Shir Madness, Ms. Harley Sparks, Mr Stephen Sharpe, Les Hot Culottes, Ms. Vicky Fury and more.

 

For those who haven’t had the pleasure, what are you waiting for? You deserve it.

 

And when the stage goes dark, the beat goes on. Cantina Bop will keep the mood going with an eclectic mix of sexy and underground tunes, guaranteed to get you were your going.

 

There will also be extra special gifts on the night for the finest dressed lady or Gent so don’t forget to get those glad rags on.

“Ladies Wear Your Finest and Gentlemen, Dress Like Gentlemen!”

 

 Fri 19th Dec | Doors 9pm. Show 10pm | 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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The Bjorn Identity: An ideal Christmas Party

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The Björn Identity perform an outstanding tribute to Sweden’s biggest export; the worlds most famous super group and winners of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, ABBA.


The Björn Identity launched their show in 2010, and after a recent marathon of critically acclaimed performances in theatres and festivals, they are now THE finest and most authentic tribute to ABBA around. Boasting LIVE musicians and singers with West End, European & International tours behind, them they really know how to bring the ABBA experience back to life!


Karen (Agnetha) and Diana (Frida) perform for you a catalogue of ABBA’s best loved songs, producing wonderful, meticulously studied harmonies; combined with a stunning visual likeness and subtle (ABBA style) choreography. The founding members of The Björn Identity are professional actors and singers, and believe in re-capturing a performance as close to the real thing as possible; seeing and hearing is believing.


Particular highlights of their theatre shows is the replication ABBAs 1979 tour in which they include a performance of “I Have a Dream” from local school choirs.


The Björn Identity will undoubtedly exceed all your expectations of ABBA tributes and are widely known for their love of audience participation, Swedish humour, professionalism and commitment to the music of their tribute idols.


Showcasing beautifully handmade replica costumes, knee high platforms and a good second place to Agnetha’s rear of the year… their attention to detail will not go un-noticed!


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"With advance sales so strong and a big crowd guaranteed my only concern was how well the performance would be received. My fears were allayed during sound check. I new they could play and sing but it wasn't until they took the stage at 10pm that I fully relaxed. The band gave the complete tribute experience. They delivered on every level but especially with crowd interaction. One lady who asked me to turn the volume down during dinner service (before show) was asked to get down off the furniture a few hours later. If this is how well Bjorn Identity went down on their inaugural performance we are very strongly positioned for next year. So thanks again to everyone, you nailed it and made the venue look great." 



Christmas Party Option

Enjoy the show after a scrumptious Christmas party dinner.

Dinner 9pm. Show 10.30pm.

Christmas Dinner and Show: €29.50.

To book the dinner and show - please contact 094 9023111 and ask for Sandra O'Farrell, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MWR: A Night With The Stars tickets are on sale now!

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Midwest Radio are delighted to announce the next Night with the Stars concert has just been confirmed for the The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Monday February 2nd 2015 at 8pm, with tickets on sale now.

As always it’s going to be another blockbuster night of entertainment as the cream of Ireland’s music industry come together on one stage for an unforgettable night of music and nostalgia.

The concert will feature a host of household names including Mike Denver, Michael English, Nathan Carter, Patrick Feeney, Johnny Brady, Lisa McHugh, Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley and Dominic Kirwan – all performing live in front of the renowned Midwest Radio orchestra!

We’re also delighted to welcome Mike Foster and Tony Allen (Foster and Allen) to the line-up of starts and to add further nostalgia to the show the legendary Johnny McEvoy will be performing some of his well-known hits of yesteryear.

If you know someone who loves their music then tickets for the concert are the ideal Christmas gift.

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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Dara O'Briain: "That was a delight, Castlebar".

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Thanks to everyone who came out to Saturdays nights show, and thanks to Dara O'Briain for another superb show! Here's what Dara had to say:


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Don't forget about our Christmas Party Nights!

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Our super Christmas Party Nights in December are fast approaching! First up is a night at the fabulous musical of Oklahoma (Saturday 6th) then a slick and trendy night at Casino Royal (Saturday 13th) followed by a festive night at Christmas Crooners (Thursday 18th) and last of all, a night of classic hits with ABBA tribute, The Bjorn Identity (Friday 19th).

You can see our online version of our Christmas Brochure here.

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Midwest Radio: A Night with the Stars announced!

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Midwest Radio are delighted to announce the next Night with the Stars concert has just been confirmed for the The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Monday February 2nd 2015 at 8pm, with tickets going on sale this Tuesday morning, November 25th at 9am.

 

As always it’s going to be another blockbuster night of entertainment as the cream of Ireland’s music industry come together on one stage for an unforgettable night of music and nostalgia.

 

The concert will feature a host of household names including Mike Denver, Michael English, Nathan Carter, Patrick Feeney, Johnny Brady, Lisa McHugh, Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley and Dominic Kirwan – all performing live in front of the renowned Midwest Radio orchestra!

 

We’re also delighted to welcome Mike Foster and Tony Allen (Foster and Allen) to the line-up of starts and to add further nostalgia to the show the legendary Johnny McEvoy will be performing some of his well-known hits of yesteryear.

 

If you know someone who loves their music then tickets for the concert are the ideal Christmas gift.

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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Limited seats released for Imelda May

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Tomorrow morning (Tues 18th Nov) at 9am, a limited amount of production seats for Imelda May will be released and going on sale to the public. Please note all other seating has already sold out for this show. There is also some standing still available.

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"One womans (slightly bruising) search for Mr Right"

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The hysterical comedy parody of ‘50 Shades of Grey’. Written by Leesa Harker. 

Returning after two hugely successful runs in Dublin and touring across Ireland, the UK and Australia, is smash hit comedy Fifty One Shades of Maggie. 
 

The best selling Irish send-up of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of loveable Maggie Muff and her search for love. Maggie is a working class girl who, like most women, has been let down by all the men in her life.

 

Attending an interview at the Social Security Office Maggie meets the handsome and hunky Mr Big - but will Mr Big turn out to be the man of her dreams, or will his “Private Room of Pain” put her off?

 

This hilarious new play full of naughty bits will have you laughing out loud. Join Maggie and her friends on this (slightly filthy) journey of love, booze and whips!

 

This is the perfect girly night out with your friends for the best night at the theatre you’ve had in ages! Prepare for the funniest, sexiest (and maybe dirtiest) show of 2014.

‘Hilarious ... the joy is in the outrageous script’ - BBC

‘Sides still sore with laughing ... three words .... Fun, Filth and FABULOUS!’ - Dianne Crawford   

 

Please note due to the strong language and themes of an adult nature this show is deemed unsuitable for anyone under the age of 16.

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

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Our Christmas Brochure is now available to view online!

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Our brand new Christmas Brochure is now available to view online! Click here to view it!

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Ireland West Music TV's Christmas Show - SOLD OUT

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*Please note that this event is now SOLD OUT.*

Ireland West Music TV are recording a very special Christmas TV show at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Tues 25th Nov, featuring the cream of Irish talent.
 

The show will then be broadcast on Christmas Night on Sky Channel 266 (Freesat 157).

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The Drifters: Keeping the flame burning bright

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By Ed Power, The Irish Examiner.
 

IT’S different if you’re a Drifter, says Michael WiIliams. When the singer was invited to join the American vocal group several years go, it was made clear he had a tough road ahead. He would have to serve as understudy for several tours — even then, his place in the line-up was conditional on becoming intimately acquainted with the R&B ensemble’s history, from its inception in Philadelphia in 1953.
 

“Tina Treadwell [daughter of legendary Drifters manager George Treadwell] approached me after a gig in New York and asked if I wanted to be an understudy,” Williams recalls.
 

“She said I reminded her of [‘50s Drifter] Andrew Thrasher. He was a big guy with a similar voice to mine. I had to learn everything: the back catalogue, the history of the guys, the legacy… everything. The Drifters achieved a lot and it’s up to us to keep that legacy alive. It is quite a responsibility.”
 

Early on it was decided The Drifters, whose hits include ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ and ‘Under the Boardwalk’, would be a ‘brand’ as much as a band. The group was assembled as a backing group for singer Clyde McPhatter but was soon losing members through military conscription. With George Treadwell taking over as manager, it was decreed The Drifters would feature an ever changing line-up — indeed, at one point Treadwell, fearing the Drifters’ popularity was on the slide, fired the entire group. Ever since Drifters have come and gone, while the identity of the band has endured.
 

“They knew they were going to lose members — that this would be a regular occurrence, in fact,” says Williams. “Some players came and went and had second stints with The Drifters. We have had a changing line-up ever since. It’s a brand that will keep going, as we keep the memory alive.” However, The Drifters are no dusty museum piece. In 2012, the group released their first original collection in 35 years, earning a gold disc.
 

“That was a big deal for us — a couple of years before that, some of the original Drifters, Butch Leake and Lee Hollis, received lifetime achievement awards from Sony. It all tied together nicely. It meant a lot to be able to put out new material.”
 

He is proud to be a member of an outfit which has spanned the decades — proud, also, of The Drifters’ part in furthering the cause of African-American entertainers.
 

“Starting out, it was tough for those guys,” he says. “Touring America, they weren’t allowed stay in ‘white’ hotels. They couldn’t use the swimming pools. They had to go around the back entrance if they were staying somewhere. Certain restaurants wouldn’t serve them. They travelled America in a beat-up Cadillac and never gave up. Life was very difficult for those guys — and they kept on going.”
 

Indeed, so rich is the group’s lineage, Williams admits to a quiver of nerves when taking to the stage as a Drifter for the first time. He stood in the wings, thinking of all the great vocalists to grace the line-up across the decades. Then, the spotlight came down and he had to leave his jitters to one side.
 

“Those are big shoes to fill,” he says. “I found that hard, starting out. Being an understudy, becoming a Drifter...there’s a lot to take in. However, in the end I got there. I feel I fill those shoes now.”
 

The Drifters play INEC Killarney on Friday; Olympia, Dublin on Saturday; Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday and Opera House, Cork, Monday.

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Watch Paul Potts performance on The Late Late show here!

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Did you miss Paul Potts performance on RTÉ's The Late Late Show last Friday night? Well now you can watch it here.


Paul performs a mesmerising version of the Beatles classic 'Something'.

You can see Paul live at The Royal Theatre on Sat 8th Nov. Tickets, priced €33.50, are on sale now.

Click here to buy tickets.

 

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It's 'The Fresh Prince of Delamere'

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Top Irish stand-up and TV comic Neil Delamere is coming to the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on St Valentines Night, Sat 14th Feb 2015 with his brand new tour, The Fresh Prince of Delamere.

 

Described by The Scotsman as “a master”, Delamere is renowned for his on-stage banter and quick-witted, well-observed yarns and previous tours & international appearances – including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival – have been a sell-out. Expect The Fresh Prince of Delamere to deliver the same powerhouse performance from the star of RTÉ’s The Panel, 2nd Republic, BBC’s The Blame Game, Fighting Talk and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. 

 

A star of TV as well as stage, Neil can be seen on TV screens later this month in the tenth season of the ever-popular panel show The Blame Game on BBC and in the forthcoming four-part comedy documentary series Holding Out for A Hero, which airs in December on RTE2. Holding Out for A Hero, which is written and presented by Neil offers a wry and humorous look at the lives of four Irish heroes from history: Grace O’Malley/Granuaile, Red Hugh O’Donnell, Cú Chulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhaill.  It follows in the footsteps of the IFTA and Celtic Media Award-winning TV programmes on the Vikings and St. Patrick, also written and presented by Delamere.

 

“Simply put Delamere is a master” - The Scotsman



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Conal Gallen show this Saturday is postponed

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Unfortunately Conal Gallen has had to postpone his show due to family circumstances.
 
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Hozier sold out in seconds!

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Please note that Hozier's date at The Royal Theatre on Sat 20 Dec has sold out in under one minute this morning.

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NEW SHOW ADDED: David Gray

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Mon 8th Dec | Doors 7.30pm. Show 8.30pm | Tkts: €40

*Tickets on sale Tues 14th Oct @ 9am*

 

 

Twenty one years since his first studio album, David Gray’s tenth and latest, Mutineers, finds the singer-songwriter steering into unfamiliar territory “I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,” says David. “You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go.”

 

David’s past includes the phenomenal success of White Ladder with 12 million album sales worldwide and 16 years after it's release it is still the bestselling album ever in Ireland with seven million copies sold. Four years after the initial release of 'White Ladder', Gray followed up with 2002's 'A New Day at Midnight'. His 2005 album 'Life in Slow Motion', achieved similar success and also gave Gray his biggest chart hit to date in the US. The career-spanning Greatest Hits followed later that year, featuring two new tracks as well as Gray’s most popular numbers.

 

Mutineers is an experiment that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly. The sound of a musician making a clean break and some sharp turns but also reconnecting with the freedoms of an earlier dream, a rebuke and a salutation to all that’s gone before.

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

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Take on The Kube in Irish Cancer Society fundraiser

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Story by Deirdre Kelly of The Connaught Telegraph.
 

DO you have what it takes to beat The Kube? Based on the popular ITV game show hosted by Philip Schofield, you will have an opportunity to test your nerve, ability and determination at a novel night’s entertainment in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, on Friday, October 17.

 

Boots Castlebar, in conjunction with the Royal Theatre, are hosting The Kube in support of the Irish Cancer Society. A number of Mayo footballers are among those who have already signed up for the event, and it’s not too late to join them.

 

Boots want 42 skilled and tactical contestants to take part, with €1,000 up for grabs for the winner as they test contestants’ physical ability, mental ability, intelligence and responsiveness. There will be seven heats, with six people competing against each other in each heat. The two winners of each heat go through to the semi-finals, where the real battle begins.

 

There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to also have a go in the Kube on the night. And the ‘bookies’ will be there to take your bets. 

 

Speaking at the launch, Boots Castlebar manager, Caroline McCaffrey, said the event will have all the lights, colour and action of the TV programme. It’ll be an intimate setting, with the kube itself positioned in the centre of the theatre, surrounded by tiered seating.

 

This is one of the biggest shows the production company have been involved with and the enthusiasm of the organising team promises it’ll be a thrilling event. Caroline and her team are passionate too about the chosen charity, the Irish Cancer Society. With 230 new cases of cancer in Mayo every year, it’s something that affects every family, she pointed out, and they wanted to give something back to their community.

 

Pat Jennings of the Royal Theatre said the show was not only innovative and different but also part of the community-driven programme which the theatre has in mind. He highlighted how the Royal Theatre has at least one community driven project each month for the next six months. “We are about giving back to the community and we are pleased to support this venture,” he said.

 

To pit your wits against The Kube or get tickets (€20) for the show, get in touch at Boots Castlebar on (094) 9060823, Boots Westport on (098) 56774, Boots Ballina on (096) 75602, or contact Lisa on (086) 2324543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also buy tickets online at Ticketmaster.ie or on the door on the night, subject to availability. You can get further information on The Kube Boots Castlebar Facebook page.

Each contestant will be asked to register their details and raise €250 for the Irish Cancer Society. The contestant to raise the most money is automatically entered into the semi-finals.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Hozier at The Royal - Sat 20 Dec

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HOZIER 

Sat 20th Dec | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €22.50/25

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Hozier has just announced, that he will play a very special date at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sat 20th Dec.

 

Tickets go on sale Friday 10 October at 9am – limited to 4 tickets per person

 

Hozier’s debut album has smashed 2014’s Irish album sales records to become the fastest selling album of the year, and is currently at Number 1 for the second week.

 

Following its release today in the UK, Hozier is currently sitting at #1 on iTunes UK and is Top 5 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and New Zealand.

 

The new single from the album, Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene, is available now and impacts in Ireland on November 28th.

 

His single, Take Me To Church, is currently sitting at over 12 million views on YouTube and Hozier has now become one of Spotify’s most viral artists in their history with over 21 million streams of the single, and with six songs in Spotify US’ Viral Chart.

 

Hozier is now back out on tour across America, where he will perform on Saturday Night Live this Saturday 11th October.

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

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: On sale from Friday 10th Oct @ 9am.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer

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Let The Good Times Roll ... Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer are on the road again!


Millions of fans around the world will remember Ray Sawyer as the highly animated, eye patched, lead singer of the group. His raspy, soulful, and sometimes comic vocals fronted the bands breakthrough to the ‘Cover of The Rolling Stone’ and international superstar status from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s, with many hits including Sylvia’s Mother, When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman, A Little Bit More, Sharing The Night Together, Everybody’s Making It Big But Me, More Like The Movies, Sexy Eyes and Years From Now.


Accumulating 60 Gold and Platinum records worldwide with Dr Hook, Ray Sawyer has gained the confidence of a seasoned entertainer and still travels the world with his band. His son, Cayce has been touring with him since he was 13, playing percussion and singing background vocals in the show. He is now the drummer for the Band. Ray has had the honour of being inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in April 2005. With an abundance of stage energy, and impish sense of humour, an unmistakable voice and image, and a unique ability to reflect his good times in good music, Ray is definitely a song stylist of the first order, and never was it more evident ...


Ray Sawyer was born and lived in Mobile, Alabama, and got his first job as a musician at the age of 14. His style was indelibly marked by the amalgam of black and white Southern music that kept Alabama dance halls hopping. “When you play Mobile, you play either Country or Rhythm & Blues, though down there, they are just about the same thing” Sawyer explains. Developing a style that extracted honesty and emotion - the best traits of both Country and R&B, Ray sings with an intensity and sense of conviction that truly moves an audience.


He got his trademark eye patch in 1967 as the result of a car accident, and he was in a wheelchair for a year. When he got back on his feet, Sawyer headed to Los Angeles, working his way back east where the core of Dr Hook was formed in time to record Shel Silversteins score to the Dustin Hoffman movie ‘Who Is Harry Kellerman And Why Is He Saying These Terrible Things About Me?’



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Check out the new promo vid for Donal Skehan's tour!

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Donal Skehan has just uploaded a promo video for his upcoming "Kitchen Hero" Tour of Ireland. He stops off at The Royal Theatre on Thurs 6th November (Tickets available here). 

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Julie Feeney plays the Royal Theatre this Friday night (Oct 3rd)!

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Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a genuine artist and a hugely enjoyable performer.

Julie Feeney's sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews, whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra, and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her three albums have been critically acclaimed internationally and she has created a whole host of stunning music videos to accompany them. Her opera ‘BIRD’ goes into full production in 2016.

 

In her live shows she combines her ‘mesmerizing stage presence and eccentric pop genius’ (Hot Press) with her unquestionably original sound; and her innovative, avant-garde approach, while rooted in classical music, straddles both the pop and theatrical worlds. For her recent sell-out 10 show run in New York, the New York Times said of Julie, ‘…intricate, articulate…draws on sources across centuries… Ms. Feeney's songs don't shout. They tease, ponder, reminisce, philosophize and invent parables, and she sings them in a plush, changeable mezzo-soprano that usually holds a kindly twinkle’. The New York Times concluded, ‘…a brainy adventurous songwriter lives within the flamboyant theatricality…with songs that set character studies and philosophical musings in elaborate musical confections, often with long, internally rhymed lines… Theatrical on the shell, intricate at the core’.

 

Her third album Clocks went straight to No. 1 in the Independent Irish Album Charts on its Irish release. It was voted ‘Best Album' in The Irish Times ‘Album of the Year' as voted by The Irish Times readers and it was also shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize. Julie is winner of the Choice Music Prize for ‘Irish Album of the Year' for her self-produced debut album 13 songs on which she played most of the instruments herself. Her second album pages was shortlisted for the Irish Album of The Year prize and featured in '101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die' by Liberties Press.

 

‘...the world will listen’ - The Guardian (UK)  

‘Julie Feeney ... blending the pop ambitions of Gaga with Elvis Costellian wordplay’ - The Village Voice 

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"Those here tonight have witnessed something truly special."

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Review by Eamon O'Neill. (via Mayo.ie)

 

For any other artist, this review might begin ‘making a rare visit to the west of Ireland’,but for Bryan Adams that simply wouldn’t be true. Following on from his headline appearance just ten miles down the road at the Westport Festival less than three months ago, today the Canadian superstar was back in the Co. Mayo, bringing his ‘Bare Bones’ show to the Royal Theatre in Castlebar. Although the number of gigs in this part of the country has pleasingly been steadily on the increase in recent years, for some it’s a treat not to have to travel to the more usual Belfast and Dublin venues on the other side of the country to see an artist of this calibre.

 

The ‘Bare Bones’ tour has seen Adams going back to basics. He first stripped things right back in 1997, with the release of his MTV Unplugged album, an acoustic album that featured a full band, tonight he took the concept even further. Without fanfare, a lone Adams with acoustic guitar in hand strolled on stage with a smile, and launched straight into ‘Run To You’. Lit by a single spotlight, it’s one man, one guitar, one voice. And what a voice he has. With no big production or band to hide behind, many a singer would falter, but Adams’ familiar gravelly tones soar, as the crowd were captivated from the off. 

 

He followed it up with ‘It’s Only Love’ before being joined by Gary Breit on piano. “This is the band” he comically told the crowd. Breit’s contribution bolstered the songs that followed, and allowed Adams to show off his not inconsiderable guitar skills. Breit too is no slouch, as demonstrated on ‘When You Love Someone’ and later, on ‘Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman’.

 

The show was an intimate affair, with minimal lighting and sparse staging. Adams’ stage banter too brought a closeness to the occasion, and when he spotted one punter leaving for ‘a refill’, he asked “do you want me to wait for you?”.It was clear that the crowd were on his side, providing percussive hand-claps on cue. Not only that, but they were in fine singing voice as well. Also it was genuinely shocking to hear the dominating female voices in the crowd lending their neigh on note perfect tones to ‘Finally Found Someone’ and ubiquitous 1990’s number one ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’.

 

It was not all sentimental though, as the pace picked up with a spirited ‘Can’t Stop This Thing We Started’ complete with disco lighting. Adams is of course a pro, and the tempo of the show could not be faulted as rocker followed ballad followed anthem. Picking out the ‘wildest woman’ in the audience to dance during ‘If Ya Wanna Be Bad - Ya Gotta Be Good’ he even convincingly tackled blues. 

 

He was clearly having fun, pulling out tracks from every period of his career, but of course there are songs that he simply has to play, and when he did the place predictably went crazy. ‘Summer Of‘69’ had everyone on their feet, whilst ‘Heaven’ once again incited the newly created Castlebar choir. Clearly appreciative of the adulation, he gave it back, and upon noticing a pair of empty seats in the front row, invited two ladies that were at the very back of the theatre in the ‘nose bleed’ seating on the third floor balcony to fill them. It's a fantastic gesture that the crowd received enthusiastically.

 

Handing control over to the audience for a ‘request’ section, he played a snippet of ‘Jealousy’ for one lady, a verse and chorus of '18 ‘Til I Die’ for another, and offered an apology to one man in the front row who has been to an incredible sixty Bryan Adams shows, for being unable to remember how to play one of his earliest songs. The cooperative atmosphere suited Adams, and as the main set drew to a close he urged the audience to their feet and out of their seats, “fill up that hallway” he commanded! They didn’t need asking twice and pretty soon the floor was wedged, turning the theatre into a concert hall as Bryan and Gary launched into a celebratory ‘The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You’.

 

The closing encores of ‘Somebody’ and ‘I Still Miss You… A Little Bit’ raised the roof on an incredible night, before ‘Straight From The Heart’ brought things right back to where they started, with a solitary Adams singing under a lone spotlight. Leaving to rapturous applause, he took time to shake hands with those in the front row before taking his parting bows.

 

The stripped down show offers affirmation, as if it were needed, of not only what a stunning catalogue of hits Adams has, but also his abilities as a singer, musician and entertainer. Those here tonight have witnessed something truly special. With the ‘Bare Bones’ tour coming to an end, normal service resumes with a full band arena tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of the ‘Reckless’ album due to hit the UK before the end of the year. Whether acoustic or electric, Adams knows how to put on a show and this was definitely a night to remember.

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NEW SHOW ADDED: Imelda May

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Ireland's reigning queen of rockabilly Imelda May, has announced that she will perform at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Sunday 14 December 2014. Tickets priced €35/€39.50 go on sale next Monday 8th Sept @ 9am.

 

Since the release of her raucous debut Love Tattoo, back in 2009 (now 8x times platinum in Ireland), Imelda has been one of the most strikingly original talents in the music arena, taking her infectious blend of rockabilly, jazz, blues and torch songs from the back rooms of Dublin pubs to the biggest festivals in the world.

 

Next up was the 6x times platinum album Mayhem in 2010, which she took on the road, bringing some good old-fashioned rock'n'roll spirit to audiences worldwide. With her live shows widely acclaimed, she has picked up fans as diverse as Jools Holland, Jeff Beck and Bono who dueted with her at her sold out shows in The O2 Dublin 2011.

 

The truly unique Imelda May, is now back with a brand new album, entitled TRIBAL which was released recently on DECCA.  Far from mellowing with motherhood, Imelda sizzles more than ever with her leather-clad attitude, returning with a brand new album of hard-edged anthems. Imelda is pinning her colours to the mast with music which celebrates the great rock'n'roll sub-culture and her own 'Tribal' allegiances.

 

"May is undoubtedly a star who deserves all the accolades that she gains" - Metro, Jan 2014

 

"A whipcracker of a voice . dangerously rocking" - Guardian

 

"A genuinely great voice that revs like a hot rod at the start line" - MOJO

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Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: Tickets on sale Mon 8th Sept @ 9am

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NEW SHOW ADDED: Derek Ryan in Concert

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Fri 20th Feb, 2015 | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €27.90
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Derek Ryan is now one of the biggest stars of Irish Country Music. In just over three years few artists have made such an impact on the Irish country scene like the Co. Carlow singer songwriter.  Having played to sell out concert audiences around the world with D-Side, the young heartthrob has brought a distinctive fresh sound to Irish country.

 

Derek Ryan’s theatre show contains much of the music featured on his five albums along with new material that affords him plenty of opportunity to showcase his fine guitar playing and his excellent vocal quality.

 

Derek always had the dream having a career in music - and dreams do come true, as Derek has proven.

 

At 17, his career in music became fulltime, signing to Warner Music London as he became lead singer of Irish pop band D-side, with achievements including several Meteor Awards nominations, a multi-platinum selling single ‘Real World’ in Ireland, adding to his 3 top 10 hits in the UK. live TV appearances included Top of the Pops, GMTV and The Late Late Show along with a sell out theatre tour and number one single in Japan in 2005.

 

Returning to Ireland in September 2009, after several years of gigging on the London function scene, Derek took time to consider many offers that were coming his way. It was at this stage that melodies from his formative years kept coming back to him. Derek got hooked on Nashville greats; like Brooks, Jackson and Strait and so the plans were laid to go for it.

 

Derek’s love and passion for country are best measured in his song writing ability as was seen in his debut single ‘God’s Plan’ - receiving enormous airplay and a deafening call from fans to get on the road to play his hits live. From that moment Derek rarely has a day off, travelling across Ireland playing in crowded Irish dance halls and most recently performing at sell out concerts in England and Scotland.



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NEW SHOW ADDED: Christy Moore plus special guests

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Christy Moore will be kicking off 2015 with a very special performance at The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday 2nd January 2015..

Christy will be joined by a band of four musicians with whom he has been tentatively arranging his songs with; Máirtín O’Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle/banjo), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar) and Jimi Higgins (percussion). Anyone who has caught the band performing with Christy at select shows over the last year (including Live at the Marquee & The Iveagh Gardens) will testify what a special performance this is.

 

From Glór Theatre in Ennis, journalist Gerry Quinn  wrote a rave review in the Irish Examiner, emphasising both the subtlety and the dynamism of Christy’s onstage companions:

 

“Christy opened the show on his own with a trio of songs… then allowed the ensemble to flex their muscles behind the Kildare man’s heartfelt vocals and perform a memorable evening of song that utilised an extensive back catalogue.

 

“Firm favourites like Jimmy McCarthy’s ‘Ride On’, Moore’s own ‘Delirium Tremens’ and ‘Lisdoonvarna’ were speckled among an engaging and eclectic set. ‘The Ballad of the Faithful Departed’ was performed in tribute to his its writer, Philip Chevron, of The Pogues, who died recently, and the segueing of the song ‘McElhatton’ into the jig ‘Larry the Beer Drinker’ evoked memories of early Planxty in their hey-day. A two-song encore featured a heartfelt and polished version of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’, followed by the ubiquitous ‘Joxer…’ to finish off a joyful and emotional night’s music and song.”

 

Tickets for this very special, and rare, show go on sale on Friday 12th September at 9am.

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

Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: On sale Fri 12th Sept @ 9am.

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Highlight video from Midwest Radio's 25th Anniversary Concert

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We have just uploaded the highlights of Mid West Radio's 25th Anniversary 'A Night with the Stars' on our Youtube account.

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NEW SHOW ADDED: The Young Folk

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Irish Folk/Rock/Pop quartet The Young Folk have announced a show in the Ruby Room of the Royal Theatre on Bank Holiday Sat 25th Oct, as part of their upcoming tour promoting their upcoming debut album "The Little Battle" (released 8th September).

 

The Young Folk comprises of Anthony Furey (guitar, vocals), Tony McLaughlin (bass, mandolin, and vocals), Paul Butler (keyboards, vocals) and Karl Hand (drums, vocals).

 

The Young Folk count Irish President Michael D. Higgins as one of their biggest fans, have appeared on established national TV shows including RTE’s The Saturday Night Show,  TV3’s Ireland AM, and TG4. Their music featured on a national advertisement campaign for Jameson Irish Whiskey and the original recording of “Way Down South” featured in the Travel Ireland TV advert last year.

 

The Young Folk has appeared at Westport Music Festival, Electric Picnic, The Cambridge Folk Festival, Midem, SXSW, The Stampede City Sessions in Canada. They opened for American folk-rock band Midlake during their American tour at the end of 2013, toured Canada in March 2014, and recently opened for Imelda May in Dublin’s Vicar Street. They have also appeared at Mitchelstown Caves with Mick Flannery and Castlepalooza 2014 in Charleville Castle.

 

"They are quite simply, one of the most promising young bands to come out of Ireland in several decades, and this debut album is a fantastic calling card and opening gambit for the four lads." - Maverick Magazine

 

“Serious challengers for the area populated by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons and The Low Anthem.” – Hot Press

 

 “One of the most promising young Irish bands of recent years”. – Dubliner Magazine


Sat 25th Oct | Ruby Room | Doors 9pm. Show 10pm | Tkts: €15 

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Ruth Trimble announced as support for Beth Nielsen Chapman

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Ruth Trimble has been announced as the support for twice Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, at her intimate show in the Ruby Room on Saturday 20th September.
 

Ruth Trimble is a well-renowned singer songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has been a regular on the musical scene in her home country since 2010. Working alongside other big names, she has performed across the US, UK and Europe and has requests for more international destinations coming in.
 

In 2012, Ruth completed an intense '50 states in 50 days' tour of the US with singer Kevin Montgomery, gathering many new fans of her music along the way. Having taken a break from her professional career as a pharmacist, Ruth has had the time to focus on her song writing and has released two albums - her 2012 debut 'Things I want to Say', and her 2013 Christmas release ‘Each Christmas Till Then’. Both albums have had extensive radio airplay across the UK and Ireland, recently finding their way on to Bob Harris’s playlists at BBC Radio 2! 
 

Ruth's style is unique and her songs are heart-felt. She pours emotion into her music and her productions complement that beautifully. Ruth is passionate about her music and loves performing to a live audience where she gets to impart her lively personality, great sense of humour and love for life! She always has a story to tell! 
 

Ruth is currently focussing her creative attention on her third studio album. One to watch, there are bound to be many exciting things around the corner for her.


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New Musical Society holds Open Auditions for ‘Oklahoma!’

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Castlebar Musical and Dramatic Society will hold open auditions on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th August at 7pm in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar for their upcoming musical ‘Oklahoma!’  The musical society was newly established in July of this year and their first production is an ambitious project which will run from the 4th-6th December in the The Royal Theatre.

Alanna Ní Mhíocháin, who will be directing ‘Oklahoma!’, was very enthusiastic about the upcoming production.  “This is a brand new society so we are starting from scratch.  We are looking for lots of new members!  Anyone who has an interest in music, singing, dancing, drama or performing is more than welcome to attend the auditions – whether they are looking for a staring role or to join the chorus.  We will also welcome anyone who has an interest in set-design, costume, make-up or backstage work.”

Adrian Gavin, Chairman of Castlebar Musical and Dramatic Society, was delighted with the establishment of the new community group.  “This new society will build on previous Tops-of-the-Town and musical productions that have been held in Castlebar over the years.  There is so much musical and dramatic talent in the local area and we want this group to be a way to showcase this talent.”

Sarah Ronayne, secretary of the new society, emphasised the inclusive ethos of the group.  “We really want this group to be open and inviting to anyone in the community who wishes to join.  As we are so newly founded, there are lots of opportunities for people to get involved in so many different ways and we would love to hear from anyone interested in taking part.”

Anyone who is curious about the society can find out more from their facebook page or website www.cmds.ie.   Audition materials for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical ‘Oklahoma!’ will also be posted on the website for anyone looking for a principal role.  The society can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 087-7612214.  

 
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Teenage UV Party with Scotty T (Geordie Shore)

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Skyline Nightclub presents:

 

UV PARTY

With Scotty T from Geordie Shore 

Wed 20th August, 2014 | Doors 8.30pm - 11.30pm | Tkts: €12 


The Royal Theatre & Skyline Nightclub proudly presents UV Party with Geordie Shore's Scotty T!

This Wednesday 20th August, we have a MASSIVE UV Party lined up, with our special guest Scotty T from Geordie Shore! You will be able to have a Meet & Greet with the MTV star and also have pictures taken with him!

And thats not all! Along with UV Paint, UV Lights, bluelasers, glowsticks and our giant club decor, we will also have MC Crazi-P, Daft Punk Mashup, Iceman Robot and DJ Seanie Mac.

Excitement is already building ahead of what will be an unmissable night for teenagers as Skyline presents this UV Party in the biggest venue in the West of Ireland.

Enjoy the ultimate hassle free, affordable, teen disco party experience! Admission is very teen-friendly at €12, with no hidden ticket charges.

Doors open 8.30pm to 11.30. Full adult and parental supervision. This is strictly a non-alcohol event.

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

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NEW SHOW: Bryan Adams - The Bare Bones Tour

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Bryan Adams announces that his very special, intimate and highly acclaimed acoustic ‘Bare Bones’ show is to visit Castlebar this September.

 

As Canada's best-known ambassador, Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With hits like, "Cuts Like A Knife", "Summer of '69", "Kids Wanna Rock", "Can't Stop This Thing We've Started", "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", "Open Road" and most recently "Thought I'd Seen Everything", Adams status as one of the great songwriter's of our time, has been solidified.

 

He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bryan has been nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Grammy's and his handprint has been added to the Wembley Square of Fame in celebration of his 25th show at the famed stadium. In his home country, Bryan has been recognized at the Juno Awards with the Allan Waters' Humanitarian Award and a week later he received the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

 

Bryan's outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world's best rock singers, performing over 120 concerts a year.

Tues 16th Sept, 2014 | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts from €49.50


Tickets on sale Mon 18th Aug @ 9am.
 


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Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000

Tickets Online: Tickets on sale at 9am on Mon 18th Aug.

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Mario Rosenstock's Gift Grub Live 3 goes on sale!

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GIFT GRUB 3

With Mario Rosenstock 

Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €35

 

José’s Back! Roy’s Back!! Mario’s Back!!!

Following the phenomenal sold out nationwide tours of 2010 (GIFT GRUB LIVE) and 2012 (GIFT GRUB LIVE 2) with sales of 100,000 tickets, Mario Rosenstock is delighted to announce a brand new stage show for 2014 at the Royal Theatre – MARIO ROSENSTOCK GIFT GRUB LIVE 3.


Mario Rosenstock Gift Grub Live 3 premiered in April before embarking on a major nationwide tour throughout 2014, including a date here at The Royal Theatre this coming October 4th.

It will feature a host of brand new characters developed on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM, and over two series of the critically acclaimed ratings smash ‘The Mario Rosenstock Show’ on RTÉ Two. Expect to see Francis Brennan, Marty Morrissey, Davy Fitz, Donal Skehan and Miriam ‘Genuinely’ O’Callaghan ‘live on stage’ as you’ve never seen them before!

There’s the return of Keith ‘Howya Buddies’ Duffy , Joan Burton, JoséMourinho, Michael Noonan, and of course Mario’s inimitable take on Vincent Browne.

But probably most of all Mario is delighted to bring back probably his most celebrated character – Roy Keane – “Roy’s back, José’s back – it’s a perfect storm”he says.

“I can’t wait for people to see the new show – and there’s going to be even more audience interaction this time so, watch out, If you’re in the audience, you might be in the show too!” 

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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The West's Biggest ever Teenage Foam Party!

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The Royal Theatre and Skyline presents:

 

- TEENAGE BLAST -
 

The Biggest Teenage Foam

Party in the West 

 

Fri 1st August, 2014 | Doors 8.30pm- 11.30pm | Tkts: €10

On sale soon or on the door.

Finally, it's here as promised! The Royal Theatre proudly presents The Ultimate Teenage Event! 

Following up on all the positive feedback from our Facebook friends, the hugely successful Teenage Blast explodes once again at the The Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Bank Holiday Friday 1st August. Excitement is building ahead of what will be an unmissable night for teenagers as Skyline presents The Biggest Teenage Foam Party ever held in the West, in the biggest venue in the West of Ireland.

Banging with an awesome sound system, giant stilt walkers, blinding lasers and dynamic dj's in a true nightclub feel. Adding an extra fun element will be the addition of our live music area with the very popular local band 'Everyday Solution' and judging by their ever increasing fanbase on Facebook and following hugely successful recent gigs, this will definitely add to the excitement.

Enjoy the ultimate hassle free affordable teen disco party experience! Admission is very teen-friendly at 10 euro with no hidden ticket charges. For bus parties contact our events team through Facebook for extra concessions. Complimentary refreshments for bus drivers and secure bus parking available.


Doors open 8.30pm to 11.30. Full adult and parental supervision. This is strictly a non-alcohol event.


Back with a BANG! It's BLAST!! The Biggest Teenage Foam Party In The West! At the The Royal Theatre, Castlebar Bank Holiday Friday 1st August. Contact our events team for any enquiries at 087 7786957.

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Country sensation Nathan Carter announces show!

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NATHAN CARTER

Tues 30th Dec, 2014 | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €27.90
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Following his hugely successful gig last month Live at the Marquee in Cork, the country singing sensation Nathan Carter has confirmed he will play a Castlebar date this December 30th at The Royal Theatre.
 

Appealing to fans across all ages, Nathan Carter is one of the hottest acts on the Irish music scene today. Nathan has appeared as guest on numerous TV and radio shows nationwide, alongside performing at countless sell out shows. His album "Where I Wanna Be" reached number one in the Irish charts - the first country act to have reached number one since Garth Brooks over six years ago! This album followed up his MASSIVE single Wagon Wheel - one of the most requested songs ever on Irish radio.

Born on 28 May 1990, Nathan spent his childhood years in Liverpool growing up in a family with strong Irish roots, his folks originating from Newry in County Down. Trips to Ireland to compete in Fleadh Ceoil`s became a regular feature of young Nathan`s life during his early teens, resulting in All Ireland medals for solo singing, and in accordion, all at just 12 years of age. In no time at all Nathan had begun playing solo gigs around Liverpool and London as well as occasional shows in Ireland.


On a trip to Donegal in April 2009, he met with songwriter John Farry and in a few short months Nathan`s dream of performing with his own band became a reality. `Wagon Wheel’ became a huge hit for Nathan, with well over a million hits on You Tube.

Nathan has brought a whole new generation of fans of all ages to Country Music in Ireland. To show just how big Nathan has become, he was announced as support for two of the five now infamous 'Garth Brooks Comeback Shows' in Croke Park. Having just signed with Decca Records, a UK/Scottish Tour is planned for later this year.

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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Congrats to the winner of our first big prize

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Congrats to Colette Moran, Kiltimagh, winner of our fantastic prize worth over e800! Colette was picked from many buyers of tickets to the recent International Tenor John MacNally concert. The prize consisted of accommodation and dining at the onsite 4-star Harlequin Hotel, and tickets to Dr Hook in October and Dara O'Briain in November. Watch out for some more fantastic competitions from the Royal Quarter!

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New Shows Announced - many more to follow

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We are delighted to announce some of the many exciting new shows that will appear at the Royal Theatre in the coming months and into next year. From the International Tenor John MacNally, to the magical Russian Ice Stars Peter Pan on Ice. Revisit our website each week to keep up to date on more new shows to be included shortly ...... very entertaining times ahead at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar!

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Good News for the Royal Theatre, Harlequin Hotel and The Royal Quarter, Castlebar

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Islandeady Properties and Lansdowne Francs to Acquire The Royal Theatre, Hotels and The Royal Quarter Retail Area from Andrew O’Leary & Kieran Wallace, KPMG.


Acquisition includes The Royal Theatre, The Ruby Room, Mayo Conference Centre, TF Hotel, Harlequin Hotel (4 Star), Multi Storey Car Park and The Royal Quarter Retail Area incorporating Boots Chemists and other various Retail Stores, The Mosaic and other car parks.


CASTLEBAR & DUBLIN

Islandeady Properties, a hotel management and property company, today announced that their affiliates have signed a definitive agreement to purchase the assets at The Royal Theatre and The Royal Quarter, Castlebar from Andrew O’Leary and Kieran Wallace of KPMG.


Islandeady Properties were advised by JV Geary Solicitors and KPMG were advised by Ronan Daly Jermyn.

Following the closing of the transaction Islandeady’s management team will operate the acquired businesses. The new management team bring decades of experience in the theatre, hotel and retail sector and include Seamus Sutcliffe of Lansdowne Francs, Patrick Jennings and Louise Jennings.


The Assets include the Royal Theatre which has a capacity for 2,200 seated and 4,000 standing.


Pat Jennings, the renowned music and arts promoter, will take the helm at The Royal Theatre and will become its Artistic Director with immediate effect. The Royal Theatre will publish a list of shows and events shortly which will include a number of music events and some excellent West End Musical Shows.


An announcement is expected shortly regarding the appointment of a Conference and Events Centre Director at the on-site Mayo Convention Centre which is currently the count centre for the European Elections. Declan Durcan has recently been appointed as Marketing Director at The Royal Theatre.


Seamus Sutcliffe from Lansdowne Francs who will be the new CEO advises that ”we intend to invest in and grow the The Royal Theatre and its related hotel and retail businesses through enhanced marketing efforts, expanding existing projects and executing on opportunities to broaden the groups footprint in Castlebar. We look forward to providing exceptional arts and music offerings in the theatre and excellent service in our on-site hotels and retail assets”.

Seamus Sutcliffe also added that “we are announcing the opening of new on site retail concessions including a Ticketmaster Retail Store and a Starbucks ‘Proud to Serve’ concession. Over the next number of months we also expect to conclude negotiations with a major UK premium grocery outlet for The Royal Quarter. We hope that we will continue to receive every possible support from the local community for the business going forward.”


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Mayo International Choral Festival returns!

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The Royal Theatre is delighted to host for the third year, the Gala Choral Concert of the Mayo International Choral Festival. The concert features performances from the winning choirs of the festival choral competitions as well as special guests, and promises an evening of singing from across many genres including Barbershop, Gospel, Classical, Pop and Jazz. The finale of the concert features a massed choir, made up of the majority of participating choirs in the festival, with up to 700 taking to the stage in previous years. The highlight of the festival, this concert was one of the most talked about events of the year at the Royal Theatre in 2013. New this year sees the Premier Competition taking place at the concert. Compere for the night is Tommy Marren.
 
Immediately after the concert, the audience can join in the post concert celebrations at the Gala ‘afterglow’.
 
The festival, supported by Mayo County Council, sees 35 International, National and Mayo choirs participating in competitions and performances all over Mayo from 13th to the 18th May, including concerts, street performances and a Dawn Chorus at 8am on Sunday at the shores of Lough Lannagh, for those rising early, or for those coming home after the Gala Concert! 
 
The Royal Theatre is delighted to be associated as Event Sponsor.
 
For more info see www.mayochoral.com
 
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Call: 094 9023111
On the door, at the Royal Hotel Reception, Festival Office (Open from Tues 13th May, at the Royal Theatre), or from Downtown Records, Castlebar and Westport.
 
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Junk Kouture West FInal 2014

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Fashions fade, Junk is eternal!

It’s that time of the year again when artistic secondary school pupils from across Ireland get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products in the hope of being crowned the 2014 Junk Kouture champion. This year’s competition, proudly supported by Bank of Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP), has challenged students to create extravagant but wearable couture designs to compete in spectacular catwalk finals across the country including the Western regional final in the Royal Theatre Castlebar on Wednesday 12th March at 7pm.

Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth Curran and Troy Armour from Co. Donegal, the Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past three years, with some awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks. Last year the Grand Final was attended by over 2000 spectators in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre which saw Limerick team ‘Ultra Violet Wash’ walk away with the top prize of €2,500 for their school, €1000 worth of IT equipment, €500 cash and a trip to the Cannes Film Festival.

These extravagant catwalk show  in the Royal theatre promises to be unforgettable experience, for the audience let alone the contestants, if last year’s competition is anything to go by – audience members dancing in the aisles, fog horns sounding for support and audience sing-alongs to classic hits to name a few of the highlights!

 

Bank of Ireland Youth Marketing Manager Conor Mc Glynn commented “We are always looking at ways of supporting secondary school initiatives. For the second year running, we are delighted to be supporting Junk Kouture in such a creative competition that gives us an opportunity to invest in the students amazing talent and their promising future in the fashion world. With our large customer base among the student population the partnership is an excellent fit and provides a meaningful platform for us to engage with our young customers.   We would like to wish all the participants the very best of luck this year and look forward to seeing the creative and amazing entries at the regional finals.”

Martin Tobin, ERP managing director, said: “We are getting to the exciting stage of this competition again. At ERP, we have been consistently impressed by the fun, fashionable and creative way students convey the reuse/recycle/refashion message behind Junk Kouture. We would like to wish all the entrants the best of luck and we look forward to seeing their work at the finals.”

Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative. 

Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 proudly supported by Bank of Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP) is open to all second level students. For further information, please visit junkkouture.com, Facebook or Twitter.

 
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NEW SHOW: Midwest Radio - A Night With The Stars

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Midwest Radio is delighted to announce details of the next ‘Night With The Stars’ concert at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Monday 3rd Feb 2014 at 8:00 pm. Another star-studded line up of acts has been confirmed with Ireland’s top entertainers live on stage in a four-hour music bonanza.

Make sure to get your tickets ASAP, as this show is sure to be a sell out.


Tickets, €25, are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online or from the Royal Theatre Box office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111.

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Good luck St Josephs TY Students

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We would like to say good luck to all the Transition Year students from St Joseph's Secondary School who will be performing their school musical this Wednesday & Thursday in The Royal Theatre! Doors are at 7pm, show at 8pm. tickets will be available on the door.

 

Like every year, it will be a fantastic show!

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Social Dancing Classes Every Tuesday Night

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Social Dancing classes every Tuesday night in The Royal Theatre from 8.30-10.30.

Waltz, Jive and Quickstep.

For more info contact Michael on 086 3083976. No partner needed.

 

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NEW SHOWS: Brendan Grace & Mike Denver

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We are delighted to announce the first two shows of 2014. We are welcoming back Brendan Grace (January 2nd) and Mike Denver (March 8th).

Tickets for both of these shows are now on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online, as well as from The Royal Theatre Box Office on 0818 300 000 or 094 9023111. 

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New Finbar Hoban Presents promo video for Therapy?.

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Here is the new Finbar Hoban Presents promotional video for the Therapy? show that is taking place at The Ruby Room in the The Royal Theatre and Event Centre on Sunday October 27th, with support Lafaro and Pilgrimage

Tickets are selling very fast now but you can still purchase tickets at entertainment.ie and Downtown Records Castlebar. Tickets 22.20 including booking fee

Video by Ger Staunton.

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