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Friday 16th December at 8.00pm

Music for Mark – Christmas Music (Charity gig)

The Kerry Orchestra with guest singers and musicians. The Kerry Orchestra, founded in 1990
by Adolf F. Packeiser, will be joined in concert by Tim Dennehy, Seán Garvey,
Clare Horgan and lots of guest singers and musicians.
Tickets €10 (€8 conc.) Children €4





Sunday 11th December at 3.00pm
Little Miss Muffet (Children’s Pantomime)

   Miss Muffet’s Tuffet is magic. Every Christmas it helps Santa makes a dream come true and Ditzi Devilola the Dim Witch  wants it! When it’s stolen, poor Miss Muffet is in great distress – but help is at hand from a Handsome Prince, Jack & Jill, and a very surprising ally! Will Ditzi with her mean and monstrous friend get away with the Magic Tuffet or can the friends from Nursery Land
stop them in time for Christmas…? Perhaps, but then of course there is always that spider…!
Tickets: Children €5, Adults €10







Saturday 10th December at 8.00pm

Poetry & Music from Leitrim.

Mary McPartlan (Singer)
Vincent Woods (Poet & Broadcaster)


Poet and dramatist Vincent Woods works as an arts journalist and radio broadcaster in RTÉ.

He has  won several awards for his writing including The Stewart Parker Award for Drama, the P.J.  O’Connor Award for Radio Drama and the M.J. McManus Award for Poetry.

Ireland’s best-kept secret Mary McPartlan was nearly 50 when she suddenly emerged in 2004 with her debut album ‘The Holland Handkerchief’ . It instantly established her as one of the great Irish folk singers when it was voted MOJO folk album of the year.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.) Couples €25, Children €5



Wednesday 7th December at 8.00pm


Human Rights Day (Screening of short films)

– Freedom Driver
– Hearing Silence
– Emerald Warrior
– Listen to Me (Escuchame)
– Head Space
– Election of Discontent
These films were shortlisted for ICCL’s (Irish Council for Civil
Liberties) Human Rights Film Awards.
Free Admission


This event is also at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee on 10th Dec.



Friday 2nd December 2011, at 8pm

‘Song In The Night’ 

Marina Cassidy (Harp & Voice)  & Declan Walsh (Piano)

Following their recent successful performance at the Guild Of Musicians & Singers  in London.  Marina Cassidy and Declan Walsh will present a programme of varied vocal and instrumental music forHarp, Voice and Piano.

These range from Ancient Irish Harp Airs  through to Romantic compositions of Grieg and Faure to contemporary works by Samuel Barber.

Tickets €12 (conc. €10)





Sunday 27th November 2011, 12noon – 5pm

Food & Craft Christmas Fair – A little taste of Christmas.

Work of local artists and artisans. Art & Craft classes for children available during the opening hours in Glass, Jewellery & Candles.
Refreshments served.


FETAC presentation of Certificates

Friday 25th November 2011 at 7.00pm

followed by a CD launch concert tour at 8.00pm – by Breanndán Begley &

Bréanainn Ó Beaglaoich on guitar

Tickets €10.



Saturday 19th November, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Photo Walk on Church Island (Waterville Lake)

Bring your camera and tripod and discover this special place through photography.

Meeting at Tech Amergin at 10am. Fee: €35 (1 day)


Tuesday 15th November 2011 at 8.00pm

Love & Fury – The Passion of Jonathan Swift (theatre)











Performed by David Heap. Directed by Paul Hayes.

The play concentrates on the 1720s when Swift published some of his greatest work, including ‘Gulliver’. He reflects with wit on life, ageing and love.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.) Couples €25.


Friday November 11th 2011 at 8.00pm

Raw Bar Collective with Conal Ó Gráda (trad)


A vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish traditional music. The Raw Bar Collective is a fluid gathering of Irish musicians, each of them an acknowledged standard bearer within the tradition.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.) Couples €25.




Wed Nov 9th & Thurs 10th

10.30 am Childrens’s shorts – Schools’ programme

11.30 am Childrens feature – A shine of rainbows (film)

Tomas, a shy 8 year old orphan, is adopted by Máire O’Donnell on a remote island off the coast of Ireland. Director Vic Sarin Tickets €2


Tuesday 8th November 2011 at 10.30am

2011 Kerry Film Festival – Educational screenings


I’m not Scared.

Leaving Certificate Comparative Study title for 2012

Directors Stephane-Aubier, Vincent-Patar Tickets €5


Friday 4th November 2011 at 8.00pm

Andy Irvine (trad)









Andy Irvine, singer, songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, traditional musician and advocate for social justice. His music provides a dramatic journey for the listener.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.) Couples €25, Children €5.


Thursday 3rd November at 8.00pm

Congo: An Irish Affair (film)

A penetrating and poignant study of the Irish-led 1961 UN peacekeeping mission to Katanga, Congo.

Directors: Brendan Culleton, Irina Maldea

Further information available on


Wednesday 2nd November at 8.00pm

Dreaming the Quiet Man (film)

This documentary delves into the story of the making  of the film ‘The Quiet Man’ . Director: Sé Merry Doyle


Tuesday 1st November at 8.00pm

Blazing the Trail (film)

An interesting and inventive account of the making of the O’Kalem films, mostly filmed in Kerry 1910 – 1915, documenting their place in American and Irish popular culture. Director: Peter Flynn




Saturday 29th October 2011 at 8.00pm

‘Sluts’ (Comedy)  A new comedy by Caitriona Daly


Four girls in an unspecified area of Dublin are getting ready to go out to a night club. What happens?    Who knows, but they’re all a load of sluts…

A new comedy by Caitriona Daly; ‘Sluts’ follows four Dublin girls as they prepare for a night on the town. Prepare for an hour of drinks, heart-to-hearts, and for the love of God, don’t forget to take your pill!  Sluts premiered in the UCD Drama Society’s Theatre for 5 performances in February 2011. The show boasted the highest attendance of any production in UCD that year and was later sent to the Irish Student Drama Association Festival in March where it was nominated for Best Original Script, among other awards.

Tickets €12 (€10 conc.)  Couples €20, children €5.


Sunday 23rd October 2011 at 8.00pm

‘Beckett and God’ by John Calder (Lecture)


There is nobody alive today and very few who spent as much time with Samuel Beckett during his lifetime as did John Calder, now 84 years of age. John will be embarking on an All Ireland Tour with his lecture Beckett and God.
His book ‘The Philosophy of Samuel Beckett’ is the most insightful on “the greatest playwright of the 20th century”. This offers you and those you know a rare opportunity to listen and to be in the company of a Literary legend who
only this year nominated John Banville for the Kafka Award, which he duly won.

The lecture will be followed by a ‘Question and Answer’ session.

Tickets €5.


14th -16th October 2011

Norish Festival 

Norish Fest 2011 – a weekend celebrating common links with Norway.

An opportunity for both Ireland and Norway to showcase their best in tourism, business, art, music and heritage.

Further details on


Sunday 2nd October 2011 at 8.00pm

Mary Coughlan & her band

An Irish theatrical torch-blues legend, Mary’s acclaimed latest album is ‘The House of Ill Repute’. It was promoted alongside the release of her autobiography ‘Bloody Mary’ when she embarked on a UK tour.  She

then travelled to Australia again last summer and played a sold-out night at the Sydney Opera House theatre and two festivals in New Zealand.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear Mary tell her unique story in her inimitable style through the many songs she has recorded over the last 25 years.

“Mother of five and grandmother of one, so far, she is an unlikely but transfixing performer, whether standing on one leg on a vertiginous high heel or kicking off her shoes to whisper, growl, [or]  cry out loud.”

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Friday 23rd September 2011 at 7.00pm

Photographic Exhibition –  ‘The Captured Note’

Official opening by photographer John Minihan

Followed by   A Music Network concert   at 8.00pm

‘Fonn Aniar’ / ‘Tune from the West

Breanndán Ó Beaghlaoich (vocals, button accordion)
Tommy Peoples (fiddle)
Laoise Kelly (harp)

Brace yourself for a clash of the titans as a trio of trad’s finest join forces for this unmissable tour. With three distinct regional styles going head-to-head, every tune promises to be something of an adventure.  Representing the Dingle Peninsula is genial giant Breanndán Ó Beaghlaoich, whose fiery button accordion playing and heartfelt singing echo the stormy beauty of the West Kerry coastline. With three highly-acclaimed solo albums to his name, Ó Beaghlaoich is also held in high esteem for his work with the groups Boys of the Lough and Beginish and his collaborations with the Chieftains and fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh.

Winner of the first ever TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award, trad legend Tommy Peoples brings the rabble-rousing Donegal fiddle style to the party. After recording classic albums with the Bothy Band, Matt Molloy
and Paul Brady in the 1970s, Peoples’ compositions and solo performances have inspired a generation of fiddle players. Equally influential is virtuoso harpist Laoise Kelly, who has breathed new life into the national instrument
with her reinterpretation of the O’Carolan canon. Though Kelly has toured the world, collaborating with everyone from Seamus Heaney and Kate Bush to The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Dónal Lunny, don’t be surprised to hear her Mayo roots to the fore as she gets those feet a-tapping! “The most maddeningly nourishing, elevating, and mesmerising Irish music you’ll hear today” Earle Hitchner,  The Irish Echo, on Breanndán Ó Beaghlaoich (with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh)

“Tommy Peoples gracefully occupies a prime authoritative position on the top shelf of Traditional fiddle players…one of the few traditional players whose music regularly elicits from his listeners words such as passion, tension, ferocious, dark, emotion, grip, electric, friction, tautness, rawness, beauty.” The Journal of Music “Kelly virtually reinvents the instrument with her rhythmic and melodic intricacy, her syncopation and undulating chords and harmonies . . . she’ll have you swaying with her profound musicality.” Irish Times

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.).  Couples €25, children €5.


Friday 23rd September 2011 at 5.30pm

Culture Night 2011 – Masterclasses in Accordion, Fiddle & Harp


Breanndán Ó Beaghlaoich (accordion)

Tommy Peoples (fiddle)
Laoise Kelly (harp)

Free admission. Further information at


 Sunday 11th September 2011 at 8.30pm


Courageous and strong minded, she defied her family’s pro Union politics and under the name of Speranza, electrified Ireland with her passionate tirades in verse and prose against the English.

She married the brilliant eye and ear surgeon Dr William Wilde, later knighted by Queen Victoria.   At one point she bravely defended him in a libel case that was the sensation of Dublin, and foreshadowed her son Oscar’s trial some thirty years later.

Lady Wilde, whose talk was said to be like fireworks – ‘brilliant, whimsical and flashy’, regularly held salons, to which the literary world came and over which she presided with panache.Witty, often outrageous, with very strong feminist views, she was most memorable.

“Patricia Leventons one woman show portrays the life of Lady Wilde in an imaginative and informative style This show provides great insight about Oscars life and the influence of his mother ”
Belfast Telegraph

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)


Wednesday 24th August at 7.30pm

‘Smile’ Exhibition by Paddy de Buis



An exhibition of art works in various media inspired by the beauty of the Waterville area so loved by the Chaplin family and many others

Wine reception with music by Susan Kennedy, Patricia O’Sullivan & Siobhan O’Neill
Free admission









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Friday 19th August 2011 at 8.30pm

Trad music from Kerry

Tim O’Shea (Guitar, Vocal & Bodhrán)
Patrick Buckley (Uilleann Pipes & Whistle) 
Michael Kelliher (Accordion & Harmonica) 

Tim is from Killarney and veteran of the Irish Folk music scene and in 2011 he celebrates  20 Years on the Road. Having toured since 1991, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and many parts of Europe, especially Germany and of course the USA. He just returned from a very successful tour of Scottish Higlands. Also he has recorded 4 CDs. Tim and Patrick play music together locally at home in lreland and abroad. Tim’s repertoire draws from the dance music of his native Sliabh Luachra and West Kerry folk traditions and the singing of Irish & Scottish performers like Jimmy McCarthy, Paul Brady, Dick Gaughan and Andy M. Stewart.

”real music played by real people” Irish Examiner

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Wednesday 17th August 2011 at 8.30pm

Frankie Gavin & De Dannan

‘Up Close & Personal Tour’






‘Frankie Gavin & De Dannan’ are currently in the middle of a 32 county tour of Ireland which will see the band perform in a variety of venues and locations which would not ordinarily play host to such a well known band or in some cases events of this type. In a move which Frankie Gavin states is largely motivated by the bands wish to “lift the hearts of the Irish people during this extraordinary economic climate in Ireland” the band will for the
most part bring its music to local communities throughout Ireland.

The current ‘De Dannan’ ensemble is led by Frankie Gavin on fiddle, flutes & whistles with Barry Brady on accordian, Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes & whistles, Mike Galvin on bouzouki & guitars and Michelle Lally on vocals. A new album featuring the most recent ‘De Dannan’ line up, entitled ‘Jigs, Reels & Rock ‘n’ Roll’, which includes a guest appearance by Ronnie Wood of the ‘Rolling Stones’ was released on September 23rd 2010 and currently features on the Irish album charts.

 “Frankie Gavin and De Dannan are the jewel in the crown, and as the musicians hit top gear some of the fast reels in particular are mesmerizing” – Carl Dixon, The Irish Examiner

“Rightly heralded as the greatest Irish fiddler player, Frankie Gavin has nothing left to prove…Gavin is a true fiddle-playing genius, one who continues to inspire and dumbfound in equal measure” – The Scotsman

Tickets €18 (€15 conc.)


Wednesday 17th August 2011 at 7.30pm

Photographic Exhibition  ‘House on Fire’

A photography project by American photographer Bob Ellis

The photography project ‘house on fire’ is about the things that have some value  in our life and that we would like to save from a fire. The collection of portraits shows how different people

value their own property and how hard it is to make such a decisive decision to save only one piece. This also provokes questions about the materialistic world we are living in and the really important things in life
that are not present in any form or shape. The project continues and Bob Ellis would like to take photos of people in Kerry if somebody is interested. The artist will open the exhibition and talk about the project on the night.

Free admission.

For further information please visit


Sunday 14th August 2011 at 8.30pm

The Kerry Orchestra (Early Baroque & Irish Traditional)


The Kerry Orchestra was founded in 1990 and comprises of students and session-musicians from all over County Kerry. SInce its formation the orchestra has flourished playing hundreds of concerts and has toured Germany & France. The orchestra will play a mix of early baroque & irish traditional music.

Tickets €12 (€10 conc.)


Monday 8th August 2011 at 8.30pm 

‘My Brilliant Divorce’ (Comedy) presented by Jasango Theatre

Jasango Theatre are back with a bang this summer with a new production of Geraldine Aron’s hilarious  My Brilliant Divorce.  Following their astounding success with Bombshells, highlights of which included a two-year tour of Ireland, a five-week residency at Fota House and an American tour culminating in awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble in the 2010 Bethlehem Press Awards, Jasango are on track for another hit with this wittily observant and achingly funny play.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Friday 5th August 2011, 12.00 noon & Saturday 6th August, 2pm Gospel/Jazz and Pop Singing Workshop


Following the success of last year, top London vocal coach and pianist, Liz Tillotson returns to take us through an afternoon packed with fantastic new songs, harmonies and effective techniques for great singing.
Liz is joined by leading pianist from Edinburgh, David Patrick.  The workshop will even give you the chance to sing with a full band (piano, bass and drums).

All ages and experience welcome.
Tickets €10 Children €8.
 Booking essential please call 087 957 4855



Saturday 6th August 2011 at 8.30pm

Concert by ‘Hanover Square’

David Patrick (piano), Marianne Bugler (saxophone, vocals),

Liz Tillotson (Bass, piano, vocals) & Clare Horgan (vocals)

Special Guests, Ceol Cill Rialaig & vocal workshop students
Come and hear Leading Irish, Scottish and British Musicians perform a funky mix of songs from Gospel, Jazz and Pop to Traditional Irish and Scottish.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Friday 5th August 2011 at 8.30pm

‘Highly Strung’ (Comedy Classical) with Liz Ryan & Istvan Barnacz

Liz Ryan began her singing career on the Paris underground. She has sung and toured throughout Ireland with most of Ireland’s Opera Companies and with her own solo comedy shows as well as with the Drawing Room Opera Company which she co-founded in 1997. In 2010 Liz joined forces with Istvan Barnacz
to form the comedy classical act ‘Highly Strung’.

Istvan comes from a very musical family in Hungary with both of his parents studying under the tutelage of music theorist, Zoltán Kodály. He has played extensively through Europe and further afield. While in Ireland, Istvan has played with the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland, RTE Concert Orchestra and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Saturday 23rd July 2011 at 8.30pm

Port Authority  by Conor McPherson

Presented by

Back of the Hand Theatre Company.

Port Authority is the hit play from leading Irish dramatist Conor McPherson.

This touching and hilarious play, tells of three interwoven lives, and the challenges of intimacy and relationships in modern day Ireland.

First staged in 2001, at the New Ambassabors Theatre in London, Port Authority went on to be a resounding critical and popular success in Ireland and New York.

‘I found myself holding on to what these actors had to say as if I were a 5 year old at bedtime being introduced to ‘The Arabian Nights’.’ – Ben< Brantley, New York Times.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Wednesday 20th July 2011 from 8.00 – 10.00pm
Also Wednesday 27th July, 3rd & 10th August, 8 – 10pm.

Céili, Old Time, & Quick Steps  with Ger O’Donoghue (Music Session)


Mixture of sets, céili, old time & quick step. Something for all dancers.

Tickets €10 (€8 conc.). Family rates also available.


Monday 18th July 2011 at 8.30pm

Classical & Popular

Gavan Ring, baritone
Nicola Mulligan, soprano
Barbara Gloinson, piano

Quickly becoming sought after both in Ireland and further afield, Nicola and Gavan will present an evening of classical and popular favourites from the opera house and Broadway alike. O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Bring him home from Les Misérables are but a flavour of the many musical delights in store.

Nicola and Gavan are both graduates of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and have collectively given leading role performances with Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company and Lyric Opera Productions but to name a few. This performance at Tech Amergin promises to be a real treat for all music lovers so it is certainly not to be missed!

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Saturday 16th July at 8.30pm

CD Launch

‘Waterville you call me’ by Patie O’Sullivan

Native to Waterville, Patie O’Sullivan is now living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. The CD will feature among others the song ‘Waterville you call me’ a song written by Abie Huggard (now deceased) former owner of The Bay View Hotel which while on a visit to the US he presented to Patie with a request to put music to it and maybe some day record it.

Patie wasa well known entertainer during the 70’s and 80’s when he played Ballad Sessions in pubs through out South Kerry. Free admisson.


Friday 15th July 2011 at 8.30pm

JBlack sings Bob Dylan

When he was 12 years old the epitome of cool for JBlack was to sit in the Studio 22 Coffee Bar in Durham City, order a coca cola and select Bob Dylan songs on the Juke Box. The poetry and emotive power of Dylan’s songs has amazed him all his life.

The music of JBlack was born in the sixties, through an early baptism working with bands in the clubs of the North East of England. From early influences of Chuck Berry, The Animals, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, his musical form grew and settled in the music from America as
produced by Bob Dylan and The Band.

He has toured comprehensively across the UK and Ireland for many years, but at long last, he has now developed a show which is a Tribute to the music of his hero Bob Dylan JBlack, now based in Dublin, is introducing the Bob Dylan show to Ireland in 2011.The show is completely live, acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica are used to provide a backdrop for the words of the great man

himself. Along with the fantastic songs in the show JBlack provides insight into the history of the songs and the impact of the legend who is Bob Dylan.

JBlack’s repertoire spans a lot of Dylan’s canon but with a greater emphasis on Bob’s golden period of the mid-to-late-sixties. However the great album form the mid 70’s Blood on the Tracks is well represented and also the lost masterpiece of Blind Willie McTell which didn’t get released until the Bootleg Series in 1991.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.



Friday 8th July @ 8.30pm

Acclaimed singer Mary McPartlan  is back on tour with special guest, Garry O’Briain & Labour party Presidential candidate Michael D. Higgins

Poetry and song form a powerful combination as two distinguished artists – one an acclaimed singer, the other a Presidential candidate – take their tour to Tech Amergin in Waterville on Friday July 8. Singer Mary McPartlan has teamed up with Labour Party Presidential candidate Michael D. Higgins to bring a show that combines the power of music and poetry.

Distinctive, evocative, with a powerful musical personality, Mary McPartlan has a strong music history. She has performed with Frankie Gavin, Mairtin O’Connor, Steve Cooney, Dervish and the ConTempo String Quartet. Such a list proves that Mary’s voice is at home in whatever company she chooses to perform with. This is a unique opportunity to see Michael D. Higgins in a different guise, before he takes to the road again as part of his Presidential campaign.

Irish Times trad critic Siobhan Long, said that “McPartlans belly-deep voice is growing richer with the years, and her reading of Shane MacGowan’s Rainy Night In Soho was a pinprick evocation of love and regret.” Combining all that’s best in traditional and folk music, with a stunningly moving vocal range, a concert by Leitrim born Mary McPartlan is one that will stay with you long after the last echoes have fallen away.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Wednesday 6th July at 8.30pm

‘Walking the Annapurna Circuit’ (Illustrated Talk) 

Ngima Wong Chhok Sherpa with Paddy Bushe

Admission €5.


Monday 4th July at 8.30pm

‘Harpers of Distinction’ Concert Tour with Janet Harbison

(Contemporary & Traditional Ensemble)


“This concert tour celebrates the rising stars of Irish harping with the four highest achievers in the Irish Harp College examinations in the year 2010-2011 performing a series of concerts in the company of multi-award winning veteran performer Janet Harbison.  The young performers, all at advanced levels, will perform a programme of group pieces as well as solos culminating in a rousing finale of new and old, original and arranged, contemporary and traditional ensemble harp music.   This concert will be a feast of music that is guaranteed to
surprise and delight and introduce a number of new artists to the stage as aspiring concert soloists and carriers of a very old yet vibrant Irish tradition.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.



Sunday 26th June 2011 at 8.00 pm

The South Kerry Rosen Choir

Directed by Emma Louise Plain & accompanied by ‘Bogusch Sokirko’

Our 23 strong choir are entering our 23rd year. Celebrate with us with a blast of  ‘Broadway’ music, a selection of the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar’,a  ‘Memory’ from Cats, some rousing opera choruses and a little of Borodin’s ‘ Prince Igor’.  Add a little gem of English 16th Century ‘The Lily and the Rose’  and we will stroll ‘Down by the Riverside’ and shine ‘This Little Light of Mine ‘.

If we sing well hopefully our talented conductor, Emma Louise Plain, a wonderful singer of Welsh Opera productions, will give us a treat from her extensive repertoire, accompanied  by our latest find Boguish, delightful concert pianist from Poland and well known in Germany, who luckily for us has come to live and work in Ireland  in recent years.  She will have your toes a tapping with her lovely choice of music to lift your spirits straight into the Summer.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25, children €5.


Thursday 23rd June 2011 at 8.30 pm

Seamus Begley, Tim Edey & Árdú (Trad)

‘a celebration of  St. John’s Eve  – bonfire night in music & song’

Accordion player and singer Seamus Begley accompanied by guitar player Tim Edey.  They will be joined in concert by popular local group Árdú . Ceol agus craic at the Féile Naomh Eoin bonfire following the concert.

Seamus is highly regarded as a noted singer and he can silence a room with his heart rending traditional songs in the Irish language.  From his legendary partnership with guitarist Steve Cooney to his more recent associations with Jim Murray and Tim Edey, Seamus Begley is one of the giants of Irish music.
Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Altan, Mary Black and The Waterboys are just some of the artists who have sought out Begley to play alongside them.

Seamus is joined by honourary Kerryman, the dynamic guitar player Tim Edey, of Session A9 fame, whose musical understanding of Seamus’ music is informed by his own excellence as an accordion player. If it’s a shot in the arm you’re after, Begley and Edey are the men to call on. All the wildness of west Kerry combined with a sublime talent with a featherlight touch Seamus and Tim take tradition by the scruff of the neck and breathe new life into it.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25.


Sunday 19th June 2011 at 8.30 pm
Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill  (Trad)

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of his chosen instrument – the violin – his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. A native of County Clare, to which he returns for extended periods several times a year, Martin Hayes has been based in the United States, now living in Connecticut, for the past twenty-three years. He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius, John Coltrane, but remains grounded in the music he grew up with in his own locality, Maghera, Feakle, East County Clare where the music which he learned from
his late father, P. Joe Hayes, the legendary leader of the long-lived Tulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas forever after.

Dennis Cahill is a master guitarist, a native of Chicago born to parents from the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. Cahill’s spare, essential  accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. In addition to his work with Martin, Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers and Kevin Burke.
Further info on

“Sparsely accompanied fiddle music has rarely
sounded so complete and so essential.” 
— Q magazine

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25.


Sunday 19th June 2011 at 7.30 pm

Churches in South West Kerry” ( Exhibition Opening)

Official opening by Frank Lewis

The South Kerry Camera Club is showing the second exhibition in
Tech Amergin. South Kerry has a very rich religious history and to the present day churchbuildings, ruins of churches and ecclesiastical  sites are part of our landscape. The members of the camera club exhibiting a first selection of a continious work.

Free admission.


 Sunday 29th May 2011 at 8.30pm

‘Milk’ (Film Night)

Directed by Academy Award Nominee Gus Van Sant

Starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin & Emile Hirsch


The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who
fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.

Tickets €5.


 Friday 27th May 2011 at 8.30 pm

Fíl Campbell in concert (Irish Folk Songs)

Farewell to Cold Winter  ‘A nostalgic night of Irish Folk Songs’ including
If I Were A BlackbirdThe Spinning Wheel & many more.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)  Couples €25.





Thursday 26th May 2011 at 8.30 pm

‘In Retrospect’ by Danny O’Mahony (CD Launch)

Singer Sean Garvey will launch a new CD by Danny O’Mahony, popular Radio Kerry presenter & virtuoso box player.

Admission free.

Everyone welcome.

Further information on






Saturday 14th May 2011 at 8.30 pm

‘From Polka to Polska‘ (Irish & Swedish Trad Music)

in association with Music Network


Music Network presents some of the finest musicians on this country’s contemporary trad scene together with Swedish counterpart Olov Johansson. Johansson, the first world champion of the traditional Swedish
nyckelharpa or ‘key harp’ and a founder member of Grammy award-winning Swedish group Väsen will be joined by renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gerry O’Beirne, fiddler Tom Morrow (a member of supergroup Dervish) and flute player Conor Byrne who has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in Irish music. This exploration of old and new music from Ireland and Sweden has all the makings of a sensational concert. Further details on

Olov Johansson, nyckelharpa
Tom Morrow, fiddle, viola
Gerry O’Beirne, guitars, ukulele & vocals
Conor Byrne, flutes, guitar & vocals

 “Sensitive and low-voiced – but still with huge dynamics and melodic beauty.”       Sune Liljevall, Arbetarbladet on Olov Johansson

“the playing of O’Beirne is superlative and subtle beyond words.” 
The Sunday Times

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.)   Couples €25.


Thursday 12th May 2011 at 8.00pm

 ‘Here We Are Again Still’  by Christian O’Reilly (Drama)


starring Bríd Ní Neachtain, Eamonn Hunt, Andy Kellegher & directed by Andrew Flynn


Paddy sits on the same bench outside his flat every night, unable to sleep since the death of his wife.  His elderly neighbour Imelda does her best to drive him indoors, but there’s no talking to him. Then one day Paddy is annoyed to find a troubled young man called Tony sitting on his bench…

Written by Galway based Listowel writer; Christian O’ Reilly Here We Are Again Still is a moving,  funny and inspiring play about two broken men trying to make their way back from the margins. The play is directed by Andrew Flynn (Decadent Theatre), the cast features Eamonn Hunt (‘The Running Mate’), Andy Kellegher (‘Playboy of the Western World’) and Brid Ni Neachtain (‘Cre Na Cille’, ‘Ros na Run’).

In Irish society, so many live and work in isolation. This show is a fine example of how community can bring  people back together, facilitating an escape from circumstantial and sometimes self imposed separation and lifestyles. Community, interaction, sport and recognition of our common human spirit serve to bring us together in countless important ways. ‘Here we are again still’ is ultimately a hopeful, uplifting and inspiring show for all of us, individuals, groups and communities.

“O’Reilly both localises and universalises the action: he celebrates the people who inspired the play, but tells a story that could be set almost anywhere…. Moves with fluidity and dynamism”.
– The Irish Times

“A realistic portrayal of what it’s like to live alone in a small community.
A fascinating play…A funny, moving drama”.

– The Connacht Tribune

Tickets €10 (€5 conc.)


Thursday 7th April 2011 at 8.00pm

Engegard Quartet Ireland Tour (Classical)

Formed under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2006, the Engegard Quartet rapidly became one of the most sought after ensembles in Norway. WIth an internationally acclaimed debut CD under their belts in 2008, the Engegard Quartet tour Scandinavia regularly and perform throughout Europe.

Irish listeners will recognise the Engegard Quartet from Kerry’s International Chamber Music Festival, founded in 1998 by their viola player, Juliet Jopling. This tour will include Grieg’s G minor Quartet, a Norwegian masterpiece bringing all the majesty of the mountains and fjords to Ireland, Bartok’s intensely rewarding 3rd Quartet, Haydn Opus 76, Ravel’s magical and effervescent F major Quartet and, not least, a taste of Argentina with some tangos.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.). Couples €25.


Sunday 3rd April 5.30 – 6.30pm

Guitar Masterclasses with Bréanainn Begley 


Guitar Masterclass covering an introduction to Irish music accompaniment on Guitar, including most common keys, chord structures, chord progressions, strumming techniques, tunings, use of capo, traditional tune and song or ‘air’ melodies.

General guitar techniques; flat-picking, finger picking, natural harmonics,  pseudo harmonics, percussion, harmonic melodies, chord formation, major, minor and other keys and scales, dexterity exercises.

Prior experience desirable and an advantage.
Limited spaces available, pre-booking essential. Fee: €10.




Sunday 3rd April 2011 at 8.00pm

Brendan Begley & family (Trad Concert)

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.). Couples €25.


Friday 1st April 2011 at 8.00pm

‘The Setting Sun’ (CD Launch)
Denis Collins, flute & Aido Lawlor, guitar


Denis Collins is a flute player living in Donabate County Dublin. He grew up in South Kerry and played in the local seisuin group and took part in Scór na nÓg competitions around Kerry at that time. He is influenced by a wide range of traditional music styles, amongst those would be the Sliabh Luachra style of his Dad Paud and his late Uncle Jerh and the flute playing of  Paddy Carty.

Aido Lawlor is a guitarist and singer from Rush County Dublin. He is well known around Dublin for his traditional accompaniment skills. He has also written a lot of his own material.

Denis and Aido have been playing around North County Dublin for the last ten years.This is their first recording together. The launch will feature them giving a short performance of approx. 45 minutes. This will be followed by an open session at the Waterville Inn.

Free admission.


Sunday 27th March 2011 at 8.00pm

Au Revoir Les Enfants (Film Night)

Directed by Louis Malle


A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Tickets €5.



Friday 25th March 2011 at 8.00 pm

Women’s Voices … Women’s Stories …  (Poetry, Song & Drama)

Noirín Ní Riain, Cora Fenton & Eileen Sheehan

Weaving magically and effortlessly between poetry, song, and drama Women’s Voices … Women’s Stories …celebrates and edifies the range of human experience from the tragic to the comic through to the spiritual.

Internationally renowned as a spiritual singer, Noirín’s repertoire ranges from the Irish Sean Nós to the songs of the German mystic Hildegard von Bingen. Noirín often focuses on the powerful songs of women accompanying some of her songs with the Indian harmonium and a series of drones.

Eileen’s poems display a strongly-rhythmic voice which weaves through a backdrop of rural landscape and domestic interiors to explore the depths of life and relationships. Referencing myth and Irish folklore, her earthy humour has an underlying feminist twist.

Cora uses her wide range of acting skills to bring to life characters from some of Ireland’s best-loved writers. Her repertoire is drawn from sources such as the plays and stories of John B. Keane and the writings of Paddy Kenneally. Many of her stories tell of the everyday madness of “ordinary” life. They contain dubious words of wisdom on topics that range in diversity from how to comport
oneself on religious pilgrimages, to advice on diets and how to deal with the man in your life!

‘The most lively, entertaining and moving performance,’ Joan Mac Kernan, Limerick County Arts Officer

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.). Couples €25.



Saturday 5th March 2011 at 8.00 pm

September ’82  (Drama)

A tribute to the greatest Kerry team

A new play by Mike O’Halloran

presented by
The Group Theatre Company

Set in a pub in a small north Kerry town during the weekend of the 1982 All-Ireland Final, September ’82 evokes a time of great expectation, pride and ultimately disappointment for the people of Kingdom.

Characters include amateur pundits, fans desperate for a ticket, chancers hoping to make a few pound, and blow-ins who couldn’t care less about the game.

Mick O’Dwyer & Eoin Bomber Liston will attend for a Q & A.

Tickets €15 (€12 conc.). Children €7. Couples €25.



Sunday 20th March 2011 from 9.00pm ’til late!

Tech Amergin Fundraising Dance in The Waterville Lake Hotel

Music by Neily O’Connor

Tickets €10, available in Tech Amergin. Light refreshments will be available on the night.

Door prize and Raffles on the night including
Original Artworks by Pauline Bewick & Jean Usher
(Tickets €5 each)


Lucky Horseshoe mirror made from 5,000 year old bog larch
(Tickets 3 strips for €5 or 1 strip €2)

Tickets on sale in Tech Amergin and available on the night.



Friday 4th March 2011 at 8.00 pm


The Life and Music of Nina Simone With Karen Underwood & Live Band


‘Singing Nina’ is the fabulous new show brought to you by the Chicago Jazz Queen, Karen Underwood and her band. Karen brings to you in narration and song the engrossing life story of the great legend Nina Simone, from her struggle against racism and exile from her homeland to her flamboyant and troubled relationships and her poignant later years. Karen sings all the classic
Nina songs, ‘Missippi Goddamn’, ‘Sinnerman’, ‘My Baby’ and ‘I Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl’ supported by a live band featuring on piano Art O’Laoire, guitar Eoghan Regan, bass Jerome Rimson and drums Bob Jackson.

“Her rendition of Strange Fruit is worth the ticket price alone” Evening Echo

“Wonderful interpretation of Black is the colour” Vincent Woods


Tickets €15 (€12 conc.) Couples €25.



Sunday 27th February 2011 at 8.00 pm

London River (Film Night)

With Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn & Sotigui Kouyaté

London River tells the story of a friendship which develops between two seemingly unconnected people.

After traveling to London to check on their missing children in the wake of the 2005 terror attack on the city, two strangers come to discover their respective children had been living together at the time of the attacks.

Tickets €5.



Sunday 20th February 2011 at 8.00 pm

Beckett X 3 (Theatre) 

Presented by The Godot Company London  and in Association with Richard Ryan Promotions.

Rough for Theatre I / Play / Not I

Three short plays by Samuel Beckett and performed by The Godot Company London. Cruelty, Sex and Self-Deception are common themes.

1. Rough for Theatre One:  Two men, a Wheelchair Bound Cripple, a Blind Street Musician meet and discuss joining up together. Human nature intervenes.

2. Play:  A man pressurised by his wife and mistress finds escape in memory, time and guilt.

3. Not I:  A woman tells her life story to a despairing auditor but is unable to face her real truth.

Unusual Stage Images make these plays unique in their shock, vitality and originality.   Beckett humour is present throughout.

Tickets €15 (€10 conc.) Couples €25.



Friday 11th February 2011 at 8.00 pm


Adapted for the stage by RONAN WILMOT,

Performed by Danny Riordan.

Reunion is the story of intense and innocent devotion between two young men growing up in “the soft serene bluish hills of Swabia” and the sinister (but all too mundane) forces that end their friendship and childhood.

The year is 1932, Hans Schwartz is the Jewish son of a Stuttgart doctor who asserts that the rise of the Nazis is a “temporary illness,something like measles which will pass off as soon as the economic situation improves”.

The Holocaust would be unthinkable for these characters but it looms over the story. Hans friend, the young Count Konradin Von Hohenfel’s mother keeps a potrait of Hitler on her dresser. The two boys share their most private thoughts and during trips to SW Germany where they discuss poetry and the past and present of their country and argue the existence of a benevolent God.

The author, Fred Uhlman was born in Stuttgart in 1901 and as an anti-Nazi lawyer was forced to leave Germany in 1933 for England, where he became a well-known painter.

Tickets €15 (€12).


Sunday 13th February 2011, 2.30 – 6.00pm

A Grand Tea Dance presented by Waterville Active Retired

€7 including refreshments. Pay at the door.
Music by Gerald O’Donoghue


Friday 4th – Sunday 6th February 2011

Éigse na Brídeoige 2011

Ath-Ghabháil … Repossession
Galicia ….. Ciarraí …. Galicia

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Friday 28th January 2011 at 8.00 pm

‘The Pipe’ (FILM NIGHT)

Directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill

1st Screening in Kerry

In a remote corner of picturesque Broadhaven Bay in the West of Ireland sits the Shell Oil platform for the Corrib Gas pipeline, threatening this peaceful coastline of farmers & fishermen. On 29th June, 2005, five men from the townland of Rossport, Co. Mayo were imprisoned for 94 days for defying a court injunction allowing Shell Oil workers to enter their land to lay a high pressure,

raw gas pipeline close to their homes. It soon became clear that the Irish state had subverted the constitutional rights of its citizens in order to facilitate Shell to ‘grab’ tracts of farmland against the wishes of the landowners.  ‘The Pipe’ follows 3 members of this small community from a quiet rural life to the arrival of Shell into their community and the fear and anxiety which the impending project brings. When the citizens look to their state to protect their rights, they find that the state has put Shell’s right to lay a pipeline over their own.

The Pipe is a story of a community tragically divided, and how they deal with a pipe that could bring economic prosperity or destruction of a way of life shared for generations. Winning Best Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh that acted as a springboard in getting international recognition by the Toronto Film Festival.

Admission €5



Sunday 16th January 2011 at 8.00 pm

‘Crossing the Shannon’ 

Traditional Irish Music Tour  in association with Music Network

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (voice, flute)

John Wynne (flute), John Mc Evoy (fiddle)

& John Blake (guitar, flute, piano, bouzouki)

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is best known for her work with Danú, winning the BBC 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Group’ in 2004, as well as ‘Best Song’ for their version of Tommy Sands’ ‘The County Down’. She has toured the world and performed for such dignitaries as Mary McAleese, The President of Bulgaria
and the EU Assembly, and continues to tour regularly with Danú.

John Wynne & John McEvoy released one of the best traditional albums of 2007 ‘ Pride of the West’ featuring the flute and fiddle music of North Connaught.  Both musicians have Co. Roscommon roots and extensive recording and touring careers under their belts.

John Blake is highly sought after for his many musical talents. John was born in London and as a youngster took lessons from renowned Clare fiddler and instructor Brendan Mulkere. In 1998, he moved to Ireland and since then has appeared on a wealth of albums throughout the years including The Tap Room Trio and was a member of youngtraditional band Téada.

Tickets €15 (€12)

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