Songbirds

The final event of 2018 at Thoor Ballylee is a concert of music by The Songbirds.

The Songbirds

7.30pm Saturday 6th October

Thoor Ballylee EU12/10 entry

Tickets available on 091 631436 or email yeatsthoorballylee@gmail.com

It’s the last chance to hear music at Thoor this year: come along and visit the tower in an atmosphere of celebration!

The Songbirds feature musicians from around the globe: John Cooper from the Red Dirt Rangers California, Maria Burns from the Burns Sisters Band, Ithaca New York, and Kate Purcell from down the road in County Clare. With classic singers and expert musicians this concert promising to be a fine send-off to a wonderful 2018 season.

 

 

The Only Jealousy of Emer: tickets selling fast!

This new production of WB Yeats’s play of The Only Jealousy of Emer is a world premiere: the first ever fully staged theatre production of Yeats’s play taking place in his own tower. Fresh from a highly acclaimed run at the Galway Theatre Festival this production has been entirely re-imagined for this historic space. As a site-specific movement piece in a resonant venue numbers are limited so get in fast!

DancePlayers presents

The Only Jealousy of Emer

By WB Yeats

8pm Sat 26 and Sun 27 May 2018

Thoor Ballylee, Yeats’s Tower, Gort, Galway

Tickets: €14/12 Concession

Booking:  Places are limited. Booking required by phone 091 631 436 (weekdays 10am to 2pm, weekends 11am to 5pm) or by email to yeatsthoorballyleesociety@gmail.com

The performance begins outdoors so we highly recommend outdoor shoes and appropriate comfortable clothing. Seating is available but only for some scenes.

The great hero Cuchulain is on his deathbed. His body was washed up by the shore after a long and senseless fight with the sea. There are three women around him: his wife, Emer, his lover, Eithne Inguba, and Fand, an evil creature of the Sidhe. His fate is in their hands. Yeats’s poetic dance-drama focuses exclusively on the feelings and motivations of the female characters, and portrays the emotional turmoil that Emer has to suffer when she has to face her own jealousy to save her husband’s life.

DancePlayers is a new ensemble founded in Galway in 2018. It is a group of professional theatre makers and musicians who produce collaborative pieces for physical theatre.

This production aims at exploiting the qualities of the dance play to the full to show the availability of Yeats’s play texts for contemporary audiences within and outside Ireland. It thus features original masks, costumes, live music, dance, design, as well as newly imagined acting, speaking, and movement. Because of the unique arrangements of the venue, the audience move with the performers during the show and seating is only available for certain important scenes. The performance begins outdoors so we highly recommend outdoor shoes and appropriate comfortable clothing.

Funded by The Galway City Council, NUI Galway, The Embassy of Hungary in Dublin and the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society.

Running time: 50 mins without interval.

As featured in the London Times, Galway Bay FM, and many other media outlets – this production promises to be theatre event of the season!

Jeremie Cyr-Cooke (Ghost of Cuchulain) and Orlaith Ni Chearra (Fand/Woman of the Sidhe) work on choreography

 

 

 

 

 

The Only Jealousy of Emer: Yeats play at Thoor Ballylee

Yeats’s tower this spring hosts the theatre event of the season, as WB Yeats’s play The Only Jealousy of Emer receives its Thoor Ballylee premiere in a spectacular production by Galway-based theatre group DancePlayers.

Fresh from a highly-acclaimed run at Galway Theatre Festival, this new production, featuring resonant music, dance, acting, and design is re-imagined especially for  Yeats’s tower. As a moving site-specific piece in a historic venue numbers are limited so get in fast!

DancePlayers presents

The Only Jealousy of Emer

By WB Yeats

8pm Sat 26 and Sun 27 May 2018

Thoor Ballylee, Yeats’s Tower, Gort, Galway

Tickets: €14/12 Concession

Booking:  Places are limited. Booking required by phone 091 631 436 (weekdays 10am to 2pm, weekends 11am to 5pm) or by email to yeatsthoorballyleesociety@gmail.com

The performance begins outdoors so we highly recommend outdoor shoes and appropriate comfortable clothing. Seating is available but only for some scenes.

The great hero Cuchulain is on his deathbed. His body was washed up by the shore after a long and senseless fight with the sea. There are three women around him: his wife, Emer, his lover, Eithne Inguba, and Fand, an evil creature of the Sidhe. His fate is in their hands. Yeats’s poetic dance-drama focuses exclusively on the feelings and motivations of the female characters, and portrays the emotional turmoil that Emer has to suffer when she has to face her own jealousy to save her husband’s life.

The Only Jealousy of Emer is a one-act dance piece by W.B. Yeats. Written in 1918, it is one of the earliest plays by an Irish writer for physical theatre, with dance, masks and music. Inspired by the Japanese Noh theatre tradition, Yeats wrote this piece for an empty stage, where movement, gesture, posture, masks, spatial relations and dance all contribute to act of storytelling. Physicality speaks it its own language in these plays, so the performers’ task is to elevate this form of expression to the standard of Yeats’s verse and create a piece of total theatre.

This production is an attempt to prove that Yeats’s Noh-inspired dance plays have every right to be presented in front of a heterogeneous audience, in any part of the world, even 100 years after their composition. The notion that these pieces are only accessible for scholars and those “select few” that have an interest in oriental theatre, poetry or Irish mythology is widespread, and is rooted in the absence of professional Yeats productions on the world’s stages. This production aims at exploiting the qualities of the dance play to the full to show the availability of Yeats’s play texts for contemporary audiences within and outside Ireland. It thus features original masks, costumes, live music, dance, design, as well as newly imagined acting, speaking, and movement.

The show is a world premiere: the first ever fully staged theatre production of Yeats’s play The Only Jealousy of Emer taking place in his own tower. Fresh from a highly acclaimed run at the Galway Theatre Festival this production has been entirely re-imagined for this historic space.

Cast and crew after rehearsals at Thoor Ballylee

Because of the unique arrangements of the venue, the audience move with the performers during the show and seating is only available for certain important scenes. The performance begins outdoors so we highly recommend outdoor shoes and appropriate comfortable clothing.

Running time: 50 mins without interval.

DancePlayers is a new ensemble founded in Galway in 2018. It is a group of professional theatre makers and musicians who produce collaborative pieces for physical theatre.

Funded by The Galway City Council, NUI Galway, The Embassy of Hungary in Dublin and the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society.

Thoor Ballylee Culture Night!

For Culture Night this Friday Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society hosts an evening of traditional music, song  and dance at Thoor Ballylee.

Oiche Ceoil at Thoor Ballylee 

Culture Night Friday September 22nd 2017

7.00 pm to 9.30 pm

Refreshments served. All welcome. Free event!


 For Ireland’s nationwide festival of the arts, Culture Night,  Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society hosts an evening of traditional music, song  and dance at W.B. Yeats’s Norman stone tower. 

Performing on the evening will be Gaillimh Theas Comhaltas, Gavin Dance Academy, renowned violinist Claire Egan, accordionist Eoin O Neill and guests.

Come along and join the excitement and witness the cultural richness of Galway’s finest performers, in a unique stone fireside setting restored and honoured by Ireland’s greatest poet.

The event is supported by Galway County Council, Oireachtas na Gaeilge & Arts. Culture night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht & the  Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Galway County Council.

Look out also for our closing season writers event 3pm Saturday 7th October with poet Sarah Clancy, novelist Lisa McInerney and performing poets..!

Harp Festival of Moons at Thoor Ballylee

Yeats Harp Moons

Caitríona Yeats at Thoor Ballylee for Harvest Moon Event

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19.30 Tuesday 27th of October

Hosted by Thoor Ballylee Co. Galway

The Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society is delighted to welcome Caitríona Yeats, Solo Harpist at the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and granddaughter of W.B. Yeats to perform at the Harp and Moon Festival taking place in Thoor Ballylee on the 27th of October. She will be joined by celebrated artists, Aine Ní Shioradáin, harpist and singer; Michelle O’Sullivan, poet, as well as Nicola and Karina Cahill on harp and flute. A small reception will open the evening’s entertainment at 7.30pm.

For a warm and unforgettable evening’s entertainment, please call or email Nichola to book your ticket costing 10 euro (payable on the door). email: yeatsthoorballyleesociety@gmail.com; phone +353 (0) 91 631436.

This Harvest Moon event is part of the Harp Festival of Moons, a year-long festival dedicated to W.B. Yeats, whose literary work was frequently inspired by the moon and the local landscape. Thoor Ballylee was the poetic model for his famous poem “Blood and the Moon” and where he set the “The Phases of the Moon”.

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October arts events at Thoor Ballylee

Although closed for winter to visitors, you can still visit Thoor Ballylee for October: come along, climb the winding stair, meet our resident bats, visit the poet’s bedroom, all while enjoying unique site-specific entertainment during our October arts month of exciting events.

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12 noon Sunday 18 October Visit of the International Yeats Society

8pm Wednesday 21 October Lady Gregory: A Galway Life

7.30 pm Tuesday 27 October Yeats2015 Harp Festival of Moons

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Hear it in the deep heart’s core

Today at 4pm, Sunday 9th August 2015, the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society hosts a benefit concert for the permanent restoration of Thoor Ballylee. Featuring music, poetry and the spoken word, all inspired and drawn from the works of W.B. Yeats, the concert takes place in Yeats’s iconic tower. Listen as Joseph Sobol, master guitarist and performer on a rare 10-string Sobell cittern, alongside vocals by Kathy Cowan, performs a ‘mystic cabaret’ described by the Chicago Sun-Times as ‘rapturous’ and ‘irresistible’. Come along to see the tower resound with musical echoes, and support Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society in its ongoing efforts to restore and reopen the tower permanently.

Yeats Deep Heart's Core cabaret

Here follows a link to Joseph Sobol performing Bach!

In The Deep Heart’s Core

Sunday 9th August 2015 sees a benefit concert for the permanent restoration of Thoor Ballylee. Featuring music, poetry and the spoken word, all inspired and drawn from the works of W.B. Yeats, the concert takes place in Yeats’s iconic tower. Listen as Joseph Sobol, with vocals by Kathy Cowan, performs a ‘mystic cabaret’ described by the Chicago Sun-Times as ‘rapturous’ and ‘irresistible’. Come along to see the tower resound with musical echoes, and support Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society in its ongoing efforts to restore and reopen the tower permanently.

Yeats Deep Heart's Core cabaret

 

At Home with Yeats: this Thursday!

This Thursday at 8pm Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society presents:

At Home with Yeats

An evening of poetry, song, and story for Poetry Ireland Day.
Willie Yeats returns to his old home for an evening’s sonic celebration with celebrated poets Mary O’Malley and Sarah Clancy, and musicians Charlie Piggott, Carmel Dempsey and John Faulkner. As a campaign fundraising event for the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society, proceeds go to the development of the tower, especially opened for the day’s events!
Poetry Ireland Day Thursday May 7th at 8 pm at Thoor Ballylee.
Tickets: €20 on the door.
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At Home with Yeats

Poetry Ireland Day Thursday May 7th at 8 pm at Thoor Ballylee.
Tickets: €20 on the door.
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Sarah Clancy is a satirist, political activist, a page and performance poet from Galway. She has several collections to her name, Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies (Salmon Poetry, 2012). Her latest, The Truth and Other Stories is out this year. Sarah has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championships and has twice been runner up in the North Beach Nights Grand Slam.
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Mary O’Malley was born in Connemara and educated at University College, Galway. After living in Portugal, she returned to Ireland and published her first book of poetry A Consideration of Silk, in 1990 with Galway-based publisher Salmon. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Valparaiso (Carcanet, 2012), which emerged from her time on the Irish marine research ship,The Celtic Explorer.
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Charlie Piggott is an Irish traditional musician, best known as a founding member of De Dannan. He grew up in Cork, where his first instrument was the button accordion. ‘One of the most influential Irish banjoists of his generation’, he later reverted to playing the melodeon, and has toured extensively in Europe, Canada, and the US, founding the Lonely Stranded Band with Miriam Collins and Joe Corcoran. Receiving acclaim for his old-style recordings and his talks and lectures, Piggott is co-author, with Fintan Vallely and photographer Nutan Jacques Piraprez, of Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians.
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Carmel Dempsey is one of Galway’s best-known musical performers, a distinguished musician and a talented singer. As a solo artist in the late 80’s Carmel played support to many international acts including Meat Loaf and Leo Sayer. After that success she went on to tour with some of Ireland’s best known bands including De Danann and The Dolores Keane Band. She has also toured with Druid Theatre and played at Pierce Brosnan’s wedding party in Craughwell.

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John Faulkner, a London-born multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and songwriter, grew up with rock and roll, before developing a close professional relationship with singer/songwriter/folklorist Ewan McColl and his wife Peggy Seeger, who in turn introduced Faulkner to the world of British and Irish folk music. He has composed several film scores for the BBC, including for the children’s series Bagpuss, and is a founder member of the trad bands The Reel Union and Kinvara, touring round the world and featuring on more than fifteen albums with the best in traditional music.

At Home with Yeats

At Home with Yeats

An evening of poetry, song, and story for Poetry Ireland Day.
Willie Yeats returns to his old home for an evening’s sonic celebration with celebrated poets Mary O’Malley and Sarah Clancy, and musicians Charlie Piggott, Carmel Dempsey and John Faulkner. As a campaign fundraising event for the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society, proceeds go to the development of the tower, especially opened for the day’s events!
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Poetry Ireland Day Thursday May 7th at 8 pm at Thoor Ballylee.
Tickets: €20 on the door.
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Sarah Clancy is a satirist, political activist, a page and performance poet from Galway. She has several collections to her name, Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies (Salmon Poetry, 2012). Her latest, The Truth and Other Stories is out this year. Sarah has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championships and has twice been runner up in the North Beach Nights Grand Slam.
Mary O’Malley was born in Connemara and educated at University College, Galway. After living in Portugal, she returned to Ireland and published her first book of poetry A Consideration of Silk, in 1990 with Galway-based publisher Salmon. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Valparaiso (Carcanet, 2012), which emerged from her time on the Irish marine research ship,The Celtic Explorer.
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Charlie Piggott is an Irish traditional musician, best known as a founding member of De Dannan. He grew up in Cork, where his first instrument was the button accordion. ‘One of the most influential Irish banjoists of his generation’, he later reverted to playing the melodeon, and has toured extensively in Europe, Canada, and the US, founding the Lonely Stranded Band with Miriam Collins and Joe Corcoran. Receiving acclaim for his old-style recordings and his talks and lectures, Piggott is co-author, with Fintan Vallely and photographer Nutan Jacques Piraprez, of Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians.

Carmel Dempsey is one of Galway’s best-known musical performers, a distinguished musician and a talented singer. As a solo artist in the late 80’s Carmel played support to many international acts including Meat Loaf and Leo Sayer. After that success she went on to tour with some of Ireland’s best known bands including De Danann and The Dolores Keane Band. She has also toured with Druid Theatre and played at Pierce Brosnan’s wedding party in Craughwell.

pJohn Faulkner

John Faulkner, a London-born multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and songwriter, grew up with rock and roll, before developing a close professional relationship with singer/songwriter/folklorist Ewan McColl and his wife Peggy Seeger, who in turn introduced Faulkner to the world of British and Irish folk music. He has composed several film scores for the BBC, including for the children’s series Bagpuss, and is a founder member of the trad bands The Reel Union and Kinvara, touring round the world and featuring on more than fifteen albums with the best in traditional music.