Hansard and ‘Culture Vultures’  in the Frame for Cootehill Arts Festival

Cootehill Arts Festival 2018 will feature the Glen Hansard, Footsbarn Theatre, the 'Culture Vultures' pop culture salon event and much more from 21st - 26th August.

Oscar-winning sognwriter and Frames frontman Glen Hansard marks his return to Cootehill with ‘Come On Up To The House’ where he will be joined by Lisa O’Neill and folk duo The Murphy Beds in the Footsbarn Tent at 7.15pm on Sunday, 26th August. Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite.ie at €35 plus booking fee.

On Thursday, 23rd August, at 8.30pm ‘The Ronan Collins Showband Hits Show’ rolls into town. This is night of the greatest hits of the showband era, performed by Ronan, joined by Karen Black (Nevada Showband) on vocals plus the Sugar Cubes Band, complete with brass section. Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite.ie at €25 plus booking fee.

Taking place on Friday, 24th August, 'Culture Vultures' is a 'salon'-themed pop culture event, co-curated/hosted/presented by journalist/writer/editor Tony Clayton-Lea. It consists, essentially, of words and music.  On the bill for this special event are three fantastic Irish acts.

  • The Pale One of Ireland’s best-loved bands, The Pale has ploughed its furrow for over 20 years, making music that has never imitated a style in order to fit into a passing trend. Ever the individualist, the band’s lead singer, Matthew Devereaux, has said that what he loves about the band is its “constant forward march in pursuit of the new, the striving for something of our own and the unflinching belief in the ability of music to express what it means to be human.”
  • Barry Devlin One of the co-founding members of iconic Irish trad/rock band Horslips, Barry Devlin has many strings to his bow. In an exclusive public interview with Irish Times writer Tony Clayton-Lea, he discusses his lengthy career as musician, scriptwriter, director, filmmaker, tutor - and a few more sideline activities besides. 
  • Colm Keegan Dublin poet/writer Colm Keegan teaches in schools, prisons, community centres, and addiction support groups across the country. His poems evoke what it’s like to live in a Dublin that avoids cliched description. His poetry, observes writer/poet Dermot Bolger, “brims with frenetic energy and a hard-earned street-wise lyricism, bereft of false notes or unearned experience." Colm’s latest collection, Randomer, is published by Salmon Poetry Press.

This is an evening not to be missed. Tickets €25 on sale now on Eventbrite.ie.


This latest announcement follows the news that this summer's Cootehill Arts Festival will also see the return of Footsbarn Travelling Theatre.  Following their successful shows at the 2017 Festival, Footsbarn return with their Big Top, to present two performances only of ‘Bottom's Dream’ which is inspired by ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare.  They will create an evening of magic and comedy where the amateur troupe of rude mechanicals get embroiled in an argument between the King and Queen of the Fairies. From the moment you step inside the theatre, you are in a parallel universe, a place where fantastical creatures lurk, and the removal of the intrigues of the court and the lovers, allows for a special emphasis on the world of the groundlings and of the supernatural.

For lovers of theatrics and spectacle this is required viewing.

Performances take place on 22 and 25 August 2018 and tickets are available now on Eventbrite.ie at €20 plus booking fee. Click here to book.

This year's Cootehill Arts Festival takes place from 21 - 26 August 2018. For more information see the festival Facebook Page.


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