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Ennis groups pay tribute to Jackson

  THE Glór Theatre in Ennis will rock to the music of Michael Jackson on Tuesday, November 24, in a special fundraising tribute concert.Five decades of the life and music of the King of Pop will be unfolded during what promises to be a wonderful show performed by the Arch Club in Ennis, Funk Fusion Stage School members from different parts of Munster and the Ennis Gospel Choir.Directing operations for the two-hour show is Marcella O’Sullivan, who runs the Funk Fusion Stage School. A native of Cork and living in Ennis, she explained that for the Ennis tribute concert, three groups – adults and children from different walks of life – are coming together to dance and sing in their tribute to Michael Jackson, who died in June.Rehearsals have been taking place each Saturday since the  beginning of September at Cois na hAbhna and the end product promises to be an enjoyable and colourful show.Thirteen-year-old Mickey O’Donnell from Mitchelstown plays …

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First Clare visit for Sir Terry

  IRELAND’S first Discworld Convention was held in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon last weekend, where renowned author Sir Terry Pratchett paid his first visit to the county.Speaking to The Clare Champion, the British writer said he was delighted to attend the convention but when asked how he liked his visit to Clare, he joked, “I’ve found it extremely wet. Are you familiar with the concept of no rain?”The knighted author, who prefers to be addressed as Terry or Sir Terry, is held in high esteem for his fantasy writing across the world. The Irish convention, which pays special tribute to a body of Terry’s work known as the Discworld Series, was organised by devoted fans Nicola and Mary Ellen Murphy from Tulla and Sheila O’Sullivan from Shannon. Together with the help of a large fan base, the three Clare women used their experience of attending the British Discworld Convention and their contacts to secure the guest of honour’s presence.According …

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Kíla head to Kilfenora

IRISH band Kíla are coming to Clare as part of their Irish tour following the release of their Best Of album. The band will take to the stage in Vaughan’s Barn, Kilfenora this Saturday for an intimate gig. Proceeds from the event will go towards Mol an Óige School in Ennistymon.A globetrotting outfit almost since their inception in the late-1980s, Kíla have captured as many fans abroad as in Ireland. Their Irish tour follows a summer of travelling, where the group has toured across Europe and Scandinavia. The band’s live performances, a fusion of many styles of music over a foundation of Irish traditional, and their use of the Irish language, has gained them fans and respect across the globe. Kíla maintained their independence and individuality by setting up their own label in 1991, which has allowed them to grow into their own mini-industry.Those attending in Vaughan’s will be treated to much from their Best Of album, a double CD …

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Counting down to Winter Music Weekend

THE official launch of the festival brochure, marking the countdown to Sixmilebridge’s Winter Music Weekend in January, takes place this Saturday night with a great night of music at The Mill Bar.The show kicks off at 9pm with the Sick and Indigent Song Club, a multi-instrumental six-piece band, that plays a mixture of original and traditional music from the past few decades.They will be followed by the Trevor Handsbury Duo, who will round off the night with a set of high energy rockin’ blues.The Winter Music Weekend is planned for January 14 to 17 and over 35 gigs, sessions, concerts, recitals and dancing will be hosted in 12 different venues. The events will feature acoustic acts of all hues from Irish, bluegrass or blues to country, gypsy and classical.An estimated 4,000 people visit the festival each year. The festival is also family friendly as the main venue, Sixmilebridge Courthouse, is where a lot of the gigs are staged.More information on …

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Taking up the céilí challenge

ITS unprecedented success has brought it back for a third year at the Ennis Trad Festival. With 10 bands readying themselves to do battle, Árd Ghaisce na mBuíonta – the great céilí band challenge – is set to cause foot-stompin’ havoc at the West County Hotel this Saturday at 7pm. As the only céilí band competition outside the protective boundaries of comhaltas, Saturday’s contest between many of the country’s finest musicians will afford audience members the opportunity to put pen to paper and vote their preference as the fifth adjudicator. Many of them have spent years dancing their sets to the various bands throughout the county and further afield so it is, quite literally, their only chance to vote. They are, after all, dance experts and this is their music. But beware – those wishing to have their votes counted must be in attendance before the first band takes to the stage. Six new bands are accepting this year’s challenge …

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