Clifden Station House Theatre

November 27th

Music Network Presents: a world-class tenor and guitar duo visit Clifden

Ben Johnson (tenor) and Sean Shibe (guitar) will perform a fascinating love-themed programme that connects music, poetry and people across centuries.


Beginning with the 16th century love songs of Dowland, Rosseter and Morley, the programme stretches on to the grand, yearning Romanticism of Schubert and Beethoven, to Walton’s 20th century masterpiece Anon in Love, and as far as Lawra, a new Music Network commission from Brian Bolger receiving its premiere performances on this tour.

Fresh from winning the Concept Album of the Year award at the October 2019 Gramophone Classical Music Awards, Sean Shibe is a young Scot who has taken the world by storm in recent years. Equally at home in whatever genre he turns his hand to, Shibe has never set boundaries on the scope of his musical exploration.

One of the busiest young tenors in the chamber music and opera worlds, Ben Johnson is a multi-award winning recitalist and owner of one of the most beguiling voices around. Johnson won the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2013 and is also a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and a Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent.


Ticket prices range from €12-€15, and will be available on the door. This concert is promoted by Clifden Arts Society.



December 14th





It’s the day before Christmas Eve. Cheerful chimney-sweep Rudi is cleaning all the chimneys – to make sure they are ready for Santa – but Rudi gets a very nasty shock! One very big chimney is well and truly blocked… and not with soot… but with toys…! Stuck there by the dreadful witch Fluella the Fluesy! Wicked Fluella loves grunge and grime and wants to stop Christmas by blocking all the chimneys so that Santa can’t deliver the presents. Rudi manages to free the toys – a beautiful Christmas Tree Fairy, a Constant Tin Soldier and a very cross Christmas Candle – but the trouble is only starting, for well and truly stuck in the chimney is… yes… Santa himself! Rudi and the Toys take on fearsome Fluella to try to free Santa in time for Christmas Eve… But she has a mean old mate – Freddy The Fearsome Frog… A horrible grungy thing… and together they are not going to give in! With a little magic… and a lot of help from the children in the audience… Rudi and the Toys might get Santa unstuck…

January 17th 2020



Music Network Presents: Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty



Over the past ten years Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor and Jack Talty have been at the forefront of highly creative Galician and Irish music-making – as players, composers, arrangers, accompanists, producers and record label owners. Their individual talents as working musicians have seen them initiate hundreds of thoughtful and innovative projects, and the set list on this tour will include a Music Network commission from all four performers, their virtuosity and profound understanding of the music underpinning any daring off-piste exploration they might undertake.

Add to that a sharp intelligence and gentle curiosity about where this music sits in the world, how it relates to the world outside and you have a quartet of artists who have made a massive contribution to music in both local and international arenas. Thrilling, soulful, sincere and highly communicative, theirs is a music of people and place, of stillness, of confluence and of us.

Anxo Lorenzo, gaita/whistles
Jim Murray, guitar
Dónal O’Connor, fiddle
Jack Talty, concertina

Please note that the originally advertised line-up has been revised and will now feature the extraordinary Galician musician Anxo Lorenzo.

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