Wednesday, April 25, 2012

North Indian Classical Music and the Foreign Phenomenon

In the gallery  4th May 8pm   a concert, small talk and show of a short 9 minute film.

North Indian Classical Music and the Foreign Phenomenon
:Musical conversations

This event explores the unique experiences of foreigners undertaking serious study of North Indian Classical Music.  Beginning with a discussion by Australian born Mattu Noone, who is a long time student of the North Indian 25 stringed lute called the sarode, this evening will give the audience an insight not only of the music of North India but the physical, emotional and mental challenges of it's discipline.  Dara O' Brien, a Cork based sitar player, will also present ideas from his recent PHD material on the spiritual beliefs of North Indian musicians.  A short film entitled, We are Nocturnal Animals, will be presented which outlines the experience of the concert season in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Finally, Mattu, Dara and tabla player, Sadanand Magee, will present a recital of North Indian instrumental music.  This item will be a jugal bundi or conversation between sarode and sitar. 

Friday, April 20, 2012



FETAC Art Exhibition

Ennistymon Vocational School        

April 27th – May 3rd 2012

The annual end of year Art show by the FETAC Level 5 and 6 students of Ennistymon Vocational School 

 opening this Thursday April 26th at 7pm.

The exhibition is a culmination of the years work. The title and theme of the exhibition is 'Depth' which represents the many ways the students looked at their art this year.
depth n 1 the extent, measurement or distance from top to the bottom, from the inner to the outer, downwards, backwards, or inwards. 2 intensity of thought or objects, emotion, silence colour etc. 3 the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas.
The collection demonstrates the self expression and skills development of the course participants and this is clearly seen in the variety and exploration of media and subject matter. Ceramics, sculpture, textiles, painting and drawing unite to make an eclectic, bold and exciting body of work.
The FETAC Level 5 and 6 Art course in Ennistymon is a full time course running from September to May each year. It is open to anyone who has an interest in, and wishes to expand their knowledge and skills in art. The course is always well subscribed and appeals to both mature students and school leavers who wish to explore their creativity or embark on art as a career. If you are interested in joining the group this September contact Ennistymon Vocational School on 065 7071375

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

VAI Info Clinic at the Courthouse Gallery Friday 4th May from 12pm to 2.45pm

On Friday the 4th of May 2012 Aideen Barry, Western Representative for Visual Artists Ireland will host a VAI Info Clinic at the Ennistymon Courthouse. This is the second time the artist has run a VAI Info Clinic and follows on from the success of the last clinic in 2008. 
The Clinic is open to all artists, art students, artist led initiatives, curators and cultural practioners working in the visual arts. Aideen is keen to meet everyone and to have a chat about the needs and concerns of visual artists in the Clare region. The Clinic is an informal way for you to come and find out about the Visual Artists Ireland Organisation: its professional development courses, recent opportunities and information on the services that the organisation provided for artists and organisations.

Aideen Barry is a full time practicing visual artist as well as the western representative for VAI she also Lectures in Limerick School of Art and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. 

The clinic runs from 12pm to 2.45pm and is free for all.
For further information on the VAI please visit

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tom Portman Concert

Tom Portman
At the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon
Friday 20th April 8.30pm
Admission €8  concession €5
Multi-instrumentalist, performer and songwriter Tom Portman will be bringing his talents to the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon on Friday 20th of April at 8.30pm. €8, €5 conc.
Playing acoustic, electric guitar, Dobro and lap steel, Tom presents a wide repertoire. His compositions draw on many global styles yet have a distinct flavour of their own. Last year he launched his second solo album, At One, with a sell-out show in Galway's Town Hall Theatre. This self-produced collection features instrumental compositions, songs and arrangements of traditional Irish tunes for fingerstyle guitar and Dobro.
He regularly performs around Ireland from small venues to festivals such as the Electric Picnic and the DLR Festival of world cultures. Internationally, Tom has toured in Poland where he played the Suwalki Blues festival. Portman has also played venues in the UK, North Italy and the South of France. Tom will bring his unique style to the Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery.