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Former Hothouse Flowers brings new band to Ennis

Ré photoJPGFormer Hothouse Flowers front man Liam Ó Maonlaí is bringing his all-star band to Ennis next month as part of the group’s first national tour.

In collaboration with the award winning Tunes in the Church concert series, the band, Ré, will perform seventeen consecutive nights in church venues throughout the country including St. Columba’s Church in Ennis on May 8th.

features some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians, including  Dublin based piper Maitiú Ó Casaide, Cormac Begley on concertina, Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K), Peter O Toole from Dublin and Ó Maonlaí.

Over the past three years the band have performed at some of the main international arts festivals including the Sydney Arts Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival. They have also toured extensively throughout Europe and have performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York. They received a nomination for best music at the Bessie Awards and the production Rian (comprised of Ré and eight contemporary dancers) received an award for best production.

Ré recorded their debut album live as part of the Tunes in the Church series last July and in December their CD launch concert was sold out at the Unitarian Church, Dublin. Sticking with the church theme, Ré’s May tour will begin their ambitious seventeen night tour at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, and will continue to St. James’ Church, Dingle, to perform at Féile na Bealtaine. From there, the group will perform in churches in Bantry, Killarney, Valentia Island, Galway, Westport, Ennis, Dublin, Hollywood, Kilkenny, Carlingford and Belfast.

Ré –Tunes in the Church – May Tour 2015
1st – Triskel Arts Centre, Cork City
2nd – St. James Church, Dingle, Kerry
3rd – St. Brendan’s Church, Bantry, Cork
4th – St. Mary’s Church, Kenmare Place, Killarney
5th – John the Baptist Church, Valentia Island, Kerry
6th – St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway
7th – The Holy Trinity, Westport, Mayo
8th – St. Columba’s Church, Ennis, Clare
9th – Dublin Unitarian Church, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin
10th – St. Iberius Church, Wexford
11th – St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood, Wicklow
12th – The Black Abbey, Kilkenny
13th – Newtown Hall, Kilcock, Kildare
14th – Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford, Louth
15th – First Presbyterian Church, 41 Rosemary Street, Belfast
16th – Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, Omagh, Tyrone
17th – The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.


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