January may have been a drag (it sure felt like 31 months, not days!) but February is already going by so quick! But don’t worry, we have some fantastic gigs coming up, just for you!
The Whistling Girl with Honor Heffernan & Trevor Knight
Saturday 9th February
The acclaimed Irish duo of singer/actress Honor Heffernan ( Louis Stewart, Neil Jordan’s “Angel”), and composer/keyboard player Trevor Knight (Auto Da Fe), present their Cabaret/Speakeasy-style show, “The Whistling Girl”, creating a spellbinding alternative musical extravaganza of song and spoken word based on the lyrics of American wit and feminist icon Dorothy Parker. The original and unique music composed by Trevor transforms the poems of Parker into songs, using her witty, droll and sometimes heart rending lyrics.
Each of the songs create individual tableaux or dream moments from Parker’s psyche, conjuring up images from her tempestuous life of outrageous celebrity, as founding member of the notorious Algonquin set in New York, and as civil rights activist in America and Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
With a lineup of highly renowned Irish musicians the atmosphere for a spellbinding evening of music with a theatrical element is brought to life with a live band of Garvan Gallagher bass, Tom Jamieson drums and Ed Deane electric guitar.
Jazz guitarist, composer, educator and author, Mike Nielsen is noted for his innovative performances and research. He has shared the stage with many international stars including Dave Liebman, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Dominique Di Piazza and Paul Wertico. As a soloist he has toured extensively and opened for John McLaughlin on his first visit to Dublin. Mike’s performance-based qualifications include a PhD in microtonal performance, MPhil in physics and music, LTCL in classical guitar performance, in addition to a two-year stint at Berklee College of Music, Boston. In 2016, German publishers, Schott, published his book on rhythm as part of their new Jazz Handbook Series. A lecturer in Jazz at TU Dublin, Mike initiated the Masters in Jazz Performance Programme and recently wrote a jazz guitar syllabus which was implemented in 2018. His solo music, which includes original compositions is performed on a classical guitar and is influenced by an eclectic musical taste, including, jazz, classical, flamenco, Latin, African, rock and Indian music. Featured on 19 CDs as leader and sideman, his new solo CD was released by modalcitizenrecords.com to critical acclaim.
Mike is fearless, endlessly innovative, and gifted with a boundless musical curiosity
Galway Jazz.ie (2017)
A hysterical comedy not to be missed on the 23rd of February
Following last years sell out shows with Tom , Dick and Harry , Windmill Players return to the stage with yet another rip roaring comedy directed by Jacinta Gormley.
Don’t Tell the Wife is set in 1960’s Belfast in the Willis household where Edna Willis thinks she is happily married to Bobby– well, as happily married as you can be to a man who eats onions with everything. Edna is convinced that her plumber husband Bobbie is interested in another woman. He isn’t, but he does have some secrets of his own. Her attempts to stop him lead to crazy misunderstandings with a sexy French student, a male escort, not to mention…a greyhound called Bridget!
Windmill Players are delighted to bring this Sam Cree comedy to the stage. Written in 1967, the play will entertain you with the sights and sounds of the Sixties as well as lots of laughs. Sam Cree is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular playwrights. Born in 1928, Cree’s comedies have been produced all over the world. His characters are memorable – everyone recognizes his neighbour in them – never themselves of course! Cree wrote scripts for the Carry On films in the 60’s & Don’t tell the Wife is another of his hilarious comedies!