So much to entertain you this Culture Night at Ballina Arts Centre, Visual Art, Dear Old Ballina: A Celebration of Ballina People & Area exhibition, Ballina Arts Centre Website & Logo launch and Music.
Moving Outwards Incrementally: Nuala Clarke & Shona Macdonald
“I live my life in widening circles/that reach out across the world.” – Rainer Maria Rilke.
“In the work of Nuala Clarke (Ireland) and Shona Macdonald (Scotland/USA), there are cycles of coming and going, ebbs and tides. We are together in our coming and going between these northern Isles and the great mass of America.
“Living in or out of rhythm with the leaving and returning; the age we are and the age we live in. We are brought together by a mutual understanding of these tides, and the passage of time. We listen and respond to the ground beneath and the sky above, to water, the sound and silences of rain.
“All this here is as a pebble dropped in a puddle, ripples moving outwards incrementally…”
Runs until 29th October. Admission free.
Gallery Talk: Nuala Clarke
Ballina Arts Centre. 6pm
Artist Nuala Clarke will give a talk about the exhibition Moving Outward Incrementally, currently on show at Ballina Arts Centre. The exhibition features work by Nuala as well as Shona Macdonald, a Scottish artist based in the USA. Admission: free.
Dear Old Ballina: A Celebration of Ballina People & Area
This exhibition provides a snapshot of the history of the town and some of the people who made the town, and the influence decedents of Ballina have had around the world on a global platform. These include Mary Robinson, William Wallace, Kathleen Lynn, Father Patrick Peyton and many more.
It would be easy to forget those people, but it would be a great mistake… This exhibition affords the opportunity to bring the history of the town out to the people of Ballina.
Author and historian Terry Reilly curated the exhibition, sharing with us his decades of research into Ballina and the surrounding area, shining a light on some of our great locals.
Runs until 1st October. Admission free.
Website & Logo launch, 7pm
Cllr. Mark Duffy, Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District and Ballina Arts Centre board member, will launch the new Ballina Arts Centre logo and website.
Culture Night Concert:
Ballina Arts Centre. 8pm
Popular mayo band Doppler have shared the stage with the likes of Gavin James, Neil Hannon, Cathy Davey, The Blizzards, The Saw Doctors & BRÍDÍN and have performed with Oasis’ cult member Bonehead on several occasions. They’re also winners of the IMRO Clancy Brother Song Contest.
During the summer, the band released their first single in over two years, entitled ‘It’s Your Fault Too’, and the single received a lot of airplay on national radio. Hot Press premiered the video for the song which sparked a “phenomenal reaction” according to HP scribe Stuart Clark.
Steve Wickham, Felip Carbonell and Ray Coen (members of NoCrows). Steve Wickham started to play violin at the age of three. Later, he studied at the Royal College of Music in Dublin. In 1982 Steve met The Edge at a bus-stop, and went on to record ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and tour with U2. Steve is a much respected session fiddler and has recorded with Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Sinead O Connor, World Party, and more recently with Declan O’Rourke. An integral part of The Waterboys until he retired from the band in 2021, Steve has also released the solo albums Geronimo and The Beekeeper.
Felip Carbonell was born into a musical family. As a child, Felip was always exposed to music of all kinds but it was not until his father brought him and his older brother to see a concert by the Valencian political singer/songwriter Raimon that Felip found his calling. In 1998 Felip left Mallorca and moved to Sligo where he started working as manager of traditional band Dervish. Apart from NoCrows, Felip performs in a number of jazz and latin ensembles and performs regularly among others with Mike Nielsen, Ray Coen, JazzTam, The Vendetta Orchestra and Rumbatism.
Ray Coen, hailing from Sligo, has over 18 years experience as a guitar and fiddle player. In recent years Ray has moved from backing others to increasingly perform his own material. His debut album Out of Sight was released in 2009 and described by Hot Press as both “beautifully recorded and arranged”.
Ray has been a regular collaborator with NoCrows since 2007 and was welcomed onboard as a full blown band member in 2014.
Admission free. Booking essential.