glór will reopen for the fall
glór, Clare’s premier cultural venue, will reopen and welcome people to its gallery and café with a full schedule of live performances starting in September.
As the venue enters its 20th year, glór is committed to supporting and developing a range of artists and with the support of the Arts Council and Creative Ireland, the venue is pleased to have commissioned and co-commissioned a a number of projects that will come to fruition in the coming months.
In September, glór will present his first commission, The Wild Atlantic Tales, written and performed by iconic storyteller Niall de Búrca, tales inspired by one of the most unique and powerful landscapes in the world… The Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Tales will premiere on September 23 with family and school performances, before embarking on a nine-county coastal tour of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Ennis-based flautist and singer Nuala Kennedy creates a new musical performance inspired by our shores for a new ensemble, featuring twin flutes and a traditional Irish bilingual song. glór commissioned Nuala to compose Shorelines, working with award-winning traditional singer and musician Muireann NicAmhlaoibh, and traditional guitarist and vocalist Tony Byrne, pianist Caoimhín Vallely and Tara Breen. Shorelines 2 Skyline will premiere at Glór in October.
glór is also collaborating with the Clare Arts Office to commission a unique storytelling project organized by Ennistymon-based artist John Lillis called Dial a Seanachaí, in partnership with Creative Ireland. Seanachaí will launch in October as an audio experience accessible by phone and will feature the stories of a diverse and exciting range of artists.
As part of Music Network’s RESONATE residency program, violinist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands has been named to Glór. Clare has already started her residency in the venue, and she will develop new work in collaboration with Steve Cooney and & Liadain Ní Bhraonáin, culminating in a first live in glór concert in November.
Also in November, glór is delighted to return to one of the venue’s flagship events. MÓRglór celebrates the wealth of professional and semi-professional artists, alongside the county’s talented individuals, groups and communities, all of whom provide a vital stimulus for the growth and development of Clare’s unique culture. This year’s winner MÓRglór has been selected and preparations are already underway for a musical evening that will turn the rafters up!
The venue has selected a fall lineup to suit the whole family, events that will run under government restrictions and following all Covid protocols. Music Network returns with a highly anticipated collaboration with singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, harpist and sound artist Úna Monaghan, and cellist Kevin Murphy as this year’s first glór theatrical event on September 8; Also in September, the incredibly talented quartet of Tara Breen & Pádraig Rynne with Jim Murray and Dónal Lunny will shape the melodies of the past and present into something dynamic and compelling, and Kyle Riley will present his ever popular musical performance for young audiences, Little Folk on Tour.
Taking place largely online in March 2021, the Ennis Book Club Festival will return on September 11 for a series of live events, including two major international authors – Canadian author Patrick DeWitt and Scottish novelist Douglas Stewart. Writer and Artist, Sara Baume will present L’Alphabet des Oiseaux, her bewitching audiovisual essay, accompanied by a live performance.
The glór gallery is open and currently hosts Sinterella, a group exhibition produced to explore the idea of storytelling through material until Saturday, August 21.
Other exhibitions this fall include the postponement of Lighting Bolts of Ordinary Things by artists Clare Will O’Kane and Kaye Maahs from September; Eggs & Butter with Emma Brennan, Emily Waszak and Rachel Macmanus from November and an exciting collaboration with Clare and Canadian Artists titled Dear www. Four Clare Artists will partner with four Saskatchewan artists to create an artistic response to a landmark digital art project, from the perspective of 2021.
Glór’s spacious café (with outdoor terrace) has had a makeover and is open Monday through Saturday and serves a delicious new menu of treats and lunches, featuring local produce and divine cakes by company pastry chef, Marion !
Many events are now on sale and more events will be announced in the coming weeks, including Studio Sessions hosted by Paula Carroll and After Dark – a series celebrating the local and the live.
Glór Director Orla Flanagan said: “We are delighted to put the show firmly back on the road to glór. The darkness has been long and difficult and we have been 100% dedicated to imaginative engagement with audiences and supporting artists, but we can’t wait to share the magic of the live experience again. We now know that there is no such thing.
More information and reservations at www.glor.ie and 065 6843103. All events will strictly follow Covid-19 guidelines and their capacity is limited, so early reservations are advised. glór appreciates the recent investment by County Clare Council in upgrading recent glór heating and ventilation systems to ensure the comfort and safety of every glór visitor.