Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Entertainment News

Guitar legend John Fairhurst plays JJ’s

JJ Harlow’s is the place to be this Saturday night when guitar legend John Fairhurst rolls into town to play an exclusive gig.

  John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man.

 With a bottle-neck style blues referencing the likes of Son House and Bukka White, comparisons to the fingerpicking of John Fahey, a leaning towards the psychedelic 60’s rock of Hendrix and Led Zepplin and the ever present influence of K. Sridhar and Indian raga, John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions.

 John has toured all over the world including Asia, America, Canada, Australia and Europe. Highlights include Glastonbury, SXSW, Solfest, Tarragona Blues Festival in Spain, 2010, Aeon, Liverpool Folk and Roots festival, Sounds of the Other City, Shambala, Edinburgh Festival, End of the Road, In The City to
name just a few.

 Capable of creating jaw-dropping moments live, he is possibly the finest guitarist you’ll ever see and even better than that he is able to couple those skills with brilliant songwriting and a gravel-swilled belter of a voice. Newcomers to John Fairhurst certainly won’t be forgetting his name in a hurry.

  So why not come along to JJ Harlow’s, Roscommon this Saturday where you will be treated to some of the most unique, modern and classic guitar playing on offer. It promises to be an occasion not to be missed!

Ceili in Manchester for Hospice 

A Ceilí Dance will take place in the Metro sports & social club, Moss Rd, Stretford Manchester on Friday night 20th May from 7.30-11.30 pm. 

  Music by the Rocky Valley Ceilí Band. Proceeds in aid of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service. 

  Your support would be greatly appreciated. 

Table Quiz

A table quiz takes place on Friday night 13th May in Conneely’s Bar, Kilkerrin in aid of Focus Ireland. Colm and Michael Keane will take on the Focus Ireland Four Peaks Challenge – climbing the highest peak in each of the four provinces in three days. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Table Quiz in Ballinameen 

A table quiz will be held in The Cross Bar, Ballinameen on Friday, 13th of May at 9 pm. Proceeds are in aid of the County Minor Board. €20 for a table of four. See you there!

‘Sex and the City’ fundraiser in Coachman’s 

A ‘Sex and the City’ fund-raising night will take place in the Coachman’s Inn, Roscommon on Friday 20 May. All proceeds made on the night will go to the breast cancer research. 

  It promises to be a great night’s entertainment where guests will be treated with complimentary cocktail, finger food and homemade chocolates from Roscommon Chocolate Company.

  There will be an auction with bags and accessories from Glamourize, shoes by Footsie and jewellery by Pandora all up for grabs. There will also be prizes for ‘best dressed’ and ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ lookalike.

  An 80’s disco will keep everyone on the floor until the early hours and MC for the night is Seamus Duke. 

  Tickets cost €10 and are available on the night. For any further information, contact Una on 086-2328763.

County final of ‘Stars in our Bars’ takes place in Coachman’s on Friday

The Coachman’s in Roscommon will be hopping with excitement this Friday night, 13th May, when the county final of the ‘Stars in our Bars’ competition is held. 

  Designed to encourage hidden talent, the competition has been running for the last nine weeks where various performers have been trying to woo crowds in a bid to capture the coveted title.

  There will be nine contestants in the final: Tara Loftus, Alan Kelly, Albert Looby, Caroline Walsh, Aoife Gilleran, Avril Gilligan, Liam Fallon, Nicola Hanlon and John McDermott. 

  The top two will qualify a regional final in Bundoran next month. The event is sponsored by VFI in conjunction with Smithwicks. 

  The county winner will receive a €1000 cash prize and also get the chance to represent Roscommon in the All-Ireland ‘Stars in our Bars’ competition where the successful contestant will bag an amazing €7,500 if crowned champion.

  It promises to be a dramatic and spectacular night with any one of the performers in with a great chance of winning the title.

  Special guests on the night will be the hilarious comedy duo, the ‘2 Willies’, so why not drop in to enjoy this thrilling spectacle in the Coachman’s this Friday! It promises to be a fabulous night!

The Sun Seekers to appear in Regan’s, Roscommon

The Sun Seekers, a Galway-based band, have been on the go since 2003, bringing their pop/rock sound to venues throughout Ireland.

  They have previously shared the stage with the likes of The Walls and The Revs. In 2006 they released their EP ‘Peace and Love’ in which the title track reached number 5 on the iTunes download chart in Ireland.

  October 2009 saw the release of their last EP called ‘Escapade’ in Roisin Dubh, Galway. Guest appearances on the night included members of The Stunning and The Saw Doctors.

  Now they are back to play Regan’s, Roscommon Town on Saturday the 14th of May, kicking off at 10 pm. The Sun Seekers are one of the most promising original bands in Ireland.

  This is a gig which is not to be missed. For more information on The Sun Seekers please go to www.thesunseekers.com