The songs and story of The Queen of Connemara


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Sit back and be enthralled by the songs and story of The Queen of Connemara, the iconic Delia Murphy sung in her own unique style. A show by her niece Carmen Cullen, author of ‘Two Sisters Singing’. Live music by Gerry Anderson. Roll back the years with The Spinning Wheel and other much loved songs. Dramatised reading as part of the show. Carmen is a native of Templemore and daughter of Angela Murphy, sister of Delia. A gentle show to bring you down memory lane.

Liam Clancy in talking about the importance of singer Delia Murphy said that she was a pivotal figure who took up the Irish ballad and turned it into something of her own. She was the single most important person in preserving this form of music and enabling it to have the life and popularity it has today. Delia Murphy lives on through her songs, still played on Irish radio today and reissued on CDs. She continues to be cherished by all those who loved her singing and remember her from the innumerable occasions she graced the airwaves of Radio Eireann with her popular songs. She is not forgotten for her many recordings heard on gramophone and in dance halls throughout Ireland and the wonderful concerts she sang in, both  at home and abroad.

Delia had her own indomitable personality and despite her husband’s postings continued to make her songs popular through concerts,  impromptu appearances  and recordings. Well known songs of Delia include, If I were a Blackbird, The Spinning Wheel and Three Lovely Lassies but she is known and loved for many more and had a repertoire of hundreds.

Márín O’Donovan Gives a special dimension to the programme by singing some of Delia’s favourites, such as The Spinning Wheel and Down by the Glenside, bringing them to  new listeners as well as those who remember them  from days gone by. She is accompanied by Gerry and Carmen in a number of humerous Delia Murphy duets. Carmen Cullen Niece of Delia,  provides family reminiscences and photographs as well as commentary on Delia’s songs and their importance in the history of Irish music.  She entertains with her comic character Molly Murphy, ostensibly the author of her new novel, Two Sisters Singing and provides a dramatised reading from the novel, as part of the show. Gerry Anderson  accompanies both Marin and Carmen, as well as commenting on Delia’s importance as a unique singing talent and her influence in the  Irish music scene.

Special access and wheelchair users please book through the Box Office on 0504 90204. Early bird, buy before 09 January to save – limited offer.


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€12/10 early bird


Bray Arts Show, February, 2015

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There is a change to one of the performances at the February Bray Arts Show. Daragh Muldowney who is listed, got a Photography assignment at short notice and cannot be with us. Thabi Madide, Writer, has very kindly accepted Bray Arts Invitation to perform.