2016

  • Fermanagh Landscapes by Michael Brown

    DATE: Friday 30 September (continues until 8th October) VENUE: Enniskillen Castle TIME: 6pm

    Fermanagh Landscapes -an exhibition of prints and paintings by Michael Brown

    For twenty years Fermanagh has been the base for film-maker and artist Michael Brown though his focus on social and environmental issues regularly takes him all around the world as a facilitator for marginalised communities to speak out on issues that directly affect them. Back home in Fermanagh he works in a similar way with local communities to explore and document their heritage in film.

    Michael is also a talented print maker, painter and photographer. Working out of his studio at Makenny, Irvinestown, he finds that the Fermanagh landscape is a constant source of inspiration for his creativity. His work at this show includes silkscreen prints, monotypes, etchings and oil paintings.

     

  • FLive Children’s Event

    DATE: Saturday 1 October | VENUE: The Buttermarket | TIME: 1.30-5pm FREE EVENT

    Children loved last year’s capers in the Buttermarket so FLive are planning even bigger and better thrills for them this year. The place will be buzzing with giant outdoor games, street theatre, a baby boogie session, face painting, hair wraps and a nail bar.  Decorate a head-band, a mask, or a special bag with Gen. Paint a mural with Rachael. Create beautiful crafts. Meet Parky the magician. Take part in Enniskillen Has Talent. Get in carnival mood by dressing up and winning a spot prize for the most original or unusual costume.

  • FLive Cultural Boat Tour

    Meet at the Round "O" Sat. 1st Oct., 2pm (3 Hour Duration) £12

    Come cruising with Catherine Scott and Seamas MacCannaidh aboard the MV Kestrel for a relaxing and enlightening trip around our beautiful island town. Visit Buttermilk Point and Pancake Lough where you may catch a glimpse of the Wide Awake, the boat that once ferried sand from the islands to the Round ‘O’. Learn about the origins of Cornagrade and Derrychara, and the lore of the Broad Meadow where the sconce was the landing wharf for boats carrying stone from the quarry at Carrickreagh. Catherine will be the historical guide while author and storyteller Seamas will relate real and fantastical stories about the town. There’ll be a song or two and a cup of tea so get on board.

  • Jazz brunch

    Jazz brunch

  • Kila Westville Hotel 9pm Sept 30th

    ‘Softly spoken off stage and complete lunatics on it, Kila have torn up the rulebook with their wantonly eclectic mix of styles, Brilliant!’- Hot Press

    Get ready for a rip-roaring, roof-raising session from Ireland’s leading fusion band. Natural heirs to Planxty and Horslips, the eight members of Kila, including brothers Colm, Ronan and Rossa O’Snodaigh have evolved their own unique mix of folk, rock and world music. Kila, who formed up in Dublin in 1987, have performed in over 30 countries around the globe at prestigious venues and festivals events such as the Montreux Jazz festival, Glastonbury, Womadelaide and the Stockholm Water festival. Their latest album Suas Sios has been described as ‘magical and memorable’ words that will no doubt define their concert at the Westville hotel.  

    Kíla’s music is a celebration of their ‘energy, creativity and wild exuberance’ (as described by France’s Trad Mag). As 2016 welcomes a new concert season, Kíla will be celebrating the continued success of their recent album Suas Síos, the remarkable film Song of the Sea (for which they co-wrote the score) and the most recent news that the music they wrote for the documentary about the Shannon - Ireland’s Secret River – received an Emmy nomination.

    Suas Síos

    Every year Kíla produce something magical, something memorable, something special and in 2015 they didn’t let us down.

    Suas Síos (Up Down) is their new album and was released nationwide in Ireland in January. It is a work of beauty, a work of maturity, a work that encapsulates their exuberance, their quietness and their sheer talent.

    Recorded, mixed and mastered by the ubiquitous Mr. Karl Odlum (Ham Sandwich, Lisa O’Neill, Mic Christopher) the album is bristling with energy, passion and incisive musical intelligence. The last couple of years have seen Kíla return to their globetrotting ways (Croatia, Malaysia, France, Spain, Switzerland) and it was during these gigs abroad that these songs and tunes were given an opportunity to breath and gain nuances that might not have emerged ensconced in the studio environment.

  • Lord Belmore Art Tour

    DATE: Sunday 2 October VENUE: Castlecoole TIME: 11am PRICE: £25

    Following the sell-out tour at Castle Coole last year, FLive are offering another exclusive, intimate and personal tour of the art works on display in this splendid stately home.  For the last 25 years art connoisseur and collector Lord Belmore has been adding to family portraits and period acquisitions with paintings which are in keeping with the style and period of Wyatt’s elegant neo-classical mansion. Lord Belmore, who is best placed to explain the significance, history and background of the works on display laces his tour with personal anecdotes and thoughtful insights into the life and times of his Lowry-Corry ancestors. 

     

  • Murley Band & David Robertson

    Fivemiletown’s own Murley Silver Band just go on winning prizes. Led by their musical director Wiliam Hill, they have been Brass in the Valley overall Champions, Best March and Soloist band and NIBA Champion Band of Northern Ireland. They have represented Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Norway, Belgium and France and have appeared at the Belfast Tattoo. The band members, who are drawn from well-known musical families and from all sections of the community support their activities through membership subscriptions and concert revenues.

    Bass-baritone David Robertson also grew up in a musical household in Fivemiletown. In 1995 he showed his promise as a singer by winning the prestigious Elisabeth Schumann Competition for Lieder. Having completed his degree at Trinity College of Music, London, he moved to Italy to study with internationally renowned bass Enrico Fissore and soprano Sylvia Rhy-Thomas.

     

     

  • Naughty Nancie's

    DATE: Sunday 2 October VENUE: Franco’s TIME: 7pm TICKETS: £25

    The welcome at Franco’s is invariably warm and the food divine but when the Naughty Nancies turn up they add a frisson of fun and some extra spice. This year, by popular request, they are back on the FLive bill with a new repertoire of stories, some cool cabaret and, needless to say, they’ll be naughtier than ever. 

  • NykkÖ Grègoire Workshop: St Macartin's Cathedral, 3pm

    DATE: Friday 30 September VENUE: St Macartin’s Cathedral TIME: 3pm TICKETS: £10 (Limited places so book early)

    When word reached FLive about the exceptional talents of French organist NykkÖ Grégoire, now based in the UK, no time was lost in engaging him to appear in a workshop at this year’s festival.

    Born in 1979 the charismatic multi-instrumentalist/composer studied organ, harpsichord and ondes Martenot at the music conservatory in Bordeaux. He also plays cello, duduk (Armenian wind instrument) and Bawu  (Chinese flute). As well as a full calendar of tour dates in Europe, South East Asia and America, NykkȌ works with various choirs and theatre ensembles. At the organ in St. Macartin’s cathedral he will present a varied and entertaining programme of Bach and Vivaldi, Cesar Franck and Jeremiah Clarke, Klezmer music and arrangements of popular European and British folk songs. 

    There are Very Limited Places for this Workhop

     

  • NykkÖ Mickaël Grègoire Organ Concert

    DATE: Friday 30 September VENUE: St Macartin’s Cathedral TIME: 7.30pm TICKETS: £10

    When word reached FLive about the exceptional talents of French organist NykkÖ Grégoire, now based in the UK, no time was lost in engaging him to appear at this year’s festival. Born in 1979 the charismatic multi-instrumentalist/composer studied organ, harpsichord and ondes Martenot at the music conservatory in Bordeaux. He also plays cello, duduk (Armenian wind instrument) and Bawu  (Chinese flute). As well as a full calendar of tour dates in Europe, South East Asia and America, NykkȌ works with various choirs and theatre ensembles. At the organ in St. Macartin’s cathedral he will present a varied and entertaining programme of Bach and Vivaldi, Cesar Franck and Jeremiah Clarke, Klezmer music and arrangements of popular European and British folk songs. 

     

  • Photography with an Artist's Eye

    DATE: Thursday 29 September VENUE: Fermanagh College TIME: 4pm TICKETS: £5

    PHOTOGRAPHY WITH AN ARTIST’S EYE - An Illustrated talk by Helen Cathcart chaired by Terry McCartney

    Helen Cathcart has been described as “a wonderful talent who can shoot just anything and make you want to either eat it/visit/or meet it.” The Bellanaleck-born London-based lifestyle photographer who trained at Manchester University, worked as a picture editor for Ink Publishing and for British Vogue and now travels the world snapping stylish images for cook books, travel magazines and top brands like Marks and Spencer. In an online blog entitled ‘Bolder’ she publishes telling portraits and profiles of older people (most recently Michel Roux senior) and for the last two years has been a finalist in the prestigious Pink Lady Food Photographer Awards. FLive are delighted to welcome Helen home to show examples of her work and talk about her exciting freelance career and globetrotting experiences. 

     

  • Print making workshop with Michael Brown

    Print making workshop with Michael Brown

  • Steve and Misa Mead

    DATE: THURSDAY 29 September VENUE: The Ardhowen Theatre TIME: 8pm TICKETS: £12 (£10 con)

    FLive are predicting euphonium euphoria when the husband and wife team of Steve and Misa Mead arrive in Enniskillen. They will spend the day working with local School Brass Bands in a workshop facilitated by the Education Authority Music Service. The pupils will join Steve and Misa on stage where they will perform with the Western Virtuosi Brass in a special evening concert.

    Born in the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto, Misa Akahoshi graduated with honours from the Tokyo College of Music then studied composition and orchestration in Paris. A Gold medallist in a young soloist’s competition in Luxembourg she went on to perform at international festivals such as Tubamania in Thailand and the Tuba & Euphonium Conference in California. In July 2013 Misa moved to the UK where she married International Euphonium superstar Steve. He tours constantly as a solo artist performing with symphony orchestras and leading military bands including the Band of the Garde Republicaine (Paris, France) The Central Band of the RAF (London, UK) The Italian Police Band (Rome, Italy), The Dutch Marine Band (Rotterdam,Netherlands) and The US Army Band (Washington DC, USA). Steven has over 70 CDs to his credit and is a professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester.

     

     

  • Wilhelmina Geddis stained glass artist, A talk by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe

    DATE: Saturday 1 October VENUE: Inishmacsaint & Devenish Churches TIME: 10am PRICE: £7 including  tea & scone

    Wilhelmina Geddes A talk by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe.

    Early this year a sumptuously illustrated and sharply written book by Nicola Gordon Bowe, the greatest authority on stained glass in Ireland, was published. It celebrates the life of Wilhelmina Geddes, one of the premier practitioners of the art. Admirers such as John Piper noted that Geddes was a master of colour who should be compared to Braque, Rouault, Kandinsky and Matisse. Indeed the Belfast-born artist was more famous abroad than in her native Ireland and has remained so highly regarded that when names of great artists were given to craters discovered on the planet Mercury, she was honoured alongside Shakespeare, Beethoven and Picasso. Nicola Gordon Bowe has very kindly agreed to come and talk to us in front of the two examples of Geddes’ work which we are proud to have in Fermanagh. At Inishmacsaint Parish Church (Derrygonnelly) we will study the Angel of Resurrection and then move on to Devenish Parish Church (Monea) to see the window entitled Walking in the Fields of Paradise. In both churches Billy McBride, organ, and Stephen Magee, trumpet, will offer a programme of well-chosen music to heighten our enjoyment. Following the second part of the talk, tea will be served in the Reade Hall opposite Monea church.Those attending should meet at the car park of Inishmacsaint Parish Church at 10am.

  • William Scott; an illustrated talk

    William Scott; an illustrated talk

  • Workshops with Steve and Misa Meade

    DATE: THURSDAY 29 September VENUE: St Michael's College  TIME: 3pm 

    F-Live are predicting euphonium euphoria when the husband and wife team Steve and Misa Mead, tuba players both, arrive in Enniskillen to conduct workshops for Western Virtuosi Brass and to perform with their pupils at a special evening concert. 

    Born in the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto, Misa Akahoshi graduated with honours from the Tokyo College of Music then studied composition and orchestration in Paris. A Gold medallist in a young soloist’s competition in Luxembourg she went on to perform at international festivals such as Tubamania in Thailand and the Tuba Euphonium Conference in California. In July 2013 Misa moved to the UK where she married fellow tuba player Steven Mead who is well known to brass enthusiasts around the world. He tours constantly as a solo artist performing with symphony orchestras and leading military bands including the Band of the Garde Republicaine (Paris, France) The Central Band of the RAF (London, UK) The Italian Police Band (Rome, Italy), The Dutch Marine Band (Rotterdam,Netherlands) and The US Army Band (Washington DC, USA). Steven has over 70 CDs to his credit and is a professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester.  

     

Words From Our Sponsors

Evelyn Hassard of Crannog Antiques says, ‘I am delighted to give my support to music events at the Fermanagh Live Arts Festival because I love Classical music and want to help bring as much as possible to as many people as possible’.

 

CavanaghKelly are delighted to sponsor Fermanagh Live Arts Festival. The Festival of Live Entertainment and Visuals Arts is a great opportunity for the local community to get a taste of our home-grown artists through this programme of innovative, vibrant and contemporary events.”

 

Fuels & Lubricants are happy to be associated with the Fermanagh Live Arts Festival in sponsoring Melisma in this year’s festival. It is a positive way of encouraging the promotion of local talent and enabling local audiences to see arts that they might not get the opportunity to see otherwise.

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