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A Nightingale Sang

FRESH from Los Angeles and New York, the international award-winning vocalist Nyle Wolfe is to stage a Valentine’s concert on Friday February 13.

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The Limerick-based singer will present at Friar’s Gate in Kilmallock with a programme of romantic ballads at 8pm.

Accompanied by leading arranger, pianist and musical director David Wray, Wolfe has announced a programme of beautiful songs such as Hymn to Love, Red is the Rose, Danny Boy, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, If Ever I Would Leave You and more.

Nyle Wolfe is one of the most sought after soloists this country has produced, and has given thousands of performances. He has sung for international monarchs and presidents including Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Clinton and Taoiseach Brian Cowen. He has made numerous recordings with companies such as Sony, RTE, BBC, Lyric FM and Naxos.

Building on the success of his debut solo album Moodswings in 2007, he has recently completed a new studio recording in New York of Irish repertoire, due for release this year.

His most recent engagements include an open air gala concert at the historic San Juan Capistrano Mission in California, the role of Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Ireland and the first recording of Balfe’s Falstaff for the RTE Lyric FM label.

All in all, a perfectly pitched Valentine’s night is promised at Friar’s Gate, Friday 13, 8pm.

Castlewood Players, Cratloe

THE Castlewood Players, Cratloe, will  continue their staging of three consecutive dramas this weekend at the local community hall. A Fun Evening of Drama is on this Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 at 8pm sharp,  presenting Brian Friel’s Lovers (Winners and Losers)  and Bryan McMahon’s The Honeyspike. Friel celebrated his 80th birthday recently, while the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bryan McMahon will be celebrated in September.

The three short plays are of c.45mins duration each.

Limerick’s jewel in the crown

THE Hunt Museum Spring Lunchtime Lecture series begins on Tuesday February 10 at 1pm.  The season begins with a talk by Denis Leonard of Limerick Civic Trust on The People’s Park,  awarded for excellence in July last year. This was the first time that the award has come to Ireland.

The 10 acre park, opened to the public in 1877, has retained most of its original features and vernacular architecture, including two Victorian pavilons. Lunchtime lecture is free.

Accomplished poet and performer

WHITE House Poets’ guest on  Wednesday February 11 is Maureen Gallagher. Now living in Galway City, her poetry has appeared in magazines and journals in Ireland, Britain, The United States, Canada, France and New Zealand. Her work has been anthologised in Van Gogh’s Ear, Divas, Anthology 1, and others. She’s had poetry reviews and criticism published in Poetry Ireland Review, Chapman, The Cork Literary Review, Staple, The Galway Advertiser and Ropes.

Maureen Gallagher is an accomplished performer of her work and has read at many events in Dublin and Galway, including at Cúirt International Festival. Her work has been broadcast on RTE. Enjoy her work on February 11, from 9pm at White House Bar. Finger food on the house for all attending.