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Special Preview of Great Irish Music….

April 2011

The High Kings

Live in concert, the Alley Theatre brings you a special preview of the fantastic and award winning band, The High Kings. They are an Irish group who had great success over the years including Best Folk Act 2009 at Irelands Music Awards. In the past 2 years thier reputation has grown tremendously and they have had enormous success both within the US and Ireland.

They are currently on their 4th Irish Tour and they hope to follow in previous years success by having a sell out tour. Recently they have released a charity single called “Whiskey in a Jar” which they performed on the Late Late Show on RTE1 with 8year old Adam O’Sullivan.

The Band members consist of Finbarr Clancy,Brain Dunphy, Martin Furey & Darren Holden who was invited to join the band in 2007. The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish tradition music and each member of the band witnessed first hand the power of well crafted Irish music has on it’s audience.They are following on in the footsteps of other great Irish Folk bands such as The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem who entertained us since the 1960’s.

The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. The High Kings are continuing to live up to their reputation as a phenomenal live band, serving up laughter, good times and even the odd sing along. Prepare yourself for a night of superb Irish ballads from a group renowned for their vocals and livly music. They are highly entertaining and it promises to be a night that you will never forget!! Early booking is recommended.

The High Kings come to the Alley Theatre on Saturday 21st May at 8pm and tickets are available at £25. To book tickets contact Box Office on 02871 384444 and for further information or to book tickets through our website click here.

North Wind Blows in the Alley Theatre

St Joseph’s Brass Band, Bready Ulster Scots Pipe Band, Glenties Brass Band and woodwind students from the Donegal School of Music will come together on Saturday the 16th of April for the North Wind Blows concert in the Alley Theatre, Strabane, at 8pm.

The four bands make up a unique ensemble composed of brass, highland pipes, woodwind and percussion. The ensemble have been rehearsing together since Autumn 2010 through a project that celebrates some of our many musical traditions, while also bringing people together through music. The project also strengthens musical bonds and partnerships between counties Tyrone and Donegal.

The programme on the night will include the premiere of 2 new compositions by composers Neil Martin and Vincent Kennedy – both pieces will be conducted under the direction of the composers. Vincent Kennedy’s ‘Where the North Wind Blows’ and Neil Martin’s ‘Open Air’ were composed specifically for the ensemble.

Belfast-based Neil Martin is a widely acclaimed composer, and also a founder member and musician with The West Ocean String Quartet. He has composed and contributed to a large volume of music in the last 3 decades, his composition ‘No Tongue Can Tell’ opened the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in 2004.

Vincent Kennedy is a Dublin based composer, whose recent composition The Hook – A Place and A People,’ commissioned by Wexford County Council, has brought him widespread acclaim, and since its premiere in 2005 the work has received over 8 complete performances, and numerous performances of individual movements in Ireland and abroad.

Brendan Breslin and Stephen Cairns have arranged a selection of traditional and contemporary music for the ensemble, and these will also be performed on the night. under the direction of Noel Barr.

North Wind Blows is a cross-community inter-generational project funded by the International Fund for Ireland, administered by the Rural Development Council and co-ordinated by the Donegal Music Education Partnership. Tickets from £5 can be booked through the Alley Theatre on 028 71 384444. Proceeds will go to Foyle Hospice. For more information click here


Bruiser Theatre Company presents this brilliant two hour drama, Othello. Written by one of the great writers of all time William Shakespeare and directed by Lisa May. Othello comes to the Alley Theatre for one night only on Friday 15th April at 8pm.

Its a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy of love, paranoia, jealousy and murder. Enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, the story of General Othello, his love for the beautiful Desdemona and their tragic downfall at the hands of the scheming and manipulative lago.

The Bruiser adaptation is a Bare-knuckle Shakespeare for 2011. None of Shakespeare’s script is modernised, yet those who might be fearful of the Bard will find this gritty, breathless 2hr drama exhilarating and relevant.

Tickets are £9/£7 (con) and if you would like to book tickets contact Box Office on 02871 384444. For more information on this show click here

Upcoming Performances

  • Songs from the Shows

Wednesday 06 April 2011 Thursday 07 April 2011


  • Adrian Knight.

Friday 08 April 2011 Saturday 09 April 2011


  • Give My Head Peace.

Thursday 14 April 2011


  • Othello

Friday 15 April 2011


  • North Wind Blows Concert

Saturday 16 April 2011


  • De Dannan

Friday 29 April 2011


Featured Event

Adrian Knight

Adrian Knight makes a return visit to the Alley Theatre for 2 nights of mind boggling entertainment. He is one of the worlds leading stage hypnotists and is currently on his critically acclaimed tour of Ireland. Early booking is recommended!

For more information on this show and to book tickets click here

Friday 08 Apr @ 20:00 PM – 22:00 PM