Carlow Live and Local - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Carlow Live and Local

November and December 2021 |

Admission: Free

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The CARLOW Live and Local Music Festival returns to Carlow this December. VISUAL are delighted to host many of the events in this exciting Christmas line-up featuring the best of musical talent from across the county.

The festival will feature performances from local artists, including virtuoso guitarist Shane Hennessy and star of Celtic Woman, Orla Fallon. Jerry Fish will present a Christmas edition of his new show ‘The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Cabaret’, featuring special guests such as May Kay, Tadgh, Richie Kavanagh, plus Circus, Carnivale and Burlesque performances.

In keeping with the festive cabaret style, Cian Kinsella, one half of the comedy duo Lords of Strut, will present the fun-filled and filthy ‘Paradise Christmas Cabaret Show’ (over 18's only) – not for the faint hearted!

The festival is also delighted to once again partner with Walter Hennessy Productions, which will present an exciting line-up of events across the county in the run-up to Christmas, starting with a music concert as part of this year’s Carlow Christmas Lights event on Saturday 27 November.

Walter Hennessy Productions will also present music at the Arboretum as part of the Carlow Food Event, the Tullow Christmas Variety Show at Mount Wolseley Hotel, the Big Christmas Gig at the Seven Oaks Hotel, plus lots more.

The Mobile Music Machine, led by Gerald Peregrine, returns once again with the 29 Covid Care Home Concert Series, which will bring music to nursing homes across the county throughout the month of December. Special guest singers will include Mary Coughlan and Orla Fallon.

Carlow Live and Local will also partner with Music Generation Carlow for Trad na Nollaig for a wealth of traditional Irish musicians from across the county.

**Due to new COVID-19 capacity restrictions for live events and the increase in case numbers the Trad Nollag ‘in person event’ at Seven Oak has been cancelled. The concert will be present online at the same date and time. Please log on to for further information and updated on the live online event.**

Also in true Christmas style, the Carlow Voices choir will perform an exquisite repertoire of carols on the steps of Visual on Saturday 18 December.

This latest Carlow Live and Local programme follows on from the success of the series in September and is once again supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under a second strand of the LLPPS (Local Live Performance Programming Scheme), in conjunction with the Creative Ireland Creative Communities Programme, allowing local authorities to provide for local live performance over the winter/Christmas season.

The second strand of the LLPPS scheme aims to support employment opportunities for artists, performers and crew across every town, city and county and will help to underpin the recovery of the live performance sector.

All government public health measures will apply for these events and the public are asked to follow all government health guidelines. The festival kicks off with a musical performance at the illumination of Carlow’s Christmas lights and will run through the entire month of December.

Tickets are free but limited.

For more information, log on to or phone the VISUAL Box Office team on 059 9172400.

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