Musical and dramatic tributes at Down Arts Centre and Castlewellan Castle

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Monday, October 19th, 2015
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Down Arts Centre audiences are invited to celebrate the memory and music of a true Irish musical legend on Friday 23rd October at 8pm with The Legend of Luke Kelly. dac6On Tuesday 27th October at 11am, the first in a series of performances celebrating the life of Lady Mabel Annesley will take place in Castlewellan Castle in a new production, Mabel. On 30th January 1984, it is said that the whole of Dublin grieved the early death of Dubliner legend Luke Kelly, who has left an indelible mark as the greatest folk artist of the 20th Century, and whose music is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s cultural treasures. Dublin singer and musician Chris Kavanagh was born and raised on Irish music and has been singing Irish folk songs since he was three years old. Chris learned to play the piano by ear when he was five years old and his passion for Luke Kelly’s music led him to learn to play the 5-string long neck banjo in 2001. Over the past twelve years in The Legend of Luke Kelly, Chris has amazed audiences with powerful, sell-out performances in prominent Irish venues with the regular attendance of Luke Kelly’s family. Having toured the show to England, Switzerland, Germany and Australia, in 2011 Chris toured with The Dubliners to Germany and made a guest appearance on their 50th anniversary concert DVD. When Chris sings, his talents capture the depth and passion of the great man that so heavily influenced him. Limited tickets remaining so get yours now! For five days this autumn, Down Arts Centre and Kabosh Theatre Company are offering you a rare opportunity to experience one of the historical jewels of County Down, Castlewellan Castle, as you never have before; through the eyes of one of its former residents, Lady Mabel Annesley. The world premiere of Mabel by Maria Connolly will take place at a variety of times each day from 27th – 29th October and 7th and 14th November. Kabosh will take you on a theatrical journey through time as we trace the life of the adventurous Mabel, her travels across the world, her eclectic friends and foes, the home she loved so dearly and the art she created inspired by the beauty of the Mournes. Taking place within the Castle and its grounds, Mabel and her many acquaintances are brought vividly to life through music, drama and a hint of the unexpected. Limited times and places available so book early to avoid disappointment. To buy tickets (The Legend of Luke Kelly £15/£12; Mabel £7.50) and for further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747 or visit For offers and updates, like DAC on Facebook (Down-Arts-Centre).
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