The award-winning Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre in Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny, has announced a stellar summer line-up for 2019 as the stunning open-air venue celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Over the course of the summer season, the incomparable tenor Ronan Tynan will serenade the Amphitheatre audience with what’s set to be a spellbinding performance. The Kilkenny man has gained international acclaim throughout his career and has performed for US presidents including George H W Bush, George W Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as at the state funerals of George H W Bush and Ronald Reagan.
The legendary Finbar Furey will take to the stage with his unique style of music which has left a lasting legacy for the past 40 years, while Irish rockers The Stunning will make their welcome return to Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre.
2019 will also see the return of Monaghan’s Marty Mone, following a hugely successful gig last year, for what’s sure to be another lively night.
Indie folk band Villagers will make their debut appearance at the Kilmanagh venue.
Another new addition to the bill, the Amphitheatre will play host to the critically-acclaimed Chasing Abbey, a rising Dublin three-piece with a unique urban pop sound.
Also on the programme for summer 2019 are the instantly recognisable traditional Irish band, Altan, who have recently released a brand new album, while the iconic Aslan will round off a bumper season with favourites from their much-loved repertoire spanning 25 years.
The ever-popular Chapterhouse Theatre Company will return with an open-air production of Shakespearean classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream for what’s set to be a magical evening under the stars.
Nestled at the foot of the old Ballykeeffe Quarry, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, which is run entirely by volunteers, brings the authentic atmosphere of an open-air Italian theatre to the quaint Kilkenny countryside.
Matt O’Sullivan, Chairman of Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, said: “We are delighted to reveal our exciting line up for 2019, which we feel has something for everyone. We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, and the amphitheatre is truly becoming bigger and better each year. Thank you to all of our hard-working volunteers, generous sponsors and continuous supporters who make everything we do possible. We’re looking forward to welcoming both new and familiar faces to Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre for another spectacular summer season!”
Tickets are available from Eventbrite.ie and local outlets.
2019 Programme of Events:
Fri 21st June: Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Sat 29th June: Marty Mone
Sat 6th July: Finbar Furey
Sat 20th July: Villagers
Sat 3rd August: The Stunning
Sat 10th August: Ronan Tynan
Sat 17th August: Chasing Abbey
Sat 24th August: Altan
Sat 31st August: Aslan
Feature Image Credit: The Riptide Movement by Ian McDonnell