We cater for all ages with regular family events such as our monthly Family Fun Day as well as year round performances and workshops for children and adults alike
Performing arts centre art gallery recitals drama. The Dock is also home to the award-winning Leitrim Design House showcasing the arts and crafts of Leitrim artists. It also features a full service coffee dock/bar for refreshments.
The Dock is located in the beautiful 19th Century former Courthouse building, overlooking the majestic river Shannon, which has been wonderfully restored into Leitrim's first integrated centre for the arts.
The Dock houses a 100+ seat performance space, three art galleries, artists studios, cafe bar, an arts education room and it is home to The Leitrim Design House. The Centre offers something for everyone, from performances and exhibitions, to classes and workshops. It is a place where art is made, where people can come to reflect or meet others, where bands might rehearse, a place for new and challenging projects to happen and a place of entertainment where people have fun!
Katie Kim, Natalia Beylis(19th/Sep - 19th/Sep)
In a welcome addition to the new season two of Ireland’s most innovative & creative music makers will appear in a special one off concert
Mood is central to the expansive musical landscape of Katie Kim. In her compositions we are brought to darkened corners, icy atmospheres via hypnotic knife edge soundscapes. She stretches piano chords to infinity, employs silence as devastating punctuation, while her voice is all the scattered beauty a glimmer of light can illuminate. Her live performances are cinematic in scope and deep, a slowcore waltz at the bottom of the ocean. It’s a live music experience that you will long remember and cherish.
Natalia's work revolves somewhere between sonic story-teller, composer and multi-instrumental musician. In her recordings and performances she layers seemingly incongruous sounds atop of each other to spawn strange juxtapositions and garbled parallels. The Garden Of Paradise her most recent release on cassette with fellow improviser Agathe Max is described in a review by The Quietus as “an exceptional tape of instrumental incantations and explorations”. Her releases with her band Woven Skull have garnered similar praise and, in addition to a busy touring schedule with them and a solo performer she also runs a record label Sofia Records and is a regular contributor to Dublin Digital Radio. In The Dock Natalia will perform Whoosh Whoosh... Electric Piano in Stereo with Manipulated Field Recordings.
If you are drawn to new musical experiences, this is for you.
For Bookings: https://bit.ly/2k7M4bh
Preab Meader; Rhythm & Rhyme(21st/Sep - 21st/Sep)
An extraordinary traditional music performance of toe tingling dance songs that will have your feet twitching and lips humming.
Veteran traditional music innovators, Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken, combine with sean nós dancers, Liam Scanlon and Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáín, to create a mesmerising conversation of rhythm; between voice and fiddle, and traditional dance
An Ogeous Brose Starring Seamus O'Rourke(25th/Sep - 25th/Sep)
Big Guerilla Productions present An Ogeous Brose by John McManus at The Dock
Seamus O’Rourke has teamed up with John McManus before to bring us – ‘The Quare Land’, ‘Danger Money’ and ‘The Cavan Course’. All the people, and there were many, who saw those productions will be delighted to hear that their partnership continues with another McManus classic ‘An Ogeous Brose’ and it is coming to The Dock, Carrick on Shannon for one night only on Wednesday 25th September
So what have this productive pair got in store for us this time?
A grumpy builder, (Seamus O’Rourke) and his young enthusiastic labourer (Charlie McGuinness) arrive on Mogue’s Island to dig a grave in the depths of winter. It’s cold and eerie and full of myth. The more they dig, the more they realise that this was not such a good idea. Has Barney Bellew and Hector Hoctor really got something in common? – Well, it just might be that they are both entangled in an ancient curse…
An Ogeous Brose is scary and funny in equal measure. You can expect the unexpected and to be thoroughly entertained on a great night out!
Tickets, €18 are on sale now on 0719650828 or on line at: https://bit.ly/2lMC6wl
Goitse(4th/Oct - 4th/Oct)
This highly acclaimed band have just launched their eagerly anticipated fifth studio album, Úr. In the Irish language, “úr” evokes both the ancient and the modern. In modern Irish it means “fresh” or “new”. In the distant past it was one the letters of the Ogham alphabet, stemming from the Old Irish word for heather.
Since being named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year”, Chicago Irish American News’ “Group of the Year”, as well as winning the prestigious “Freiburger International Leiter” award in Germany, Goitse maintains a year round touring schedule that includes performances throughout Ireland and the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the United States.
Bodhrán player Colm Phelan tells us “this album is the first album with new member Alan Reid on banjo and bouzouki. The word “úr” encapsulates this new venture, as well as summing up where we are musically with this album. The instrumental tracks are a mixture of our own compositions and traditional melodies, some of which have never been recorded before.”
Similar to these instrumental tracks, Úr includes songs dating from the 18th century right up to the current day. A highlight of the album is “Henry Joy”, where Áine’s sweet vocals are complemented by the powerful singing of Barry Kerr from County Armagh. Another guest on the album is bass extraordinaire Martin Brunsden of Hothouse Flowers fame, whose playing adds depth to Goitse’s already stellar rhythm section.
Úr delivers across the board from heart wrenching songs to melodies that make you want to lace up your dancing shoes.
Tickets are priced at €16 and €14 and can be booked though The Dock box office on 071 96 50 828 or at: https://thedock.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610458
Before(9th/Oct - 9th/Oct)
From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts - for good. Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for...
Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Georganne Aldrich Heller, Robert Leroy, and The Strollers Touring Network.
Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that is passionate about discovering, developing and producing new plays of national importance with a global reach, while championing the role of the playwright.
'You fight back tears. Of course you do. It’s Kinevane - a rare and truly compelling talent' ★★★★★ The Herald, Scotland
‘...another profoundly affecting tour de force from Kinevane.’ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
'...an extraordinary tour de force... It is nothing less than a privilege to witness this unique talent in a show that is utterly singular and steeped in surprise. With the power to make you laugh, cry, think and feel, Before is fabulous physical theatre.' ★★★★★ The Wee Review
‘Kinevane’s performance works like a spell... a real showstopper, heaven can be found in the most unlikely places.’★★★★ Irish Times
‘extraordinary collaboration... soul-searching, achingly touching gem... [Kinevane is] a treasured force in Irish theatre.’★★★★ Sunday Times
Don't miss your opportunity to see this outstanding production at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon on Wed 9th Oct. Tickets: €18/16 are available at The Dock: 071 96 50828 or at:https://thedock.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610255
The Leitrim Boxt Festival(19th/Oct - 19th/Oct)
Leitrim – The Home of Boxty! And Home to the Boxty Festival 19th Oct
As part of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Taste the Island’ - Leitrim will host the inaugural Leitrim Boxty Festival which includes the search for Leitrim’s Best Boxty Maker 2019!
Leitrim’s Best Boxty Maker 2019 - The Festival has teamed up with Leitrim Boxty producers – McNiffes Boxty and Dromod Boxty to find Leitrim’s Best Boxty Makers!
Boxty has graced the breakfast, lunch and dinner plates of many who enjoy this most authentic Irish food. In Leitrim, recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. If you are 15yrs or older and are the holder of the family boxty recipe or if you have just recently discovered just how tasty and versatile Boxty is… we invite you to enter the competition as we search for Leitrim’s Best Boxty Makers 2019!
The Boxty Making competition will be held in The Food Hub, Drumshanbo on Saturday 28th Sept with the winner of both categories announced at the Leitrim Boxty Festival in The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday 19th October.
Boxty Festival – Join us on 19th Oct as we celebrate our heritage dish through music, song, dance and some great fun potato art! View our exhibition of Folklore Essays, read the archives, see the paraphernalia relating to Boxty making, its customs and traditions. Meet the Leitrim Boxty producers and sample their delicious goods. Hear their food stories and discover what makes the perfect Boxty. Did you know that one of our Leitrim Boxty producers is now exporting their products to the UK and USA, giving an authentic taste of home to our Leitrim families abroad?
Boxty Food Trail – Join the food trail for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner and discover ‘Boxty Re-imagined’ in our many cafes and restaurants in Carrick on Shannon.
On festival day, Sat 19th Oct, Boxty will be available on Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menus in eateries throughout Carrick-on-Shannon. Boxty is made of grated raw potatoes, mashed cooked potatoes, with flour added as a binding agent, it is then boiled, baked or formed as a pancake and fried. Follow us on Facebook for details of where you can find your favourite Boxty on the day!
Tell us your Boxty stories - We are looking for you to share your Boxty making memories with us. If you think your Nanny made the best Boxty – we want to hear all about it. Do you have a family recipe that has been handed down through the generations? Let’s ensure that the generations to come enjoy Boxty just like we have. Join us on facebook & Instagram and share your Boxty memories!
Leitrim – The Home of Boxty!
Exhibition: A Consequence of - a breather of air(9th/Sep - 2nd/Nov)
a consequence of – a breather of air is a solo exhibition by Maud Cotter which takes place in the three galleries at The Dock. It is the second iteration of a body of work developed through three leading venues over three years; The Limerick City Gallery of Art, in 2018, The Dock, 2019, and Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane in 2020.
This work affirms the mercurial landscape of the mind, and the gallery as a place where matter and consciousness mingle. Cotter's work plays with scale and balance, modular and generative form through the precariousness of the familiar. She references an imperfect geometry, a randomness within all that evokes a world of upheaval. Her work responds to the varied scales of the galleries at The Dock and combine an apparent simplicity with a powerful sense of complexity and joy in the materials of the everyday; in cascading plastics, the visceral liner qualities of paint, in gracefully balanced extruded metals held in the tension of light and space.
Maud Cotter lives and works in Cork. She is co-founder of the National Sculpture Factory and a member of Aosdana, and has exhibited Nationally and Internationally.
She is represented by DOMOBAAL Gallery, London.
a breather of air
stainless steel, card, primer, jesmonite acrylic, polythene sheeting. 320 x 550 x 180cms, 2019. process shot taken in the National Sculpture Factory, Cork.
Exhibition continues until Sat 2nd November, 2019
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