10 things happening in Northern Ireland January 21-27: From Boyzone to IMBOLC festival
Here's our pick of 10 exciting things taking place across Northern Ireland this week.
1. Is That Too Hot?
- Belfast, January 23 - February 10
Is That Too Hot is the hilarious sequel to the hit play I'll Tell My Ma by Patricia Gormley. Follow the antics of your favourite characters Granny Eileen, Davina Carina and Chelsea Marie as they stumble their way through another year in their turbulent lives. There is humour in abundance touched with pathos as the story which is set in the local hairdressing salon unfolds.
2. Foil Arms & Hog
- Londonderry, January 24
Former children and regular eaters Foil Arms and Hog are back with their new show Craicling. Best known for their YouTube videos, with over 100 million online hits, their live show is what they are most proud of and it will be performed at the Millennium Forum.
3. Four Last Songs
- Belfast, January 24
Four Last Songs was completed the year before Strauss died, but he did not live long enough to hear its premiere. Inspired by the poets Josef von Eichendorff and Herman Hesse, the Four Last Songs tackles the subject of death with serenity and acceptance, written with Strauss’s characteristic Romantic orchestration and inspired lyricism for soprano voice, with which he had a life-long love affair, performed at the Waterfront Hall.
4. IMBOLC International Music Festival
- Londonderry, January 27 – February 10
Taking place in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, this is one of Ireland’s leading folk and world music festivals. Whilst still firmly rooted in the musical cultures of this island, the festival has grown in depth and breadth and now encompasses music genres ranging from folk, traditional and roots to jazz, contemporary and world music.
5. Mairead Duffy Art Exhibition
- Armagh, January 2 – February 28
Craftswirl at Armagh Visitor Information Centre are delighted to welcome this exhibition of work by local artist Máiréad Duffy from Middletown in County Armagh.
6. Boyzone : Thank You and Goodnight - The Farewell Tour
- Belfast, January 23
After 25 years together, Boyzone released their final album Thank You and Goodnight in November. Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, and Keith Duffy will perform songs from their latest album, as well as all the classics, at the SSE Arena. Of their farewell tour, the boys said: "Twenty-five years is a long time. We’re certainly not boys anymore, and we all feel that we should now call time on our lives together as Boyzone and go out on a real high."
7. Fly Me To The Moon
- Belfast, January 21-26
Fly Me to the Moon tells the story of two cash-strapped Belfast care workers, and their elderly patient, Davy McGee, who loves Frank Sinatra and has just won big on the horses… but he doesn’t know of his win and it’s a mouth-watering dilemma for the care workers. Faced with the opportunity to pocket the old man’s pension, the women talk themselves into doing something they never thought they would, all the time convincing themselves, each other – and the audience – that their moral dilemma has actually dissolved into more of a moral requirement.
8. Keith Barry
- Belfast, January 25
The internationally acclaimed Mind Magician is bringing 'Deception', his biggest and most spectacular production yet to the Waterfront, Belfast. Mind control, brainwashing, subliminal messaging, cults, and every form of deception imaginable will be explored in this brand new show where Keith Barry will blur the line between reality and deception.
9. Derek Ryan
- Portaferry, January 25
Derek Ryan continues to maintain his position at the top table of Irish Country Music’s elite with his brand of original material and country classics. Irish country music’s golden boy will bring his self-written smash hit singles to the Portico, Portaferry.
10. David Meade - Brainman
- Newtownabbey, January 26
Mindreader David Meade returns from the USA to home soil to deliver his funniest and most incredible show yet. Grab your tickets for this show at the Theatre at the Mill and look forward to a jaw dropping performance that your whole family of all ages will never forget.
Belfast Telegraph Digital