Ukulele Concert with the UkuHooligans

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Sun 22nd, 2-4pm, Skerries Mills – free

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ukuhooligans The UkuHooligans Ukulele “Orchestra” comes all the way from Dún Laoghaire to perform their fun music.

Get away from all the madness of the world, and relax for an hour or so, listening to happy, happy talk and song.
The video shows them in action at UkuHooley 2013 in Dún Laoghaire. Soon in Skerries!

Tribal Drumming Workshops and Performance for all ages and abilities

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Tuesday 24th, workshop at 4pm , Little Theatre – €5. Tickets in The Bubble Room, Strand Street.

Tuesday 24th, performance for friends and family at 8pm, Little Theatre – free

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A unique opportunity to experience an uplifting, inspiring drumming circle work shop with John Bowker, Ireland’s leading drum circle facilitator” (The Irish Times).

The tribe at the centre... let's drum!
The tribe at the centre… let’s drum!

A 2.5 hr-long workshop around tribal drumming – absolute beginners are absolutely welcome, young and old alike.
The music enables us to celebrate human potential and creativity and allows us to restore our spirits, our connection with ourselves and each other. This is a special experience with a great ethos at its core.
Workshop participants must be available to also participate in the performance for family and friends that takes place at 8 pm.

Following the workshop, participants will get a chance to share their experience with an audience of family and friends.
But it will not be passive watching and listening, but active participation. The audience will be taught chant and clapping rhythms so they are no longer simply spectators but instead part of the community. A special night to remember!

Tribal drums.
Tribal drums.

First ever cccSkerries Digital Art Jam

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Saturday 28th, 3 – 4pm, creative computing classes Skerries, 19 Kelly’s Bay Rocks – €2
Bring a laptop or reserve one by email (

This is something completely new. Anyone aged 8-12 can be part of an experiment combining things digital and the arts, as cccSkerries’ contribution to our Soundwaves Festival of music and arts!
Jam? Musicians jam. They come together and play music, you never know what’s going to happen, everyone does what they can and what they love. Coders of games jam – they gather in one place, dozens of them, on their own or in groups, are given a time limit and a prompt, and create a completely new game. And now we have a Digital Art Jam: Kids aged 8-12 are invited to come to cccSkerries, and create some digital art work using Paint (which is on practically every laptop).
It’s all about creativity on the day. Sabine from cccSkerries says: “We’ll give you a quick introduction to Paint first, if you need it, then it’s up to you to get creative – from scratch. No cutting or pasting from other pictures allowed! You’ll be surprised what spectacular art can be created in less than an hour.”
cccSkerries, who started running coding and computer-skills courses for children from 8 years up as recent as July 2013, are offering an Art Doodle book as first prize in each of the two categories (8 and 9 / 10 to 12).
There is a nominal charge of €2 for the event, and children are asked to bring a laptop (Three available on loan, first ask-first served – contact for more information or to secure one of the available laptops).
This is a cccSkerries event for Skerries Soundwaves 2013.

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Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Band, with local Support Acts

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Saturday 28th, gates open at 1.45pm, Skerries Mills Courtyard – €10. 

Family- / teen-friendly, alcohol-free gig

Ryan OShaughnessyGorgeous Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s Britain’s Got Talent audition has received twenty million hits on YouTube, his 2012 song “No Name” is nearing the two-million mark already, and now you have the opportunity to see him live – in Skerries.

Simon Cowell: “Easiest decision I’ve ever had to make… Yes!”

Well, Simon, choosing Ryan O’Shaughnessy to perform at his (and our!) local festival was the easiest decision WE ever had to make too!

Fantastic support line-up bursting with local talent!

Support acts include: Hannah Hawkshaw, Sarah Enright, Fergus Grant and Eva Campbell.

Eva Campbell is an 11-year-old Skerries singer songwriter & a music student of local legend Liz Seaver.Eva
Having  won Skerries Got Talent (under 12’s) in Soundwaves 2012, and  also coming in as runner up in School stars talent (under 12’s)  contest last Christmas,
where she won some musical equipment for her school Réalt Na Mara, Eva is now making a name for herself in her own right.
When she is not busy on stage with Theatreworx, Eva is comfortable playing the guitar or piano alike, singing contemporary songs and even enjoys belting out  classic ballads from the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, The Cranberries, & Florence & The Machine . Eva will warm up Ryans fans and will perform live on stage at 2pm.
Hannah Hawkshaw from Balbriggan, is a 16 year old singer/songwriter and fashion blogger of

She has always loved music, writing songs from a young age, and is currently working on her upcoming EP which she hopes to launch in the coming months. She is also an established Irish fashion blogger with a growing following and has recently been featured in KISS magasine, YOU magazine and Xposé magazine.

For the gig, she plans on singing Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me”, and also, two of her own songs, “Beautiful” and “Don’t Want You Now”.

Fergus GrantFergus Grant is currently a music student in Trinity College. He sings and plays the guitar, and is also a well-known local Rugby player.  Before leaving Skerries Community College, he starred as Troy Bolton in High School Musical!

Sarah EnrightSarah Enright, age 15, plays piano, guitar, saxophone, and sings.  She was a finalist (singing and playing piano) in School Stars 2012, and came 2nd in Skerries Got Talent 2012 (singing and playing the sax).  She sings for school events, and has sung at weddings and funerals.  Sarah has performed in Christmas pantomimes in the Tivoli Theatre and the Helix, and was an Orphan in Annie in the Gaiety.  Liz Seaver is her piano and guitar teacher,  Sarah goes to Fiona Mullaney for singing lessons, and to the Moore School of Performing Arts for drama, dancing and musical theatre.

Workshops for Adults – Sunday 29th: Workshops cancelled

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All workshops had to be cancelled.

Now you are free for the visit of the President, Michael D. Higgins, to Skerries for the Bring Back the Pole ceremony!

Affected workshops are:

Choir for a Morning with David Maxwell

Give Drama a Go! With Skerries Theatre Group

Juggling with John Rochford

Painting: Mixed Media – Artists’ Techniques with Denyze Joyce

Poetry Workshop with Enda Coyle-Green

A warm thank-you to David, John, Denyze, Enda and the Skerries Theatre Group for offering the workshops in the first place, and for then being so understanding when we had to cancel them!

Puppet Show with Banyan Theatre Company: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

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Sunday 29th, 11 a.m., Little Theatre – €5 (4 tickets for €15)

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise…

A playful and imaginative retelling of a timeless story. This production was created for under 7′s and will be sure to delight and charm the very youngest audiences.

Delightfully crafted puppets and sets, scripts which are finely tuned to engage and stimulate their young audiences and sensitive musical scores which enchant rather than overpower.” (Kevin O’Neill, Education Officer, Waterside Theatre)

banyan puppetsPerformance length 45 mins | Suitable for ages 3-7

See also our other Banyan performance at  1.30 p.m.!


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Sunday 29th, 12.45, outside St. Patrick’s Church – free

The crowds coming out of 12 o’clock Mass will be met by the sounds of a live Céilí Band with some of Fingal’s best young musicians.
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They will entertain the crowds for an hour before lunch. MC Mary Keane of Inis Rua will lead us through the moves as only she can. Join in, or simply watch!
A festival favourite for many. Don’t miss it!