Two hot acts in The Glens

Two hot acts direct from Glasgow’s Celtic Connections play the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton this week with Canadian legends Petunia and The Vipers playing on Thurs 7th and front women of the fab American alt/bluegrass band Crooked Still, Aoife O’Donovan performing on Saturday, February 9.

Two hot acts direct from Glasgow’s Celtic Connections play the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton this week with Canadian legends Petunia and The Vipers playing on Thurs 7th and front women of the fab American alt/bluegrass band Crooked Still, Aoife O’Donovan performing on Saturday, February 9.

When Petunia & The Vipers arrive on these shores, we should prepare for the kind of jolt that is normally delivered by a lightning bolt. When the band crossed the US border in 2012 and worked its way down to Los Angeles, America thought a hurricane had just blown through. Phil Alvin of The Blasters loved the show so much, he jumped on stage and sang along! At times like this we all need something to restore our faith and remind us that the world ain’t such a bad place after all.

Then on Saturday, Aoife O’Donovan, the front woman of the fab alt-bluegrass/string band Crooked Still & folk noir band Sometymes Why? returns to the Glens with Jake Silver (Bass), Jeffrey Foucault and Ry Cavanaugh. Described by Time Out New York as “A splendid, folksy singer whose voice soars,” Aoife’s crystalline voice and her natural talent for songwriting came to the attention of Alison Krauss, who recorded Aoife’s song Lay My Burden Down. In 2010, Aoife released her first solo recording in the form of a limited edition 7” vinyl. Featuring two original tracks, it garnered rave reviews from audiophiles worldwide.

Both shows start at 8.30pm and tickets can be booked at www.theglenscentre.com or on 071 98 55833. Tickets are €15/12 or bring another adult and up to 3 children for only €40.