‘Hup’ for the The Harper’s Wake in The Dock

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The ‘Haper’s Wake’ is a new play written and performed for the Hup Festival in Carrick.

The ‘Haper’s Wake’ is a new play written and performed for the Hup Festival in Carrick.

Ahead of the Connacht Fleadh in Carrick-on-Shannon, Beezneez, Comhaltas and Breffni Players have come together to provide a rousing night of musical theatre with John McDwyer’s specially commissioned new work, The Harper’s Wake from Wednesday, July 3 to Friday, July 5.

This is a wonderful opportunity for three groups, all involved at different levels in the Arts, to come together and showcase local talent.

Beezneez have provided the script, direction and actors (Mary Blake, Gerry Farrell and Hubert McMorrow).

Comhaltas give us the musicians and dancer (Hannah Farrell, Claire and Brendan Bohan, Brian Mostyn, Fiachra Guihan and Michael O’Rourke).

While the Breffni Players contribute the set and lighting design (Angus Dunne and Jim Gorman).

It is particularly welcome to see young local musicians get a stage for their work in the week leading up to the Connacht Fleadh Ceoil which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 & 7 all over Carrick-on-Shannon.

Author and director, John McDwyer describes the play as a simple piece of linking dialogue as the main concentration of the piece lies in the beautiful traditional music and dancing.

The Harper’s Wake happens when The Harper, Mark, dies suddenly and the brothers Robert and Stephen Callaghan arrive to comfort the widow, Hannah and show how a proper wake should be celebrated.

This could well be the most enjoyable wake of all time!

The Harper’s Wake plays for three nights only and tickets should be booked immediately.

When they’re gone, they’re gone bookings on (071) 9650828 or www.thedock.ie

The Hup festival itself runs from June 30 - July 7 in celebration of the return of the Connacht Fleadh to Carrick-on-Shannon after 51 years.

Some of the must see events include the re-enactment of Historical Pageant from first Connacht Fleadh on Sunday, June 30 at 1.30pm, the Spraoi Na nÓg concert in the Bush Hotel on July 1 at 7pm.

Get the family out for an historical walk around the Carrick famine trail at 12 noon on July 2 and then gather for the Leitrim ‘Join’ on Main St, Drumsna at 7pm. This is a reviving of an old Leitrim tradition when the neighbours would gather and all pitch in to provide food, drink, music and dance. Roast pig and tunes on the menu!

On July 4 there will be a special Fouth of July celebration in the Market Yard with the Farmer’s Market which will include music, dancing, storytelling, arts, crafts and yummy food!

At 7.30pm that evening a John McKenna lecture by Sean Gilrane will be held in Cryans followed by a monster session.

Workshops in fiddle, harp, paino/keyboard will be held in the Dock on July 5 from 11am. Don’t miss the Brush Dance World Record attempt with all proceeds going to St. Patrick’s Hospital Patient Comfort Fund at 5pm.

The offical opening of the Connacht Fleadh will be on July 5 at 7pm with the welcoming of clans for The Gathering. July 6 & 7 will see Fleadh competitions as well as music and dancing sessions throughout the town for the entire weekend. www.hup.ie