Tag: Irish Christmas

Classical Crossover Singer Grace Foley Announces Stunning Christmas EP “A Time For Christmas”.

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+ launch dates announced:

Official EP Launch: Sunday November 27th, 6pm, Whale Theatre Greystones, County Wicklow. Tickets here> https://whaletheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873630042 

EP Launch and Dinner: Friday December 2nd, 7.30pm. No. 10 Bridge Street, Killorglin, County Kerry (Ticket link coming soon).

EP Launch and Signing: Saturday December 17th, 2pm. St. John’s Theatre, Listowel, County Kerry. Tickets here> https://stjohnstheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173633806

Guest Soloist – Wednesday, December 21st 7.30pm: ‘Christmas Carols for the Winter Solstice’. St. John’s Church Knockainey, Co. Limerick

Classical crossover singer Grace Foley hails from Killarney, County Kerry. At 14, she began vocal training and studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Noted for her vocal depth, unique style and heartfelt delivery…Grace released her first EP in 2018 titled “Unleashed,” which became a “Marty Recommends” on RTE Lyric FM. She toured Ireland in 2019 in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the INEC, and the Whale Theatre to critical acclaim.

Throughout the Pandemic Grace continued to record and release music, including her own self-penned song, ‘Together Apart’, a poignant version of ‘Danny Boy’, which received thousands of views worldwide, a Christmas E.P (Vol. 1) and her most recent album, ‘Unmasked’. 

In addition to performing weekly online concerts, the singer performed live on National Television. In April 2021, Grace gave birth to her first daughter, Anna, and was determined to not only tell her to dream but show her how to chase and live it. She performed a song, especially for her baby on RTE TV’s ‘Last Singer Standing’ show in late 2021. Acclaim came in from Nicky Byrne of Westlife fame and judges Samantha Mumba and Nadine Coyle who gave her high praise for her performance.

Grace is a unique artist and largely draws inspiration from within but she is sonically influenced by fellow lumineers such as Glen Hansard, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Emer Barry and Mary-Jess Leaverland. 

Throughout 2023, Grace plans to tour around Ireland and the UK, and has just announced Vol. 2 of her Christmas EP, scheduled for release in November on the 27th. The EP includes Christmas classics such as O Holy Night, Noel, Christmas Past and White Christmas. The EP was Recorded in Cauldron Studios and Produced by International renowned artist Bill Shanley.

Grace comments on the new Christmas EP Vol. 2:

It was an easy choice to record these song’s as part of my Christmas EP’s, as they are just so beautiful and universally loved. On Vol.  1 of ‘A Time for Christmas’ my final track was ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and the words, ‘until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow’ felt so poignant during a time when we were all just trying to survive the pandemic. ‘White Christmas’, which appears on Vol. 2, finishes by saying ‘may your days be merry and bright’. I truly hope we are all going to soon see a world with less pain and less hurt. It has not been an easy few years and it seems the suffering is endless so a song that can take us back to simpler times is one that I hope can give people hope for the future too.

You Can Follow Grace On Her Online Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracefoleysinger 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracefoleysinger 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gracefsinger 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeh-497QGD63mnSeQRvrLQ

Frank Kelly of Father Ted fame to release “Collected Sketches” as digital singles over Christmas.

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The wonderful Frank Kelly of Father Ted fame…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Kelly has collected 32 clips (between 4-8mins in length) of audio comedy sketches which were originally broadcast as The Glenabbey Show on RTÉ radio in the 80’s. They were hugely popular and came before Dermot Morgan’s Scrap Saturday etc. Furthermore, we’re delighted to announce the release of these sketches as digital singles throughout Dec through to early Jan on the following schedule below.
Most recently best known for his part as Father Jack Hackett in the hugely successful Channel 4 comedy Father Ted, Frank Kelly has been at the forefront of broadcasting, comedy and TV, film and theatre acting for over 40 years. Frank made an impressive start to his film career, appearing as a prison officer in the opening sequence of the iconic Michael Caine movie The Italian Job (1969). In addition to starring in RTÉ children’s series Wanderley Wagon for nearly 14 years, Frank also wrote scripts for many episodes, sowing the seeds of his future stint as an award winning comedy writer on the current affairs satirical comedy programme “Hall’s Pictorial Weekly” running throughout the 70’s.

Frank wrote a parody Christmas song in 1982 which would become a career highlight and be fondly remembered forever more. The song was called “Christmas Countdown”, a sketch loosely based on the “12 Days of Christmas” carol. It would reach the top 10 of the Irish charts and the top 30 in the UK charts the following year. An album of the same name was released featuring the song plus sketches from Frank’s weekday RTÉ Radio programme, The Glen Abbey Show. In 2010 Frank was cast in ITV’s Emmerdale, one of the UK’s most popular soaps. His role concluded after a year on the show.


Theatrical Costumes



Creative Urge

Public Stream Link_Public:

Life Ring: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-01?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6



Ballykilferrit Towers

Festy’s Shannon Trip


The Bard of Wicklow

Rugby Match

Public Stream Link_Public:

Ballykilferrit Towers: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-06?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6



Corruption Day

Dear Frank (Part 1)

Tractor Hire

Festy at Spring Show


Public Stream Link_Public:

Corruption Day: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-11?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6



Hawaii 5-0

Beauty Contest

Ayatulla Céilí Band

Enforced Tourism

Bookshop (Part 1)

Public Stream Link_Public:

Hawaii 5-0: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-16?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6

FRIDAY 3RD JANInterviewFeshty Veruka

Dear Frank (Part 2)

Sand Lorry

Origins of Rugby

Public Stream Link_Public:

Interview: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-21?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6



Feshty Paris


Garda Checkpoint

Gilhooley’s Christmas Drinks

Swine Festival

Festy in USA

Bookshop (Part 2)

Public Stream Link_Public:

Feshty Paris: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-26?in=iml-crashed/sets/frank-kelly-the-glen-abbey/s-fJaw6

Christmas Countdown Stream Link_Public: https://soundcloud.com/iml-crashed/frank-kelly-christmas

Frank Kelly on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/frankkellyitunes