We had the honor of being invited to Áras an Uachtaráin on the 10th March to present the President with a copy of Ollie Jenning’s radio documentary “The Galway Years” based on a live recording of my theatre show of the same name. We brought some guests and had afternoon tea in the state drawing room.
On the 13th and 14th March I shall be returning to the Town Hall Studio to continue my series of memoir shows with “The Glasgow Years” By rights this is the first in the series but we decided to open with “The Galway Years” this time out because there was such a great demand for it. It is my intention to perform the whole series in sequence over five or six nights at art festivals throughout the planet, so if you are interested in booking the series or would like more information please contact me by email at email@example.com
photo/design James Cronin
“Sparkplug” will be touring throughout 2015 beginning with an appearance at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon. You can book this beautiful character to perform this award winning show as part of your festival or venue program via the contact link on this page.
Little John Nee “Irish Times Best Sound Designer 2012 for Sparkplug”
“Imagine Garrison Keillor relocating to Ulster’s northwest in the company of Tom Waits and D’Unbelievables and you get an idea of Nee’s singularly enjoyable production” Mick Heaney Irish Times 13/9/12 Star Rating ★★★★
“…bringing to mind something like Katherine Dunn’s novel Geek Love, with its traveling carnival, as Tullyglen community looks forward to “vintage day”, or John McGahern, with its clear-eyed take on a world that is not as it first appears.” Siobhán Kane irishtheatremagazine 11/9/12 Star rating: ★★★★
“A mesmerising piece of theatre balanced somewhere between the stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and a zen meditation session. The evening made me feel as if I was a child again, enthralled by a magical story…” Michael Harding Irish Times 22/3/13
To begin with vinyl and c.d. copies of the album can be bought in Galway at “Bell, Book and Candle” The Small Crane, Sea Rd. and in Letterkenny at The Regional Cultural Centre Port Rd. and Universal Books Church Lane. This first pressing is a limited run on our own brand new “Oldtone Records” label, We will also be selling digital downloads as well as vinyl and c.d. from our bandcamp page. (at present only downloads available here)
When I first started performing in Dublin in 1982 I used to put on my make-up in the gentlemen’s washroom in the basement of Bewley’s coffee shop on Grafton St. -they had great big mirrors- and off I’d head onto the street. I had some great fun and many mighty adventures on Grafton St. I met many good people and made many great friends so it is particularly thrilling for me to announce that our new album “Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta” will be launched in Bewley’s Theatre Grafton St. on Sunday 7th November at 7pm (doors 6.30). The event is being hosted by The Sober Sessions, tickets will be limited so please come early to avoid disappointment, spread the word! Looking forward to seeing yous x
“The Galway Years” first performed as a work in progress as part of my Theatre Artist Residency in the Town Hall Theatre is returning to the Town Hall Studio for two nights in October this time with the inclusion of some some songs and music. As part of a series of memoir shows this performance begins in Galway 1986, includes the early days of Macnas and assorted adventures, on stage, screen and street corners.
Friday September 19th is Culture Night and Sparkplug Callaghan will be adventuring on a epic scale the likes of which would leave Jack Kerouac and Hunter Thompson in the Ha’penny place