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Summer at IMMA presents a free music and performance programme on Sunday afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of the IMMA Courtyard. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy a wide range of atmospheric and exciting music events, all free of charge! The Music in the Courtyard programme seeks to present up and coming artists as well as host well-known names.

Upcoming performances

During the month of June we look forward to performances with acts such as Robert Gogan – Strolling Through Ulysses! and a Family Céilí.  Check out the full programme details below.

Please note that events will proceed in rain or shine and that the ground surface may be uneven in places, so bring appropriate footwear.


Programme Details

Music in the Courtyard upcoming performances.

Strolling Through Ulysses!
Sun 16 June
3 - 4.30 pm

Have you ever read a book that included a toilet visitation, a bar room brawl, an act of seduction, naughty shenanigans on a beach, lewd thoughts, adultery and a detailed description of urinating in a back garden? And all this happening in just one day! If you haven’t then you haven’t read James Joyce’s Ulysses 

Ulysses is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, novel ever written. Speaking about Ulysses, Joyce once famously declared, “there is not one serious line in it.”  

But how many people have ever read it? Very few have made it beyond the first few episodes; they usually become entangled in Joyce’s style of writing and presentation and get completely lost and confused. 

But Robert Gogan, the writer, actor and Joycean enthusiast is here to help – and he’s on a mission! Gogan’s mission is to introduce everybody to the fun and laughter of Ulysses and to make the great novel accessible to anyone who wants to read it. 

Strolling Through Ulysses! Is a one-man show that tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday – 16 June, 1904 – the iconic day around which James Joyce’s Ulysses is based.  

Have a great evening’s fun and entertainment, because James Joyce and Ulysses is coming to IMMA. Robert Gogan will be performing Strolling Through Ulysses! as part of the IMMA Summers for one performance only, on Bloomsday, Sunday 16 June.


Family Céilí at IMMA
Sun 23 June
3pm

Join us for a free outdoor Family Céilí in IMMA Courtyard with brilliant live trad music and Céilí Caller Louise O’Connor who will put you through your paces. 

We will have simple two hand dances, a waltz or two and circle dances which will be suitable for all ages and dancing abilities. Music will be by Eibhlín Ní Bhaoighill and Séamus Byrne, who will have songs and tunes for all tastes. We will also have some sean nós dance performers on the day.  

Whether you’re tapping your feet to a reel or joining a céilí, Irish traditional music and dance bring people together, celebrating culture, community, and the joy of movement.   

Louise O’Connor is a fiddle player and sean nós dancer from County Clare and teaches set dancing at The Cobblestone Pub and regularly runs live band Céilí nights at the Teachers Club. She has been immersed in music and dance since the age of 7.  She has performed and taught at festivals around Ireland and internationally, including the London Irish Centre St Patricks Festival and Tonn Nua festival in Berlin this year. 


The Newpark Academy of Music Big Band
Sun 7 July
3pm

A spectacular mix of jazz and swing amateurs and professional players of all ages come together and practice for one week before performing a once off free concert at IMMA.  

Newpark Academy concerts are a delightful blend of jazz, Latin, and guest collaborations. If you attend one, prepare to be transported by the magic of live music 

Jazz at Newpark presents – Newpark Big Band Summer Concert. 

Come and join us for this free concert, set in the stunning backdrop of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It will be a spectacular evening of jazz music with an array of talented musicians performing a vibrant and diverse musical style. 

There is a vast musical and social history of jazz music and its development, Newpark Academy of Music continues to contribute to this ever changing and exciting musical genre.