Geneva Literary Aid Society

Author: Denis McClean

Sharon Shannon plays up a storm

GLAS suppporters got a real treat last night as Sharon Shannon and her band made their Geneva debut to a packed house at the Centre des Arts, on Ecolint’s La Grande Boissière campus. She surrounds herself with great musicians: Jim Murray (acoustic guitar), Sean Regan (fiddle, percussion and beatbox) and Jack Maher (electric guitar and…

Standing ovation for Luka Bloom

Luka Bloom, Denis McClean and Eoghan O'Sullivan, Collège des Coudriers, Geneva, 1 April 2017 (Photo by Lars Solberg)

Luka Bloom’s agent in Switzerland told me that in all the Swiss German towns Luka performed in before coming to Geneva last Saturday his songs were met with polite applause but an uncomprehending silence greeted his stories about the songs. Saturday night’s sold-out show for GLAS, packed with Irish and other anglophone expats, must have…

Thank you Fishamble!

Another great night – and a standing ovation – in the annals of GLAS. Among the many newcomers, the renowned opera singer, musician, polyglot, polymath, Kirsti Griffiths, attended her first GLAS event last night, Fishamble’s Little Thing, Big Thing which was a sell-out and raised CHF4,500 for the Edith Wilkins Foundation for Street Children. Kirsti…

Superb gig by Ardal

Ardal O’Hanlon played a superb gig in Geneva last night as a guest of the Geneva Literary Aid Society. It raised CHF8,250 for the Edith Wilkins Foundation for Street Children in Darjeeling, India. A great night was had by all. He was even coaxed into singing a verse of My Lovely Horse from his Fr.…

Standing ovation for Silent

GLAS raised 7,000 Swiss Francs for the Edith Wilkins Foundation for Street Children last night thanks to a spellbinding performance by Pat Kinevane in the Fishamble Theatre’s production of “Silent” directed by Jim Culleton. There were moments of great humour, grace and beauty throughout the piece during which the homeless street beggar Tino McGoldrick tells…