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Frank & JJ McNamara: The Apple and The Tree

Saturday April 23, 2022
Frank and JJ McNamara in concert.
Show Date & Time:
Saturday April 23, 8:00pm
Ticket Price:

€17.50, Family of Four €50

Booking fee:


Two great pianists, one great concert

Beethoven: Pathetique Sonata – Frank McNamara
Beethoven: Appassionata Sonata – JJ McNamara


Chopin: Ballade No 3 Frank McNamara
Chopin: Ballade No 4 JJ McNamara
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No 1 Frank McNamara
Liszt: Waltz from Gounod’s Faust – JJ McNamara

Encores – some bonus fun 4 hands one piano pieces.

Like his father, JJ McNamara (now 23) was a child prodigy pianist and has enthralled audiences for years all over Ireland, UK and Europe with his dazzling technique and profound musicianship. People would always say to his father Frank, veteran of Late Late Show with Gay Byrne, “ah the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”. Frank too was a child prodigy. In fact he was only 19 when he became the musical director of the Late Late Show in 1979, a position he held until Gay Byrne retired in 1999.

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Frank and JJ are taking to the stage together to perform a series of joint concerts. The Apple and the Tree go on tour! This unique father and son duo will perform in over 20 venues all across Ireland. They will be performing Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. The music is carefully selected by Frank and JJ to bring the maximum audience enjoyment.

Both father and son pianists are anxious to do two things: play great music and have fun with the audiences. They feel very strongly that too often, classical music concerts are “stuffy” and often the performers feel that they can’t have too much fun with the audience. On this concert, the beautiful music will be interspersed with fun stories.

One of Frank and JJ’s goals is to inspire and encourage younger people to engage with classical music.  It can be fun!  Beethoven was the rock and roll of the 18th Century, Chopin and Liszt were the pop stars of the 19th.  As a result we are offering a ticket price of €50 (excluding booking fee) for a family of four.

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How To Book


We are now using electronic tickets. When you book you will now get a link to an electronic ticket. This can be presented on your phone for scanning on arrival at the venue. Alternately you can choose to download and print your ticket at home. Just be sure to have the QR code clearly visible for scanning.



Our box office is now currently open for in person and phone enquiries from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Our cafe has now reopened for indoor and outdoor dining. Opening hours are 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.


You can book online for most of our events. Just click on the Book Online link for your chosen event and follow the instructions.

There is a €1 booking fee per ticket. These booking fees are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for credit.

All our online bookings are powered by our partner organisation Ticketsolve.


By Phone

VISA, Mastercard and Laser cards are accepted. Normal box office hours apply. Please direct all calls regarding ticket booking to our box office on 074 912 0777 (dial 1 for box office).

All other queries including info on venue hire, tech specs, etc., should be directed to our admin office on 074 9120777 (dial 2 for admin). Please note the admin office cannot take ticket bookings.

There is a €1 booking fee per ticket. These booking fees are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for credit.


In Person

Call in to our Box Office during opening hours: 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

On days we have an evening show the box office will be open from 6pm to 8pm.

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays unless there is a show in which case the box office will be open for two hours before the performance.

There is a €1 booking fee per ticket. These booking fees are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for credit.


Tickets cannot be refunded.

Tickets may be exchanged for a credit voucher (minus the cost of any booking fees).

Tickets must be exchanged at least 24 hours prior to the performance and within box office opening hours. If you have already collected your tickets you MUST return the tickets to us before you can exchange them.

Credit vouchers remain valid for one year from date of issue.


Terms & Conditions

  • The management reserve the right to refuse admission and to alter the cast of a production due to unforseen circumstances.
  • For safety reasons, buggies or carrycots are not permitted in the auditorium.
  • Cameras or recording devices are not permitted in the auditorium.
  • NB: Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off during performances.

Seating Plan