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Dancing, Dining and - Mamma Mia! - that Music!
It’s always party time with ABBA Forever, but when it’s the smash-hit Christmas show, a terrific night is guaranteed. This happy singalong extravaganza celebrates with a loud and proud fanfare by the world’s best ABBA tribute band, plus stunning audio visuals of ABBA’s seminal moments.
It’s the perfect Christmas party night out for your company, club or group.
There will be plenty of room for Dancing Queens [and Kings] to show their moves!
The party begins at 7pm when the doors to Ballymaloe Grainstore open and everyone is welcomed with a complimentary glass of mulled wine.
Head upstairs to enjoy a fork supper by the wonderful Wildside Catering until 8:30pm when the band take the stage for two hours of nonstop, high-octane entertainment.
Expect a dazzling performance to include all the iconic hits: Mamma Mia!; Waterloo; Dancing Queen; S.O.S; Money, Money Money; Take a Chance on Me; The Winner Takes It All; Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!; Knowing Me Knowing You; Fernando; Name of the Game, and many more.
More reasons to celebrate: In April, ABBA released two brand new songs after 35 long years. And in July, the brand-new movie, Mama Mia: Here We Go Again, comes to screens around the world.
The musical based on their life is still packing theatres from Waterloo (pardon the pun!) to Timbuktu, and their music remains the most played on radio stations around the world.
ABBA rolls on!
Tickets for ABBA Forever – The Christmas Show are €55 which includes complimentary mulled wine, fork supper, and the show.
There is plenty of free parking at Ballymaloe Grainstore. But if you’d like to leave the driving to someone else, click here for a list of local taxi and transport companies.
ABOUT THE FORK SUPPER:
A fork supper is a light meal with a variety of delicious tastes. Waitstaff will pass a selection of plates while you mix and mingle with friends – all the courses can comfortably be eaten with a fork or fingers. Tables and chairs will be scattered around the Grainstore, but this isn’t the typical 'meat and two veg' seated dinner in a hotel function room. It will be informal, festive and absolutely delicious!
Local food hero Ted Berner of Wildside Catering is Swedish, so of course his menu will be inspired by his and ABBA’s native country. It might include meatballs in lingonberry sauce, gravlax or knäckebröd. But as always at Ballymaloe, the menu will be devised just days before and based on what’s available locally.
ABOUT ABBA FOREVER:
Abba Forever was formed and is led by Dennis Scally, a London born musician who has been at the top of the music game for many years.
For 13 years, while based in Los Angles, he was the musical director for The Supremes and toured the world with them. He moved back to Europe 12 years ago and formed ABBA Forever.
A virtuoso keyboard player, he really shines at all the great ABBA keyboard parts.
Lead guitar is Rae Daniel, also from London. Rae has played with various bands and shows down through the years including the London “Mamma Mia” West End show.
A feature of the ABBA Forever show is Dennis and Rae swapping lightning fast guitar and keyboard licks.
On lead vocals are Lucinda O’Connell and Marie O’Hara. Lucinda has starred in “Jesus Christ Superstar” as Mary Magdalene, while Marie has appeared in touring productions of “Grease,” “Phantom of the Opera” and many more.
You will not hear better ABBA voices anywhere. Both singers have Irish family connections and love touring here to catch up with relatives!