NewBliss play premiere at Cushendun

Keith Donald. INBM18-15
Keith Donald. INBM18-15

This May Bank holiday weekend, Cushendun will host the very first performance of a brand new play by Keith Donald, a renowned saxophone and clarinet player.

Over six decades, Keith has played with some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Van Morrison, Ronnie Drew, The Moving Hearts and Christy Moore…and he’s now turning his talents to theatre.

Keith’s play, NewBliss, tells the story of his professional life from his first public performance at the age of ten to playing high profile gigs in North America, Africa, Europe and Ireland.

Through poetry, storytelling and music, Keith recounts the highs and lows of a career in the music industry spanning six decades, half of which was spent under the shadow of alcoholism. NewBliss is an insight into the life of a musician, from pit orchestra gigs to pay the bills all the way through to sold out stadium tours.

It is also a deeply personal, heart-warming story of triumph over addiction.

Keith spent much of his childhood in the Glens and it is a place close to his heart. He is delighted that NewBliss will have its first outing as part of Cushendun’s Big Arts Weekend.

So why not take the coast road to Knocknacarry Hall on Saturday 2nd May for a play full of beautiful music, plenty of craic, and perhaps a wee bit of inspiration.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit