'I want everyone to have fun, but I want to throw in truth bombs as well'

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

PAUL CURRIE'S comedy is like few others on the circuit right now. It is a compelling mixture of sketch comedy, theatre of the absurd, puppetry, slapstick, and mime, delivered with great physicality and energy, and usually, without the comic uttering a single word.

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The Floating world of Finbar at Baboró

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

RUNNING ALL this week at NUI Galway’s O’Donoghue Centre is Floating, a swirling, surging, colour-filled rush of an exhibition by Finbar McHugh, as part of the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

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'Baboró is crucial because it is an outlet which shows children they can express themselves'

Thu, Oct 18, 2018

THE 2018 Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is in full swing and continues until this Sunday. This week’s Baboró Ambassador is Michaela McDermott, the children’s section manager of Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, where she has been working since 2014.

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'We are ambitious. We're looking to go as far as we can'

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

SOMETIMES THE hype is justified. When The Last Mixed Tape call The Clockworks “a band definitely on the verge of breaking through”, Outcast magazine declared them ”Ireland's next big thing”; and U&I described them as the kind of group “the Irish music scene has been overdue for some time”, it was not talk. It is fact.

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The Young King - a royal treat for Baboró audiences

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

ONE OF the highlights of next week’s Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will be when acclaimed Australian theatre company, Slingsby, brings to the stage its award-winning adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s story The Young King.

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Enya Martin - 'I saw it as a hobby'

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

FROM COMEDY sketches about Dublin huns and Irish mammies to famous Hollywood films reinterpreted with a Dublin twist and everything in between, it is likely you will have come across the work of Enya Martin if you are a regular user of Facebook.

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Fregoli at the double with The Streets Are Ours and The Heart Project

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

FREGOLI THEATRE Company take to the stage of Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre with a revival of its fine recent play, The Streets Are Ours, by Robert Higgins. One of the hit shows of this year’s Galway Theatre Festival, it returns on October 10 and 11, prior to a short national tour.

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'Mystic Time Bird is my best show yet'

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

AMONG THE flock of fab comics winging their way to Galway for next month’s Vodafone Comedy Carnival is New Zealander Rhys Darby, best known as Murray from HBO’s Flight Of The Conchords and Steve in Wrecked.

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'Comedy is huge in Galway - I just delved right in'

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

SARAH O'GORMAN'S entry into comedy came via a mixture of geography, circumstance, and finding herself standing next to Phill Jupitus. Today she is auditor of the NUIG Comedy Society, and is about to make her second appearance at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway.

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Beoga plays Róisín Dubh this weekend

Wed, Sep 26, 2018

THE SUMMER saw them support Ed Sheeran on his stadium tour of Ireland, but the autumn sees Beoga undertake their own Irish headline tour, including a show at the Róisín Dubh.

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A big hand for the little lady

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

SMALL IN stature but huge in comic talent, Tanyalee Davis is a feisty 3ft 6” Canadian comedian who has been described as the Ferrari of comedy – low to the ground and racy. She has performed all over the world and featured on flagship comedy TV shows like Live at the Apollo and The John Bishop Show. Now, she is taking her sparky brand of sharp comedy and candid stories to next month’s Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway.

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'That’s my tribe'

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

JOE HENRY, the acclaimed singer-songwriter, is in Galway next week for an intimate gig at the Black Gate Cultural Centre. Since his 1986 debut, Talk Of Heaven, he has released 14 albums, with his most recent, 2017’s Thrum, hailed by American Songwriter as "literate, lovely, and artfully created".

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‘I was struggling with things in my life, but I was also inspired’

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

HOW DO you categorise a band like WHY? Indie-pop? Indie-rock? Alternative Hip Hop? Don’t bother trying. The band is all these things, and is also beyond the confines of those genres. It’s why WHY? matter. It’s why Alopecia remains an album worth celebrating.

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Danny O'Brien - Prison, motorcycles, and to Australia and back

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

DANNY O’BRIEN has been in prison. No, he has not been incarcerated, nor has he committed any misdemeanours. The comedian was performing stand-up sets for in-mates of Mountjoy and Wheatfield gaols - an experience which has inspired his latest show, Lock-In.

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'I’ve always loved working with Garry'

Thu, Sep 06, 2018

REHEARSALS BEGAN this week for Druid Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Garry Hynes, and which runs at the Town Hall in the last week of September.

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Jimmy’s Hall - The Abbey’s rollicking 'céilí play'

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

A HIGHLIGHT of the Town Hall’s autumn programme is the September visit of the Abbey Theatre with its rollicking stage adaptation of Ken Loach's critically acclaimed film, Jimmy’s Hall.

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'We’ve encoded our folk memory in language'

Thu, Aug 30, 2018

GLOBE-TROTTING Gaeilgeoir extraordinaire, Manchán Magan, brings two delightful interactive shows to the Town Hall Theatre next month, where he will invite audiences to explore and celebrate Irish language and culture.

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'I think that still makes me Europe’s fastest joke teller'

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

“IT'S BEEN about 20 years since I last played Galway,” Tim Vine begins our interview, and that is before I have even got the chance to ask him a question. “I was just looking through my diaries; I’ve got every diary I kept ever since I started doing comedy so it will be listed here somewhere, I just can’t find it right now.”

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Hero - 'a rambunctious and testosterone-fuelled' love story

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

“THIS IS a man’s world/but it don’t mean nothing without a woman or a girl," James Brown famously sang and it is a view probably shared by Smithy, the protagonist of Ken Rogan’s acclaimed comedy-drama, Hero, which is coming to the Town Hall Theatre.

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Finding 'Haven' with We Banjo 3

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

ALL-CONQUERING Galway ‘Celt-grass’ combo We Banjo 3 have released their fifth album, Haven, which is garnering great reviews from critics. The Irish Times has enthused over "Enda Scahill’s brilliantly metronomic banjo, which trades notes with brother Fergal’s sweeping fiddle and Martin Howley’s sparkling mandolin"; Glide magazine found the album "exuberant, enthralling and imbued with emotion"; and The Country Note hailed it as "a stellar album from start to finish".

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