'You can’t beat the live experience'

Thu, Jul 21, 2016

ONE OF the hottest Irish acts on the circuit right now is soulful Cork troubadour Brian Deady, whose latest album, Non-Fiction, has met with wide critical acclaim. The Sunday Times called it "bare-knuckle and remarkable" while The Irish Times declared Deady as "a new soul star".

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'I couldn't believe people had no problem with who I was'

Thu, Jul 14, 2016

THERE IS no standing still in the world of Villagers' leader, vocalist, and songwriter Conor J O'Brien. The Ivor Novello winning, Mercury Prize nominated, artist has undergone a prolific last 18 months, releasing two albums and seeing his music evolve in new and different directions.

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'Galway is always special'

Thu, Jul 14, 2016

AMONG THE many storming music gigs I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in Galway, one of them was the first time I saw Hothouse Flowers, all of 30 years ago, during the arts festival, when they raised the roof and rocked the joint big time at the Burren Mount Hotel.

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Take a journey through the life of Eileen Gray

Thu, Jul 07, 2016

EILEEN GRAY defied categorisation throughout her long life. Born in Enniscorthy, Wexford, in 1878, she was one of the foremost furniture designers and architects of the last century, with her iconic Dragon Chair fetching the highest ever price at auction for a piece of 20th century furniture, yet many people are not familiar with her.

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'It’s very exciting to see Hollywood waking up to the feminist cause'

Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Cinema buffs and movie fanatics galore are flocking to town for the Galway Film Fleadh and among the VIP attendees is Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, the screenwriter whose credits include the smash hit rom-coms 10 Things I Hate About You, Ella Enchanted, and Legally Blonde.

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The 'Led Zeppelin of the banjo'

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

WE BANJO Three are a band on the move. They have spent the last few months criss-crossing the USA - including playing for Barack Obama; wowing the Japanese; and recording their soon to be released new album. Now their sights are set on being the biggest band in the world - from Galway.

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'In Enda’s work there is always hope'

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

IT HAS been six years since Charlie Murphy, then fresh from the Gaiety School of Acting, first made an impact with audiences in the role of Siobhan in RTE’s Love/Hate, for which she twice won an IFTA as best actress.

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Cameron Russell - looks, modelling, and the eye of the beholder

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

OF ALL the participants in this year’s Galway International Arts Festival it is probably a safe bet to say that Cameron Russell is the most glamorous.

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'Beckett has been part of my imaginative landscape all my life'

Thu, Jun 23, 2016

TWO MEN, in worn out, dishevelled clothes and bowler hats, wait under a tree on the side of the road. They are waiting for a man called Godot. They don't know much about him, other than that he has a beard and perhaps the offer of some work, but will he ever come?

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Sanctuary - Blue Teapots hit the big screen at Fleadh

Thu, Jun 16, 2016

THE CLOSING film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh is Sanctuary, the screen adaptation of the acclaimed play from Blue Teapot Theatre Company, exploring the issue of sexual and romantic relationships between intellectually disabled people.

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'Okey doke, we're loive, let's take the mickey out of it'

Thu, Jun 09, 2016

FOUR DAYS from now the Republic of Ireland begins its Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden, followed five days later by an encounter against the world No 1 Belgium. By the time the 'boys in green' face Italy on Wednesday June 22, all - or maybe nothing - will hinge on this match.

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‘I’ve wanted to do this play for a long, long time’

Thu, Jun 09, 2016

JULY MAY well be festival time in Galway with all sorts of wonderful shows to look forward to, but June also has one great, unmissable treat in store; Decadent Theatre’s new production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir.

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'We thought, what’s the least zeitgeisty thing we can do?'

Thu, Jun 02, 2016

NIGHT THOUGHTS, Suede's seventh studio album, is a dark, ambitious, exploration of the fear and frailty of human relationships. The band will play the album in full as part of their performance at the Galway International Arts Festival, forming the musical backdrop — literally — to a feature film created by Roger Sargent to accompany the album.

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Lynched mob

Thu, Jun 02, 2016

AFTER A stunning performance last autumn on Later…with Jools Holland, and a whirlwind tour of Britain, Ireland's latest folk sensations Lynched have seen their popularity soar.

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La Bohème - 'a musical treat'

Thu, May 26, 2016

GIACOMO PUCCINI'S much-loved classic La Bohème comes to the Town Hall Theatre next week in a lively new staging from Opera Theatre Company. It promises a breathtaking experience for newcomers and opera fans alike, with ravishing music and thrilling arias and ensembles.

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Reginald D Hunter - he lives by the 'Sward'

Thu, May 19, 2016

Aluminium may be the third most abundant element in the earth's crust, and it may have a wide variety of practical everyday uses, but it never conjures up the image of strength and indomitability the alloy 'Steel' does.

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'It’s that idea of young people being isolated wherever you are'

Thu, May 12, 2016

GALWAY'S FREGOLI Theatre is on quite a roll at the moment. The company presented Mary, Mary, Mary at last week’s Galway Theatre Festival and next week it takes to the Town Hall Theatre main stage with the welcome return of the much-acclaimed play, Pleasure Ground by Jarlath Tivnan.

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Witches, bitches, and britches

Thu, May 05, 2016

WHEN GEORGE Frideric Handel was writing and casting his play Radamisto in 1720, he intended the title role to be performed by Francesco Bernardi, the singer better known as Senesino. However, when Senesino became unavailable, Handel gave that male role to Margherita Durastanti instead.

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Poet Steve Luttrell - the Maine man

Thu, May 05, 2016

THE AMERICAN poet and editor Steve Luttrell's first visit to Ireland will see him read at the Over The Edge Writers Gathering at Galway City Museum on Friday May 13 at 8pm, along with local poets Stephen Byrne and Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin.

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‘A beautiful show about what goes on in a hospice’

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

DUBLIN THEATRE ensemble WillFredd have only been around for five years but in that time have earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s most imaginative and exciting young companies. Now it brings its acclaimed show, Care, to the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday May 6 at 8pm as part of the Galway Theatre Festival.

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