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‘We’re not comedians by the way’

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

The Rubberbandits. Photo:- Steve Ullathorne.

THE RUBBERBANDITS, the satirical hip hop duo of Blindboy Boat Club and Mr Chrome, who had dominated Irish comedy through their shows, hit songs like ‘Horse Outside’, radio appearances, and videos going viral, seemed to go very quiet, very suddenly, over the last year and a half.

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Take a stroll through Joyce’s Ulysses

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Robert Grogan as Molly Bloom in Strolling Through Ulysses.

THIS EVENING [April 16] at 8.30pm Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop hosts Robert Gogan’s entertaining and illuminating show on James Joyce’s Ulysses, entitled Strolling Through Ulysses.

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Reduced Shakespeare Company reduce The Complete History of Comedy

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

FOLLOWING A hugely successful season at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Reduced Shakespeare Company arrive in the Town Hall Theatre next week as part of their roistering new tour of The Complete History of Comedy (abridged).

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Cathy Belton revelling in her role on Red Rock

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Renmore born actress Cathy Belton.

Cathy Belton has excelled at playing a a slightly scary TV character in the form of Red Rock’s Patricia Hennessy so one could be forgiven for thinking the Galway woman might resemble the ice-queen in real life. However the charming, softly spoken, actress could not be more different to the villainous Hennessy matriarch.

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‘We’re not afraid to experiment and shake things up’

Thu, Apr 02, 2015

AN ARCHITECT, a university lecturer, and a fine artist hardly sounds like a combination that could create thrilling, high energy, indie-electro dance music, but these are the day jobs of Belfast’s Not Squares, and that is the kind of music they make when they are together.

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'I absolutely hated going to school. Every day I went there I was nervous'

Thu, Apr 02, 2015

MEET PAKIE, an orphan, storyteller, adventurer, and survivor. He may not be the sharpest tool in the box, but he does know the history of his native town, from vicious Vikings to less-than Christian Brothers.

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Sharon Murphy - two Galway concerts

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Sharon Murphy.

HAVING WOWED the judges, Tom Jones in particular, and audiences with her performances on The Voice UK, Clifden singer-songwriter Sharon Murphy brings her soulful sound back to the west of Ireland with two gigs in Galway - one in Monroe’s Live and the other during Cúirt.

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Áine Phillips - charting the history of Irish performance art

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Aine Phillips performing Red Weight in Krakow in 2013. Photo:- Mieszko Stanislawski

ON THURSDAY March 23 at 6pm, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop hosts the launch of Performance Art in Ireland: a History, edited by west of Ireland artist Áine Phillips, the first book devoted to past and contemporary forms of performance art in both the North and the Republic.

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Wine, women, and song!

Thu, Mar 05, 2015

The Nualas.

THE WORD ‘bespectacled’ is usually preceded or followed by the term ‘mild-mannered’, but there is nothing ‘mild-mannered’ about the bespectacled trio of wild women in sequinned mini-skirts that go by name The Nualas.

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The chef, the cyclist, and the photographer

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

The Kenny family as photographed by Reg Gordon.

CHUTZPAH, RESTLESSNESS, imagination and no little skill across a range of disciplines have all played their part in photographer Reg Gordon’s eventful and varied career path.

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‘I like to be in America!’

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

ON THE mean streets of New York’s Upper West Side, where rival gangs jostle for territory, and will fight dirty for it, where newly arrived immigrants compete among themselves - and against other ethnicities - to survive in a society hostile to them, two young people fall in love.

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Jape - electronic tales from a Malmö resident

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Richie Egan.

MALMÖ LIES at the very southwestern tip of Sweden’s Øresund strait. The nation’s third largest city, it is connected to the Danish capital Copenhagen via the massive, five mile long, Øresund Bridge. It is also home to many immigrant communities, mostly Middle Eastern and Eastern European, but among them is an Irishman, Richie Egan, better known as Jape.

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13 Hours, 11 songs, one rollicking, rootsy feast

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

DEVOTEES OF American roots and rockabilly should check out 13 Hours, the latest release from Joe Fury & The Hayride, which is guaranteed to get juke joints jumping, shebeens swinging, and honky-tonks hopping.

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‘It is all about stories’

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

THERE IS no doubt that one of this year’s hottest tickets in Irish theatre is Decadent Theatre Company’s imminent production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, which opens in the Town Hall Theatre later this month. So despite what you hear on the radio, Galway, not Dublin, gets to see the Irish premiere.

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‘I always wanted to have a career in performing’

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

SHE IS best known as Winnie McGoogan in her brother Brendan’s sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys, but now Eilish O’Carroll takes her own turn in the limelight with her acclaimed autobiographical solo show, Live Love, Laugh.

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The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

THEATRE LOVETT brings its unique brand of theatrical magic to the Town Hall Theatre next week with its latest touring show, The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly, by Australian author Finegan Kruckemeyer.

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Donal O’Kelly sets sail again with Catalpa

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

WRITER/PERFORMER Donal O’Kelly is taking to the theatrical high seas again with one of his most celebrated plays, Catalpa, which hoves to at the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday February 7.

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‘It’s all about political corruption’

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

THE FIRST ‘homegrown’ theatre highlight of the year is Theatrecorp’s staging of one of the greatest of all Jacobean tragedies - John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi - in the Black Box Theatre on Tuesday February 3. First staged around 1614, it is a dark and bloody drama about class, corruption, power, intrigue, murder, and madness.

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‘It turns the whole comedy gig format on its head’

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

“THE WHEEL of Fortune, round it goes, where it stops nobody knows” goes the old fairground cry and for Jason Byrne’s new show that cry will be the maxim of the night, taking the audience and the comedian himself into uncharted, maybe even unchartable, territory.

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Soundtracks for Superpowers

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich.

SOUNDTRACKS FOR Superpowers, Music For Galway’s 2015 midwinter festival comes to the Town Hall Theatre from Friday January 16 to Sunday 18, focusing on two composers who towered over their respective centuries - Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich.

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