'Music is the saviour'

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

IT IS a mark of the man that Christy Dignam, who has endured far more than his fair share of struggles and hard times, has borne his illness - a rare form of terminal cancer - with great dignity and stoicism.

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Handel’s Messiah - 'always dramatic and satisfying'

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

AN ANNUAL favourite, the Irish Baroque Orchestra’s production of Handel’s glorious masterpiece, Messiah, returns to Galway on Saturday December 10 at 7.30pm, with the work directed by the artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Monica Hugget, world renowned for her expressive and impassioned performances.

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Things going swimmingly for Lisa Hannigan

Thu, Nov 24, 2016

LISA HANNIGAN comes to Seapoint next week on the crest of a wave with her new album, At Swim, enjoying universal critical acclaim. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, the record follows her double-platinum, Mercury, and Choice Music Prize-nominated debut Sea Sew, and 2011’s chart-topping Passenger.

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Wyvern Lingo - new sounds, supporting Hozier, and supporting refugees

Thu, Nov 17, 2016

IT HAS been an extraordinary 12 months for Wicklow trio Wyvern Lingo. They have re-invented their sound and struck out on a new musical path, played to their largest audiences to date by supporting Hozier and James Vincent McMorrow on their British tours, and began the preparations for their highly anticipated debut album.

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The return of David Kitt

Thu, Nov 10, 2016

IT HAS been seven years since David Kitt last released a solo album, with 2009’s The Nightsaver, but the time since then has not been seven years in the wilderness, rather it has been a time of intense productivity for the Dubliner, heralding a creative rebirth - on many fronts.

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'I write in books as much as in individual poems'

Thu, Nov 03, 2016

GALWAY POET Mary O'Malley recently published her latest volume of poems, Playing the Octopus, her fourth collection with Carcanet Press and her eighth in all since her 1990 debut, A Consideration of Silk.

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'So many passages in Playboy are almost songs anyway'

Thu, Oct 27, 2016

A PRIZE-winner in New York and an audience hit at Cúirt, Justin McCarthy and Diarmuid de Faoite’s rollicking musical version of Playboy of the Western World hits the Town Hall Theatre next week for a five night run.

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'I approach it all in a pretty gentle way, but I'm nasty as hell'

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

WHEN AUSTRALIAN comedian Sam Simmons brings his award winning show, Not A People Person, to this month's Vodafone Comedy Carnival, it will be a double first debut for the Adelaide native.

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Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards touches down at Comedy Carnival

Thu, Oct 06, 2016

AMONG THE many colourful characters rocking up in Galway for the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, few are more colourful than Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, the unlikely star of 1988’s Winter Olympics in Calgary and Great Britain’s first-ever Olympic ski jumper.

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The Queen Has Vanished – a play about loss and hope

Thu, Oct 06, 2016

THE BABORÓ International Children's Festival is just a couple of weeks away and one of the top attractions will be the Flemish ensemble Kopergietery, one of Europe’s most exciting theatre companies, with its original play, The Queen Has Vanished, a beautiful story that speaks about loss, sadness and hope.

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Rubber souls

Thu, Sep 29, 2016

“A MAN is least himself when he talks in his own person,” observed Oscar Wilde. “Give him a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.” While Wilde would undoubtedly have sniffed at their suspect sartorial style - cheap tracksuits, gaudy jewellery, balaclavas expertly fashioned from plastic shopping bags - it seems likely he would have otherwise heartily approved of comedy hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits.

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'It takes over your whole life'

Thu, Sep 29, 2016

THE COMPLEX subject of anorexia is addressed in a powerful, award-winning play, Overshadowed, written by Eva O’Connor, which comes to the Town Hall Theatre for one night only.

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Whose Line is it Anyway? star Colin Mochrie in Comedy Carnival ‘improv summit’

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

IN THE 1980s and 1990s, Whose Line Is It Anyway? was the cream of Channel 4’s comedy output. It was unmissable, and spawned a host of spin-offs including the hugely successful US series of the same name. If you have ever watched the show you will understand that when it goes right it is the funniest thing ever. When it goes wrong, it’s even better.

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'I can only write about immediate horror, like pulling a muscle in your back'

Mon, Sep 19, 2016

SO COW'S last album found him pondering the effect of his thirties, both personal and social, on his life, but his latest opus is full blown self consciousness about middle age, social anxiety, and backaches.

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‘He’s a lonely guy but with a huge heart’

Thu, Sep 08, 2016

TWENTY YEARS after they gave the play its world premiere and it became one of the company’s greatest successes, Druid are revisiting The Beauty Queen of Leenane for a landmark new production which opens this month in the Town Hall Theatre.

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'Whenever I hear Brahms' music I feel spine tinglingly alive'

Wed, Sep 07, 2016

SYBIL FAWLTY may not have appreciated the eternal genius of Johannes Brahms, calling his Symphony No 3 "that racket". Thankfully Galway has a better appreciation of the man's music than Basil's "little nest of vipers".

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'I've always had a love affair with innuendo'

Thu, Sep 01, 2016

WHEN AL Porter first discovered Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd, he declared "I have found my people", seeing in their bawdy, innuendo laden, humour, a sense of mirth chiming very deeply with his own.

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Proust Questionnaire

Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Sharon Nolan is a bisexual rainbow-haired activist living in Galway city. She’s also the director of social media on the 2016 Galway Pride Festival committee.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

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The joyful sounds of The Dustbowl Revival

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

BLUEGRASS, SWING, hot jazz, pre-war blues, Southern soul, New Orleans funk - The Dustbowl Revival is an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending, dance party.

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'It's a name that suits the kind of music we produce'

Thu, Aug 04, 2016

"OVERHEAD THE albatross, hangs motionless upon the air, and deep beneath the rolling waves, in labyrinths of coral caves, an echo of a distant time, comes willowing across the sand, and everything is green and submarine."

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