Rise up and shine - Elaine Feeney's 'multi-layred' take on poetry and life

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

EMPEROR DARTH Sidious ordered Lord Vadar to 'Rise...!' in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; WB Yeats threatened to "arise and go now, and go to Inishfree"; The Cardigans sang "Rise and shine my sister" - one word, yet each usage has very different connotations.

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Simon Armitage and ‘a good day’s work’ at poetry

Thu, Apr 13, 2017

AMONG THE hot tickets at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature, one of the hottest is Simon Armitage. Since making his debut with Zoom, in 1989, the prolific and versatile Yorkshireman has produced brilliant, award-winning works in poetry, prose, television, theatre and opera.

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'If you show your vulnerability people connect to that'

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

"WHEN THE conversations are over/in your car, by the sea,/You are still here/and so am I/after love." These are the opening lines of Dani Gill’s new poetry collection, After Love, which is published by Salmon and launched this Saturday at 2.30pm in the House Hotel.

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'Ilenkus is a marriage between sounds'

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

THERE ARE few sonic hurricanes of such intense fearsomeness as that which is unleashed by Galway post-metal band Ilenkus, and in their new EP, Hunger, they have delivered their most uncompromisingly ferocious music to date.

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Foil Arms and Hog - the end of Doomdah, the beginning of Oink

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

WHEN THE crowd in the Town Hall Theatre rose to give Foil Arms and Hog a standing ovation after they performance their show, Doomdah, last Friday night, it was a deserved accolade, but perhaps, for the comedians, a bittersweet one.

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'I felt part of the Irish and Caribbean communities at the same time'

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

THE 'GRACE' case, which has generated many headlines lately, has focused attention on the foster care system and its shortcomings. It is a story that adds topicality to the Cúirt appearance of Kit de Waal, whose much-praised novel My Name is Leon, conjures a world of broken families and fostering in 1980s London.

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'Music can express something poetry can’t - it gives extra emotional colour'

Thu, Mar 16, 2017

TWO VERY different albums - one a debut, the other something of a ‘comeback’ - are about to be released on the independent Galway record label Rusted Rail, and both will be launched at a forthcoming Citóg gig.

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A Swedish woman’s Galway view of Scandinavia

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

THE LAST Wilderness is set to be a milestone in the career of Galway based artist Cecilia Danell. Not only a major solo exhibition, opening in the Galway Arts Centre on Dominick Street, tomorrow evening, it will be the most extensive, and varied, display of work from this multi-talented creative to date.

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Dave at Large: remembering and reinventing Dave Allen

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

DAVE AT Large, a new comedy starring Bryan Murray, of Fair City and The Irish RM fame, tells the extraordinary story of the controversial and ground breaking Irish comedian Dave Allen, whose rise to fame saw him become one of the most challenging yet popular comedians and television personalities of his day.

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Eoin Colfer - Balancing laughs with pathos

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

GALWAY THEATRE-goers are in for a treat next weekend at the Town Hall with two performances of the achingly funny and touching drama, My Real Life, written by Eoin Colfer and performed by Don Wycherley.

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Omid Djalili - taking on the schmucks of this world

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

"NEVER USE schmuck lightly, or in the presence of women and children," wrote Leo Rosten in his book, The Joys of Yiddish. Why? Because it is a very naughty word for the very naughty bits of a man.

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‘The far right don’t get the subtleties of provocative humour’

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

THE SCOTTISH scourge of Trump supporters; exposer of the hypocrisy of Alt-Right 'free speech’ advocates; an inveterate Tweeter; a star of TV, Vine, and webcams; author of “daft wee stories”; a phenomenon - Limmy is a Renaissance man of modern Comedy.

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‘I don’t know if I could have recorded this album until now’

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

ONE OF the critical hit albums of 2016 was Introducing Karl Blau, a 10-song set of sixties and seventies styled country gems that melded singer-songwriter Karl Blau’s mellifluous baritone with Tucker Martine’s silky production.

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Putting ‘the Big Fellow’ onstage

Thu, Feb 09, 2017

THE TUMULTUOUS life and times of Michael Collins is recreated in Declan Gorman’s gripping new play, The Big Fellow, based on Frank O’Connor’s classic 1937 biography, and which comes to the Town Hall Theatre this month.

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‘The work itself is magnetic, it draws me in’

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

MENTION GALWAY to Eddi Reader, and the Scottish singer is likely to go into a rhapsody about the city and county - and with good reason, it’s a place that appreciates her voice and music; it’s somewhere she has played often; and a region of deeply personal significance for her.

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“A truly amazing play” - Max Hafler on The Bacchae

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

THE BACCHAE, by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides, considered one of the greatest plays of all time, first performed in Athens, in 405 BC, powerfully dramatises the conflict between the emotional and rational sides of the human psyche.

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‘Trump’s hair might get caught in the helicopter blades, that’ll be the end of him’

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

IF YOU are going to Jason Byrne’s latest stand-up show, Propped Up, there is a good chance you might see the comic - or indeed find yourself - standing on stage wearing a wolf mask - If so, Galway city is to blame.

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All Tvvins - 'It's a good time to be playing this style of music'

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

2016 is not a year that will be looked back on fondly by many, but amid the international political turmoil, and high profile (premature) passings which began with David Bowie and concluded with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, there was a need to grasp hold of any shaft of light which came our way.

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James McMurtry - 'I get the stories from the characters'

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

STEPHEN KING has called him ‘the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation’, Rolling Stone hailed his most recent album, Complicated Game, as an "Americana masterpiece", while Voice of America declared he "writes songs filled with characters so real that you're sure they're going to climb out of the speakers and look you in the eyes."

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'A great celebration of youth'

Thu, Jan 12, 2017

PRODIGY, THIS year’s Music for Galway midwinter festival, will feature amazing music by brilliant prodigies from history like Mozart, Mendelssohn, Mahler, and Prokofiev, as well as present-day wunderkind Alma Deutscher, who will be making her Irish debut.

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