Album review: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

NO PARENT wants to outlive their child, to do so seems wrong, unnatural. When that child is wrenched from his mother and father so suddenly, in circumstances both extreme and tragic, coming to terms with it must be near impossible.

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Druid's The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Wed, Sep 21, 2016

LAST WEEK, Druid’s production of Helen and I concluded with the sound of rain pouring down outside the kitchen where the play’s action takes place. The Beauty Queen of Leenane opens with the same sound but where the rain in Helen and I signified release, in Beauty Queen it’s symptomatic of misery and confinement.

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Loner Deluxe - lunar folk and sci-fi sounds

Mon, Sep 19, 2016

"THERE IS abundant evidence that we are being contacted. Civilisations have been visiting us for a very long time. Their appearance is bizarre from any materialist Western point of view..."

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The vanished world of Cork’s Jews

Thu, Sep 15, 2016

JEWTOWN, SIMON Lewis’s debut poetry collection, published by Connemara's Doire Press, tells the story of Cork’s Jewish community, from their arrival fleeing pogroms in 19th century Czarist Russia, to the closure of the last synagogue at South Terrace in February 2016.

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Siblings picking at the scabs of old psychic wounds

Wed, Sep 14, 2016

A DESDERVED standing ovation greeted the conclusion of Helen and I, Meadhbh McHugh’s debut play for Druid at the Mick Lally Theatre, which surely announces the arrival of a fine new Irish writer.

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Album review: Ryley Walker

Thu, Sep 08, 2016

MUCH HAS been made of this album's apparent shift away from Walker's 1960s psych folk-rock influences towards a 1990s indie singer-songwriter dominated sound, but the music within does not contain any kind of either/or exclusion.

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'I’ll Tell You A Story': Johnny Magory in the Magical World

Thu, Sep 01, 2016

THIS COMING September 13 would have marked Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. While there will be a great deal of talk with regards to his wonderful books, especially the children’s books, somehow his work for adults rarely gets a mention.

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Theatre Review: Tape (Fregoli, Nun’s Island Theatre)

Wed, Aug 31, 2016

FREGOLI THEATRE has enjoyed a fine 2016 with its successful tour of Jarlath Tivnan’s Pleasure Ground, followed by this latest production, a strong staging of American author Stephen Belber’s intense three-hander, Tape.

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Album review: Field Mouse

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

DESPITE THEIR death before dishonour pure indie, obvious love of the nineties indie aesthetic, and distinct Anglophilia, Field Mouse have largely gone under the radar.

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Album review: Dinosaur Jr

Thu, Aug 04, 2016

DINOSAUR JR's comeback, ongoing for more than a decade, has largely been a success, with 2009's Farm in particular, proving they still had 'it' and something very worthwhile to say.

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Book review: Little poems from Little John Nee

Thu, Aug 04, 2016

HOW DO you take the work of a man of such great and varied talent as Little John Nee and distil it into a critique of 500 words? This man has busked with the Dice Man; became the iconic symbol of the early Galway Arts Festival parades; and was, for a period, Galway’s Pied Piper.

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Red dresses, old toys, and date rape

Thu, Aug 04, 2016

FALLING IN Love With Broken Things, Alvy Carragher's debut collection, is exceptional in one crucial respect; first collections are typically a gathering together of a poet's best work over the previous five or six years, so tend toward thematic looseness.

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Album Review: The Driftwood Manor

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

THERE IS an argument to be made that Irish folk, while it has an outstanding repertoire to draw from, is often over-reliant on that repertoire, and this is stifling the creation and addition of new works to the cannon.

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GIAF 16 Round-up reviews

Wed, Jul 27, 2016

RISING STAR and Irish soul singer Brian Deady brought down the curtain on this year’s Galway International Arts Festival in fine style with a rousing gig at the Róisín Dubh on Sunday night.

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GIAF16 Theatre Review: Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Wed, Jul 20, 2016

OUR LADIES of Perpetual Succour is The National Theatre of Scotland's second visit to the Galway International Arts Festival and a raucously entertaining affair it is too.

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Theatre reviews: GIAF 16 week one

Thu, Jul 14, 2016

DYSTOPIAS, ISOLATION, characters on the edge are just some of the recurrent themes that announce themselves in Eoghan O’Tuairisc’s Fornocht do Chonaic/Naked I Saw You at An Taibhdhearc, Enda Walsh’s Arlington [a love story] in Leisureland, and Druid’s new staging of Waiting for Godot.

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Film review: Sanctuary

Tue, Jul 12, 2016

THE 2016 Galway Film Fleadh finished on a home-town high last Sunday night with the world premiere of Sanctuary, Len Collin’s terrific big-screen adaptation of Christian O’Reilly’s 2012 play for Blue Teapot Theatre Company.

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Album reviews: 50FOOTWAVE and Wesley Fuller

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

50FOOTWAVE - Bath White EP (HHBTM Records)

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Book review: Poems of experience and war

Thu, Jun 23, 2016

IT IS fashionable for reviewers, of the perpetually disappointed variety, to lodge Basil Fawlty style complaints against a poet’s first published collection.

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Album review: Kristin Kontrol

Thu, Jun 16, 2016

IT MAY be strange that the opening song, of an album billed as a complete artistic overhaul and change of direction, concludes with the declaration: "There's no need to change yourself".

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