Album review: Sea Pinks

Thu, May 25, 2017

SEA PINKS' last album, Soft Days, was solid, but lacked a true stand-out song. Watercourse has no such trouble though, as this new album from the Belfast trio boasts several great moments.

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Album review: The Charlatans

Thu, May 18, 2017

IT SAYS much for The Charlatans that, while other Manchester bands of their vintage who may have been bigger went and imploded long ago, Tim Burgess and friends have quietly been able to keep going.

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REVIEW: Beyond Therapy (Galway Theatre Workshop)

Tue, May 16, 2017

SARAH O'TOOLE'S Galway Theatre Workshop brought Christopher Durang’s sprightly comedy Beyond Therapy to the Town Hall Thetre studio last week for a short but laughter-packed run.

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Youth Ballet West gala show (Town Hall)

Mon, May 15, 2017

YOUTH BALLET West celebrated its tenth anniversary with two vibrant, colourful gala performances at the Town Hall over the weekend. Salvos of loud and sustained applause greeted many of the routines which comprised choice excerpts from some of YBW’s greatest hits, as well as new pieces, such as Judith Sibley’s Tribute to Hayden and the lively fusion of contemporary and Irish dance in Theme from Green Bushes.

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Album review: Slowdive

Thu, May 11, 2017

FOR ANYONE wishing to go back to 1992, and those just curious to see what that year felt and sounded like, the best means - in the absence of a TARDIS - is to play the second track from Slowdive's new album.

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Elaine Feeney - poetry at the edge

Thu, May 11, 2017

LAST YEAR marked the 35th anniversary of the founding of Salmon press, during which its incredible contribution to Galway's cultural life was fully celebrated. Those heady days of the eighties were brought back to mind when Rita Anne Higgins, Mary O’Malley, and Eva Bourke were given a platform to present their challenging poems to a bewildered, if generally receptive, audience.

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Exhibition Review: Placing the Word (Dolores Lyne and Margaret Irwin, Black Gate)

Tue, May 09, 2017

PLACING THE Word, the art exhibition mounted as part of the Cúirt Festival programme, and featuring work by Galway artists Dolores Lyne and Margaret Irwin, continues at the Black Gate Cultural Centre, St Francis Street.

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Album review: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Thu, May 04, 2017

“THIS RELEASE is designed to be a way into three decades of music making...the songs we have chosen are the ones that have stuck around, for whatever reason. Some songs are those that demand to be played live. Others are lesser songs that are personal favourites of ours."

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Poetry from Warrenpoint to the Kalahari Desert

Thu, May 04, 2017

THOUGH THERE is much that separates them as poets, Siobhan Campbell and Galway based Aoife Reilly share an unsentimental earthiness about the human body which few of their male counterparts manage to put into words.

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Album review: Ásgeir

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

WITH HIS debut album, In The Silence (aka Dýrð í dauðaþögn) having come out of nowhere to be a phenomenon in his native Iceland, and winning critical acclaim and audiences across Europe, expectations are very high for the follow-up.

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Review: Galway Theatre Festival

Wed, Apr 26, 2017

ONE OF the most keenly anticipated shows of the 2017 Galway Theatre Festival was Emma O’Grady’s What Good Is Looking Well When You’re Rotten On The Inside? at An Taibhdhearc and it fully lived up to expectations.

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EP review: Daithí

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

'GAELIC HEART, Modern Mind' could - should - be the very definition of Daithí's approach to music, a deep respect and love for traditional music and culture, with a forward looking embrace of the modern.

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Album review: Me and the Bees

Thu, Apr 13, 2017

POSITION YOURSELF between The Breeders' Last Splash - on the 'Divine Hammer', 'Invisible Man', rather than 'Cannonball' side of the spectrum - and The Beatles and 1960s psych-pop, and you have Spain's Me and The Bees.

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Album review: The Jesus and Mary Chain

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

COULD THERE be a more quintessential Jesus and Mary Chain lyric than, "To old to crucify, but too young for suicide", the opening line of 'Song For A Secret', from their first new album in almost 20 years.

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Martina Evans - the poetry of untrustworthy dentists

Thu, Apr 06, 2017

THERE IS a school of thought popular among middle-brow critics of both genders, who tend to prevail in journals such as Poetry Ireland Review, and in the literary pages of formerly important newspapers, that poetry should avoid two particular ailments.

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Theatre review: Spamalot (Twin Productions, Town Hall)

Wed, Apr 05, 2017

SEAN AND Brian Powers’ Twin Productions brought a feast of Monty Python-inspired laughter, zaniness, and song to the Town Hall Theatre last week with their lively staging of Broadway smash Spamalot - the musical’s first Irish production.

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EP review: Field Trip

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

NEVER JUDGE a book by its cover, or an EP for that matter. The sleeve of Field Trip's Evening's Over gives the impression this will be five tracks of slacker-rock and odes to student burn-out after one Buckfast too many.

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Sara Baume - walking the thin line

Thu, Mar 30, 2017

THERE IS something of a desolate feeling about the opening line of Sara Baume’s second novel, A Line Made By Walking, just published by Tramp Press: “A smudged-sky morning, mid-spring. And to mark it, a new dead thing, a robin."

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Album review: Laura Marling

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

THE OPENING track 'Soothing' lives up to its name, but its languid, bass-led, rhythms, and Marling's sultry croon are something of a red herring. Unlike this song, wonderful though it is, the album will not be an indie-pop/jazz hybrid.

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What is poetry?

Thu, Mar 09, 2017

BACK IN the day, when the only poetry textbooks in our secondary schools were Intermediate Cert Poetry and Leaving Cert Poetry, should an intrepid pupil have the temerity to ask “What is poetry?” the answer generally given was “a lyric”.

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