Album review: Japanese Breakfast

Thu, Jul 20, 2017

DESPITE THE name, Japanese Breakfast - vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, Michelle Zauner - is not Japanese, but Korean-American, and musically, this new album is indebted to the1990s lo-fi American alternative rock and British shoegaze movements.

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Tragedy that really packs a punch

Wed, Jun 28, 2017

GALWAY COMMUNITY Theatre joined forces with the Town Hall Theatre for its most ambitious show to date, Sean O’Casey’s Juno and The Paycock. It is the first time GCT have tackled one of the classics and, directed skilfully by Andrew Flynn, they did themselves proud.

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Album review: Radiohead

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

OK COMPUTER was where Radiohead went from delivering era-defining music - The Bends - to creating an album for the ages; revealing themselves as the successors to Pink Floyd, and admitting, without saying it out loud, that they are a prog-rock band.

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Sex, wire, wood, junk and jollity

Tue, Jun 20, 2017

SCULPTURE AND sex, wire and wood, junk and jollity, all combine to lively and pleasurable effect in the Town Hall bar’s art exhibition by Margaret Nolan and James Fleming.

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Album review: Can

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

TWO MEMBERS studied under avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen; another was a jazz drummer who loved Stax soul; their youngest member was a gifted guitarist and violinist; their vocalist was a free spirit from Japan.

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Colm Tóibín - a classic menagerie

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

THE OPENING paragraph of Colm Tóibín’s new novel House Of Names is a surprise: “I have been acquainted with the smell of death...So much has slipped away, but the smell of death lingers. Maybe the smell has entered my body and been welcomed there like an old friend come to visit. The smell of fear and panic."

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Album review: Saint Etienne

Thu, Jun 01, 2017

THESE last few weeks I've reviewed new albums by Slowdive, The Charlatans, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, while RIDE's comeback, Weather Diaries, awaits a listen. It all leads me to ask: What year is this?

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Windows marks quarter century of giving voice to new writers

Thu, Jun 01, 2017

THE WINDOWS authors and artists anthology, co-edited by Cavan based poets Heather Brett and Noel Monahan, has for the past quarter century been an important outlet for emerging artists, and writers who have yet to publish a first book.

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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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