Album review: The New Pornographers

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

THE NEW Pornographers are something of a Canadian indie supergroup, featuring the diverse songwriting talents of AC Newman, Dan Bejar, and particularly Neko Case.

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Album Review - Various artists - Tinmine Soul Supply

Thu, Sep 04, 2014

MENTION THE Numero label in some soul circles and you can nearly hear the toes curling due to the company’s preference for replicating original record labels for its own repressed 45s. For others its nice to have an affordable record the way it would originally have looked.

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When Loughrea was a ‘den of infamy’

Thu, Sep 04, 2014

WITH ALL the attention being given to the run-up to the 1916 Rising, the event itself, and its aftermath, little if anything has been written in relation to the Land War, which took place some 35 years before Pearse stood in the steps of the GPO and read the Proclamation.

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Connemara’s Answer To Ken Bruen

Thu, Sep 04, 2014

THESE DAYS, if an aspiring author is a good editor of his/her own work, and has a talent for self-promotion, it is possible to flog as many copies of a self-published effort – with a little help from Amazon – as the average first book of literary fiction from a mainstream publisher would sell the traditional way.

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Review of Forgotten Me at the Town Hall

Thu, Aug 28, 2014

CURRENTLY RUNNING at the Town Hall studio is Cathal Leonard’s debut play Forgotten Me, a two-hander performed by himself and Gerry Howard and directed by Danielle Destephano.

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Album review: Field Mouse

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

INDIE MUSIC, in its ‘classic’ sense is the union of two seemingly disparate and incompatible forms into a whole that, in practice, ends up making perfect sense.

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Album Review: Bear In Heaven

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

SOUTHERN BOYS they may be, but Bear In Heaven’s DNA is not Dixie, but the electronic art-pop of Britain and Germany in the 1980s.

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The enigma of Bulmer Hobson

Thu, Aug 07, 2014

Bulmer Hobson.

ONE OF the more positive aspects of the wave of new books being published on the 1912-1923 period in Irish history is that it will fully explore the events leading up to, during, and after the 1916 Rising. Not only this, but for the first time, the lives of many enigmatic men and women who a played vital - and often dangerous - part in the fight for Irish Independence, but who have been airbrushed out of history, will be recorded in full.

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When Ireland voted against black babies

Thu, Aug 07, 2014

OONA FRAWLEY was provoked to write her debut novel, Flight, by the atmosphere surrounding the Citizenship Referendum in 2004, which removed from Irish-born children of asylum seekers the automatic right to citizenship.

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Galway author’s new book on environmental justice

Thu, Aug 07, 2014

Author and academic Liam Leonard.

GLOBAL CONCERNS about environmental risks, climate change, and threats to the planet from industry have resulted in new movements challenging those putting profits before the planet.

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Weed Priest’s new EP reviewed and streamed

Tue, Aug 05, 2014

IF THERE was a musical sound to denote heavy, dense, flows of molten lava, slowly burning everything under its wake, then the opening riff to Weed Priest’s ‘Possessed’ would be it.

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Theatre review: Ballyturk

Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Cillian Murphy and Mikil Murfi.

“BEAUTIFUL, HILARIOUS, dark as death.” So tweeted actress Olwen Fouéré after seeing the opening of Enda Walsh’s new play Ballyturk, which got the Galway International Arts Festival off to a flying start at the Black Box yesterday evening.

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Cinema review: An Bronntanas

Mon, Jul 14, 2014

AN BRONNTANAS, set and filmed in the west of Ireland, with dialogue almost entirely as Gaeilge, and with a host of young, local, actors, was a fine choice as the closing film of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

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Cinema review: Begin Again

Wed, Jul 09, 2014

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again.

BEGIN AGAIN, the new comedy-drama/musical from Irish director John Carney opened the 26th Galway Film Fleadh when it was screened in the Town Hall Theatre on Tuesday.

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Album review: Parquet Courts

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

DO I like Parquet Courts's Sunbathing Animal because it is good on its own merits, or is it because I love Pavement and these guys so obviously do as well?

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Gerry Hanberry’s new poetic shoes

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Gerry Hanberry

JIMMY NAIL sang about ‘Crocodile Shoes’, Ian Dury had New Boots and Panties, but in his fourth collection of poems, Galway writer Gerry Hanberry ponders What Our Shoes Say About Us.

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Theatre review: Nora Barnacle – Signora Joyce

Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Ann Marie Horan as Nora Barnacle.

WHILE DUBLINERS were observing Bloomsday by donning Edwardian costumes and retracing Leopold Bloom’s feted journey around the capital, in Galway the day saw the opening of Ann Marie Horan’s very enjoyable one-woman play Nora Barnacle – Signora Joyce.

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Album review: Haunted Hearts

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

SUBJECT MATTER wise, Haunted Hearts debut album Initiation (Zoo Music) is a little naughty, being inspired by the New York S&M scene of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Galway’s answer to David Lynch

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

The Pauline Bewick painting used on the cover of Hellkite.

SINCE 2001, Geraldine Mills has published six books - each its own particular kind of gem - and yet she is much less famous than she should be.

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Of Magdalenes and poets

Thu, Jun 12, 2014

Author Patrica Burke Brogan at The Magdalen Women Memorial, Forster Street. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

IT IS difficult for an increasing section of the Irish population to visualise the utter power wielded by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland prior to the mid-sixties. The law of the State was dictated, not by the taoiseach and ministers in Dáil Éireann, but by the bishops and priests from the pulpit.

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