Album review: Alvvays

Thu, Sep 14, 2017

ALVVAYS DEBUT album was dominated, indeed overshadowed, by one song - 'Archie, Marry Me' - an inspired depiction of young love, defiance, and ennui. Backed by a grandstanding chorus and killer middle eight, it was definitive indiepop par excellence.

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Artistic delights for the eye

Tue, Sep 12, 2017

A WONDERFUL transatlantic group exhibition is currently running in the Salmon Weir gallery at Corrib Castle, Waterside – a building that has been superbly refurbished and designed by architects Patrick McCabe and Sarah Kelly, and offers stunning views over the Corrib and weir.

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Album review: Neil Young

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

SINCE SHAKEY opened up his archives, a treasure trove of magnificent, mostly live, albums, have been flowing out to us grateful fans over the past decade. The latest in this series is an unreleased studio work - Hitchhiker.

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The experiences of the Irish in Occupied France

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

IF EVER evidence was needed to give credence to the cliché that there is more to a book than just words on the page, then The Irish in Wartime France 1939-1945, by Isadore Ryan, is a prime example of a book that talks to you before you pick it up. It exudes an intriguing atmosphere.

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Stories that confront, not console

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

I HAVE, what some of the refined types who rely on the deluxe end of the social welfare system that is Áosdána, would consider a nasty confession to make: though June Caldwell is only now publishing her first book of stories, she has long been my one of my favourite Irish writers.

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'I had to write this book'

Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Prize-winning author Paul Lynch will discuss his new novel Grace — an epic tale about a young girl in famine-era Ireland — in a public conversation with Alan McMonagle at The Black Gate Cultural Centre next Thursday, September 7.

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The painted rhythms of life as it used to be

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

LAST SATURDAY afternoon the Town Hall Theatre bar hosted the opening of Timeless, a delightful exhibition of paintings by Kathy Ross, inspired by her locality of Coolreagh, near Tuam.

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Album review: Breakfast Muff

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

IT BEGINS with a 50 second burst positioned somewhere between shouty noise and a song, before changing tack with a gently lo-fi piece of tunefully scratchy pop. In 164 seconds Breakfast Muff have set out their musical stall.

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Album review: The Stevens

Thu, Aug 10, 2017

WHILE THERE is a noticeable 1990s' indie and shoegaze revival among Irish, British, and American bands, the Australians are looking much further back for inspiration - to the dawn of indie in '70s' post-punk and the subsequent '80s' DIY scene.

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Week two GIAF 17 play reviews

Thu, Aug 03, 2017

DRUID'S GIAF offering this year was Mark O’Rowe’s unsettling 2003 play Crestfall, directed by Annabelle Comyn. Designer Aedin Cosgrove sets the action in a corrugated red box resembling a shipping container where three female prisoner-protagonists, wearing plain smocks, relate their stories.

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Album review: Mermaidens

Thu, Aug 03, 2017

WHEN IT comes to describing New Zealand rock music, associations tend towards either the melodic post-punk/indie of The Chills or The Clean (both linked with the Flying Nun label) or the melodic, sophisticated pop-rock of Crowded House.

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Poetry on the political end of the spectrum

Thu, Aug 03, 2017

THE NEW poetry collections by Karen J McDonnell, This Little World published by Doire Press, and Butterflies Of A Bad Summer, by Karl Parkinson, published by Salmon, have two things in common.

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Richard Ford's happy book

Thu, Aug 03, 2017

ONE OF the main reasons readers are reverting to reading physical books as opposed to the Kindle is that, despite all its conveniences, the Kindle cannot provide the full book experience.

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Album review: School Damage

Thu, Jul 27, 2017

YOU COULD be forgiven for thinking this was a lost album, recorded sometime between 1978 and 1981, but only issued this year, given that it sounds as if the world post-1981 (or C86 at a stretch) had not existed.

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GIAF 17 Reviews

Thu, Jul 27, 2017

A WEEK and a half into the 40th GIAF and the highlight so far for yours truly, and many others, was Kneehigh Theatre Company’s Tristan & Yseult. Emma Rice’s exuberant, funny, romantic and moving take on the story of a medieval love triangle was a joy from start to finish.

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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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