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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Two women’s poems of experience

Thu, Mar 02, 2017

POST-HEANEY, Irish poetry is in desperate need of a 'next big thing'. It should, preferably, be a poet with a haircut sufficiently stylish to allow him/her at least pretend to be young.

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Theatre review: Eternal Youth (Cáca Dána Theatre Company)

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

BRIGHT YOUNG things Cáca Dána Theatre Company, formed in Galway just last year, were in the Town Hall Studio recently with their second production; Niamh Ryan’s hugely impressive Eternal Youth.

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Album review: WHY?

Thu, Feb 23, 2017

THERE ARE few more individual, yet conversely definitive, voices in American indie than WHY? founder/leader/singer Yoni Wolf, and his brilliance and ambition as a songwriter, indeed composer, is writ large on Moh Lhean.

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Review: That Same Old Story (Espresso Theatre Company, Town Hall studio)

Wed, Feb 22, 2017

GERRY CONNEELY'S Espresso Theatre Company graced the Town Hall studio last week with his warmly funny, Valentine's-appropriate, love-themed musical play That Same Old Story.

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Gender battles and a sexually ambiguous Greek (rock) god

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

CURRENTLY RUNNING at Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre, Max Hafler’s terrific production of Euripides’ The Bacchae attests to the gifted student talent of NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland.

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Protest prayers of the Hello magazine era

Thu, Feb 09, 2017

AN EMINENT literary gent recently used the pages of a leading poetry journal to take issue with “the new troubadours of protest and dissent whose combative views” are, he claimed, “promulgated like Papal bulls.”

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Album review: Sleater-Kinney

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

LIVE ALBUMS are very much a seventies phenomenon, the closest many fans could get to being at a show from a time when most bands would not darken the door of venues outside (a few) capital cities.

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Michel Déon - Galway’s adopted Frenchman

Thu, Feb 02, 2017

IN THE late sixties, when a French author and revered member of the Academie Francaise, Michel Déon, came to County Galway with his wife Chantal, he probably had no idea he would spend the remainder of his life - spanning almost a half of a century - here, and that Galway was where he would pass away.

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