Chart toppers The Feeling lined up for Royal Theatre gig

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

A number one album and numerous top ten singles have made The Feeling one of the most talked-about acts to come out of Britian in the past few years. Tracks like “Fill My Little World”, “Sewn”, “Never Be Lonely” and “Love it When You Call” saw their debut album Twelve Stops and Home rocket up the charts in 2006. Sixteen months of solid touring ended in May 2007 during which they had played more than 200 shows and sold over a million copies of their critically-acclaimed debut album, 'Twelve Stops And Home. The Feeling are not one of those bands who respond to success by getting grumpy and telling you how hard their lives are now. This, after all, was a band who had previously spent several ski seasons as a covers band in the Alps, playing two sets a night in two different bars (and carting their own gear between them). "That was bloody hard work, for bugger all money" says frontman Dan Gillespie Sells. "But we did it because we loved it. And we still do."

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Finbar Hoban presents at Bar Ritz a huge success

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Finbar Hoban presents... at Bar Ritz last Saturday week was a huge success with Kneel Before Zod plus support from local bands Hotrock and Struck. The night got under way with upcoming young band Struck at 8.30pm followed by the extremely talented Hotrock at 9.30pm. There were lots of give-aways on the night before the main event which saw Kneel Before Zod take to the stage at 11pm and amaze the crowd by playing cover versions from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Thin Lizzy, and a blistering cover version of Black Sabbaths “War Pigs” which thrilled the massive crowd.

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José González serves up a bank holiday Sunday treat

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

A rare treat for music fans takes place in the Royal Theatre Pavilion in Castlebar this weekend. José González, Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter, is playing in the Mayo venue on Sunday night next, August 3. José González burst into the mainstream when the song “Heartbeats” was featured on the hugely successful TV advertising campaign for Sony Bravia televisions.

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Full line-up of events at the Linenhall over the next few weeks

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Maynooth guitar orchestra at the Linenhall

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Music obsession to replace ‘economic depression’ at Westport Music Festival

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Music obsession is set to replace economic depression at this year’s Westport Music Festival. The doom and gloom forecast in the tourism and accommodation sectors will surly be boosted by the influx of thousands of music fans from right around the country for the week-long festival this year.

“It has been a tough summer for everyone. The tourists are just not around and everyone is feeling the pinch.” festival co-ordinator Dick Bourke said. “Hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs are suffering this summer so we hope that the music festival will lift the spirits a bit before the season is completely over,” he said.

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Blazin’ Fiddles–round off Mayo County Council Arts Office Summer Music Series in Ballyhaunis

Fri, Jul 25, 2008

A great finale is promised for this year’s Mayo County Council Arts Office Summer Music Series, which will come to a close in a whirl of music with Blazin’ Fiddles, who will perform on Thursday July 31 at 8pm in The Friary, Ballyhaunis.

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New exhibition at Custom House

Fri, Jul 25, 2008

An exhibition of new multimedia works entitled Lost Country by Feargal O’Malley opens Thursday July 31 at 7.30pm at Custom House Studios Gallery, The Quay, Westport, Co Mayo. Lost Country is an exhibition exploring place, memory and the links between past and present. It focuses on construction of landscapes from childhood memories of time spent in Westport, and the day-to-day life of the artist growing up and as an adult in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Certain memories come to mind even though we are located in completely different environments. Each piece reflects how stimulus from the artist's life in Craigavon can prompt memories of his childhood holidays in the west of Ireland and inform a visual portrayal of these memories. The resulting imagery can somewhat idealistic - given the dramatic changing landscape in both areas - a result of the recent housing boom.

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Foxford gearing up for festival fun

Fri, Jul 25, 2008

Foxford Fest 2008, is a free, one day family friendly event on the streets of Foxford. The festival will take place this year on Saturday August 16 from 5pm to 9pm. The excitement surrounding the inaugural Foxford festival has been building up and a evening of fun and entertainment will take over the upper Main Street in the town from 5pm to 9pm.

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Country folk and guitar orchestra lead the line up at the Linenhall

Fri, Jul 25, 2008

Blackheart: County Folk duo at the Linenhall

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Ondes et Miroirs / Charms and Mirrors – Camille Lambert

Fri, Jul 25, 2008

Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to present this exciting exhibition of work by the late French artist Camille Lambert, to celebrate the links between Ballina and it's French twin-town Athis-Mons/Juvisy-Sur-Orge.

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