There’s a tendency for the word ‘unique’ to be bandied around a little too freely in music circles, but that is the only way to describe Jerry Fish’s genre bending style. Jerry’s live shows have been known to transform sedate tux ‘n’ frock audiences into Roman galley slaves rowing their way through ‘The Hole In the Boat’, or ballroom-of-romancers slow-dancing to ‘Back To Before’, or swampy block parties gyrating to bacchanalian classics like ‘Celebrate’.
His music has been described as “Lounge Lizard Schmooze” and “Punk Latino” and his latest single 'Barefoot $ Free' has been compared to The Cramps, The Stooges, and John Spencer Blues Explosion. Now in cahoots with drummer Jeremy Hickey, aka RSAG, with a new sound and music collective Jerry Fish's distinct love of circus, carnival, and street theatre has borne fruit in the shape of The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow. The show will be stopping off in Castlebar next Thursday night in the Linenhall Arts Centre at 8pm as part of his nation-wide tour.
A very special performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 7pm, in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, with all proceeds going to Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. It will be hosted by RTÉ’s Mary Kennedy, and feature internationally renowned soloists, Regina Nathan, Ann Marie Gibbons, Eamon Mulhall, and Owen Gilhooley. The Celtic Concert Orchestra and a choir of almost 100 local choristers will perform in what promises to be a truly wonderful event.
The Handel Challenge Committee, with Mayo Roscommon Hospice called for 100 singers last August to take up this challenge, with Kathy Fahey as music director leading the way. The group have been practising and training tirelessly in mastering one of the most famous and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Aside from the singing, the choir have all pledged to raise a minimum of €200 in sponsorship. The sponsorship has been coming into Hospice with some choir members raising over €2,000.
Wide Open Music and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra present Tasmin Little with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on tour in Castlebar on December 5 at 8pm at the Royal Theatre. To coincide with this event Mayo Youth Orchestra have been preparing a programme which they will perform with Tasmin Little in a short pre-concert performance at 7.15pm in the Royal Theatre on the night of the RTÉ NSO concert. Over the last number of weeks musicians from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fergus Sheil have visited Mayo Youth Orchestra to help coach the young players in preparation for the concert. The pre-concert performance is free and all are welcome to attend.
The Mayo Youth Orchestra was founded in 1997, and under the direction of Anne Moriarty has gone from strength to strength. The age profile ranges from national to secondary school and members come from all over the county including Castlebar, Westport, Killala, Kiltimagh, Foxford, Straide, Claremorris, and Ballyhaunis.