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Well it’s been a busy week again, but to begin this column this week I’m going to start on a gentler note.
IF YOU were an Irish indie-rock fan back in the 1990s, you will remember The Hitchers. Thanks to BBC Radio DJ Steve Lamac, they are undergoing something of a revival, which has prompted a new Irish tour.
KARL MACDERMOTT, the Galway born writer whose short story collection, Juggling With Turnips, was published earlier this year, reads at the next Over The Edge in the Galway City Library.
“IT'S BEEN about 20 years since I last played Galway,” Tim Vine begins our interview, and that is before I have even got the chance to ask him a question. “I was just looking through my diaries; I’ve got every diary I kept ever since I started doing comedy so it will be listed here somewhere, I just can’t find it right now.”
For the first time ever, the master of the one-liner himself – Tim Vine – is bringing his stand-up tour to eight venues in Ireland, including Galway's Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday September 5.
IS CHRIS Haze the hardest working man in Galway, and indeed Irish, music? Probably, and after three years in which he has enjoyed a string of hits, this month finally sees him playing a headline, hometown gig.
Internationally renowned ace guitarist Remi Harris brings his dazzling talents to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday, May 30, at 8pm.
FOUR NEW books will be launched at the next Over The Edge Writers’ Gathering - poetry collections by Stephanie Conn, Robyn Rowland, and Kate Ennals, and a new short story collection from Rosemary Jenkinson.
FANGCLUB'S SINGLE 'Bullethead' had critics salivating upon its release. "123 seconds blasting your skull with a bludgeoning grunge rock riff that'll make you want to hit repeat," said Nialler9, while Joe.ie declared it "just glorious".
HIS MUSIC has been called "rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic" by The Irish Times, and "dynamic and wide ranging" by Chordblossom, while BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggart said "it makes you glad to have a pair of working ears".