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"Walker is a prodigious talent. He possesses the light touch of Bert Jansch, the unbottled energy of Peter Walker, and the musical erudition of John Fahey...Walker is versatile, too, with a chameleonic quality that allows him to slip into ragged electric blues and bucolic acoustic reveries with equal ease. Of all the songwriters trying their hand at this revivalist approach...Walker is the most natural and enviable."
AN ILLINOIS student orchestra will be in Galway this Sunday to perform work by Bach, Holst, and Sibelius, in St Nicholas Collegiate Church at 8pm.
A SOUTHERN slideman and an Illinois bluesman, both of whom have won acclaim for their abilities on guitar, will share the stage at Monroe’s Live.
It is possible that when the 16 years-old Orson Welles embarked from the SS Baltic in Galway Bay in August 1931, he visited the Taibhdhearc theatre. In any event, he struck up a friendship with a Galway actor. Two months later he visited the Gate Theatre in Dublin, and went backstage to see his friend. Clearly impressed by what he saw, he left a note for its founding partners, Mícheál MacLiammóir and Hilton Edwards, boldly proclaiming ‘Orson Welles, star of the New York Theatre Guild, would consider appearing in one of your productions, and hopes you will see him for an appointment.’
“Is this a debating society or is it a council meeting?” was the question posed by Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn on Monday afternoon, after the council had spent almost an hour debating back and forth across the chamber on the issue of the recent jobs news in Castlebar. Flynn, who will not be running in next year’s local elections after he opted to step down after only one term, said: “We’ve been here for an hour and we haven’t made one mention of anything we can effect.”
Premiership football team Newcastle United is the latest elite squad to recruit the services of ORRECO, a Sligo-based-company co-owned by a Galway scientist that provides a pioneering ‘bio-analytics’ service that helps athletes optimise performance and reduce the number of training days lost to illness and injury.
NUI GALWAY student radio station Flirt FM, will hold its Flirt FM Sessions concert/recording in Monroe’s Backstage Bar this evening at 10pm.
Mayo Medtech company Hollister has been shortlisted for the Irish Medical Technology Company of the Year 2012. The Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards are jointly hosted by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, and IMDA. Eight companies have been shortlisted, four for the Company of the Year Award and four for the Emerging Company of the Year Award. The winners will be announced next Thursday, December 13, at an event in Galway. Hollister is an independent, employee-owned global company that develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products and services world-wide. The company’s global headquarters are in Libertyville, Illinois, 40 miles north of downtown Chicago.
Lars Frisell, Senior Economist with the Central Bank of Ireland, is to be the guest speaker at this year’s Paddy Ryan Memorial Lecture in GMIT on Tuesday next December 11.
THE ILLINOIS singer-songwriter Jon Conover will play two shows in Galway city next week, followed by a performance at the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival later in the month.