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THE 2015 St Patrick’s Day Parade will showcase the wealth of talented and imaginative bands, musicians, and community music groups, at work in the city.
MALMÖ LIES at the very southwestern tip of Sweden’s Øresund strait. The nation’s third largest city, it is connected to the Danish capital Copenhagen via the massive, five mile long, Øresund Bridge. It is also home to many immigrant communities, mostly Middle Eastern and Eastern European, but among them is an Irishman, Richie Egan, better known as Jape.
Post Leaving Cert students from the marketing and film and TV courses at Galway Community College gave willingly of their time last week to work with leading Irish musician Damien Dempsey and Colm O’Brien, the MD of Ireland’s largest school lunch supplier, Carambola Kidz Healthy Lunches Delivered, to help children in The Philippines.
It is certainly an unusual circumstance where a Frenchwoman ends up in the Connemara Gaeltacht teaching music and languages through Irish. But that is exactly what Batsheva Battu did. The 31-year-old is not just fluent in Irish, English, and her native French, she has also spoken Italian since she was 11 years old and is in the process of learning Welsh.
THE GREAT Máirtín O’Connor headlines a major concert in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway, on Friday February 13 to raise funds for the Galway County Fleadh.
SCOTTISH HIGHLAND folk noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni and the award winning Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Terrell play the Róisín Dubh this Saturday at 8pm.
SINEAD O’CONNOR, one of Ireland’s most individual, eclectic, and controversial singer-songwriters, and John Grant, the American singer-songwriter, whose music The Guardian described as “completely compelling, profoundly discomforting but beautiful”, play the Galway International Arts Festival this summer.
THE MOST comprehensive presentation to date of the work of Gareth Kennedy, the award winning Irish artist, who co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, opens this week in Galway.
JAPE, THE solo indie-electro project of singer-songwriter and Redneck Manifesto bassist Richie Egan, returns in 2015 with a new album and an Irish tour that includes the Róisín Dubh.
FAMOUS FOR its spellbinding music and sublime arias, especially ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’, Donizetti’s ever-popular romantic comedy The Elixir Of Love has it all, from unrequited love, to devious deception and thwarted passion.