Live Again - a Galway night of great Galway musicians and performers

Julie Feeney, Leo Moran and Padraig Stevens, Ultan Conlon, and Trad on the Prom at the Town Hall Theatre

Performing at the Galway Advertiser's Live Again concert are (clockwise from top): Padraig Stevens and Leo Moran, Trad On The Prom, Ultan Conlon, and Julie Feeney.

Performing at the Galway Advertiser's Live Again concert are (clockwise from top): Padraig Stevens and Leo Moran, Trad On The Prom, Ultan Conlon, and Julie Feeney.

TWO GALWAY music legends; the inaugural winner of the Choice Music Award; a rising star among Irish singer-songwriters; and a Galway trad music and dance phenomenon.

A line-up of Julie Feeney, Leo Moran and Padraig Stevens, Ultan Conlon, and Trad on the Prom awaits Galway when the Galway Advertiser presents the ‘Live Again’ concert at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday December 2.

The basis of this concert is the Galway Advertiser continuing its long standing support for the Galway arts community. As the State emerges from the restrictions necessitated by the pandemic, this concert is about giving performers the chance to perform, and the public a chance to see some of the county’s finest live on stage.

The line up for Live Again

Julie Feeney

Athenry’s Julie Feeney is one of the most original and striking talents at work in Irish music today, with her songs straddling the genres of pop, indie, and classical.

She won the inaugural Choice Music Prize for her debut album, 13 songs in 2005, and followed that with pages (2009 ) and Clocks (2012 ). She is best known for the song ‘Impossibly Beautiful’, while Clocks was The Irish Times album of the year for 2012.

She is currently writing her fourth album and working on an opera, Bird, inspired by Oscar Wilde's story, 'The Happy Prince'. She has played Holland, Mexico, Italy, Germany, France, China, Brazil, USA, Canada, and Britain, and conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Padraig Stevens and Leo Moran, two of Galway's greatest and most popular singer-songwriters, will deliver a set of new songs, old favourites, and sing-alongs for ‘Live Again’.

Padraig Stevens Leo Moran

Leo Moran is best known as a member of The Saw Doctors, and was vocalist on a number of their most memorable songs (‘Clare Island’ ) and some of their funniest (‘Hay Wrap’ ). He has also frequently collaborated with Padraig Stevens, and Stevens has co-written such well known Saw Doctors’ hits as 'I Useta Lover' and 'That’s What She Said Last Night'.

Christy Moore, Michael English, and Eleanor Shanley have all had success with songs written by Stevens, such as 'The Tuam Beat', ‘Streets of Galway’, and 'Ireland for the Summer'. He has also released two solo albums - Sound! and Puddles and Rainbows - and as The Folk Footballers with Leo Moran, an album of football songs.

Ultan Conlon has come to the fore in the public’s conscience with his albums, Last Days Of The Night Owl (2018 ), the single ‘The Measure’, and last year’s There’s A Waltz, his fourth album, which, despite coming during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, has proven to be his most successful yet.

The album was recorded in LA with Grammy Award winning American folk artist Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek ), drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan ), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Iron and Wine, Neil Diamond, kd lang ), fiddler Gabe Witcher (Paul Simon, Beck ), and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek ) on backing vocals - showing the respect the Loughrea singer-songwriter commands.

Hotpress has praised Conlon for his “songs of substance told with intelligence and wry observation”, while The Sunday Times said his music “revels in the beauty of the simple and unspectacular”.

"If you ever thought Irish music and dancing weren’t sexy and cool, go - and be converted." So said The Irish Times about Trad On The Prom, the Galway based Irish music, song, and dance show.

Trad On The Prom, which normally runs in Leisureland throughout the summer, features Máirín Fahy (featured soloist with Riverdance and The Chieftains ) on fiddle and vocals.

Trad On The Prom Dancers 2021

She is joined by Gerard Fahy (musical director and composer of Lord of the Dance ) on the uilleann pipes, whistles, bouzouki, multi-instrumentalist Yvonne Fahy on accordion and bodhrán; producer and host Chris Kelly on guitar; concertina supremo Padraig Rynne; and Colm Henry on keyboards.

Trad On The Prom also features a stunning line-up of world champion Irish dancers including Clare Greaney (six-time world champion ), Fergal and Cathal Keaney (lead Lord of the Dance ), Colm Conneely, Anne Marie Keaney, Aoife Ni She, Dara Kelly and Ronan O’Connell (Tik-tok stars from Cairde ).

‘Live Again’ promises to be a great night of entertainment and a great Galway night.

The MC for the night will be Matt Keane, the award winning traditional musician and folk singer. Doors are 7.30pm. Tickets are €25 from the Town Hall (091 - 569777, www.tht.ie ). See Galway Advertiser social media for updates.

Entry requirements for admission to the event will be in line with the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time.

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