'We're where we want to be. We know who we are now'

Thu, Feb 22, 2018

FEW IRISH albums of recent years have been as genuinely deserving of the epitaph ‘long awaited’ as Wyvern Lingo’s debut. The anticipation began after the Wicklow trio’s Letter To Willow EP which saw them shift dramatically away from their original prog/folk leanings, and towards a sharp, modern, RnB/soul sound.

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Jason Byrne; balls, brains and chaos

Thu, Feb 22, 2018

ONE-MAN comic maelstrom Jason Byrne whirls into the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday March 10 at 7.30pm with his new show, The Man With Three Brains, which has been drawing rave reviews and sell-out crowds.

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A Russian view of The Cripple of Inishmaan

Thu, Feb 15, 2018

ONE OF Russia’s foremost theatre companies, Theatre U Mosta, visit An Taibhdhearc this weekend to perform Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage on Saturday, and Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, on Sunday. Both performances are in Russian with English surtitles.

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'I can’t wait to do it again, particularly with these guys'

Thu, Feb 08, 2018

AN EARLY highlight of the Town Hall Theatre’s spring programme gets under way this month with the return of Druid’s brilliant production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot. Directed by Garry Hynes, and first performed at the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival, the production has since toured Ireland and visited the US to huge acclaim.

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'It feels like a new band. It feels like a new beginning'

Thu, Feb 01, 2018

"WE'VE ALWAYS wanted to make dance records played by live human beings." So declares Franz Ferdinand bassist Bob Hardy, and their new album, Always Ascending, finds the Scottish art-rockers realising that vision to an unprecedented extent.

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'I once got asked to satirise every Pokemon character – in numerical order!'

Thu, Jan 25, 2018

POLITICS, SPORTS, puns, and just about any subject you care to mention, are all grist to the comic mill of satirist supreme Andy Zaltzman who is appearing at the Róisín Dubh on Saturday February 10.

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‘We have to put our biases under the microscope'

Thu, Jan 25, 2018

EMILY CULLEN is a poet, an academic, a harpist, and, in April, will preside over her first Cúirt International Festival of Literature as programme director. Cúirt has been a passion since her student days, and now in a position to run the festival, she has a vision for it that places 'diversity' at its core.

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'If music be the food of love...'

Thu, Jan 11, 2018

LOVE AND romance are the ingredients of Music for Galway's 2018 midwinter festival, Beloved - Composers In Love, a beautiful programme of music by famous composers, written during times of intense passion, which takes place at the Town Hall Theatre from January 19 to 21.

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Galway film Sanctuary wows London critics

Thu, Jan 04, 2018

IT HAS been a particularly happy festive period for everyone connected with Galway’s Blue Teapot Theatre Company and its award-winning film Sanctuary, which has been getting rave reviews in Britain.

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'Like any good villain she has been wronged in life'

Thu, Dec 21, 2017

IT IS now less than a fortnight until the opening night of this year’s Renmore Panto, Beauty and The Beast, and tickets are flying out of the Town Hall box office like hot mince pies.

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Jenni Flaherty and Daniel Boyne are Beauty and The Beast

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

THIS YEAR'S Renmore pantomime, Beauty and The Beast, opens at the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday December 30, and promises to be a spectacular adventure of laughter, music, and song.

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'The language leaps off the page'

Thu, Dec 07, 2017

THERE WAS great excitement at the announcement that Enda Walsh and Cillian Murphy would be teaming up again to bring Max Porter’s remarkable book, Grief Is The Thing With Feathers to the stage, and that the production would premiere at the Black Box Theatre next March.

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Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin’s Starlight Falling

Thu, Dec 07, 2017

GALWAY SINGER Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin releases her wonderful new album Starlight Falling/Coinnlíní Ceoil 1, which sees her deliver spellbinding versions of some of her favourite songs as Gaeilge and in English.

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'This music is beyond nostalgic'

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

IN THE 1960s they were a British blues-rock band who pointed the way towards heavy metal. In the 1970s they were an Anglo-American supergroup, part of the cocaine rock set, creating multi-million selling albums; in the 1980s they were mum and dad rock for sophisticated older listeners.

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Ros na Rún’s Ann Marie Horan set to release debut album

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

WHAT HAPPENS when an actress hits a mid-life crisis and things start to unravel? Does she buy a Harley-Davidson and join a gang of burly bikers burning up Route 66? Or does she get a part in a TV drama series and go instead on an inner adventure that yields up unexpected treasures?

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Keith Barry to bring the Magic Madhouse to Galway

Thu, Nov 23, 2017

WORLD-RENOWNED mentalist and magician Keith Barry will be coming to the Black Box in February 2018 with his brand new show Magic Madhouse which promises to be a hilarious mix of magic, mentalism and mayhem.

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'Poetry emulates what I like about music'

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

TOMORROW MARKS a significant milestone in Elaine Cosgrove’s career as a writer. While already a published poet - her work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, and The Bohemyth, and was selected for the Eyewear Publishing anthology Best New British & Irish Poets - Transmissions is her stepping onto a bigger stage.

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'I just committed straight away to the piano'

Thu, Nov 09, 2017

SHE HAS played the piano dangling high from a crane in Sãu Paolo; she has played it while being pulled by a car past the canals of Amsterdam; but never let these distract from the fact that Daria van den Bercken is one of the most outstanding young classical pianists at work today.

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The electric mayhem of King Kong Company

Thu, Nov 09, 2017

YEARS FROM now, it’s probably starting already, people will speak about King Kong Company’s show in the main tent at Electric Picnic 2017 with near mythical awe, and will boast ‘I was there!’. Everyone else, to preserve their credibility, will pretend they were.

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'I can still compete with anyone despite being around so long'

Thu, Nov 02, 2017

WHEN XTC’S Colin Moulding presented the band with ‘Making Plans For Nigel’, it immediately appealed to band leader Andy Partridge who felt the melody “reminded me of Gilbert O’Sullivan”.

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