The funny side of the political, the personal, and the social

Thu, Oct 15, 2015

GALLANT it was not. Neither was it dashing. Even less was it sophisticated, but in spite of all that, Tiffany Stevenson admits that Galway was where she was treated to "the best chat-up line I've ever heard".

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'I have yet to write my best song,'

Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Albert Hammond owes a lot to a man who had a barber's shop in Gibraltar. As a child the world famous singer/songwriter used to sweep hair off the floor in exchange for guitar lessons.

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CoisCéim - dancing with wolves at Baboró

Thu, Oct 08, 2015

THE BABORÓ International Children's Festival swings into action next week and a must-see highlight will be the world premiere of CoisCéim’s The Wolf and Peter, an exciting new dance interpretation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, one of the most popular pieces of music ever written.

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Ways of looking with author Colum McCann

Thu, Oct 08, 2015

COLUM MCCANN, one of Ireland’s finest writers, will read from his new book, Thirteen Ways Of Looking, at an event tomorrow evening [Friday October 9], organised by Cúirt International Festival of Literature and An Taibhdhearc Theatre.

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'Performance is very emotional, it's human expression'

Thu, Oct 01, 2015

FINGHIN COLLINS may declare himself "a musician first and then a pianist", but there is no doubting either his magnificent as a player, or his view of the piano being "a very complete instrument", as he will display in his upcoming Galway concert. Yet his love of, and interest in, other instruments, is genuine, particularly one that is somewhat under appreciated in classical music - the voice.

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Damian Clark; stolen phones, rude pics, and laughs galore

Thu, Oct 01, 2015

AMONG THE posse of cool comics riding into Galway for the Vodafone Comedy Carnival is acclaimed Aussie gagmeister, Damian ‘Damo’ Clark with his new show, Grand Theft Damo. Originally from Perth, Damian has been based in Britain for the past three years, following a stint living in Ireland, and has been delighting audiences and critics with his infectious energy and rambunctious routines.

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'I am a shameless liberal'

Thu, Sep 24, 2015

IN 1961, a young singer-songwriter, originally from Seattle, but now part of the thriving folk community in New York's Greenwich Village, released her debut album, A Maid Of Constant Sorrow. The closing track was 'The Rising Of The Moon', an Irish ballad inspired by the 1798 Rebellion. The choice of that song was both a confirmation of deep Irish roots, and of a long association with Ireland that continues to this day.

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Love conquers all in How to Keep an Alien

Thu, Sep 24, 2015

HOW TO Keep An Alien, written and performed by Sonya Kelly, and which comes to the Town Hall Theatre next week in a staging by Rough Magic, is a hilarious, yet tender, autobiographical tale, recounting how Sonya and her Australian partner Kate had to prove to the Department of Immigration they had the right to live together in Ireland.

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'Words are more supple, they are quicker to respond to things'

Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Bill Bailey breezes into the Black Box Theatre later this month with his new show, Limboland, which has been getting rave reviews and is sure to be a real treat for audiences here. Ahead of his Galway visit the affable and popular comic, a familiar screen presence from numerous hit TV shows, took some time to chew the fat about youth, comedy, politics, music, and middle age.

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The Whistling Girl - evoking the world of Dorothy Parker

Thu, Sep 17, 2015

THE CAUSTIC wit, high times, eventful life, and inner shadows of writer Dorothy Parker are all evoked in The Whistling Girl, a new musical show featuring the combined talents of composer Trevor Knight and actor/singer Honor Heffernan.

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Style, decadence, glamour, opulence

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

STOCKINGS, SUSPENDERS, lavish lingerie, suggestive dances, and lashings of sauce, burlesque is no longer about women performing for men, today it is about women performing for women, and artists and audience celebrating the diversity of female forms.

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'I wanted to go back to that raw, acoustic, element'

Thu, Aug 13, 2015

RYAN SHERIDAN releases his new album, Here and Now, on Friday August 28. Recorded in Ireland and Germany, it is the follow-up to his Irish platinum selling debut The Day You Live Forever, and as part of his upcoming tour he plays Tuam’s Sugarbeat Festival next weekend and the Róisín Dubh in September.

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Fregoli's Pleasure Ground at Town Hall

Thu, Aug 13, 2015

GALWAY THEATRE company Fregoli makes it debut on the Town Hall Theatre mainstage with Pleasure Ground, written by Jarlath Tivnan, who also features in the cast, and directed by Maria Tivnan.

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'Music has a way of getting into the soul'

Thu, Aug 06, 2015

CLASSICAL MUSIC trio The Priests will perform in the Galway Cathedral on Sunday August 16 at 8pm. The platinum-selling group, featuring three Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland - Fr Eugene O’Hagan and his younger brother Fr Martin O’Hagan, from the Derry village of Claudy, and Fr David Largy from Ballymena - perform as part of the Cathedral’s jubilee celebrations.

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'It’s a doorway, not a crutch'

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

CREATIVE ASPERGER'S is the title of a fascinating art exhibition currently running in the Galway City Library comprising portraits of famous individuals who display signs of Asperger syndrome. The work is by Jody Mullarkey who himself has Asperger syndrome and thus brings a keen personal appreciation and insight into his portrayals of the featured personalities.

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Strange Brew Summer Shindig 11

Thu, Jul 23, 2015

THE STRANGE Brew Summer Shindig 11, the long running clubnight's annual summer get-together at the Róisín Dubh, celebrating the very best of Irish indie music, with gigs in the Dominick Street venue's live area and upstairs bar, takes place on Thursday July 30 from 8pm.

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Damien Dempsey - to the waters and the wild

Thu, Jul 16, 2015

THE FIRST time most people heard Damien Dempsey was in 1997, when the late Gerry Ryan played the songwriter's debut single 'Dublin Town' almost continuously on 2FM. It was catchy, but there was nothing to indicate this was the opening salvo from a man poised to become one of Ireland's most gifted songwriters.

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Forty years on, Kiwi Tim Finn loves writing more than ever

Thu, Jul 09, 2015

Forty years in the music business, one of New Zealand's most celebrated singer-songwriters, Tim Finn will perform at the Galway International Arts festival for the first time.

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'People have a very profound, deep, response to it'

Thu, Jul 09, 2015

SOUTH AFRICAN artist Brett Bailey’s theatre/installation work Exhibit B is sure to be one of the most talked-about shows at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.

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The life affirming power of music

Tue, Jul 07, 2015

CLASSICAL MUSIC concerts have always formed part of the Galway International Arts Festival, but this year, classical music has a notably larger, more prominent, placing. Indeed it is almost a mini-festival within the GIAF itself. "The festival is really pushing out the classic side of things this year," notes the distinguished Irish pianist Finghin Collins approvingly. "It's a wonderful thing."

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