The Best Albums of 2017

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

1. The Stevens - Good (Chapter Music)

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My advice for Ken Bruen

Thu, Dec 07, 2017

A RECENT article in the Galway Advertiser noted: "Ken Bruen has been weirdly neglected by Galway’s cultural establishment, having never been invited to read at Cúirt or the Galway International Arts Festival, or received any other official recognition.”

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Album review: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

LIKE 2006's Living With War, this is Shakey's immediate response to current events. Whereas the latter album was about the Bush presidency and the 'War On Terror', The Visitor centres on Trump's first year in office.

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Album review: Morrissey

Thu, Nov 23, 2017

MOZZER HAS never been afraid to speak his mind, but recent pronouncements on Brexit, UKIP, and Harvey Weinstein, have, to put it mildly, left many fans (including this one) shaking their heads at the lack of wisdom on display.

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Of witches and mermaids

Thu, Nov 23, 2017

JUST PICKING up Deirdre Sullivan's Tangleweed and Brine is a pleasure. There is a tactile joy in holding it and when opened, wandering through its pages, enjoying the design and wonderful illustrations by Karen Vaughan.

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Album review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Thu, Nov 16, 2017

IF LIAM'S As You Were was about getting back to basics, Noel's album - arriving only weeks after Our Kid's - is all for defying expectations and pushing into previously unexplored territories.

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Whimsy, satire, and surrealism

Tue, Nov 07, 2017

THERE ARE still a couple of days left to catch the wonderful work gathered for the inaugural Galway Cartoon Festival which now runs until Thursday November 9, having initially being scheduled to finish last Monday.

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TULCA offers plenty for any viewer to take pleasure in

Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The 15th TULCA Festival of Visual Art was officially launched at the Connacht Print Works last Friday and continues until November 19. The festival features 17 artists from Ireland and overseas, many of them presenting new work.

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Album review: Lankum

Thu, Nov 02, 2017

I RARELY get excited about Irish folk/trad albums, given most are either of the sickly slick super produced variety or else have that purist reductionism which renders trad as a kind of 'living dead' form where jibes that 'it all sounds the same' are not without foundation.

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What Lenin has to teach us

Thu, Nov 02, 2017

LENIN FOR Today is neither a historical study nor a biography but an attempt by long time Socialist Workers Party member – and leading light in People Before Profit – John Molyneaux to make a case for Lenin’s ideas and organisational methods in the here and now.

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Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway 2017

Tue, Oct 31, 2017

FROM ONE end of the city centre to the other, it was impossible to escape the Vodafone Comedy Carnival over the last week and especially during the Bank Holiday Weekend - and in truth, why would you want to? The best shows in town were all here.

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Cinema review: Happy Death Day

Mon, Oct 23, 2017

HAPPY DEATH Day is billed as Scream meets Groundhog Day, which is a great idea. The Groundhog Day motif worked really well in 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow and in an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It is a concept that lends itself well to a slasher movie.

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Album review: Slow Place Like Home

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

THE SECOND album from Donegal vocalist, composer, and producer SPLH - aka Keith Mannion - contains what may be a first, or at least a rarity, in electronic music - the use of a waltz rhythm.

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Cinema review: The Snowman

Mon, Oct 16, 2017

WITH 2008's Let The Right One In, director Tomas Alfredson made one of the best film I have ever seen - a hauntingly powerful vampire film which has since been remade for an American audience and turned into a stage play.

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Album review: Liam Gallagher

Thu, Oct 12, 2017

THE CLUE is in the title. This is not about reinvention ("I didn’t want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey," Liam has said.) It's about a return to terra firma after Oasis's end and Beady Eye's failure.

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Book review: Poets unblinking in the face of breast cancer

Thu, Oct 12, 2017

IF YOU are a woman, or have a mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter, the poems included in this new anthology, Bosom Pals: Eight Poets Share Their Experience of Breast Cancer could, some day, perhaps even today, prove invaluable.

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Cinema Review: Blade Runner 2049

Mon, Oct 09, 2017

BLADE RUNNER 2049 is the sequel to 1982 classic Blade Runner. The 2049 is the year the sequel is set. So, don't worry, you haven’t missed Blade Runner the other 2047 sequels. Am I the first person to make that joke? Probably.

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Album review: Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

WARFARING STRANGERS: The Darkscorch Canticles, released in 2013, was a treasure trove of underground Black Sabbath-influenced US metal from the early 1970s by an array of short lived, yet fascinating, bands.

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Tá scéal san mBéaloideas

Thu, Oct 05, 2017

THE BLURB on the back of City of Streams - Galway Folklore and Folk life in the 1930s by Caitrîona Hastings, published by the History Press is clear and concise:

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Theatre review: King of the Castle (Druid Theatre Company)

Wed, Oct 04, 2017

THOUGH WIDELY acknowledged as one of our foremost writers, Eugene McCabe is also, paradoxically, somewhat unsung. This may be explained by his output being less than prolific, with lengthy gaps where he focused on tending his farm, and that he wrote across different media – stage, television and fiction.

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