Entertainment in brief

Danny O’Brien — live in Castlebar tonight

Acclaimed comedian Danny O’Brien brings his hilarious show RaconTour to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar tonight Friday, April 6, at 8pm.

Fresh from a sell-out month long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a tour of Southeast Asia, award-winning comedian Danny O’Brien returns with his most adventurous and unique solo show to date. After inheriting a broken-down, unreliable, older-than-he-is motorcycle, Danny decided to take to the road on a comedic expedition. Come hear the story of this RaconTour in all its glory, failures and triumphs alike. Danny O'Brien is a comedy star in the ascendant, catch him here and now… while you can. Danny O’Brien performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Friday, April 6, at 8pm. Booking is advised. Telephone (094 ) 9023733 or book online at www.thelinenhall.com

Dance for cancer support in Crossmolina

Crossmolina man Ken Astill and his band, 3's Country, have raised nearly €6,000 for local charities over the past couple of years. This year they are running a dance at Hiney's Upper Deck, Crossmolina, in aid of Mayo Cancer Support, Rock Rose House, which provides emotional support to people affected by cancer, their families and friends in Mayo. Ken and other members of his band have been affected by cancer recently, and this particular charity helped give them support during this difficult time. The event will be held on Saturday, April 7, and tickets are €10 and are available from Rock Rose House, and local agents. There will also be the facility to pay on the night. Previous dances have had some very high quality raffle and spot prizes, and this occasion is no exception. Local hotels and retailers have been very generous with their sponsorship, and Phil Mack from Sky's Keep It Country, has once again donated a fantastic prize. The band has enlisted the help of some brilliant additional musicians, from the USA, UK, and Ireland, so a great night of music and dancing is guaranteed. "

Pete Higgins releases debut album

Pete Higgins is a musician whose music draws on the Americana of Ryan Adams, the indie and electro leanings of Sufjan Stevens, swing jazz, and Johnny Marr. He is about to release his debut album. Pete, who is originally from Roscommon, will release Circadian Rhythm & Blues today. His songs are rooted in an acoustic foundation, while his lyrical inspiration is the Atlantic Ocean. “I see the ocean every day from my bedroom window and it changes colour and texture continuously," he says. "Its ebbs and flows always remind me of the ups and downs of modern day life." Drawing on diverse musical influences, Higgins is not content for his music to remain in one genre. “The song dictates what direction it goes in," he says. "I try to follow the melody to wherever it sits most comfortably.” Circadian Rhythm & Blues is available on all major streaming services and on YouTube.

Mass Paths opens in Westport

Mass Paths is a series of handcrafted photographs, landscapes of the Irish countryside embedded with absence by Caitriona Dunnett. They portray the traces of paths walked by Catholics to reach illegal Mass during penal times. Dunnett’s aim is to visually unearth the history behind these paths and the people who walked them. The locations of these sites were passed on by word of mouth. This local knowledge was handed down through generations. The oral tradition in Ireland disappeared gradually around the 1960s alongside land exchange and redevelopment. Dunnett has spent years researching Mass paths and other penal sites, piecing the information together, scouring through word searches on the Internet, finding little snippets posted by schools, regional newspapers and walking clubs. These fragments led to maps, hunting for locations, hidden in the landscapes. The exhibition will continue until Sunday, April 15.


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