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THE GALWAY Film Fleadh concluded last night with the premiere of An Klondike, a movie version of a four-part mini series to be aired on TG4 later in the year. The first Irish western, and with dialogue mostly as Gaeilge, this is an incredibly ambitious undertaking.
AN KLONDIKE, the first western made in Ireland, filmed entirely in Galway and the west, by Galway the based Abú Media, closes this year's Galway Film Fleadh when it is screened on Sunday at the Town Hall Theatre at 8.30pm.
For an evening of American roots and foot-stomping old-time music, look no further than the top US group Foghorn Stringband, who are set to perform at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday May 13 at 8pm.
On Thursday, October 6, Ballina Arts Centre will present: An Evening with Mike Absalom. The Swinford-based painter, poet, raconteur, multi-instrumentalist, multi-linguist, potter, printmaker, songwriter – the list goes on – has done it all. Forty-odd years ago, he performed at the Royal Albert Hall. Monty Python’s Flying Circus hired him to distract a studio audience during scene changes. This brought songwriting success and the Old Grey Whistle Test and endless tours. And then he flew away and like a bee in a flower garden touched down in so many honeyed spots that there is no space here to list them. From Tierra del Fuego to the Yukon, from Iran to Paraguay and even for the World Harp Congress he sang and wrote and told stories and played his harp or his guitar. Now he’s coming to tell them here at home.
One of the Midlands’ leading live music venues for the last 20 years changed hands this week with local man Declan Murray (42) taking over the reins at The Stables in Mullingar on the retirement of Tommy McManus.