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“RICK MARGITZA is simply a great tenor player.” This verdict, on the saxophonist who plays Galway this weekend, was passed by no less a person than Miles Davis.
It all started with a trip to the Galway Races and a chance encounter with a lady who liked a few bets on the gee-gees. It was further compounded by another chance encounter, this time with two men, who offered a seat and good company in a crowded Galway city bar.
ONCE JOE Strummer saw the Sex Pistols he quit pub rock and r’n’b and formed The Clash. When Charlie Harper saw the Damned he did the same thing.
Cult Kilkenny band Engine Alley are set to thrill their fans and unleash their distinctive songs on a new audience when they reform for their first proper gig in five years, playing Whelan’s of Dublin on Saturday, July 23 supported by Pony Club, with MC Enda Muldoon.
“I DON’T think it’s possible for me to write in a major key. I don’t know why. It doesn’t seem to factor in my brain.” So says Katie Stelmanis, lead singer and songwriter of Toronto’s Austra.
GALWAY folk singer, musician, and songwriter Noriana Kennedy will launch her debut album Ebb’n’Flow with a concert in Kelly’s Bar, Bridge Street, on Thursday May 5 at 9pm.
The June Bank Holiday weekend is about to get loud in Castlebar with the news that Thin Lizzy are coming back to the Royal Theatre. On Sunday, June 5 - Thin Lizzy featuring Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums), Darren Wharton (keyboards), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass guitar), and Ricky Warwick (lead vocals/guitar) play The Royal Theatre Castlebar.
WHEN THE Go! Team play Galway next month it may be the last time they grace a stage in this city, as the Brighton based collective are thinking of calling it a day by the end of the year.
EVOLVING FROM a loose collection of friends who met regularly for jam sessions and wild, mayhem filled gigs, The Phantom Band have transformed themselves into one of the most exciting acts to emerge in recent years from Scotland’s rich independent music scene.
Chris Potter, the man The Guardian described him as “one of the best saxophonists on the planet” is coming west to play The Galway Jazz Festival.