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THE OPENING acts of this year’s Galway Jazz Festival will be pianist Kenny Werner, Scandinavia’s The Thing, and Japanese avant-garde musician Otomo Yoshihide.
Top Irish drama at the Linenhall
The spirit of the Samurai warrior and the Japanese world view of wabi sabi looms large over Japanese post-rockers LITE. It’s what accounts for the extraordinary tension and release in their pulverising, guitar driven, music.
ONE OF the darkest days of the Irish music scene occurred on July 31 1975 when three members of The Miami Showband band were killed by UVF paramilitaries at a fake army checkpoint outside Newry.
MANY OF Galway’s best known bands will be taking to the stage of The Cellar Bar in Eglinton Street tomorrow at 8.30pm for a special fundraising show for Luis Asturias.
THE LATE, very great, Phil Lynott will be remembered and celebrated at the Vibe For Phil Lynott show in Cuba*, Eyre Square, tomorrow at 8pm.
GALWAY MUSICIANS and DJs will gather in the Black Box Theatre on Saturday February 7 from 6pm for Armada Corazon, a major fundraising show for the Spanish born, Galway based, musician Luis Asturias.
PRIMAL SCREAM guitarist Andrew Innes is ready for Galway. “When you get on stage you realise it’s all worth it,” he says. “When people are cheering you on it’s hard to beat that and you think, ‘It’s great to be in a band’.”
WITH THE exception of Electric Picnic, the only Irish show the great Okkervil River will play this year is in the Róisín Dubh on Monday September 7 at 9pm.
One of the most distinctive voices in music, lauded singer/songwriter and Brit Award nominee, Ray LaMontagne released his much-anticipated third album, Gossip In The Grain, last October to great praise, and with hit songs like “You are the Best Thing” it is easy to see why.