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AN EASTERN European folk song, transformed into a modern, soul-pinching, ethno-pop ballad - this is ‘Vershe’, the new single from Galway multicultural band Baba Yarga.
A LOW key Oscars this year struck a tasteful tone given the year we’ve had, and the 2021 awards were spread throughout a group of deserving and interesting films.
KARL CLEWS, the bass player, session musician, and founder of the Galway jazz-funk-fusion band, Earthship, has just released his new album - Navigator.
ANYONE WHO was involved in the Galway city music scene - either as a musician or as a fan - throughout the noughties, will have come across Bushy, aka Kenneth Coyne, and his band The Brno Chairs.
WHEN ULTAN Conlon emerged from the recording studio in Burbank, California, on the final day of sessions for what would become his fourth album, he could have had no idea of the world into which it would be released.
THERE'S A Waltz, the new album, by Loughrea singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon, produced by the Grammy Award winning Sean Watkins, formerly of Nickel Creek, is released tomorrow [April 17].
STEVE WHITE, drummer for Paul Weller between the Modfather's 1992 solo debut album and 2006's Catch-Flame! and the drummer in Weller's post-Jam band, The Style Council, is coming to Galway.
SPARKS OF The Divine', Ultan Conlon's new single, and the first offering from his eagerly anticipated fourth studio album, There’s A Waltz, is released tomorrow, via DarkSideOut Records.
After the war, there was a bit of a building boom of dance halls around the country. Radio had introduced popular music to the general public and more and more people wanted to move to the music, so dance bands began to form. Some of those in Galway were Des Fretwells’ Band, Maxie Dooley’s Musicmakers, The Bill Keaveney Orchestra, and Gerry Cahill’s Dance Band. They played the popular music of the day, were mostly seated on stage and reading the music from stands in front of them. Then along came Bill Haley and rock and roll and everything changed. The showbands had arrived. Music stands were forgotten, musicians played standing up and literally began to move with the times.
On Thursday October 17, Sinead O'Connor upholds her promise of playing in Galway after missing out on the Galway International Arts Festival four years ago, by taking to the Róisín Dubh stage for a unique and intimate performance.