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THE FIRST six months of 2014 have been pretty good for Galway roots, trad, and bluegrass band We Banjo Three, and they are set to cap it all with the release of their new album.
CLARE QUINN, a 14-year-old from Renmore, has won the National All Ireland Schools Talent Final, which took place recently in Limerick Concert Hall.
Pupils from the city’s oldest primary school have got through to the semi-final of the All Ireland Primary School Debating competition.
Following on from the successful productions of Oklahoma, Back to the 80s, and Les Miserables in recent years, this year the talented students of St Joseph’s School, Rochfortbridge present a musical extravaganza A Night at the Musicals from December 4-7.
On Tuesday March 12 one of Mayo’s finest young traditional musicians took centre stage as a guest artist for the Department of Education and Skills’ Conference on Qualifications organised as part of Ireland’s EU presidency. Nominated by Music Generation Mayo, harpist Alannah Thornburgh performed to an audience of international delegates at the event in Dublin Castle.
Five-piece Galway-based folk band Vickers Vimy performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday, March 14 at 8pm. Vickers Vimy main men Ed Drea and Fintan Hanley write laid back folk tunes in the style of Paul Simon or Jack Johnson. Inspired by the transatlantic flight of the Vickers Vimy from Newfoundland to Clifden, Connemara in 1919, Ed and Fintan wrote and recorded an album. Produced by Daragh O’Toole and mixed by Ger McDonnell, it features Colm Mac Con Iomaire from The Frames and The Swell Season and a good crew of friends and featuring well-known Davitt College Music teacher and school musical producer Eamonn Mulderrig on drums. Vickers Vimy has supported such greats as John Martyn, The Hothouse Flowers, Mundy, The Guggenheim Grotto and Maria Doyle Kennedy, and released the critically acclaimed debut single, ‘Devil on Your Back’ in 2012. The long-awaited debut album That Vinyl Scratch sees light of day some time this month.
A spellbinding story that captivates audiences, making them laugh and cry, That ‘80s Show, the musical, will be performed by Davitt College transition year students this year from Tuesday March 5 until Friday March 8 at 8pm and promises to be one of the best productions of all time. That ‘80s Show, the musical, is the story of the graduating class of William Ocean High School as they live through their senior year and experience the fun, the heartbreak, the loves and loneliness of growing up... all set to the biggest hits of the ‘80 s, including “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”, “Kids In America”, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, “Footloose”, “Video Killed The Radio Star”, “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Man In The Mirror”, “Love Shack”, “Dancing On The Ceiling” and many more, this show promises not to disappoint.
Five-piece Galway-based folk band Vickers Vimy performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday, March 14 at 8pm.
ONE OF the highpoints of Galway’s musical calendar and festive season is coming up shortly when Music For Galway, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and the Resurgam choir join forces for a presentation of Handel’s Messiah at St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church, on Saturday December 8.
St Gerald’s College Music Department recently staged their second spring recital in the Linenhall Arts Centre. Following the success of last year in the school, it was thought to move to a proper concert setting of the Linenhall Arts Centre. Some 60 sang, played, and danced to a full house.