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Aimee to perform in aid of LauraLynn children’s hospice

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Young Moycullen soprano, Aimee Banks.

Soloist Aimee Banks will perform her first Irish concert in aid of LauraLynn, Ireland’s only children’s hospice, in Galway Cathedral on Saturday October 1 (8pm).

The 14-years-old soprano burst on to the international scene last year after being chosen to represent Ireland at The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015, in Sophia, Bulgaria.

Since then, the Moycullen native has not slowed down, appearing on the iconic stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, and The National Concert Hall in Dublin. She has also performed at Boston Symphony Hall, Norman Rockwell Museum and The Whitney Centre for the Arts, Boston, USA in the past few months.

An award-wining vocalist, she has received the Overall Vocalist Award and Bursary at Feis Ceoil 2015 (Midlands) and 2016 (Sligo) and also received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Culture 2016 from Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board.

LauraLynn is Ireland’s only children’s hospice, providing palliative care and support for to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. This holistic approach to care ensures that support is provided to whole families, allowing parents to be Mums and Dads, rather than full time carers.

Care is provided in the hospice – LauraLynn House – in the comfort of the family home, and in some instances in the hospital and the community, depending on the child and family’s preference.

Operating since September 2011, LauraLynn has provided care and support to 280 children and their family members. All care is provided free to families because of the generosity of public donations, which is essential to ensure continued provision of these vital services to the children and families who need them.

■ Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

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No shortage of musical stars to dazzle at Claregalway Castle

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Lisa Hannigan...star turn at Claregalway Castle.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

This weekend a host of top acts will flock to Claregalway Castle for a weekend – not just of live music, but also a chance for attendees to enjoy a unique opportunity to see artists collaborate and workshop songs together. It’s the latest chapter in the spiralling story of Hibernacle, a project that has proven very successful through its eclectic range of artist-focused events and programmes since its launch shortly before Christmas of last year.

The brainchild of three of Ireland’s most established event-organisers in Pearse Doherty, Úna Molloy and Peter Kelly, it began as an attempt to reimagine the traditional format for Irish music festivals. Having experienced the value of collaborative sets and workshops abroad, the three set about employing similar techniques in their early projects.

The Saturday and Sunday sees Claregalway Castle play host to Hibernacle: Meet Me at the Castle. So far, the line-up includes Lisa Hannigan, Tolü Makay, Saint Sister and Jape. Collaboration remains very much at the heart of the occasion allowing music fans the chance to see these top stars workshop new songs together.

“It started with myself and Úna,” Pearse says of Hibernacle. “We had this notion a few years ago of trying to do something that involved more than just people coming and playing at a festival.

“I had a lot of experience of touring in America with the Saw Doctors and a lot of festivals would have collaborative stages or workshops in the woods and stuff. It’s a little bit different than what we saw here.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Old and new meet in ‘Side by Side’ at Clifden Arts Festival

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Running Dogs, a hand coloured lino print by Kathleen Furey from Side by Side.

Side by Side, an exhibition of paintings, print and collage by local artist Kathleen Furey, is taking place during the Clifden Arts Festival, which opened this Wednesday and is running until Thursday, September 23.  It’s in the gallery beside Hedz in the Courtyard of the Station House Hotel.

The title, Side by Side, comes from a newspaper article from October, 1920 about an incident from the War of Independence when British Auxiliary forces dragged Kathleen’s paternal grandfather, Patrick, and his brother, Michael, from their home at Gurrane in Oranmore as part of a series of night-time raids that took place in Galway around that time. The incident was covered by the Connacht Tribune and the Times of London

For the work in this exhibition, Kathleen has taken words and images from sketch books, newspaper reports, and historical documents, as well as poetry and song and combined these texts with her own skills of printmaking and painting to produce mixed media works on paper and board. Her hand-coloured lino prints and paintings on board are based on images which her grandfather drew in the late 1970s and 1980s, towards the end of his life, drawings which reflected Patrick’s experiences and interests.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Celebrating creativity from Inishbofin to Ballinalsoe

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Textile work by Fiona Ormsby which is being shown in Ballinasloe Town Hall as part of the UNBOUND exhibition.

Culture Night in the county will include UNBOUND – an exhibition from the Ballinasloe arts collective, Group 8. Running all day at Ballinasloe Town Hall Theatre, it features writing, paintings, wood-turning, textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture, all inspired by living through Covid-19.

‘Let’s go outside – art, culture and music at Ballyglunin’s Quiet Man Station’ will feature the Barcelo Brothers, a young band whose zydeco music is infused with R&B. Reggae, soul and funk

There will be live comedy at Athenry Heritage Centre with ‘Retreat! Meet the characters’, from Aoibheann McCann’s play Retreat.

Culture Shock, an interactive evening of audio-visual, spoken word and musical discovery is also happening at the Heritage Centre as is a face-painting workshop.

Local artist Aideen Monaghan is inviting people into her studio to view her work and to take part in creative workshops.

The young musicians of Athenry Music School Sinfonietta will present Raymond Deane’s A Baroque Session (with Carolan and Friends). They’ll be joined by violinists Séamus McGuire and Niamh Crowley and violist Kenneth Rice from the West Ocean String Quartet, with guest cellist Adrian Mantu. The performance is conducted by Claregalway conductor Sinead Hayes.

This Thursday night, ahead of the day itself, LIttle John Nee’s show, Bouncing Off The Walls, will be at Athenry Heritage Centre.

The local Skylark Centre, which nurtures creativity in people with disabilities, will present an artwork, Just keep Swimming, in the centre’s large windows. Facing the road, these will be transformed into an aquarium showing a range of underwater sea life. This was inspired by Covid and how everyone has been ‘living in a fishbowl’.

Loughrea Community Radio will present an evening of live music, drama, poetry and interviews, while the Abbey Community Centre will have a trad session with South-East Comhaltas.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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