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Arts Festival hero John Grant set for return visit in January

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John Grant will return to Galway in January for a show in Seapoint.

His fellow Americans would call it stepping up to the plate. When Sinéad O’Connor cancelled her Arts Festival show this summer, John Grant was elevated from opening act to headliner – and he delivered a stellar set. The John Grant show with support from Sharon Shannon’s Big Band was up there with the very best gigs in the Big Top in recent years.

Having charmed Galway in July, John Grant will return West on Saturday, January 30, for a show at Salthill’s Seapoint Ballroom.

Expect to hear plenty of songs from his latest long player, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, which has just been released. This is Grant’s third solo album, and it has been met with rave reviews, with Today FM’s Paul McLoone giving it lots airtime.

John Grant is a songwriter whose ear for a hook and killer chorus would impress the likes of Burt Bacharach. But he goes for a more modern sound, with electro and synth flourishes. It’s expansive and brooding music and makes an ideal headphone-listening experience.

Grant’s lyrical excellence includes a fine line in black humour. Take this lyric from his first album: “Baby, you’re where dreams go to die/I regret the day your lovely carcass caught my eye.”  This is from a song that’s eminently singable and uplifiting, as much of Grant’s work is. This gig is essential stuff

Tickets are on sale now from roisindubh.net, priced €30/€28 members.

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Pádraig Jack in concert to launch new single

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Padraig Jack

After a busy summer touring Ireland and the UK with Sharon Shannon, singer-songwriter Pádraig Jack returns to Galway City’s Crane Bar this Friday, November 15 to launch his new single Minnie.

The artist from the Aran Islands writes and sings folk, Celtic and adult contemporary songs on guitar in English and Irish. He is the son of ground-breaking Irish language songwriter Barry Ronan and his maternal aunt is the poet Mary O’Malley.

Up to now, he has mostly released songs in the Irish language. Minnie, the first single from Padraig’s debut album is bilingual but predominantly in English. The album was recorded in London by renowned producer John Reynolds (Sinéad O’Connor, Damien Dempsey and Indigo Girls)and is due for release in 2020.

Padraig Jack has already opened shows for The Saw Doctors, Donal Lunny, Mick Flannery, The 4 of Us, John Spillane and Sharon Shannon, and has appeared at the Westport Bluegrass Festival, SOMA in County Down, Shorelines in Portumna, Skibbereen Arts Festival and Electric Picnic. Padraig has received numerous Gradaim NÓS nominations in the award ceremony that celebrates contemporary music in Ireland and has won second prize at the Pan Celtic National Song Contest.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Choral Society Christmas Concert

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Members of the NUI Galway Choral Society.

The NUIG Choral Society wil present its annual Christmas Concert in St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church on Wednesday next, November 20, starting at 8pm Guests will include the Decibels, the Testostertones and the NUIG staff choir.

The NUIG Choral Society was founded to promote singing in the college and hosts members with an interest in singing. Consisting of Irish and Erasmus students, and ever-evolving, it’s un-auditioned and talented. Over the years, the choir has taken part in choral competitions throughout the country including the Sligo International Choral Festival and the Cork International Choral Festival. And every year, members perform at the Relay for Life in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

■ The event will be recorded live.  Tickets are €5 from NUIG Socs Box and Evenerite.ie, and €7 on the door.

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London award for Galway film

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Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody has won the Best Documentary Award at the 2019 Irish Film Festival London

The film, which premiered at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh,  was made by Aodh Ó Coileáin of Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway.

Irish Film London hosts the annual festival, which is now in its ninth year. It runs from next Wednesday, November 20, until Sunday, November 24. Founder and director of Irish Film London Kelly O’Connor outlined the reason for awarding the prize to Cumar.

“We really loved the film and think it will become a long-standing document of the intrinsic essence and influence of Galway.”

Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody examines the influence of Galway City and Connemara on seven artists working across a range of discipline. It also focuses on the impact og these artists’ work on the area where they live.

The artists featured are musician/composer Máirtín O’Connor; poet and playwright Rita Ann Higgins; novelist Mike McCormack; Macnas Artistic Director Noeline Kavanagh; singer songwriter Róisín Seoighe; visual artist Pádraic Reaney, and comedian, Tommy Tiernan.  The film is scored by Galway composer Jake Morgan while Galway Street Club make a guest appearance with their own brand of music.

Cumar – A Galway Rhapsody was conceived and directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin who is Programme Director of the MA (Cleachtas Gairniúil sna Meáin) and also teaches on the BA (Cumarsáid agus Gaeilge) programmes at NUI Galway’s Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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