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Arts Festival shows lack of imagination in programming Big Top music events

Judy Murphy

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Anyone who attended the Chic show at the Big Top during last year’s Galway Arts Festival will recall a stellar night, a gig where punters threw shapes and had some unadulterated fun. After a few lukewarm years, it was nice to be reminded that the Big Top could provide a musical show to rival the big draws from the theatre, dance and visual arts world.

It seemed the Festival was on to a winner yet again with the announcement that Grizzly Bear would be coming to the Fisheries Field. They may not be a household name, but the Brooklyn band have a lot of kudos among discerning indie fans. Like Bon Iver’s Arts Festival show in 2009, the Grizzly Bear show could have drawn people from all over the country to Galway.

However, while the Bon Iver show was exclusive to Galway, Grizzly Bear will also be playing Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens this July.

Since The Frames last played the Arts Festival, Glen Hansard has won an Oscar for the film Once and the musical version has also been a massive success. There will a celebratory atmosphere at his solo show in Galway – as there will be for his show in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Meanwhile, Imelda May and Josh Ritter, also set for Big Top shows, are two big-name acts who can draw a crowd. Yet they are also playing shows in the Iveagh Gardens.

So, there is no headline act exclusive to the Big Top this year. That means its music bill can’t really make any arguments for drawing in people who don’t live in, or close to, Galway.

When The National were announced to play The Marquee in Cork, it was their only official Irish date at the time. A ticket to see one of the most acclaimed and popular bands of recent times costs the same as the Arts Festival headliners. The National’s Irish devotees are in their thousands and, for a while at least, The Marquee could lure them with an exclusive show.

Why isn’t the Arts Festival competing for acts like this? The Arts Festival is the largest cultural event in Galway, yet music, a vital part of the city, often feels like an afterthought in its programme.

 

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Sunday evening concert offers All the Pleasures

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Sunday evening’s concert will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (pictured), under director Peter Whelan.

Music by George Frederic Handel and Henry Purcell as well as a world premiere by Irish composer Rhona Clarke will feature in Resounding Landscapes, a concert being presented by Music for Galway in association with Galway 2020 this Sunday, November 22. It will be live-streamed from the city’s St Nicholas’ Church, starting at 7pm.

It’s the second concert in the Abendmusik (Evening Music) series of vocal and choral performances, which forms part of Music for Galway’s programme for the European Capital of Culture project.

Sunday’s event will feature Welcome to all the Pleasures by the 17th century composer, Henry Purcell with text by Cristopher Fishburn; the world premiere of Rhona Clarke’s O Vis Aeternitatis – based on writings by the 12th century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

The programme will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), under director Peter Whelan, who is director of the IBO.

Creator of the Abendmusik Sunday evening concert series, Mark Duley feels that “in our current circumstance, it is good to be reminded by Fishburn in his text that ‘in music, we find relief from sorrow and grief’. And we can salute the venerable building of St Nicholas’ Church where for 700 years music has resounded and prayer has been valid.”

Meanwhile, a scheduled online production of the community opera, Paper Boat, which Music for Galway commissioned to celebrate the 700th anniversary of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, has been postponed.

Paper Boat is central to Music for Galway’s programme for Galway 2020 and before Covid-19 restrictions, there had been plans for a major live production of the site-specific composition in St Nicholas’ last June.

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

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Chance to experience Fregoli’s Cross Street as the drama unfolds

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Enid trying to make sense of her life in 'Cross Street.

Fregoli Theatre Company will present a work-in-progress performance of its forthcoming play, Cross Street, on Saturday, November 28.

This virtual reading of their new comedy, written by the company’s co-founder Jarlath Tivnan, offers hints of horror while exploring mental health issues, according to its director Eimear Finan.

The story centres on Enid who’s searching for a new home and finds a place on Cross Street, one of Galway’s most happening spots.

However, she enters a space that’s is already populated by some serious creatures of habit. When Enid’s arrival threatens to disrupt well-worn routines, a house meeting is called to re-establish order. But on this stormy night, other events take over.

Cross Street explores how mental issues can grow and manifest when left to fester, says Eimear. Each of the housemates has an issue: these range from grief, guilt, alcoholism, eating disorders, neglect, self-harm and self-doubt. And each person isolates from anyone who might either interfere or help.

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

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Resourceful Emma gets in step with Zoom during pandemic

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Connemara's heritage features strongly in Emma's sean-nós dance classes and in her Facebook videos.

If you fancy learning sean-nós dancing, now is your chance as renowned dancer Emma O’Sullivan is using technology to put her students through their paces – at home and abroad.

In normal times, the All-Ireland champion can be seen dancing on the junction of Mainguard Street and Cross Street in Galway City.

Emma, from Derryinver, Letterfrack, is a popular figure and videos of her performances have been shared by over 20 million viewers worldwide. Her skills as a sean-nós dance teacher mean she’s in constant demand for classes among children and adults as at home and abroad.

But like so many in the performing arts sector, Emma’s livelihood has been severely affected by the pandemic.

After her regular classes were cancelled in March when lockdown began, she decided to try something new. She complied a 30-minute introductory sean-nós dancing tutorial video, which she uploaded to YouTube.  The feedback was so good, she moved on to classes via Zoom – which her students have since nicknamed ‘zoom-nós’.

This hasn’t been without its challenges, she says.

“There’s so much more to consider. Lighting and audio were a bit difficult, because while Zoom is fine for just chatting, suddenly I needed to talk and play music too.”

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

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