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Autumn treats in store with Primal Scream and Chic

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It might feel like festival season is winding down, but there’s a hell of a weekend coming up in October. Primal Scream play Leisureland and Chic return to Galway for a gig the following evening.

On Saturday, October 26, Primal Scream play Leisureland. Led by the charismatic Glaswegian Bobby Gillespie, the Scream made one of the 1990s most iconic albums with 1991’s Screamadelica.

In 2011, the album’s 20th birthday was celebrated with an arena tour that took in Dublin’s 02 and a rapturously received Glastonbury appearance. Primal Scream are no one-trick ponies, however, as they proved with the sublime Vanishing Point (1997), XTRMNTR (2000) and this year’s More Light. 

And fans of disco should get their dancing shoes ready for Chic’s return to Galway on Sunday, October 27, when the group play the Radisson.

Since he was last in Galway to play the 2012 Arts Festival, Nile Rodgers has had yet another massive hit in a career littered with them. Chic’s band leader and guitarist helped to pen Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, the most streamed song ever on Spotify.

Nile Rodgers also co-wrote hits like Madonna’s Like a Virgin, Upside Down by Diana Ross, Bowie’s Let’s Dance and We Are Family by Sister Sledge. With bassist Bernard Edwards, he came up with iconic Chic tunes including Dance, Dance, Dance, Good Times and the irresistible Le Freak.

Chic are simply unmissable. Before his Festival show here last year, Nile Rodgers spoke to the Groove Tube about why his passion for playing remains after more than 40 years on the road.

“Whenever I’m on stage, every show is Woodstock, every girl is a supermodel, and every payday is a fortune!’.”

 

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Maeve named as Film Fleadh programmer

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Maeve McGrath.

Limerick woman Maeve McGrath has been named as the new Director of Programming for Galway Film Fleadh, taking over from Will Fitzgerald. She will be responsible for curating this year’s festival, which will run from July 11-16.

She previously worked as artistic director of Kerry International Film Festival, producer at Carlow Arts Festival and joint short film programmer at Dublin International Film Festival.

Maeve is involved with  Limerick’s artist-led, community-focused facility, The GAFF where she recently curated a community audio/visual project, Tiny Little Histories, and produced TravFest, a Traveller wellness festival as part of Guth na Mincéirí.

She has a Master’s in Media Studies from Limerick’s Mary I/UL, graduating in 2015 with the thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar.

“The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit, nationally and internationally, and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition,” she stated.

“I forward to being part of the continued growth of the Galway Film Fleadh and supporting the development of emerging and established filmmakers.”

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Mystery of Wolfe Tone’s death

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Leader of the 1798 Rebellion Theobald Wolfe Tone.

Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan will be at the Town Hall Theatre on Thursday next, February 2, with The Murder of Wolfe Tone, the incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, leader of the 1798 Rebellion and the man who is regarded as the founding father of Irish republicanism.

In this audio-visual show featuring hundreds of images, shocking new research and a vast array of songs, Paddy works to unravel the secrets and lies around what happened that fateful week in Dublin’s Provost’s Prison in November 1798 when 35-year-old Tone was found dead in his cell.

Tickets for The Murder of Wolfe Tone, which starts at 8pm are €20/18, plus a €1 booking charge. They are available at tht.ie, 091-569777 and at the Town Hall Theatre Box Office.

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Funnyman Neil brings latest show to Athenry

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Neil Delamere

Comedian Neil Delamere will bring his new show, Delamerium, to the Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry on Saturday, February 18.

Audiences can expect hilarious stories, wry observations and quick-witted improvisation as Neil tries to makes sense of the world around him.

Neil is one of the top acts working in the Irish comedy scene today, well-known to audiences for his regular television appearances on RTÉ and BBC, as well as his hilarious sell-out stand up tours.

His shows have received stellar reviews and resulted in several platinum-selling DVDs, while Neil has also written and presented comedy documentaries including programmes on the Vikings and St Patrick which won IFTA and Celtic Media awards.

He also presented a series on heroes from Ireland’s past, Holding out for a Hero, on RTÉ 2.

He’s a regular on BBC Northern Ireland’s popular panel show, The Blame Game, as well as being a panellist on BBC 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and has featured on BBC 4’s The News Quiz.

According to the Irish Times, ‘no TV camera could accurately measure the lightning speed of Delamere’s wit’, while the Scotsman awarded him five stars during an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, stating: ‘You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more gifted comic at the Fringe.’

He continues to tour at home and abroad and audiences can catch his latest show, Delamerium, on February 18 in Athenry.

Tickets for Delamerium are available from the hotel or at ticketsolve.ie

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