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Balkan-influenced French band for Monroe’s show

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French band Txütxükan – which means ‘DIY’ in Basque – play Monroe’s Live on Friday, August 9.

The group first came to Ireland in December 2007, when, just after Christmas, an old van left France with four guys for a one-month trip with one goal; to record an album, with compositions mainly inspired by Balkan music. For 18 hours on the ferry, Oscar Wilde the four, who play a range of instruments, including accordion, clarinet bouzouki, banjo and drums, sat down around the piano bar and began playing. After two days playing together, they got their first gig in Cork on New Year’s Eve – the magical mystery tour had started. Travelling around the West of Ireland, performing and meeting lots of people, Txütxükan released an album in September 2008, and followed it with an Irish tour. 

In January 2009 they returned home to France to tour, having added a double bass player to the line-up.

They followed that up with another tour of Ireland, with the new combination, during which they realised they wanted to come back and settle for a while They spent nine months in Macroom, Co Cork, where they set up a home studio and recorded another album.

In the summer of 2010 they played over 10 festivals in Ireland and then took a break. They are now back on the roads with their album, Surf the River Lee.

Doors for their Monroe’s show are at 10pm and admission is €10.

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Long-awaited debut album proves well worth the wait

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Bitch Falcon....debut album now released.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

It’s been a strong decade for Irish bands – a noisy, unfiltered path paved by Girl Band emboldened a series of experimental rock groups, each looking to break away from the folk-pop mould that dominated the 2000s in charts and on radio.  Vibrant local scenes have emerged in the likes of Limerick, Galway and Cork – all individual, all looking to champion identity and eclecticism.

And despite releasing their debut album just earlier this month, Dublin trio Bitch Falcon have overseen almost all of the changes and milestones that have led Irish rock to this point. That is because the band technically formed in 2014.

Several acclaimed EPs and hundreds of storied gigs later, Bitch Falcon, made up of frontwoman Lizzie Fitzpatrick, drummer and Galway native Nigel Kenny from Dunmore, and bass player Barry O’Sullivan, have released their first full-length LP.

Staring at Clocks hit shelves and streaming sites on November 6, full of atmosphere, intensity and, crucially, brand new material. Lizzie’s insistence on avoiding an amalgamation-of-EPs type record has resulted in an impressively cohesive debut. After six years of adjustments to sound, style and line-up, the project has officially matured.

“I think the album really captured what we were saying at that point in time,” Lizzie insists. “We wrote it about a year and a half ago and I think it was the first time we were really excited about what we were writing.

“Before, we were happy with it but not really completely there and I think that aspect of it has improved now. We didn’t want to have any of the old stuff in it at all. We wanted to have it be exactly what we were feeling at that moment rather than a collection of songs to get us through a debut album.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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David offers a fresh take on Percy French’s songs

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David's album contains 12 of Percy French's much-loved songs.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“He’s the kind of fella you’d love to have met,” says singer David Larkin of the multi-talented Percy French, a songwriter, artist, showman and engineer who bequeathed a vast legacy of songs and paintings to the world when he died in 1920 at the age of 66.

His songs which captured Irish life with a fine dash of humour and a great deal of affection, have been widely recorded through the years, most notably by the late Irish tenor Brendan O’Dowda.

David has now given a new interpretation to 12 of French’s compositions on his album, David Larkin sings Percy French: With a Toot on the Flute and a Twiddle on the Fiddle!!!

“I loved his songs and I’d have known quite a few of them from hearing them on the radio and at sing-songs,” says David who works as a Housing Support Assistant with the Simon Community and presents Larkin About on Galway’s Flirt FM in his spare time. An early memory of hearing one of them is when American folk singer, Don McLean recorded The Mountains of Mourne in 1973.

David’s family moved to Galway City from Athleague in Roscommon when he was six, but “I always consider myself a Roscommon man”, he says with a smile.

He’s been part of the Galway singing scene for decades, co-hosting the I’m Singing in the Crane sessions in the popular city pub since 2013. He’s a regular participant in singing sessions and festivals countrywide, including the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, where he contributes to the daily singing workshops.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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