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Ballinasloe all set for third annual Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds event

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The Alan Kelly Gang, who will open the Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds in Ballinasloe this Friday.

Ballinasloe will be alive with traditional Irish music, culture, and heritage this weekend when the town hosts the third annual Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds from Friday to Sunday.

Larry Reynolds was native of a townland close to Ballinasloe who, like so many of his time, emigrated to Boston in 1953. Over time he became a highly influential fiddle player, not only for his East Galway style, but also because of the contribution he made to Irish culture in Boston and all over North America.

After Larry passed away in 2012, a committee came together in Ballinasloe to commemorate him and the festival was established in 2014.

The Alan Kelly Gang with Eddi Reader will open the festival with a concert in Ballinasloe Town Hall on Friday (€15). The rest of the weekend is a packed itinerary including trad music, song and Sean Nós dance workshops by some of the finest tutors in the country.

The workshops will finish with a tutors recital and will be followed by an Irish Music Pub Trail through a number of venues in the town. During the afternoon there will be a lecture on The East Galway Style of Music, presented by Vera Craughwell in the Convent Gallery of Ballinasloe Library, which will conclude with some tunes from Vera and other local musicians. Presentations will also be made to the winners of the schools’ art and poetry competitions.

There will also be on-street craft exhibitions, which will include wood turning, tin smith, straw and basket weaver to mention a few. There will also be an historic walking tour of Ballinasloe, historically a planned town which was built and developed by the Earls of Clancarthy on the river Suck, which traditionally was the crossing point into the West of Ireland.

Sunday will see one of the weekend’s highlights, The 1st Larry Reynolds Open All-Ireland U-18 Fiddle Competition, which will take place in Scoil an Chroí Naofa on Society Street. There will be a prize fund of €250 and a perpetual cup for the winner, which will be presented by Larry Reynolds Jnr from Boston.

Other events on that day include Mass with local trad musicians; a singers circle event in The Pillar House; a céilí in Hayden’s Hotel with the Glenside Céilí Band; a junior seisiún in The Dunlo Tavern; a concert by the newly formed trad group, Gatehouse, who have just released their CD, Tús Nua; and there will be many open seisúin throughout the weekend.

■ Further details and tickets can be found on www.larry reynoldsweekend.com, or call 087 9046140.

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Anne’s Roses of Hope for Médecins Sans Frontières

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Kinvara artist Anne Korff has launched an initiative to support the work of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

It’s a new book, Roses of Hope – Meditations, which contains a selection of six reproductions of her artwork, 25×25 cm in size, ring-bound and with a hanging attachment, ready to display on a wall.

Roses of Hope – Meditations was created as a series of paintings during the pandemic in 2020-21. Throughout this period of solitude and isolation, Anne wanted to share her artwork as a way of providing support, inspiration and nourishment for the soul. Each painting is a meditation using energy, colour and shape to bring hope and solace.

According to the Irish Times’ art critic Aidan Dunne, ‘Anne Korff’s paintings vividly reflect her experience of the refugee crisis . . . in a space of what feels like infinite loss, flickers of hope appear’.

Anne, who studied Fine Art in Berlin moved to Ireland in 1977. A decade later, inspired by her passion for history and archaeology she set up her own publishing company, Tír Eolas. Her publications include beautifully illustrated guides and maps of the Burren, south Galway, Lough Corrib, The Shannon Valley, as well as The Book of the Burren.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Film Fleadh’s invitation to pitch a script

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Submissions are now open for the annual Film Fleadh Script Pitching Competition, which will be held next month as part of the online festival.

The competition focuses on the crucial role of good writing in the audio-visual sector and has provided many writers with an opportunity to get Entrants should submit a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end with no cliff-hangers!) and applications are welcome from writers of any skill level. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered.  Finalists will be chosen to pitch their idea live online as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds to a virtual panel of industry judges and an audience. The winner will be announced at the Fleadh’s online awards ceremony and will receive a prize of €3,000.

In addition to the money and the opportunity to pitch to industry professionals, there are other benefits to taking part. These includes opening the door to producers; writers having their project optioned by producers; being invited on mentorships to hone their craft; bolstering their confidence and giving them their first opportunity to win over an audience. For the winner, the money can allow them the time to develop and expand their pitch into a full film script.

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Innovation and tradition at heart of Brú Theatre’s new programme

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Martha and Ronald Sayers and Melissa Gillespie, right, during rehearsals for ‘Ar Ais Aris’ overlooking Galway Bay off Grattan Road. The immersive virtual reality experience takes place from June 11-20 in Gaeltacht communities along the Atlantic coast. PHOTO JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Brú Theatre Company has become an integral part of Galway’s arts scene since it was founded three years ago by Artistic Director James Riordan and Producer Jill Murray. Focusing on new writing, mask theatre, live music and dance, this innovative, talented company has won over audiences and critics alike.

Brú has now launched its programme for the remainder of 2021 with a mix of work that includes virtual reality performances, two stage shows and a physical theatre school.

“From drag to keening, it’s going to be great,” according to James Riordan who is ready for the next challenge.

“The support we have got from audiences and organisations alike in the past year has spurred us forwards, and I can’t wait to share all the shows, songs and stories we’ve been cooking up over the last year.”

From the beginning, Brú has produced bilingual work across a range of genres and that’s the case with Ar Ais Arís, an Irish language, immersive Virtual Reality experience which is touring Gaeltacht areas from Donegal to Cork from this Friday, June 11 until Sunday, June 20.

The show will site audiences by the sea before transporting them to Connemara’s mountain tops and far-away piers as it explores emigration, displacement and the poetic body, all via virtual performances. Inspired by Irish language writers including Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Pádraic Ó Conaire and Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Ar Ais Arís was originally commissioned by NUI Galway and Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. It’s being presented as part of Brightening Air/Coiscéim Coiligh, a countrywide series of arts events supported by the Arts Council. Tickets are available from www.brutheatre.com

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