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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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Conamara siblings take to stage for TradFest

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Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, who will perform in Collins Barracks next Thursday.

The musical talent of Conamara siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Uí Fhlatharta from An Áird Mhóir, will be on show at this year’s Temple Bar TradFest, which runs from January 26-230 in venues across Dublin. They will be performing at Collins Barracks at 1pm next Thursday, January 26.

Séamus and Caoimhe, who have won multiple All-Ireland titles for their music, are well-known among fans of traditional music as brilliant multi-instrumentalists, singers and dancers, whose vocal arrangements and harmonies bring new life to well-known and less familiar songs. Their performance on last week’s Late Late Show as part of a musical tribute to murdered Offaly woman, Ashling Murphy, was widely praised.

TradFest is one of the first largescale events to host live audiences again, something that performers and fans alike hope will continue.

Other participants include actor Stephen Rea, hosting a night of poetry and music with Natalya O’Flaherty, Sasha Terfous, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy and Neill Martin; Fairport Convention; Peggy Seeger, Aoife Scott and Wallis Bird; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Boxing Banjo; Dervish, Altan and 4 Men and a Dog; Séamus Begley, Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey; Martin and Eliza Carthy; The Lost Brothers; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Joe and Steve Wall; Cór Cúil Aodha and Seán Ó Sé; Karan Casey; Niamh Ní Charra; Brídín; Laoise Kelly; Brenda Castles, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh; Tim Edey, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien.

Tickets and more information at tradfesttemplebar.com.

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Cúirt putting a spotlight on new and under-represented writers

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Noveilst Lisa McInerney who will judge the short fiction prize. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Submissions are now being accepted for The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2022. This annual competition run by the popular literature festival, is sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire.

There are two categories; poetry & short fiction. Poet Gail McConnell will judge the poetry prize and author Lisa McInerney will judge the short Fiction award.

The winner in each category will receive a €500 cash prize and be invited to read at the 37th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature, taking place from Monday to Sunday, April  4-10 in Galway.

Poetry entries should consist of up to three poems under 50 lines each, while short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words. There’s an entry fee of €10 which covers one story or up to three poems. Entries are welcome in English and Irish and an Irish language adviser will be involved in assessing entries in Irish.

Writers who submit work must not have had a full collection of work published in the category they are entering (ie, no novel or short collection for fiction, or poetry collection for poetry). This doesn’t include having had single poems, stories or chapbooks published. Any stories or poems that are entered should not have

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Music festival goes live and online

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Flautist Ríona Ó Duinnín is among the top-quality musicians taking part.

Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival is taking place live this weekend and the organisation has also decided to livestream three concerts from the Town Hall Theatre, as well as several other events.

The festival, Stanford, explores the work, influences and legacy of Dubliner Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, one of Ireland’s greatest 20th-century Romantic composers. Four chamber music concerts, featuring leading Irish and Irish-based musicians, as well as two documentary films and two talks will be available online from this Friday to Sunday.

A further concert, in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday, which features choral music by Stanford and his students, will be open to live audiences.

In addition to music by Stanford himself, the programmes includes works by composers who influenced him, such as Brahms and Schumann, and by those whom he taught, including Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Muriel Herbert and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Performers willrs includes John Finucane clarinet; Sharon Carty mezzo soprano; Finghin Collins piano; the ConTempo Quartet; Ríona Ó Duinnín flute; John Leonard bassoon; Hannah Miller horn; Dominic Dudley double bass; Christopher Bowen tenor; Collegium; Mark Duley, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Student Quartet.

Stanford’s biographer, Jeremy Dibble, who lives in the UK, was due to travel to Galway to give two talks on the composer and his legacy. These have now been recorded and are available for free on the Music for Galway YouTube channel. To access them, go to musicforgalway.ie and follow the links to the Midwinter Festival page.

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