Fledgling Galway band, The Cabin Collective, who have just been added to the Electric Picnic line-up on Sunday September 1, will play a Galway show at Kelly’s Bridge Street this Friday, July 19 to officially launch their debut single, Lines Are Fading which has been chosen Song of the Week by Ian Dempsey on the Today FM Breakfast Show this week.
The Cabin Collective sold out their last show at Kelly’s at the end of June and received some great reviews for their Main Stage appearance at the Westport Festival on June 30.
Lines Are Fading has been written by Corofin songwriter Keith Mullins and the Tuam band have been touring Ireland in the past fortnight promoting it, with TV appearances on Ireland AM, and radio interviews on the Pat Kenny Show on RTÉ Radio 1 and Ian Dempsey’s Breakfast Show on Today FM. Red Shoe Productions who make TG4’s arts programme, Imeall have just released the official video for Lines Are Fading.
The song was recorded by The Cabin Collective in the Scandinavian style log cabin outside Tuam where the nine-piece band first formed last Spring after a series of intensive rehearsals at the cabin.
The Cabin Collective feature four Galway songwriters and singers in their line-up; Noelie McDonnell whose song Nearly Four topped the iTunes Charts a few years ago, Leo Moran who co-wrote Clare Island and Red Cortina for The Sawdoctors, Anthony Thistlethwaite, one of the founding members of The Waterboys, and Keith Mullins who sings lead vocals on the Lines Are Fading debut single.
Completing the line-up are some of Galway’s finest musicians including Dave Clancy on pedal steel, Larry Kelly on guitar, percussionist Eimhin Cradock, Michael Coen on bass guitar and Rickie O’Neill on drums.
Tickets for their Kelly’s show are available from OMG (formerly Zhivago) in Shop Street Galway and from Ticketmaster outlets.
Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.
Music festival set to return after a successful debut
Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).
Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.
There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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