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Ballygar Festival headline act Nathan Carter

Country music star Nathan Carter will be the headline act at the 70th annual Ballygar Carnival, which takes place this Bank Holiday weekend.

Carter will play at the Mattie McDonagh Centre on Friday night, with tickets costing €15, which will be available on the door.

The gig gets underway at 11.30pm, and support on the night will be from rising star Aine Crehan, who is a native of the parish.

The festival gets underway this Thursday night with a carnival parish night featuring storyteller Vincent Pierce, as well as sean nos dancing and music from trad group The Bize from Athlone. All of that happens in the Mattie McDonagh Centre, and it will be followed on the night by Crystal Swing. Tickets cost €10 and will be available on the door, and there will be food and refreshments available on the night.

Saturday night will see the centre host a disco with Djs Steven Cooper and Rory Lynam; while on Sunday The Wolfe Tones are the headline act, with tickets costing €15 (available on the door) to see a band celebrating 51 years in the music industry.

The music side of the carnival will be brought to a close on Monday night with Robert Mizzell and his band taking to the stage of the Mattie McDonagh Centre, with tickets against costing €15.

There is plenty of entertainment apart from that list of gigs, with one of the festival highlights set to be the Ballygar Truckin event.

Last year’s truck reversing competition raised €18,000 for charities Console, the Galway Hospice Foundation, Western Alzheimer’s and Irish Sudden Infant Death Association; and the previous year raised more than €16,000 for charity.

This year’s competition takes place from noon, and entertainment will be provided throughout the day with live music, face-painting, barbecue and lots more.

Monday will be Heritage & Fair Day and will feature a number of free family attractions, such as puppet shows throughout the day from Julie Rose McCormack Puppet Theatre and on-street music, which begins at 1pm.

There will also be modelling jumping clay demonstrations available for children – a charge may apply to this per hour. Trad group Cara Ceol will play at 3pm and will be followed an hour later by The Big Ideas band; and by Crossfire at 6pm.

There will also be stilt walkers, unicyclists, jugglers and Balloon modelling, as well as sheep dog trial demonstrations in the Niall Walsh pitch by renowned dog trainer Eamon Egan; and a visit from Kiltimagh Pet Farm.

There will also be the usual food stalls, a pig-on-the-spit, crepes and butter making, as well as craft and jewellery stalls, knitwear, wood crafts, painting, sculpture and basket-weaving demonstrations.

For the more easy-going carnival-goer, there will be a nature walk and treasure trail in the forest with NUI Galway ecologist Elaine O’Riordan on Tuesday August 4, beginning at 1pm.

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Stunning and David Kitt for free gigs in Ballinalsoe and Clifden

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The Stunning are playing Ballinasloe this Saturday night while David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22.

The Stunning will take to the stage of Ballinasloe’s Town Hall Theatre this Saturday, October 16, night at 8pm to play hits such as including Brewing up a Storm, Half Past Two, Romeo’s on Fire, Heads are Gonna Roll and Brighten up my Life. Meanwhile David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22, performing songs from his new album, 20.

These gigs are the fourth in the Ceol an tSamhraidh series of free live music events being presented by Galway County Council Art and Tourism Offices as part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

The Stunning were a force to be reckoned with in 1990s’ Ireland, when they played and toured continually, becoming one of the most successful homegrown bands ever. Their debut album, Paradise in The Picturehouse. spent five weeks at number one and became among the most popular Irish albums of all time. After seven years on the road, the band split. These days, the members still continue to pursue their own individual projects, but they also perform together regularly as the Stunning. And now that restrictions have eased, they’re ready for road.

Meanwhile, the Station House Theatre is the location for David Kitt’s debut Clifden show next weekend.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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John Behan – ‘blowing our hearts wide open’

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RTÉ's Bryan Dobson congratulates artist John Behan after officially opening his exhibition 'Shifting Ground' at the Kenny Gallery on Friday. Masks were worn for the event, only being removed for the speech and photographs. PHOTO: DEAN KELLY.

Shifting Ground, a new collection in bronze from sculptor John Behan, opened at the city’s Kenny Gallery last weekend, with RTÉs’ Bryan Dobson doing the honours and praising the artist’s work ethic and discipline as well as his talent.

The show reflects on Behan’s experience of living through the pandemic, while the renowned artist has also returned to his previous theme of Emigrants and created images inspired by the current refugee crisis, a subject he explored in his show, Migrants, which was shown in Kenny’s early in 2020, before Covid took hold.

John Behan has met and worked with refugees on various trips to Greece and Cyprus and their stories have found their way into his art alongside his Irish work, the Famine Ship, and Broighter Boat and Oar Boat series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Feast of Mozart for memorial concert

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Pianist Christian Blackshaw is renowned for his interpretation of Mozart's sonatas.

UK pianist Christian Blackshaw will give a recital of Mozart’s music next Friday, October 22, at the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUIG, starting at 8pm. The concert, in celebration of Anderson’s life and work, is being presented by Music for Galway and NUIG.

It will feature Mozart’s Fantasie in D minor, K.397; Rondo in D major, K. 485; Adagio in B minor, K.540; Sonata in F major, K.332; Sonata in C major, K.545; Sonata in C minor, K.457.

“It is nearly two years since we last presented a concert in this venue and we can’t wait to be back where MfG started 40 years ago,” says Chair of Music for Galway Anne Ó Maille, who describes the venue as the group’s “spiritual home”.

The multi-talented Emily Anderson (1891-1962) was reared in the quadrangle of NUIG. The daughter of Alexander Anderson, the president of what was then Queen’s College, she graduated from the college and went on become its first professor of German. She moved to England in 1918 and worked as a code-breaker for the British during WWII. As an academic, she went on to edit and translate the letters of Mozart and also of Beethoven.

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