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Charlie McGettigan returns to The Forge

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Charlie McGettigan makes a very welcome return visit to the West this Friday for a much anticipated gig in The Forge, Moycullen. Also appearing on the night is award winning quartet We Banjo 3.

A native of Donegal, Charlie McGettigan’s musical career started in the 1960s when he played in various rock bands before moving to Dublin to hone in on the thriving folk scene there at the time. On moving to Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim, in 1973, Charlie formed the highly rated Jargon group which enjoyed good success including winning the prestigious Letterkenny Folk Festival award.

Charlie has worked with artists like Maura O’Connell and Eleanor Shanley who both recorded many of his songs including ‘Feet of a Dancer’ and ‘A Bed for the Night’. In 1994 Charlie joined forces with Paul Harrington and writer Brendan Graham to memorably win the Eurovision song contest with the classic ‘Rock n Roll Kids’.

Still based in Drumshanbo, Charlie combines his work as a popular presenter on Shannonside / Northern Sound radio with his music career and his latest album entitled ‘The Man from 20’ features collaborations with the likes of Niall Toner, Maxi and Paul Gurney.

Also on the bill is We Banjo 3. Comprising two sets of brothers, this Galway band is quickly obtaining a name for itself as one of the most exciting acts around. Highlights to date include a much lauded set at the Milwaukee Irish fest and also ‘CD of the Week’ in the Irish Times. Collectively, We Banjo 3 have been at the forefront of Irish banjo and fiddle for two decades and between them they have won a host of All Ireland music titles.

So expect top class entertainment on the night with music and song guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.
Charlie McGettigan and We Banjo 3 play The Forge, Moycullen, this Friday at 8.30pm. Tickets costing just €12 are available now on 091-868944.

 

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Comedian Shane for city show

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Comedian Shane Clifford.

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.

 

 

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INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall

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Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina. 

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.

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Music festival set to return after a successful debut

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Billy Owens of Galway Simon Music Project accompanied by Aboriginal singer Jesse Lloyd as they sing The Galway Shawl during a visit by Jessie to An Taibhdhearc to meet with members of the project during the Songs from an Open Road Festival. Jessie, who is an artist, musician, singer and activist, collaborated with well-known musician Steve Cooney for her concert as part of the festival. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

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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