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Claregalway Castle hosts music festival

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This year’s Summer Music in Galway Festival is in full flight, with several events being held over the weekend, including an opera for children and one for adults in the grounds of Claregalway Castle.

The Festival opened last Monday in Claregalway Castle with a day-long 20th anniversary gathering of musicians and families from every continent. Many of these have attended SMG at least once over the past 20 years. 

This year’s SMG Youth Opera Theatre’s production of The Green Children by Nicola LeFanu, will be performed at Claregalway Castle this Friday at 8.00pm. 

This is one of the most powerful operas ever composed for children and adults, with beautiful music and a moving and dramatic storyline.  Based on a 12th century story by the chronicler Ralph of Coggenhall, the opera opens when villagers find two green children lost in the woods. The villagers are initially fearful of and antagonistic towards the strange looking children, who today would be described as refugees from an ‘ethnically visible minority’.  This initial prejudice dissipates when the Green Boy dies and the Green Girl tells an extraordinary story about their green world and how she and her brother found their way to middle earth. The opera concludes with a total acceptance of the Green Girl by the villagers and her decision to marry Guy, a local young man.

The SMG 2013 opera team includes director Airlie Scott from London, music director Bruce Dunn from Canada, and visiting artist, soprano Elinor Moran, from London.

SMG performances will conclude with a ‘20th Anniversary Gathering Farewell’, this Saturday in Claregalway Castle.  This will be an all-day family event with music for and by children in the afternoon, and an evening orchestral concert which will include Vivaldi’s popular Four Seasons, with violin soloist Keith Pascoe from Cork, and a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Lunchtime concerts, free to the public, will be held daily from 1.00pm to 1.30pm until this Friday, August 9. Tickets for all events: Web: www.glór.ie;  Glór Box Office, 065 684 3103, or at the door, prior to each event

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

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Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

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ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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