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Clifden gets set to celebrate its 36th Community Arts Festival

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Galway blues singer, Mary Coughlan and the county’s newest live party band, Crossfire will kick off this year’s Clifden Community Arts Festival, which will run from September 19-29.

 

Details of the 36th Clifden programme were announced on Monday night by renowned Irish musician, composer, producer and arranger Bill Whelan, who is best known for his work on Riverdance.

This year’s Festival has a broad range of music, theatre, film, comedy, literary talks and readings, as well as its well-established dedicated schools’ programme

Director of the event, Brendan Flynn told guests at Monday’s launch in Clifden’s Station House Hotel, that the “phenomenal community engagement” that was a feature of Clifden’s festival from the beginning has helped set the event apart from others. “It truly ignites the spirit of the people; it’s really inspirational,” he said.

The festival will be officially opened on Thursday, September by theatre director, Garry Hynes of Galway company, Druid

‘Gyp-Hop’ kings, The Latchikos will be performing on Friday, September 20, and there will also be a concert from accordion master Máirtín O’Connor, fiddle player Zoe Conway and guitar and bouzouki maestro Donal Lunny.

Other musical events throughout the festival include a performance from Sharon Shannon on September 21, while on the same night the The Guinness Choir will perform Handel’s Messiah, with a stellar cast of singers including soprano Cara O’Sullivan. The Callino Quartet with Tom Dunne will be on stage on September 23, while Irish-American folk group, Cherish the Ladies will play on September 24.  Guitarist and singer Declan Sinnott will be in concert on September 26, as will Kaleidoscope Camino.

On the literary front, poet, publisher and novelist Dermot Bolger and playwright, Bernard Farrell will give a reading from their work on September 20.

On Saturday, September 21, four-time Jacob Award winner and RTÉ veteran, Mike Murphy will conduct a public interview with Bill Whelan.  The same day, UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will join forces with musician and actor John Sampson, while author and journalist, Kevin Myers will lecture on Commemorations: Ireland’s Fatal Addictions.

Fishamble: The New Theatre Company will present their performances of Pat Kinevane’s one-man plays, Silent and Forgotten on September 24 and 25. Both will be performed by the writer, with Silent being staged on September 24 and Forgotten on September 25. 

Former Fianna Fáil Minister Mary O’Rourke will read from her memoir, Just Mary on September 28, and on the same day historian Diarmuid Ferriter will deliver the annual John Moriarty lecture on the theme of The Isle of Glorious Destiny?” Change, Continuity and Crisis in the Irish Republic 1963-2013.

On a lighter note, Ireland’s leading processional and landscape theatre company LuXe will pass through Clifden on Saturday, September 28 for the Festival’s Finale Parade.  Joining them will be Fidget Feet, fresh from premiering their brand new outdoor aerial crane, the spectacular Firebirds at the Fleadh Cheoil in Derry. This event, filled with visuals, dance and music, promises to bring children and adults alike into a world of imagination and fun.

Local schools will play host to a number of different events during Clifden Arts Festival. These include workshops, a film festival, specialist talks and lectures on a broad range of topics, as well as concerts and readings from established poets and writers.

The Clifden Art trail, which is now in its seventh year, will also make a return. This is an exciting shop-window exhibition of work by artists who have strong links with the Connemara area. An Arts Council touring exhibition will also ensure a feast for the eyes as the entire town will be used as a public exhibition space, hosting a variety of group and solo exhibitions, resulting in a fabulous array of colourful and imaginative displays. 

l A full programme of events and tickets for Clifden can be found online at www.clifdenarts week.ie. To book call 091-442730 or email:       boxoffice@clifdenartsweek.ie

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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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