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Colourless Amber not worth spending four nights in for

Declan Tierney

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TV Watch with Declan Tierney

Boredom is a funny thing. It can make you nod off or just wonder why you are tolerating a particular situation in the first place. Such was the situation at the weekend when the first instalment of RTE’s high profile drama series was shown.

The disappearance of 14 years old Amber was about as captivating as watching Hayley Cropper’s imminent demise over on Coronation Street, wishing they would bring the situation to an end rather than trying to milk it for everything that it is not worth.

The four-night series Amber is something similar in that it takes a lot of telling but there is very little happening in the process. In fact I have decided to skip the intervening two episodes and just watch the final one as there is no point in putting myself through such torture.

Okay, for those of you who had the great fortune not to watch this, it involves the disappearance of a teenager who is subsequently seen taking a Luas into the city centre in Dublin and taking it back again and disembarking at a stop that she would not normally frequent.

The mother goes ballistic and the father less so. He was the last one to see her as he was dropping her off at a friend’s house which, apparently she did not enter.

It is an amazing piece of writing in view of the fact that the parents conduct interviews with people who may or may not have seen their daughter while members of the Gardaí stand in the background taking notes.

There is also a counter on the screen. At one stage it went from day four to day twenty four and then to day one hundred and ninety. The reason for this is quite bizarre when the writers would have been better off confining the story to a couple of days or even a couple of hours for that matter.

The parents are separated and have a rather frosty relationship. The mother (Eva Birthistle) is friendly with a journalist who writes a two-page spread on the disappearance which is not to the parents’ liking and there is a split in the camp.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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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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