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Don Stiffe joins Hernon family for concert series at an Taibhdhearc

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The city’s an Taibhdhearc theatre will host a series of concerts throughout August, featuring Bohermore man Don Stiffe and the Hernon family from Carna.

The shows entitled Conamara sa Chathair or Connemara in the City will kick off this Thursday night and will include songs, music and sean-nós dancing, with video footage of Connemara serving as the backdrop.

Don Stiffe is one of Galway’s best loved folk singers and songwriters and has performed all over the world with many of the greats of Irish traditional music. He is no stranger to the local music scene but is particularly looking forward to this series of concerts with the Hernons.

Flute player and flute maker Marcus Hernon was born and raised in Roisín na Mainiach in Carna. He describes music as a vocation and says it is as essential to him as breathing. Marcus learned the music from his elders and he has passed on the tradition to his two sons, Prionsias and Breandán. Both are talented musicians and award winning sean-nós dancers.

Dublin-based Andrew Smyth will be projecting a visual landscape of images as part of the backdrop to this show. Andrew, a freelance cameraman from Ballyhaunis, lived and worked for many years in Galway, when he developed a love for Ireland’s rich coastline, largely through capturing its natural wilderness on film.

As well as working with TG4 and RTÉ, he was the visual director for the St Patrick’s Festival Galway in 2010 and 2011, producing two outdoor projection series with a group of other artists.

For the rest of August there will be a lunchtime performance in an Taibhdhearc at 1.00pm every Monday, and there will be evening performances every Tuesday and Thursday evening, performances will be at 8.00pm. The series will be launched on this Thursday, August 8 at 7.30pm, with a performance afterwards. All are welcome.

Tickets for the shows are €12/10. For further information and bookings, contact An Taibhdhearc on 091-563600/562024 or visit www.antaibhdhearc.com.

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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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