Date Published: 19-May-2011
Duke Special will bring his inimitable live show to Galway Arts Festival Big Top when he joins the music bill headlined by Bell X1 on Saturday 16th July.
The dreadlocked Duke – real name Peter Wilson – is a musically ambitious and bracingly eccentric performer who matches his lyrics with swirling pop, rock and symphony orchestras.
The Belfast based singer’s critically acclaimed album Songs from the Deep Forest achieved platinum status in Ireland in 2006 and received plaudits across the board. It was followed up in 2008 by the album I Never Thought This Day Would Come, a more immediate and visceral collection with moments of beauty and hope juxtaposed with a dark, brooding edge – the trademark twist of the Duke.
When he’s not busy in the recording studio, Duke Special is on the road bringing his unique live show to audiences worldwide.
Performance highlights of the past few years include curating and headlining his very own one-day festival, DUKEBOX in Belfast, performing his songs accompanied by 60-piece orchestras.
His numerous festival appearances include Glastonbury, Latitude, Greenbelt, Electric Picnic and Oxygen. He has also played shows in New York, Washington and Dubai, and supported Paolo Nutini in Paris, Duffy in Copenhagen and Snow Patrol in Belfast.
This show is being presented by Galway Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh live at the Festival Big Top on Saturday July 16. The Big Top will again be located in Fisheries Field with this year’s Festival running from July 11th to 24th.
Tickets at €35.00 and on sale through www.galwayartsfestival.com
Galway Arts Festival’s 2011 Programme will be announced on June 2. See www.galwayartsfestival.com for further details.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.