Legendary Scottish singer Barbara Dickson will perform her only west of Ireland concert on her current Irish and UK tour next Monday night, November 14, at The Village Theatre, Carrabane, near Loughrea.
And later in the month, the venue will host two legends of Irish music, Donal Lunny and Mick Hanley.
Barbara Dickson is one of the world’s most enduring and popular artistes. Her single I Know Him So Well, recorded with Elaine Paige and taken from the musical Chess, reached Number One in the UK when it was released in 1985. It went on to become a Top Ten hit around the world and sold more than 900,000 copies. Barbara has also featured in many West End musical performances, including taking the lead role in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.
With 17 platinum and gold albums to her name, she’s Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time.
The music continues on Friday, November 25, with a concert from Donal Lunny and Mick Hanly who are currently on their first Irish tour as a duo.
Donal Lunny has been central to Irish music for more than four decades and has been involved with groundbreaking groups including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and Mozaik, as well as acting as a producer for other musicians and as a film composer.
Limerick born singer-songwriter Mick Hanly, who has played with the likes of Declan Sinnott, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny is best known for his song Past the Point of Rescue. It was an enormous hit for American country singer Hal Ketchum in 1991.
Closer to home, those who have recorded his songs include Christy Moore, Dolores Keane, Sean Keane and Mary Black.
Folk fans are in for a treat on their first tour as a duo.
Tickets for both concerts are available on The Village Theatre’s Facebook page or from 087-6997357.
Wait is over for frontman’s first solo venture
Multi-instrumentalist John Martin Tierney has been a recognisable face on Galway’s music scene for several years – but up to now, largely as the focal point in a band setting. Comfortable operating as both energetic frontman and rhythm-setting guitarist, he has featured in an array of impressive local outfits; most notably, his work with Dead Horse Jive has seen the five-piece develop into one of the city’s top live acts.
But with all of that experience in a collaborative setting, John’s solo work has sometimes been put to the side.
That’s about to change – if just temporarily – as John releases his debut single, I Will Wait, this Friday; a three-and-a-half-minute ballad, the song incorporates piano and acoustic guitar more than much of his band work has done.
Though the track has existed in some form for a long time, its subject matter was particularly pertinent over lockdown.
“Around the start of June, I started properly putting energy into something that would have an end product,” John recalls.
“I wanted something I could be proud of, even if I wasn’t going to release it while lockd I Will Waitown was going on. I had an earlier version of it but I was never happy with it. I started rewriting it in about May or June.
“It kind of talks about missing people that you love. It’s from the point of view of not being able to see someone physically because of whatever restrictions are in place. That’s where it came from anyway and I think it translates well… I hope it does.”
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Live album looks after those who make it real
Anyone who has seen Mick Flannery play live will know that the Corkman doesn’t embrace the spotlight with both arms. There is a sincerity to what he does – his reluctance to operate as any sort of frontman is only outweighed by passion for his craft.
His shows are intimate and they’re backed up by a studio-quality sound and a genuine engagement between artist and audience. It is what happens when someone who doesn’t like talking about themselves ends up pouring their heart out on stage.
It is fitting, then, that Mick’s new album revolves around the people around him. All of the proceeds for Alive – Cork Opera House 2019, the singer-songwriter’s first live LP, will be shared among members of his band and crew who have lost work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s a major gesture from a modest talent and Mick is quick to point out that the album reflects just how much he owes to those that share his stage.
“I’m glad that it’s there as a tribute to them,” he says of the album. “I think Alan Comerford had a great gig that night on electric guitar with the solos that he played. Matthew Berrill was on the brass and he did some lovely stuff.
“There’s a few of the lads in the band who have music as their sole income. It’s not always easy to do that. It’s constantly booking gigs in bars around the place and that but it’s what they do and it’s what they have a passion for. They’ve worked hard to do what they love for a living and now these circumstances have taken that away.
“I have a kind of area to pivot – I can start writing songs and preparing albums whereas for the crew, without the live gigs their skillset is not being used at all… Lighting engineers and sound engineers, riggers, people that have built up PA companies over the years and small venues as well.”
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Connecting children with classical music
Connecting Kids with ConTempo is a four-week initiative designed to help children engage with classical music in a fun and creative way.
Beginning this Friday at 11am, the scheme, which is being run by the Galway Music Residency (GMR) will run over four Fridays.
The Galway Music Residency will release a video each week which will feature a short performance by ConTempo Quartet with an educational introduction. These videos will explore different aspects of classical music, from the composition of a string quartet to understanding a waltz.
The children will be asked to listen to the music on each video, with specific questions in mind and are then invited to respond creatively to ConTempo’s performance. They can do this through art, writing or anything else that comes naturally to them.
The children’s creations can be sent to GMR and will be displayed on its social media and website.
Connecting Kids with ConTempo is geared primarily at primary school children, but young people of all ages are encouraged to enjoy these beautiful performances and delve a little deeper into the listening experience, explains the General Manager of Galway Music Residency Maeve Bryan.
Connecting Kids with ConTempo can be found on GMR’s Facebook page (@thegalwaymusicresidency) or YouTube Channel (The Galway Music Residency).
It will take place this Friday, July 31, Friday, August 11, Friday, August 14 and Friday August 21, at 11am each day.
Participation is free, but donations are welcome and, according to Maeve, will help GMR to create more online educational content in these difficult times.
Donations can be made on individual Facebook posts or via www.galwaymusicresidency.ie.