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Leitrim fiddler Brian Rooney.

Leitrim fiddler Bryan Rooney, known in traditional music circles as ‘the Godfather’, is the headline act for this year’s Éigse an Spidéil concert, taking place on Saturday night. Bryan, who emigrated to London in the late 1960s, is revered by both players and fans of Irish traditional music. He was the subject of the TG4 documentary, An Godfather, narrated by actor Brendan Gleeson and broadcast in Christmas 2014.

The annual arts festival Éigse an Spidéil, which celebrates local identity and creativity, has been celebrated for more than 30 years. This year’s event runs until Sunday, March 6. Highlights include be the concert with Bryan Rooney, accompanied by fellow Leitrim man and Spiddal resident, Charlie Lennon, in Óstán na Páirce on Saturday.

Support comes from Sliabh Luachra musicians Bryan O’Leary, Colm Guilfoyle and Emma O’Leary.

Éigse’s official launch is in Tigh Ghiblin this Thursday, followed by the festival’s poetry event, Ardán na hÉigse, with readings from Louis de Paor and Irish language poets. Louis’ new book, Grá Fiar, will be launched at this event and there will be music from fiddler and composer Tola Custy.

This Friday, Aisteoirí an Spidéil will present a performance in honour of 1916 in Coláiste Chonnacht. ‘Ionmhuin Liom Cois Fhairrge’ – Ómós do 1916’ le hAisteoirí an Spidéil will include An Gadaí and Eoghainín na nÉan, two popular short stories by Pádraic Mac Piarais, and Dúirt Sé, Dáirt Sé, a translation of Spreading the News by Lady Gregory, which was staged in Spiddal in 1914.

The annual singing competition for young singers takes place at noon in Óstán na Páirce this Saturday, while Bryan Rooney and Jesse Smith will give a fiddle masterclass at Studio Cuan from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Sunday sees the Éigse guided walk with Timín Joe Tim Ó Curraidhin, starting at Cill Éinde at noon.

The festival will close with a session with young musicians from Cois Fharraige under the direction of Toner Quinn. That’s in An Droighneán Donn at 2pm, where the winner of this year’s Laoch an Traidisiúin will be announced.

The Éigse art exhibition, featuring the work of Connemara artist Breandán Ó Súilleabháin, will be on view for the duration of the festival and beyond in An Builín Blasta at an Ceardlann an Spidéil.

For more information and a full list of events see www.eigseanspideil.ie.

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Reeling in the years to celebrate iconic album

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Pearse Doherty, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Johnny Donnelly, Davy Carton and Leo Moran on stage at the Warwick, for the album’s back cover. PHOTOS: FRANK MILLER.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Galway City was on a creative roll, with the Arts Festival and theatre groups such as Druid, Punchbag, Na Fánaithe and Macnas expanding our creative horizons in all directions.

Down in the Quays Bar – then very much a local pub renowned for the calibre of its music sessions – a group from Tuam was creating waves and attracting fans, including Mike Scott of the Waterboys.

That group was the Saw Doctors, “all the way from Tuam”, and Mike Scott had encountered the lads when his band was in Spiddal, making the album Fisherman’s Blues.

They ended up supporting the Waterboys on a tour of Ireland and the UK and, in 1989, Mike Scott produced their debut single, N17, in Dublin’s Windmill Lane. Leo and Davy’s song about youth and emigration captured the experience of so many young people at that time – but it didn’t capture the public imagination. After a few radio plays, it faded away quietly.

“As a teenager, you’d have a dream of having a hit single,” recalls Leo Moran of that debut release. “But when you are writing songs, you become a bit more practical. And we were older and were gone beyond pop-star dreams.”

Their aim was simple.

“Our ambition was to put out a single.”

The group, then made up of Davy, Leo, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Pearse Doherty and Johnny Donnelly, had to earn a living too, and that wasn’t always easy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary trio for live Town Hall concert

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Máirtín O'Connor who will be joining forces with Frankie Gavin and Johnny Duhan for the concert on July 3.

Fans of quality music who have been pining for live gigs can look forward to Saturday, July 3, when Frankie Gavin, Máirtín O’Connor and Johnny Duhan will be on stage at the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm, for a one-off concert, Part of a Tribe.  The venue will have a limited capacity of 50 people and the concert will also be livestreamed.

Each of the three will perform solo works and collaborate on well-known instrumental pieces.

Tunes will include The Road West, The Queen of Sheba, The Belfast Hornpipe, Thomond Bridge, Joe Cooley’s Reels, and songs like The Voyage, Don’t Give up til it’s Over and The Beacon.

Part of a Tribe comes from the title of a song that the three musicians recorded with the cream of Galway’s folk and traditional musical community some years ago for St Vincent de Paul. Its theme of co-operation and team spirit is especially relevant as the country moves out of the shadow of Covid-19.

The concert will last 70 minutes and there will be no interval and no bar.

The maximum number of tickets that can be purchased per person is four. They cost €25 for the in-person event. Online tickets are €15/Online household €20.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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‘Cowgirl’ love song that hits all the right notes

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The Raines, from left, Yvonne Tiernan, Ruth Dillon and Juliana Erkkonen.

The wonderfully titled Love is sublime (til it draws out its gun) is the latest single from Galway based folk-Americana trio, The Raines. Launched on Friday, it went straight to number one on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts in Ireland and number 12 in the overall charts.

It follows their debut single, 2020’s Bare Feet on Grass, which also reached number one in the iTunes singer-songwriter Chart and was Song of the Week on RTE.ie’s culture section, with over one million impacts on Irish radio.

The Raines are Ruth Dillon, Juliana Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan, all terrific performers in their own right.

Ruth (vocals, guitar, ukulele) who toured and recorded with Dolores Keane, is a former member of The Molly Hicks, and has three solo albums of her own. Juliana (fiddle and vocals) has been at the forefront of Ireland’s Americana musical scene and released seven albums with various groups, including one solo album.

Yvonne Tiernan (vocals and ukulele) has toured as lead singer with ‘The Chieftains’.

This up-tempo summer single again showcases the beauty of their vocal harmonies, strings and their overall rapport.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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