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Fred Cooke the guest as comedy contest kicks off

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Comedian Fred Cooke.

Show Me The Funny competition (SMTF), which is now in its sixth year, returns to the city’s Kings Head Bar, next Monday, January 11, when the first of six heats will take place.

Hosted and curated by comedian and impresario Gerry Mallon, SMTF has unearthed a host of comedy stars, with previous winners, Steve Bennett (2014), Danny Ryan (2015) and Niamh Marron (2012) going on to establish themselves on the Irish and UK circuit.

And, a bit like One Direction on X Factor, some of the beaten finalists in SMTF have actually gone on to achieve even greater things than the winners.

Al Porter was a finalist in 2013 and Republic Of Telly presenter, Kevin McGahern reached the finals in 2011.

The format of the Bulmers-sponsored event is simple, according to Gerry Mallon. At each heat, eight would-be comedy stars are given eight minutes of stage time, as they attempt to win a place in the grand final.

The eventual champion will win a coveted slot at the Electric Picnic comedy tent, while the two runners-up will win slots at the Forbidden Fruit Festival and the Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Galway.

“It’s a unique opportunity for emerging comedians to take a giant leap in their careers,” says Gerry Mallon. “And as the judging is done by the audience members, it’s a great night out for both performers and punters and a great way to banish the post-Christmas blues.”

A special guest from Ireland’s comedy circuit will perform a set at each of the heats and the at final.

The special guest next Monday night is Republic of Telly’s Fred Cooke.

The doors for the first heat of Show Me The Funny at the Kings Head open at 8pm and the show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets cost €5, which includes a free pint of Bulmers.

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Conamara siblings take to stage for TradFest

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Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, who will perform in Collins Barracks next Thursday.

The musical talent of Conamara siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Uí Fhlatharta from An Áird Mhóir, will be on show at this year’s Temple Bar TradFest, which runs from January 26-230 in venues across Dublin. They will be performing at Collins Barracks at 1pm next Thursday, January 26.

Séamus and Caoimhe, who have won multiple All-Ireland titles for their music, are well-known among fans of traditional music as brilliant multi-instrumentalists, singers and dancers, whose vocal arrangements and harmonies bring new life to well-known and less familiar songs. Their performance on last week’s Late Late Show as part of a musical tribute to murdered Offaly woman, Ashling Murphy, was widely praised.

TradFest is one of the first largescale events to host live audiences again, something that performers and fans alike hope will continue.

Other participants include actor Stephen Rea, hosting a night of poetry and music with Natalya O’Flaherty, Sasha Terfous, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy and Neill Martin; Fairport Convention; Peggy Seeger, Aoife Scott and Wallis Bird; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Boxing Banjo; Dervish, Altan and 4 Men and a Dog; Séamus Begley, Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey; Martin and Eliza Carthy; The Lost Brothers; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Joe and Steve Wall; Cór Cúil Aodha and Seán Ó Sé; Karan Casey; Niamh Ní Charra; Brídín; Laoise Kelly; Brenda Castles, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh; Tim Edey, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien.

Tickets and more information at tradfesttemplebar.com.

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Cúirt putting a spotlight on new and under-represented writers

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Noveilst Lisa McInerney who will judge the short fiction prize. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Submissions are now being accepted for The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2022. This annual competition run by the popular literature festival, is sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire.

There are two categories; poetry & short fiction. Poet Gail McConnell will judge the poetry prize and author Lisa McInerney will judge the short Fiction award.

The winner in each category will receive a €500 cash prize and be invited to read at the 37th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature, taking place from Monday to Sunday, April  4-10 in Galway.

Poetry entries should consist of up to three poems under 50 lines each, while short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words. There’s an entry fee of €10 which covers one story or up to three poems. Entries are welcome in English and Irish and an Irish language adviser will be involved in assessing entries in Irish.

Writers who submit work must not have had a full collection of work published in the category they are entering (ie, no novel or short collection for fiction, or poetry collection for poetry). This doesn’t include having had single poems, stories or chapbooks published. Any stories or poems that are entered should not have

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Music festival goes live and online

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Flautist Ríona Ó Duinnín is among the top-quality musicians taking part.

Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival is taking place live this weekend and the organisation has also decided to livestream three concerts from the Town Hall Theatre, as well as several other events.

The festival, Stanford, explores the work, influences and legacy of Dubliner Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, one of Ireland’s greatest 20th-century Romantic composers. Four chamber music concerts, featuring leading Irish and Irish-based musicians, as well as two documentary films and two talks will be available online from this Friday to Sunday.

A further concert, in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday, which features choral music by Stanford and his students, will be open to live audiences.

In addition to music by Stanford himself, the programmes includes works by composers who influenced him, such as Brahms and Schumann, and by those whom he taught, including Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Muriel Herbert and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Performers willrs includes John Finucane clarinet; Sharon Carty mezzo soprano; Finghin Collins piano; the ConTempo Quartet; Ríona Ó Duinnín flute; John Leonard bassoon; Hannah Miller horn; Dominic Dudley double bass; Christopher Bowen tenor; Collegium; Mark Duley, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Student Quartet.

Stanford’s biographer, Jeremy Dibble, who lives in the UK, was due to travel to Galway to give two talks on the composer and his legacy. These have now been recorded and are available for free on the Music for Galway YouTube channel. To access them, go to musicforgalway.ie and follow the links to the Midwinter Festival page.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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