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Fun for all the family at annual CurraFest

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The 2013 CurraFest Outdoor Music Festival will take place on Sunday, June 23 at McCormack’s Bar and Music Venue, Curra, Kylebrack.

This annual festival is held as tribute to local woman Niamh Monahan, who lost her battle with cancer in June 2010 at the age of 30. Since its debut, the successful festival has raised vital funds for charities including Galway Hospice Foundation and as of this year, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

The 2013 CurraFest will have live music all day from some of Ireland’s finest music acts along with live DJs, acoustic sessions and a Kidszone for the youngsters. Kicking off at 1.30pm will be Galway’s trad/rock super group Furry Village. They have reformed especially for this event and promise to deliver an amazing start to the day.

Also taking part are top original and cover acts Bluemoose, who perform an evolving repertoire of classic rock, dirty pop and anthemic show stoppers.

The Amazing Apples, who have had a brilliant year since the 2012 festival, make a welcome return. Highlights since they last played CurraFest include a rocking performance at the Electric Picnic, a fabulous show with The Saw Doctors at The Volvo Ocean Race, a debut original EP which went straight to number one on the download charts, headlining the St Patrick’s Day Festival in Bucharest, Romania, and opening for Mumford and Sons and Damien Dempsey.

Returning this year are Big Generator, who have been major supporters of CurraFest since the beginning. Big Generator found success early in their career with three Top 20 singles, two EPs, two albums, two record deals and multiple tours with bands such as Whitesnake, Ocean Colour Scene and Joe Satriani.

Performing on the main stage this year are four-piece rock band Who Knows. The members all hail from Galway, with Dave Gardiner and Senan Drury of the group being two of the organiser’s of the CurraFest.

Hot Fuss, one of Ireland’s premier pop/rock bands are also taking part.  And also included on the bill are Leading Armies; a six-piece funk-rock, reggae tinged band from Limerick who are renowned for their high-octane live shows and six-part harmony vocals.  More amazing acts include Lunar Playground, fronted by fantastic vocalist Jennifer Stratton and the Voice of Ireland’s John Gaughan.

There will be with acoustic sessions from the Hooch Hikers, 3Points, 28 Spaces and Whitewater Rafting.  The day also incorporates Live DJ sets, featuring iRadio’s Fergal D’Arcy, DJ Robbie and DJ 4D.

The hosts of the festival, McCormack’s Bar & Music Venue, will also be bringing people a night of entertainment on Saturday, June 22 in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. This promises to be a superb evening of dancing as Sean Slattery & the Connections take to the stage in the Marquee, supported by John Gaughan.  Sean Slattery & the Connections perform a large repertoire, from all-time party favourites to the classics spanning the last four decades and today’s popular music.

 McCormack’s Bar will also be cooking delicious food and offering some of their finest bubbly, which is included in the ticket price for Saturday night. Tickets that event are available at McCormack’s Bar for €12 and are on sale now. 

Tickets for CurraFest on June 23 cost just €15 with no admission fee for children under 12 years. Tickets are now on sale and for a limited time, people can avail of a special Early Bird offer. The tickets are available online at www.currafest.ie and through local outlets, which are listed on their website. Even if people can’t attend, buying a ticket is a great way to support both Galway Hospice and Our Lady’s Children Hospital, Crumlin.

Gates open at 12.30pm and for information on parking, bus timetables, special requirements, or even to volunteer, visit www.currafest.ie

 

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Work for children of all ages in extended Baboró programme

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Grand Soft Day, a new co-production from Branar is for children aged three to six.

The 26th annual Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will take place from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 23, in theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County.

This year’s extended 10-day festival will have more than 50 live events, presented by companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England.

These will include a special collection of European work made for children up to six years, as well as residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

Children aged eight and older are invited to join the surreal world of Der Lauf, where nothing is quite as it seems. In this show, two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde, compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates and stack glasses, while wearing boxing gloves. As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. The children are their only guides and will either help lead the clowns to order or towards further chaos.

Ballet Ireland will present The Glasshouse, a dance performance for children aged six and older. It is the story of Fiach, an earnest youngster who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green. This fun, compelling show, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about human courage, friendship and the determination to survive. The Glasshouse promises “moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing, vibrant costumes and magical music”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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A feast of Butlers at the Kenny Gallery

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The Butler family, from left: Liam, Ronan, Lisa and Davin.

Sculptor Liam Butler will return to the City’s Kenny Gallery this Friday night, August 12, for his first exhibition in more than 10 years. The new show, Copper Roots, is an even more special occasion for Liam as it will be his first time exhibiting alongside his children, Davin, Lisa and Ronan.

Liam is a self-taught sculptor who has been creating and exhibiting work for almost 30 years. He has passed on his craft to Davin, Lisa and Ronan, teaching them the techniques he developed throughout his career, as well as his love for copper and its artistic possibilities.

In 2020, during Covid, the Butlers were all together, back home in Galway for the first time in many years. They rekindled their passion for sculpture, spending time in Liam’s workshop, creating   new work, alongside each another.

There was learning, creativity and experimentation, they say. The resulting exhibition at Kennys’ celebrates reconnecting with family roots, and passions passed on from generation to generation.

A welder by training, Liam grew up on a small farm in Kilkenny. He worked in Germany and America for years before returning to Ireland, settling in An Spidéal where he began experimenting, using the skills he learned as an industrial welder to create simple sculptures from steel.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Sisters in perfect tune for unique musical snapshot

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Breda and Claire Keville, photographed by Nutan. (Inset) The sisters, as depicted by artist Isabel Alegria, on the cover of the album.

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“A snapshot in time,” is how musician and composer Claire Keville from Claran, near Headford, describes Music from Galway, the new CD which she and her sister Breda have just released.

With Breda on fiddle and Claire on concertina, it’s a gorgeous collection of music from all parts of Galway and beyond, a mix of slow airs, gigs, reels and marches. The sisters are accompanied by guitarist and longtime musical friend Terence O’Reilly on several tracks, which they recorded in the studio of his East Clare home in April of this year.

Claire, a French and Music teacher in Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) in the city for the past decade, and Breda, who works as a radiation therapist in UHG, have previously released solo albums. Breda’s, The Hop Down, was released in 2006 and The Daisy Field, from Clare came out in 2009. Each guested on the other’s album, but this is their first joint recording, a project they’d been discussing for years.

When it did finally happen, it came together a lot more quickly than either of them had anticipated.

“I didn’t think we’d have it done this year,” says Breda, as Claire recalls that they discussed its timeframe in April, while driving from Galway to Terence’s home in Clare.

After that first day, when they recorded 10 tracks and realised that most of them would make the album, they reckoned it was achievable. Another session in An Spidéal with musician, ‘talented engineer and general all-rounder’,  Ronan Browne, convinced them it was and Music from Galway was launched at the Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay in July.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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