Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
Galway gets funky on Monday, June 27th when American singer-songwriter and dancer Janelle Monáe plays the Black Box. Her debut album ArchAndroid was one of 2010’s most acclaimed albums, gaining her an Emmy nomination and including the sensational Tightrope.
She’s been called “a different kind of diva” by Vogue magazine and “a true visionary . . . one of the most important signings of my career” by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, the rapper and founder of Bad Boy Records.
Tightrope, which features Big Boi from rap superstars Outkast, sees Monae remind her listeners, and perhaps herself; “When you get elevated/ they love it or they hate/ keep dancing on them haters”.
It’s a hell of a tune from this conceptual album about the journey of Cyndi Mayweather – an android on a mystical journey that began on Monáe’s EP, Metropolis: Suite 1(The Chase) which also earned her a Grammy nomination.
“Over the last year and a half when we were recording ArchAndroid I went through a very transformative period in my life,” explains Monáe, who spent the time between recording touring the world with artists including No Doubt, Paramore and Erykah Badu, visiting cities such as Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow and New York. She completed the album in Atlanta at Wondaland Studios.
“Overall, this music came from various corners of the world—from Turkey to Prague to Atlanta—places we were on tour. While recording, we’d experiment with different sounds. Once we became engulfed in the sound, we all had an emotional connection to the album. It has definitely transformed my way of thinking, the way that I approach the stage and my life.”
Check her out in the Black Box. Doors 8pm, tickets €34/32.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.