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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.