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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.