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Girl power to the fore in special holiday concert

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The women’s singing group, Mná Mná Music will hold a special holiday concert in the city, this Sunday, December 22.

Ruth Dillon, Twin Headed Wolf and Wilde Ida! will feature in the show which kicks off at 9pm, Upstairs in The Townhouse Bar at Quay Lane.

Ruth Dillon originally hails from Co Tipperary but is a long-time resident of Galway. She originally flirted with a few different career options but all roads kept leading her back to music. So she took the plunge and has been playing music professionally since the late 1990s. She was on holidays in San Francisco in 1996 and joined some musicians on stage in The Plough and Stars pub where she was spotted by John Faulkner, who was the musical director for traditional singer Dolores Keane. He asked Ruth to join Dolores’s band.

During the next five years Ruth toured the world with Dolores while writing her own songs and preparing to record her debut album. Dolores always insisted that Ruth do a solo spot during every gig, be it Dublin’s Vicar Street or the Cambridge Folk Festival in front of thousands of people. She also asked Ruth to join her on the Woman’s Heart – 10 Years On tour, sharing the stage with Maura O’Connell, Mary Coughlan, Eleanor McEvoy and Cara Dillon.

Also taking part in Sunday’s Mná Mná gig are Twin-Headed Wolf. They are twin sisters Julie and Branwen from County Clare who just started performing together in 2011. Since then, they have played festivals on the Irish circuit such as Body and Soul, KnockanStockan, No Place Like Dome, Electric Picnic, Spirit of Folk and Secret Garden Festival. Alongside this they have played well-known venues such as the Róisín Dubh in Galway, Dublin’s Academy 2 and the Black Box in Belfast, supporting acts such as Mundy, Ronán Ó Snodaigh, Luka Bloom, Katie Kim and Hudson Taylor. They were also a featured act in the Festival Expo at the Music Show in the RDS and have performed live with Oranmore’s Cian Finn and with Glen Hansard. Drawing their inspiration from the each other’s imaginations, bonfire singsongs, circuses and scrapyards, their twin-edged harmonies juxtaposed with sinister lyrics and a raw sound lend an ethereal flavour to folk music.

The third act, Wilde Ida are an Americana band based in the West of Ireland, playing bluegrass, country and folk tinged with blues. This four-piece perform originals influenced by music from the old world and the new, and offer new twists on classic tunes.

The Mná Mná series is produced and curated by Wilde Ida member, Niceol Blue. An award-winning singer-songwriter, writer and poet, Niceol is also a solo artist as well as being a member of  the Prodigal Blues Band, and her own original roots rock and rhythm quintet, the Copper Soul.  Niceol has played at festivals in the US and Ireland and can be seen locally in venues such as Monroe’s, the Townhouse, the Róisín Dubh.

The Mná Mná show kicks off at 9pm, this Sunday and admission is €5 at the door.

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Reverberate – exploring migration and memories

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Joselle Ntumba of Éireann and I, the collective that is presenting the show at Galway Arts Centre, pictured with her family.

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A new exhibition, Reverberate, by Éireann and I, will open at the city’s Galway Arts Centre this Saturday, December 3, at 2pm, and will run until December 22.

Reverberate is an oral history project developed by Éireann and I, a black migrant community archive, in collaboration with members of Galway’s African diaspora.

The organisers invited Black migrants who have settled in Galway to recount their journeys to Ireland, their relationship with the city and county, and to reflect on whether they have developed a sense of belonging.

The testimonies in Reverberate come from eight people of varying age and from different places. The many subjects they deal with include parenting, politics, the effects of the asylum system on lives and the communities and organisations they have built.

Some of their shared background is immediately obvious, but there are deeper connections too and these demonstrate how all humans are affected by the global and local tensions that cause people to leave their homelands and build new lives elsewhere.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Songs of Celebration at Galway Cathedral

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Composer and clarinettist Emma Johnson will join Vox Orbis.

Galway’s Vox Orbis, a female choral ensemble directed by Mark Keane, is joining forces with internationally renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson to present her Songs of Celebration. The concert will take place in Galway Cathedral next Friday, December 9

Emma Johnson, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Future at the age of 17, has since gone on to become one of the world’s biggest selling classical artists, celebrated for her diverse repertoire. The choir will present two of her compositions as well as her Variations on We wish you a merry Christmas with Annalisa Monticelli, piano.

The programme will also include Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by concert harpist Aisling Ennis. Aisling has recently released an album of harp solos, Folly of Melancholy, and will perform a solo on the evening too. Galway based soprano Noreena McDonagh will join the choir for seasonal favourite, O Holy Night, newly arranged by conductor Mark Keane.

Vox Orbis promotes the work of female composers, and the programme will include Snow Angel by the contemporary Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, with Nickie Geddes, cello. They have also commissioned leading Irish composer, Rhona Clarke, to compose a set of carols, Sweet the Song, which will also be premiered on the evening.

Tickets at €20 are available on Eventbrite and at the door on the night. Visit voxorbis.ie for more information.

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‘Potato People’ pays homage to victims of Great Famine

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Artist and sculptor Joe McCaul

The Potato People, an exhibition of sculptures based on the Irish Famine of 1845-49, will open in the foyer of Alcantara, one of the new buildings at the city’s Bonham Quay, this weekend.

It’s the work of artist and sculptor Joe McCaul, who lives in Ballinderreen.

These ceramic figures, fired in clay, “tell the harrowing stories of the lives and deaths of our ancestors during the Great Hunger”, he explains.

The exhibition has already had an eight-week run in Kinvara where it was very well-received, Joe adds.

Joe became fascinated by the Great Famine in recent times and with the many different accounts of those tragic years.

This fascination began in earnest when he read The Truth Behind the Irish Famine, by Kerryman Jerry Mulvihill.

“I began to feel a strong affinity with the people in these stories, their tragedy and the horrendous suffering they endured. I felt compelled to find a way to honour the millions who died of hunger and disease – and emigration; the countless stories forgotten in the Famine graveyards all over this country.”

Joe used his knowledge of working with paper clay to express this need. The process was intuitive and experimental, he says, as he worked without pre-planning or pre-drawing.

The resulting figures, which were formed by draping paper clay over armatures of chicken wire and steel bars, “just emerged from my fingertips. I sculpted feverishly for many months, one horrific figure leading to the next – so many stories to be told”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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