Harpist Kathleen Loughnane is the guest artist at Galway Music Residency’s next Lunchtime @ The Library Concert on Tuesday next, June 4 at 1.10pm. Ms. Loughnane will perform a selection of music by harpers of the 17th and 18th centuries and will also discuss their music. This free event takes place at Galway City Library on St Augustine Street.
Tipperary born Kathleen Loughnane, a long-time Galway resident, is one of Ireland’s leading harpists. In 1990 she co-founded the group Dordán, which performs a distinctive mix of Irish traditional and Baroque music. Dordán won the 1993 traditional Music Award in the Irish Entertainment Awards and the group has toured extensively at home and abroad.
Both with Dordán and as a solo musician, Kathleen has performed and taught in Ireland and at major festivals in the US, Japan and throughout Europe, including the Boston College Gaelic Roots Festival, at the Edinburgh International Harp festival and the Copenhagen Harp festival. She received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland for her work on research into the music of the Harpers of the 17th and 18th Centuries and recently received a Deis grant to research the Music MSS of piper and collector Pádraig O’Neill (1765-1832).
The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet will return to the concert series in July and August with a special family programme. Monthly performances will take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 1.10pm to 1.50pm in Galway City Library.
l Admission is free and all are welcome.
Cope take electronic sound into whole host of directions
Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell
Few Irish artists have had their fingerprints on as many contemporary music projects as Dublin & Berlin-based electronic duo The Cope, made up of David Anthony Curley – formerly of Otherkin and currently overseeing operations in The Clinic, a recording studio he founded in Clontarf – and Joe Furlong, a session bassist and musical director who works with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Sorcha Richardson.
Their collaboration spawned from a shared affection for a broad range of electronic and dance artists – Caribou, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Rüfüs du Sol among them.
It has evolved into an ambient, textured sound that sticks strong to a cohesive, atmospheric production style. The tone and mood of the project is aided by the multi-faceted approach David and Joe have taken.
The Cope expands far beyond digital music releases – it is an audio-visual experience that seeks to champion as many arts streams as it can.
Given the pair’s backgrounds, it is no surprise that collaboration is at the heart of this venture. Their debut EP was launched this Wednesday – and alongside it is a short film split over three parts titled I Am Stretched on Your Grave.
Directed by Jamie Delaney, it highlights their willingness to work with other artists that fit the tone of the work, as well as the physicality of the music The Cope is preparing.
“We didn’t set out thinking it had to have these visuals but when myself and Joe landed on that production style, and wrote those songs that became the EP, we knew then we’d have to have a video that matches the audio,” David reveals.
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Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.