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Jive Aces to have them swinging from the rafters



The Jive Aces

Playing the best of swing and their own songs, the Jive Aces will be playing Monroe’s Live on Thursday, next, August 6.

The London-based band have been on the go for a while now, as lead singer Ian Clarkson explains. “Me and the drummer [Peter Howell] were at school together, then we met the bass player and the saxophone player the year we left school,” he says.

“Next year, we’ll have had the same line-up for 20 years. So it’s been an overnight success!”

The ‘overnight success’ Ian is referring to is the band’s appearance on Britain’s Got Talent last year. Has their audience increased after appearing on the show?

“Obviously, it got us a lot more exposure,” Ian says.

“Sometimes we go on the radio and they say we shot to fame after Britain’s Got Talent. That show opened up a whole window for us though, because previously we were only known in the genre that we do.

“It was like being Peter Andre or someone for two weeks!” he laughs.

“You go into Starbucks and little girls are taking photos of you on their I-Phones. It only lasted a little while though.”

Sometimes the band have dancers with them, but they won’t be needed this time as there is thriving swing-dancing scene in Galway.

“There’s a lot of swing dancers already there,” Ian says.

“They’ll be coming along. That makes for a good show – they’re having fun, but they’re entertaining everyone else as well.”

Some swing-dancing moves take a lot of practise and dedication, and Ian appreciated the response they’ve gotten in Galway before.

“Some of them are quite fanatically mad on dancing!” he says.

“You can learn the basics quite easy and have fun doing the jive, but some of them do all the lindy-hop and stuff and throw each other round the place. It’s quite a specific thing, and they can’t drink too much when they’re doing that!”

“Come and expect a good time, bring your dancing shoes,” Ian says.

“If you don’t want to dance, watch the others!” The Jive Aces play Monroe’s Live on Thursday, August 6. Doors 9pm, tickets €12/10 online

For a more in-depth interview with Ian from the Jive Aces see this week’s Tribune here


Comedian Shane for city show



Comedian Shane Clifford.

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, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.



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INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall



Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina. 

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, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.

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Music festival set to return after a successful debut



Billy Owens of Galway Simon Music Project accompanied by Aboriginal singer Jesse Lloyd as they sing The Galway Shawl during a visit by Jessie to An Taibhdhearc to meet with members of the project during the Songs from an Open Road Festival. Jessie, who is an artist, musician, singer and activist, collaborated with well-known musician Steve Cooney for her concert as part of the festival. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).

Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.

There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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