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Legendary Don McLean for two Galway shows

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The evergreen Don McLean.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean will be in Leisureland on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, as part of a 32-concert tour of Ireland and the UK to celebrate the release of his new album Botanical Gardens. His 19th studio album and first in eight years, is one of McLean’ most reflective to date.

The US singer whose hits include American Pie, Vincent, And I Love You So and Castles in the Air, not to mention his version of The Mountains of Mourne, is one of the most enduring stars in the business, having first come to prominence nearly 50 years ago following a free performance for another legend, Pete Seeger, in support of Seeger’s efforts to clean up New York’s Hudson River. Songs written during that 1969 campaign formed part of McLean’s debut album, Tapestry. Although it wasn’t initially a hit for him, the record included And I Love You So, which became a massive success for Perry Como. McLean’s second album American Pie, which was released in 1971, included the catchy title track. American Pie was Number One for seven weeks and his debut LP was reissued and charted, following its success.

The singles, Vincent and Castles In The Air from American Pie were international hits and Vincent was played daily in the entrance to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Since then, Don McLean who is now 72, he has continued to have a stellar career. Madonna’s version of American Pie was an international hit in 1999 and Weird Al Yankovic rewrote it as The Saga Begins to send up Star Wars.

American Pie was named the fifth greatest song of the 20th Century by the Recording Industry Association of America (in a group with Over The Rainbow, White Christmas, This Land Is My Land and Respect) and finally, in 2002, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway woman plans to start her own business after exam success

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Joan Brett hopes to establish her own business after completing the Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma with flying colours.

A Ballinasloe woman – who returned to Galway after working for some of the biggest names in London finance – has enhanced her career prospects through obtaining one of the top exams marks in the country.

Joan Brett, who now lives in Galway city with her husband Paul and family, hopes to establish her own business after completing the Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma online with flying colours.

The accounting qualification is recognised as the fastest pathway to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the profession.

Joan spent ten years working in the fast-paced environment of London’s financial sector for companies such as Merrill Lynch, Mitsubishi, Barclays Capital and BNP Paribas.

“I worked with traders in a target driven and tight deadline environment and enjoyed every moment of it,” said Joan.

“I met my soon-to-be husband there and we decided to come home to live in Galway, where I took time off to rear our two children.

“I did a short stint in a small local branch of BNP Paribas and spent some time working in the accounts department of Connacht Rugby.

“As my husband’s IT business began to grow, I took care of the bookkeeping and soon realised I needed to understand more about accounting.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Long-awaited debut album proves well worth the wait

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Bitch Falcon....debut album now released.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

It’s been a strong decade for Irish bands – a noisy, unfiltered path paved by Girl Band emboldened a series of experimental rock groups, each looking to break away from the folk-pop mould that dominated the 2000s in charts and on radio.  Vibrant local scenes have emerged in the likes of Limerick, Galway and Cork – all individual, all looking to champion identity and eclecticism.

And despite releasing their debut album just earlier this month, Dublin trio Bitch Falcon have overseen almost all of the changes and milestones that have led Irish rock to this point. That is because the band technically formed in 2014.

Several acclaimed EPs and hundreds of storied gigs later, Bitch Falcon, made up of frontwoman Lizzie Fitzpatrick, drummer and Galway native Nigel Kenny from Dunmore, and bass player Barry O’Sullivan, have released their first full-length LP.

Staring at Clocks hit shelves and streaming sites on November 6, full of atmosphere, intensity and, crucially, brand new material. Lizzie’s insistence on avoiding an amalgamation-of-EPs type record has resulted in an impressively cohesive debut. After six years of adjustments to sound, style and line-up, the project has officially matured.

“I think the album really captured what we were saying at that point in time,” Lizzie insists. “We wrote it about a year and a half ago and I think it was the first time we were really excited about what we were writing.

“Before, we were happy with it but not really completely there and I think that aspect of it has improved now. We didn’t want to have any of the old stuff in it at all. We wanted to have it be exactly what we were feeling at that moment rather than a collection of songs to get us through a debut album.

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Ryan joins elite club

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Galway's Ryan Manning on the ball against Bozhidar Kraev of Bulgaria during last week's UEFA Nations League tie at the Aviva Stadium. Photos: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

RYAN Manning joined what is becoming a fast-growing list of Galwegians to be capped at senior level for the Republic of Ireland when he made his international bow last week in the Nations League game with Bulgaria.

The former Cregmore/Claregalway, Mervue United, and Galway United was a late addition to the squad for the final two Nations League group games, against Wales in Cardiff last Sunday week, and the clash with Bulgaria on Wednesday.

He was an unused substitute in Cardiff, but with more players withdrawing from the Irish squad after that game, Manning shot up the pecking order and was handed a start last Wednesday night.

He performed well, though his debut was marked by a yellow card for a foul on Spas Delev in the 21st minute. His recent lack of game time showed at the end – he has featured just once for Swansea City this season after moving to the Welsh club from QPR – with his night ending in the 86th minute due to cramp, but that won’t take away from the pride at representing his country at senior level for the first time.

His first cap sees him join Eamonn Deacy (RIP), Alan Lee, Greg Cunningham, David Forde, Daryl Horgan, and Aaron Connolly as Galwegians to have played for the men’s senior international side.

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