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Magic in store with CAFE arts festival

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Eleanor Shanley will be performing at the CAFE Arts Festival with Charlie McGettigan.

Galway’s newest arts festival, the CAFE (Carrabane Arts for Everyone) Festival will take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend in the village of Carrabane, five minutes from Loughrea.

The programme features top entertainers Charlie McGettigan, Eleanor Shanley and Maria Doyle Kennedy.  The event which is being organised by the Carrabane Community Development Group, is also focusing on family events.

The festival will centre on three locations – Carrabane’s newly opened Village Theatre, a forest walk which will be transformed by local children into The Enchanted Forest, and Carrabane Hall.

CAFE opens on Friday, May 29, with a children’s parade, and everyone is encouraged to dress up as inhabitants of The Enchanted Forest. Later that evening, Charlie McGettigan and Eleanor Shanley will perform in the Village Theatre. County Galway’s first pub theatre has tiered seating for 80 people, with full sound and lighting.

On Saturday, May 30 at 1pm families will be invited on a magical journey into The Enchanted Forest to hear tall tales from storyteller, Liz Weir. Liz has appeared at festivals such as the Australian National Storytelling Festival and has written more than 20 children’s books.

Later on Saturday, 25 people will head off on a five -mile bicycle tour of three unique locations with a short musical performance in each one. The venues are Bookeen Hall, a 200 year old former Church of Ireland which is now  a home, as well as 600-year-old Dunsandle Castle, now restored, and Callan Harp Studios where Brian Callan makes beautiful Irish harps. Acclaimed harpist Fiana Ni Chonail will perform there.

On Saturday night, singer and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy will be at the Village Theatre.

On Sunday puppeteer Tommy Baker will give a performance in The Enchanted Forest at 2pm. That night, the Show in a Bag theatre company will perform Charolais in The Village Theatre. This won the Bewley’s Little Gem award at the 2014 Dublin Fringe Festival and has been praised by The Irish Times and Sunday Business Post. The newly formed Carrabane Drama Group will also perform the one-act play, Where There’s a Will.

There’s a children’s origami workshop in Carrabane Hall on Monday, with Tom Cuffe, while the closing concert at 6pm on Monday, features talented young, local musicians.

Throughout the weekend, there will be a children’s art exhibition in Carrabane Hall. There will also be a children’s short story competition, with the winner being announced by Liz Weir.

According to one of the festival’s founders, Ciaran Cannon “the arts are for everyone and we have all the ingredients to make this festival a really special one”.

■ More details at www.thecafefestival.ie and on the festival’s Facebook page.

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Sisters in perfect tune for unique musical snapshot

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Breda and Claire Keville, photographed by Nutan. (Inset) The sisters, as depicted by artist Isabel Alegria, on the cover of the album.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“A snapshot in time,” is how musician and composer Claire Keville from Claran, near Headford, describes Music from Galway, the new CD which she and her sister Breda have just released.

With Breda on fiddle and Claire on concertina, it’s a gorgeous collection of music from all parts of Galway and beyond, a mix of slow airs, gigs, reels and marches. The sisters are accompanied by guitarist and longtime musical friend Terence O’Reilly on several tracks, which they recorded in the studio of his East Clare home in April of this year.

Claire, a French and Music teacher in Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) in the city for the past decade, and Breda, who works as a radiation therapist in UHG, have previously released solo albums. Breda’s, The Hop Down, was released in 2006 and The Daisy Field, from Clare came out in 2009. Each guested on the other’s album, but this is their first joint recording, a project they’d been discussing for years.

When it did finally happen, it came together a lot more quickly than either of them had anticipated.

“I didn’t think we’d have it done this year,” says Breda, as Claire recalls that they discussed its timeframe in April, while driving from Galway to Terence’s home in Clare.

After that first day, when they recorded 10 tracks and realised that most of them would make the album, they reckoned it was achievable. Another session in An Spidéal with musician, ‘talented engineer and general all-rounder’,  Ronan Browne, convinced them it was and Music from Galway was launched at the Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay in July.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Telebox channel youthful energy into mature sound

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Telebox...new single and Róisín gig.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Guitar-driven, alternative rock four-piece Telebox are the latest product of the talented youth music scene in Galway. And having packed out the Róisín Dubh in all all-ages gig in May, they are returning to the Dominick Street venue this Sunday at 2.30pm to celebrate the release of their second single.

The group consists of frontman Joe Kelly, guitarist Conall Ó Floinn, drummer Stevie Healy and bassist Eoin Killeen – and their Signs of Joy is available on streaming platforms from this Thursday. It is a smooth and hook-laden follow-up to Platonic Plague, a debut reminiscent of The La’s in its ringing guitars and post-punk pop melodies.

Telebox are a shining example of the ability that exists among teenage Galway musicians, and they serve as a reminder of the need for arts spaces that welcome crowds of all ages.

“For us, the reason we did [the Róisín gig] was that half of us are still underage,” Joe explains. “We find it really hard to get pub gigs and we have connections to the Róisín, so we went to them and said we’d love to do an all-ages thing.

“A lot of our friends are underage as well, so it was a chance for everyone to come together again. No one can go to pubs or anything like that and we’re too old for discos and that sort of thing. It’s a nice middle ground.”

“It was unbelievable,” Eoin recalls. “We couldn’t believe the energy that people brought. It’s like 2pm, 3pm in the day. People aren’t drinking, everyone is sober, and they’re still dancing and enjoying themselves.”

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

The Tunes in the Church concert series returns to Galway after a two-year break. The award-winning, series held in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, will run for the next two weeks, taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

The concerts will feature some of Galway’s finest musicians, singers and dancers, with two musicians and a dancer performing each night. During the interval, there will be a short historical tour of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, which celebrated 700 years in existence in 2020.

Tunes in the Church began in 2010, set up by Kerry musician and Galway resident Cormac Begley, who wanted a way of presenting traditional music that was family-friendly and respected the tradition. It is an acoustic, authentic, personal and interactive representation of Irish music, song and dance.

Interaction between the audience and performers is central to the experience, Cormac explains, with relaxed, natural, conversation being a feature of all the concerts.

Tunes in the Church provides a respectful and family-friendly setting for the listener and creates a platform where leading exponents of traditional music can showcase their talents. For more information and to book go to www.tunesinthechurch.com

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