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Memorial concert for legendary publicans

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Séamus Mulligan.

Two legendary publicans who died within days of each other just a year ago this week will be commemorated in a unique concert at the Salthill Hotel on Sunday which will feature top Galway musicians including Seán Keane, Máirtín O’Connor, Seán Tyrrell and Treasa Ní Cheannabháin.

Paddy Connors and Seamus Mulligan first met in the Castle Bar in Salthill in 1968 and established a friendship that lasted until their death.

In the course of their careers they brought their own brand of anarchic conviviality to some of Galway’s best-known hostelries. Between them, throughout their careers, they worked in the Castle, the Atlanta, Clogs, Taylor’s and the Westside Tavern. But it was in the Crane in the 1970s that they first made their mark on the town.

Irish music, which had been in danger of dying out, was enjoying a resurgence at this time, and Séamus and Paddy played a major role in its revival in Galway.

Fans of traditional music came from all over the world to Ireland to hear Irish music and, in Galway the Crane was the place to visit.

The Crane Bar had exploded on to the Galway scene and become a key part of the city’s identity. It was wild, anarchic and wonderful. Its extraordinary success was due to the imagination and passion of Paddy Connors and Seamus Mulligan, and the music which they loved and promoted.

Many of the musicians who played in the Crane back then will be in the Salthill Hotel on May 10 to remember these great men.

Those taking part include Seán Keane, Máirtín O’Connor, Garry O’Briain, Brendan O’Regan and Jimmy

Higgins, Seán Tyrell, Mary McPartlan, Róisín Elsafty, Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, the Giblin family, Lena Ullman and Johnny Moynihan, Seán Ryan and the Crane Bar Sunday Sessions, Mick Crehan and Greg Cotter, Martin Murphy, Johnny O’Halloran and Ailbhe Ó Monacháin, Johnny Finn and Charlie Harris.

Proceeds from the event go to the Mikey Carty fund. Fourteen-year-old Mikey is the son of Gerry Carty, who is well known in music circles. He has Muscular Dystrophy, which means he is wheelchair bound, but he is as smart and witty as any boy of his age.

Tickets at €15 from the Crane Bar, Taaffe’s Bar, Tí Chóilí, and the Salthill Hotel. All enquiries to 087 2245667.

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Shamtown gives new life to Saw Doctors’ songs

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Shamtown, the musical, covers the early years of the band and when completed will include the launch of their debut album.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

The irony of getting an Agility Grant from the Arts Council last Spring wasn’t lost on the Saw Doctors’  manager, Ollie Jennings. “I’m 70 years of age and with creaking hips,” he jokes,

Ollie who is as fit as a flea he was delighted to be awarded the grant as part of a scheme that was introduced to support artists during the various Covid-19 lockdowns.

Even before Covid had struck, he’d been busy working on Shamtown, a musical which “would give new life to the Saw Doctors’ songs”.

With that €5,000 grant from the Arts Council, plus equal funding from Galway City Council and the Town Hall Theatre’s Patron Fund, Ollie and theatre director Andrew Flynn workshopped Shamtown, and presented the work-in-progress to an invited audience at the city’s Druid Theatre in January.

That was its second public outing, Ollie explains. An earlier version was shown in January 2022, to people from Tuam who had been involved with the Saw Docs before the band had even formed. That was also supported by Galway Town Hall. Despite the cast having had just a few days of rehearsals, the reaction last January was so good that Ollie vowed to continue writing the piece.

He’d begun it in 2017 when the band seemed to have broken up. It wasn’t clear then if the lads would ever reunite and Ollie, as their manager, felt the songs deserved a new lease of life in a different context

“I believed in the songs and wanted to put them out there to show how good they were,” he says.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stellar array of musical talent is enough to make you Blush

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Small Crab...on the line-up for Blush’s big night.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Despite a shortage of designated venues and mounting economic pressure post-pandemic, Galway’s nightlife has been propped up over the last year by recurring music nights that facilitate original acts. One such event is Blush, a club night that has been taking place on Thursday nights in the Róisín Dubh since September of last year. Incorporating a wide range of genres including house, garage and hip-hop, Blush distinguishes itself as a champion of inclusion and representation in electronic music – the core philosophy of the night is built around platforming women, LGBTQ+ and non-binary artists.

On Thursday, February 16, Blush is set to host some of the most exciting, emerging DJs and producers in Ireland over two floors in the Róisín.

Included on the bill are Small Crab, Rhyzine, Julia Louise Knifefist, Lychee, Hannah Hession, DJ Egg, Kelsey, Supergross, Sophie, Kirsty and Lolz – the last of whom, Laura O’Connell, is behind the organisation of Blush.

“I caught Julia Louise Knifefist at Up in the Air festival last year and he was really sick – a kind of industrial, rap and electronic thing that’s hard to define, alongside a really energetic lightshow,” Laura recalls.

“I’ve never actually seen Small Crab, Rhyzine or Lychee DJ but I know they’ll be really good. Small Crab just had her first release there last year and I’m really excited to see all of them. Rhyzine runs Honeypot in Dublin which is a queer club night for women so it’ll be good to have her on the bill and I’ve heard really good things about her. I’m hyped to go back-to-back with Hannah [Hession] as well.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Maeve named as Film Fleadh programmer

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Maeve McGrath.

Limerick woman Maeve McGrath has been named as the new Director of Programming for Galway Film Fleadh, taking over from Will Fitzgerald. She will be responsible for curating this year’s festival, which will run from July 11-16.

She previously worked as artistic director of Kerry International Film Festival, producer at Carlow Arts Festival and joint short film programmer at Dublin International Film Festival.

Maeve is involved with  Limerick’s artist-led, community-focused facility, The GAFF where she recently curated a community audio/visual project, Tiny Little Histories, and produced TravFest, a Traveller wellness festival as part of Guth na Mincéirí.

She has a Master’s in Media Studies from Limerick’s Mary I/UL, graduating in 2015 with the thesis, Irish Short Film: The Road To Oscar.

“The Fleadh has a very special place on the film festival circuit, nationally and internationally, and I am delighted to be part of the team that will programme the 35th edition,” she stated.

“I forward to being part of the continued growth of the Galway Film Fleadh and supporting the development of emerging and established filmmakers.”

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