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Music of Lennon at the Black Box

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Daniel Taylor performs as John Lennon.

A celebration of the genius and music of John Lennon comes to Galway next week with Lennon: Through A Glass Onion.

The show will be staged in the Black box Theatre in Galway City on Wednesday, September 14, fresh off its off-Broadway success in New York. Inspired by the song Glass Onion, which was John Lennon’s postscript to The Beatles, this show peels away the layers of time and myth to offer clear insight into essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the world’s most treasured icons.

Part-concert and part-biography, this two-hander featuring West End star Daniel Taylor and showcases 31 hits of Lennon and Lennon/McCartney, including Imagine, Revolution, and Jealous Guy in a kaleidoscope collage of song, word and emotion.

Taylor has won critical acclaim as the lead role in The Tommy Cooper Show and is currently starring as Mickey in Down The Dock Road.

He will be joined by accompanist Stewart D’Arrietta, who recently enjoyed a nine-month New York run of his Tom Waits show, Belly of a Drunken Piano. Earlier this year, he was the musical director for The White Album Concert by The Beatles, performing on stage at the world famous Sydney Opera House.

■ Tickets for the show cost €25, and are available from www.tht.ie

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Tommy Tiernan among acts in Róisín Dubh comedy line-up

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Tommy Tiernan: Chat show host, actor and, above all, comedian.

Tommy Tiernan will perform his brand-new show, Tomfoolery, in Leisureland on Thursday and Friday, February 25 and 26.

The show, being presented by the Róisín Dubh, is billed as “a high-energy mix of outrageous ideas and whimsical flights of fancy”.

Comedian, actor and, more recently, chat-show host Tommy is performing a series of warm-up gigs in the Róisín in January  for the main event – they sold out within minutes of going on sale last week.

In a comedy career spanning 25 years, Tommy has toured extensively at home and abroad, and guested on top TV shows including three appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman in the US. He’s also has had his own one-hour special broadcast on Comedy Central USA. More recently, Tommy has begun presenting a talk show on RTÉ, an improvised live programme where he has no idea of who his guests are until they appear on set. And he’s a better chat-show host than anyone else in this country, by a country mile. But it’ll be comedy that he’ll be focusing on in Leisureland on February 25 and 26. Tickets for those shows are €35.

The Róisín is on a comedy roll and will present Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience in April at the Galmont Hotel.

This version of Basil, Sybil and Manuel from Australia’s Interactive Theatre has played more than 500 sell-out shows in Ireland in the past decade – 20 of them in Galway City. Some of the show’s scenes will be familiar from TV, some will be off-the-cuff but all will have a ‘Faulty’ seasoning. Everything that can go wrong, does in this two hours of “controlled chaos and hilarity” where dinner is part of the act.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Children’s anthology has vision of fairer society

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Land of the Ever Young

A new children’s book, Land of the Ever Young, which has just been published, is the final in a trilogy of working people’s writing from contemporary Ireland. It follows the poetry anthology, Children of the Nation and prose anthology, From the Plough to the Stars, all edited by Jenny Farrell and published by Culture Matters.

The collection is made up of 23 male and female writers, who are mainly from the East, South and West of Ireland, creating in English and Irish.

These authors have created children and adults who confront wrongs, challenge superstition and injustice, and who often see further than others around them.

The stories’ heroines and heroes are filled with a sense of the common good, highlighting the qualities necessary to create a fairer, better society, a Tír na nÓg, the Land of the Ever Young.

Such a place can only materialise in the absence of wars, of profit-driven greed with its contempt for equality, humanity and the environment – a place where the common good is the measure of society, according to Jenny.

This pioneering project is supported by the Irish trade union movement in recognition of the importance of creativity and the right of the working class to express their culture and their experience of life.

Children read stories many times and these often stay with them for a lifetime, acting as a moral compass, says Jenny of their importance.

The images that accompany children’s stories are also remembered for a long time and Land of the Ever Young has been beautifully illustrated by the artist Karen Dietrich.

Land of the Ever Young: An Anthology of Working People’s Writing for Children from Contemporary Ireland, edited by Jenny Farrell with illustrations by Karen Dietrich costs €12 plus package and posting.. All three books are available at www.culturematters.org.uk

 

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Variety and quality on menu as music series is ‘back live’

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Musician and broadcaster Ruth Smith has curated this Saturday’s concert.

Three Kinds of Music, the popular Galway Music Residency multi-genre ‘music-tasting’ series, which had moved online due to Covid will return live from this Saturday, December 4. Three concerts have been planned for December and the first will take place in The Hall of the Red Earl at Druid Lane this Saturday at 3pm when musician and broadcaster Ruth Smith, who presents the RTÉ radio programme Simply Folk will be the guest curator.

Ruth has invited Ruth McGill (soprano) and Niall Kinsella (piano), to take part and they will perform a set of songs by German composer Kurt Weill. Clare singer-songwriter and guitarist Síomha is also taking to the stage with her unique mix of folk, jazz and soul. ConTempo Quartet will take the traditional reins with a performance of Dave Flynn’s The Cranning and other Irish tunes.

On Saturday, December 11, at 3pm the second in this series of shows will take place in Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre. Curated by jazz musician Aengus Hackett, it will be an exploration of climate change and the disappearance of the natural world.

Aengus’s selection of musicians will include uilleann piper, pipe-maker and former botany professor Eugene Lambe and renowned jazz pianist Greg Felton. The ConTempo Quartet, who perform regularly at these concerts will discover some of the wildlife hidden in the classical music repertoire.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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