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Nashville stalwarts line out for country show in Monroe’s

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Shantell Ogden, one of three Nashville singer-songwriters performing in the Róisín on Sunday night.

A triple bill of Nashville songwriters come to Monroe’s Live in Dominick Street this Sunday, July 2.

Pete Kennedy, Shantell Ogden and Marcum Stewart are all based in the Tennessee city and firmly established in the country scene.

From Ireland but living in Nashville since 2010, Kennedy’s list of musical collaborators includes Earl Budd Lee (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton), Jan Buckingham (Whitney Houston) and American Idol and Grand Ole Opry star Ayla Brown. From early heroes like The Eagles, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris to contemporary artists such as Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts, Pete’s influences are evident in his distinctive crossover style

Another Nashville stalwart, Shantell Ogden has toured internationally and been played on over 800 country stations in the US and elsewhere. Her song Just a Little taps into the pop direction taken by many current country writers.

Marcum Stewart, who is originally from Huntington, West Virginia, started playing piano at the age of four. He began writing songs at 12, and taught himself how to play guitar at 15, then bass and drums.  In 1994, he moved to Nashville to work as songwriter and producer and his aim is to score a major hit with singers who come to Nashville looking for a song.

This is a fascinating triple bill for those interested in country and grafters from the Nashville scene.

■ Doors 8pm, tickets €12/€10 online.

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Book festival online for now – with new chapter in Autumn

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This year’s Ennis Book Club Festival will feature a series of online readings and talks in March, with live events planned for September.

The 15th annual festival will kick off next Friday, March 5, with Ask the Author with Naoise Dolan, whose 2020 debut novel Exciting Times was described by The Times as ‘the book of the summer’. That’s at 6pm

Award-winning author and comedian Colm O’Regan will follow at 8pm. His novel Ann Devine: Handle with Care, published last year was praised by the Sunday Independent as ‘Reliably hilarious and charming’.

On Saturday, March 6, book clubs from across the country will have an opportunity to meet author Donal Ryan as he chats about his most recent novel, Strange Flowers. That event starts at 11.30am and runs until 4pm. Four slots of 30 minutes each are available and can be booked for up to 10 people. However, paces are limited and pre-registration is required.

On Saturday, at 6pm Kevin Barry will chat about his new short-story collection, That Old Country Music. That will be followed by a short film of the collection’s title story, made by artist and filmmaker, Laura Sheeran.

On Saturday night, novelist Roddy Doyle will discuss “stupid ideas, pubs, secrets and intimacy” with journalist and author Patrick Freyne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Award-winning young pianists in online show

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Dmytro Choni, winner of the 2018 Santander International Piano Competition.

Award-winning musicians Sae Yoon Chon and Dmytro Choni will take centre stage this Sunday afternoon February 28, in Pianist Showcase, the latest concert in the Music for Galway Bookends series. It will be available online for three days from 3pm on Sunday.

Sae Yoon Chon, originally from Korea, is the winner of the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition while Ukrainian-born Dmytro Choni won the Santander International Piano Competition in the same year.

Describing them as “young and exciting artists of exceptional talent”, the Artistic Director of Music for Galway’s Finghin Collins says their choice of programme for Sunday  reflects this talent. They will perform major works by Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, Scriabin, Debussy and Rachmaninov.

“While we won’t be able to have them with us in person, we are grateful that they are ready to perform for us from Toronto and Graz, where they are continuing their studies,” he adds.

Each pisnidy will perform for about an hour for the event which will include an interval,

The concert will be available to access and purchase until Wednesday, March 3, at 3pm.

Tickets cost €15. Booking at www.musicforgalway.ie.

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Hospice projects offer hope during challenging times

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Bereavement Services Coordinator at Galway Hospice, Hazel Greene and Art Therapist Kathy Hyland.

Galway Hospice is asking people to share their story of living with loss during Covid, via a new project, Meallan Scéal Scéal Eile/One Story Encourages Another. It’s a creative outlet for those who are experiencing loss during this challenging time.

Anyone can submit a written piece – this can be a short narrative, reflection or poem, whatever works for you.

“As we know, the definition of loss has changed dramatically so we are asking for your unique experience of loss, in whatever form it takes,” explains Art Therapist at Galway Hospice Kathy Hyland.

“The importance of being heard, understood and not forgotten is at the heart of this project and encapsulates the ethos of the hospice,” she adds.

A number of submissions will be included in a short video montage with music and imagery. The pieces will be spoken by a reader for the recording.

This initiative of the Galway Hospice Bereavement and Art Therapy services has been funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Government-backed Creative Ireland Programme under its national SEEDS programme.

Bereavement Services Coordinator at Galway Hospice, Hazel Greene, says its aim is a “simple hope that we can offer people some sense of solace and extract the beauty in this raw and vulnerable time”.

The closing date is 2pm on Friday, March 12. Submissions can be sent by email to ArtTherapist@galwayhospice.ie or by post to Hazel Greene, Bereavement Services Coordinator, Galway Hospice, Renmore, Galway.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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