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Nathan Carter for Black Box Theatre

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Nathan Carter.

Nathan Carter who will be the special guest for Garth Brooks’ sell-out Croke Park shows on Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29, will be in Galway’s Black Box Theatre on Thursday, August 28. Garth saw a clip of Nathan from his recent sell-out appearance at The Marquee in Cork and requested that Nathan be his guest for two of the Dublin concerts.

Nathan has described himself as “over the moon” at the prospect of supporting the American country star.

“They are the biggest shows of my life and I can’t wait to take the stage in Croke Park in front of 80,000 people. What thrill.”

Nathan’s new album Where I Wanna Be is the top selling album in Ireland this year, despite stiff competition from international artists including Kodaline, Eminem, One Direction and Michael Buble.

“I am absolutely delighted that Where I Wanna Be has reached Number 1 in the charts,” he said. “It is something that every musician and recording artist strives to achieve and I owe a huge thank you to everyone who has bought the album. Where I Wanna Be is my fourth studio album and I wasn’t sure how we would top the success of Wagon Wheel, which has remained in the charts for over a year now.

Tickets to Nathan’s Galway show in the Black Box Theatre on Thursday, August 28, are now on sale. The Black Box has new tiered seating, making for a more comfortable venue with better sightlines and tickets are expected to move fast.

They are available at The Town Hall Theatre, 091 569777, and online at www.tht.ie and cost €25

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Rusted Rail is still keeping track on Galway music scene

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Shelter from the Shadows...latest release on the Rusted Rail label.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Though they can feel slow-moving and static at times, local music scenes are constantly transitioning; there are fortunes and vicissitudes that come with a career in music now versus one twenty years ago.  Keith Wallace, founder of one of Galway’s longest running independent music labels, is as qualified as anyone to speak on the evolution of the city’s musical landscape.

Having previously managed Flirt FM, Keith started Rusted Rail in 2006 as something of a passion project. The label has championed albums from acts like So Cow, The Declining Winter and Keith’s own group Loner Deluxe.

Its latest release, Shelter from the Shadows, is a haunting fourteen-track LP from Swedish-born, Galway-based dreamfolk artist A Lilac Decline.

Rusted Rail is a staple of Galway’s music community and, as it continues to endure and expand, it offers an invaluable insight into the underlying ethos that drives the city’s arts scene.

“I knew a bunch of people who were making music and didn’t necessarily have an outlet for it,” Keith says of starting the label.

“I just thought that could be a gap I could fill. I was inspired by different record labels and by that whole idea that if a town has a record label then that label reflects and documents the music scene in that town. That was one of the initial ideas anyway.

“Aside from the impact of the pandemic, I think it’s probably the healthiest that the music scene in Galway has ever been. This is looking at it from a span of twenty or twenty-five years since I started going to gigs when I was a kid.

“It was hard to find gigs back then because Galway used to be just riddled with cover bands. There was no real stage for anyone that was making original music at all. Just before the label started, from around 2002 onwards, certain things started happening in Galway.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Persistence pays off for author Patricia

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Patricia Forde's dog, Ben, is enthralled as he hears the adventures of his fellow canine, Fidget the Wonder Dog. Patricia's new book has been chosen for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Reading Scheme.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Hanging in there when the going gets tough is essential to being a writer, says Patricia Forde. It’s a rule that applies whether you’re writing for children and young people or for adults.

She loves beginning a book, while coming towards the end “is like finishing a marathon so you keep going”. The middle is tough, when she feels what she’s writing “is the worst thing ever”.

But hanging in there means the Moycullen resident is now celebrating two new arrivals, both different and both beautifully illustrated.

Fidget the Wonder Dog, published by UK company Puffin, is for readers aged 3-7, while Imagine from Irish company Little Island is due out next month, aimed at those aged 4+.

Little Island has produced several of Patricia’s previous books, including 2015’s The Wordsmith, for older children. Later published in the USA as The List, this story of a young girl’s fight to save words in a post-apocalyptic world resonated in Donald Trump’s America where language was constantly being debased.

Written before his election bid, it captured a new, frightening reality.

The same coincidence occurred with Imagine.

“I wrote it before the pandemic but now it’s very relevant,” Patricia observes.

It’s the story of a little girl who confides her fears to her grandmother – creatures from vampires to monsters, pirates and a dog down the lane frighten her. Grandma uses humour to help fix these concerns, before finally addressing the girl’s greatest fear.

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International collaboration has Galway duo on the right track

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Bursting Wonderland…debut album.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Bursting Wonderland is as expansive and ambitious a project as its name would imply; a collaborative project between Mimmo Ripa and Ania Chmielewska, the work tackles themes of art, politics and culture on their debut album David & Goliath.

The duo, based in Galway, hold kindred outlooks on many aspects of songwriting and creativity. Perhaps crucially, their views on work ethic and application are of a very similar nature.

On February 17, the duo is set to release Rebels – the first single from their aforementioned LP. Their sound takes inspiration from classic grunge and rock bands and leaves space for melodic, sweeping vocals.

Having worked with a long list of musicians from an early age, Mimmo was somewhat hesitant of joining Ania’s act.

“I was reluctant to accept Ania’s proposal to make music together because I was very reluctant to embark on any other music projects,” Mimmo admits.

“My solo project Aboutmeemo had and still has its own portion of effort and responsibility with the obstacles that occur in any music project. I’ve been in many bands and collaborated with many artists over the years and I found it draining for different reasons – mainly the lack of commitment in band rehearsals and the lack of planning and direction.

“Too many people approach music promising a level of commitment and effort that unfortunately they will never be able to respect. I’m always careful to only collaborate with other musicians if I see a spark in their eyes. Otherwise, it can end up being a waste of time.”

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