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New acts give Westport Festival greater appeal

Ciaran Tierney

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A family-friendly event which has captured the hearts of West of Ireland music fans over the past two years suddenly looks far more attractive for 2014 with the addition this week of over 30 Irish and international musicians to the line-up for the Westport Festival.

Irish music legends Sinéad O’Connor, The Divine Comedy and Kíla are among the acts who have been added to the bill for the festival which takes place at Westport House in the picturesque Co Mayo town on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29.

International acts who have been confirmed for the two day festival of music and food include The Jim Jones Revue, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and ska legends The Selecter, led by Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson.

Tribute acts include Bjorn Again and the Bootleg Beatles, while Tony Joe White, The Hot Sprockets, Alien Envoy and The Kilfenora Céilí Band add depth to the line-up for an event which only had headliners Kool and the Gang and Bryan Adams confirmed prior to this week.

Set on a stunning site, with a variety of food villages, music and comedy stages, the Westport Festival has been a critical success but has not received the same level of commercial success since its inception two years ago.

In total this year, over 70 artists and comedians will perform across five stages, including the courtyard venue for young, up-and-coming Irish artists which was successfully curated by Galway pub The Róisín Dubh for the first time last year.

Some of the Irish acts who will be given welcome exposure at the festival this year include Daithí, We Cut Corners, Enemies, Boyfights, My Fellow Sponges, and Elaine Mai, with further acts to be announced over the coming weeks and months.

Comedians already lined up include Ardal O’Hanlon, Terry Alderton, Foil Arms & Hog and Karl Spain.

Children under 12 will be admitted for free, when accompanied by an adult, and there will be free activities in the Pirate Adventure Park throughout the two days of the festival.

There will be on-site camping, just ten minutes from Westport town centre, with hot showers, wifi, picnic and washing-up areas.

• Day tickets cost €76 and weekend tickets will set you back €131, including the booking free. There are cheaper tickets available for teenagers and these can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ie

 

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

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Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

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ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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