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New Galway nightclub caters for dance fans over 30

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A widespread perception among her friends that there was nowhere in Galway to dance for people of a certain age has prompted a music enthusiast to set up a monthly club night for the “over 30s” in the city.

Emer Hennelly hopes that those aged over 30, or even over 50 or 60, will feel comfortable dancing at the Last Friday Club which takes place at the Backstage Bar at Monroe’s Live on Dominick Street.

“People kept telling me that there was nowhere for people of my age and older to go and enjoy a dance, so they told me they would just stick to the pubs,” says Emer.

“They did not feel comfortable going to night clubs where the focus was on drinking. Friends kept telling me they wanted a bit of light relief and to go to a place where they could hear uplifting music from the 1970s and ‘80s.”

Her club has found a permanent home at Monroe’s, where it continues on Friday, May 30. Jon Richards of Galway Bay FM is the resident DJ and he has embraced the spirit of the monthly night out.

“Jon has really embraced the spirit of it and he’s even decided to feature a ‘slow set’ next week,” says Emer. “Both Jon and myself have a passion for pop. We hope that people can come along and celebrate pop culture, free from irony and cynicism.

“It gave me great joy to see a guy in his 60s, dressed in a suit, dancing with such enthusiasm at our last club night. That’s what the spirit of the club is all about and we’ve decided to put it on once a month.”

Held on the last Friday of every month in Monroe’s Live, the Last Friday Club features music from the 1970s to the present, with an emphasis on having fun.

The next Last Friday Club takes place at Monroe’s on Friday, May 30. Admission is €10 or half price for anyone who wears 1960s, ‘70s or ‘80s fancy dress.

See full details in this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Somebody’s Child emerges from behind the shadows

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Somebody’s Child...two Galway appearances this month.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Somebody’s Child has grown into one of the leading voices in Irish alt-pop since Dubliner Cian Godfrey coined the moniker in 2018. Initially the project was designed to be a songwriting outlet for the multi-instrumentalist, who had no intention of promoting himself as the face of an enterprise. As his music has gained notoriety, though, he has become more comfortable with the public side of his work and the relationship he has forged with fans is testament to that engagement.

Now, on February 3, Cian is set to reach a major milestone with the release of Somebody’s Child’s debut, self-titled album. The LP takes influence from new wave, synth-based 80s bands, and indie rock outfits from the early 2000s like Foals and Arctic Monkeys.

Its launch will be celebrated by a mammoth February/March touring schedule that covers Ireland, Europe and parts of the United States.

On Friday, February 24, Cian and the band play Galway’s Róisín Dubh and before that, on Sunday week, February 5, he will perform a stripped back set at Golden Discs in Eyre Square.

“It’s a scary enough time, I guess,” he says of bringing out a record.

“It’s such a personal thing to bear. It being the debut, it’s built up so much and people tell you not to do it until you have a certain amount of support behind you but ultimately, we wanted to be there creatively, and we thought we were there.

“We wanted to change it up and do something long-form as opposed to continuing just releasing songs. The way we approach music lends itself to an album. We’re just delighted to have so many songs come out properly. It’s been a large part of our lives for the last couple of years and finally having it out there is amazing.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Friendship and fun the keys to comic success

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Foil Arms and Hog whose online sketches have won them fans worldwide will bring their latest show, Hogwash, to Leisureland from Thursday to Sunday, February 2-5.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“A bit like getting back into your own bed,” is how Conor McKenna of comedy trio Foil, Arms and Hog, describes how it feels to be bringing their latest show, Hogwash, home to Ireland after a sell-out international tour that included  gigs in US and Canada as well as a run at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Home is good, “but can be a little bit uncomfortable too because the expectations are different”, he adds. “The best thing about Irish audiences is that they fold their arms and say, ‘prove it’. But I don’t mind that.”

Galway audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy get the Foil Arms and Hog act from next Thursday to Sunday, February 2-5, when Hogwash is in Leisureland at 8pm nightly. Friday and Saturday are sold out but tickets are available for Thursday and Sunday.

This is the 12th live show from Seán Finegan (Foil), Conor (Arms) and Seán Flanagan (Hog) who began performing together in 2008 while studying at UCD – architecture, engineering and genetics respectively –  earning qualifications that they’ve never used.

“It’s the best so far. It’s really fun to perform”, Conor says of Hogwash, a mix of sketches, improvisation and music, including a parody of Every Musical Ever and a rock anthem from a group of octogenarians looking to escape a retirement home.

He feels Hogwash had the benefit of time.

“We had the whole of lockdown to write it. Normally we’d write a show every year but with this, there was time to let things come up. The audience might not notice the difference but we as performers do.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Clifden stop for folk quartet’s tour

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Clifden date...Oisín Mac Diarmada, Mirella Murray, Donogh Hennessy and Noriana Kennedy.

Four of Ireland’s brightest folk musicians – more than one of them with impeccable Galway connections – will stop off in Clifden on part of a nationwide tour next month.

The quartet, musicians who have been integral to the success of many leading Irish traditional and folk groups, will play at the Station House on Monday, February 20, as part of Music Network’s Spring 2023 Season.

The Whileaways’ Noriana Kennedy (vocals/banjo) is joined by Téada’s Oisín Mac Diarmada on fiddle and Mirella Murray, accordionist with Cherish the Ladies.

And on guitar, Donogh Hennessy, a founding member of Lúnasa, brings his trademark rhythmic drive to complement the harmonic textures and melodic explorations of this vibrant trio and complete the line-up.

With sublime songs, energetic tunes and captivating arrangements, this will be a musical cocktail to savour.

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards multi-nominee Noriana Kennedy is a founding member of critically acclaimed trio The Whileaways. She has recorded four albums with the group renowned for its beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original songs.

Noriana performs compelling and stunning versions of old-time songs, folk ballads and original compositions, creating a sound that is truly her own – as clearly evidenced on her debut album Ebb n Flow.

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

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