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Niall returns to ‘heart of city’s music scene’

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Niall Murphy is a member of Oh Boland and Mollusk but will be performing solo at Citóg. PHOTO: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Three superb Galway-based songwriters will perform at the weekly music gathering, Citóg, in Róisín Dubh next Wednesday, March 9. Donal McConnon, Brain Kelly and Niall Murphy will perform at the weekly free indie night, playing songs with wit and hooks to spare.

Originally hailing from Tuam, Niall Murphy is a member of Oh Boland and Mollusk. Given that he normally has a band with him, has he given any thought to the setlist for this gig?

“I haven’t done anything like this in a very long time,” he says. “I’m not a solo musician, per se. It’ll just be a cross-section of what I’m doing with Mollusk and Oh Boland, in more subdued circumstances, I guess. It’ll be very relaxed. I haven’t even picked the setlist yet. I’ll probably just lay a few new Oh Boland tracks on, and a few new Mollusk ones, see how they go and also play a few people know.

“My first gigs in Galway were at Citóg,” Niall recalls.  “They were folk gigs, because I more or less used to play pure folk music. So it’ll be nice to get back to that.”

Speaking of his current projects, Niall explains that there are “two different Mollusks” – one that records (which is essentially just him) and one that plays live. People can expect to hear more from both versions this year.

“I’m anxious to do more Mollusk shows,” he says. “It’ll be me on keys, guitar and vocals. Josh Noonan, who plays in a band called Me and My Dog in Dublin, will be playing lead guitar. Finn McCarthy from the Galway group Field Trip will be playing bass, and then Ciaran Moylan will be on drums. Also, Brian Kelly from So Cow comes and goes, playing weird piano.”

Niall’s other band project is the superb Oh Boland, where he shares the stage with Simon McDonagh (bass/vocals) and Éanna MacDonnacha (bass/vocals). Playing music that is, at times, delightfully demented while writing songs that stick in your head, Oh Boland are a band that you need to hear. What’s on the cards for the trio this year?

“Oh Boland’s all over the place!” Niall says. “We’ve been sitting on a record for some time now, because friends of our advised us to. They’d have experience in the whole garage music scene – like Brian from So Cow. They encouraged us to send the record to American labels. Just for the craic, nothing serious, it’s not our quest for fortune and fame.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Conamara siblings take to stage for TradFest

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Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, who will perform in Collins Barracks next Thursday.

The musical talent of Conamara siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Uí Fhlatharta from An Áird Mhóir, will be on show at this year’s Temple Bar TradFest, which runs from January 26-230 in venues across Dublin. They will be performing at Collins Barracks at 1pm next Thursday, January 26.

Séamus and Caoimhe, who have won multiple All-Ireland titles for their music, are well-known among fans of traditional music as brilliant multi-instrumentalists, singers and dancers, whose vocal arrangements and harmonies bring new life to well-known and less familiar songs. Their performance on last week’s Late Late Show as part of a musical tribute to murdered Offaly woman, Ashling Murphy, was widely praised.

TradFest is one of the first largescale events to host live audiences again, something that performers and fans alike hope will continue.

Other participants include actor Stephen Rea, hosting a night of poetry and music with Natalya O’Flaherty, Sasha Terfous, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy and Neill Martin; Fairport Convention; Peggy Seeger, Aoife Scott and Wallis Bird; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Boxing Banjo; Dervish, Altan and 4 Men and a Dog; Séamus Begley, Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey; Martin and Eliza Carthy; The Lost Brothers; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Joe and Steve Wall; Cór Cúil Aodha and Seán Ó Sé; Karan Casey; Niamh Ní Charra; Brídín; Laoise Kelly; Brenda Castles, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh; Tim Edey, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien.

Tickets and more information at tradfesttemplebar.com.

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Cúirt putting a spotlight on new and under-represented writers

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Noveilst Lisa McInerney who will judge the short fiction prize. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Submissions are now being accepted for The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2022. This annual competition run by the popular literature festival, is sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire.

There are two categories; poetry & short fiction. Poet Gail McConnell will judge the poetry prize and author Lisa McInerney will judge the short Fiction award.

The winner in each category will receive a €500 cash prize and be invited to read at the 37th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature, taking place from Monday to Sunday, April  4-10 in Galway.

Poetry entries should consist of up to three poems under 50 lines each, while short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words. There’s an entry fee of €10 which covers one story or up to three poems. Entries are welcome in English and Irish and an Irish language adviser will be involved in assessing entries in Irish.

Writers who submit work must not have had a full collection of work published in the category they are entering (ie, no novel or short collection for fiction, or poetry collection for poetry). This doesn’t include having had single poems, stories or chapbooks published. Any stories or poems that are entered should not have

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Music festival goes live and online

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Flautist Ríona Ó Duinnín is among the top-quality musicians taking part.

Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival is taking place live this weekend and the organisation has also decided to livestream three concerts from the Town Hall Theatre, as well as several other events.

The festival, Stanford, explores the work, influences and legacy of Dubliner Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, one of Ireland’s greatest 20th-century Romantic composers. Four chamber music concerts, featuring leading Irish and Irish-based musicians, as well as two documentary films and two talks will be available online from this Friday to Sunday.

A further concert, in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday, which features choral music by Stanford and his students, will be open to live audiences.

In addition to music by Stanford himself, the programmes includes works by composers who influenced him, such as Brahms and Schumann, and by those whom he taught, including Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Muriel Herbert and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Performers willrs includes John Finucane clarinet; Sharon Carty mezzo soprano; Finghin Collins piano; the ConTempo Quartet; Ríona Ó Duinnín flute; John Leonard bassoon; Hannah Miller horn; Dominic Dudley double bass; Christopher Bowen tenor; Collegium; Mark Duley, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Student Quartet.

Stanford’s biographer, Jeremy Dibble, who lives in the UK, was due to travel to Galway to give two talks on the composer and his legacy. These have now been recorded and are available for free on the Music for Galway YouTube channel. To access them, go to musicforgalway.ie and follow the links to the Midwinter Festival page.

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