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Night of song, story and satire for Cúirt Festival

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Far from Literature we were Reared, a night of song, fiction, comedy and theatre, with songwriter Seamus Ruttledge, playwright Conor Montague and friends will be held in the main stage at the Róisín Dubh on Dominick Street during this year’s Cúírt Festival of Literature.

This showcase for both established and emerging writers, musicians, comedians and satirists was first held last year, when it received a great response. The event mixes Hennessy award nominees with up-and-coming talent.

Seamus Ruttledge, together with multi-instrumentalist Willow Sea will perform Elementary Chaos, a series of spoken-word pieces dealing with male stereotypes and international affairs. They’ll be joined by former Saw Doctor Pearse Doherty on double bass and Michel Durham of Galway Gospel Choir.

Journalist Olaf Tyaransen will read Darkness from the new short-story collection,Galway Stories, while columnist with the Connacht and City Tribune, Charlie Adley will read The Kinsale Stranger, from his memoir collection, CV of an Underachiever.

There will also be readings from five members of Abandoned Darlings, a collective that emerged from the MA in Writing at NUI Galway. They are Laura Ann Caffrey, Fiona Farrelly, Helena Kilty, Paul McCarrick, and Ruth Quinlan.

Several of the group have had their work published in literary magazines and anthologies, while Paul McCarrick’s work has featured at the Galway Fringe Festival and Corcadorca’s Festival Nights. Ruth Quinlan was shortlisted for the 2012 Cúirt New Writing Fiction Prize and is shortlisted for this year’s Hennessy First Fiction Award.

Also taking part is Aideen Henry, who was shortlisted for the Emerging Poetry section of the Hennessy Literary Awards. She will read from her debut short-stories collection, Hugging Thistles, published by Arlen House.

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

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Long-awaited debut album proves well worth the wait

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Bitch Falcon....debut album now released.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

It’s been a strong decade for Irish bands – a noisy, unfiltered path paved by Girl Band emboldened a series of experimental rock groups, each looking to break away from the folk-pop mould that dominated the 2000s in charts and on radio.  Vibrant local scenes have emerged in the likes of Limerick, Galway and Cork – all individual, all looking to champion identity and eclecticism.

And despite releasing their debut album just earlier this month, Dublin trio Bitch Falcon have overseen almost all of the changes and milestones that have led Irish rock to this point. That is because the band technically formed in 2014.

Several acclaimed EPs and hundreds of storied gigs later, Bitch Falcon, made up of frontwoman Lizzie Fitzpatrick, drummer and Galway native Nigel Kenny from Dunmore, and bass player Barry O’Sullivan, have released their first full-length LP.

Staring at Clocks hit shelves and streaming sites on November 6, full of atmosphere, intensity and, crucially, brand new material. Lizzie’s insistence on avoiding an amalgamation-of-EPs type record has resulted in an impressively cohesive debut. After six years of adjustments to sound, style and line-up, the project has officially matured.

“I think the album really captured what we were saying at that point in time,” Lizzie insists. “We wrote it about a year and a half ago and I think it was the first time we were really excited about what we were writing.

“Before, we were happy with it but not really completely there and I think that aspect of it has improved now. We didn’t want to have any of the old stuff in it at all. We wanted to have it be exactly what we were feeling at that moment rather than a collection of songs to get us through a debut album.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Sunday evening concert offers All the Pleasures

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Sunday evening’s concert will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (pictured), under director Peter Whelan.

Music by George Frederic Handel and Henry Purcell as well as a world premiere by Irish composer Rhona Clarke will feature in Resounding Landscapes, a concert being presented by Music for Galway in association with Galway 2020 this Sunday, November 22. It will be live-streamed from the city’s St Nicholas’ Church, starting at 7pm.

It’s the second concert in the Abendmusik (Evening Music) series of vocal and choral performances, which forms part of Music for Galway’s programme for the European Capital of Culture project.

Sunday’s event will feature Welcome to all the Pleasures by the 17th century composer, Henry Purcell with text by Cristopher Fishburn; the world premiere of Rhona Clarke’s O Vis Aeternitatis – based on writings by the 12th century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

The programme will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), under director Peter Whelan, who is director of the IBO.

Creator of the Abendmusik Sunday evening concert series, Mark Duley feels that “in our current circumstance, it is good to be reminded by Fishburn in his text that ‘in music, we find relief from sorrow and grief’. And we can salute the venerable building of St Nicholas’ Church where for 700 years music has resounded and prayer has been valid.”

Meanwhile, a scheduled online production of the community opera, Paper Boat, which Music for Galway commissioned to celebrate the 700th anniversary of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, has been postponed.

Paper Boat is central to Music for Galway’s programme for Galway 2020 and before Covid-19 restrictions, there had been plans for a major live production of the site-specific composition in St Nicholas’ last June.

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

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Chance to experience Fregoli’s Cross Street as the drama unfolds

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Enid trying to make sense of her life in 'Cross Street.

Fregoli Theatre Company will present a work-in-progress performance of its forthcoming play, Cross Street, on Saturday, November 28.

This virtual reading of their new comedy, written by the company’s co-founder Jarlath Tivnan, offers hints of horror while exploring mental health issues, according to its director Eimear Finan.

The story centres on Enid who’s searching for a new home and finds a place on Cross Street, one of Galway’s most happening spots.

However, she enters a space that’s is already populated by some serious creatures of habit. When Enid’s arrival threatens to disrupt well-worn routines, a house meeting is called to re-establish order. But on this stormy night, other events take over.

Cross Street explores how mental issues can grow and manifest when left to fester, says Eimear. Each of the housemates has an issue: these range from grief, guilt, alcoholism, eating disorders, neglect, self-harm and self-doubt. And each person isolates from anyone who might either interfere or help.

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

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