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NUI Galway to host McGahern lecture

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Denis Sampson will deliver a lecture on John McGahern.

The James Hardiman Library in association with the MA in Writing and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway will host a public lecture next week to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of celebrated Irish writer, John McGahern.

The lecture will be delivered by the renowned John McGahern scholar, Denis Sampson, and will take place on Wednesday next, April 27, at 7pm in the Hardiman Research Building at NUI Galway.

McGahern died on March 30, 2006, and the university is home to the John McGahern Archive, which Sampson will use for his lecture. Sampson produced the first full-length study of McGahern’s works, Outstaring Nature’s Eye, in 1993, and his enduring critical attention to the writer culminated in his book Young John McGahern: Becoming a Novelist, published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

“The nature of John McGahern’s Archive here at NUI Galway ideally suits it to different kinds of exploratory readers,” said Dr John Kenny, John McGahern Lecturer in Creative Writing and Director of the MA in Writing, NUI Galway.

“Scholars of McGahern, or of contemporary Irish fiction and writing, naturally find it a highly valuable resource, but the papers also hold great promise for any student or devotee of writing intent on emulating the best models for creative practice and artistic dedication,” he said.

NUI Galway librarian John Cox said the university “treasure[s] the John McGahern archive as an enabler of new research and are greatly looking forward to Denis Sampson’s lecture as a very appropriate way of marking the tenth anniversary of John’s passing”.

In his lecture, Sampson will discuss unpublished drafts of Amongst Women from within the McGahern Archive and will reveal the links between the novel and some of the earlier McGahern short stories in his collections Getting Through and High Ground.

The lecture will be accompanied by an exhibition of select material from the McGahern Archive and is free of charge and open to all.

At the same time as the McGahern lecture, the next in the series of public interviews organised by the Centre for Irish Studies as part of its programme of commemoration of the 1916 Rising will also take place in NUI Galway.

The interview will feature Robert Ballagh in conversation with Vincent Woods and will take place from 6.30pm to 8pm in the Ó hEocha Theatre in the Arts Millennium Building.

Ballagh is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists and is a founding member of the Reclaim the Vision of 1916 citizens’ initiative, which was established to draw attention to the contemporary relevance of the Irish revolution.

The interview is free to attend and open to the public.

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Piper Pádraic making mark on rich tradition

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Pádraic Keane from Maree who has just released his solo piping album, In Full Tune.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Pádraic Keane from Maree was seven years old when he began playing uilleann pipes – a learner set, he explains. His initial instrument had been tin whistle but he soon moved on to the pipes, which are a family tradition on both sides.  Pádraic’s father, Tommy Keane, is a renowned uilleann piper and member of na Pióbairí Uilleann, who worked with greats of Irish music, including Liam Clancy, Liam O’ Flynn and Alec Finn of de Danann, as well as with the likes of Elvis Costello.  Pádraic’s mother, Jacqueline McCarthy, plays concertina and her father,  Tommy McCarthy, was a highly-regarded piper, whistle player and concertina player from West Clare. He and his wife, Kathleen, spent many years in London, where they reared their family before returning to live in Miltown Malbay.

London-born Jacqueline and her husband, Tommy, who’s originally from Waterford, settled in Maree in the late 1980s and music was ever-present as they reared their three children.  Pádraic has an older sister, Siobhán, and a twin, Maisie, both of whom play fiddle and “a bit of concertina”, while fiddle is his second instrument.

Pádraic, a teacher in Coolarne National School, Turloughmore, has now added his link to the family piping chain with his debut album, In Full Tune.  He’ll have a formal launch in the city’s Crane Bar later in Spring when lockdown eases, but it’s available to purchase now.

Thirty-one-year-old Pádraic won Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana in the 2011 TG4 Gradam Ceoil when he was just 19, making him one of the youngest ever recipients of that accolade. He has toured all over Ireland and in the USA as a soloist with The Irish Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with the late composer and pianist Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, who once jokingly described the uilleann pipes as “being like an octopus”, given the instrument’s many elements.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Cream of Galway’s musicial talent gets down to Booley!

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Booley Sessions... diverse line-up all available online.

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No institution in Galway has provided local musicians with as many platforms and opportunities in recent years as the Black Gate; from Amhráin and Eclectics to the Black Gate Sessions and their role in Eye on the Edge, the dedication and attention to detail that have gone into every project in the venue-cum-cultural centre is unparalleled.

And one man who has been at the centre of most of their work with the city’s arts community is David Boland, who himself performs as New Pope, and who has, once again, been instrumental in their latest collaborative endeavour – the Booley Sessions.

A series of concerts filmed in the loft space above Booley’s Outdoors Shop on Eglington St, the Booley Sessions feature twelve artists with ties to Galway. That list is comprised of Niall Teague & Padraic Joyce, Amelian, Me Auld Flower, Jossle, ⁠Bríd Kenny, Rory Ryan, New Ceremony, Jack Lee, Montessori⁠, Emma Lohan, Jack Vanderklaus and Ruth Mac.

Unsurprisingly, given Dave’s involvement with Eclectics, it is a diverse range of acts in both style and experience. For the likes of relatively fresh bands Montessori and New Ceremony, the Booley Sessions represent seminal, early public performances.

“We went for a mix of artists who have proven track records like Emma Lohan and Me Auld Flower,” Dave explains.

“They’re all local so we have more established songwriters like that, who I’ve been a fan of for a while. Then we have some younger, exciting acts like Montessori, who I had been hearing about. I caught a bit of one of their practices before, so I knew that they were going to be superb, and I think they’re one of the highlights of the series.

“New Ceremony were probably the act that I was most excited to film because I know the lads from different bands, and I know Conor, the lead singer, and his approach to performance. I knew that they would knock it out of the park.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Show goes on at Town Hall – despite latest constraints

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Anna Mullarkey will be joined by Jossle on January 29, also for a Strange Brew show.

The Town Hall Theatre has teamed up with the Róisín Dubh to offer a series of musical evenings, taking place over three Saturdays in January.

The first, featuring singer-songwriters Tracy Bruen and Eoin Dolan, is on this Saturday, starting at 5pm.

All three show are under the ‘Strange Brew’ banner, referring to the weekly music gigs normally hosted by the Róisín. As per current guidelines for entertainment venues, Saturday’s show will be finished by 8pm and the Town Hall will operate at 50 per cent capacity, with audiences wearing face-masks.

One of Galway’s most exciting and innovative performers, Tracy Bruen has played several of Ireland’s leading festivals, including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Westport Festival, Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Sunflower Fest and has toured Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Germany. A multi-instrumentalist as well as a singer, she has also provided support for Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery and The West Cork Ukulele Orchestra. Tracy is the host and driving force behind the Róisín Dubh’s Open Mic night.

Eoin Dolan is a local songwriter and producer who sound incorporates vintage psychedelic pop and alternative folk, among other genres. With several albums to his name, he’s also a founder member of the Galway collective, Citóg Records and a facilitator with youth music groups including Foróige.

The other Strange Brew shows taking place at the Town Hall are Brad Heidi and Anna Carmody on Saturday, January 15, and Anna Mullarkey and Jossle on Saturday, January 29.

These events, all 80 minutes, will have limited audience numbers and will also be livestreamed. Tickets are €5. They’re part of the Town Hall’s revised programme in light of the recent government guidelines, issued in December.

“We stepped back and regrouped following that announcement,” explains Town Hall manager Fergal McGrath of last month’s decision to close pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues at 8pm due to rising Covid numbers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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