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Popular Mundy to play Pillar House Folk Club

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Mundy.

Singer-songwriter Mundy will make a welcome return to The Pillar House Folk Club in Ballinasloe this Friday, December 11.  He recently played at the Pillar House over a year ago when the show sold out.

The Offaly born singer is one of a number of artists who successfully made the transition from street busking in Dublin to gaining an international reputation during the 1990s, part of a prestigious list that includes the Frames, the Hothouse Flowers, Paddy Casey and Rodrigo y Gabriela. He will also be familiar to Galway audiences for his membership of the Sharon Shannon Big Band in the early 2000s.

Mundy’s mainly acoustic, folk-based pop/rock has been compared to that of Damien Rice and Josh Ritter.  However, his style is more upbeat and celebratory than either of those two, as his recording of Steve Earle’s Galway Girl shows. It was the best-selling single and most downloaded song for two years in a row in Ireland, in 2007 and 2008.  His other radio hits July and Mexico will feature this Friday night together with tracks from his new self-titled album which was released in Spring of this year.

Tickets for Mundy’s show are €20 and early booking is recommended as Ballinasloe Pillar House, which has earned a reputation as a great venue, seats just 80 people.

They are available online at www.thepillarhouse.ie or call The Pillar House at 090 96 43939.

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Sigh of relief for Ciarán as latest show ‘Breath’ finally comes home

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Steve Wickham and Karl Quinn in Breath.

Galway theatre director Ciarán Taylor is returning to his home city this Friday evening, January 28, with Breath – a Music Play.

The piece, which reflects on our lives over the past two years, features actor Karl Quinn and musician Steve Wickham of the Waterboys and will be staged at the Town Hall Theatre as an evening show, starting 6.30pm.

Ciarán has written the piece in collaboration with the performers and says “there’s something in it for everyone. We try, sensitively, to deal with the dark side of the past two years. But it looks at a lot of people’s experiences in a light-hearted way”.

Breath is about one man whose family are working and studying from home. That’s causing pressure – and then there’s the constant sanitising, the news overload and work Zooms. He’s trying to stay Zen with online yoga, home-baking, and dancing in the kitchen. But he’s always aware that a simple sneeze could blow his world apart.

This musical drama is a largely light-hearted piece which reminds us of the early lockdown days when it wasn’t uncommon for people to spray groceries with anti-viral mixes when we arrived home from the supermarket.

“Because we didn’t have the normal time points to hang our memories on, a lot of people talk about having a brain fog about things that happened during lockdown,” Ciarán observes. This show recalls those days, but in a fun way.

Ironically, plans to bring Breath on tour last year had to be shelved – because of the very topic it was addressing.

“We had started discussing the idea in 2020, thinking it would be over soon,” says Ciarán of the pandemic. “But it was last June before we started putting it together, still thinking things would be over in December.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Trio offer ‘fresh perspective’ on Irish music

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Niamh Varian-Barry, Gerry O'Beirne and Séamus McGuire.

Traditional musicians Séamus McGuire, Niamh Varian-Barry and Gerry O’Beirne will be in concert in Clifden’s Station House Theatre on Tuesday, February 8, as part of a national tour organised by the national music touring and development organisation, Music Network.

The three leading performers are collaborating to offer a new perspective on Irish music which will involve the rich, mellow sound of two violas, as performed by Niamh and Séamus.

Well-known as a member of the group Buttons and Bows and also a member of the West Ocean String Quartet, Séamus’s latest album is the critically acclaimed An Irish Viola/Vióla Gaelach, with guitarist Steve Cooney,

Cork woman Niamh is a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist who moves easily between classical and traditional genres. The former lead singer with American group, Solas, she’s a founder member and leader of the Irish Memory Orchestra.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Gerry O’Beirne is especially renowned for his guitar playing.

He has toured the world as  a solo artist as well as with Patrick Street, Midnight Well, The Waterboys and Marianne Faithfull, among others.

For this tour, which will conclude in London next month, the three will perform new arrangements of familiar songs and tunes as well as a brand new Music Network commission.

Their Clifden concert at the Station House Theatre on February 8 will begin at 8pm. Tickets €15/€12 at the door. For more information, phone 095 21699 or go to musicnetwork.ie.

 

 

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Powerful debut novel from adopted Galwegian Edel

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Author and journalist Edel Coffey. Her debut novel Breaking Point is a gripping read. Photo Ger Holland.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Two years ago, journalist Edel Coffey made a New Year’s resolution – a short but powerful one.  “I decided on ‘achievement over perfection’,” says the Dubliner who has been living in Galway for the past six years. “You don’t have to do everything perfectly. And if you’re not obsessed with doing everything perfectly, you might be able to do everything.”

Having made that decision, she began working on what’s become her debut novel, Breaking Point, which has just been published and which is a compelling read.

Set in New York, it centres on Susannah, a high-achieving paediatrician, a wife and mother, an author and broadcaster whose life is choreographed to the last. On a morning when her rigid routine is disrupted, Susannah makes a fatal error while running on autopilot. It results in the death of her baby, who has been left in the back seat of the car.

This wealthy woman who seemed to have it all, is put on trial for negligence. The media converge, eager for every last detail of her life and lifestyle. Among the journalists is Adelaide, a woman who has also had to face her demons. Edel set the story in New York because the US social welfare system isn’t exactly renowned for maternity care. So, it’s more extreme than Ireland but the issues are the same, she says. And while Covid-19 initially seemed to herald a change in how we work, she isn’t sure.

“Initially, people thought it was great, but ultimately, you have work in your home and you end up working at night. There’s no distinction and no downtime.”

A recently-introduced code of practice in Ireland is the first step towards creating a balance, she says, and it’s needed.

The high-pressured life of someone like Susannah – a doctor, a mother, an author and TV personality – carries a cost. Each of those is a career on its own, but she’s caught in a world where “doing more means you’re doing better and it’s hard to say no”.

Much of the tension in the story arises from how the police, the prosecutor and public view her, based on assumptions and with no real knowledge of her life behind closed doors.

The courtroom and newsroom scenes are very true-to-life, and Edel had a certain degree of experience in the latter, she laughs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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