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Rich Hall brings his Hoedown to Comedy Carnival

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Rich Hall will bring his celebrated Hoedown to the Galway Comedy Carnival on 25th and 26th October.

Of all the unlikely former careers of now celebrated comedians, Rich Hall’s stint as a hurricane namer in the United States Meteorological Service takes some beating. Thankfully Montana’s funniest son heeded the call of comedy, abandoning hurricane naming two decades ago for the bright lights and beer of the stand up circuit. Since then Rich has become one of the most respected and sought after comics in the industry, bringing his trademark deadpan wit, intelligence and absurdist irony to audiences both on stage and onscreen.

Over the course of his career, Rich has received wide acclaim from critics across the globe. He is the 2013 winner of Australia’s renowned Barry Award, the Antipodean equivalent of the Edinburgh Comedy Award. In the U.S., he is the winner of two Emmys for his work on the legendary ‘David Letterman Show’. In the U.K., he is a regular panelist on the likes of ‘Don’t Mind the Buzzcocks’, ‘Q.I.’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’ and has written and presented a number of popular documentaries on America for the BBC.

In 2000, Rich won the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his show ‘Rich Hall is Otis Lee Crenshaw’. Otis Lee is undoubtedly one of Hall’s most masterful comic creations, a redneck petty criminal from Tennessee who has been married seven times, all to women named ‘Brenda’. Otis Lee however, despite his mightily checkered past, knows his way around a country tune or two, banging out showstoppers like ‘White Trash State of Mind’ and ‘Do Anything You Want To the Girl Just Don’t Hurt Me.’ As anyone who had the pleasure of his company in the Black Box Theatre during the comedy festival a few years ago will happily testify, Otis Lee is one heck of a performer.

Otis Lee Crenshaw’s ability to craft a tune and hilariously weave it into banter with the audience is evidence of Rich’s expert skill as a comedian and also his deep knowledge and love for country music. Describing his tastes as ‘traditionalist’ in a recent interview with Newstalk’s Orla Barry, Rich cited Hank Williams and Johnny Cash as examples of the type of country music he enjoys as opposed to the more mainstream stuff (did someone say ‘Garth Brooks’?). Rich uses the genre’s most recognisable characteristics – pain, suffering, heartbreak, more pain and other fun stuff – to craft darkly hilarious songs about the tougher and more bizarre side of life to side splitting-effect. It is unsurprising then that Vodaphone Comedy Carnival is hugely excited to be bringing ‘Rich Hall’s Hoedown’ to Galway this October, where fans of comedy and country music can experience the show the Guardian described as ‘not to be missed.’

The Hoedown in its present incarnation emerged from Rich’s 2011 Edinburgh Fringe show. Since then, Rich and the band have performed to enthusiastic audiences in select clubs and festivals, enjoying two sell out runs in London’s Soho Theatre. Having started out as a late-night comedy spectacular with drinking, dancing and special guests thrown in for good measure, the Hoedown has since evolved into a more streamlined line-up featuring Hall, his band and a host of top notch comedy songs. In a live setting, Rich also likes to draw inspiration from audience members so there’s a good chance you might find yourself immortalised in country music before the night is over. You’ll be in good company. The Hoedown setlist includes a song taking Bob Dylan to task and another chastising people who wear their jeans too tight.

Rich has enjoyed a long, warm relationship with Galway and Galwegians. In an interview with Galway Bay FM’s Keith Finnegan, he called Galway ‘The Montana of Ireland’ with a landscape noted for its stunning natural beauty. That’s a compliment we’ll graciously take. Country music is usually designed to make you cry but in the hands of Rich Hall and the Hoedown, the only tears audiences will shed will be laughter-induced.

‘Rich Hall’s Hoedown’ will perform at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, Galway on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October in the Town Hall Theatre.

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Busy times as Music for Galway embraces the familiar and new

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Alexander Sitkovetsky, whose uncle Dmitri created the arrangement for strings of Bach's Goldberg Variations that will be performed in Galway City and Portumna next week.

Music for Galway has a busy couple of weeks in store, which includes a visit by the National  Symphony Orchestra to Leisureland on Thursday, October 6.

First up is a new initiative, the Galway Encore, which will take place next Thursday in Galway City and Friday in Portumna, when violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin and viola player Sergey Malov and cellist Natalie Clein join forces to perform the string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

That’s scheduled for Thursday, September 29, at 8pm at University of Galway’ s Emily Anderson Concert Hall and in Christ Church in Portumna on Friday, September 30, also at 8pm. And, as part of MfG’s plan to bring more work to the county, Sergey Malov will visit Tuam’s Mall Theatre on Wednesday, inviting some 400 children in to Meet the Violins.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations were originally composed for harpsichord, reportedly to soothe an insomniac nobleman.  The work has reached new audiences in modern times, thanks to piano performances by artists such as Glenn Gould. And it became infamous as one of Hannibal Lecter’s favourite pieces in The Silence of the Lambs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Cosán na Naomh at Stiúideo Cuan

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Composer and musician Máire Breatnach, whose new work will be performed in An Spidéal next week.

Cosán na Naomh, a new work by renowned musician and composer, Máire Breatnach, will have its world premiere in Stiúideo Cuan, An Spidéal, from next Tuesday, September 27, to Saturday, October 1 at 8.30pm.

The piece, commissioned by Stiúideo Cuan, will be performed by piper Mick O’Brien, harper Noreen O’Donoghue and Máire herself on fiddle and viola, with sound design by Stephen O’Brien.

Cosán na Naomh is inspired by The Saints’ Path – an 18km pilgrim route through the West Kerry peninsula of Corca Dhuibhne; beginning at Ventry Beach and rising to the top of Mount Brandon. According to folklore, Ventry Beach was the scene of a 17-day battle, Cath Fionntrá, between the legendary Fianna, led by Fionn Mac Cumhaill, and Daire Donn, the powerful King of the world.

Máire’s composition follows the success of a similar project last year, explains the studio’s creative director, Darach Mac Con Iomaire.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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