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Seán filled with new energy as he plays Town Hall show

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Singer Seán Keane will be in concert in the Town Hall Theatre this Friday, May 17 after an absence of almost five years from the city venue.

It’s difficult to believe it’s been five years since his last concert there, says the Caherlistrane born singer, but then a lot has happened in the intervening time.

Four years ago Seán lined out in the nearby Black Box Theatre with a full band and a crew of dancers and singers to record an album and DVD, The Irish Scattering about the Irish experience of emigration through the centuries.

It was a powerful project, with which his wife and manager Virginia was critically involved. However, shortly afterwards Virginia became ill and this July will mark the second anniversary of her death.

He has given a lot of thought to that project since then, and he has plans to recreate a stage version of it in the future, but right now, Seán’s focus is on the Town Hall show.

He pulled back on work during Virginia’’s illness and afterwards he took time out from singing and touring.

“Going back to it without her, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that,” explains Seán, whose accolades have included winning Best Male Folk Singer for four years in a row in Ireland a Meteor award nomination.

But, he laughs, even in death, “like she always did, she gave me a kick in the arse”.

And he knows it was the right thing.

“Even through the whole process afterwards, this is what I was meant to be doing. It’s the gift I was given. And it’s what Virginia would have wanted; she’s the one who got me into it.”

It was only because Virginia had offered to manage his career in their early days together that Seán went back to performing after he had decided to leave the music business, he explains. And his career blossomed, with a series of solo albums including Turn a Phrase, No Stranger to the Rain and The Irish Scattering.

So it hasn’t been easy since she passed on. But in the past while, he’s been taking up offers of shows and has travelled to America, Canada and Germany to perform, and now he’s become more active about seeking gigs. That’s how the Town Hall show came about.
“I thought it was time to do a proper gig in Galway. I’ve mostly been doing charity gigs and it’s time to do a proper one.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

The Tunes in the Church concert series returns to Galway after a two-year break. The award-winning, series held in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, will run for the next two weeks, taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

The concerts will feature some of Galway’s finest musicians, singers and dancers, with two musicians and a dancer performing each night. During the interval, there will be a short historical tour of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, which celebrated 700 years in existence in 2020.

Tunes in the Church began in 2010, set up by Kerry musician and Galway resident Cormac Begley, who wanted a way of presenting traditional music that was family-friendly and respected the tradition. It is an acoustic, authentic, personal and interactive representation of Irish music, song and dance.

Interaction between the audience and performers is central to the experience, Cormac explains, with relaxed, natural, conversation being a feature of all the concerts.

Tunes in the Church provides a respectful and family-friendly setting for the listener and creates a platform where leading exponents of traditional music can showcase their talents. For more information and to book go to www.tunesinthechurch.com

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Magic of the musicals at Town Hall Theatre

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Cast members of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Declan J Gardiner (Sebastian) and Michael Cooney (Chef Louis), at a launch in the Connacht Hotel this week. Declan is also choreographer for the musical. PHOTO JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

A new stage adaptation of the popular Disney musical The Little Mermaid, based on the much-loved story by Hans Christian Andersen, will be presented at the city’s Town Hall Theatre from next Wednesday, August 10, to Sunday, August 10.

It’s from Twin Productions, Brian and Seán Power, who are delighted to be back staging a summer musical after an absence of more than two years.

Ariel (Aisling Carroll / Aoibhe Ryan) is a beautiful mermaid with a glorious voice who lives in an enchanted undersea realm with her six  mer-sisters and her father, King Triton (Darren Shine), ruler of this underwater kingdom. She should be happy, but this spirited, headstrong teenager wants what she can’t have – to live on dry land. When she falls in love with the handsome Prince Eric (Keith Hanley), Ariel becomes totally determined to gain land-legs. But the only way she can do this is by defying her furious father and bargaining with the sea witch, Ursula (Amy Hehir).

Trading her voice is the price Ariel must pay to grow legs and gain entry onto dry land. With the help of her little fish friend, Flounder (Cameron Heneghan), the seagull, Scuttle (Luke Dennigan) and officious court composer, the crab Sebastian (Declan J Gardiner), Ariel must wordlessly gain Prince Eric’s love within three days – or lose her soul to the witch.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Exhibitions and workshops make for crafty August

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Sandra King of Irish Fibre Crafters in Ardrahan.

Several events are taking place across County Galway for August Craft Month, which celebrates craft on the island of Ireland.

Local makers such as Catherine O’Connor, Sue Donnellan and Bernie Dignam are among the craft-workers taking part.

Bofin Weaves is the title of a free exhibition being held in the Inishbofin Community Centre this Sunday, August 7, featuring the work of Catherine O’Connor.

It will showcase handwoven items made on a rigid heddle loom. These looms and their accessories will also be on display, as will photographs of Inishbofin and information on the island which inspired Catherine’s crafts. There will also be a brief history of textile crafts on the island and Catherine will be available to answer questions.

Irish Fibre Crafters, the Square in Ardrahan is the venue for a show entitled Handwoven on the island…inspired by the island. Crafting with Irish Fibre runs from Tuesday, August 16, to Friday, August 26, and admission is free.

People can experience the crafts of hand-spinning, natural dyeing, weaving, needle-felting and wet-felting, with demonstrations by makers Sandra King and Sandra Marschall.

Crafts that are made using Irish wool and Irish alpaca fibres will be on show, and visitors will have a chance to try the craft of their choice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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