Popular singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar maestro Newton Faulkner plays Seapoint Ballroom in Salthill this Saturday.
A graduate of Guildford Academy of Contemporary Music, Faulkner scored a number one with his 2007 debut album Hand Built By Robots. He also generated a lot of interest and YouTube hits with his innovative covers of Massive Attack’s Teardrop and the theme from Spongebob Squarepants.
The recording of his second album hit a snag when Newton broke his wrist while on a family skiing trip in France. (He wasn’t even skiing at the time, just walking out the door, a grimly farcical note that appealed to Faulkner’s sense of humour.)
A metal plate and nine pins later, and Faulkner was on the mend and playing his beloved instrument once more and returned with the wryly titled Rebuilt By Humans in 2009.
Faulkner released his third album Write It On Your Skin in 2011, and followed it with the self-produced Studio Zoo in August of last year.
Studio Zoo was unique in that the songwriter decided to stream the recording of the album live online. Faulkner’s home studio in East London was set up with four cameras, to allow fans to follow every detail of recording the album – with no producer or engineer, only Faulkner and a few guests, including Ted Dwane from Mumford & Sons.
The ever-busy Faulkner is working on yet another new album, so expect old songs and new when he comes to Galway.
•Doors 8pm, tickets €24/€22.
Comedian Shane for city show
Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.
It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.
Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.
Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.
Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.
This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.
Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.
Music festival set to return after a successful debut
Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).
Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.
There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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