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Sugar Beat’s sweet smell of success!

Declan Tierney

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Two generations of music fans converged on Tuam last weekend for the second staging of the Sugar Beat festival, which again proved a great success – despite the weather.

Heavy showers on the Saturday and some drizzle on the Sunday certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those in attendance – most of whom were prepared for the adverse weather conditions.

But there were very differing audiences at the two day festival as a more mature audience turned out on the Saturday to hear veteran performers The Stunning in action.

However, earlier in the day there was a very good crowd to hear Tuam’s one and only reggae band of the ‘eighties, Too Much For The Whiteman – and they certainly brought a local audience out.

Among the line-up was lead singer Mouse McHugh, Leo Moran of the Saw Doctors, Alan Flynn, Mike Stewart John Brogan, Mike Ivory, Gerry McHugh, Axel Grude and Derek Cronin.

They played for almost an hour and did an encore – and they were clearly delighted with the crowd reaction.

Indeed there are suggestions that the reggae group may reform on an occasional basis in the not too distant future. All of the members of the band are mainly local and they certainly would be a major attraction.

Then on Sunday a much younger generation turned up for the Louis Walsh-managed Hometown which has a major local interest in that band member Brendan Murray is from Tuam.

It is not surprising that proud parents Frank and Julianne Murray are relishing in their son’s success having only joined the group early last year.

“Brendan is delighted. It is a great achievement and we are very thankful for the support he has received from Tuam. It has been absolutely brilliant,” Frank Murray told The Connacht Tribune.

Brendan is a student at St. Jarlath’s College in Tuam and has been involved in the local music scene for the past few years. He was involved in a local group that performed around the Tuam area and also in venues in Galway city.

He was also an accomplished under age footballer with Tuam Stars, playing under 16 and minor – but at the moment his priority is to pursue a career in music. His brother Denis Murray is member of the Tuam Stars senior squad.

Festival organisers Shane Donnellan and Rossi Sheridan said that they could not do anything about the weather but they received a very positive reaction from those who attended the two day event.

The tented village at Tuam Stadium had several food and drink outlets as well as covered areas where music fans could escape from the rain.

The organisers were delighted with the reaction to the quality of music that they provided and promised that next year’s event would also be a two day festival.

The Gardaí reported that there were no incidents at the music festival and that everyone present behaved well.

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Sunday evening concert offers All the Pleasures

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Sunday evening’s concert will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (pictured), under director Peter Whelan.

Music by George Frederic Handel and Henry Purcell as well as a world premiere by Irish composer Rhona Clarke will feature in Resounding Landscapes, a concert being presented by Music for Galway in association with Galway 2020 this Sunday, November 22. It will be live-streamed from the city’s St Nicholas’ Church, starting at 7pm.

It’s the second concert in the Abendmusik (Evening Music) series of vocal and choral performances, which forms part of Music for Galway’s programme for the European Capital of Culture project.

Sunday’s event will feature Welcome to all the Pleasures by the 17th century composer, Henry Purcell with text by Cristopher Fishburn; the world premiere of Rhona Clarke’s O Vis Aeternitatis – based on writings by the 12th century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

The programme will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), under director Peter Whelan, who is director of the IBO.

Creator of the Abendmusik Sunday evening concert series, Mark Duley feels that “in our current circumstance, it is good to be reminded by Fishburn in his text that ‘in music, we find relief from sorrow and grief’. And we can salute the venerable building of St Nicholas’ Church where for 700 years music has resounded and prayer has been valid.”

Meanwhile, a scheduled online production of the community opera, Paper Boat, which Music for Galway commissioned to celebrate the 700th anniversary of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, has been postponed.

Paper Boat is central to Music for Galway’s programme for Galway 2020 and before Covid-19 restrictions, there had been plans for a major live production of the site-specific composition in St Nicholas’ last June.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Chance to experience Fregoli’s Cross Street as the drama unfolds

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Enid trying to make sense of her life in 'Cross Street.

Fregoli Theatre Company will present a work-in-progress performance of its forthcoming play, Cross Street, on Saturday, November 28.

This virtual reading of their new comedy, written by the company’s co-founder Jarlath Tivnan, offers hints of horror while exploring mental health issues, according to its director Eimear Finan.

The story centres on Enid who’s searching for a new home and finds a place on Cross Street, one of Galway’s most happening spots.

However, she enters a space that’s is already populated by some serious creatures of habit. When Enid’s arrival threatens to disrupt well-worn routines, a house meeting is called to re-establish order. But on this stormy night, other events take over.

Cross Street explores how mental issues can grow and manifest when left to fester, says Eimear. Each of the housemates has an issue: these range from grief, guilt, alcoholism, eating disorders, neglect, self-harm and self-doubt. And each person isolates from anyone who might either interfere or help.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Resourceful Emma gets in step with Zoom during pandemic

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Connemara's heritage features strongly in Emma's sean-nós dance classes and in her Facebook videos.

If you fancy learning sean-nós dancing, now is your chance as renowned dancer Emma O’Sullivan is using technology to put her students through their paces – at home and abroad.

In normal times, the All-Ireland champion can be seen dancing on the junction of Mainguard Street and Cross Street in Galway City.

Emma, from Derryinver, Letterfrack, is a popular figure and videos of her performances have been shared by over 20 million viewers worldwide. Her skills as a sean-nós dance teacher mean she’s in constant demand for classes among children and adults as at home and abroad.

But like so many in the performing arts sector, Emma’s livelihood has been severely affected by the pandemic.

After her regular classes were cancelled in March when lockdown began, she decided to try something new. She complied a 30-minute introductory sean-nós dancing tutorial video, which she uploaded to YouTube.  The feedback was so good, she moved on to classes via Zoom – which her students have since nicknamed ‘zoom-nós’.

This hasn’t been without its challenges, she says.

“There’s so much more to consider. Lighting and audio were a bit difficult, because while Zoom is fine for just chatting, suddenly I needed to talk and play music too.”

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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