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Superb August Wells to showcase their songwriting skills

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August Wells.

The superb August Wells make a welcome return to Galway with a free show in Róisín Dubh next Thursday, January 28. The project is the brainchild of Ken Griffin and John Rauchenberger, both based in New York.

Griffin is a former member of Irish indie legends Rollerskate Skinny, whose 1996 single Speed To My Side remains a classic.

An August Wells record, will feature a saxophone player, a violinist and a French horn player. But the core of the band is the partnership between Ken and John Rauchenberger, whose  style has been described as ‘Sinatra singing Lou Reed songs’. How did the pair meet?

“I met him through a circle of friends,” Ken says. “We were all walking home and he wanted us to show us his house. There was a piano there – I’d known him for two years and didn’t even know he could play!

“He sat down and started playing for a minute, and I thought ‘that’s interesting. Those weren’t very predictable notes’. So I suggested ‘why don’t we just get together and play?’ He lives a hundred yards from me!”

The collaboration has resulted in some fine songs that have a melancholic, Nick Cave feel to them.  August Wells recently opened for Glen Hansard for some of his tour dates, and their work will appeal to anyone interested in the craft of songwriting. Unmissable. Doors for their show are at 9pm.

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Concerns over City Council grants as Theatre57 launches directory to assist members

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Emma O'Grady of Theatre57. The group has expressed its concerns over the lengthy wait for grants from Galway City Council. There are still no indications as to when funding will be made available to the arts workers who applied for the grants in January.

The artist collective Theatre57, which represents more than 100 members in Galway, will launch its pilot Member Directory next Wednesday, July 8.

This will feature profiles of 37 of its members, with a detailed description of each person’s work, an image and a link to further information.

The directory will grow once more funding is available. But funding is a real concern to Theatre57 members as Galway City Council has not yet announced details of its 2020 arts grants – something that’s well overdue.

“Artists and organisations submitted applications in January and the six-month wait for funding is hugely detrimental to their ability to work and live,” says Theatre57 member Emma O’Grady.

“Given Galway’s status as European Capital of Culture, it’s particularly disappointing that there is no priority given to local artists whatsoever,” she adds.

Theatre57 was founded two years ago and has grown from its initial 57 members to more than 100 now. Its aims include the establishment of a creative hub in the city where independent artists can be supported in the creation and delivery of their work.

The new Member Directory is a vital service, especially as the arts are struggling so badly at present, according to Sarah O’Toole of the group, who designed the directory.

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

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Projects to benefit from Creative Ireland funds

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Galway County Council Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Co-ordinator, Sharon O’Grady.

Nine arts projects around the county have received support from Galway County Council, via its countywide bursary programme run under the auspices of Creative Ireland.

This is a five-year Government programme, established in 2017, that’s designed to “create pathways and opportunities for people and communities to unlock their creative potential”, according to the organisation.

Part of Creative Ireland’s remit involves working with local authorities countrywide to promote arts in the community.

The Galway projects which were selected for support this year, following an application process, cover a wide geographical and cultural spread.

They are Frank – The Man with the Camera with Merchants Gate Films and Milltown Heritage Group;  Ballinderreen Sketching with Ballinderreen Ciorcal Cómhrá and Ballinderreen Community Centre;  Headford Bobbin Beats with Headford Lace, Drumadore Drum School and Claran Theatre;  Carrying the Songs with Interface Inagh and Alannah Robbins; Paper Dreams with Phillida Eves and Scoil Speisialta Tigh Nan Dooley; Le Chéile with Galway Traditional Orchestra; Ó Ghlúin go Glúin with Ionad Oidhreachta Leitir Mealláin and Scoil Náisiúnta Leitir Mealláin; Glenamaddy Diaspora Festival with Glenamaddy Boyounagh Heritage Project and This Place with Galway Dance Project.

They each received bursaries ranging from €1,000 and €5,000, with €5,000 being the maximum amount.

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

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Féile Traidphicnic goes ahead with virtual donation bucket

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Singer and accordion player Séamus Begley will be among those performing on Saturday night.

Banna Céilí Loch Lurgan, Johnny Óg Connolly, Cliodhna Costello, Padraig Ó Dubhghaill, Madagán, Antoni O’Breskey and Nomadic Piano Project are the opening acts for Day One of Spiddal’s Féile Traidphicnic, which kicks off this Friday evening, July 3, at 8.30pm.

Like almost every other festival in Ireland at present, it’s going online, with top musicians from Connemara and further afield, including Téada, Séamus Begley and Samantha Harvey, taking part.

The weekend will also include a series of pre-recorded concerts entitled Turas Siar (a Tour West from Barna to Carna); a visual arts and heritage event Airdín Buí; a live family music session, and access to the PW Joyce 1909 interactive collection on the Irish Traditional Music Archive with a chance to learn three jigs.

The jig-learning is on Saturday at 11am, when people are invited to go online with Traidphicnic and learn the selected tunes.

The first part of Turas Siar (Barna to Carna) will be streamed at 5.30 that afternoon. Then, at 8.30, there will be a show with Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha and Tommy Mellet, Clan Uí Iarnain with Mary Einniú, Becky Ní hÉallaithe, Orla Leavy, Mac Dara Ó Curraoín, Ella McGrory and Megan Nic Fhionnghaile.

Téada with Séamus Begley and Samantha Harvey will also feature in that concert.

Sunday’s events will kick off at 12.30pm with a live family session featuring Muintir Breathnach – Liz, Páidín, Rosie, Cúan and Ríona.

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

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