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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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Tommy Tiernan among acts in Róisín Dubh comedy line-up

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Tommy Tiernan: Chat show host, actor and, above all, comedian.

Tommy Tiernan will perform his brand-new show, Tomfoolery, in Leisureland on Thursday and Friday, February 25 and 26.

The show, being presented by the Róisín Dubh, is billed as “a high-energy mix of outrageous ideas and whimsical flights of fancy”.

Comedian, actor and, more recently, chat-show host Tommy is performing a series of warm-up gigs in the Róisín in January  for the main event – they sold out within minutes of going on sale last week.

In a comedy career spanning 25 years, Tommy has toured extensively at home and abroad, and guested on top TV shows including three appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman in the US. He’s also has had his own one-hour special broadcast on Comedy Central USA. More recently, Tommy has begun presenting a talk show on RTÉ, an improvised live programme where he has no idea of who his guests are until they appear on set. And he’s a better chat-show host than anyone else in this country, by a country mile. But it’ll be comedy that he’ll be focusing on in Leisureland on February 25 and 26. Tickets for those shows are €35.

The Róisín is on a comedy roll and will present Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience in April at the Galmont Hotel.

This version of Basil, Sybil and Manuel from Australia’s Interactive Theatre has played more than 500 sell-out shows in Ireland in the past decade – 20 of them in Galway City. Some of the show’s scenes will be familiar from TV, some will be off-the-cuff but all will have a ‘Faulty’ seasoning. Everything that can go wrong, does in this two hours of “controlled chaos and hilarity” where dinner is part of the act.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Children’s anthology has vision of fairer society

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Land of the Ever Young

A new children’s book, Land of the Ever Young, which has just been published, is the final in a trilogy of working people’s writing from contemporary Ireland. It follows the poetry anthology, Children of the Nation and prose anthology, From the Plough to the Stars, all edited by Jenny Farrell and published by Culture Matters.

The collection is made up of 23 male and female writers, who are mainly from the East, South and West of Ireland, creating in English and Irish.

These authors have created children and adults who confront wrongs, challenge superstition and injustice, and who often see further than others around them.

The stories’ heroines and heroes are filled with a sense of the common good, highlighting the qualities necessary to create a fairer, better society, a Tír na nÓg, the Land of the Ever Young.

Such a place can only materialise in the absence of wars, of profit-driven greed with its contempt for equality, humanity and the environment – a place where the common good is the measure of society, according to Jenny.

This pioneering project is supported by the Irish trade union movement in recognition of the importance of creativity and the right of the working class to express their culture and their experience of life.

Children read stories many times and these often stay with them for a lifetime, acting as a moral compass, says Jenny of their importance.

The images that accompany children’s stories are also remembered for a long time and Land of the Ever Young has been beautifully illustrated by the artist Karen Dietrich.

Land of the Ever Young: An Anthology of Working People’s Writing for Children from Contemporary Ireland, edited by Jenny Farrell with illustrations by Karen Dietrich costs €12 plus package and posting.. All three books are available at www.culturematters.org.uk

 

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Variety and quality on menu as music series is ‘back live’

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Musician and broadcaster Ruth Smith has curated this Saturday’s concert.

Three Kinds of Music, the popular Galway Music Residency multi-genre ‘music-tasting’ series, which had moved online due to Covid will return live from this Saturday, December 4. Three concerts have been planned for December and the first will take place in The Hall of the Red Earl at Druid Lane this Saturday at 3pm when musician and broadcaster Ruth Smith, who presents the RTÉ radio programme Simply Folk will be the guest curator.

Ruth has invited Ruth McGill (soprano) and Niall Kinsella (piano), to take part and they will perform a set of songs by German composer Kurt Weill. Clare singer-songwriter and guitarist Síomha is also taking to the stage with her unique mix of folk, jazz and soul. ConTempo Quartet will take the traditional reins with a performance of Dave Flynn’s The Cranning and other Irish tunes.

On Saturday, December 11, at 3pm the second in this series of shows will take place in Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre. Curated by jazz musician Aengus Hackett, it will be an exploration of climate change and the disappearance of the natural world.

Aengus’s selection of musicians will include uilleann piper, pipe-maker and former botany professor Eugene Lambe and renowned jazz pianist Greg Felton. The ConTempo Quartet, who perform regularly at these concerts will discover some of the wildlife hidden in the classical music repertoire.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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