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Téada and Séamus Begley for free gig at Clifden festival

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The fourth annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival will take place from Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7.

Clifden will be immersed in music for the weekend, with sessions in the pubs and hotels, as well as on the streets and on a specially constructed stage in the town’s Market Square. The highlight will be a free outdoor performance on Saturday night, April 6 at 7.30pm, from world-renowned traditional Irish music group, Téada with Kerry singer Séamus Begley.

Téada, which is made up of a host of champion musicians, is one of the top groups on tour at the moment while Séamus Begley has been named this year’s TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year. Many other local and national musicians will participate in the weekend sessions. Among them are All-Ireland champions including Maura Walsh, James Duggan, Graham Guerin, Lorna Davey-Fitzgerald, Brian Fitzgerald, Cian Kearins, Padraic Kerins, Josie and Una Canavan, Michael Curran, Teresa O Grady, Declan Payne, Sacra Furey and Daithi Gormley.

The Festival has been extended by a day this year, starting on April 4 with a special event, Emigrant Musicians from Our Locality, to coincide with the year of The Gathering.

The organising committee has carried out research into musicians/performers from the area who emigrated and played music in their new homes.On April 4 a talk will be given on these people. Family members are invited to attend this celebration but all are welcome, not just families. A music session will take place afterwards.

Clifden’s Festival will be official opened at the Station House Hotel on Friday, April 5 by Leo Hallissey and there will be a concert afterwards, which will give a flavour of what’s to come over the weekend.

On Friday evening there will be Pub Sessions in Lowry’s and Guys Bar. On Saturday afternoon from 2pm-4pm the session will be in O’Malley’s Bar, and from 4pm-6pm it will be in EJ King’s Bar.

Saturday night sessions will take place in Mannion’s, The Central and Tom King’s Bar, while Saturday morning will see music workshops and masterclasses in button accordion, fiddle, concertina and a learning workshop. There will also be a sean-nós dance workshop with All-Ireland Oireachtas champion Liam Scanlan. A youth session will also take place on Saturday.

Sunday starts at 11.30am with a Traditional Music Mass in St Joseph’s Church, followed by a farewell ‘One for the Road’ session in Foyle’s Hotel.

Full details on all events at www.clifdentradfest.com

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Reverberate – exploring migration and memories

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Joselle Ntumba of Éireann and I, the collective that is presenting the show at Galway Arts Centre, pictured with her family.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

A new exhibition, Reverberate, by Éireann and I, will open at the city’s Galway Arts Centre this Saturday, December 3, at 2pm, and will run until December 22.

Reverberate is an oral history project developed by Éireann and I, a black migrant community archive, in collaboration with members of Galway’s African diaspora.

The organisers invited Black migrants who have settled in Galway to recount their journeys to Ireland, their relationship with the city and county, and to reflect on whether they have developed a sense of belonging.

The testimonies in Reverberate come from eight people of varying age and from different places. The many subjects they deal with include parenting, politics, the effects of the asylum system on lives and the communities and organisations they have built.

Some of their shared background is immediately obvious, but there are deeper connections too and these demonstrate how all humans are affected by the global and local tensions that cause people to leave their homelands and build new lives elsewhere.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Songs of Celebration at Galway Cathedral

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Composer and clarinettist Emma Johnson will join Vox Orbis.

Galway’s Vox Orbis, a female choral ensemble directed by Mark Keane, is joining forces with internationally renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson to present her Songs of Celebration. The concert will take place in Galway Cathedral next Friday, December 9

Emma Johnson, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Future at the age of 17, has since gone on to become one of the world’s biggest selling classical artists, celebrated for her diverse repertoire. The choir will present two of her compositions as well as her Variations on We wish you a merry Christmas with Annalisa Monticelli, piano.

The programme will also include Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by concert harpist Aisling Ennis. Aisling has recently released an album of harp solos, Folly of Melancholy, and will perform a solo on the evening too. Galway based soprano Noreena McDonagh will join the choir for seasonal favourite, O Holy Night, newly arranged by conductor Mark Keane.

Vox Orbis promotes the work of female composers, and the programme will include Snow Angel by the contemporary Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, with Nickie Geddes, cello. They have also commissioned leading Irish composer, Rhona Clarke, to compose a set of carols, Sweet the Song, which will also be premiered on the evening.

Tickets at €20 are available on Eventbrite and at the door on the night. Visit voxorbis.ie for more information.

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‘Potato People’ pays homage to victims of Great Famine

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Artist and sculptor Joe McCaul

The Potato People, an exhibition of sculptures based on the Irish Famine of 1845-49, will open in the foyer of Alcantara, one of the new buildings at the city’s Bonham Quay, this weekend.

It’s the work of artist and sculptor Joe McCaul, who lives in Ballinderreen.

These ceramic figures, fired in clay, “tell the harrowing stories of the lives and deaths of our ancestors during the Great Hunger”, he explains.

The exhibition has already had an eight-week run in Kinvara where it was very well-received, Joe adds.

Joe became fascinated by the Great Famine in recent times and with the many different accounts of those tragic years.

This fascination began in earnest when he read The Truth Behind the Irish Famine, by Kerryman Jerry Mulvihill.

“I began to feel a strong affinity with the people in these stories, their tragedy and the horrendous suffering they endured. I felt compelled to find a way to honour the millions who died of hunger and disease – and emigration; the countless stories forgotten in the Famine graveyards all over this country.”

Joe used his knowledge of working with paper clay to express this need. The process was intuitive and experimental, he says, as he worked without pre-planning or pre-drawing.

The resulting figures, which were formed by draping paper clay over armatures of chicken wire and steel bars, “just emerged from my fingertips. I sculpted feverishly for many months, one horrific figure leading to the next – so many stories to be told”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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