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The Coronas in welcome return to Arts Festival

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A group who sold out the Big Top at the Galway Arts Festival two years ago, The Coronas, are on their way back to the city for a gig at the Fisheries Field on Saturday, July 19, next.

Galway Arts Festival and the Roisin Dubh announced this week that The Coronas will be joined by up-and-coming young Irish band Walking on Cars at the Festival Big Top this summer.

With a new album in production and sold-out live shows in Ireland and the UK in 2013, the rise of The Coronas has been quite staggering.

Winners of a prestigious Meteor Best Album Award in 2010, despite competition from the likes of U2 and Snow Patrol, The Coronas have become the biggest-selling independent group in Ireland.

Their three albums to date, including their most recent release, the hugely popular, Closer to You, have earned them a loyal following.

The Coronas performed one of the most memorable concerts at the Festival Big Top 2012, and make a welcome return to the Galway stage for this year’s Arts Festival, which had already confirmed a headlining show by The National some months ago.

Walking On Cars have not been long on the road, but they gained a huge fan base and extensive radio play initially through their infectiously melodic debut single Catch Me If You Can which stayed in the Irish Charts for over 20 weeks, gaining the number No.1 spot on the iTunes chart.

The band’s second single Two Stones enjoyed similar popularity and despite being relatively new on the scene they have notched up an impressive array of live shows from The Academy to Other Voices and a plethora of festival gigs in 2013.

With their debut EP As We Fly South produced by Tom McFall (REM, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, Editors) Walking on Cars, creating a beautiful sound, are one of the most unique and original bands to emerge on the Irish music scene for some time.

• Tickets are priced at €35 and are now on sale from galwayartsfestival.com, roisindubh.net, ticketmaster.ie and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Tickets can also be bought in person at the Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway and OMG, Shop Street, Galway.  Phone bookings can be made with Ticketmaster on 0818 719300 and 00353 1456 9569 for international customers and OMG on 091 509660.

 

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

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

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Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

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Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

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

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Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

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ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

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

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