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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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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.

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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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