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Top-class music and family fun at Clifden Trad Festival

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In full flight at the Clifden Trad Festival.

It’s music, song and entertainment all the way in Clifden from now until Sunday as the town’s 6th annual Traditional Music Festival takes place.

It kicks off this Thursday with a CD Launch of Neansai Ni Choisdealbha’s new CD, Draíocht na Feadóige, and a tune-composition competition in the Alcock and Brown Hotel at 8pm.

The official opening and concert takes place in the Clifden Station House Theatre at 7pm this Friday.  This free event will feature a host of artists from all over Ireland.

Saturday kicks off with music workshops in fiddle, button accordion and concertina from 10am until 12.30pm in Clifden Community School, followed by a youth session.  A sean-nós dancing workshop with All-Ireland Oireachtas Champion John Joyce will take place in Clifden Town Hall at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Music sessions are central to Clifden Trad Fest and this year’s event will include a host of champion musicians from all over Ireland.  They include: Laura Beagon (fiddle) from Monaghan, Liz Gaughan (fiddle) and Brendan Quinn (flute) from Tipperary, Róisín Broderick (concertina), Graham Guerin (accordion) and Gearóid Keating (banjo) from Kerry, Michael Curran (Tyrone) and Dáithí Gormley (Sligo) both on accordion, husband-and-wife duo Theresa and Declan Payne from Sligo and Catherine McHugh from Tipperary on piano.  Great dancers and singers such as Tipperary’s Deirdre Scanlan will take part in sessions over the weekend.

This Friday night, from 10pm, there will be free sessions in EJ King’s Bar and Lowry’s Bar. On Saturday it’s the turn of the Alcock and Brown Hotel Bar at 2pm, and Mannion’s Bar at 4pm, while on Saturday night from 10pm there will be music in O’Malley’s Bar, the Central Bar and Guy’s Bar. The Farewell Session will be in Foyle’s Hotel at 12.30pm on Sunday.

A highlight of the festival again this year will be the gig rig on the street on Saturday night. Blas featuring Tara Breen (fiddle), Stephen Doherty (accordion), Anne Brennan (singer) of the Brennan Sisters from Maam, Shane McGowan (guitar) and Jimmy Higgins (percussion) make up Blas.  They will be joined by a host of dancers and guest artists.

A final CD launch will take place on Sunday in the Station House Theatre at 6pm.  Connemara Magic includes over 50 young musicians from all over the area, performing the Connemara Suite, composed by Conor Keane from Clare, This project was commissioned by the Conamara Environmental Education and Cultural Centre, and this event is hosted by Tradfest in conjunction with them.

A few events have been added onto the Trad Fest for this year.

There will be street entertainment on Saturday, with stilt walkers, face painters, jugglers. There are also plans for a traditional street market on the Square.

A busking competition will also take place on Saturday from 1.30pm, and there will be entertainment on the gig rig on Saturday afternoon with Catríona Canavan and Friends.

As always, the public events are free and everyone is invited along for what promises to be a great weekend of music, song and dance. For full information check the website, www.clifdentradfest.com

 

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Reeling in the years to celebrate iconic album

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Pearse Doherty, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Johnny Donnelly, Davy Carton and Leo Moran on stage at the Warwick, for the album’s back cover. PHOTOS: FRANK MILLER.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Galway City was on a creative roll, with the Arts Festival and theatre groups such as Druid, Punchbag, Na Fánaithe and Macnas expanding our creative horizons in all directions.

Down in the Quays Bar – then very much a local pub renowned for the calibre of its music sessions – a group from Tuam was creating waves and attracting fans, including Mike Scott of the Waterboys.

That group was the Saw Doctors, “all the way from Tuam”, and Mike Scott had encountered the lads when his band was in Spiddal, making the album Fisherman’s Blues.

They ended up supporting the Waterboys on a tour of Ireland and the UK and, in 1989, Mike Scott produced their debut single, N17, in Dublin’s Windmill Lane. Leo and Davy’s song about youth and emigration captured the experience of so many young people at that time – but it didn’t capture the public imagination. After a few radio plays, it faded away quietly.

“As a teenager, you’d have a dream of having a hit single,” recalls Leo Moran of that debut release. “But when you are writing songs, you become a bit more practical. And we were older and were gone beyond pop-star dreams.”

Their aim was simple.

“Our ambition was to put out a single.”

The group, then made up of Davy, Leo, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Pearse Doherty and Johnny Donnelly, had to earn a living too, and that wasn’t always easy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary trio for live Town Hall concert

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Máirtín O'Connor who will be joining forces with Frankie Gavin and Johnny Duhan for the concert on July 3.

Fans of quality music who have been pining for live gigs can look forward to Saturday, July 3, when Frankie Gavin, Máirtín O’Connor and Johnny Duhan will be on stage at the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm, for a one-off concert, Part of a Tribe.  The venue will have a limited capacity of 50 people and the concert will also be livestreamed.

Each of the three will perform solo works and collaborate on well-known instrumental pieces.

Tunes will include The Road West, The Queen of Sheba, The Belfast Hornpipe, Thomond Bridge, Joe Cooley’s Reels, and songs like The Voyage, Don’t Give up til it’s Over and The Beacon.

Part of a Tribe comes from the title of a song that the three musicians recorded with the cream of Galway’s folk and traditional musical community some years ago for St Vincent de Paul. Its theme of co-operation and team spirit is especially relevant as the country moves out of the shadow of Covid-19.

The concert will last 70 minutes and there will be no interval and no bar.

The maximum number of tickets that can be purchased per person is four. They cost €25 for the in-person event. Online tickets are €15/Online household €20.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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‘Cowgirl’ love song that hits all the right notes

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The Raines, from left, Yvonne Tiernan, Ruth Dillon and Juliana Erkkonen.

The wonderfully titled Love is sublime (til it draws out its gun) is the latest single from Galway based folk-Americana trio, The Raines. Launched on Friday, it went straight to number one on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts in Ireland and number 12 in the overall charts.

It follows their debut single, 2020’s Bare Feet on Grass, which also reached number one in the iTunes singer-songwriter Chart and was Song of the Week on RTE.ie’s culture section, with over one million impacts on Irish radio.

The Raines are Ruth Dillon, Juliana Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan, all terrific performers in their own right.

Ruth (vocals, guitar, ukulele) who toured and recorded with Dolores Keane, is a former member of The Molly Hicks, and has three solo albums of her own. Juliana (fiddle and vocals) has been at the forefront of Ireland’s Americana musical scene and released seven albums with various groups, including one solo album.

Yvonne Tiernan (vocals and ukulele) has toured as lead singer with ‘The Chieftains’.

This up-tempo summer single again showcases the beauty of their vocal harmonies, strings and their overall rapport.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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