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Elvis Costello.

Headline music acts at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival which runs from July 11-23  include Brit-pop’s Suede, with special guests Frank and Walters, who will play the Absolut Big Top  on Saturday, July 23.

Suede dominated Brit-rock throughout the 1990s, with  three UK number one albums and were  widely lauded as the instigators of Brit-pop, paving the way for the likes of Damon Albarn and Blur, and Jarvis Cocker and Pulp.

Music  fans are also in for a real treat the previous week, when Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters with special guests The Undertones take to the Big Top stage on Friday, July 15.

In a career spanning more than 35 years, Elvis Costello is probably best known for his time with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve. He has collaborated with such diverse performers as Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, record producer and songwriter T Bone Burnett, and the Roots. His global anthem She  featured in the hit film Notting Hill. Derry band the Undertones are best known for their hits Teenage Kicks and My perfect Cousin, and have a reputation as a terrific live band.

The following night, July 16, Dublin band Bell X1  return to the Big Top with special guest The Academic, following a hugely successful 2015 that included a sell-out acoustic tour of Ireland and playing support to Ed Sheeran at Croke Park in July. Bell X1 with their combination of electronic music and anthemic pop rock, are one of Ireland’s most popular bands, second only to U2 in terms of radio play and, according to Billboard, the second biggest live performers. Bell X1 last played the Festival in 2011, delivering one of the most memorable Big Top concerts of recent years, and their return is much-anticipated.

The Academic, a young four-piece from Mullingar, were one of the few Irish acts to play at SXSW 2016. Their latest album Different has been nominated for a Choice Music Prize for Song of the Year.

Multi award-winners Villagers with special guest and Meteor Music Award winner Mick Flannery will share what should be a melodic bill at the Big Top on Tuesday, July 19. Villager’s Conor O’Brien is a single-minded artist with considerable  songwriting powers. His most recent album Darling Arithmetic recently took home the prestigious Ivor Novello Album Award, while his 2010 debut, Becoming A Jackal and its 2013 successor Awayland were hugely acclaimed and Mercury-nominated. Awayland won Ireland’s Choice Prize while O’Brien also won an Ivor Novello in 2011 for Becoming a Jackal. Meanwhile, Cork native, Mick Flannery has been compared with songwriters such as Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen for his honest, heartfelt songs, which he delivers in an understated,powerful manner.

Imelda May and special guest Damien Dempsey will perform a double-bill in the Big Top on Thursday, July21. Imelda May’s star has risen rapidly since she released her debut album Love Tattoo in 2008. It went triple platinum in Ireland, while the singles Johnny Got A Boom Boom and Big Bad Handsome Man established her internationally.

Damien Dempsey is renowned as a fine live performer whose lyrics are delivered with passion and conviction. He has supported some of music’s most iconic performers including Bob Dylan, Sinéad O’Connor, Willie Nelson and Morrissey. Damien’s sixth studio album, Almighty Love,  was a critical and popular success.

■ The Absolut Big Top shows are being presented in association with the Róisín Dubh and tickets are available from www.giaf.ie and www.roisin dubh.net, at the Festival Box Office in Galway Tourist Office, Forster Street, Galway, or phone 091 566577.

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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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