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Top musicians join forces for concert

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Traditional maestros, Máirtín O’Connor, Garry ÓBriain and Cathal Hayden will join the Galway ensemble in residence, ConTempo next Thursday, March 6 for a musical celebration embracing Irish trad, Romanian folk, and classical compositions

 Audiences can enjoy the musicians’ mix of classical, Irish traditional and Romanian dance music at the concert in the Hotel Meyrick, Galway. It will kick off at 8pm.

These artists have a long history of collaboration and in 2007 they recorded the CD Spiccato Junction. 

The Romanian quartet, ConTempo have been Galway’s ensemble in residence since 2003, and have performed all over the West of Ireland in that role, as well as travelling worldwide to take part in festivals and recitals.

Máirtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Garry Ó Briain are three of the leading figures in Irish traditional music, and have played with some of the country’s best-known groups as well as having established solo careers.

• Tickets for this concert are €20/16 for adults and €6 for students. They will be available on the door or in advance from call 091586 706.

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Cope take electronic sound into whole host of directions

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The Cope...debut EP comes with short film too.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Few Irish artists have had their fingerprints on as many contemporary music projects as Dublin & Berlin-based electronic duo The Cope, made up of David Anthony Curley – formerly of Otherkin and currently overseeing operations in The Clinic, a recording studio he founded in Clontarf – and Joe Furlong, a session bassist and musical director who works with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Sorcha Richardson.

Their collaboration spawned from a shared affection for a broad range of electronic and dance artists – Caribou, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Rüfüs du Sol among them.

It has evolved into an ambient, textured sound that sticks strong to a cohesive, atmospheric production style. The tone and mood of the project is aided by the multi-faceted approach David and Joe have taken.

The Cope expands far beyond digital music releases – it is an audio-visual experience that seeks to champion as many arts streams as it can.

Given the pair’s backgrounds, it is no surprise that collaboration is at the heart of this venture. Their debut EP was launched this Wednesday – and alongside it is a short film split over three parts titled I Am Stretched on Your Grave.

Directed by Jamie Delaney, it highlights their willingness to work with other artists that fit the tone of the work, as well as the physicality of the music The Cope is preparing.

“We didn’t set out thinking it had to have these visuals but when myself and Joe landed on that production style, and wrote those songs that became the EP, we knew then we’d have to have a video that matches the audio,” David reveals.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Comedian Shane for city show

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Comedian Shane Clifford.

Shane Clifford, who has been described by podcaster and comedian Blindboy as ‘The best comedian in Ireland, hands down’, will be at the city’s Town Hall Studio next Thursday, December 1, at 8.30pm to perform his new show, AW Class.

It’s being presented by the Lisa Richards Agency who are promising loads of laughter as Tralee man Shane tries and fails to get to grips with rugby fans, posh dogs, sinister yoghurt and retail breakdowns.

Shane who previously worked in Tesco, was 30 when he did his first stand-up show about six years ago. That was after he had quit his job, gone travelling and decided, on a whim, to upload some silly videos to the internet. He dealt with issues such as mental health and masculinity in an original and funny way in these videos and has since gone on to gain a reputation as an original voice on the Irish comedy scene, playing festivals and venues including Whelan’s.

Tickets €15, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.

 

 

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INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall

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Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina. 

Irish National Opera will return to Galway next Thursday, December 1, to present Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in the Town Hall Theatre at  8pm.

Donizetti’s sparkling operatic comedy is an intergenerational tug-of-war about love and money. It  features Don Pasquale, a grumpy old bachelor; Ernesto, his good-looking young heir; and Norina, an attractive young widow.

This unorthodox love triangle is the basis for a hilarious and touching show that offers an entertaining slant on the threat of being disinherited, a mock marriage and a spendthrift wife.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it’s conducted by Teresa Riveiro Böhm and directed by Orpha Phelan, with Graeme Danby as Don Pasquale and Kelli-Ann Masterson as Norina.

Tickets for Don Pasquale are €30/€27, plus €1 booking fee, from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Box Office.

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