The Delines, an outfit featuring some of the leading lights in Americana, play the Róisín Dubh on Saturday, June 7.
The band features Jenny Conlee from The Decembrists on keyboards, and Sean Oldham and Willy Vlautin from Richmond Fontaine.
Punters will also get to hear the sublime steel playing of Tucker Johnson, who plays with The Minus 5. Leading the Delines is vocalist Amy Boone, who sings with The Damnations. The Delines released their debut album, Colfax, back in April. It’s a melancholic yet uplifting listen, with Boone’s voice sounding immaculate as she sings Vlautin’s heartworn songs.
Willy Vlautin is familiar to Galway audiences, having played here on several occasions with his band Richmond Fontaine, and for his public reading alongside Roddy Doyle at last year’s Galway Arts Festival. Vlautin is a superb writer, penning novels that bring to mind American greats like John Steinbeck. His first book, The Motel Life, has been made into a film starring Kris Kristofferson.
Throughout Vlautin’s books and songs there is a recurring theme of people trying to make the best of a hard life. Surviving against the odds has always intrigued him. “A few unlucky breaks and a person can be in a really rough situation,” he says.
“I think I’ve always been attracted to people with that struggle because I always thought that struggle was just right around the corner. File this gig under ‘unmissable’. Doors 8pm, tickets €12/€10
Nutcracker Sweeties at Town Hall Theatre
Ballet Ireland presents Nutcracker Sweeties at the Town Hall Theatre next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, at 8pm nightly.
This re-telling of Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Christmas ballet centres on Ciara and her brother Fionn who go on a shopping trip to a famous department store in Dublin on Christmas Eve. They wander off from their parents and get lost but are rescued by the Nutcracker doll. They are then surrounded by a blizzard of snowflakes before being greeted by the Sugar Plum fairy who leads Ciara into the kingdom of the sweets where the beautiful Christmas windows come to life.
Choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple, this production of a festive classic is performed by a cast of world-class dancers and designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, with its magic, costumes and a re-imagined Tchaikovsky score.
Described by The Irish Independent as ‘a treat of a show, full of Christmas cheer’, Nutcracker Sweeties is two hours long, including an interval.
Tickets, €25/€22.50 plus €1 booking fee, are available online at tht.ie, by phone on 091-569777 or at the Town Hall Theatre box office.
Ireland’s three tenors for weekend concert
Billed as Ireland’s Three Tenors, Paul Feery, Conor Gibbons and Philip Fagan, will be in concert in the city’ s St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday night, December 10.
Their repertoire includes a wide range of well-known songs, including Caledonia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Green Fields of France, Nessun Dorma and Have I Told you Lately?. And for the Christmas season, they will be adding seasonal favourites including O, Holy Night.
Ireland’s Three Tenors are the only Irish trio to have performed annually for more than 10 years in venues such as the National Concert Hall Dublin, the Cork Opera House, Dublin Castle, and Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.
The tenors were selected by the Irish government to headline the 1916 Centenary State reception in Dublin Castle on Easter Sunday, 2016. And, when Covid restrictions eased last year, they had a sold-out performance in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Now they’re back in Galway, with tickets for their concert on sale in the city from Spar, Mainguard Street, and Holland’s Newsagents Williamsgate Street, or online at Eventbrite.ie, where they are €30 + €3 booking fee. The concert at St Nicholas’ starts at 8pm.
Exhibition of postcards art hosted by KAVA
The annual postcard show from the KAVA arts group is currently taking place in Kinvara Courthouse and will be open from Friday to Sunday this weekend. The artwork is anonymously displayed and all pieces are for sale for €30. The artist’s identity will only be revealed when the buyer collects the work.
In the past, this has proven to be great fun and is an ideal way to shop local for a unique, local Christmas present. The opening hours are this Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, from 3-8pm and on Sunday, December 11, from 12-6pm. All are welcome.