Michael Diskin was a major figure on the local arts scene for two decades until his untimely death two years ago. He worked with Galway Arts Festival, Galway Arts Centre and latterly as manager of the city’s Town Hall Theatre, a position he held at the time of his death.
Mike’s legacy will be remembered on March 30 when a host of Galway artists will gather at the Town Hall for an evening of music and entertainment.
The line-up includes the Cabin Collective, Little John Nee, Mephisto Theatre Company, Rod Goodall and Macnas. Also featuring are We Banjo 3, My Fellow Sponges, Amazing Apples and Mikey and The Scallywags. Traditional music group, The Birthday Band – featuring Alan Kelly, Seán Smyth, Kevin Haugh and Charlie Lennon, complete the line-up.
All proceeds from the event will go towards forming a Michael Diskin Arts Bursary for innovative arts projects. This will be awarded to an artist, musician or theatre company in the West of Ireland later this year.
Michael was a champion of original and innovative ideas that emerged from arts groups and individuals who might not have been as structurally well-supported as more established local names.
Applications for the bursary will be sought in the coming months and the winner will be selected by independent adjudicators. It is hoped that the bursary will be awarded on an annual basis.
• Tickets for the Concert for Mike on 30 March are €18 and are available from tht.ie, 091 569777 or at the venue.
Comedian Shane for city show
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.
INO present Donizetti comedy at Town Hall
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.
Music festival set to return after a successful debut
Musicians, artists and DJs from more than 15 countries congregated in Galway City at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Songs From An Open Road (SFAOR).
Organisers Pádraic Boran and Pat Neary say the overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences and participants alike augurs well for its future. They are hopeful it marks the beginning of a new international winter World Music festival in Galway.
There were a couple ‘firsts’ over the weekend. For many who attended the beautiful Loft @Seven in Bridge Street, it may well be a case of an ‘I was there’ moment, as an intimate but appreciative crowd saw a stupendous set from Indian futurist jazz percussionist Sarathy Koewar and his band. This was their Irish debut and also marked the beginning of a pioneering world tour from the burgeoning group. Pat and Pádraic are hopeful that this exciting talent will return to Ireland and Galway soon.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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