Date Published: 11-May-2011
Legendary traditional fiddler Kevin Burke, who has played with the Bothy Band, Patrick Street, Celtic Fiddle Festival will be in Galway next Monday, May 16 for a a special concert, where traditional and classical music will join forces.
Burke is travelling from his hometown in Portland Oregon with his musical partner; guitarist, composer and arranger, Cal Scott to perform the Irish Session Suite in venues throughout Ireland, including Galway, where they will be joined by the Vanbrugh String Quartet.
The Suite is featured on Burke’s and Scott’s latest release of the same name and contains a collection of well-known jigs, reels, hornpipes and other airs, arranged for string quartet.
London-born Burke is best known for his fluid and ornamented Sligo style fiddle playing while multi-instrumentalist Cal Scott has been playing a variety of music for years; everything from folk to jazz, on bass, brass and guitar. He has built a career as a composer, arranger and producer with extensive film and television scores to his credit as well as his own CDs.
The two men met some years ago while Scott was working a score for a documentary on Northern Ireland and have developed a fruitful musical partnership.
Kevin Burke has said that The Irish Session Suite is an unusual variation of the kind of music he normally plays, but explained that taking a classical approach to traditional Irish fiddle tunes fits right in with his musical upbringing.
He was reared in London, where his parents wanted him to learn Irish music but didn’t know anybody who could teach it to him, he has explained, so they sent him to a violin teacher who taught him classically. Their hope was that once he had mastered the instrument, he’d subsequently pick up Irish tunes. His parents’ plan obviously worked, and although he has forged his career in traditional music, Kevin Burke has always had a healthy respect for classical music.
Irish Music Magazine described The Irish Session Suite “as a groundbreaking and original album’ while critic for The Irish Echo Earle Hitchner described it as “pure listening pleasure”.
The Irish Session Suite has been performed across the US with classical players to great acclaim but this tour will be its first outing in Ireland.
Renowned classical musicians The RTÉ Vanbrugh String Quartet will join Burke to perform this work on Monday night, with Scott overseeing proceedings as arranger in the city’s Town Hall Theatre.
The show will contain three elements; a traditional set from Burke and Scott, a classical section from The Vanbrugh and the merging of the two traditions with Kevin Burke taking lead fiddle to perform The Suite with the remaining quartet members. A very special night of music is assured.
Booking for the show on Monday next, May 16 is now open at the Town Hall Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.