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Turning Frank Gallagher into a British Columbo!

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If, as an actor, you set out to re-invent yourself after years spent playing television’s most engaging lay-about, then moving from Frank Gallagher – the bone idle star of the brilliant Shameless – to a world-weary, soon-to-retire cop on an investigation that only you appear to give a continental about should just about cover it on every front.

The amazing thing is that David Threlfall is such a fine actor, you actually forget Frank within 10 minutes of the start of What Remains, the enthralling new four-part murder drama on BBC1.

And you’re hooked on Detective Inspector Len Harper, a sort of modern day, north of England version of Columbo – albeit with a battered leather coat instead of a filthy mac – who happens to be on his very last day on the job when a body is found in the attic of a South London house of flats.

The mummified corpse is that of Melissa, an overweight, unhappy single woman who lived in flat number five on the top floor, who one day went up into the attic, never to return – and never to be missed by any of the other inhabitants of this rambling old house over the intervening two years.

That’s actually what bothers Harper more than the discovery itself – how could a woman that all of these flat-dwellers saw every day just disappear into the attic and nobody even noticed she was missing?

Harper mightn’t the most dynamic animal within the ranks of the Met’s finest, moving as he does at a pace not unfamiliar in tortoises, but he does care about his job – and, as it turns out, he cares about little else.

He certainly doesn’t care about his appearance because he has a hairstyle that wouldn’t have looked out of place on a medieval monk, complete with a fringe that looks like it was cut with a butter knife in the dark.

He lives alone since the death of his wife; with no children and clearly no cleaner for a house that is now about four times too big for his needs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

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Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

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ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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