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TV Watch with Declan Tierney

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No sooner have we escaped one talent show but we are immersed in another. It is just bordering on the ridiculous at the moment.

It just seems as if every time we turn on the telly we are confronted with a terrible singer or someone who wants to perform a card trick.

There was a time when I genuinely believed that these so called reality TV shows would wear themselves out. But it seems there is no stopping them.

It is genuinely hard to distinguish one from the other. This type of programme seems to be all over the place. It has become something of an epidemic.

Over the weekend I happened to fall over Britain’s Got Talent which I am given to believe is in its early stages so one can only presume that this is going to go on for several months.

Now, I have no problem with genuinely talented people getting their 15 minutes of fame on the television but it is another thing when complete eegits are afforded time on the telly.

These were people who were afforded time on ITV to display their magical talents which they must have learned from the back of a matchbox and to be quite honest, it was nothing short of an embarrassment.

Of course this show is presented by the insufferable Ant and Dec who are otherwise occupied presenting a programme about people eating snails and insects as part of their so called challenge in Australia’s outback. Cutting edge stuff.

But when they are not doing that, they are presenting this rubbish which really should not occupy prime time television. There would be more enjoyment recording the registrations of passing cars.

It is simply incredible that people actually watch this crap. Obviously if they didn’t, we wouldn’t have to endure it anymore but what happens on these shows still occupies workplace banter on a Monday morning.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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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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