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Westport Festival a real family event

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Arts Week with Ciaran Tierney

Last year’s inaugural Westport Festival of Music and Performing Arts was so much fun that the only question on revellers’ lips as they left the picturesque grounds was whether or not the organisers would decide to run it again for another year.

The two-day festival had been marred by poor weather on the Saturday and sluggish early ticket sales until the sun broke through on the Sunday but, thankfully, word soon filtered back after it ended that plans were being put in place for another knees-up at the end of this month.

They have kept with the family-friendly vibe which proved such a runaway success in 2012 – children under 12 get in for free when accompanied by an adult – and have an increased emphasis on food for an event which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30.

Once again, the emphasis is on quality live Irish music, with a few international stars thrown in, and while there might be minor gripes that the likes of The Waterboys, Imelda May, and Damien Dempsey were on the bill 12 months ago, there can be few complaints about the standard of the acts on offer.

Indeed, West of Ireland music fans should be thrilled that a true Irish legend, Christy Moore, will headline the main stage on the Saturday night. The former Planxty and Moving Hearts man, joined as ever by the trusted Declan Sinnott, was perhaps one of the few glaring omissions from last year’s stunning bill.

And, given their strong Galway connections, there can be few complaints from these quarters about the return of Mike Scott and The Waterboys. They will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the legendary Fisherman’s Blues album (recorded in An Spideál) at the end of the year, but if they can repeat the energy and enthusiasm of their 2012 Westport set they should ensure quite a buzz around the superb 400-acre site.

The grounds of Westport House looked as though they were perfectly designed for a music festival 12 months ago and it’s a delightful prospect for Galway music fans to have such an eclectic mixture of artists performing just a few kilometres up the road again.

It’s not just about Irish acts, either, as they have added the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and 1980s superstars ABC to the main stage bill for the Saturday night. The prospect of seeing veteran Cuban musicians belting out the tunes, next to a historic old castle, really whets the appetite following the fine Afrocubism gig at the Galway Arts Festival’s Big Top a couple of summers ago.

Few will begrudge a return to the main stage for Imelda May, either, after her storming rockabilly set 12 months ago. It was the Dublin singer’s last gig before she gave birth to her first child and all the more memorable for the sense of joy her band brought to the set.

The Sunday night bill will be headlined by Elvis Costello and The Imposters, who rarely visit the West of Ireland, while there should also be plenty of 1980s nostalgia in the air when veterans Squeeze take to the same stage earlier in the evening.

There is a strong Galway presence at the Mayo festival, too, with performances by both The Stunning and gifted Athenry singer Julie Feeney on the Marquee Stage on the Saturday; while the new Galway band, The Cabin Collective, play the main outdoor arena on the Sunday afternoon.

The Cabin Collective must have mighty connections, because they got their music career off to a flying start with an appearance on RTÉ’s Late Late Show before producing a full live set at An Taibhdhearc in Galway for two nights during Cúírt.

This eight-piece have become known as a West of Ireland ‘super group’. The musicians who make up the band need no introduction as they include Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors, Tuam native Noelie McDonnell, former Waterboy Anthony Thistlewaite (who now lives in Gort) and Keith Mullins.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Multi-instrumentalist draws inspiration from west coast

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Seamus O’Muineachain... new release.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Seamus O’Muineachain is a minimalist multi-instrumentalist, composer and  producer with a penchant for a sense of place in his work.   Through five albums, he has approached ambient, instrumental soundscapes with piano melodies, gentle guitar, percussion and field recordings – using his music to reflect the calm and space of the areas that inspire it.

Seamus’ latest project is an ode to the Mullet Peninsula in the barony of Erris, Co. Mayo, which lies next to his home in Belmullet. Isthmus is set for release on October 1.

The songwriter was born in the US to an Italian mother and an Irish father, and his travels since his late teens have taken him across the globe. Still, something about home still seeps into his work at every corner.

For this record, it was a peninsula that, for Seamus, acts as a viewing platform for a sizable portion of the western landscape.

“It’s really rugged,” he says of the place.

“It feels like its own kind of world down here – it isn’t actually an island but it’s as close as you can get to one. Once you drive past the Ballycroy National Park, you’re out in the twilight zone where it’s rugged and back in time a little bit, but there’s something really beautiful and peaceful about it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Unique síbín-based show entertains and challenges

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The interior of the síbín that has been installed in Galway Arts Centre's building at Nuns' Island.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

They call it a síbín, but the ‘illegal boozer’ that members of the Belfast arts collective, Array, have created at Nuns’ Island Arts Centre in Galway city centre is as impressive as many legally licensed premises down South – more impressive than some. Síbíns might have gone out of fashion in this part of Ireland, but they remain popular in the North, especially in Belfast, where the 11-strong collective is based, explains artist Stephen Millar of the group.

This one forms part of The Druthaib’s Ball, a major exhibition from Array which won the prestigious 2021 Turner Art Prize – the first time a group from Northern Ireland took Britain’s leading arts award.

The Druthaib’s Ball was conceived by the members as a wake –  celebrating life and death – to mark the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s partition. On one wall of the síbín, a 35-minute film is playing. It was made during the commemoration ‘ball’, in Belfast’s Black Box venue last year.

Meanwhile, a collection of work on the síbín’s shelves and walls represent aspects of life in Northern Ireland – past and present. There’s more than 150 pieces, large and small, including paintings, political banners, a triptych of three stopped clocks, a kettle and a bata scór – a stick with a notch that was used in schools in Ireland during Victorian times to ensure children didn’t speak Irish.  The stopped clocks, meanwhile, with pictures of Belfast City Hall, Stormont and the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, are stopped at 19:21, 20:16 and 20:21 respectively – key years in Northern Ireland’s history.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Work for children of all ages in extended Baboró programme

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Grand Soft Day, a new co-production from Branar is for children aged three to six.

The 26th annual Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will take place from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 23, in theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County.

This year’s extended 10-day festival will have more than 50 live events, presented by companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England.

These will include a special collection of European work made for children up to six years, as well as residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

Children aged eight and older are invited to join the surreal world of Der Lauf, where nothing is quite as it seems. In this show, two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde, compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates and stack glasses, while wearing boxing gloves. As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. The children are their only guides and will either help lead the clowns to order or towards further chaos.

Ballet Ireland will present The Glasshouse, a dance performance for children aged six and older. It is the story of Fiach, an earnest youngster who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green. This fun, compelling show, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about human courage, friendship and the determination to survive. The Glasshouse promises “moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing, vibrant costumes and magical music”.

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

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