The music of AC/DC will fill Monroe’s Live this Friday, July 26 as Ireland’s top tribute band Whole Lotta Voltage return to the city venue.
With a wild three- hour stage show, full costume, stunning musicianship and vocals, and a set-list covering four decades of rock & roll, this Dublin outfit are the tribute band for AC/DC fanatics.
Every detail of the original Australian band has been painstakingly studied and recreated by this crew. Simon Jordan delivers an accurate take on the late Bon Scott’s vocals, with his ear-piercing high notes and bluesy growl. The accuracy of his vocals are accentuated by his studied physical imitation of the front-man, who served with the band from 1974 until his death in 1980.
Christopher Cole takes the role of the legendary Angus Young, the band’s co-founder, and delivers a note for note re-playing of every famous Angus riff from the Scott era, while recreating the whirlwind stage presence of Angus’s youth that made the band famous.
Andy Goddard provides the thudding bass lines of Cliff Williams with mechanical accuracy, while Matt Burazin provides the beats of AC/DC’s drummer Phil Rudd, hitting every beat with snare smashing, kick thundering power and accuracy. Sean Quigley completes the line-up on rhythm guitar.
This should be a wild night of head-banging rock. The show starts at midnight, and tickets are €10.
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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