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GalwayFolkClub@DeBurgos Irish Traditional Music tonight Fri September 25 at 9.30pm. Featuring Clare musicians based in Galway-THE CLARE CONNECTION


GalwayFolkClub@DeBurgos Irish Traditional Music tonight Fri September 25 at 9.30pm. Featuring Clare musicians based in Galway-THE CLARE CONNECTION
Siobhan and Una Hogan  will be playing Uileann pipes,tin whistle
and fiddle.Expect to hear a selection of slow airs,ballads,jig and reels along with some story-telling and a little sean-nos.The Hogan sisters have won many competitions for their natural ability to breathe new life into some of the best loved Clare music and coming from the Kilnaboy area that has a long tradition of fine music.

Keep a look-out for upcoming Events on the GALWAY FOLK CLUB Facebook Page for details of the next Friday night Concert and session for more Ceoil agus Craic!bgalwayfolkclublogo-page-0


Football is Fun,have a listen and a laugh!

the soccer show

The Soccer Show- 56 Mon 30 Mar 2015 feat Galway Utd Captain Paul Sinnott, Moyne Villa coach Ian Riley and Fans David Snow & Kathy Vaughan from USA. Presented by Gerry Mulkerrins Frank Murray,Ivan McGann and Robin Francis with reports from Karen McDonnell & Lorraine Higgins. Music by Tommy Keiran Dunne, Dire Straits, Roxy Music, Northside and Frederick Lenanader. Live from the GRETB Studio Ireland


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Saint Patricks Day Galway 2015

St.Pats Day 2015 Galway

Saint Patricks Day Galway City 2015

I hear you cry,has this guy lost the run of himself?Where is the usual in-depth,informed,well-researched update on all the best of the varied cultural offerings in the West of Ireland?In reply I can only offer the defense that the madness that a National Holiday combined with rare Spring-Summer sunshine went to my head.

Often the Arts are inclined to be set-up in such a way as to be elitist,difficult for the “man(or woman etc.)-on-the-street to access.This years Galway Parade supposedly had a theme related to a 2020 City of Culture bid,all I know is that I was involved in the production of the first new Galway City Comhaltas float,on a suitably green flatbed truck,near the end of the Parade,just in front of the world-renowned Macnas street-theatre dancers.On this truck was a group of Traditional Irish musicians playing music that included the instruments as follows Uilleann pipes,tin-whistle,banjo,guitar,fiddle and accordion,with a lone dancer adding some excitement to get the crowd excited.Numbers of 50,000 have been claimed in the local media to have enjoyed a beautiful day.I certainly did enjoy playing the tin whistle,waving the Green,White and Gold Flag in front of J.F.Kennedy Memorial Park in Eyre Square and the Mayor’s Stand was an honor.The people of The City and all the International visitors reacted so positively to the music that now I have had a little taste of the feeling Bono must get at those big U2 GIGS AHA!

To finish with a final thought,if this Patricks Day in Galway is a warm-up for the Summer,then it looks a safe-bet that 2015 will be a very successful and memorable year in The West of Ireland.Get here and find out for yourself.If you want to become actively involved then you can volunteer at the volunteer centre!

Trad. Irish Concert,N.U.I.G Bailey-Allen Hall, Fri. Feb.13 -E15

Wow,what a difference a month makes in the West of Ireland.

The Winter blues are fading fast and there is a welcome Spring in the step of most folks around this beautiful part of the world.This is the first time where I think that an upcoming event that I am going to recommend in advance,contains Traditional Irish music.Sometimes,I even surprise myself,however the fact remains that there is some logic behind this new-found madness.Allow me to explain..

One of the best new music releases of 2014,in my view,was a cd called TRADIVARIOUS.(available online from custysmusic.com)This contains music by 3 of the most talented fiddle players in the world at the moment.Here,I found something special that I had been searching for and failing to find in the genres of modern pop and rock in the last couple of years-i.e. passion,spirit and intensity.This cd differs from so many other Irish releases in the way that it covers a wide variety and breadth of musical styles.Never before had I found a cd that broke the restrictive mold that  other Traditional Irish Music suffers from.

This combination of musicians are World-class and succeed in letting influences from other parts of the World add to the melting-pot,to produce pure,musical gold.Every tune here has its own,clear identity.No two sound the same and yet,the whole thing works as a masterpiece should,when you stand back after listening to it.The whole thing is full of beauty,there are fast jigs,reels and slow airs,every one is memorable and perfectly played in its own right.It is an instrumental album that I find myself singing or humming the melodies along to,despite the fact there are no vocals on the album?Thats how good it is!Sadly I have not seen this amazing,gifted combination of musicians Live..yet!However,all is not lost.

The upcoming Concert I refer to in the headline,is going to contain at least one of the great musicians who played on the TRADIVARIOUS recordings,plus a whole lot more of the very talented musicians and singers that could grace a stage in The West of Ireland.It happens to be a fundraising Concert for The Galway Fleadh Ceoil,Headlining is Máirtín O’Connor, one of the best  musicians in Ireland. Along with Cór Chois Fharraige’s choral arrangements of trad. Irish songs and melodies under conductor Aisling Ní Neachtain. Also appearing will be Mary McPartland, Tommy McCarthy & friends, Sean Gavin & family, Lillis O’Laoire , Máire Pheter Uí Chonghaile and the Maigh Cuilinn  group with National champion sean nós dancer Michael Seoige. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. That is one of the best line-up’s of talent that could possibly take to any stage in 2015,so rush out and get a ticket for 15 euro as they should be SOLD-OUT in no time.



W.B. YEATS 2015



W.B. Yeats has long been recognised as one of the greatest writers from Ireland.He is best known as a poet in Ireland and Internationally.What has been less recognised,however is his contribution to Irish Culture as a playwright.
We will celebrate the 150th year since Yeat’s birth by  having a production of ‘Cathleen Ní Houlihan’ by W.B.Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory and ‘On Baile Strand’ by W. B.Yeats staged during this year’s Galway Fringe Festival and as part of the Worldwide celebrations Yeats 2015.These plays are a rare treat to see and will offer a unique way to ensure that the most vibrant,creative ,City of Culture in The West of Ireland-Galway,which Yeats loved and was inspired by,will pay fitting tribute to his creative genius.

TONIGHT AT 8PM in Arus na nGael Club Dominick Street Galway DEC.22

Fringe Christmas event

Fringe Christmas event

Galway Fringe Festival presents a ‘Spirit of Christmas’ traditional Music Concert with the finest local musicians including Seamus Walshe ( accordion), Paul Bradley (fiddle) Sean Moloney ( fiddle, flute) Irene Moloney, (Fiddle, mandolin) , Gerry Hanley ( accordion), Siobhan Hogan ( Uilleann Pipes), Greg Cotter ( banjo), Mary Flanagan ( accordion) with lots of festive fun, surprise guests and prizes to be won!
Tickets €8/ €6 concession.


Ireland runs out of Steam? October 2014.

Hello everyone,hope everyone had time to go and experience some of the Festivals,Gigs and Events in what was a record-breaking Summer 2014 in many respects.However,all good things must end goes the cliche.Well,there is the usual slowdown in the pace of events in the West of Ireland at this time of year.Few would dare to attempt an outdoor event with the weather being unpredictable.On the way in late November is the Festival that can help lift the winter blues,and is good for the soul SPIRIT OF VOICE 2014.

Starting on Friday Nov.21 at The Victoria Hotel,in the very Center of Galway City is the return of this Festival that showcases a broad variety of vocalists,all performing in different styles.I recommend checking the website and book your tickets soon.The acts named so far cover the genres of Soul,Traditional folk-Irish and Acapella.The Festival then relocates to County Clare for a Charity Fundraiser on Saturday December 20th,so if you buy a ticket now,you will be feeling good in more ways than one!

Finally,I took the photo above during the Summer at Vintage Show in Galway that raised thousands to pay for cancer treatment of a teenage girl.It was a great success thanks to the generosity of the public,racecourse,mechanics,volunteers etc.However I fear that the good folks who brought steam-powered engines(many from the North of Ireland and England on low-loaders!)may find the extra increase in water charges to be the final straw,in what is already a Very Expensive Pastime.Top of the range Show-engines can be bought for up to 200,000Euros.Lets hope that more people protest against this, latest in a long line of sneaky cost-of-living increases.One thing you can be sure of, is that life wont be any easier along The Wild Atlantic Way!