Galway Arts Festival 2013

The Galway Arts Festival 2013 takes place from July 15th to July 28th. We’ve taken a quick snapshot at the events taking place throughout the two weeks of the festival.

Galway Arts Festival is Ireland’s largest international arts festival. It was founded in 1978 and has grown into an event with a major reputation.  In 2012, 163,548 persons attended 160 performances, talks and exhibitions in 27 venues over 14 days. The Festival showcases a wide variety of international artists alongside the best of Irish talent.

Galway Arts Festival 2013 Programme

Theatre & Dance | Music | Visual Arts | Comedy | Street Spectacle

 


Galway Arts Festival 2013 Theatre & Dance

 


Galway Arts Festival 2013 The Right of Spring & Petrushka

The Right of Spring & Petrushka

A fabulous beast dance theatre production

Choreographed & Directed by Michael Keegan-Dolan
Music by Igor Stravinsky.

Michael Keegan-Dolan re-imagines his Olivier-nominated version of The Rite of Spring, which premiered at the London Coliseum in 2009 to great critical acclaim. Described both as ‘inspired’ and ‘exhilarating’ by The Times of London, The Rite of Spring draws on the same ancient, savage forces that inspired the Russian composer 100 years ago.

The evening is completed by Keegan-Dolan’s new interpretation of Petrushka. Performed by the exquisite dancers of Fabulous Beast, both pieces together create an intoxicating double bill of dance theatre that honours the searing modernity of Stravinsky’s music. The celebrated concert pianists Lidija and Sanja Bizjak will accompany both pieces.

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre is supported by the Arts Council.

WARNING: Contains Nudity and Scenes of a Sexual Nature, suitable for age 16+

WHEN: 13 July, 15 July, 16 July, 17 July, 18 July, 19 July, 20 July

WHERE: Black Box Theatre, Dyke Road, Galway.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Mies Julie

Mies Julie

The Baxter Theatre at the University of Cape Town

Written & Directed by Yael Farber
Based on August Strindberg’s Miss Julie
Music by Daniel & Matthew Pencer

Following sensational reviews in Edinburgh, New York and London the multi-award winning, international hit Mies Julie comes to Galway Arts Festival 2013 for just eight performances.

In the smouldering kitchen of a remote South African farmhouse 18 years after the end of apartheid, a single night of tenderness and brutality unfolds between a black farm labourer, his white master’s daughter and the woman who raised them both. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare as John and Julie battle over power, sexuality, memory, mothers and land.

This explosive new adaptation of Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie from the internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber and Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre gets straight to the drama’s dark and steamy heart.

Warning: Contains Strong Adult Themes and Nudity. Suitable for age 16+

WHEN: 22 July, 23 July, 24 July, 25 July, 26 July, 27 July, 28 July

WHERE: Town Hall Theatre, Galway.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Stella & Lou

Stella & Lou

A Northlight Theatre production

By Bruce Graham
Directed by BJ Jones

On a quiet night at a Philadelphia bar, three kindred spirits find themselves on the cusp of change. Loneliness haunts Lou, a kind bartender set in his ways. He finds company with Stella, a feisty nurse with two grown kids and a failed marriage, and Donnie, a young barfly teetering between excitement and uncertainty about his upcoming wedding.

All three must face up to changing times and relationships past as they struggle to embrace the future in this funny and compassionate new play. From the author of The Outgoing Tide, a huge hit at Galway Arts Festival 2012, Stella & Lou is an intimate exploration of friendship, forgiveness, and the longing for companionship

WHEN: 16 July, 17 July, 18 July, 19 July, 20 July, 21 July

WHERE: Town Hall Theatre, Galway

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Riverrun

Riverrun

The Emergency Room & Galway Arts Festival 2013 production

Adapted, performed & directed by Olwen Fouéré
Sound design & composition by Alma Kelleher
Sceneography by Monica Frawley
Lighting Design by Stephen Dodd
Co-directed by Kellie Hughes

…Soft morning, city! Lsp! I am leafy speafing. Lpf!

Folty and folty all the nights have being falling on to long my hair…

Fouéré’s work in creating this world premiere began by listening for the voice of ALP (Anna Livia Plurabelle) in her guise as the river ‘Life’, whose never-ending course through Finnegans Wake emits a powerful transformative energy as she dissolves into the great ocean of time.

Fouéré, one of Ireland leading theatre makers, in collaboration with an exciting creative team, takes a unique approach to Joyce’s extraordinary ‘sound-dance’. A performance not to be missed.

Riverrun is made possible with the support of the Arts Council. Production support provided by Rough Magic.

WHEN: 18 July, 19 July, 20 July, 23 July, 24 July, 25 July, 26 July, 27 July

WHERE: Druid Lane Theatre, Galway

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Knee Deep

Knee Deep

Casus Presents Physical Theatre Circus

Conceived & directed by Casus

Australia’s hottest new circus company takes the art form to a whole new level.

Using traditional and contemporary circus techniques, Knee Deep is a spectacular display of choreography,  acrobatics, trapeze and aerial stunts, full of incredible physical skill, brute strength and exquisite beauty.

Galway Arts Festival has a tradition of introducing young Australian companies to the European stage including the world-renowned Circa. Casus, with their breathtaking and fragile display of skills and performers who test the very limits of the human body, are the next generation about to take the world by storm.

WHEN: 22 July, 23 July, 24 July, 25 July, 26 July, 27 July, 28 July

WHERE: Black Box Theatre, Dyke Road, Galway

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Howie the Rookie

Howie The Rookie

A Landmark Production

Written & directed by Mark O’Rowe

Three hearts poundin’ loud, three lungs, pairs of lungs, suckin’ louder, suckin’ hard.

Then softer, then calmer, then quieter.

Then quiet.

Howie tells a story. Then Rookie takes it up. Mark O’Rowe’s electrifying epic tale is a wild, urban odyssey through a nightmare landscape – hilarious and grotesque by turns.

Meet the enormous Avalanche, monstrous on the bar stool in her white ski pants. Meet Ladyboy, a dangerous gangland thug with Siamese fighting fish and (it is rumoured) three sets of teeth. Meet Mouse, Howie’s younger brother. Meet the Howie. Meet the Rookie.

Mark O’Rowe’s ‘thrilling new play’ (The New York Times) has been re-imagined for a single actor.

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, star of RTÉ’s Love/Hate, will play both Howie and Rookie. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-filled theatrical odyssey.

Warning: Contains strong language and sexual references. Suitable for age 16+

WHEN: 22 July, 23 July, 24 July, 25 July, 26 July, 27 July

WHERE: An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street, Galway

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 A Galway Girl

A Galway Girl

A Pat Moylan Presentation

By Geraldine Aron
Directed by Terry Byrne

The story of an Irish marriage.

Maisie and Dermot are the perfect picture of incompatibility. Married in 1950, they tell us about their life together from early disillusion to late acceptance.

By turns poignant and hilarious, A Galway Girl shows us the ups and downs of a shared life that was a touching mixture of humour and tragedy, held together by a love that endured.

First produced in 1979, A Galway Girl was a hit in England, Ireland and South Africa and remains a beautifully observed play and a fascinating social document.

Geraldine Aron was born in Galway but spent most of her adult life in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Her other writing credits include My Brilliant Divorce, Same Old Moon, The Donahue Sisters and The Stanley Parkers. She is also the author of numerous plays produced for television and radio, and Toscanini, a screenplay directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

WHEN: 16 July, 17 July, 18 July, 19 July, 20 July, 22 July, 23 July, 24 July, 25 July, 26 July, 27 July

WHERE: Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUIG, Galway

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Hyperactive

Hyperactive

A John Scott / Irish Modern Dance Theatre Production

Choreography by John Scott
Music by Meredith Monk

Hot on the heels of John Scott’s internationally successful Actions and Body Duet, comes Hyperactive, an explosive and thrilling new work for five virtuoso male dancers. Hyperactive is wonderfully enjoyable, using frenetic falls, athletic jumps and physical extensions.

A development from Scott’s hit Actions – Hyperactive, a live human architecture installation has the finest cast of male dance talent from Merce Cunningham, Alvin Ailey, the Broadway musical Spiderman and the TV musical series, Smash.

WHEN: 21 July

WHERE: Absolut Festival Gallery, Headford Road, Galway

Free with ticket from Festival Box Office

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Sanctuary

Sanctuary

A Blue Teapot Theatre Company Production

By Christian O’Reilly
Directed by Petal Pilley

An ordinary trip to the cinema and a welcome break from their training centre provides an opportunity for Larry and Sophie to steal away and be together at last. But now that they’re alone, what will they do?

Beautifully bittersweet, this warm comedy keeps you laughing and crying. Sex and disability are explored in this captivating story that shows what happens in those rare moments alone.

Warning: Not suitable for Children.

WHEN: 17 July, 18 July, 19 July, 20 July, 24 July, 25 July, 26 July, 27 July

WHERE: Blue Teapot Theatre, Galway

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 The Adventures of Shay Mouse

The Adventures of Shay Mouse

A Galway Community Theatre & Galway Youth Theatre Presentation

By Pat McCabe

Shay Mouse lives peacefully in Bornacoola Wood in Longford, smoking his pipe and inventing boastful stories for young Tom Pat Badger and Mickey Slug. When an evil band of rats are burnt out of a barn in Mullingar, they take over the wood, making the small animals their slaves. A disgraced Shay Mouse is forced to flee his home and embark on a wonderful adventure across the Irish midlands. The Adventures of Shay Mouse is a classic story for children by one of Ireland’s finest novelists, Patrick McCabe.

Warning: Not suitable for Children under 5.

WHEN: 15 July, 16 July, 17 July, 18 July, 19 July, 20 July, 21 July, 22 July, 23 July, 24 July, 25 July, 26 July, 27 July, 28 July

WHERE: Nun’s Island Theatre, Nun’s Island, Galway

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 – Music

 


Galway Arts Festival 2013 Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Since 2002, Grizzly Bear have gained global recognition for their unique sound and incredible musicianship. Their most recent album Shields won huge praise from influential critics like  online music bible Pitchfork and their high profile fans include Jay Z, Paul Simon and Radiohead.

Grizzly Bear are famous for their eclectic style, incorporating psychedelic pop, folk rock and the experimental with lush vocal harmonies. This staggering creativity can also be seen in the band’s videos, which have amassed millions of views on Youtube. Their 2009 album Veckatimest was selected as an album of the year by the New York TimesTime magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

This summer Galway audiences can look forward to seeing one of the world’s finest alternative bands perform in the Galway Arts Festival 2013 Big Top. Grizzly Bear are a music lover’s dream.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Glen Hansard & Damien Dempsey

Glen Hansard & Damien Dempsey

Glen Hansard and Damien Dempsey are two of Ireland’s favourite and most gifted musicians.

Ever since The Frames stormed the Irish music scene back in the 90’s, Hansard has been one of the most popular and recognisable performers on the Irish landscape.

His subsequent Oscar-winning international success with the film – and now musical – Once has lifted his star even higher. His first studio solo album Rhythm and Repose was released last year to widespread acclaim.

Damien Dempsey released his sixth studio album Almighty Love in October 2012. As anyone fortunate enough to have experienced them will testify, Damien’s live gigs are the stuff of legend. It’s no surprise then that he has been invited to perfom with everyone from Bob Dylan to Sinead O’Connor and Willie Nelson to Morrissey.

Galway audiences can look forward to Glen Hansard and Damien Dempsey lifting the roof off the Galway Arts Festival 2013 Big Top this summer.

Support by the wonderful Sam Amidon renowned for his mesmerising live performances.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Josh Ritter & Mick Flannery

Josh Ritter, Mick Flannery & Guests

Josh Ritter has enjoyed a very special relationship with Irish audiences for many years. His latest album The Beast in its Tracks is his most personal to date and continues to establish Josh as one of the finest singer songwriters at work today. The Royal City Band with be joining Josh on the Big Top stage as he performs new songs and old favourites.

A Meteor Award winner for Best Irish Male in 2009, Mick Flannery’s distinctive voice and immense talent have marked him out as one of Ireland’s finest performers. His most recent album, Red to Blue, topped the charts and received huge radio play thanks to great singles like Gone Forever and No Way To Live.

Support on this special Saturday night at the Galway Arts Festival 2013 Big Top comes from the much-loved West Cork Ukulele Orchestra.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Imelda May

Imelda May

The reigning queen of rockabilly Imelda May will light up the Festival Big Top stage this summer. Her critically acclaimed albums Love Tattoo and Mayhem both topped the charts. Imelda has performed at the Grammys, toured the US with Jamie Callum and won high praise from the music industry’s most revered names, including Jools Holland and Bono.

Starting out in Dublin’s The Liberties, Imelda May has always stayed true to her roots while becoming a world-class performer and artist. Her live gigs are legendary. When it comes to rocking the Galway Arts Festival 2013 Big Top this summer, Galway audiences can expect a tour de force from the amazing Imelda.

Support from the ever-popular Mundy.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Julie Feeney

Bird – Julie Feeney

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince Julie Feeney has devised a new world around the story set in a land of birds. This concert performance of Bird with score and libretto by Feeney, will go into full production in 2014 with a creative team including Mikel Murfi, Sabine D’Argent and Joanne Hynes.

Composer, singer, orchestrator, songwriter and producer, Julie Feeney is a winner of the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year. Captivating and original, with an unquestionably unique sound, her work, though rooted in classical music, perfectly straddles both the pop and theatrical worlds.

Bird is the inaugural commission from Festival Firsts, an initiative of IFCN (Irish Festivals’ Co-Production Network – Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival) and received an Arts Council Opera Project grant for development.

This performance is supported by Galway Arts Festival 2013’s Directors’ Circle.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Beausoleil with Michael Doucet

Beausoleil with Michael Doucet

For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues-rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and blue grass. Their first studio release in four years, their25th album From Bamako to Carencro, has been widely acclaimed.

This show has limited unreserved seating.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 RTE Concert Orchestra

A Night at the Proms with RTE Concert Orchestra

A much-loved music celebration around the world, Galway Arts Festival 2013 presents Galway’s first Night at the Proms in the spectacular setting of the Festival Big Top with a thrilling programme of music from the movies, conducted by David Brophy.

The programme includes John Williams’ soaring Superman March, and ET Adventures on Earth; Ennio Morricone’s haunting Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission, the iconic Once Upon a Time In America and The Good The Bad & The Ugly; Michael Giacchino Suite from the Disney/Pixar Movie Up; the classics, Chariots of Fire from Vangelis, Bill Conti’s Rocky; That’s Entertainment! in A Tribute to MGM; John Barry’s Out Of Africa, and the unbelievably cool Shaft by Isaac Hayes.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Matthew E White

Matthew E White

Matthew E. White is an American songwriter, producer, arranger and founder of Space bomb Records. His debut album Big Inner was released in August 2012 to universal critical acclaim. It secured Billboard’s breakthrough album of the year and was called ‘One of the great albums of modern Americana’ by Uncut Magazine. Recreating the laid back grooves of vintage soul pop, Matthew E.White brings his unique voice to the Róisín stage.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 The Heathers

Heathers

Choice Music nominees, Ellie and Louise Macnamara aka Heathers, have enjoyed Irish and international success having firmly proven that they’re a musical force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year, they were invited to perform for Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams at the Oscar party of the Hollywood director in Santa Monica. They are currently working on writing projects with David Guetta and Disney while penning songs for a number of other recording artists including Ashley Roberts of Pussycat Dolls fame.

Support by Cat Dowling & Julie Hawk.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor (brothers Harry and Alfie) take their inspiration from both folk and pop, with aviva city all their own. It is difficult to listen to them, and not come away instantly affected. A busking and YouTube sensation long before they even approached are cord company, they combine keening melodies with a bustling energy that is as infectious as it is memorable.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Lee Fields and the Expressions

Lee Fields and the Expressions

There aren’t too many artists in soul music still working today who had a release in 1969. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist – or maybe he is bettered labelled a phenomenon. With a career spanning over forty years, Fields has amassed a prolific catalogue of albums and has performed with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers and O.V. Wright. His music ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fiblues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig. Lee Fields has done it all.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain

Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain

Jeffrey Lewis is both a comic book artist and a musician. With his band The Rain, material ranges from acoustic narratives to head smashing garage rock. Lewis’decade-plus career has included shows with The Vase lines, Stephen Malkmus, The Mountain Goats, Devo, Pulp, and other luminaries.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Jack L

Jack L The 27 Club

The 27 Club is the name bestowed upon a remarkable group of artists who passed away at the age of 27, and features the work of music icons including Janis Joplin, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. Jack, one of Ireland’s finest, most unforgettable performers, interweaves their legacy in a rip-roaring musical celebration of life itself.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013

Hot 8 Brass Band

This innately talented ensemble, ensconced in New Orleans’ musical and sociological heritage, have lyrical depth and dexterity, compositional chops and improvisational flair to spare.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 The Jerry Fish Show

The Jerry Fish Show

With a career spanning two decades, Jerry Fish is one of Ireland’s most enigmatic songwriters and performers. Former frontman of An Emotional Fish, his swaggering vocal has been described as Tom Waits in a good mood, or Leonard Cohen doing Dean Martin. Jerry Fish’s high-energy shows are legendary..

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

Described by the Irish Times as ‘one of those life-saving, spirit-lifting, pioneering cultural ventures we keep hearing about’, Kaleidoscope is a night of music curated by the violinist Clíodhna Ryan and the cellist Kate Ellis. With a monthly series in Dublin year-round, these celebrated nights feature innovative and imaginative programming and a diverse range of music from ancient to contemporary and experimental in a relaxed, intimate and beautiful setting. This summer the Kaleidoscope Camino hits the road, with two keenly-awaited performances at Galway Arts Festival. Featuring some of Ireland’s finest musicians, the shows include the Galway-based ConTempo String Quartet and the stellar accordionist Dermot Dunne. A world premiere by the Congolese guitarist and composer forms an exciting additions to the Galway Arts Festival 2013 programme.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Brian Kennedy started his musical career as part of Van Morrison’s band. With over 20 years in the music business, multiple hit singles and albums, Brian continues to entertain audiences across Ireland, the UK and beyond.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 The Henry Girls

The Henry Girls

Renowned for their fine harmonies and musical arrangements The Henry Girls are becoming one of Ireland’s most talked about folk/roots acts and are fast developing an international reputation. They have a unique sound, which blends classic traditional Irish folk music with a hint of Americana, a nod to bluegrass and many more in between.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Lynne, Barou & Lunny

Rynne, Barou & Lunny

Pádraig Rynne, Sylvain Barou and Dónal Lunny are, individually, masters of traditional Irish music. When three such influential and creative musicians work together the result is a wonderful collaboration of exciting musical talent.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Frankie Gavin & De Dannan

Frankie Gavin & De Dannan

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan are legends in the traditional Irish music world. Performing for over 33 years, the current line-up includes Barry Brady, Colm O’Caoimh and Paul O’Driscoll with Michelle Lallyon lead vocals. Frankie is a celebrated Irish fiddle player who has performed and recorded with music legends including The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli and Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

NOTE: This show has limited unreserved seating.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Tubular Bells For Two

Tubular Bells For Two

When Mike Oldfield released his 1973 masterpiece, Tubular Bells, it required more than 30 musicians to perform it. This thrilling show recreates the album on stage, in real time in a unique and compelling theatrical experience. Witness Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts recreate the beauty and playful lunacy of one of the most important albums of the 20th Century with just four hands and four feet.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 The Arcady Experience

The Arcady Experience

Since the formation of Arcady in 1988 by Johnny‘ Ringo’ McDonagh, dedication to Irish traditional music combined with virtuosic musicianship have made Arcady one of the most respected traditional bands in Ireland. Special guests include Stephen James & The Deans.

NOTE: This show has limited unreserved seating.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Silent Night 2013

Silent Night 2013

Silent Night is back. For one night only, Galway Arts Festival 2013 brings the Festival Club to the Big Top for a massive ‘Headphone Disco’ one of the Festival Club highlights of 2012. In the tradition of the ‘Silent Disco’, two top DJ’s battle for your attention on two-channel headsets. Stirring visuals and lots of surprises make this an unmissable party night of fun! Kicking off the night are Kormac’s Big Band live on stage.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Niall Vallely & Sean Óg Graham

Niall Vallely & Sean Óg Graham

Niall Vallely the highly regarded concertina player is joined by Sean Óg Graham on guitar for this Festival gig.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Frankie Lane & Paul Kelly

Frankie Lane & Paul Kelly

Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly are one of Ireland’s most popular duos. Kelly’s virtuoso mandolin and fiddle playing are the perfect complement to Lane’s wonderful singing, guitar and dobro playing.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Paul O'Shaughnessy & Harry Bradley

Paul O’Shaughnessy & Harry Bradley

Paul O’Shaughnessy has toured and recorded with many artists from Altan to Beginish. Together, Paul and Harry have recorded the highly acclaimed album Born for Sport and have toured extensively.

NOTE: This show has limited unreserved seating .

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Kevin Hough with Gary Hastings & Mick Conneely

Kevin Hough With Gary Hastings & Mick Conneely

Kevin Hough with Gary Hastings & Mick Conneely. Acclaimed guitarist Kevin Hough is joined by Gary Hastings, a well known traditional flute player who has recorded with The Chieftains, and Mick Conneely one of the most respected fiddle players of his generation.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Toner Quinn & Malachy Bourke

Toner Quinn & Malachy Bourke

Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke are a brilliant fiddle duet who play raw, dynamic music. They have just released a live album on the Ergodos label.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Brendan O'Regan & Dermot Byrne

Brendan O’Regan & Dermot Byrne

Two of Ireland’s finest musicians Brendan O’Regan and Dermot Byrne join forces for this special Festival performance. On bouzouki/mandolin and accordion respectively, they play a vast and wide repertoire.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 – Visual Arts

 


Galway Arts Festival 2013 Howard Hodgkins

Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin is one of Britain’s most internationally celebrated artists and is best known as a painter. However, he has also explored the possibilities of printmaking throughout his career, producing a substantial body of work as accomplished as his oils. This is the first large-scale exhibition spanning the artist’s entire career in print. Over the past forty years, he has produced over130 editions of striking and beautifully crafted prints which range in size from the very small to huge, and the exhibition will provide the opportunity for a full appraisal of his prints. An exhibition organised and toured by Barbican International Enterprises, London.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 John Cubbard Cuban School

John Cubbard Cuban School

The first Irish showing of two recent works by John
Gerrard consolidates his reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and internationally respected artists working today.

Recent shows include the Venice Biennale and Manchester International Festival, and his work has also been seen onstage at the Royal Opera House in London. The two large-scale digital projections presented for his Festival exhibition are meticulous slow-moving ‘virtual portraits’ of schools constructed in the 1960’s Cuban countryside. The original schools were part of an ambitious education programme by the Cuban government to mix work and study. The disappointing results of the programme and the lack of resources are reflected in the decaying conditions of the buildings. The structures were not abandoned however and Gerrard has referred to them as ‘functioning ruins’. As a group made up of members of staff and students struggled to keep them going against all odds. The schools have however effectively been closed since the making of the work. Gerrard’s attention was initially drawn to the strangeness of their architecture in the landscape and their dilapidated appearance. The Cuban School pair is part of a series of works that have focused on architectural and industrial structures. Both works are infinite in duration and powerfully mark the melancholic demise of a political vision. This is his first major Irish exhibition since 2007.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Nathaniel Mellors Ourhouse

Nathaniel Mellors Ourhouse

The complex relationship between language and power is a recurring theme in Mellors’ multi-faceted work, typically manifesting itself in absurdist, humorous narratives that reveal a penchant for satire and the grotesque. Mellors writes his own texts and explores different approaches to the performance of these through a variety of media. Parodying the formats and structures through which information is popularly conveyed – such as the television drama, political broadcast, critical analysis or avant- garde plays – Mellors sets up theatrical frameworks to test the line between meaningful content and incomprehensibility. At the core of his practice lies a fascination with the relationship between word and effect.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Richard Gilligan DIY

Richard Gilligan DIY

DIY is a movement within skateboarding, which operates outside civic and societal norms. Using abandoned terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder exists within a more unconventional environment. These unauthorized, temporary constructions have fascinated photographer Richard Gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout Europe and the USA.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Róisín Coyle The People of the Sea

Róisín Coyle The People of the Sea

‘At Inishark low music is heard under the water before an accident or wreck, ‘Lady Gregory. The People of the Sea is an immersive installation created in response to sea folklore on the west coast of Ireland. The installation merges a sound composition arranged with musician and composer Mike Small using Atlantic grey seals singing and film footage of accuracy passing slowly overhead. The People of the Sea is kindly supported by The Heritage Council and The Arts Council.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Shifting Ground

Shifting Ground

Shifting Ground from Heneghan Peng Architects was Ireland’s official entry at the Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition in 2012, the most important architectural exhibition in the world.

An interactive installation that invites viewers to physically engage with the exhibit and, in doing so, collaborate with each other. In a site-specific response, heneghan peng architects designed an oscillating ‘bench’ that invites visitors to balance their respective weights. The work considers issues of geometry and number in the architects’ work.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Derrick Hawker

Derrick Hawker

Derrick Hawker is an artist and designer-craftsman who has been involved with the community and the landscape of the western islands of Connemara since the 60’s. This exhibition is a celebration of his love for the people and the place. He has spent the last twelve years making a series of twelve paintings which focus symbolically on Ballynakill Lake in Gorumna. This is the first time they have been exhibited.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Debbi Hehir

Debbi O’Hehir

Hooves and Watermarks features O’Hehir’s iconic motif of the horse through her series of ink drawings and wire and bronze sculpture. The fluid, high-spirite denergy in her work belies the years of disciplined figurative study and search for her unique voice. Debi O’Hehir was born in England and grew up in Kinvara, Co. Galway.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Brian Kenny @126 Gallery

Brian Kenny @126 Gallery

Brian Kenny, is a founding member of the digital arts collective Lightscape Ireland. His work focuses on reconstructing and manipulating architecture and structure through projection mapping.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Levi Hanes

Levi Hanes

The Night Scene Series is part of an ongoing project from American artist Levi Hanes, exploring light and abstraction through digital photography and painting. Born in the United States in 1977, Hanes completed his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2008.

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Galway Arts Festival Kathleen Furey

Kathleen Furey

Kathleen Furey is from Galway and is a founder member of Artspace Studios. Exploring the relationship between narrative and image, her work deals with loss, memory and realisation.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Pat Collins

Pat Collins

Pat Collins, in collaboration with Tadhg O’Sullivan and Sharon Whooley, presents three new film works PilgrimWhat Remains and Fathom exploring aspects of place and cultural memory.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 – Comedy

 


Galway Arts Festival Ardal O'Hanlon

Ardal O’Hanlon

Father Ted star, Ardal O’Hanlon is delighted to present his latest stand-up show for the Galway Arts Festival 2013. The style is observational, the subject matter is life itself, and the default expression is one of utter disbelief!

Lurking beneath Ardal’s mild-mannered demeanour resides a sharp and probing comic brain. Here, he explores the world within and around him demonstrating why the peddling of jokes was not only his fate, but probably the only sensible way to live life.  .

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Who's line is it anyway?

Who’s Line Is It Anyway?

Five brave performers arrive with no script and not the faintest idea of what will happen. Willed on by a supportive crowd, they improvise whole sketches and comic dramas that are amazingly inventive, blossoming into flights of surreal brilliance. This show features the improvisational talents of Stephen Frost, Andy Smart, Steve Steen, Ian Coppinger and Greg Proops.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Andrew Proops

Greg Proops

Catch the very funny Greg Proops’ podcast The Smartest Man in the World on Thursday July 25 at 8pm upstairs in the Róisín Dubh.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Andrew Maxwell

Andrew Maxwell

One of Ireland’s best know comics, Andrew Maxwell continues to dominate the live and festival comedy circuits with sold-out shows around the world including the Edinburgh Festival and Montreal’s Just for Laughs. His TV appearances include One Night Stand, Wall of Fame, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You?, Argumental, Celebrity Juice, Mock the Week, Sky Atlantic’s new comedy series Don’t Sit in the Front Row and Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 David O'Doherty

David O’Doherty

A truly original and unique voice in Irish comedy, David O’Doherty’s shows are a gentle rollercoaster ride through the general absurdities of life, love and erm…. pandas. Quite simply, one of the best stand-ups in the world, with a slew of awards, sold out tours and TV appearances; David is an unmissable, late night Festival treat.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Laughter Loft

Laughter Loft

Early afternoon mayhem with a big side helping of mirth and madness as local lad made good Gerry Mallon, hosts and introduces some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit. With a different line up every day, the best and brightest new talent will be joined by stalwarts like Kevin Gildea, Fred Cooke, Eleanor Tiernan, Eric Lalor, Foil Arms and Hog and Jarlath Regan.

Laughter Loft Line up:

Mon July 15th-Eric Lalor

Tues July 16th-Karl Spain

Weds July 17th-Fred Cooke

Thurs July 18th- John Colleary

 Fri July 19th- Jason Byrne

Sat July 20th- Colm O Regan

Sun July 21st- Kevin McAleer

Mon July 22nd-Kevin Gildea

Tues July 23rd-Foil Arms and Hog

Weds July 24th-David O Doherty

Thurs July 25th- Eleanor Tiernan

Fri July 26th-Jarlath Regan

Sat July 27th- Chris Kent

Sun July 28th-Ardal O Hanlon

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 – Street Spectacle

 


Galway Arts Festival 2013 Dragons

Dragons

Be prepared to be dazzled as one of Europe’s most exciting outdoor theatre companies, the world famous Sarruga from Barcelona, invade the city streets. Fire-breathing dragons, accompanied by pulsating electronic music, travel from Eyre Square through the heart of the city to the Spanish Arch. Boldly inventive and hugely thrilling, Sarruga bring excitement and terror in equal measure!

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Les Pepones The Flying Trapeze

Les Pepones – The Flying Trapeze

Les Pepones is a breathtaking comic tale with astonishing acrobatics, swings, catches, hangs and somersaults – all choreographed to a fantastic musical score inspired by the silent movies of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. With jaw-dropping skill, this cast of nine performing on a huge circus rig thirty-five feet above the audience has become one of the most talked about trapeze shows in Europe.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Dream Engine Heliosphere

The Dream Engine Heliosphere

Creating the illusion of flying, an enormous, light-filled, helium balloon rises, falls and glides through the sky, suspending a stunning balletic aerialist below who tumbles and turns from ground level to twenty metres above the audience.

An enchanting and beautiful spectacle, which has wowed audiences all over the world.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Any Day

Any Day

Using clowning and acrobatics Any Day is a beautiful circus show that leaves audiences dazzled.

A traveller arrives in Galway, looking for a place to plant his nomadic home. But this traveller’s home is a little different; it’s a trampoline. Catalan trampoline master Max Calaf Seve, mixes extreme physical theatre and touching humour as he flies high into the sky.

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Galway Arts Festival 2013 Lightwalkers

Lightwalkers

Mesmerizing audiences with their simple and beautiful imagery, The Wrong Size use technology and circus skills to create stunning, visual spectacle. Highly visual and utterly unique Lightwalkers is a multi-colour swirl of movement, costume and light.

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Further information can be obtained from the Galway Arts Festival website.

 

 

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