Galway Arts Festival Programme 2005

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Galway Arts Festival 11 - 24 July 2005 Supported by

Galway Arts Festival 2005

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Board of Directors


Kieran Corcoran (Chairman)

Claire Kavanagh, Manager

Gerry Coy

Kathy Scott

Jacinta Dwyer

Yvonne Mc Mahon

Tiernan Henry John Mannion Fidelma Mullane Ted Turton Artistic Director


Rose Parkinson Incoming Artistic Director

Galway City Council Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe

Paul Fahy

Galway County Council, Ambassade de France en Irlande


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Marie Breen, Production Manager David Murphy, Technical Manager Artist Liaison Hugh Lavelle Ber O Hara Liam Parkinson Volunteers Co-Coordinators

Festival Manager

Susan Mc Kenna

John Crumlish

Sinead Mc Phillips

Festival Administrator


Elizabeth Duffy

Gerry Coy

Financial Controller

Graphic Design

Gerry Cleary

Hilda Reid - Wish Design Solutions


Supplementary Design

Susan Mc Kenna

Eoin Brennan



Box Office Managers Frances Burke Philip Sterling

Music Consultant Brendan O Regan Original Artwork Eadáin

Friends Co-Ordinator Sinead Mc Phillips SUPPORTING SPONSORS Faigheann Féile Ealaíon na Gaillimhe tacaíocht ó Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe agus ó Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe.

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Táimid buíoch de na daoine seo a leanas a thug caghair dúinn agus an Fhéile Ealaíon á eagrú. Galway Arts Festival would like to thank the following for their help and support. Gerry Barrett, Fergal Mc Grath, Barry Murphy, Pam O’Connell, Pat Walsh, Eadain Hunter, Dick Donoghue, Hugh Griffin, Naoise Nunn, An Garda Siochána, Eircom, Oliver Niland, Ferry Solicitors, TEIS, Alcom Systems, Dawn Dairies, Mc Donagh’s Quay Street, Oyster Creek Ltd, Padraig & Gráinne Conroy, SSL Logistics Oranmore, Tom Kenny, John Concannon, Michael Kennedy and to all the Festival volunteers.

irish premiere U.K.

irish premiere

Phoenix Dance Theatre Aurélia’s Oratorio triple bill dance

Venue/Ionad Black Box Theatre Dates/Dátaí Tuesday 12 Saturday 16 July Time 8pm Running Time 2 hours (including 2 intervals) Tickets/Ticéidí €20 (€18 conc.)

The Phoenix has well and truly landed ***** The Guardian

Can You See Me (Rui Horta) Signal (Henri Oguike) Eng-er-land (Darshan Singh Bhuller) One of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies, Phoenix Dance Theatre make their Irish debut with a fresh and powerful triple bill from three of today’s most exciting and original choreographers. Henri Oguike is known for intricate, rhythmic choreography and his instinctive translation of the moods and themes of music into exhilarating movement. His rousing Signal sets five performers against the pounding rhythms of Japan's Taiko drums. Inspired by the anthemic music of Jimi Hendrix, the archetype of rock excess, Rui Horta has drawn on the individual strengths of the Phoenix dancers to explore personal limits and the fine line between individual expression and burnout in Can You See Me. Artistic Director Darshan Singh Bhuller's Eng-er-land takes us through the madness of Friday night in Anytown, England. Pushing the relationship between live performance and film, the stage is flooded with multimedia projections of a virtual city. KMA's computer generated graphics respond and react to the dancers in a true integration of technology, theatricality and raw physicality. DJ Blessed's eclectic mixed soundtrack provides the pulse for this expose of the UK's binge culture. Photographs by Chris Nash.


created by Victoria Thiérrée Chaplin with Aurélia Thiérrée

physical theatre Venue/Ionad Black Box Theatre Dates/Dátaí Monday 18 Saturday 23 July Time 8pm Running Time 70 minutes Tickets/Ticéidí €20 (€18 conc.)

Suitable for ages 9 – adult

Welcome to a world of illusion and fantasy, where dreams come to life and the impossible happens before your very eyes... Aurélia's Oratorio is inspired by the magic of music hall, variety and circus, conjuring a concoction of theatrical mystery and dreambound delirium. In this topsy-turvy world of improbable encounters and incongruous characters, nothing is as it seems. Aurélia's Oratorio, a bewitching feast of invention and magical adventure, is created and directed by Victoria Thiérrée Chaplin and stars her daughter Aurélia Thiérrée (sister of James, whose Junebug Symphony and La Viellée des Abysses received their Irish premieres at Galway Arts Festival).

An upside-down, inside-out world of… illusion and such sweet disillusion that the stage itself disintegrates The Guardian


world premiere

All six plays on the same day. The performance ends at approximately 10.30pm, including a long supper interval of 90 mins. 2pm 16, 20 & 23 July. Previews 3 & 14 July.

The Shadow of The Glen The Playboy of The Western World Synge’s one act play The Shadow of The Glen about a loveless marriage of convenience is paired with his comic masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World. Running time approx 2hrs 50mins. 8pm 18, 21, 25 & 28 July. Previews 29 June & 11 July.

The Tinker’s Wedding The Well of The Saints

Directed by Garry Hynes drama Venue/Ionad Town Hall Theatre Dates/Dátaí Saturday 16 - Saturday 23 July 2005 & running on until Saturday 30 July 2005. Previews from Wed 29 June Time Various - see opposite Tickets/Ticéidí €25 (€18 concession); The Synge Cycle €45 (€30 concession); Previews €15 (The Synge Cycle Previews €25)

In what promises to be the theatrical experience of a lifetime, Druid presents six plays by John Millington Synge in this landmark tribute to one of the world’s greatest playwrights. DruidSynge can be enjoyed as a series of double bills over two or three days, or as a very special experience when on selected dates - all six plays are presented on the same day. This unique celebration of Synge’s life and work is the first time that all of his plays will have been performed together.

In The Tinker’s Wedding, Sarah Casey seeks the respectability of marriage to Michael Byrne, despite the antics of his porter-loving mother Mary. In The Well of the Saints, a blind old couple of the roads discover that the world of illusion is preferable to the starkness of reality. Running time approx 2hrs 20mins. 8pm 19, 26 & 29 July. Previews 30 June & 12 July.

‘Watching the currach on its way to collect turf’ (Photo: JM Synge). Image supplied courtesy of The Board of Trinity College Dublin.

The Synge Cycle

Riders To The Sea Deirdre of The Sorrows Riders to the Sea chronicles the constant struggle of the Aran islanders against the sea. Deirdre of the Sorrows is a retelling of the legend of Deirdre - a beautiful young woman who brings ruin to the Sons of Usna and the great city of Emain Macha. Running time approx 2hrs 10mins. 8pm 22, 27 & 30 July. Previews 1, 13 & 15 July.

DruidSynge - A landmark tribute to one of our greatest playwrights The Sunday Independent

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Garry Hynes is the most exciting contemporary interpreter of Synge The Irish Times

DruidSynge cast photographs by Keith Pattison.


irish premiere

irish premiere


Andrew McCarthy in

A Distant Country Called Youth drama Venue/Ionad Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway Dates/Dátaí Monday 18 – Sunday 24 July Time 8pm Running Time 90 minutes Tickets/Ticéidí €18 (€16 conc.)

Paines Plough

The Small Things by Enda Walsh drama

A Distant Country Called Youth powerfully illuminates a series of letters by Tennessee Williams to his family, friends, lovers, agents, producers and literary luminaries. Written over a 20-year period, the letters follow Williams from his youth in Clayton to his first triumph on Broadway. The Glass Menagerie's famously introverted heroine, Laura, was inspired by Williams’ sister Rose, whose mental deterioration is chronicled in heartbreaking detail in the play through her brother’s letters. Andrew McCarthy has appeared in many Broadway and off Broadway productions most notably in Sideman and The Boys of Winter. A wellknown TV and film actor he has appeared in Mulholland Falls, The Joy Luck Club, Pretty in Pink, Less than Zero and St. Elmos’ Fire amongst others. Adapted and directed by Steve Lawson from The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams.

Venue/Ionad Druid Theatre Dates/Dátaí Monday 18 Sunday 24 July Time 8pm Running Time 70 minutes Tickets/Ticéidí €20 (€18 conc.)

The last two people left in the world. They have to speak to stay alive. Who will have the last word? Two houses, perched on top of mountains, stare at each other across a deep valley. A man and a woman talk about the small things – parquet floor zigzagging down corridors, the memory of mother’s breasts, brown sauce and soggy chips. But these minutiae disguise a bigger story of brutality and unfaltering loyalty which emerges horrifically through the chit-chat. Enda Walsh is one of the most innovative and thrilling playwrights of his generation following global success with his plays Disco Pigs and Bedbound. Paines Plough present the Irish premiere of The Small Things, directed by Vicky Featherstone - an aching exploration of language and our need for words to survive.


world premiere

world premiere


Operating Theatre

Here Lies In 1937, inspired by an apocalyptic vision, French actor/writer Antonin Artaud arrived in Ireland carrying a cane, which he believed to have been the staff of St. Patrick. His journey brought him to Inis Mor and to Galway where he stayed in the Imperial Hotel without the means to pay his bill. Some days later, he was arrested in Dublin and subsequently deported as an undesirable and destitute alien. Here Lies is the first in a series of live installations by Operating Theatre which retraces Artaud's journey through Ireland. Created by the company in collaboration with director Selina Cartmell and designer Paul Keogan with sound design by Roger Doyle, Here Lies is performed by Olwen Fouere.


Meeting Room Imperial Hotel, Eyre Sq. Dates/Dátaí Friday 22, Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July Time 6pm - 9pm Admission free, performance ongoing audience free to come and go.

Teatro del Silencio & Karlik Danza Teatro

Mother Courage & her children in Purgatory

performance Ireland

world premiere Peer Pressure Productions

Dog Show written and directed by Garrett Keogh Boy dog meets girl dog. They start going out. Then he sees her with someone else… Even the dogs in the street know there's a price to pay for a broken heart.

A psychedelic canine thriller. Love, sex, jealousy and death. The Collie, the Labrador, and the red-eyed Mutt. LIVE from the Bank of Ireland Theatre at Galway Arts Festival, Dog Show - a radio drama on stage…

physical theatre Venue/Ionad Fisheries Field Dates/Dátaí Friday 15 Sunday 17 July Time 9pm Running Time 1 hour Tickets/Ticéidí €18

SEE the valley ring with laughter

Not suitable for children

HEAR the gunshots, SMELL the blood

Open air performance

TREMBLE as the tractor comes to take the corpse away...

Venue/Ionad Dates/Dátaí Time Tickets/Ticéidí

Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 July 1pm & 6pm €12

Mother Courage & her children in Purgatory is the latest creation from Mauricio Celedon, director of Teatro del Silencio, in collaboration with Spain's Karlik Danza Teatro. On their first visit to Galway in 2000, Teatro del Silencio astonished audiences with the extraordinary Alice Underground and now they return to the Festival to present the world premiere of their latest creation. Mother Courage & her children in Purgatory continues the tradition of the company to break through the barriers separating acrobatics, mime, dance, music and drama. Based on Brecht's landmark anti-war drama, Mother Courage and her children in Purgatory, performed in the open air, is a powerful reflection of the times we live in.

France Ireland

Claude Merle

The Neighbours

Macnas Festival Parade

テ(t Ait parade Streets of Galway Date/Dテ。ta Sunday 17 July Time 3pm

Macnas have been at the forefront of street spectacle and performance in Ireland for the past 20 years. Having discovered an ancient map containing details of a place that up until now was assumed to be mythical, intrepid Macnas explorers embark on a historic expedition to find テ(t Ait...

street Streets of Galway throughout the Festival

absurd families men women children weird and wonderful characters sit still and silent watching you, watching them.

Featuring a cast of up to 500 performers, teams of drummers, dancers and special effects. The Macnas Festival Parade is supported by The Arts Council and Galway City Council.

Life-size puppets created by French artist Claude Merle appear in unexpected places from William Street to Quay Street throughout the Festival.

Ireland Northern Ireland

The Giant

by Barry Murphy

Scary or Friendly Much maligned Lived in the sentence Once upon a time He's back. And this time he's a little confused.

A short show for 5-10 year olds by Barry Murphy with Mark Doherty

Venue/Ionad Dates/Dátaí

Town Hall Studio Time Monday 18 – Friday 22 July (excluding Wednesday 20) Running Time 40 minutes Tickets/Ticéidí

1.15pm daily (Friday 22 1.15pm & 3.30pm) €5

Big Telly Theatre Company

The Little Mermaid



magical water-theatre

Playin' aRound by Mark Doherty Two clowns waste a perfectly good day

family Venue/Ionad Leisureland Pool Dates/Dátaí Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 July

Award-winning Big Telly Theatre Company

Time 12 noon, 3pm & 7.30pm

visual effects and music, to create a magnificently

(that could be wasted anywhere) on the golf course. They don't quite know the rules and you don't have to either: the fun is in the in betweeny bits...

Tickets/Ticéidí €10 Running Time 50 minutes

A show for people aged 31/2 to 771/2 with Mark Doherty and Mikel Murfi

Venue/Ionad Dates/Dátaí

Druid Theatre Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 July Time 1.15pm Tickets/Ticéidí €5 Running Time 45 minutes

created by Zoë Seaton and Paul Boyd

Family show suitable for ages 5+

presents Hans Christian Andersen's well-loved fairytale The Little Mermaid, with magical lighting, unique performance. Spectacular effects are achieved both above and below the water to retell the heart-warming story of The Little Mermaid's first visit to the surface. Highlights of this unique performance include a raging storm that shipwrecks the Prince, a dramatic encounter with a Sea Witch and the

(Please note that the show includes the use of strobe lighting)

beautiful mermaids ball.

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S H O W C A S E G A LWAY new work from Galway


Chrysalis Dance


Score by Paddy Casey Choreography by Judith Sibley Strings is a unique collaboration between Chrysalis Director Judith Sibley and singer/ songwriter Paddy Casey. Fusing the grace and elegance of classical ballet with the red-hot energy of contemporary dance Chrysalis presents a dynamic performance of unrivalled emotional power inspired by Casey's lyrics.

Venue/Ionad Date/Dáta Time Tickets/Ticéidí

Radisson SAS Hotel Entertainment Centre July 22 July 3pm & 8pm €18 (€16 conc.)



John Carey

W H AT By Josh Tobiessen

Alice thought that she was the only employee loyal enough to show up at the office on a Saturday. But with the appearance of an overeager mailroom clerk, her needy boyfriend and a wannabe arsonist, it may take more than loyalty to get through the day alive.



Catastrophe Theatre are a young Galway company who have built a reputation for original and darkly comic work, unusual staging and a physically engaging acting style.

Venue/Ionad Dates/Dátaí Time Tickets/Ticéidí

An Taibhdhearc Studio Monday 11 - Saturday 23 July (excluding Wednesday 13 July) 6.30pm €12 (€10 conc.)

Galway Youth Theatre


By Christian O’Reilly

A group of teenagers are gathered for dinner and a crisis meeting at Mags’ house. It’s a week since their class destroyed their teacher Miss Adams, with the razor-edged cruelty of children, and she has not been seen since. Hilarious new play from the author of The Good Father and Inside I’m Dancing. GYT also perform Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible running at Nun’s Island Studio from Monday July 11 – Saturday July 23 daily at 8pm. Both Teacher and The Crucible are directed by Andrew Flynn and designed by Owen MacCarthaigh.

literature Venue/Ionad Great Southern Hotel, Eyre Square Date/Dáta Wednesday 20 July Time 6pm Tickets/Ticéidí €7

Nun’s Island Studio Tuesday 12 to Saturday 23 July (No Show on Sunday 17 July) Time 1pm Tickets/Ticéidí €8 Venue/Ionad Dates/Dátaí

Always controversial and insightful, leading critic John Carey questions the true value of art in his startling new polemic, What Good Are The Arts? Author of the bestselling and controversial The Intellectuals and the Masses, John Carey promotes new debate in his book. Do the arts make us better people? Are they a sign of civilization? Why should high art be thought higher than low? Are judgements about art anything more than personal opinions? What are works of art anyway? John Carey is joined by a panel of leading Irish arts practitioners and commentators, including director Garry Hynes, writer, satirist and former TV and radio producer Stuart Carolan, author Pat McCabe, journalist and critic Donald Clarke and artist and writer Stephen Dee for this timely debate on the topics raised in his book.



Joe Sacco Nick Broomfield & Jason Wood literature Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Entertainment Centre Date/Dáta Friday 15 July Time 4pm Tickets/Ticéidí €7

Jason Wood's new book of interviews with documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, Documenting Icons, is a remarkable insight into Broomfield's unorthodox working methods and his considerable filmography. Kurt Cobain, Margaret Thatcher, rap stars Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, rock star Courtney Love and serial killer Aileen Wuornos are just a few of the icons whom Nick Broomfield has chased down and filmed in the pursuit of his work. Over the past 25 years Broomfield has established himself as Britain's best-known and most unflaggingly controversial director of documentaries. Jason Wood joins Nick Broomfield in conversation to discuss his life and work.

literature Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Entertainment Centre Date/Dáta Saturday 16 July Time 4pm Tickets/Ticéidí €7

Joe Sacco's books are amazing glimpses into the complex issues of global politics that never lose sight of the everyday people who live in states of war. Joe travelled to the middle east for the first time in 1992 and came away from Israel and the occupied territories with the material that would make up his groundbreaking 2-part comic book series Palestine. Nothing like Palestine had ever been seen before, setting new standards for the use of the comic book as a documentary medium and receiving the prestigious American Book Award in 1996. His next major opus, Safe Area Gorazde, an exploration of a small Muslim enclave in Serbia, is a staggering and fierce condemnation of the political impotence and badly planned UN operations during the Bosnian conflict, and his 2002 book The Fixer is a remarkable story about how people subsist in a state of war, by finding the last thing left to sell: They sell their stories to western journalists like Sacco.

A Political and aesthetic work of extraordinary originality, quite unlike any other in the long, often turgid and hopelessly twisted debates that have occupied Palestinians, Israelis, and their respective supporters... With the exception of one or two novelists and poets, no one has ever rendered this terrible state of affairs better than Joe Sacco. Edward Said (on Palestine)



ConTempo String Quartet Concert Series

Sebastian Barry

music All performances take place in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway

literature Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Date/Dáta Saturday 23 July Time 6pm Tickets/Ticéidí €12 Running Time 2 hours

Political cabaret, Leviathan comes to Galway Arts Festival to present a unique celebration of Sebastian Barry's remarkable new novel A Long Long Way. One of the great books about the First World War, which escapes and transcends any merely Irish dimension or location. The Boston Globe has already called A Long Long Way a masterpiece. It is a judgement that is hard to fault. The Irish Times Join Leviathan host Naoise Nunn for a reading from the novel by Sebastian Barry, poetry from Michael Longley and an interactive discussion of the book and its historical, political and social themes with Professor John Horne of Trinity College, Dublin; Dr. Steven King of the Ulster Unionist Party; and Tadhg Moloney, Honorary Secretary of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association. In a magical musical finale, living legend Liam Clancy will perform highly evocative songs from the era and will be joined by Cork balladeer Jimmy Crowley and June Tabor ‘whose voice turns history into passion before your very ears.’ (BBC)

ConTempo String Quartet Concert Series Season Ticket: €58/€38

Hugh Tinney

Bruno Giuranna

Founded in 1995 by students of the Music University in Bucharest, the ConTempo String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated young quartets performing today. Having toured the world extensively and winning many international prizes ConTempo became Galway’s Ensemble-in-Residence in 2003. For this Concert Series many of Europe’s most renowned musicians join with ConTempo to perform for Galway Arts Festival to mark the string quartet’s 10th anniversary. Concert No. 1 ConTempo String Quartet Brahms, Op. 67 No. 3 Commissioned work to celebrate anniversary Beethoven quartet (Rasoumovsky), Op.59 No.3 ConTempo in Progress Screening of short film by Bob Quinn. Tuesday 19 July 7.30pm €15/€10 Concert No. 2 ConTempo String Quartet featuring Bruno Giuranna & Martin Lovett Boccherini Cello quintet in C major; Mozart Viola quintet in G minor; Brahms sextet No. 1. Wednesday 20 July 5pm €12/€9 Concert No. 3 Georges Enescu Evening

Mairtín O’Connor

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ConTempo String Quartet featuring Lory Wallfisch Discussion on Georges Enescu, with Lory Wallfisch President of the Enescu Foundation, USA. Enescu Piano Sonata Op. 24 No. 1; Enescu’s 2nd String Quartet. Thursday 21 July 5pm €10/€8

Concert No. 4 Lunchtime Recital Young Irish Musicians Showcase Featuring some of the finest young chamber ensembles performing in Ireland today from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Cork School of Music. Friday 22 July 1pm €5 Concert No. 5 ConTempo String Quartet featuring Emma Johnson & Hugh Tinney Weber Clarinet Quintet Tchaikovsky’s Autumn Song, Scarborough Fair and Johnson’s Geordie; Elgar’s Piano Quintet. Friday 22 July 7pm €12/€9 Concert No. 6 ConTempo String Quartet featuring Máirtín O’Connor, Gary Ó’Briain, Cathal Hayden & Guests. Some of Ireland’s most talented traditional and classical musicians perform music from all over the world. Saturday 23 July 8pm €18/€12

Tibet U.K.

June Tabor Yungchen Lhamo

music Venue/Ionad St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church Date/Dáta Saturday 16 July Time 9pm Tickets/Ticéidí €18 (€16 conc.)

Since fleeing Tibet on foot in 1989, Yungchen Lhamo has emerged as the leading Tibetan vocalist on the world stage. From the quays of Sydney to the spotlight of Carnegie Hall, her acappella performances have enchanted audiences in more than 70 countries. Since the release of her award-winning first album Tibetan Prayer, her music has met with critical praise worldwide, alternatively described as 'beautifully evocative', 'mesmerising', spinetingling' and 'transcendent'. Since signing to Peter Gabriel's Real World Records, Yungchen has released two critically acclaimed albums Tibet, Tibet and Coming Home. Yungchen now lives in New York City and is currently at work on her much anticipated third album.

with Andy Cutting, diatonic accordion Mark Emerson, viola, violin, piano music Venue/Ionad St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church Date/Dáta Thursday 21 July Time 9pm Tickets/Ticéidí €18 (€16 conc.)

June Tabor’s voice is one of the few genuinely unique vehicles of the folk world: haunting and powerful with a deep feeling for the song. From her early musical career she developed a simple vocal style as she moved in the direction of the exquisite, controlled singing that today is her trademark. In more than 30 years of performing, Tabor has made several daring raids across the traditional boundaries of English folk music, pushing the genre to places where some would not dare — bringing jazz standards into her sets, collecting songs from Germany, the Appalachian mountains and Derby, and wrapping them all in a warm, deep, dark and inimitable voice. The result is compelling musical storytelling.

She's not merely a good singer; she's an interpreter of unflinching commitment, exploring the soul of a song to its jagged nerve ends until it seems to take on a new form entirely Mojo

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Django Bates' Human Chain Yann Tiersen

with guest vocalist music Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Entertainment Centre Date/Dáta Friday 15 July Time 8pm Tickets/Ticéidí €20 (€18 conc.)

Josefine Lindstrand A celebrated creative maverick, right from the early days with Loose Tubes, Django Bates has become a major voice in European music. His wry sense of humour and gift for melody takes the virtuoso jazz players in Human Chain twisting and looping through new material from his stunning new album You Live and Learn…Apparently.

This is modern ensemble playing of the highest calibre, contemporary composition at its most vital and a thrilling show not to be missed The Guardian

music Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Entertainment Centre Date/Dáta Saturday 16 July Time 8pm Tickets/Ticéidí €20 (€18 conc.)

Yann Tiersen is best known for the beguiling, award-winning soundtrack to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie and he just recently composed the score to the German movie Goodbye Lenin, directed by Wolfgang Becker. In his native France, Yann Tiersen is an integral part of a scene which has been a remarkable hotbed of new talent in recent years with artists such as Air, Daft Punk and Manu Chao. Bretonborn Yann is acknowledged as one of the leaders of a vibrant new movement in French indie music dubbed the 'nouvelle generation' or 'neo-realists'. Simultaneously embracing and transforming their own musical heritage, Yann, Miossec, Dominique A and others have taken the classic flavours of Gallic music and mixed them with a host of new ingredients from punk, avant garde and world music, revolutionising French music and the traditional chanson by reinventing them for a contemporary audience.

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Galway Arts Festival 2005


Mon 11

Tues 12

Wed 13

Thurs 14 Fri 15

Sat 16

Black Box Theatre

Phoenix Dance Phoenix Dance Phoenix Dance Phoenix Dance Phoenix Dance 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

Town Hall Theatre

Synge Cycle* 2pm Sun 17

Mon 18

Tues 19

Aurélia’s Oratorio 8pm

Aurélia’s Oratorio 8pm

Synge Cycle 2pm Playboy 8pm Shadow 8pm

Tinker * 8pm The Well* 8pm

Aurélia’s Oratorio 8pm

Aurélia’s Oratorio 8pm

Sun 24

Synge Cycle 2pm Playboy 8pm Shadow 8pm

Riders* 8pm Deirdre* 8pm

Riders 8pm Deirdre 8pm

Town Hall Studio

The Giant 1.15pm Playin' aRound Playin' aRound Playin' aRound Playin' aRound Playin' aRound 1.15pm 1.15pm 1.15pm 1.15pm 1.15pm Dog Show 1pm & 6pm

Aurélia’s Oratorio 8pm

Sat 23

Tinker 8pm The Well 8pm Riders* 8pm Deirdre* 8pm

BOI Theatre NUI Galway

Aurélia’s Oratorio 8pm

Fri 22

Synge Cycle 2pm

Playboy* 8pm Shadow* 8pm

Druid Theatre

Wed 20 Thurs 21

Dog Show 1pm & 6pm

Dog Show 1pm & 6pm

Fisheries Field

Dog Show 1pm & 6pm

The Giant 1.15pm

The Giant 1.15pm

The Giant 1.15pm & 3.30pm

The Small Things The Small Things The Small ThingsThe Small Things The Small Things The Small ThingsThe Small Things 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

Dog Show 1pm & 6pm

Distant Country Distant Country Distant Country Distant Country Distant Country Distant Country Distant Country 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm

Mother Courage Mother Courage Mother Courage 9pm 9pm 9pm

Leisureland Pool

Little Mermaid 12/3/7.30pm

Little Mermaid 12/3/7.30pm

Imperial Hotel

Here Lies 6-9pm

Here Lies 6-9pm

Here Lies 6-9pm Neighbours

Streets of Galway







Neighbours Parade 3pm







Nun’s Island Studio

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

The Crucible 8pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Teacher 1pm

Burntout 6.30pm

Burntout 6.30pm

Burntout 6.30pm

Burntout 6.30pm

Burntout 6.30pm

Burntout 6.30pm

Burntout 6.30pm

Burntout 6.30pm

Burntout 6.30pm

An Taibhdhearc Studio

Burntout 6.30pm

Radisson SAS Hotel (Ballroom)

Burntout 6.30pm Dylan Moran 8pm

Radisson SAS Hotel (Entertainment Centre)

Proclaimers 9pm

Mavis Staples 9pm

Barry Murphy 8pm

Broomfield & Wood 4pm

Joe Sacco 4pm

Django Bates 8pm

Yann Tiersen 8pm

St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church Cuba Róisín Dubh

Tommy Tiernan Tommy Tiernan Tommy Tiernan 7pm & 9.30pm 7pm & 9.30pm 7pm & 9.30pm Roesy 9pm

Josh Rouse 9pm

Warwick Hotel

M Shocked 9pm

Amos Garrett 9pm

Carberry, Quinn & Blake 1pm

Sharon Shannon 9pm

D Dempsey 9pm ConTempo 1 7.30pm

Duke Special 9pm

Jim White 9pm Lucky Dube 9pm

O'Keeffe & O'Connor 1pm

M Faithfull 9pm Leviathan 6pm

Yungchen Lhamo 9pm

Scanlon & Hennessy 9pm

Róisín Dubh (Trad Lunchtimes)

Gallagher & Doyle Kennedy 9pm

Breda & Cora Smyth 9pm

ConTempo 2 5pm

Jon Kenny 8pm

Strings 3pm & 8pm

Toasted Heretic 8pm

ConTempo 3 5pm June Tabor 9pm

ConTempo 4 1pm ConTempo 5 7pm

ConTempo 6 8pm

Luke Haines 9pm

Valerie Smith 9pm

At First Light 9pm

Dordán 1pm

Mick Kinsella & Friends 1pm

White Hare Band 1pm

McGrattan, Glackin, O'Grady 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Cane 141 9pm

Campbells Tavern Ruby Room, Kings Head

Burntout 6.30pm

Richie Havens 9pm Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Laughter Loft 1pm

Great Southern Hotel

Laughter Loft 1pm John Carey 6pm

* Denotes Preview

Visual Arts

Aula Maxima 1

Aula Maxima 2

NUIG Gallery

Galway Arts Centre

Kenny Gallery

Norman Villa Gallery

Joe Sacco


Margot Quinn

Rooms For Waiting In

John Coll

Michael Kane


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Mavis Staples

Marianne Faithfull

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Legendary rock n roll hall of famer and gospel soul singer Mavis Staples brings her unmistakable rich, earthy contralto voice to Galway Arts Festival. Her eigth solo album Have A Little Faith was released last year and she has since toured with Al Green, performed at the Americana Music Awards and appeared in the Martin Scorseseproduced feature film Lightning in a Bottle.

music Mavis received a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance for her collaboration with Dr. John on the song Lay My Burden Down and was also nominated for the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals Grammy for her duet with Bob Dylan on Gotta Change My Way Of Thinking. Pops Staples' Father Father, which Mavis sang on and co-produced, won the 1994 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Most recently she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, as a member of The Staple Singers, at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

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Like all great song interpreters, Marianne Faithfull has that rare ability to transform any lyric into something compelling and utterly personal.

Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Date/Dáta Sunday 24 July Time 9pm Tickets/Ticéidí €29 (€27 conc.)

Marianne Faithfull became an icon of the Swinging Sixties firstly through the Jaggers/Richards penned hit As Tears Go By, the first of four top ten hits in a row, and the association that followed with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. In the seventies her second solo outing Broken English established her as a unique voice with the new husky drawl turning The Ballad of Lucy Jordan into a major hit. Over the next twenty five years she produced eleven albums and collaborated with a number of songwriters including Billy Corrigan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Damon Albarn and PJ Harvey.

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Amos Garrett Amos Garrett has been playing for more than 40 years. He has played on over 200 albums, including the guitar solo on Maria Muldaur's Midnight At The Oasis, once named by Stevie Wonder as his favourite guitar solo of all time. Richard Thompson, Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler have all professed to being heavily influenced by Amos and his longer term projects included stints with The Paul Butterfield Band, Geoff Muldaur and Doug Sahm's Texas Tornadoes. For the last 15 years he has been fronting his own band in Calgary, Canada where he now lives. Amos Garrett's band includes Ted McKenna on drums, Alan Thomson on bass and slide guitarist Jim Condie.

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Warwick Hotel Wednesday 13 July 9pm €18 (€16 conc.)

Toasted Heretic


It is exactly 20 years since cult Galway band Toasted Heretic played their first gig, on a truck in Salthill, and were denounced for blasphemy. They went on to release four albums, have a top ten hit, and play their lunatic literary rock to acclaim and bemusement in London, Paris and New York. Later, frontman Julian Gough's novel, Juno & Juliet, was published worldwide.

one of the most lyrical and original guitarists playing today...his single note solos and melodic figures are so distinctive that it is virtually impossible to mistake them for anyone else's

Now, Toasted Heretic return in glory, to celebrate the release of the double A-side, LSD (isn't what it used to be) / Drown The Browns, taken from the forthcoming Now In New Nostalgia Flavour, a lushly packaged reissue of their first two legendary albums.

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Radisson SAS Hotel Entertainment Centre Saturday 23 July 8pm €19 (€17 conc.)

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Richie Havens

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Richie Havens’ poignant and soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. His voice has inspired and electrified audiences from his legendary appearance at Woodstock in 1969 to the present day. In 2003, The National Music Council of America awarded Richie the American Eagle Award for his place as part of America's musical heritage. Grace Of The Sun, his latest release, exemplifies his signature percussive strumming and rich, melodic vocals.


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Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike’s live concerts are an explosion of contemporary and traditional acoustic music where Smith’s tremendous vocals are perfectly complimented by Liberty Pike’s tight harmonies and superb instrumentation. With their soulful, heartfelt delivery of their slower paced ballads to the up-tempo, hard-driven barnburners…it’s no wonder Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike have amassed a worldwide fan base. Their forthcoming CD That What Love Can Do is due for release in July. Music Sponsor



Michelle Shocked The Proclaimers music Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Entertainment Centre Date/Dáta Tuesday 12 July Time 9pm Tickets/Ticéidí €22 (€20 conc.)

The Proclaimers made their legendary TV debut on The Tube almost 20 years ago, performing the classic song Letter From America. It was the beginning of a phenomenon. In May 2001, The Proclaimers released Persevere, a critically acclaimed collection of beautiful and exhilarating songs. Their latest album, Born Innocent was released just over a year ago. The Proclaimers are among the most dynamic and energetic live acts in the world.

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2005 is a big year for Michelle Shocked, who released a new trilogy of albums on June 27th. The two-time Grammy nominee will present her Threesome, continuing the American Trilogy

Date/Dáta Sunday 17 July Time 9pm Tickets/Ticéidí €22 (€20 conc.)

concept of her first three Mercury albums. The first album Don't Ask Don't Tell is a rock album produced by Dusty Wakeman. The second album Got No Strings features Disney classics done in a Western style swing. The third album, Mexican Standoff is half-Latin, half blues. Her Threesome is executed with humour, imagination and irony - and in voices most have never heard from Michelle. There's rock and after-hours blues, hardcore punk and twang shading her sly lyrics.

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Jim White When Jim White's debut Wrong-Eyed Jesus appeared in 1997 on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label, it was instantly acclaimed as a classic of the newly burgeoning alt country scene. No Such Place followed in 2001 with White fans Morcheeba producing several tracks and the term trip hop Americana was born. Drill a Hole in That Substrata and Tell Me What You See appeared in 2004 and with co-producer Joe Henry and guests Aimee Mann, Barenaked Ladies and Bill Frisnell produced an album which received glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Sharon Shannon is one of the most adventurous musical spirits to emerge in Ireland in the past decade, boldly crossing musical borders while remaining true to her rich traditional experience. For this concert she joins forces with the formidable talents of flautist Mike McGoldrick, virtuoso fiddle player Frankie Gavin and oneman rhythm section guitarist Jim Murray, to showcase a host of new material from their recent critically acclaimed CD Tunes, a collection ranging from traditional Irish to traditional Asturian tunes with new compositions by each of the quartet.

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Cuba Tuesday 19 July 9pm €18 (€16 Conc.)


Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Date/Dáta Monday 18 July Time 9pm Tickets/Ticéidí €22 (€20 conc.)




Luke Haines Luke Haines has been described as one of the greatest of English contemporary songwriters. As part of the Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder, along with his own solo work, he has been a crucial part of the British music landscape over the last fifteen years. A new Black Box Recorder album, Passionoia, has recently been released, followed by a final Auteurs album Das Capital.

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Cuba Thursday 21 July 9pm €18 (€16 Conc.)

This live appearance will be solo acoustic and will cover songs from his broad catalogue.

A phenomenal voice, soaring melodies and the ability to nail any of society’s problems in a couplet so perfect that you’d have generations of songwriters singing your praises. The Sunday Times

Damien Dempsey The intricate, hard-hitting social commentary of Damien Dempsey’s words and music reflects the influence of traditional Irish SeanNós as well as his musical heroes Bob Marley and Elvis Presley. Damien Dempsey has earned the support and respect of fellow musicians Shane MacGowan and Morrissey and those who feature on his new album, including Sinéad O'Connor and Brian Eno. His just released third album Shots follows up on his double platinum-selling album Seize the Day.

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Paul McGrattan, Kevin Glackin with Noel O'Grady White Hare Band Paul McGrattan and Kevin Glackin, flute and fiddle duet, are well known for their subtle arrangements and their accomplished playing, both as a duet and as solo artists. They are joined by great Mayo based bouzouki player Noel O'Grady for this performance.

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Róisín Dubh Saturday 23 July 1pm €6.50

The White Hare Band are Jim McKee on guitar and vocals, PJ MacDonald on whistles and Brendan Hendry on fiddle. A great combination of musicians, this new band hail from the North of Ireland.

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Róisín Dubh Friday 22 July 1pm €6.50

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Josh Rouse is one of America's finest young artists. His fifth and latest album Nashville is a homage to the place he called home for almost ten years. Beautiful and complex, Nashville follows critically acclaimed records like 1972 and Under Cold Blue Stars and marks a honing of his craft towards a semi traditional singersongwriter album. The songs on the album successfully encapsulate the different sides of Nashville pulling in many of the myriad elements of the city's scene – roots, folk and the Britinfluenced guitar pop of Nashville’s indie scene.


Angelina Carberry, Martin Maire O'Keeffe & Ailish O'Connor Quinn & John Blake Angelina and Martin are one of the most popular duets in Irish music today. On banjo and box respectively, they are renowned for their infectious rhythm and great choice of tunes. With John Blake on guitar.

Maire O'Keeffe and Ailish O' Connor have been playing together for many years and are a very fresh and very talented fiddle duet. They are joined by multi instrumentalist and producer and arranger Gary O'Briain.

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Róisín Dubh Friday 15 July 1pm €6.50

Josh Rouse

Róisín Dubh Thursday 14 July 1pm €6.50

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Roesy appeared in the first Other Voices TV series on RTE and was nominated for Best New Irish Act in the 2004 Meteor Music Awards. His song Potosi Mine was included in the Diamond Mountain Session Presents… Compilation CD, also featuring Sinead O’Connor, Steve Earle, Natalie Merchant and Sharon Shannon. Through his career he has shared the stage with Bert Jansch, Paul Brady, Billy Bragg, John Martyn, Davy Spillane, Donovan, Freddie White and Ron Sexsmith. An exhibition of Roesy's paintings runs at The Blue Note throughout the Festival.

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Róisín Dubh Monday 11 July 9pm €17 (€15 conc.)

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Duke Special


Mick Kinsella & Friends

Dordán need no introduction to most traditional music fans. They are all prime exponents of their individual instruments; whistle, fiddle and harp, and produce an elegant soundscape with their deft arrangements.

Mick Kinsella is one of the few people in Ireland playing Irish music on harmonica and is a hugely respected musician. For this concert he is joined by Steve Larkin on fiddle and Damian Gallagher on guitar.

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Róisín Dubh Saturday 16 July 1pm €6.50

Róisín Dubh Thursday 21 July 1pm €6.50

Duke Special has recruited a small collective of musicians, including drummer and percussionist Chip Bailey, Réa Curran on trumpet and harmonium and Ben Hales on guitar and backing vocals, along with his own bruised romanticism and soft Northern tinged vocals, to bring the Duke's antique songs of confused love to life. Duke Special has just released his debut album Adventures in Gramophone. Using cheese graters, wardrobe doors, pianos, harps, brass, strings and an old gramophone to record the twelve-track debut, Adventures in Gramophone is truly a musical spectacular.

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Cuba Monday 19 - Sunday 25 July 9pm €10

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Breda & Cora Smyth


Two of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians, sisters Cora and Breda Smyth have come together to record an exciting new album presenting music they've loved and shared from their rich musical heritage

Pauline Scanlon has entranced audiences the world over with her distinctly delicate vocal intensity, capable of making the oldest ballads sound immediate and fresh while granting newer material a timeless resonance. Her stunning debut album, Red Colour Sun, recorded with Donogh Hennessy, was released last year.

Both Breda and Cora have toured and performed worldwide as lead violinists with Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames, performing at venues including Radio City and Madison Square Gardens, New York, Hyde Park and Wembley Arena London and the Kremlin Palace, Moscow. Cora has performed with Druid Theatre and has recorded with The Chieftains while Breda presents the annual RTE TV series The Fleadh Programmes. Her highly acclaimed debut album Basil and Thyme was released in 2003.

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Róisín Dubh Tuesday 19 July 9pm €17 (€15 conc.)


Donogh Hennessy is one of the legendary figures of contemporary Irish traditional music. A founding member of the Irish supergroup Lunasa, Donogh has performed and recorded with most of today's leading Irish musicians.

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Cane 141

At First Light

Warwick Hotel Thursday 14 July 9pm €17 (€15 Conc.)

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Maria Doyle Kennedy began her singing career with The Hothouse Flowers before going on to record two albums with the Black Velvet Band, When Justice Came and King Of Myself. Maria released her debut solo album Charm on her own label Mermaid Records last year to widespread critical acclaim. As a film actress Bronagh Gallagher has appeared in Pulp Fiction, Star Wars-The Phantom Menace, Sinners and most recently Tara Road. Both she and Maria came to international prominence as two of the principal singers in Alan Parker's film The Commitments. Her debut album Precious Soul, with arrangements and instrumentation by Brian Eno, was released in late 2004.

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John McSherry, Tony Byrne, Francis McIllduff and Donal O’Connor with guest vocalist Tina McSherry

With his new band featuring Tony Byrne's percussive guitar style, Donal O'Connor on fiddle and pipes and Francis McIlduff’s exceptional piping and low whistle playing, At First Light present an endless variety of instrumental approaches.

Bronagh Gallagher & Maria Doyle Kennedy

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Venue/Ionad Róisín Dubh Date/Dáta Wednesday 13 July Time 9pm Tickets/Ticéidí €17 (€15 conc.)

John Mc Sherry is hailed as one of the finest exponents of the art of uilleann piping in the world today. Described as being at the forefront of modern innovation he has taken piping and whistle playing to new heights with his unique style.

Having had several BBC Radio 1 sessions including the late John Peel’s show and received The Guardian’s single of the month Cane 141 return to Galway for a rare live appearance to launch their third album Moon Pool. This is electronica with a smooth production edge, mixing atmospheric vocals with eclectic instrumentation. The gig will also feature electronica whiz kid Max Tundra among the special guests.

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Pauline Scanlon & Donogh Hennessy

Róisín Dubh Monday 18 July 9pm €17 (€15 Conc.)


Róisin Dubh Wednesday 20 July 9pm €17 (€15 conc.)

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Lucky Dube Few global superstars who have racked up close to 20 years in the music business are still able to lay a claim to real inventiveness - and one can certainly count Lucky Dube amongst them. Soul Taker is the new album by one of reggaes frontline stars - a recorded work that is compelling in its musicianship, intriguing in its lyrical themes, and, perhaps most importantly, shot through with a creativity and sonic daring that will surprise Dube''s devoted fans.

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Róisín Dubh Sunday 17 July 9pm €17 (€15 conc.)

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Comedians 3 Hundred Laughs

Jon Kenny Jon Kenny, well known as one half of D'Unbelievables, returns to the stage with his new one man show which presents an intimate and personal view of the hilarious and colourful characters that surround him. From jockeys to poets, nuns to barbers and bewildered sportsmen all combining to bring you on a roller-coaster, side-splitting journey of pure entertainment. This is comic theatre at its best.


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comedy Barry Murphy gathers together some of today's funniest and most original comics for an unmissable evening of fun and games... with

John Maloney, Kevin Gildea, Ian Coppinger, Dylan Moran and Barry Murphy. Venue/Ionad Date/Dáta Time Tickets/Ticéidí

Radisson SAS Hotel Wednesday 13 July 8pm €18 (€16 conc.)

Radisson SAS Hotel Entertainment Centre Thursday 21 July 8pm €15



Gerry Mallon’s

Laughter Loft Featuring the return of compere Gerry Mallon and the finest Irish & international stand-up comedians, up close & personal in this pocket-sized venue. Expect the unexpected, but you're guaranteed to leave this intimate lunchtime gig with a broad smile on your face.

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Ruby Room, Kings Head Monday 11 – Sat 23 July. No show Sunday 17 July 1pm €8



Tommy Tiernan comedy Venue/Ionad Cuba Dates/Dátaí Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 & Friday 15 July Time Two shows per night 7pm and 9.30pm Tickets/Ticéidí €20 (Except for early show 7pm on Wednesday 13 tickets €25 - all proceeds from this performance go to Galway Educate Together National School)

Dylan Moran comedy

Following a record breaking number of shows at Dublin’s Vicar Street, where he performed before a cumulative audience of 100,000 people,Tommy goes intimate for Galway Arts Festival, performing Loose in Cuba.

When Tiernan is on fire, his tales seem imbued with a brand of humour,insight and an eye for surreal detail of which Flann O’Brien & Samuel Beckett would have been proud. And no mistake The Stage

Venue/Ionad Radisson SAS Hotel Date/Dáta Tuesday 12 July Time 8pm Tickets/Ticéidí €20 (€18 conc.)

Co-writer and star of three series of BAFTA winning Black Books (Channel 4) and of How Do You Want Me? (BBC2) and films including Notting Hill and The Actors, Dylan Moran is one of the most inventive, intelligent and original artists working in comedy today. Beginning his stand up career at Dublin's Comedy Cellar in 1992, going on to win Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny award a year later and becoming the youngest ever performer to win the Perrier Award in 1996, Dylan has since performed to huge acclaim all over the world and now makes his Galway Arts Festival debut.


Joe Sacco

visual art Venue/Ionad Aula Maxima 1 NUI Galway Dates/Dátaí Runs daily throughout the Festival

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Joe Sacco is possibly the only cartoonist in America held in equal regard by comic book fans and journalists. Sacco's brand of New Journalism - using the comics medium to tell his stories has led to exhibitions throughout the world. Sacco was recently the focus of major exhibitions at the University of Buffalo Art Gallery and the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, the latter of which coincided with a cover feature in Speak magazine about the leading crop of New Journalists as we head into the 21st Century, citing Sacco as the leading light of the movement.

Sacco survives by making friends and living in the same conditions as those he covers. This gives his work a kind of street-level grit and insight, and it also makes it hard to romanticise the people he writes about...His drawings are stark, realistic visions of the gray, depressing world of a land mangled by artillery shells and deformed by poverty.


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Richard Billingham Black Country visual art Venue/Ionad Aula Maxima 2 NUI Galway Dates/Dátaí Runs daily throughout the Festival

Richard Billingham’s exhibition of photographs were all taken in the small industrial town of Cradley Heath in the Black Country, West Midlands where he was born and grew up. Photographed six years apart, by day in 1997 and by night in 2003, Billingham’s aim was to prove that good photographs could be taken anywhere, using the most commonplace subject. These are remarkable photographs and confirm Billingham’s extraordinary ability to produce ravishing images from the most ordinary material.



Rooms For Waiting In

Michael Kane

An exhibition of conceptual work by Grace Weir, Corban Walker, Garret Phelan & Willie McKeown.

A founder of the Project Arts Centre in Dublin and one of the earliest members of Aosdana, Michael Kane has exhibited extensively internationally since the 1960s.

This exhibition relates to the theme of waiting. While the event for which each person is waiting may change, it is the act of waiting that focuses the mind to consider the nature of time and how we form habits to structure our lives. Each artist has been allocated a room space in the Galway Arts Centre and asked to respond to this idea.

A skilled draughtsman, Kane’s work is always challenging and uncompromisingly figurative, with brilliant use of bold colour. This collection of new and recent paintings is Kane’s first exhibition in Galway since 1986.

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Margot Quinn In The Studio

Margot Quinn has exhibited extensively both here and abroad and has been the recipient of many awards including Iontas Sculpture award in 2001. Her work is included in both private and public collections including O.P.W. Monaghan VEC and Longford Library. This is her first exhibition in Galway. Entitled In the studio it is a dialogue about the process of painting and the ongoing dilemma of how to contain the chaos that surrounds this. It will include several paintings of various sizes, everything from a squashed paint tube to a 6' easel, all the clutter being broken down into separate elements.


John Coll This exhibition celebrates John Coll’s 20th year exhibiting at the Kenny Gallery. Primarily a sculptor, Coll has also exhibited paintings and drawings extensively in Ireland and throughout the world where his work is held in many private and public collections. This exhibition features new sculpture created over the past two years.

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Umbrella Events 2005 Umbrella Events are events taking place in Galway at the same time as the Festival. They are not part of the official programme but we encourage people to go along and support them.

NUI Galway Chamber Choir Viridissima Virga The National University of Ireland Galway Choral Society has had a long tradition of choral singing dating from 1867. This Festival performance includes the world premier of a newly commissioned work Viridissima Virga from Irish composer Colin Mawby and a selection of sacred and secular music from all over the world. Choral Director: Peter Mannion. St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. Saturday July 23rd 1pm €5 Little Terror Eddie Naessens – "Little Terror" was first performed at the Comedy Cellar in Dublin in February and went to the Leicester Comedy Festival where it had sell-out shows. The show will go to the Edinburgh Festival in August where it will run at the Gilded Balloon. of Relativity. The Cellar Bar (Downstairs), 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd July @ 8.00pm. Admission €10 (tickets on the door). Cameos Geraldine O’ Rourke – Cameo is the new exhibition by Geraldine O’Rourke of the Spiddal Craft & Design Studios. Inspired by a working trip to Florence, Geraldine depicts the human form through the mediums of porcelain and handmade paper. Town Hall Theatre. 15th July – 28th August. Admission Free. Galway Art Club – Galway Art Club’s annual exhibition of paintings and sculpture takes place from 13th to 31st July. Works in oils, watercolours, pastels, acrylics and pieces of sculpture will be showing in the exhibition. 40 members of GAC will be exhibiting this year. St. Patrick’s School, Lombard St. 10.00am – 6.00pm. Admission Free.

New Territory Engage Art Studios – Works from Engage Art Studios’ showcase a pre-selected multi media exhibition in Galway City Hall. New Territory celebrates a fresh, contemporary and dynamic selection of artwork which is representative of Galway’s growing Visual Art Community. Selection is by Artist Blaise Drummond. New Territory is produced by Engage Art Studios in conjunction with City Hall. This is Engage’s first major show since Tulca 2004. It is also the first exhibition to showcase Engage’s Orbital Members. City Hall, College Road. 11th - 22nd July Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm. Admission Free. Frances Brady – A lunchtime classical guitar concert with Galway musician Frances Brady. Daily @ 12.30pm. Rabbit’s Bar, Forster Street. Admission – Free. Respect Graffiti Live at City Hall Margaret Nolan – All day open air exhibition with artists working on site during the day. City Hall, College Road. 11th – 23rd July. Admission Free. Time and Space A celebration of Albert Einstein by Tús Craft Network – This is the 5th annual exhibition of crafts & arts by Tús Craft Network. The 2005 theme is “Time and Space” to celebrate the centenary of the young Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. 23rd – 31st July 9.30am – 5.30pm. Admission Free. Cups and Crowns Educational Theatre Company – Drama Workshops, Junior (5 to 8 years) 18th & 21st July, 10.00am - 1.00pm. Senior (9 to 14 years) 19th & 22nd July, 10.00am to 4.00pm. Galway Rowing Club - Galway Cathedral Recitals 2005 – The 12th annual series of summer concerts in Galway's limestone Cathedral. Highlights include a Dutch bass clarinet and organ duo on 14th July, the organist of Boston Cathedral on 4th August and local Chamber Choir Audivid on 18th August. Admission €8.00 (conc.€6.00), and Season ticket €40.00 (conc. €20.00). Further details on Tine Chnámh – Le Liam Ó Muirthile: Léiritheoir Darach Mac Con Iomaire. Dearadh: Dara McGee Mór-Léiriú an tSamhraidh den dráma fuinneamhach a dhéanann ceiliúradh ar fhíántas cheolmhar Oíche Fhéile Eoin. Dé Luain 11 – Déardaoin 21 Iúil 2005 @ 8.00 i.n. Ticéid €15 / €12 Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe - Amharclann Náisiúnta na Gaeilge.

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The A TO Z of drawing The White Room Gallery – The A to Z of drawing is the title of a group exhibition, which presents ideas through drawings. The artists involved are pushing the formal properties of drawing to realize content. More often than not, drawing is seen as a preliminary action before a work of art is completed. This exhibition will present drawing as the artist’s first action, where ideas are borne and the unconscious becomes uncensored. In the exhibition, drawing takes centre stage. The artists will examine the versatility of drawing in an uninhibited way. More importantly, they will present drawing as a medium that can represent ideas and actions in a confident and intelligent manner. The White Room Gallery, Liosban Industrial Estate, Tuam Road. July 11 – Aug 8. 9.00am – 6.00pm Mon – Sat. Admission Free.

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Connections An installation by Sheila Gallagher – Connections relates directly to the river Corrib and its connections with Woodquay and Claddagh, the two oldest communities in Galway, communities that draw their strength from their people and church and ultimately the river and the sea. Galway artist Sheila Gallagher uses archival sources and images as a starting point to document and explore creatively the shared experiences and histories of two living communities. She offers a picture of the Woodquay and Claddagh people which goes beyond the picturesque setting of the Fisheries Tower to investigate lived experiences, shared conflict and hidden histories. Presented by Galway City Arts Office in association with Galway Civic Trust and Tulca. The Fisheries Tower, Wolfe Tone Bridge. 11th – 23rd July 11.00am – 5.00pm. Admission Free.

Stockton International Riverside Festival. Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom.

Festival International des Arts Forain. Namur, Belgium. Internationaal Straat Theater Festival. Ghent, Belgium. International Theatre Festival Malta. Poznan, Poland. L’Avant-scéne Coup de Chauffe. Cognac, France. Oerol Festival. Terscheling, Netherlands.

Lent Festival & Ana Desetnica. Miribor, Slovenia. Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Sibiu, Romania

Platinum Friends 2005

Ríl Úna Ní Fhlannagáin – An intimate evening of Irish traditional music and song, featuring award winning exponents of the tradition – John Flanagan, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin & Anna Faulkner. A feat of fiddle, flute, harp and sean nós singing, - this really is the ‘Ríl’ thing! Richardson’s, Eyre Square. Every Sat, Sun & Mon night @ 8.00pm. Admission €8.00. For All Seasons Frances Morris – Frances Morris is associated in particular with capturing, in her own distinctive style, the wonderful landscapes of the West of Ireland and the Fermanagh Lakelands. Her paintings are intimate, detailed and joyous, a feast of light to dazzle the eye. Frances Morris has exhibited in Dublin, Manchester, Belfast, London & New York. Her paintings are in public and private collections worldwide. Anton’s Café, Fr. Griffin Road. Mon – Fri 8.00am to 6.00pm. Admission Free. Twist of Fate UCG DramSoc – Twist of Fate, interconnecting darkly comic one-act play by Nate Gunn. Directed by Nathan Edelman, Produced by Angie Scott. Richardson’s, Eyre Square. 13th – 17th July @ 5.00pm. Admission €5 & €4. Merge Engage Arts Studios – Galway’s Engage Art Studio, Contact Studios of Limerick and Enso are collaborating on an exhibition and series of master classes. The exhibition will feature new paintings, prints and photographs from Engage and Contact and new work from Enso. Artists from Engage and Contact will also collaborate on a drawing installation, which will evolve in situ. For details on master classes phone 086 3713588. Engage Arts Studio, Middle Street. 11th – 24th July 10.00am – 6.00pm daily. Enso / Lorg Collaboration – Enso/Lorg will present video art installations in various industrial/ commercial city centred spaces throughout Galway including Hyne’s Car Park, Merchant’s Road. Also, an exhibition of digital and silkscreen prints will be exhibited by day in Ard Bia, Quay Street and an interactive video installation piece will be projected at night.


On Friday 15th & 22nd from midnight till 1.30am Enso will present a series of performance, live art, visual media art events in Ard Bia, Quay Street. will be updated daily with details of events & shows, and will carry images of the day’s performances and developing work. Richardson’s Bar , Eyre Square Galway Jazz Club Every Tuesday night @ 9.00pm. Admission €8.00. The Jinx Lennon Experience Wednesday 13th July @ 9.30pm. Admission €8.00. Galway Traditional Singers Club Friday 15th July @ 9.30pm. Donations €2.00. Seamus Rutledge with Tony Small with special guest Cuser - Friday 22nd July @ 10.00pm. Admission €8.00.

The Blue Note

4. Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUIG

7. Festival Box Office Eyre Square Shopping Centre

Cuba* 15. Nun’s Island Studio

6. The Imperial Hotel 16. Fisheries Field

17. Róisín Dubh

18. Leisureland

19. The Warwick Hotel

8. The Radisson SAS Hotel 20. Norman Villa Gallery

9. St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church 21. Campbell’s Tavern,

10. The King’s Head 22. Great Southern Hotel Cloughanover, Headford

Galway Arts Festival reserves the right to alter any advertised programme if necessary. Please note latecomers may only be admitted at the discretion of Management. Please allow extra time for unseen delays, such as Galway’s traffic.

Special needs: We kindly ask, where possible, any special needs or seating requirements are made known to us at time of booking. Email






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Map/Leárscail By Post Sa Phost Send completed form to Galway Arts Festival, anytime before 1st of July. You do not need a credit card - cheque or postal orders are accepted (€2.50 transaction fee for postal bookings)*

By Phone Guthán Phone 091 566577 Mon-Sat, 9.30am5.30pm From June 20th. International callers phone +353 91 566577. (phone bookings subject to a transaction fee of €1.20).* For events at the Town Hall Theatre you make also phone 091 569777 or call in.

On-Line Ar an Idioíon Booking on-line from 11th June on our website (internet bookings subject to €1 per ticket)*.

In Person Tú Féin Festival Box Office opens to personal callers from 20th of June at lower level, Eyre Square Centre (beside Specsavers) Mon-Sat, 10am-5.30pm Tickets bought in person from the Festival Box Office are not subject to an administration charge. Please remember you can book using a cheque, postal order, credit card or Galway Arts Festival Gift Voucher (available from Festival Office).

* Booking Fees Administration charges are used by the Festival to cover the costs of postage, credit card charges and the running of our temporary Box Office.


Merchandise Earraí Full range of Festival 2005 merchandise will be on sale at the Festival Box Office and via the Festival website

Accommodation Lóistín See the accommodation and hospitality listing on our website Contact Ireland West tourism at 091 537700 or

Friends of the Festival Cairde na Féile Friends Priority booking from 13th-17th of June. To become a Friend of the Festival phone Sinead at 091-509708.

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