Galway Arts Festival Programme 1990

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Galway Arts Festival was started as a spring festival in April 1978 by a group of young people led by Ollie Jennings who operated from a humble office in U.C.G. This small band of enthusiasts was rapidly joined by others from the city to form the Galway Arts Group which aimed generally to heighten awareness of the Arts in Galway and produce various events, as well as run the annual Festival. By 1983, it was thought that a move to midsummer might be more beneficial for the Festival - and certainly more fun - with advantages of more clement weather for outdoor events and, of course, it was hoped to draw a wider audience during the holiday season. Since 1988, the Festival has been run by a limited company, Galway Arts Festival Ltd., a non-profit making entity, whose sole aim is the promotion of the arts in Galway. Although the office is still humble, the Festival itself has become a major event in the nation's calendar and while the international content and quality increases each year, it is still a wonderful platform for the cream of Irish art and Galway's own talented artists and performers.

CONTENTS Introduction




Padraic Boran (Chairman), Paraic Breathnach, Kieran Corcoran, Gerry Coy, Padraig Ferry, Trish Forde, Ollie Jennings.


Visual Arts


Classical Music


Cornuna Theatre




Day By Day Programme


Folk/Jazz/Rock Music

19 21



GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL Churchyard Street, Galway, Ireland. Telephone 091 - 63800

Festival Auditors: Neylon McGinty & Co. r-estival Solicitors: Leonard Silkc & Co.



Friends of the Festival/Patrons Macnas

Thanks to: Leo Moran, Canon Leslie Forrest, Angela Cormican, Torn Kenny, Jane Daly, Liz McEvoy.


Druid Theatre/Comedy/Cabaret

Film Fleadh

Festival Director: Ollie Jennings Festival Manager: Michael Diskin Production: John Ashton Officer Manager: Frances Burke Administration: Angela Duffy Design: Ted Turton Publicity Officer: Catriona F lanagan Poster: Joe Boske Box Office: Trish Forde Programme Committee: Padraic Boran (Popular Music), Kieran Corcoran (Visual Arts) , Maureen Hughes (Traditional Music), Jane O'Leary (Classical Music) Film Fleadh: Miriam Allen, Lelia Doolin


BOX OFFICE 1990 14 The C ornstore Telephone 64888



From France: ARCHAOS present "The Last Show On Earth:' The Big Tent, Fisheries Field. 19 - 29 July (except Mon. 23rd) at 8.30 p.m. Matinees 21 and 28 July at 3.00 p.m. Tickets: £7.50, £5.00 (concession), £4.00 (children).

Archaos are, quite simply, the most exciting and unusual theatrical happening in Europe over the last 12 months. They call themselves a Circus, but they have revolutionised the art form - out went the jaded "tinsel circus" of childhood memory, in came the 20th Century with a bang. Archaos serve up an unlikely menu of forklifts, chainsaws, motorbikes and old cars and suffuse it with passion and danger. Although controversial and revolutionary, they are now regarded as one of France's greatest cultural exports and receive substantial funding from the French Government.

Archaos is the creation of director, Pierrot. An implausably Gallic gypsy entrepreneur, and the son of a tightrope walker and clown, Pierrot has the circus in his blood. Eighteen years ago, with one horse and one acrobat, he started a traditional circus featuring himself as a fire-eater. Circus Bidon lasted eleven years. Archaos is a reaction to and an exorcism of their traditional apprenticeship.

The Thoughts of Pierrot: "I hate traditional circus. In France it is very unpopular because it is so bad. We are popular because we are now. Cranes, motorbikes, industrial things are part of modern life. We celebrate them. But also, we show that timeless things like peacefulness, grace and beauty can be accentuated by contrast. A girl swinging from a crane looks more beautiful than a normal trapeze". The Press on Archaos "Exhilarating, dangerous and theatrically hard to equal .... the sensation of the circus world".


"Breathtaking grace, high risk and outrageous humour for every generation". THE OBSERVER "Raw circus rather than tinselled tiredness".


"Quite elderly and apparently respectable German Indies looked ready for absolutely anything long before the end". TIME OUT

ARCHAOS - The Wandering Life They have a base in Ales, in the South of France, but you can usually find them on the road. As far east as Berlin, as far south as Adelaide in Australia. Galway stretches their western boundary for a time but soon they will be off to America. Last year they were the hit of the Edinburgh Fringe. This year, after a massive tour of Britain, they will be welcomed back to Edinburgh as one of the main acts on the Official Festival Programme. In Spring, the Archaos caravan stretched all the way to the Adelaide Festival - the main Arts Festival of the Antipodes, where a generation of Australians raised on Mad Max have taken the anarchists of the Big Top straight to its heart.

The Fisheries Field has been kindly loaned to the Festival by U.C.G. I view H-II . 5ecura-t·1es Ltd .AA. R'i Sponsored by A Mc nerney Properties p1c Company



A World Premiere of "The Donahue Sisters" and "The Stanley Parkers". Two one-act plays by Geraldine Aron. Directed by Garry Hynes. Druid Lane Theatre, 26 - 28 July at 8.00 p.m. (Previews 24/25). Tickets: £6.00, £5.00 (concession), £3.00 (previews).

A new play produced by Druid is always a special occasion. Last year their spectacular premiere production of "Wild Harvest': was the Irish theatrical happening of 1989. This year the new work is from the pen of Geraldine Aron, a Galway born but much travelled playwright, who had her first play produced by Druid back in 1978. It was one of Druid's first ventures into newly published work and ''Bar and Ger" went on to become a major hit, being translated into five languages and being presented in 12 countries. With "The Donahue Sisters" and ''The Stanley Parkers': Aron once again return to a setting of tight family situations. Although each play is complete in itself, they both reflect a theme of the enduring capacity of the nuclear family for survival. These two new plays also see the revival of the writer-director combination of Aron with Garry Hynes. Garry Hynes is, of course, the founding force behind the Druid Theatre and its artistic director. As one of the major figures in the Irish theatre, her directorial work is done mainly outside Galway these days, whether in the Royal Shakespeare Company in England or the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Her direction of ''The Donahue Sisters" and ''The Stanley Parkers" is now a rare opportunity for Galway audiences to experience her unique directorial skills.



present "Philadelphia Here I Come" by Brian Friel. Directed by David Quinn. The Columban Hall, Sea Road. 23 • 28 July at 8 p.m. Tickets: £5.00, £3.00 (concession).

"Philadelphia Here I Come" is undoubtedly one of the classics of contemporary Irish theatre. First performed irt 1964, it is constantly revived. in the play Friel examines with delicacy and humour the circumstances and the climate of the most distinctively Irish social phenomenon of the 20th Century: Emigration.

Punchbag is a new young and vibrant theatre group in Galway which gave its first performance in July 1989. Under artistic directors David Quinn and Sean Evers, the company has concentrated mainly on new works such as "Never Look Back" by company member Frank McDermot. For Arts Festival 1990 however, Punchbag turns its talented hands to probably the greatest Friel play. It should be a powerful combination!



"Clann Lir". Aras na nGael, 45 Dominick Street. 19 • 28 July at 2.00 p. m. (except 22ndl23rd). Tickets: £2.00, £1.50 (concession).

Na Fanaithe are Ireland's only Irish language theatre company. Formed in 1987 by five U.C.G. students, they have specialised in the last three years in touring Irish language productions to the Gaeltachts and the Irish Summer Schools. 1989 saw their biggest and most successful production, directed by renowned Polish Director, Kazirnierez Braun. In that year also they were nominated for a Sunday Tribune Arts Award. Their Spring 1990 production of "My Girl" toured 17 venues from Donegal to Kerry.

"Clann Lir" is a new work, based on the ancient Irish mythical story of the Children of Lir. It is a story of strength, passion, loyalty, pain and suffering played out against the theme of the struggle between good and evil. The show is presented in the Irish language but relies heavily on visual spectacle, music, mime and dance. The unusual setting in 45 Dominick Street and the afternoon timimg adds to the overall effect of a magical journey into the underwater world of "Clann Lir". Sponsored by Bia Mara Irish Salmon Producers Group Ltd.

Direct from Mombasa in Kenya

THE MAPAPA ACROBATS AND THE BAND 'MANDINGO' 4 Shows: 26 & '27 July - 3.00 p.m. & 8.00 p.m. Matinees: The Big Tent, Fisheries Field. Nightly: Leisureland. Tickets: Matinees - £3.00 Evenings - £4.00

The seven Mapapa Acrobats are regarded to be the finest in Kenya - having won many national competitions. Based in Mombasa, they have developed a style that combines the Chinese and N. African traditions of acrobatics. Theshow proceeds at a startling pace - 'items' include limbo, tumbling, ring jumping, dance and spectacular balances (for which they are renowned). The four members of Mandingo, also from Mombasa, play a particular style of East African music known as 'Benga Beat'. Similar to the traditional music from the Congo, it became popular with the Lui tribe of western Kenya - today it is one of the youngest of the pop styles of Africa. The incessant rhythm and busy bass line underpin sweet vocal harmonies.

The Harambee Tour has been grant-aided by the British Council and assisted by Kenya Air ways. ..:. nu,tha,n Sponsored by Northern Telecom. ( tctacum



TEATRO COMUNA notables conspire to perpetuate the story. Melania is conveniently pushed into a brothel but is forced into making another appearance to support the "miracle" fallacy. At the end, when Melania returns to the village, the villagers prefer to believe the lie. T hey will not believe that Melania before them is the "Saint" Melania of the miracle. They prefer to believe the miracle than accept the truth.

Comuna are a controversial group. "A Pecora", in the country of Fatima, is a powerful and unsettling play. Director, Joao Mota was unwilling to show it first in Portugal and preferred to have it premiered in France. In Galway, 40 miles from Knock, and just a few weeks after widely reported visions in the Church of Fahy, Co. Galway, "A Pecora" will touch on some raw nerves of Irish society.

The travel costs of Conuma have been granted by the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. T he Talk of the Town Theatre has been kindly loaned to the Festival by the Ansbacher Bank/Woodquay Finance.



Sponsored by

Thomas McDonagh & Sons Ltd.

"A Pecora" or "The Mystery of the Passion of Saint Melania': by Natalia Correia. Directed by Joao Mota. Talk of the Town Theatre, Headford Road. 18 - 28 July (except Sunday 22nd) at 8.00 p.m. Matinee 28 July at 3.00 p.m. Tickets: £7.00, £6.00 (concession).

Last November at the European Theatre Convention in St. Etienne in France each West European country was represented by a major theatre company. From Portugal came Teatro Comuna with a premiere of an explosive new play entitled "A Pecora". Comuna were the acknowledged hit of that Festival and Irish journalists, such as Fergus Linehan of the Irish Times and Seamus Hosey of R.T.E. came home foll of praise for the show.

Teatro Comuna had its origins in the dying years of Salazar dictatorship in Portugal and came to flower in Portugal's revolutionary period in the early 1970's. T heir charismatic director, Joao Mota, has led the company from the beginning and under his leadership, Comuna became not just a theatre company but a major cultural force in Lisbon running exhibitions, cinema, concerts etc. The company has toured extensively in Europe and Latin America, although never before in the English speaking world.

"A Pecora" is a play set in a small Portuguese village that combines, in an intriguing way, the forces of sex, religion and politics. It is the story of Melania, who has a love affair with a priest, but they are discovered by two children who assume that the man is an angel. The village is led to believe that it is a miracle and the local






a testament to the honesty and integrity of his vision.

Sponsored by T hermo King. Venue loaned by kind permission of Ansbacher Bank/Woodquay Finance.


U.C.G. Gallery 18 - 29 July, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Galway Arts Festival is pleased to be hosting an exhibition of paintings by the major American artist, Hans Burkhardt, which will open in the College Gallery, University College Galway on July 18th 1990. The exhibition is being made available to the Galway Arts Festival through Mr. Burkhardt's agent Jack Rothberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles and will consist of 20 works selected from a survey show staged at the Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue with an essay by the leading international art critic, Donald Kuspit.

SEAN McSWEENEY: A RETROSPECTIVE 1%5 -1990 Talk of The Town Gallery, Headford Road. 18 -29 July, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission Free.

The 1990 Galway Arts Festival is pleased to continue its series of major retrospectives on Irish artists by this year showcasing the talents of Sean McSweeney. Sean, Dublin born but a a longtime Sligo resident, is probably Ireland's greatest living landscape painter. For this special exhibition, over 80 works have been assembled from public and private collections all over Ireland, as well as the artist's own collection of his works. It is being presented in a specially designed and converted gallery space in the former Talk of The Town Ballroom (subsequently Ashe Motors) on the Headford Road. A comprehensive catalogue with 16 colour plates and an essay by art critic Brian Fallon, has been produced by the Arts Festival in conjunction with this exhibition. Later this year the Mcsweeney Retrospective will visit Dublin, Limerick and Cork as a Galway Festival touring exhibition.

Mr. Burkhardt, who is now eighty-five, was born in Basel, Switzerland and emigrated to New York in 1924. There, he shared Arshile Gorky's studio for the better part of the years 1928 - 37, first as a student and progressively as a devoted colleague and patron until moving to Los Angeles in 1937. Based in California since then, his work is held in such high esteem that the California State University at Northridge is building a museum which will house a permanent Hans Burkhardt collection. He has exhibited constantly over the past sixty years and his work is included in such prestigious international collections as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Hirshorn Collection, Washington D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Kunstsmuseum, Basel, Switzerland.

Sean McSweeney's constant theme is the Irish landscape especially the skies, bogs and valleys of his native Sligo. His originality lies in the way he has reinvented this traditional subject within the context of Modernism. Over the past 25 years he has created a body of work which has rescued a tradition which was in danger of dying out as an authentic means of visual expression. The tendency to sentimentalize and idealize the Western landscape has been overcome by his direct and subjective approach to his subject matter. As Aidan Dunne notes "he marshals the same few elements and presses them into service where they stand, like Cezanne's Mont St. Victoire, for more than themselves".

Sean McSweeney's intuitive understanding of the nature and function of art in the 20th century has enabled him to recreate the landscapes of Sligo and Wicklow in an original and universal way. He has shown how it is possible to avoid the dangers of provincialism without slavishly copying the latest international trends and to create a body of work as

The Hans Burkhardt Exhibition has been grant-aided by the Pro Helvetia Foundation, Switzerland. from

sponsored by Aer Lingus.

Security Transport was provided by Connacht Security Ltd.




Spanish Arch Gallery. 18 - 29 July, 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Arts Centre, Nuns Island. 18 - 29 July, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

"Impressions': the National Open Print exhibition is now in its third year as part of the Galway Arts Festival. The aim of the exhibition is to promote and encourage printmaking in Ireland and to increase public awareness of the print as an expressive art form. The exhibition will include over 30 prints.

For some months past Galway artist Brian Bourke has been working with prisoners in the High Security wing of Limerick prison in a unique scheme, funded by the Arts Council, to encourage prisoners to participate in forms of artistic expression. This exhibition of over 30 works showcases the results of that collaboration.


Arranged and selected by Brian, it is an exhibition of serious committed work and of undoubted talent which has been brought to the fore despite the very difficult atmosphere of a High Security wing. Some works are joint collaborations by several prisoners, others are the results of individual efforts. It is a strong and powerful exhibition with a recurrent theme of wide, open landscapes - a reflection of the claustrophobic restrictions of the artists' environment.

Dolan's Fruit Warehouse, Merchants Road. 18 - 29 July, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

One of the annual highlights of the Arts Festival is the Western Artists exhibition. This exhibition was first held in 1986 and has firmly established itself as one of Ireland's most imaginative and prestigious group shows. This year's exhibition features more than 100 works contributed by over 40 artists from as far afield as Kerry and Donegal. Amongst the artists participating are Mick Mulcahy, Sharon O'Malley, Vicki Crowley and Joe Boske.

KENNY GALLERY SHOWS Kenny Gallery, High Street. 18 - 28 July, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Venue loaned by kind permission of O'Connor T.V.

For this year's Festival the Kenny Gallery has two shows: Watercolours by James Flack and "In A Western Light", a photographic exhibition by Noel O'Brien. Also on display at Kenny's is their incomparable permanent exhibition of photos of Irish literary figures who, without exception, have paid pilgrimage to Kenny's over the years.

THE LIFE AND WORK OF REX INGRAM The Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street. (Upstairs gallery) 18 - 29 July, 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This exhibition has been mounted by Liam O'Leary, doyen of the Irish film world and a leading archivist. It is being held in conjunction with the Rex Ingram Retrospective 19 - 22 July at the Film Fleadh.


49 Dominick Street. 28 July, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and 29 July, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Artspace has provided a studio space for a range of Galway based artists over the last few years. The members of the Artspace group have decided to have an "open day" on the 28129th both to illustrate their work and the purpose of a facility like Artspace.

Joe Geoghegan Gallery of Photography, Quay St. 22 - 28 July, 10.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Joe Geoghegan's gallery is now well established as the home of good photography in Galway. This exhibition features the work of Northern Ireland photographer, Peter Watts, Clareman Christy McNamara and Bruno Dietziken from Switzerland.

THE DOLLS OF JAPAN Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street. ·18 • 29 July, "10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

'J hi,; l.'Xhibition, .issembled by the Japan Foundation 111 'liil,.yu, t·1111sists of 70 Japanese dolls. Tlw tnws ot dolls indudt•d in thi-; exhibition is ,1111.11i11g: lhl'n' .irt• girls' dulls, boys' dolls, dolls made lur l,1p,11wst• llw,1lrt• (Noh ,md Kabuki), Imperial Palace dull ..., pl•riud dolls .md dolls made from wooden l".lrving:-.. It i!-. ,m L·.,hihition which will appeal to all ages ,md om• which will give ,1 fosdn.iting insight into an art form which rl'ceives littlt! credence in the West. ''Dolls of Japan" has been organised and mounted in conjunction with the Embassy of Japan.


Cornstore Shopping Mall. 18 - 28 July, 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.


The Galway Festival Craft Fair first ran in 1989 and was such a success that it was automatic that it would be revived this year. It features a full range of craftwork from batik silk to wood sculpture and from pottery to designer clothes. Most of the artists and craftsmen featured in the exhibition live and work in the Galway area.

FESTIVAL READINGS Mickey Gorman was for many years a well-loved tutor in the Department of English in U.C.G., but now lives in London. His celebrated slim volume of poetry, "Postcards from Galway" was one of the first ventures of the Galway Arts Group, who ran the Festival in its early years.

This poetry head-to-head, will provide a stimulating contrast between Rita's robustness and Mickey 's reticence - each displaying that wry poetic wit that has made them so popular. The reading will be followed by a concert by the innovative new all-female band from Waterford "Miss Brown To You".


An evening of stories, Sean-Nos and poetry. Nuns Island Arts Centre. 26 July at 8.30 p.m. Tickets: £3.00


Athlone poet Desmond Egan will be the featured artist at this year's Western Writers Reading at the Festival. Born in 1936, he has an M.A. from U.C.D. and taught English in Newbridge for a time but is now a full-time w riter. He has worked extensively in the U.S. and in Japan where he is advisor to Osaka University's Irish Studies programme. His work has been translated into several languages.

Festival Reading, Nuns Island Arts Centre. 25 July at 8.30 p.m. Tickets: £3.00

John McGahern, currently riding high in .the best­ selling lists with his latest novel '½mongst Women': has had a long association with the Galway Arts Festival. He has read at several Festivals in previous years and in 1988 received a special Festival award for his outstanding contribution to contemporary Irish literature.

Also featured in the Western Writers evening will be Sean-Nos singer Tracie Ni Mhiollain from Inismor, who has toured in Europe with De Danann and Clannad and short story writer Mick Carragher, from South Armagh, whose work has been published in the Irish Press and the Belfast Review.

McGahern is hardly prolific but the quality of his work ensures his enduring standing. '½mongst Women" is the story of Moran, an old Republican whose life was transformed by the glory days of the War of Independence. Now in his old age he must come to terms with his relationship with his wife and three daughters. It is a story of the complex challenge of love and fear, of self and other people. '½mongst Women" has been universally greeted by major Irish book of the year.


Festival Reading, Druid Theatre. 28 July at 3.00 p.m. Tickets: £2.00.

Shane Connaughton was born in the borderlands of Cavan and brought up in a Garda Station where his father served as Sergeant. He has worked on farms, in East End factories, City Offices and the Theatre, but he is now a full-time writer, based in London. For his first celebrated novel, however, Shane returned to his childhood scene in "The Border Station". It was an instant success and was short-listed for the 1989 GPA award. The Daily Telegraph said of it: "The vivid sense of how childhood memory seizes upon objects, incidents and smells is beautifully wrought".

Sponsored by Matt O'Flaherty.


Poetry Head To Head, Acoustic Room, The Warwick

23 July at 8.30 p.m.

Tickets: £3.00 (incl. admission to "Miss Brown To You")

Rita Ann Higgins has been writing poetry since 1982 and has published to major volumes "Goddess on the Mervue Bus" (1986) and "Witch in the Bushes" (1988). Her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers and has been dramatised by R.T.E. Eileen Ni Chuilleanin has described her work as "witty and frightening, exposing hidden anxieties or dismissing them to make anarchic fun".

Shane, however, remains primarily a playwright and he has recentl y received a new international prominence as co-screenwriter of "My Left Foot".


Mr. Connaughton's visit to Galway has been sponsored by Eason's bookshop and signed copies of "The Border Station" will be available in the shop on Saturday morning.



1990 will see the eight international concert tour of the International Chamber Orchestra of New York (ICONY ). Having made its concert debut in Athens in 1983, its European tour programme has taken the orchestra for repeated performances to the cities of Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Israel, Spain and Gibraltar.

Programme for ICONY's Concert: Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D Minor. Haydn: Piano Concerto in C. Nandini: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra. Holst: St. Paul Suite. Carter: Elegie. Bartok: Romanian Dances.

Catherine Ennis, who plays a Festival concert 011 Saturday, 28 July in St. Nicholas's Churclt.

Friday 27 July at 8.00 p. m. St. Nicholas Collegiate Church. Tickets: £5.00, £4.00 (concession).


The ICONY visit to Galway has taken place with the assistance of the American Embassy.

Monday 23 July

From Italy:

Tuesday 24 July Gerry Creedon, Guitar Gerry McConnell, Piano Brian Hyland, Bass James Hynes, Drums

Aisling Drury-Byrne, Cello Leonara Carney, Piano


The Choir "Laeti Cantores" has been active in Rome since 1970 and Maestro Giovanni Rago has been conductor since 1982. The choir works closely with the XIX District of Rome and Rome City Council and performs frequently at municipal concerts. In 1988 the choir won first prize in the Italian National Church Music Competition in Valleconsa and has participated in the "Roma-Europa" festival in Villa Medici.

"Concerto for classical guitar and jazz piano by Claude Bolling".

Wednesday 25 July

Triona Marshall, Concert Harp Dianne Marshall, Concert Harp

Tuesday 24 July at 8.00 p. m. Augustinian Church. Tickets: £4.00, £3.00 (concession)

Thursday 26 July

Coro Laeti Cantores

Friday 27 July


Arturo Delmoni, Violin Margaret Basset, Piano Laura Epstein, Cello

Catherine Ennis is the daughter of the legendary uilleann pipe player, Seamus Ennis and has gone on to establish herself as a major contemporary organist. A former organ scholar at Oxford University, she now lives and works in London.

Saturday 28 July

Paul Roe, Clarinet Bill Ellison, Synthesiser

All Lunchtimes: St. Nicholas Collegiate Church at 1 .10 p.m. Tickets: £2.50, £2 .00 (concession, Members of Music for Gal way). The Classical Music Programme of the Festival has been organised by Music for Galway. The lunchtime concerts have been granted-aided by the C.F. Shaw Trust/Foras Eireann.

For this concert, Catherine teams up with Liam Og O'Flionn, whose fame as an uilleann piper was established as a member of the classic Planxty folk group. In 1980, he recorded The Brendan Voyage, the superb uilleann pipe composition by Shaun Davey, which was especially written for Liam.

Saturday 28 July at 8.00 p. m. St. Nicholas Collegiate Church. Tickets: £4.00, £3.00 (concession)


Sponsored by

Bank CFlretand.

DAY BY DAY PROGRAMME 2.00 p.m. Childrens Films "The Secret of Nimh': Claddagh Palace 1.

Christy Moore plays the opening concert of the festival in the Archaos Tent, Fisheries Field, U.C.G. on Wednesday, 18th July at 9p.m.

2.00 p.m. Na Fanaithe present "Clann Lir" in T he Courtyard, Aras Na nGael, 45 Dominick Street. 4.00p.m. "The Irishmen" and "Behind The Mask" at the Claddagh Palace 1. 6.00p.m. Official Opening of the Western Artists exhibition at Dolans Fruit Warehouse, Merchants Road. 6.30p.m. "Lion of the Desert " starring Oliver Reed who will attend the showing in the Claddagh Palace 1. 7.00 p.m. Burkina Faso film, "Sarraounia" in the Claddagh Palace 2. 8.00p.m.


The Stunning in concert at Seapoint.

8.00p.m. Comuna present ''A Pecora" in the Talk of T he Town T heatre, Headford Road.

10.00 a.m. Galway Film Fleadh opens in the Claddagh Palace, Salthill with ''A Taste of Telsfis Na Gaeltachta" featuring "Pobal i Lundain'; and "The

8.30p.m. First night of Archaos, the anarchic French circus theatre company in the Big Tent, Fisheries Field, U.C.G. (opposite Galway Cathedral).


2.00 p.m. A season of Childrens Films beginning with "Tom Thumb" in the Claddagh Palace 2. 3.00 p.m. Film Fleadh Documentaries in the Claddagh Palace 1 including "Handsworth Songs': 5.30p.m. Official Opening of the 13th Galway Arts Festival and the Sean Mcsweeney Retrospective by Jim Sheridan, director of "My Left Foot" and "The Field'; Talk of the Town T heatre and Gallery, Headford Road. 9.00p.m. Portuguese Theatre Company, Comuna, open their powerful drama, ''A Pecora": The Myster y of the Passion of Saint Melania" Talk of the Town T heatre and Gallery, Headford Road. 9.00 p.m. Christy Moore plays a concert in the Archaos tent at the Fisheries Field, U.C.G.

9.00p.m. European premiere of Ken loach's film, "Hidden Agenda" in the Claddagh Palace 1.

Maureen Fahy from Ballinaki/1, one of the musicians taking part in the Ceo/ Tigh Neachtain concert at the Warwick Hotel on Thursday, 19th July at 9 p.m.

11.00 p.m.

Tennents Live presents "Soul Train" at the Festival Club in the Warwick Hotel.

11.00 p.m. Angolan film, "Sambizanga" in the Claddagh Palace 2.

11.30 p.m. Palace

Ceol Tigh Neachtain in the Warwick Hotel featuring ten of Galway's finest traditional players.


':Jesus of Montreal" in the Claddagh

9.15p.m. Palace 2.


9.30 p.m.

Rex Ingram Retrospective: "Fo ur Horsemen of the Apocalypse" introduced by Liam

10.00 a.m. Film and Funding = Democracy? Open discussion with film-makers and politicians chaired by Richard Kearney. Claddagh Palace 1. 11.00 a.m.

O'Leary in the Claddagh Palace 1.

11.00p.m. Tennents Live present "Full Circle" in the Festival Club, Warwick Hotel.

Festival exhibitions till 6 p.m. See panel.

1.00 p.m.

Official Opening of the Japan Foundation Collection of Japanese Dolls by Mr. Kitagawa, Cultural Attache, J;,minese Embassy. The Arts Centre, 4 7 Dominick : ••tH.

Zaire film, "La Vis Est Bells': Claddagh


"The Battis of Algiers" in the Claddagh

11.30 p.m.

"Jesus of Montreal" in the Claddagh

Palace 2.



DAY BY DAY PROGRAMME Littlejohn NBB presents his children's show "Big Medicine" with Mary 0 'Sullivan in the Parochial Hall Woodquay, twice a day at 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. from Monday, 23rd to Saturday, 28th.

The laughing boys from Tuam, The Saw Doctors play the Festival Ball on Saturday, July 21st

Thaddeus O'Sullivan Retrospective, "On Hill" in Claddagh Palace 1.

11.30 p.m. Palace 2.

Burkina Faso film, "Yaaba" in Claddagh

1.30 a.m.

"Detour" in Claddagh Palace 1.

3.00 a.m.

"Big Camba" in Claddagh Palace 1.

4.30 a.m.

"The Intruder" in Claddagh Palace 1. Animation films in the Claddagh Palace 1.

11.00 a.m.

Festival exhibitions till 6 p.m. See panel.

3.30 p.m. Littlejohn Nee and Mary O'Sullivan present "Big Medicine¡: in the Parochial Hall, Woodquay. 8.00 p.m. Comuna present ''A Pecora¡: The Mystery of the Passion of Saint Melania, in the Talk of The Town Theatre, Headford Road. 8.00 p.m. Punchbag Theatre Company present a new production of Brian Friel's "Philadelphia Here I Come" in the Columban Hall, Sea Road. 9.00 p.m. Poets Rita Anne Higgins (Galway) and Michael Gorman (Sligo) in a joint reading in the Warwick Hotel followed by a concert featuring the Waterford group "Miss Brown To You".

Childrens Film. Claddagh Palace 2.

2.00 p.m.


1.10 p.m. Classical Concert with Aisling Drury-Byrne (cello) in the Collegiate Church of St.Nicholas.

SUNDAY 22 JULY 10.00 a.m.


11.00 a.m. Littlejohn Nee and Mary O'Sullivan present their children's show, "Big Medicine" in the Parochial Hall, Woodquay.

11.00 p.m. Festival Ball in Seapoint with "T he Sawdoctors" and "The Sleepwalkers" Bar Ext. 11.00 p.m. The Black


2.30 p.m. Thaddeus O'Sullivan Retrospective, ''A Pint of Plain'; "On A Paving Stone Mounted" and ':Jack B. Yeats': Claddagh Palace 1.

11.00 p.m. Tennents Live present D.J. Dave Donovan in the Festival Club at the Warwick Hotel.

7.00 p.m. Rex Ingram Retrospective, "The Magician" in Claddagh Palace 1. 7.00 p.m.

''A Private Life" in Claddagh Palace 2.

8.30 p.m. Archaos in the Big Tent, Fisheries Field, U.C.G. "Breathtaking grace, high risk and outrageous humour': THE OBSERVER.


8.30 p.m. The Rocking Chairs led by Vinny Kilduff play the Taibhdhearc, Middle Street. 9.00 p.m. Thaddeus O'Sullivan Retrospective, "The Woman Who Married Clark Gable" and "December Bride", Claddagh Palace 1. 11.00 p.m. Tennents Live present "The Amadans" (blues) in the Warwick Hotel. From Waterford, the powerful singing of "Miss Brown To You" on Monday, July 23rd in the Warwick Hotel at 9 p.m.

MONDAY 23 JULY 11.00 a.m.

Festival Exhibitions till 6 p.m. IL


Glaswegian, Tommy Smith, brings his jazz quartet to the Warwick Hotel on Tuesday, July 24th at 9 p.m.

Top Irish rock band, An Emotional Fish, play the Tennents live gig at the Warwick Hotel on Tuesday, July 24th at 11 p.m.

TUESDAY 24 JULY 11.00 a.m.


Wizard accordeon player, Martin 0 'Connor along with a host of friends play the Warwick Hotel on Wednesday, July 25th


Festival Exhibitions till 6 p.m.

11.00 a.m.

Festival Exhibitions till 6 p.m.

11.00 a.m. Littlejohn Nee and Mary O'Sullivan in "Big Medicine': at the Parochial Hall, Woodqua�.

11.00 a.m. "Big Medicine': a childrens show in the Parochial Hall, Woodquay.

1.10 p.m. Classical concert with Gerry Creedon (guitar) in the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas.

1.10 p.m. Classical concert with Triona and Dianne Marshall !harp) in the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas.

2.00 p.m. Na Fanaithe present "Clsnn Lir" in The Courtyard, 45 Dominick Street.

2.00 p.m. Na Fanaithe present "Clann Lir" in The Courtyard, 45 Dominick Street.

3.30p.m. Littlejohn Nee and Mary O'Sullivan present "Big Medicine" in the Parochial Hall, Woodquay.

3.30p.m. Littlejohn Nee and Mary O'Sullivan in "Big Medicine" at the Parochial School, Woodquay.

8.00p.m. Comuna present'� Pecora", The Mystery of the Passion of Saint Melania in the Talk of The Town Theatre, Headford Road.

8.00p.m. Comuna present ·� Pecora': T he Mystery of the Passion of Saint.Melania in the Talk of T he Town Theatre, Headford Road.

8.00 p.m. Punchbag present "Philadelphia Here I Come" at the Columban Hall, Sea Road.

8.00 p.m. Preview of Druid's show, "The Donahue Sisters" and "The Stanley Parkers" by Geraldine Aron in Chapel Lane. Directed by Gary Hynes.

8.00 p.m. Top Italian choir, Coro Laeti Cantores give a recital in the Augustinian Church, Middle Street.

8.00 p.m. Punchbag present "Philadelphia Here I Come" at the Columban Hall, Sea Road.

8.30 p.m. Archaos, the wild French circus theatre performers in another thrilling show at the Big Tent in the Fisheries Field (opposite Galway Cathedral).

8.30 p.m. John McGehern in a reading from his recent novel ''Amongst Women" in the Arts Centre, Nuns Island.

8.30 p.m. Tommy and John McArdle present "Out Of That Childhood Country", the life and times of Patrick Kavanagh in the Taibhdhearc, Middle Street.

8.30 p.m. Archaos in the Big Tent at the Fisheries Field U.C.G. iopposite Cathedral). "Instead of roaring wild animals, we have roaring wild motorbikes''.

9.00 p.m. From Glasgow, the brilliant young tenor sax player, Tommy Smith and his Quartet in the Warwick Hotel.

9.00 p.m. Box player extraordinaire, Martin O'Connor and Friends in Smokey Joe's, T he Warwick Hotel.

11.00 p.m. Tennents Live present "An Emotional Fish" at the Festival Club in the Warwick Hotel.


11.00 p.m. Tennents Live present "The N.E.S.T." and "T he Swinging Swine" in the Festival Club at the Warwick. Special admission price £3.00.





THURSDAY 26 JULY 11.00 a.m.

Festival Exhibitions till 6 p.m.

11.00 a.m.

"Big Medicine':a childrens show in the


Archaos in the Big Tent, Fisheries Field (opposite Cathedral). "Mad Max in the

Thunderdome was never so exciting'�

The Mapapa Acrobats from Kenya, complete with three Hi-Life African musicians, present their spectacular show in Leisureland, Salthill.

8.30 p.m.

Parochial Hall, Woodquay.

1.00 p.m. Second preview of Druid's show, "The Donahue Sisters" and "The Stanley Parkers" in

Stand-up comic and Nighthawks veteran, Kevin McAleer presents his solo show. Warwick Hotel.


Chapel Lane. Directed by Gary Hynes.

1.10p.m. Classical concert with top Italian choir, Coro Laeti Cantores, in the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas.

Fun band, The Big Mistake play the Tennents Live spot at the Festival Club in the Warwick Hotel on Thursday, July 26th at 11 p.m.

2.00 p.m.

Na Fanalthe present "Clann Lir" in the Courtyard, 45 Dominick Street.

3.00 p.m.

Kenya's famour acrobats, "The Mapapa Acrobats, perform a matinee show in the Archaos tent, Fisheries Field, U.C.G. "Limbo, tumbling, ring jumping,

and spectacular balances'�

11.00 p.m. Tennents Live present "The Big Mistake" at the Festival Club, The Warwick Hotel. 11.00 p.m. Tennents Live present "The Lion of Zimbabwe': Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited in a dance concert at Seapoint. Bar ext.

FRIDAY 27 JULY 11.00 a.m.

Festival Exhibitions till 6 p.m.

11.00 a.m.

"Big Medicine" a childrens show at the

Parochial Hall, Woodquay.

Frankie Gavin (De Danann) and Friends, at the Taibhdhearc, Middle Street.

1.00 p.m.

1.10 p.m. Classical concert with Arturo Delmoni (violin) of the International Chamber Orchestra of New York in the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas.

Kenya's famous acrobatic troupe, The Mapapa Acrobats, play afternoon and evening shows on Thursday, 26th and Friday, 27th July. 3.30 p.m.

2.00 p.m.

Na Fanaithe present "Clann Lir" in The Courtyard, 45 Dominick Street.

3.00 p.m.

Kenya's famous acrobatic troupe, The Mapapa Acrobats, in a special matinee performance in the Archaos Tent at the Fisheries Field U.C.G.

"Big Medicine': with Littlejohn Nee and

Mary O'Sullivan in the Parochial Hall, Woodquay.

3.30 p.m.

''A Pecora': The M ystery of the Passion of Saint Melania, presented by Comuna, in the Talk of T he Town Theatre, Headford Road.

"Big Medicine", with Littlejohn Nee and Mary O'Sullivan in the Parochial Hall, Woodquay.

8.00 p.m.

Comuna present ''A Pecora", The Mystery of the Passion of Saint Melania in the Talk of The Town T heatre, Headford Road.


8.00 p.m.

Druid Theatre present the World Premiere of two new Geraldine Aron plays, "The Donahue Sisters" and "The Stanley Parkers" in Chapel Lane.

Debut Irish concert of the International Chamber Orchestra of New York in the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas. Vivaldi, Haydn and Bartek.

8.00 p.m.

8.00 p.m. Punchbag Theatre present "Philadelphia Here I Come" at the Columban Hall, Sea Road. Poetry and music reading with Desmond Egan, Treasa Ni Mhiollain and Michael Carragher, the Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street.

8.00 p.m.

8.30 p.m.


Druid Theatre present a Garry Hynes production of t wo new Geraldine Aron plays, "The Donohue Sisters" and "The Stanley Parkers'�

8.00 p.m. Punchbag Theatre present "Philadelphia Here I Come" at the Columban Hall, Sea Road.

4.00 p.m. Toasted Heretic play a special festival concert in the Taibhdhearc, Middle Street.

8.30 p.m. Archaos in the Big Tent at the Fisheries Field, U.C.G.

8.00 p.m. Concert with Catherine Ennis Iorgan) and Liam O'Floinn (uileann pipes) in the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas.

8.30 p.m. Prior to their Edinburgh Festival appearance, The Mapapa Ac robats from Kenya present their cabaret show in Leisureland, Salthil1.

8.00 p.m. Tennents Live presents a free, openair, traditional concert featuring Arcady with Jackie Daly, "Ring o" McDonagh and Franc es Black in Woodquay. 8.00 p.m. Punchbag Theatre present "Philadelphia Here I Came" at the Columban Hall, Sea Road. 8.00 p.m. Final performance of ''A Pecora", The Mystery of the Passion of Saint Melania by Comuna in the Talk of T he Town T heatre, Headford Road. 8.00 p.m. Druid Theatre present "The Donahue Sisters" and "The Stanley Parkers" by Geraldine Aron. 8.30 p.m. French circus theatre company, Archaos, in the Big Tent, Fisheries Field, U.C.G. (opposite Cathedral). 11.00 p.m. Tennents Live present a special Festival Party in Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill. Watch out for surprise guests and personalities. Bar ext.

Bolivian band, Rumillajta, bring the haunting sound of the Andes to the Warwick Hotel on Friday, July 27th 9.00 p.m. From Bolivia, the haunting sound of the Andes from Rumillajta in the Warwick Hotel. 11.00 p.m. Tennents Live present "The Mary Stokes Band" in the Festival Club, T he Warwick Hotel.

SATURDAY 28 JULY 11.00 a.m.

Festival Exhibitions till 6 p.m.

11.00 a.m. "Big Medicine': a childrens show at the Parochial Hall, Woodquay. 1.00 p.m. Nollaig Casey, Arty McGlynn and Brendan O'Reg an in concert at the Taibhdhearc, Middle Street.

Galway comedian, Karl McDermott, presents his one man show, "Toilet Seat" at the Druid Theatre on Sunday, July 29th at 8.30 p.m.

1.10 p.m. Classical concert with Bill Ellison, (sy nthesiser) in the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas. 2.00 p.m. Na Fanaithe present "C/ann Lir" in T he Courtyard, 45 Dominick Street.

SUNDAY 29 JULY 11.00 a.m.

3.00 p.m. Shane Connaughton, author of "The Border Station" and co-screen writer of "My Left Foot" in a festival reading at the Druid T heatre, Chapel Lane.

Festival Exhibitions till 6 p.m.

12.30 p.m. Traditional concert with Tony Small (songs), Sean Ryan (whistle). Atlanta Hotel. 8.30 p.m. Karl McDermott in his one man show, "Toilet Seat " at the Druid T heatre, Chapel Lane.

3.00 p.m. Matinee performance of ''A Pecora", The Mystery of the Passion of Saint Melania by the Portuguese T heatre Company, Comuna, in the Talk of T he Town T heatre, Headford Road.

8.30 p.m. Final performance from Archaos in the Big Tent at the Fisheries Field, U.C.G. (opposite Cathedral).

3.00 p.m. Archaos in a matinee show in the Big Tent at the Fisheries Field, U.C.G. (opposite Cathedral).

10.00 p.m. Tennents Live present the Archaos Farewell Party in the Festival Club in the Warwick Hotel.

3.30 p.m. "Big Medicine", a childrens show in the Parochial Hall, Woodquay. 15

Emer McCourt, Sinead O'Connor and fulie Marie Reynolds ill "Hush-A-Bye-Baby" showing on Friday, 19 fuly.

The latest from Irish film makers will be shown on Saturday and Sunday morning Ouly 21 and 22) - from the serious to the not so serious, the long list includes "My Roof Is Not My Home': made by the Galway Video and Film Co-Op; "Zel", a short film about a street busker trying to make ends meet; "Fool's Gold", Connemara under the threat of goldmining, produced by the Galway Film Resource Centre; "End Of Part 3", a love story about a romantic night of good food, fine wine and doggy chunks, and ''That's All Right, a five minute film about a moment of mourning and celebration sparked by the death of Elvis Presley. Controversial Irish documentaries include Kenneth Griffith's banned Michael Collin's life story, "Hang Out Your Brightest Colours" and Behind The Mask"; an indepth study and interviews with former IR A chiefs.

CLADDAGH PALACE CINEMA 18 - 22 July, 10.00 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. Tickets: £2.50, £1.00 (children), £10.00 - Day Pass.


he Film Fleadh had its first outing in the 1989 Galway Arts Festival and is now established as a major constituent part of the overall foestival. The Aeadh this year has four main foci: a Retrospective on Hollywood film director of the 1920's, Rex Ingram, a major showcase of contemporary and classical African cinema, a special tribute to the work of cameraman turned director Thaddeus O'Sullivan and a series of Irish short films and documentaries. The Fleadh, has, in addition, an animation programme and a series of films for children in the afternoon.

The Fleadh's opening Film is the Irish Premiere of "Hidden .Agenda", the film by director Ken Loach which caused consternation in the English media by scooping one of the major awards at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film deals with many of the issues raised by the Stalker Affair.


Every afternoon in Claddagh Palace One, children will be entertained with a variety of cartoon and feature films. Ones not to be missed include "Tom T humb'', starring Peter Sellers; Sullivan Bluth's animated animal story of a family of field mice called "The Secret of Nimh" and Bill Miskelly's "The End of Man': about a group of children's attempts to stop their playground from being turned into a carpark.


Saraounia Ouly 18) La Vie est Belle Ouly 19) Sambizanga Ouly 19) An African Dream Uuly 20) Tabataba Uuly 20) Yaaba Uuly 21) Camp Thiroye Uuly 21) The Citadel Ouly 22)

The African season will also show two great classics: "The Battle of Algiers" and "The Lion of the Desert", starring Oliver Reed - who will be present at the screening. THE REX INGRAM RETROSPECTIV E

Born in Dublin, but made his home in Hollywood in the 1920's where he directed all the "greats" such as Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry. In the 1930's he set up a European rival to Hollywood in Nice.

Th,i special tribute to th£ work of Thaddeus O'Sullivan includes his latest film "December Bridl' (abcwe), which has already made a great impact both at home and abroad. His first' break into i directng films came with "The N>man Who Married Clark Gable" starring Bob Hoskins and recent Oscar Winner Brenda Fricker. "December Bride'; which is being shuwn only for its second time, .is a- powerful and compelling story about a woman who finds herself pregnant in a small Ulster Protestant community at the turn of the century.

The season will show five of his greatest silent classics: - "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse", the world­ wide sensation, which launched Rudolph Valentino (Thursday, July 19). - "Prisoner of Zenda': the swashbuckling action packed film (Friday, July 20). - "Scaramouche", a romantic epic of star-crossed lovers and duels (Saturday, July 21). - "Mare Nostrum", best described as a 'love poem to the Mediterranean' (Saturday, July 21). - "The Magician", a film about a mad scientist who kidnaps a bride-to-be and hides her in his Dracula-like castle (Sunday, July 22).

As part of the African season offilms at the Claddaglt Palace cinema, tl1e Film Fleadh presents ·�11 African Dream" co­ starring John Kani and Dominic Jephcott (below) and starring Kitty Aldridge. And "Camp Thiaroye" iwtl, lbmhima Sane (below right).

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TENNENfS LIVE - SMOKEY JOE'S CLUB JUNE TABOR AND MARK EMERSON Acoustic Room, The Warwick. 20 July at 9.00 p.m. Tickets: £4.00 and £3.00 (concession)

June Tabor started singing traditional music in her teens. In college in Oxford she was attracted by a new and simpler style of singing and herself started to use ornamentation more sparingly and to develop the controlled style for which she is now famous. In those days she liked to sing unaccompanied, and this limited her appeal and repertoire, since an evening of unaccompanied singing is difficult for an audience. With the release of "Silly Sisters" featuring Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span she won much wider critical and public acclaim, and went on to record the solo albums, ½irs and Graces' and ½shes and Diamonds: notable particularly for her interpretation of Eric Bogle songs which got rave reviews.

June's version of "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" and "No Man's Land" are without doubt the definitive ones, and her exposure of them helped to establish both as standards for the folk scene. Her most recent release is ½byssinians' (Topic) which was voted top folk album in Britain last year.

Folk singer, June Tabor, who appears with Mark Emerson in the Acoustic Room of the Warwick Hotel, Saltltill, on July 20th, at 9 p.m.


Aco.ustic Room, The Warwick Hotel. 25 July at 9.00 p.m. Tickets: £4.00 and £3.00 (concession)

June Tabor's visit to Galway has been assisted by a grant from the British Council.

A Galway Arts Festival stalwart, Mairtin makes a welcome return to showcase his most recent album "Perpetual Motion". A virtuoso of the box accordion, he has played with such acts as Midnight Well and De Danann, but now pursues a solo career from his base in Annaghdown. For his Acoustic Room gig, he will appear with Garvan Gallagher on bass and Jimmy Faulkner on guitar.


Acoustic Room, The Warwick.

23 July at 9.30 p.m. Tickets: £3.00

Miss Brown To You are a three-piece female group who came on the scene in July 1989. Since then they have built an exceptional reputation for themselves with close, stylish harmonies and cross-generation selection of music. The emphasis is strongly on vocals, with guitar playing by Jane as a subtle enhancer.


Acoustic Room, T he Warwick Hotel. 19 July at 9.00 p.m. Tickets: £4.00 and £3.00 (Concession)

The three concerned, Erner Powell, Jane O'Brien­ Moran and Carrie Crowley joined forces initially as a contribution to International Women's Day in March, 1989.

Tigh Neachtain is one of the great homes of traditional_ music in Galway. The form�r home of "Humanity 0ick" Martin MP, it has been a pub-for more than a hundred years and under the gentle patronage of Jimmy McGuire in modem times, it is best known as a haven and haunt for the musicians.


Acoustic Room, The Warwick Hotel. 27 July at 9.00 p.m. Tickets: £4.00 and £3.00 (concession)

Some of the most talented musicians who have played at Tigh Neachtain include Sharon Shannon, Brendan O'Regan, Deirbhile Ni Bhrolchain, Kevin Hough, Breda Smyth and Brian Lennon. Last year, these and many others, came together to release a Ceol Ttgh Neachtain album and this special Smokey Joe's Club concert is a showcase of the talents that were portrayed in that album.

Rumillajta are one of Bolivia's finest folk groups. They play traditional Andean music in a highly distinctive and contemporary style. The group has now toured internationally on a extensive scale and last year represented Latin America at the prestigius Sante Fe Festival. They have played on several occasions, to wild approval, at the Edinburgh Fringe. 19



Acoustic Room, The Warwick Hotel. 24 July at 9.00 p.m. Tickets-: £4.00 and £3.00 (concession)

THE STUNNING Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill. 19 July at 8.00 p.m. Tickets: £5.00 (advance), £6.00 (door)

Last June 3rd, Glasgow had its 'Big Party' to celebrate its "City of Culture" status. 400,000 people came on the streets of Glasgow to watch over 50 bands - many of them major international acts. Macnas were there providing a sea serpent or two to link in the concerts - but the act they came home raving about was the refined charms of tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith.

Local heroes, The Stunning, play a showcase concert of their recently released first album "Paradise in The Picture House".

THE SAW DOCTORS Seapoint Ballroom, Salthill. 21 July at 11.00 p. m.

The Scotsman said of him "no other Scot has placed such an individual stamp on his own instrument". Still in his early 20's, Tommy has played with a host of jazz greats including Chick Corea and Gary Burton and regularly plays the major jazz festivals such as Montreux. His first album, "Step by Step" was received with universal acclaim and a second, "Peeping Tom" is now being released.

Tuam minstrels, the Saw D octors bring their own version of West of Ireland Rock n' Ro11 to Seapoint in a special post-Macnas parade concert. Special guests will be The Sleepwalkers.

THE ROCKING CHAIRS An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street. 21 July at 9.30 p.m. and 22 July at 8.30 p.m. Tickets: £5.00, £4.00 (concession)

W hat really makes Tommy Smith stand out is his flexibility and versatility. He has played with pop groups, worked with orchestras and is even talking about a bagpipes concerto.

Traditional Irish fused with classic R & B to cajun, country and all the way back to rock and roll - that's the Rocking Chairs, led by Kiltimagh's finest, Vinnie Kilduff.

Tommy Smith's appearance at the festival has been grant-aided by the British Council.

TOASTED HERETIC An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street. 28 July at 4.00 p.m. Tickets: £2.50, £2.00 (concession)

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One of the more eclectic and popular Galway bands, who recently featured on fytike Murphy's T.V. Arts Show.

ARCADY Woodquay. 28 July at 8.00 p. m. Free

A great free open-air concert by Arcady, one of Galway 's finest traditional groups in the lovely setting of Woodquay's "piazza".



From Zimbabwe, one of Africa's finest musicians, Thomas Mapfumo along with his eleven piece band, T he Blacks Unlimited, will play one dance concert in Seapoint Ballroom on Thursday, July 26th.

The Taibhdhearc, Middle Street at 1 .10 p.m.


On July 1st, Thomas Mapfumo was the special guest at the Mandela Day Concert at the Gaiety Theatre.

Saturday 21 July SHARON SHANNON

CHRISTY MOORE Christy Moore, in his own inimitable style, will play the opening Festival concert in the big Archaos tent in the Fisheries Field, U.C.G. on Wednesday, 18 July at 9.00 p.m. Christy will be supported by the Waterford group, 'Miss Brown To You'.



Tickets: £2.50, £2.00 (concession)





THE GREAT MACNAS SPECTACLE The Streets and Parks of Galway. 21 July, starting at 6.00 p.m.

The fairy folk and all around is normally invisible to humans. This year, however, their Ceili Mor coincides with the 13th Galway Arts Festival and they have agreed to manifest themselves specially for the occasion. All types and forms of fairies will be gathering in the city in the evening of July 21st.

As in the custom, the music for fairy dancing will be provided by mere mortals - in this case John Dunne, Martin O'Connor and a twenty-five piece orchestra. Dancing is the principal occupation of fairy folk when not up to other mischief.

This year's Ceili is of special importance as the present King of the Fairies is rumoured to be losing his powers and several challenges to his throne are expected - challengers from the various fairy tribes engage in a dancing contest with the best dancer claiming the crown. The contest takes place in the Kings Meadow (known to humans as "Father Griffin Road Park") at 7.30 p.m. on July 21st.

Various fairy factions will appear throughout the City Centre about an hour before the Ceili and weave and ramble their noisy way to the meadow by various routes.



The big Macnas spectacle during its second year was the creation of the Gulliver saga for the Dublin Millennium of 1988 and subsequently for the Galway Arts Festival in August 1988. The Gulliver Show was unveiled on Dollymount Strand on Wednesday, 13 July 1988 when a sevent y two foot man was washed ashore on the strand and a crowd of 20,000 Lilliputians came down to 'Dollier' to watch the sight. Macnas reinacted scenes from Gulliver's Travels on Dollymount Strand and on the streets of Dublin's northside over the next three days, culminating on Saturday, 16 July when Gulliver, now a thirty foot inflatable, walked down O ' Connel Street followed by his Lilliputian entourage. Some thirty thousand people clapped as the majestic Gulliver posted a letter home at the G.P.0. and stopped at O'Connell Bridge to see his reflection in the Liffey.

In January 1986, the Board of the Galway Arts Festival decided to set up a street theatre group in Galway with the objective of preparing a large, outdoor show on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Festival in August of that year. The Festival organisers hoped that the new group would emulate the success of visiting theatre groups to the Festival such as Els Comediants and Footsbarn whose parades and spectacular street shows had made an enormous impact on Galway audiences. Four people were asked to oversee the development of the new group which was christened MACNAS, which means "excitement" or "exhilaration": Paraic Breathnach, an expert in stage design and construction, Tom Conroy, a sculptor, Ollie Jennings, Festival Director and Pete Sammon, a street performer.

The big Macnas spectacle in 1989 was 'Trr Faoi Thonn' or 'The land Below The Wave', which took place on the opening Saturday of the 1989 Galway Arts Festival on July 22nd. 'Tir Faoi Thonn' featured the music of John Dunne, a Dublin composer and musician. In similar fashion to the Gulliver project, John worked with the Shantalla School Band over a period of two months and the accordeon and tin whistle band played a starring role in 'Tir Faoi Thonn' as the shoal of mackerel. St. Patrick's Brass Band and choral group, Cois Claddaigh were also integrated into the parade section of Trr Faoi Thonn' by John Dunne. Altogether some three hundred people took part in the show under the direction of Rod Goodall.

U.C.G. gave Macnas the use of an old warehouse in the Fisheries Field in Galway as the operating base and workshop of the new theatre group and the Department of Labour approved a Social Employment Scheme for the Macnas project. For the Arts Festival parade in August the Macnas group built a seventy foot long Chinese Drgon which was powered by nineteen people and which hurtled down Shop Street in a frenzy of colour, movement and the insistent. beat of the Macnas drummers. In July 1987 Macnas mounted a large scale pageant at the Connacht Footbatl Final. The pageant centred on the recreation of the famous Galway Three-In-A-Row football team from the sixties and the performance on the football pitch of a ten minute clown football match Using clay models entitled 'The Game'. and celastic, Tom and the Macnas crew made nineteen masks or 'heads' in the image of the Three-In-A-Row football team. These 'heads' were worn by Macnas performers who were kitted out in the famous maroon jersey.

The first Macnas indoor show, a version of Lewis Carroll's ½lice in Wonderland' opened on 13 December 1989 and ran throughout Christmas with two shows a day in the old Ashe Motors premises on the Headford Road in Galway. The building was specially converted and decorated for 'Alice' and over 3,000 children and adults participated in the unusual pantomime. In May 1990, Macnas went international and brought the Gulliver show to the National Garden Festival in Gateshead and a segment of 'Tir Faoi Thonn' to Glasgow. It was a great success. Macnas are now widely regarded as one of the most significant developments in Galway in the last 20 years.


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