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Bell X1 to play Galway International Arts Festival

Bell X1to play Galway International Arts Festival
Irish rock band to play Heineken Big Top at GIAF 2019 

Tuesday 27 November 

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh are delighted to announce the return of Bell X1 to the Galway International Arts Festival in 2019.

The Irish rock band, who played a sold-out gig at the festival in 2016 following one of the most memorable concerts in festival history in 2011, will play the Heineken Big Top on Friday 19 July, 2019.

Bell X1 are one of Ireland’s most popular bands, second only to U2 in terms of radio play and, according to Billboard, the second biggest live performers. 

The band has also ticked off every possible album type on the list, from the big major label Flash Harry recording session in London town, to the experimental, to the DIY.  

They’ve done albums as a five-piece, as a four piece and as a three piece. They’ve mixed up their harmonic and melodic bittersweet leanings with scratchy electronic signals to see what would happen.

That experimentation has been recognized and rewarded, with four of their albums nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year and three debuting at #1 on the Irish Album Charts.

Following a hugely successful 2015 that included a sell-out acoustic tour of Ireland, and playing support to Ed Sheeran at Croke Park, the band returned to the studio to record their 7th album.

2016’s Arms is a Bell X1 album in name and breeding, but which sounds like nothing else in their canon. The depth and width, the colours and shades, are familiar, but there’s a new space and sense to the songs which speaks volumes about what the band have achieved.

In what is sure to be one of the best live gigs of the festival, the crowd can expect to hear hits from their canon of critically-acclaimed albums, which include ‘Rocky Took a Lover’, ‘The Great Defector’, ‘The End is Nigh’ and ‘Flame’ amongst others.

Bell X1 will play the Heineken Big Top as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2019 on Friday 19 July. Tickets for Bell X1 go on sale on Friday 7 December 2018 at 9am, priced at €35, from www.giaf.ie and roisindubh.net.

Galway International Arts Festival 2019 takes place from 15-28 July 2019, with more acts set to be announced in the coming weeks. GIAF recently announced that Indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club will play the Heineken Big Top on Friday 26 July.

Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland, its Drinks Partner Heineken and Education Partner NUI Galway.

Photo credit: Mulography

For further information, please contact:

Hilary Martyn,

Communications & Development Manager,

Galway International Arts Festival,

P: 091-509702

M: 086-8313416

E: hmartyn@giaf.ie

Full line-up announced for Right Here, Right Now Festival 2018

Full line-up announced for

Right Here, Right Now Festival 2018

Friday 1- Sunday 3 June 2018

Featuring…  The Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra performing alongside The Frank & Walters, Marlene Enright, and Ye Vagabonds in the main auditorium.

Jack O'Rourke

Jack O’Rourke

And Iarla O Lionáird with Steve Cooney and Greenshine, Wallis Bird with special guest John Blek, Jack O’Rourke and Anna Mitchell, in the Right Room.

Presented by Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live Promotions, Right Here Right Now is a three-day festival, all under one roof, that showcases all that is good in Cork city – the music, the culture, the people. Now in its second year, the festival continues its mission of celebrating and supporting the local music scene, and providing unique platforms to artists.

Right Here Right Now kicks off Friday 1st June with an opening party in The Green Room, featuring DJ’s, live music and special guests.

On Saturday 2nd June, be part of one of Cork’s most important conversations and join #CorkLovesMusic in the Green Room at 2pm, discussing issues and topics that affect musicians in Cork.

Marlene Enright

Marlene Enright

That night, be immersed in a rare and specially curated experience as the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra, lead by John O’Brien, perform on stage with Marlene Enright and Band, Ye Vagabonds, and Cork legends The Frank & Walters. This specially commissioned arrangement will allow the audience to enjoy the music of these incredible performers in a new and all-encompassing way, with the 30 of finest orchestral musicians from or based in Cork.

Frank and Walters

Frank and Walters

Sunday 3rd June will see the main auditorium transformed into a much more intimate, 200 person capacity pop-up ‘venue within a venue’ creating a whole new space and atmosphere for audience and artists alike. Renowned two-time Grammy nominee Iarla O’Lionard take to the stage in The Right Room with acoustic guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney and special guests Greenshine for a special lunchtime show at 3pm. At 7pm, experience the irrepressible energy of Wallis Bird who will be joined by John Blek, followed by a double bill of more home-grown talent as Jack O’Rourke and Anna Mitchell take to the stage at 10pm. Sunday Day tickets (€45), which also grant access to the official closing party featuring ska stars The Service, are on sale now.

Speaking at the announcement, Eibhlin Gleeson, CEO Cork Opera House said, “Cork is a hotbed of creativity and a breeding ground for a huge range of fantastic artists across a multitude of genres. Cork Opera House is proud to provide a stage for local, national and international acts to collaborate together. This festival is a celebration of the music scene in Cork Right Here, Right Now.

Tickets on sale from www.corkoperahouse.ie or from box office 021 427 0022

Roisin El Cherif – Half A Life

Part Irish, part Palestinian, the Galway girl Roisin El Cherif has turned in stunning live performances across the country, solidifying claims that she is one of the most promising singer-songwriters to watch in the live circuit, among her fellow luminaries. Her warm voice and carefully calibrated songwriting captures the imagination and captivates the listener.  

During the making of her new EP, to be released in the Summer of 2018, Roisin was approached by a very impressed Ken Callait, producer of one of the most significant albums ever released, Fleetwood Mac: Rumours to attend ArtistMax – an LA based three day mentoring and songwriting workshop where she upgraded her songwriting style.  

Says Roisin of the new single ‘Half a life’:  “Half a life came from feeling very low about loving but not living. Sometimes you can give so much into a place, a person, a job, a feeling or whatever floats your boat; to realise you are only living half of what you could be. Then doubts of who you are and what you want take over. It’s something I’m learning. What you want and what is meant for you, don’t always align”.

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Old Hannah – Follow


‘Follow’ is the first single to be taken from Old Hannah’s upcoming debut album ‘Borealis’. The song captures the hope, possibility and otherworldliness of falling in love, and showcases the band’s exciting new sound. The band will mark the release with a Dublin launch gig in The Grand Social on Thursday 15th March.

Old Hannah are a group of family and friends who, after years of informal collaboration, started writing and performing together in 2013. Since then they’ve released two EPs, toured extensively in Ireland, France, the UK and the US, have supported the likes of Lisa Hannigan and Sheryl Crow, amongst others.

Quite the departure from their early work, this album marks an important transition in Old Hannah’s form. It sees them expand their creativity and appeal far beyond the bounds of the Irish and North American folk and country traditions that coloured their early work. Their highly anticipated album “Borealis” is a glowing critique of what’s achievable with a strong background of traditional instrumentation, accomplished songwriting, and the will and ability to bring that foundation to a whole other place.

This time around their influences traverse pop, roots and progressive rock. Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, and Leonard Coen come to mind throughout, as four deeply affecting vocalists explore themes of love and loss, light and darkness, progress and stagnation, anxiety and calm. It’s accomplished, rare, and eminently listenable.

This February, Old Hannah will travel to Kansas City to attend and perform at the 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference. The band are thrilled to be among a group of excellent Irish acts who have been invited to the largest gathering of the folk music industry and community.

‘Sleep’ – HAWK – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Julie Hough of HAWK explains:

‘Firstly, the idea that this is a single episode of an old lost Irish kids show called Tromluithe Ruairí (Ruairí’s nightmares), which the world has long forgotten about.
Secondly, there’s the meaning of the song itself, which is quite simply about not being able to sleep because you’re harbouring guilt about something. Just like Ruairí has to shed his mask to finally find peace of mind, the song is also about wanting to come clean and even be punished, so you can clear your conscious and sleep peacefully. The ‘Visitor’ is tempting Ruairí by offering him more elaborate masks, but Ruairí defeats him by shedding his own!’