Your weeks worth of Galway gigs: 21 – 27 May

 Wednesday 23 May

Rofi James Live @ The Róisín Dubh, 8pm. Free entry

On Wednesday night pop rock outfit Rofi James will be headlining the Róisín Dubh. Band members Rónán and James began as a duo in 2012, and after winning first place at NUIG’s Witless battle of the bands competition in 2013 the band continued to release music and build on their success with live performances at festivals throughout the country. In December 2017 Rofi James released a new single entitled ‘Reason’. Supporting the band on the night will be The New Ravis, who have also recently released new music and their debut single, ‘Rust’.

UFO Dimensions Launch w/ Pearson Sound @ The Loft, 10pm. €8-10

Pearson Sound (AKA Davis Kennedy) is a UK electronic music producer whose sound has had a history with house, dubstep, and rhythmic dance floor break outs. Hosted by Irish club night UFO Club, this event is in celebration of them joining the line up of Dimensions, a music festival in Croatia which boasts some of the biggest names in techno, fuck, house and minimal wanderings. Tickets are currently €8 at early bird rates or €10 general admission.

Thursday 24 May

Galway Early Music Festival w/ Simone Sorini Syrenarum @ Nuns Island Theatre, 4pm. €6/10/12

The Galway Early Music Festival takes place from May 25 – 27, and aims to explore the sounds of medieval, renaissance and baroque music while creating an engaging experience for attendees, with workshops and concerts over these three days. This year’s festival is inspired by myth and legend and has a programme around this theme. On the first day Simone Sorini playing lute, and Claudia Viviani on percussion will be performing together in the tradition of two voice polyphonic songs. Tickets are €6 for students, and €10 and €12 for the general public.

Friday 25 May

LemonCello EP Launch @ The Róisín Dubh, 8pm. €7

Celebrating the launch of their debut EP, Stuck Upon the Staircase, guitarist Laura Quirke and cellist Claire Kinsella play their first headline tour in Galway on Friday evening. After coming together as a duo while studying at Maynooth University, Laura and Claire have combined their voices and musical sounds to produce the mellow and harmonious sound of LemonCello. To date the duo played a sold out concert in France at Musée de La Piscine, and have played at festivals across Ireland. LemonCello will launch their debut EP alongside some special support acts to be announced closer to the time. Tickets are €7.

Saturday 26 May

3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music Finale w/ ConTempo Quarter & Guests @ The Mick Lally Theatre, 11am. Free entry, limited seating

Closing off a series of three kinds of music across three weekends, hosted by The Galway Music Residency, NUIG’s Mick Lally Theatre will see RTÉ ConTempo Quartet play out a morning concert with a number of special guests. The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet are an intrinsic part of the local and also national Irish classical music scene, and is the resident quartet on the Irish West coast. Leading the concert is curator Matthew Berrill, and joining the series finale will be musicians Paul O’Driscoll, Éanna Ryder, and Paul Mulchrone. More details about the programme and musicians can be found on the event page. Seats are limited for this event.

Sunday  27 May

Bill Blackmore and KoKo Ensemble @  Jazz at The Mill, 7pm.

This is the debut event in a series of monthly musical performances hosted by Jazz at The Mill, at Il Vocolo, Bridge Street. Trumpeter Bill Blackmore is a contemporary jazz musician and composer who has been involved with the Irish music scene and community for close to a decade. Joining Bill for an evening of musical improv and instrumental ambience is the jazz trio in residence KoKo Ensemble, comprising of Conor Cantrell, Paul O’Driscoll, and Szymon Myzniak. No jazz tax.

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